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Today's News

  • Adorable & Adoptable

    The Levy County Animal Control Department is hosting its second pet adoption event at Tractor Supply in Chiefland on Saturday, Sept. 20, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

    There will be free hot dogs and drinks along with plenty of pups, kitties, dogs and cats.

  • Gov. Scott speaks in Bell on killings

    The governor made a brief stop in Bell today to speak to reporters and community members about the killing yesterday that claimed eight lives.
    "All of us have family members, and we can't imagine this happening. We all have children and grandchildren," Gov. Rick Scott said in front of the Gilchrist County Emergency Operations Center to more than 50 reporters.
    It's a tragedy, he said, one that would take a long time for the community to get over. It's important for the community to show their support of family at friends at this time, he said.

  • 8 deaths in murder-suicide in Bell

    It's probably more than anyone in Bell, population 400, could imagine happening — eight people, six of them children, shot to death in a murder suicide. But Gilchrist County Sheriff Robert "Bobby" Schultz III said while the children of the community will be devastated by the news, the community will pull through. 

  • White out for Bell shooting victims

    When Bell and Trenton High Schools meet on the football field in Bell on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. the stadium will be bathed in white as spectators show their solidarity with the young victims of Thursday's multiple shootings.

    Spectators have been asked by both schools to wear white — a sign of innocence and purity — for the game to honor the six children: Kaleb Kuhlman, 11, Kylie Kuhlmann, 9Jonathan Kuhlman, 8, Destiny Stewart, 5, Brandon Stewart, 4 and Alana Stewart, born June 28.

  • Chiefland tax rate could mean smaller bill

    Chiefland residents may see a small tax cut this year.
    Commissioners unanimously approved a tentative tax rate of 6 mills at Monday night's last budget workshop. It will bring in an estimated $750,877 to the city's overall fiscal year budget of about $4,296,000.
    The rate is the same as last year's, but because it's based on property value, which has fallen slightly, residents could wind up paying a little less.

  • Chiefland Watermelon Queen injured in wreck

    Katelyn Michelle Ressler, 20, the 2014 Chiefland Watermelon Queen was seriously injured in a two-vehicle wreck in Dixie County on Saturday, Sept. 13, at about 5:45 p.m. at State Road 55 and County Road 317 when aother vehicle failed to yield the right of way.

    Ressler's injuries were not life threatening, according to the Florida Highway Patrol press release, but she was transported to UF Health Shands Hospital in Gainesville.

  • BMHS honors Rutledge

    By DEBORAH GOAD

    Correspondent

    It was a very nostalgic evening Friday night at Bronson Middle High School. The Bronson Eagles were set to play the Branford Buccaneers in their fourth game of the 2014 season.

    However, there was a new addition in the far left corner of the field that could not go unnoticed.

    A new scoreboard proudly proclaimed: The John Rutledge Field, Home of the Eagles.

  • Lady Indian on Junior Nationals list

    Special to the Citizen

    Takiya London, a freshman forward on the Chiefland Lady Indians varsity basketball team, has been named a Junior Nationals All Star following her participation in the U.S. Junior Nationals Summer Finals in Augusta, Ga., on Aug. 28-29.

    This event was a showcase for college coaches from Division 1 colleges, including Florida, Florida State, Clemson, Georgetown, Georgia Tech, Jacksonville, Michigan State, University of North Florida, University of South Florida and St. Francis College.

  • Sheriff gives update on LCSO at rotary meeting

    The Levy County Sheriff's Office has made a few improvements, according to Sheriff Robert McCallum, who was special guest speaker Thursday at Chiefland's Suwannee Valley Rotary.
    McCallum, who hasn't been in office quite two years, said one of the first things he implemented at the sheriff's office was the creation of a special investigations unit.

  • Flagman killed at Bronson Speedway

    A 49-year-old race worker was killed Sunday at the Bronson Speedway when a vehicle lost control and wound up in the infield.
    Buddy Jack Howell, of Bradenton, was a flagman at the event that ended within the span of two minutes on the second lap at about 3 p.m.
    "This is a very tragic accident," Levy County Sheriff's Office spokesperson Lt. Scott Tummond said Monday, adding that, so far, it doesn't appear that anyone will be facing formal charges. It is still being investigated.