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Today's News

  • Regional jobless 7.1, Levy 6.7

    Levy County is a bright spot in the region with a jobless rate of 6.7 percent in September, a figure not seen since the start of the recession and rising unemployment in May 2008, according to a CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion press release. In May 2008, the county's jobless rate was 6.3 percent and jumped to 7 percent by June.

  • Chauffeured on hay

    Children from Kountry Kids Learning Center in Chiefland stopped by the Chiefland Citizen Friday during the school's annual fall hay ride through town.

    The Chiefland Citizen appreciates the visit. It gives everyone a reason to smile. 

  • HOSA says thanks with a meal

    On Sept. 25, the Health Academy Seniors at Chiefland High School prepared a luncheon in honor of business partners who, over the years, have sponsored their class and HOSA club. The senior students  prepared a home-cooked meal for those who attended. During the luncheon the students addressed the different activities they participate in throughout the year.

  • CMHS Health Academy learns CPR

    According to the American Heart Association (AHA), cardiac arrest is a leading cause of death in the United States, and when people other than first responders and healthcare providers know CPR, a victim’s survival rate can more than double.

    With that in mind, Levy County Department of Public Safety offered and provided the Chiefland Middle High School Health Academy students with CPR training.

  • Bronson Head Start digs in

    Head Start students in Bronson stand where they hope to build a raised garden with the help of parents, grandparents and community volunteers.

    Lowe's of Lady Lake donated the construction materials. Lowe's plant vendors donated the plants to get the garden started so the kids will be able to harvest fresh vegetables in time for Thanksgiving.  In the spring, seeds will be started in the classroom.  The idea is to show the children that their food not only comes from the grocery store but that they can also grow everything in their own backyards.

  • Community, leaders meet on proposed resource center

    Citizens, elected officials and community leaders of Levy, Gilchrist and Dixie counties met a couple of weeks ago for a visioning session to discuss plans and priorities for the Tri-County Community Resource Center. The Visioning Session was facilitated by national experts from Casey Family Programs.

    The Tri-County Community Resource Center is planned to open in late 2014 in Chiefland. The center will serve residents of Levy, Gilchrist and Dixie counties by providing free services and resources that have been identified by citizens as some of their top needs.

  • Levy DPS organizes regional training

    Thirty-two local and regional firefighters and emergency personnel took part in extrication training sponsored by the Florida Fire Chief’s Association Oct. 11 and 12.

    Levy County Department of Public Safety Director David Knowles got FFCA involved after a request for such services at a recent fire administration meeting. The class was free of charge, thanks to FFCA, as well as several other businesses in the area that supplied lunch and tools.

  • Sheriff's Report & Most Wanted for October 23

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

    • Oct. 13, Tonya Michelle Andrews, 40, St. Cloud, petit theft, retail theft.

    • Oct. 23, Tamara Askew Brown, 52, Old Town, petit theft, VOP, dealing in stolen property.

    • Oct. 13, Paula Alejandra Clairmont, 35, Chiefland, battery. ROR.

    • Oct. 19, Michael Defilippo, 38, Williston, domestic battery,

    • Oct. 15, Karen Edwards, 42, Chiefland, DWLSR, possession of marijuana, possession of drug equipment. Bond $12,000.

  • Levy Classic Cup Stays

    “Don’t blink.” This was the motto reiterated Friday from Chiefland coach Aaron Richardson all night. The Indians didn’t bat an eye, as they went on to take care of county rival Williston 34-24 and retain the Levy Cup for another year.

  • Water district profiling Manatee Springs

    Manatee Springs is being highlighted in a new feature on a state website.
    The Suwannee Rive Water Management District created the feature, the Manatee Springs Dashboard, several months ago as an experimental means of getting feedback from people on the spring and the issues surrounding its health.
    "For a variety of reasons, it's an important spring," said SRWMD Director of Water Resources Erich Marzolf, adding that the district has included the feature based on what some of the state's other water management districts are now doing.