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Today's News

  • Why not my father?

    The City of Chiefland lost a pioneer of the Chiefland Police Department on December 21, 2009.  I am speaking of my father, Etheridge “Crackshot” Bryant.  He gave the City of Chiefland several years of his life as their first African-American police officer.  Moreover, since he started his career as a police officer in this city, he deserved some recognition from his home department.  The Chiefland Police Department should have joined forces with the West Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office, who traveled five hours, to honor him.

  • Love for Sammy Yearty

    I feel compelled to write this letter about a man I love; a man of joy, peace, patience, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance.  He is one of my best friends; he is my brother. Our families often eat together, have great cookouts and fish fries, and travel and vacation together.  One of our most precious hobbies is genealogy.  Sammy is a great historian of the Yearty family, and of Levy County. He has a remarkable memory.   Although he is always available for his family, he has been dedicated to all in Levy County for 30 years.

  • AARP surveys arbitrary

    The letter titled “AARP members support health care reform” from Doug Heinlen, President, AARP Florida states that from a recent survey, 66% of Florida members support health care legislation. I recieved such a survey call from AARP. It was an electronic questioner. The initial question asked if I wanted my voice to be heard regarding health care, if yes, press a number. I pressed the requested number. That led to a second electronic voice that thanked me for my support of AARP's endeavors in the health care reform bill now before congress.

  • The Week Ahead

    Monday Toys for Tots Distribution

                The annual Toys for Tots distribution for Levy County will be from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at First Baptist church in Bronson.

                The distribution for Gilchrist County will be on Wednesday from 11 .m. to 6 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Trenton.

  • Merry Christmas!

     May this Christmas bring the blessings of family and friends gathered and sharing.

    The staff of the Chiefland Citizen is taking the day off to celebrate.

  • Indians boys ground Eagles

    Chiefland High School’s boys basketball team recovered from a difficult week to rout country rival Bronson, 56-36, last Friday night.

  • Yearty, Parker seek new trial
  • Prosecutor named to replace Judge Smith

    Assistant State Attorney Tim Browning has been named to replace Levy County Judge Joseph Smith on the bench. Smith is due to retire on Dec. 31.

    Gov. Charlie Crist's office announced the appointment Monday afternoon, just days after Smith was honored at a retirement reception.

    Browning, a native of Miami, was chosen over two attorneys who have full-time practices in Levy County: Ronald Stephens and Charlotte Weidner.

  • FDOT: Mistake made on bridges

    A mistake by the Florida Department of Transportation District 2 office means Cedar Key will not get three promised bridge replacements.

    The October announcement that four bridges would be replaced by the Florida DOT was a mistake, said Gina Busscher, Public Information Director for DOT District 2.

    In late September, the DOT sent a memorandum of agreement to the Levy County Commission, which was approved with much public fanfare and sent back to DOT.

  • New fire chief on the city’s horizon

    Chiefland is a bit closer to having a new fire chief.

    In a special meeting at City Hall Monday afternoon, the city commissioners picked six applicants from a pool of 29 who had applied for the position, which was left open after Fire Chief John Ward was fired last month.

    Mayor Teal Pomeroy said the commission based its choices on three main criteria:  previous job experience, education and whether or not the applicant was local.

    “It definitely helps if they’re local.  It’s an easier fit for the community,” he said.