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Today's News

  • Bull riding rodeo benefits Chad Smith

    Bull rider Chad Smith, who was injured during a ride in Kissemmee on Feb. 22, will be the beneficiary of the Chad Smith Benefit Bull Riding event on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 22-23, at Carter's Arena south of Chiefland. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and the action begins at 7:30 p.m.

    The event is organized by Renegade Rodeo, a sanctioned organization. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students and children under 5 years old admitted free.

  • Slain deputy road naming OK'd

    Levy County Deputy Atticus Haygood Ellzey is the only county sheriff's deputy who died in the line of duty and the Levy County Commission made the first move on Tuesday to honor his sacrifice by renaming a highway.

    The United States Officer Down Memorial states: "Deputy Ellzey was shot and killed after being lured into some bushes by a man who wanted to show him something. When he entered the bushes he was shot by the man's accomplice. Both men were convicted of the murder and hanged."

  • Public Safety holds monthly in-service training

       The Levy County Department of Public Safety hosts monthly in-service training. The invitation is extended out to all departments with first responders that serve the county.

    This month the training consisted of pediatric airway management. On June 17, 18 and 19, all on-duty LCDPS members were required to attend the training. Members from Chiefland Fire Rescue also participated.

    This regular multi-agency training promotes teamwork among the emergency response departments serving the citizens and visitors of Levy County. 

  • Bronson moving forward with nature trail development

    The state has approved preliminary designs for a nature trail in the Town of Bronson that would allow officials to move forward with several projects the town has had on the table.

    In April, Town Clerk Kelli Brettel told the council that Bronson would have to honor a 2005 agreement with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to turn some of its property into a recreational area in order to qualify for future land grants from the agency.

  • CK oyster situation heading to Putnam

    When state Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam stops in Trenton for a campaign event on Wednesday, from 1 to 4 p.m. it won't be just Gilchrist County agriculture on his agenda.

    Levy County Commissioner Chad Johnson, Putnam's college roommate and fraternity brother, will be talking to his old pal about the need to get money for re-seeding the oyster population in the Suwannee River Basin, which includes Cedar Key and parts of Levy and Dixie counties.

  • Community Calendar for the week of August 21

    Exhibit on Panama Canal

    at Florida Museum

    The Florida Museum of Natural History is celebrating the Panama Canal’s 100th birthday with a new gallery exhibition and family-friendly event.

  • Chiefland man arrested in Dixie burglary

       Law enforcement officers arrested 42-year-old Wesley B. Goold, of Chiefland, Aug. 14 in connection with a May burglary and theft.

       In May, deputies responded to a burglary at a part-time residence on S.E. Highway 19 where they learned that the suspect(s) stole several tools, antique boat motors and an old homemade boat that the victim’s deceased father had made.

    Months later, while investigating another complaint at an abandoned residence, sheriff’s investigators noticed some of these stolen items hidden behind the residence.

  • Sheriff's Report for the week of August 21

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office announced the following arrests:

    • Aug. 11, Justin Beau Barrs, 32, Old Town, FTA. Bond $2,000.

    • Aug. 12, Brian Anthony Brown, 41, Bronson, battery. Bond $25,000.

    • Aug. 11, David Glen Carter Cooper, 29, Archer, FTA. Bond $10,000.

    • Aug. 13, Chris Allen Cox, 23, Bronson, possession of marijuana, DWLSR. Bond $2, 000.

    • Aug. 17, Antre Demetris Davis, 22, Chiefland, aggravated battery.

  • Commissioner Chad Johnson's statement on press reports

    The Journal asked for a copy of my statement today, felt it was only fair to share with the Citizen. It is below in its entirety.

  • In our opinion: The public understands opinion driven by self-interest

    True journalists — those who go into the profession with no agendas or selfish motives — hold one thing dear to their hearts–the sanctity of news.

    That means 1) reporting accurately on events that transpired; and 2) presenting both sides of an issue in an effort to better inform the readership.

    The most important aspect of these two points is keeping personal feelings and opinions out of the news. Opinions only belong in one place – the editorial page, under a header that reads, “Opinion.”