Today's News

  • Ladner retires from CF

    After a 30 year career, the provost of the College of Central Florida Levy Center is retiring.

    Marilyn Ladner’s co-workers and peers echoed the same sentiment at a retirement party for her Wednesday, Feb. 24: she will be missed.

  • Helos may have scared birds from Seahorse Key

    Poor raccoons. In the last installment of “The Big Whodunit — Why the birds abandoned their nests on Seahorse Key,” an uptick in the island’s raccoon population, notorious nighttime nest predators, was being blamed for the birds’ disappearance.

    But in a panel discussion on Saturday, Feb. 27, about possible causes for the birds taking flight to Snake Key, Cedar Key and the Suwannee River, three scientists said it has come to light that the black helicopters residents have spotted in area skies may have cause it.

  • Man gets probation in senior's death

    A man charged in the death of Helen Bishop, 96, on July 10, 2014, has been given five years probation and the judge withheld adjudication of his guilt.

    Michael Hancock, a deputy city clerk for Cedar Key, was arrested Oct. 30, 2014, on a charge of aggravated manslaughter of an elderly person and given a $5 million bond by Levy County Judge James Browning. In a later hearing, Hancock was released on his own recognizance but with terms that dictated his activities and curfews.

  • City, RV resort developer spar over sewer line

    The city's sewer system manager and the developer of a 456-space RV resort disagreed over whether a lift station by the Taco Bell on U.S. Highway 19 will be able to handle an expected 34,200 gallons of sewerage per day.

  • Memories will see me through

    Midmorning Feb. 5, a dark veil slipped over a large portion of my heart, permanently blocking the light that has shone so brightly in my life for 20 years.

    When Denise escaped this world after a brief second go-around with cancer, a part of me died too – perhaps one of the best parts of me.

  • 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.