Today's News

  • We're back! Come see the remodeled Citizen office

    We are just minutes away from unlocking the door on our office renovation at the headquarters of the Levy Newspaper Group — Chiefland Citizen, Williston Pioneer, Cedar Key Beacon, Tri-County Bulletin and FYI magazine. 

    Please stop by and say hello. We have missed having you visit. Let us know what you think of the remodeled digs. 

    We look forward to seeing you!

    Melissa Waters, Gina McKenzie, Donna Stacy, Tom Oaks, Fred Wilson, Ashley McDougal, Lou Elliott Jones and Carolyn Ten Broeck.

  • Lane closures starting Monday at Walmart/Winn Dixie traffic light

    Motorists who travel among U.S. 19 in Chiefland where it crosses the entrances to the shopping plaza where Winn Dixie is located and the entrance to the Walmart need to be alert for work being done on the traffic lights at that busy intersection starting Monday. 

    The Florida Department of Transportation will have daytime lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the intersection to install a new traffic signal system.

    Drivers need to be aware of traffic changing lanes and workers at the site. 

  • Fourth person dies in Inglis shooting

    The small town of Inglis is picking itself up and applying bandages — physical and mental — where needed this week after a man unhappy over the end of his 32-year marriage on Thursday killed his ex-wife, himself and a man who tried to intervene out of concern that children playing across the street were in harm's way. He also shot a fourth man who was still fighting for his life at a Gainesville hospital.

  • Chiefland woman charged in stabbing of relative

    An argument over who would care for an elderly relative escalated and ended with one person stabbing the other with a box cutter, according to a Chiefland Police Department report.

    Lasonya Denise Collins, 46, of Baxley, Ga., then transported the elderly relative to North Florida Regional Medical Center in Gainesville where she was later arrested by the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office, Gainesville Police Department, the U.S. Marshals Service Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force, and the Chiefland Police Department.

  • Burglary investigation leads to five arrests, meth lab

    The Levy County Sheriff's deputies who responded to a Chiefland resident's complaint about a burglary at a shed on his property must have thought it was their lucky day as they ended up arresting five people and discovering a methamphetamine lab.

    On Friday, Sept. 11, Chiefland resident said his shed had been broken into within the last 18 hours. Deputies learned guns, ammunition and tools had been taken when the burglars cut locks and forced the door off the tracks to gain entry.

  • Sheriff's Report & Most Wanted for the week of Oct. 1

    The Levy County Sheriff's Office reports the following arrests:

    •Sept. 26, Jessee Carroll Baggett Jr., 35, Williston, DUI alcohol or drugs, possession of marijuana, possession and/or use of drug equipment. Bond $13,000.

    •Sept. 24, Jonathon Beau Bender, 20, Chiefland, VOP.

    •Sept. 21, Kerry Leann Bush, 35, out of county warrant.

    •Sept. 27, Cory Taylor Chadwick, 29, Chiefland, brawling. Bond $2,000.

    •Sept. 23, John Champion, 26, Chiefland, robbery with weapon.

  • Chiefland students meet at flagpole to celebrate faith

    This past Wednesday, Sept. 23 over 100 students and parents gathered around Chiefland Middle High School’s flagpole before school to pray for their fellow students, school, town and country.

    Minister of Youth Noah Raulerson from Hardeetown Baptist Church led the event.

    The students broke up into small groups and prayed together.

    "A lot of students attended and participated. I like how this year we prayed in small groups; it was more personal. Overall it went really well,” commented senior Libby Sheffield.

  • Church News for the week of Oct. 1

    Good Shepherd hosts

    October Fest Sunday

    Fall is here and it is time for the annual October Fest. This year it will be Sunday, Oct. 4, after the 10:30 a.m. church service. There will be bratwurst, sauerkraut, potato salad, apple sauce and much more. Good Shepherd Lutheran is located on US 19 north next door to the winery.

    Blessing of Animals

    The Annual Blessing of the Animals is Sunday, Oct. 4, at St. Alban's Episcopal Church. The church service is at 10:30 a.m. and the pets will be blessed after the service.

  • Driver cited in crash that affected traffic light box

    The traffic light at the intersection of State Road 24 and U.S. 27A in Bronson was not functioning for most of Tuesday, Sept. 22 after a driver entered the intersection while the light was still red and collided with another vehicle that took out the traffic light’s control box.

    Caeli Woodard, 17, of Bronson, was driving a 2001 Chevrolet Venture and stopped behind another vehicle on SR 24, while the light was red.

  • Florida Highway Patrol seeks help in hit-and-run crash

    The Florida Highway Patrol is seeking the public's assistance in solving a hit-and-run crash that occurred on Friday, Sept. 25, at approximately 8:40 p.m. when a vehicle collided with a motorcyclist on U.S. Highway 27A and left the scene.

    Daniel A. Montalbano, 36, of Bronson, was westbound in the left lane of US 27A when an unidentified vehicle traveling south on Wilson Avenue turned left onto US 27 into Montalbano's path.

    Montalbano was unable to avoid a collision striking the rear of the vehicle.