Today's News

  • We've moved – temporarily

    The Chiefland Citizen, Cedar Key Beacon and Tri-County Bulletin have vacated our offices on West Park Avenue due to renovations.

    The staff is working in the conference center of the Quality Inn, but we ask that customers call at 352-493-4796, instead of coming to see us, and leave a message to place ads or for a staff member. Your call will be returned as soon as possible.

    We ask that you bear with us for the next two weeks as we settle back in to our regular routine and a permanent office space.

    Thank you for your patience.

  • Sexual predator registers in Levy County

    On July 9, John Wayne Hudson registered as a Sexual Predator with the Levy County Sheriff’s Office.

    Hudson was convicted in 2004 in Levy County for sexual battery by weapon or force. He was released from the Federal Bureau of Prisons in 2014 and registered a change in address to 11950 NE 116 Street, Archer.

    By Florida law Hudson is required to notify law enforcement whenever he changes addresses.

  • Man charged with child molestation

    Brandon Michael McClurg of Williston was arrested by Investigator Scott Stancil in the late afternoon of July 7, after confessing to sexually abusing a 5 year old child.

    The child’s father filed his complaint on June 28 after his child disclosed to him “Dude”, as the child refers to McClurg, had touched her inappropriately.

  • AG, FTC stop credit card interest scam

    TALLAHASSEE – For the second time in two weeks, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi and the Federal Trade Commission have filed a federal court lawsuit to protect consumers from a credit card interest rate reduction scam. This time, Bondi and the FTC halted a Pinellas County-based group of businesses and individuals from operating a nationwide telemarketing scam that defrauded consumers out of at least $8.5 million.

  • $15,000 reward offered in Rosewood arsons

    The Florida Forest Service and the Florida Forestry Arson Alert Association, in conjunction with a private landowner, are offering up to $15,000 for information leading to an arrest of an arsonist who recently set multiple wildfires in the Rosewood area of Levy County.

  • Sheriff's Report & Most Wanted for the week of July 16

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

    •July 10, Inshan Allie, 34, Ocala, aggravated assault with deadly weapon W/O intent to kill. No bond.

    •July 12, Tanja Alston, 39, Chiefland, battery.

    •July 11, Matthew John Bennett, 32, Chiefland, Larceny – grand theft 300 less than $5,000, DWLSR and burglary. Bond $45,000.

  • Church News for the week of July 16

    Food distribution

    The Food for Life food distribution is on the second and fourth Saturday of the month starting at 10 a.m. at the Chiefland First United Methodist Church with a suggested donation of $3.50.

    First Assembly of God

    First Assembly of God in Chiefland will host God Encounter Weekend Friday, Aug. 7 at 7 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 8 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 9. at 10:30 a.m.

    Phill Proudy from Springhill will be the guest speaker.

  • 'Exploring Our World' exhibit features Florida museum, UF research

    By Reba Liddy

    Special to the Citizen

    Visitors can learn about the importance of research and collections in a new exhibit now on display at the Florida Museum of Natural History.

    “Exploring Our World” features information about ongoing University of Florida and museum research, and spotlights current UF initiatives in the science, technology, engineering and math fields. The UF research section includes videos produced by students highlighting projects across campus.

  • Meeks passes advanced training

    The Florida Association of Counties (FAC) presented Levy County Commissioner John M. Meeks with the Advanced County Commissioner designation following his completion of a comprehensive study program developed by the association.

    In addition he has won two posts in the county association. Meeks was also unanimously elected to represent District 5 – which includes all or part of Baker, Citrus, Columbia, Dixie, Gilchrist, Lafayette, Levy, Marion, Suwannee and Union counties – on the FAC Board of Directors.

  • Seahorse Key re-opens for visitors on Saturday

    After taking a four-month hiatus to allow for the bird nesting season on Seahorse Key, the island and its lighthouse will be open to visitors on Saturday, July 18, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Access to the island and its beaches has been restricted since March 1 of this year, as it is annually, to protect against any interruption to the breeding and nesting activities of the rookery.

    Visitors will have to use private boats, kayaks or canoes or tour boats from Cedar Key to reach the island that is a refuge for wildlife.