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Today's News

  • Senior Spirit Night at Beef's on Monday

    Chiefland Middle High School'sSenior Class is celebrating Spirit Night at Beef O'Brady's on Monday, Sept. 22. 

    The Class of 2015 will be earning money for their senior class trip by greeting customers and cleaning tables that evening from 5 to 9 p.m.

    A percentage of the proceeds and tips will go to the Class of 2015.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Red tide organism found in Cedar Key

    A dangerous toxin-producing organism known as Karenia brevis from a red tide bloom first spotted in the Gulf of Mexico near the end of July has made it to Cedar Key, according to officials.
    In early August, the bloom was 50 to 80 miles offshore, and testing for the organism, which can affect the nervous system of people and animals, confirmed that it had only reached areas near Pinellas County.
    But the bloom, over recent months, has migrated with the wind, coming as close to shore as 5 to 30 miles between Dixie and Pinellas counties.

  • Free self defense classes for women More classes to come

    With the fourth attack on a woman in the Gainesville area in recent weeks, some might be feeling the need to pay attention to how to prepare to fend off an attack.

    The Suwannee Valley R.A.D. — Rape Aggression Defense — classes might be what's needed.

    The Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) Women’s Physical Defense program was designed with the needs and strengths of women in mind.

  • Commission OKs assessments, tentative property tax

    It took just 10 minutes and 20 seconds on Thursday for the Levy County Commission to approve four assessments, a tentative property tax millage and a tentative budget for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1.

    But that's because only one private citizen showed up for the meeting that was attended by four staff members, Sheriff Bobby McCallum, two of McCallum's aides, and two media people. And that is not unusual.

  • County ambulance fees chasing Medicare for more

    County hopes to recoup more

    reimbursements

    By LOU ELLIOTT JONES

    editor@chieflandcitizen.com

    For the first time in five years the Levy County Commission is raising the rates charged for emergency medical services, but the reason is not to get more money from patients, but from Medicare.

    David Knowles, director of the Levy County Department of Public Safety, said the contractor for the billing service recommended the rates be raised to 130-150 percent of what Medicare will reimburse in order to obtain a larger repayment.