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Today's News

  • Rosewood rises again

    The organizer of a January event, "Return to Rosewood," was told to come back with some answers about plans for an invitation-only reconciliation event that includes providing parking and access for emergency vehicles if necessary.
    Marvin Dunn of Miami, executive director of Roots in the City, is hosting the Jan. 2 event on Southwest 96th Court on 5.69 acres he owns in Rosewood.

  • Fire fight stoked again

    A group seeking the Levy County Commission's blessings to study the organization and equipping of the county's fire districts and departments got a surprising response: Begin again.
    Chiefland Vice Mayor Teresa Barron and Chiefland Fire Chief James Harris asked the commission on Tuesday to approve the work of a subcommittee of the county Fire Advisory Board that is looking into a report done several years ago on the county's fire efforts and eventually presenting information and recommendations to the full board.

  • CHS scores county’s first A

    By MIKE CAPSHAW
    sports@chieflandcitizen.com
    Chiefland High School captured academic bragging rights when it became the first high school in Levy County to earn a school grade of A from the Florida Department of Education on Tuesday.
    School grades are calculated by a new formula this year that includes participation in advanced coursework and college readiness, something Levy County School District Superintendent Bob Hastings recommended in a letter to the state years ago.

  • Toys for Tots distribution Dec. 14,15 and 17

    The Tri-County Toys for Tots distribution will be Dec. 14 for Levy County, Dec. 15 for Gilchrist County and Dec. 17 for Dixie County.

    The program sponsored by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve with the help of area residents distributed thousands of toys annually to families who would not otherwise have gifts for their children.

    Applications have been taken this fall and anyone with an application is asked to turn it in at the Toys for Tots booth between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday., Dec. 11, at the Fanning Springs Festival of Lights at Fort Fanning State Park.

  • Blair jury deadlocks

    Pamela Williams Blair's trial on a federal charge of lying to an FBI agent during an interview ended with a hung jury on Wednesday breaking a string of convictions for federal prosecutors.

    Blair was arrested in December 2008 in connection with an FBI investigation into public corruption in Dixie and Levy counties. An undercover FBI agent posed as a New Jersey-based developer looking to bribe officials in return for favorable treatment of his projects.

  • Two arrested in drug cases

    Two men, one from Chiefland and another from Gainesville were arrested on drug charges in unrelated cases.
    Melvin Alday, 76, of Chiefland was arrested by Levy County Drug Task Force Agent Jay Bolton on Dec. 2 and charged with the sale of 19.1 grams of Vicodin to a confidential source in August 2010, according to a Levy County Sheriff's press release. The quantity is large enough to charge Alday with trafficking. His bond is $ 50,000.

  • Christmas play at Lighthouse Word Church

    Are you looking for something a little different to help you celebrate Christmas this year?  If so, you will love the  “It’s A Madison County Christmas” play.

    The performance is at Lighthouse Word Church on Sunday, Dec. 12 at 10:30 a.m.

    The morning will begin with brunch and Christmas goodies, followed by the play, featuring good old country humor, and ending with traditional Christmas Carols. 

  • Some rules to provide good public service

     I did not write the headline on this column, nor did I write most of what you will read here. But what follows is pretty darned good stuff that I wish I had thought of writing.

  • News briefs

     Native Plant Society to meet

  • True regard for others is rare

         "We love him, because he first loved us."