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Today's News

  • 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 chance 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.

    For those among the 1,075 who had voted as of Tuesday, you can read the candidate responses, but you cannot change your ballot.

  • Home invasion was really delusion

    A Williston man who reported a home invasion at his Northeast 175th Avenue residence in Williston causing the Levy County Sheriff's Office to turn out in full force on Aug. 5 in an effort to save him.

    But when the deputies showed up and made their way into the home, they only found the man who admitted he had been using the drug “Molly” (Ecstasy) for three days, according to the arrest document.

  • Soggy’s the new norm

    For those who want to be “in the know” the soggiest spot in Levy County may be Yankeetown where the newly installed Weather STEM at Yankeetown school measured 10.06 inches of rain from Friday through Monday.

    Of that amount, 5.47 inches of rain fell on Sunday.

    Chiefland is a relatively dry spot in the week’s weather picture where the Weather STEM at Chiefland Middle High School measured 3.3 inches of rain over the weekend.

    The Bronson Weather STEM at Bronson Middle High School registered 5.29 inches over the weekend.

  • Get prepared for up to 10 inches of rain in coming week

    By David Peaton

    Levy County Emergency Management
    The National Weather Service is tracking a broad area of low pressure off the west coast of Florida that has the potential to bring as much as 10 inches of rain to the Levy County and surrounding areas over the next few days. 

    Citizens that have drainage issues and are prone to rainfall related flooding should take extra precautions to protect property from potential flooding issues. 

  • Community Calendar for the week of August 4

    Today, Aug. 4

    Thursdays

    Homemakers meet

    The Levy County Home & Community Educators group meets the third Thursday of the month at 10 a.m. at the UF/IFAS Extension office at 625 N. Hathaway Ave., Bronson. There are no meetings during the summer months. For more information call 352-486-5131.

    Library Friends meeting

  • Drummond moves into Citrus with merger

    By Michael D. Bates

    A merger between two community banks, expected to be finalized in the fourth quarter of 2016, will result in the two Nature Coast Bank offices in Citrus County becoming part of the growing Drummond Community Bank chain.

    Established in 2005, Nature Coast Bank has two branches in Citrus County: one at 1160 N. U.S. 19 in Crystal River and the other at 2455 North Citrus Hills Blvd. in Hernando. Both are run by president and CEO Paul Mellini.

  • Class back in session

    Students return to school a week earlier this year in Levy County, meaning they’ll be back in class on Monday, Aug. 10.

    Drivers are encouraged to be cautious of lower speed limits near schools as well as students waiting at bus stops.

    Schools are holding open house events for parents to meet their children’s teachers in the days running up to the start of school.

  • On the road again — Bronson trucker a 2 million mile man

    Landstar System, Inc., a worldwide, asset-light provider of integrated transportation management solutions delivering safe, specialized transportation services, has recognized Robert Plymale of Bronson, as a Two Million Mile Safe Driver. During his career with Landstar, Plymale has driven 2 million consecutive miles without a preventable accident.

    Just to put that in perspective, that distance is equivalent to four round trips to the moon with some “frequent flier” miles left over.

  • Camera in ladies room at park leads to arrest

    A sex offender who has a previous conviction for video voyeurism has been charged with engaging in the same activity in the women's restroom at Fanning Springs State Park, according to a Levy County Sheriff's press release.

    And it was his face showing up on the video that led to his arrest. Ronald Alan Everett, 50, of Old Town, who confessed the camera was his, also has Levy Sheriff's investigators looking for other video cameras Everett indicated he placed in other public restrooms.

  • CCA's new social norms project No Ones House

    The Community Coalition Alliance (CCA), made up of 23 county-level community coalitions with a substance use prevention focus, approached DeBerry Marketing Services back in January after having seen a video they produced for the Dixie County Anti-Drug Coalition promoting their Friday Night Done Right program.