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Today's News

  • DOT makes walking in town a bit safer

    By Tracy Hisler-Pace

    Pedestrians walking along U.S. Highway 19 in Chiefland used to find stayting safe a bit dicey due to the lack of a continuous sidewalk.

    But things have gotten a little safer for walking in the city's commercial district.

    The Florida Department of Transportation District 2 Maintenance Office staff identified the need to extend the existing sidewalk from McDonald's to Bar-B-Q Bills. And the project is 95 percent complete.

  • Back in session

    First grade teacher Jane Mitchell meets new students at Chiefland Elementary School’s Meet the Teacher open house on Aug. 9.

    School opened on Wednesday, Aug. 10 in Levy County.

  • Chiefland welcomes Jefferson County for Kickoff Classic

    Monticello-Jefferson County Tigers (6-5 in 2015) at Chiefland Indians (5-5 in 2015), 7:30 p.m.

    After months of summer workouts followed by a grueling fall camp, high school football players finally get an opportunity to show off their hard work under the lights tonight against someone wearing an opposing jersey.

  • Sheriff donates horse to youth ranch

    A Paso Fino horse that was abandoned by its owner, an accused marijuana grower, has a new home at the Florida Sheriff’s Youth Ranch in Live Oak courtesy of the Levy County Sheriff’s Office.

    The 2-year-old horse was seized by the Sheriff’s Office and the federal Drug Enforcement Admini-stration (DEA) in an old case and was the lone asset left from a large marijuana growing operation.

  • County road gets a fifth name change

    It's said that in the days before road names were formalized in Levy County that the road by the Li'l Food Ranch at U.S. Highway 27A used to be called “Lyin' George Road.”

    Casey DuQuette of the Levy County Road Department told the Levy County Commission on Tuesday that he does not know how it came by that monicker.

  • Task force places parkway low on priority list

    By Mike Wright

    The I-75 Relief Task Force wrapped up its work Friday with a recommendation that the state upgrade the freeway and current road networks before it thinks of extending the Suncoast Parkway.

    The group, represented by officials and others from six counties appointed by Transportation Secretary Jim Boxold, was charged with finding a long-term solution to Interstate 75 congestion issues between Gainesville and Wildwood.

  • County elections already being decided

     

    For those who have not returned their absentee (vote by mail) ballots and are undecided about who to vote for in county races you have a change to study up on the candidates in this issue of the Chiefland Citizen. 

    The Levy County Newspaper Group posed questions to candidates in the county commission and school superintendent races and their answers can be found on pages A8-10. 

  • Warning: County offices to be filled in Aug. 30 election

    It's a funny thing, but usually candidates for local office square off in a party primary and then face their opponents in the other party in the general election.

    Not so this year in Levy County where the Republican Party is dominating local elections and the Democratic Party candidates are nonexistent.

  • Slemp ready to lead Cedar Key School

    Joshua Slemp has been a fixture of Levy County’s school system at several levels, from teacher to project manager to assistant principal.

    His journey has led him to his latest stop, Cedar Key School, where the 39-year-old is in his first job as principal.

    It’s a culmination of the various roles he’s served, and a place where that experience figures to come in handy at the K-12 school, which has about 250 students.

  • Bronson man accused of having child porn

    A complaint to a federal probation officer has resulted in the arrest of a Bronson man on charges of possession of child pornography and witness tampering.

    Levi Jermaine Griffin, 39, was arrested by the Levy County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division on Aug. 12 after Griffin’s probation officer said he had information that Griffin was in possession of images of children on his computer. The probation officer said the person who complained believed the images were pornographic.