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Today's News

  • Man charged in machete attack on dog

    Gary Denning, 50, of Trenton is facing a felony cruelty to an animal charge after he attacked the family's pet Golden Retriever with a machete severing its spinal cord on Thursday, according to a Levy County Sheriff's Office press release.
    The dog, severely injured from being struck several times, was alive when deputies arrived, but was later euthanized by Levy County Animal Control.
    Denning told deputies the dog was not aggressive and he was getting back at his brother-in-law for a small dent in his truck.

  • NOAA hurricane outlook indicates above-normal season

    Government forecasters are predicting the Atlantic will have a busy tropical storm season this year, according to the seasonal outlook issued by NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center — a division of the National Weather Service.

    For the six-month season, which begins June 1, NOAA is predicting:

    • 12 to 18 named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher), of which:

  • Deputy's home burns; community can help family

    Levy County Sheriff's Deputy Marshall Smith’s residence was destroyed by fire on Wednesday. Everything was a complete loss. No one was injured.

    The family is moving into a vacant home, but they need help getting re-established. Any assistance — including prayers — would be very much appreciated by the family.

  • Hunter safety course in Chiefland on Saturday

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservatoin Commission is offering a free hunter safety Internet completion course on Saturday in Chiefland.
    Anyone born on or after June 1, 1975, must complete the hunter safety course before purchasing a Florida hunting license.
    Students who have taken the online course and wish to complete the classroom portion must bring the online completion report with them.
    The location for this class will be given to those who register in advance by calling the regional office at 386-758-0525 or by going to www.myfwc.com/huntersafety.

  • Sturgeon injures woman on Suwannee River

    Special to the Citizen
    A woman was injured when a sturgeon crashed through her boat’s windshield and showered her with glass April 27.
    Erica Stevens, of Safety Harbor, received minor injuries, according to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) investigators.
    At about 5 p.m., Stevens and her husband, Scott, who was operating the boat, were on the Suwannee River north of the U.S. 19 Bridge in Gilchrist County, traveling at about 15 mph when a 5-foot sturgeon jumped up in front of Stevens’ vessel and crashed through the boat’s windshield, FWC officials said.

  • Lower Suwannee NWR meeting

    Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge invites you to the attend the fourth annual Hunter Working Group meeting on Thursday, May 25, at 6 p.m. at the refuge headquarters on Hwy 347.
    This is an informal opportunity to provide beneficial input, comments and suggestions regarding the hunting program at the refuge. Refuge management and staff want to hear suggestions and feedback for the coming year’s season before the 2011-2012 season begins.

  • Endangered species day Friday

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and numerous conservation organizations will observe Endangered Species Day on Friday to recognize conservation efforts underway across the nation aimed at helping America’s imperiled species.
    To date, the Endangered Species Act, which became law in 1973, has helped to prevent the extinction of hundreds of species. Co-administered by the Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the purpose of the Act is to conserve imperiled species and the ecosystems upon which they depend.

  • Winners of Wildhog race announced

    The following is a list of the winners from the Wildhog Canoe & Kayak Race on April 30:

    Experienced
    1-John Edwards 1:40:50
    2-Daniel & Keith Maynard (Sponsor: Capital City Bank, Chiefland) 1:53:07
    3-Glennis Williams & Larry Frederick 1:57:44
    Kayak
    1-Brint Adams 1:50:42
    2-Edward Francavilla 2:02:53
    3-Andrew Malowney 2:06:43
    Mixed
    1-Rod Price 2:04:51
    2-Craig Clemmer & Ashley Andrion 2:33:08
    3-*Aaron & Rikki Richardson 2:46:19
    3-Lyn Wilson & Steve Stump 2:54:39
    Parent-Youth
    1-Tim Dodge & Katie Dodge 2:15:50
    2-Ton McCormick & Cole McCormick 2:44:34

  • Chiefland blue-gold game on Friday

    Chiefland’s football team will play its annual spring blue-gold game on Friday at 7:30 p.m. at C. Doyle McCall Field at Wayne Pridgeon Stadium in Chiefland.

  • Cappy's Corner: Living for Sports

    With scholastic sports over, the B section of the Chiefland Citizen is changing from "sports" to "living," beginning with this week's edition.
    No, that does not mean we're forgetting about sports all together. It only means we're shifting our focus a bit for the next few months of summer to activities of all kinds, even the kinds where scores are not kept.
    Now, don't expect this section to turn overnight into pages ripped out of Martha Stewart's Living magazine, although readers may see us tackle gardening and cooking from time-to-time.