Today's News

  • Man arrested in online stalking

    An online relationship between a Levy County resident and a Bradford County man blossomed into more than a short term romance when it ended for her, but the man continued calling numerous times a day, detail what she was doing and even got into her home, according to a Levy County Sheriff's office press release. 

  • Sheriff's Report & Most Wanted for the week of Feb. 25

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

    •Feb. 19, Reinhard Bailey, 60, Dunnellon, possession of controlled substance W/O prescription. Bond $10,000.

    •Feb. 19, Vincent L. Baker, 19, Crystal River, burglary, grand theft, possession of a controlled substance W/O prescription, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and/or use. Bond $42,000.

    •Feb. 21, James Bradford, 31, Williston, out of county warrant.

  • Biker dies in crash

    A Williston man died when his 2007 Suzuki Bandit motorcycle missed a curve and crashed through a fence at a retention pond at County Road 102 North and U.S. Highway 27A, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report.

    The report said the accident happened at midnight, but James Layton, 49, was not found until after daylight and was pronounced dead at the scene.

    He was westbound on CR 102 approaching a sharp left hand curve when the bike continued straight on to the grass shoulder, hitting the pond fence and ejecting Layton onto the ground.

  • Man charged in sexual battery of child

    Levy County Sheriff’s Office Investigators arrested Mariano Hernandez-Castro, 44, on Feb. 17, and have charged him with sexual battery of a child under 12 and lewd or lascivious molestation of a child under 12. Hernandez-Castro appeared before Levy County Judge Browning who set his bond at $1.75 million dollars.

    Sheriff's Investigator Cpl. Tom Martin received a report on Feb. 16 from the parent of an 8-year-old that the child had disclosed being sexually battered during visits to the Hernandez-Castro home.

  • Chiefland Senior FFA wins state food science and technology competition

    Special to the Citizen

    Florida FFA is pleased to announce that Chiefland Senior FFA took first place at the State Food Science and Technology Career Development Event.

    The winners will be recognized at the 88th Florida FFA State Convention and Expo in July. The competitive event was held on Jan. 30, in Gainesville.

    Chiefland had 914 points while second place Bartow Senior FFA had 211 and third place Ocala West Port had 907 poinrs.

  • Chiefland FFA member wins Reserve champ

    Demetrius Bowers II, won Grand Reserve Championship in Junior Doe Nubian Division  at the Florida State Fair.

    Bowers is a Chiefland Junior FFA member, and attends 8th grade at Chiefland Middle High School. 

  • Indians shut down Eagles

    Chiefland won its first district game of the season and entered this week on a three-game winning streak, holding opponents scoreless in 17 consecutive innings.

    The Indians (3-1, 1-0 District 4A-7) beat Bronson 14-0 in their district opener last Friday, keeping the Eagles to two hits. The win was the third in a row for the Indians -- all shutouts -- as the team is getting strong pitching from its rotation and mostly mistake-free baseball.

  • Officiating left much to be desired at Lady Indians vs Lady Eagles game

    I can remember when I played for Coach Vickers as a lady Indian and always feeling intimidated when we played against a team from Gainesville. 

    The Lady Indian softball team took it in stride with no problem to win their game against Oak Hall last week.

    The game was packed with fans and the intensity was high the entire game along with frustration from the officiating.

    I do not know the game of softball as much as I should but I saw calls that were inconsistent from the last game against Williston.

  • Community Calendar for the week of Feb. 25


    Library Friends meeting

    The Friends of the Luther Callaway Public Library (FLCPL), the Chiefland branch of the Levy County Public Library System, meet on the second Thursday of the month, except in July and August, at 11 a.m. at the library, 104 N.E. 3rd St., Chiefland.

    The Friends support the library by promoting the library’s programs and resources and through fund-raising projects to purchase reading materials, books on tape, videos, operating supplies and minor equipment.  There are no dues.

  • Gala honors Hastings while raising $24K

    Humor, jokes and a little good natured ribbing set the tone for the 16th Annual Stars Gala presented by the Levy County Schools Foundation.