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Today's News

  • Only two county commission seats on fall election ballots

    The Levy County Supervisor of Elections Office is gearing up for the off-year elections and planning on only having two county commissioner races on the ballot.

    There has been some question whether interim Levy County Commissioners Marsha Drew and Chad “Cracker” Johnson would have to run for election after suspended Levy County Commissioners Sammy Yearty and Tony Parker were convicted in a federal political corruption case in December.

  • Signs of life returning to proposed hospital

    A city official, at Monday night’s commission meeting, said plans for the much-anticipated construction of a hospital in Chiefland are back on the drawing table.

    Laurie Copeland, project and finance coordinator for the City of Chiefland, told commissioners a company called DASCO Companies, LLC, based out of Palm Beach Gardens, is working to acquire the rights for construction of the proposed 60-bed facility.

    “We’re rockin’ as fast as we can roll,” Copeland said.  “These guys have money.”

  • Obituary: Chad Allen Reed, Sr.

         Chad Allen Reed, Sr., 33, of Cross City, Florida, a Captain with the Dixie County Sheriff’s Department, died in the line of duty on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010, protecting the lives of the people around him. Born on September 24, 1976 in Perry he lived in Steinhatchee until he married and moved to Cross City, Florida.      Mr.

  • Dixie deputy dies in Cross City shooting

    The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating how a chase across four counties for the suspect in the shootings of four women — including two who died — came to a tragic end Thursday evening with a shootout at a Cross City gas station and the death of Dixie County Sheriff’s Capt. Chad Reed.

    Reed, whose funeral will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at First Baptist Church in Cross City, leaves behind a wife and two young sons. Visitation is Saturday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Rick Gooding Funeral Home in Cross City.

  • Nature Coast Transit begins bus service

    Nature Coast Transit wants to help Levy County residents get back to work. And if work is not where you live, even if it is in Gainseville, Trenton or points in between, NCT can help workers and prospective workers get there with federal help.

  • Frigid Florida

    Skies are clearing from Friday morning's rains but chilly temperatures are continuing through the weekend, but look for daytime highs in the 50s starting next week. Please check the Citizen website for a warning from the state Division of Forestry on the increased risk of wildfire.

    The 10 day forecast:

     • Friday: High of 48, Low of 27

    Rainy         

    • Saturday:  High of 45, Low of 22

    Partly cloudy  in morning, sunny in afternoon 

    • Sunday: High of 47, Low of 21

  • The Week Ahead

    Students take second round of H1N1 flu spray this week  

    A second round of free H1N1 (Swine) flu nasal spray vaccinations will be provided by the Levy County Health Department for Levy County students in grades kindergarten through fifth grade.

    Consent forms that were sent home with students must be completed by a parent/guardian and returned to the school in order for a student to receive the vaccination.

    . Contact the Levy County Health Department or School Nurse if you need a consent form or have

  • Irrigation rules take effect this week

    Starting Wednesday, all homeowners and others within the Suwannee River Water Management District are being asked to limit landscape irrigation to one or two days per week, depending upon the time of the year.  

    For the first time ever, SRWMD is implementing a year-round water conservation rule that applies to residential landscaping, public or commercial recreation areas, and public and commercial businesses that aren’t regulated by a District-issued permit.

  • Blair trial delayed

    The trial of former Levy County EZDA Director Pamela Williams Blair has been delayed until March 1 to allow her attorney time to recover from surgery.

    Blair, who was indicted in November 2008 along with suspended County Commissioners Sammy Yearty and Tony Parker,  is accused of lying to a federal agent during a political corruption investigation.

  • New chair, old chair

    Nancy Bell of Chiefland was re-elected chair of the Levy County Board of County Commissioners at the group's first meeting of 2010.

    Danny Stevens of Williston was also re-elected as vice-chair of the commission.

    The vote was unanimous. Commissioner Lilly Rooks of Rosewood, in nominating the two for the posts, said Bell had done a good job of leading the county through troubled times.