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Today's News

  • Officials arrest two in Inglis arson case

    By BUSTER THOMPSON
    Special to the Citizen

    Two men wer­e arrested Tuesday on accusations of burglary and arson, which resulted in the destruction of an Inglis bar the day before.
    Jordan Michael Cooper, 21, and Travis Crabb, 32, were charged with arson, grand theft, burglary and two counts of arson causing the injury to firefighters after authorities connected the two men to the suspicious fire Monday morning at Rivals Bar off of West Levy County Road 40, Inglis.

  • Fanning Dairy Queen plans melting away

    City continues pushing for Holiday Inn Express

    By ASHLEY THORNTON
    Staff Writer
    “It’s moving forward,” Fanning Springs Mayor Cheryl Nekola said of the anticipated Holiday Inn project, shortly after learning that Hudson Foods would no longer be bringing in a Dairy Queen to accompany it.

  • Teacher challenges school board

    One Levy County teacher is speaking up in saying that the school board is not following the Florida code of ethics for education.

    “A culture of intimidation and fear of retaliation exists in Levy County schools,” said Chiefland Middle High School teacher Gerald “Jerry” Lawrence during the public comment section of a school board meeting on Tuesday morning. Lawrence teaches U.S. History to eighth grade students.

  • Chiefland SGA pie auction is a sweet dessert

    The 23rd Annual Pie Auction for Student Government was held Thursday, Nov. 20, in the Chiefland Middle High School cafeteria. This is the largest SGA fund raiser and it helps to fund projects throughout the school year.

  • Study could show how to reduce water and fertilizer use

    In the spring, state agencies will begin a study that officials hope will spark more insight into water and fertilizer use in the Suwannee Basin.
    The project, which will take place over three years on a 300-acre farm east of Live Oak, will use monitors, soil probes and meters to measure water absorption and nutrient loading rates.
    The Suwannee River Water Management District, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the Florida Department of Agriculture and the University of Florida are working together on the study, which is projected to cost $588,000.

  • Levy's roads, bridges getting attention

    • Cell phone use cited in accident by road construction, click here

    When Levy County Commissioner Lilly Rooks, of Rosewood, was last in office, the Florida Department of Transportation District 2 Office folks were explaining how signed contracts to rebuild three crucial bridges in Cedar Key did not mean they would be rebuilt. 

  • Driving home the money

    Chiefland Middle High School Principal Matt McLelland, second from left, shows off the $2,780 check that represents the proceeds of a Drive 4UR School promotion sponsored by White Ford and Ford Motor Company.

    Students, from left to right, Christian Reyes, Payton Levy and J.C. Kennedy represent groups like the Student Government Association that will share in the cash for their student projects.

    Adults over the age of 18 who test drove a new Ford vehicle in August earned a $20 per drive donation for the students.

  • City officials accused of Sunshine Law violation

    Chiefland Mayor Teal Pomeroy and City Manager Mary Ellzey have been interviewed by an investigator for State Attorney William “Bill” Cervone's office for a possible Sunshine Law violation, but Cervone's spokesman said it is just a review of a complaint.
    “We made an inquiry into the allegations that were levied,” said Darry Lloyd, deputy chief investigator and spokesman for Cervone. “We were reviewing it, so its not much more than that.”

  • Chiefland intersection is a problem, officials say

    A recent accident at the intersection of N.W. 23rd Ave. and N. Young Blvd. in Chiefland has city commissioners wanting changes made.
    "I hope we can get something done with that," Vice Mayor Betty Walker said at Monday night's commission meeting after the subject was brought up by Chiefland Police Chief Robert Douglas. "It's needed."
    Eight people were involved in the accident, according to Douglas. All, including two children, were airlifted to the hospital.

  • Seasonal return

    Visitors at Manatee Springs State Park Saturday, Nov. 15,  spy on the park's namesake, returning to the area to take advantage of the spring's relatively warm water.

    The manatee migration began earlier in the fall, perhaps, a sign the mammels knew the weather was turning colder.

    Boaters are being warned to be on the lookout for the slow moving animals on the Suwannee River.