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Today's News

  • Bembry not giving up on naming roads for war dead

  • It's time to get prepared: Hurricane season starts Wednesday

    By LOU ELLIOTT JONES
    editor@chieflandcitizen.com
    On Monday, Levy County Emergency Management Director Mark Johnson was checking out the TV coverage of the Joplin, Mo., tornado disaster on one screen while cranking up a couple of laptop computers for a tabletop exercise in Chiefland on Tuesday.

  • Missing girl, 10, found at friend's home

    A report of a missing 10-year-old girl cost law officers in four counties a night's sleep but they're happy to learn she was safe at a friend's home.

    Kyia Elane Ellerby was reported missing at 12:30 a.m. Wednesday, after her family said she failed to reach a friend's house after leaving home at 8:30 p.m. She instead went to another friend's home to spend the night.

  • 2011 National Hurricane Preparedness Week:
  • 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.