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Today's News

  • Easter Bunny lays 40,000 eggs

    By Lori Prevatt, Citizen Correspondent

    Forward Church covered the ground at Strickland Park with 40,000 candy-filled plastic Easter eggs Sunday, March 25.

    The annual hunt included many fun things for children to do.

    First responders were present to give children a close up look inside the back of a Levy County Ambulance or inside a Chiefland fire truck. The Levy County Sheriff’s Office brought its airboat and allowed kids to pose for pictures on the boat. A state trooper was also present and Chiefland police officer Kyle Schultz and his K9 partner, Blitz, met boys and girls. Kids posed for pictures with the first responders, talked to them about safety and were given safety pamphlets.

    Children also had the opportunities to play on bouncy houses and to have their faces painted.

    Mini Angels Rescue Petting Zoo also had many animals for children to hold and pet. They had a large tortoise, a small pig, goats, guinea pigs, rabbits and more.

    Shandscaire also landed their helicopter and allowed children and parents to explore the inside of the helicopter.

  • Haven on care center: ‘That’s the model we want to continue to support.’

    Last November, Haven Hospice closed its on site care center in Chiefland, causing some concern around The community about the institution’s viability in the area.

    But spokespersons for the hospice, which has recently shortened its name to Haven, said they expected it to be a temporary move while the caregiver reconsiders the financial model for keeping open a care facility on campus.

    Haven Chiefland administrator Patrick Allen provided an update to the plans for the center at the Chiefland Chamber of Commerce meeting March 23 at the Haven Hospice Meeting Room, and said the care provider still plans to reopen the care center by the end of the year.

    “We don’t have a date set to reopen, (but) we believe we can reopen it this year,” Allen said. “That’s our goal. We are still struggling with the volumes right now, but we believe with education, we can get it back open.

  • Fire claims Bronson man

    By Lt. Scott Tummond, LCSO PIO

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office and Levy County Department of Public Safety along with multiple fire units responded March 24 at about 11:15 p.m. to 11830 NE 81 Terrace, in Bronson, to multiple 911 calls about a structure fire.

    Fire and law enforcement officials arrived to find a singlewide mobile home fully engulfed in flames. Witnesses on scene told responding units there was still someone inside the home.

    Felix Shackelford, 79, was unable to escape and succumbed to the fire.

    Witnesses reported Shackelford had been working on a propane space heater earlier in the day and when he lit it, it exploded. Shackelford attempted to extinguish the flames and was trapped inside the home. His wife, Margaret, was able to escape. Their son, Author Carroza, had been working on a vehicle in the yard and had taken the vehicle on a test run when the fire started. He attempted to gain entry into the home after the fire started, but was not able to locate his father inside due to the extreme heat.

  • 2018 Suwannee River Youth Livestock Show results

    Rabbit

    Sponsor: Dr. Bill Martin, Martin Orthodontics

    Superintendent: Dr. T. L. Andrews

    Show Reserve Champion: Hannah Quincey, Chiefland Sr FFA

    Grand Champion: Toby Wood, Helping Hands 4-H

    Dairy Cow

    Sponsors: Superintendent: Sherry Roux

    North Florida Holstein

    Showmanship Primary

    3 Rebekah Ivey, Osceola 4-H

    2 Elizabeth Bagby, Southern Style 4-H

    1 Maddie Smith, Southern Style 4-H

    Showmanship Junior

    3 Jaycee Gunn, Bell Middle FFA

    2 Bertha Sutterfield, Bell Middle FFA

    1 Easton Doughlas, Bell Middle FFA

    Showmanship Senior

    3 Corbin Holder, Bell Sr FFA

    2 Kaylee Douglas, Bell Sr FFA

    1 Austin Bagby, Bell Sr FFA

    Show

    Dairy Heifer Reserve Champion: Maddie Smith, Southern Style 4-H

    Grand Champion: Emma Gurule, Bell Sr FFA

    Dairy Cow Reserve Champion: Elizabeth Bagby, Southern Style 4-H

    Dairy Cow Grand Champion: Austin Bagby, Bell Sr FFA

    Heifer

    Sponsor: Dr. Bill Martin, Martin Orthodontics

  • McCallum, Edison talk school security

    By Lori Prevatt, Citizen Correspondent

    A public school security meeting at Chiefland Elementary educated about 30 parents on some changes coming to the security measures at the school and possible changes coming in the near future.

    The changes were prompted March 9 when Gov. Rick Scott signed Senate Bill 7026, a 105-page bill addressing school security and safety. The bill was proposed after the Valentine’s Day school shooting at Marjory Douglas Stone high school.

    Sheriff Bobby McCallum addressed the crowd of parents and citizens on the evening of March 16.

    “I don’t think I have been anymore stressed as I am right now for the task set before us. This bill has left the superintendent and I in a very tight spot,” McCallum said. “The bill requires a school resource officer in every school. The sheriffs department works hand in with the police department. They will back up school resource officers. We’ve increased the numbers of patrol officers, so we can pay close attention to our schools,” McCallum said.

  • Residents: Keep Withlacoochee as it is

    By Fred Hiers, Reporter, Citrus County Chronicle

    When weather permits, 78-year-old Jodie Roberts sits on her deck on the Withlacoochee River a mile downstream from the Lake Rousseau dam and watches the water’s flow and enjoys the wildlife. She wants to keep it that way.

    To try and do that she was one of about 20 people who attended the Southwest Florida Water Management District’s kickoff meeting this week that began the process of establishing minimum flows and levels (MFL) for the middle and upper portion of the river.

    “I think it’s important we keep the river like it is,” she said after the water agency’s presentation about the fundamentals of setting MFLs. The meeting was at Cornerstone Baptist Church in Inverness.

    “That’s my concern. If they don’t get the numbers right, the water and the quality will go down,” she said.

    MFLs are important because, once established, the water district uses them to determine whether to grant groundwater or surface water withdrawal permits.

  • Missing Child

    Todd Watson has been located.

    Todd Watson, a 2 year old toddler, wandered from his home earlier today in Rosewood. Law enforcement from the Levy County Sheriff's Office, the Florida Department of Corrections Cross City K-9 and the Citrus County Sheriff's Office Aviation Unit and approximately 150 volunteers searched the wooded area near the child's home located at 9730 SW 67 Street in Rosewood.

    Todd was found safe and is currently being evaluated by EMS.

    The LCSO and Sheriff McCallum want to offer our sincere thanks to all of the volunteers who offered their time and extraordinary efforts to make this a successful community effort.  

  • Zino is Levy spelling champ

    Courtesy of School Board of Levy County

    Bronson fifth-grader Mina Zino is the Levy County District Spelling Bee Champ. Zino was also recognized in fourth grade for having perfect scores on her FSA Reading and Math, and was recognized in third grade for having a perfect score on her FSA Reading.

  • DOH issues mosquito borne illness alert

    The Florida Department of Health in Levy County issued a mosquito-borne illness alert for Levy County. A case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis has been confirmed in a flock of Emus in the Bronson area and there is a heightened concern that residents could become ill.

    DOH-Levy continues to advise the public to remain diligent in their personal mosquito protection efforts by remembering to “drain and cover.”

    Drain standing water to stop mosquitoes from multiplying.

    •Drain water from garbage cans, house gutters, buckets, pool covers, coolers, toys, flower pots or any other containers where sprinkler or rain water has collected.

    • Discard old tires, drums, bottles, cans, pots and pans, broken appliances and other items that aren’t being used.

    • Empty and clean birdbaths and pet’s water bowls at least once or twice a week

    • Protect boats and vehicles from rain with tarps that don’t accumulate water.

    • Maintain swimming pools in good condition and appropriately chlorinated. Empty plastic swimming pools when not in use.

  • Deputies cleared in shooting

    The Levy County Grand Jury found two Levy County deputies were within their rights to use deadly force on a Chiefland man armed with two knives in November 2017.

    Levy County Sheriff Bobby McCallum said Tuesday morning that “no true bill” was the decision he expected.

    “Based on our initial investigation and review of the information I had, I believed it was justifiable, though I do feel bad for the family,” the sheriff said. “These are three of the most experienced deputies. I know their communications skills in dealing with suspects and knew they had done everything they could do and the shooting was the last option they had. This was the last thing they wanted to do.”

    According to a press release by State Attorney Bill Cervone, deputies responded Nov. 16, 2017, to a domestic dispute and found 34-year-old Michael Goodale armed with two knives.