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Today's News

  • Manatee Springs to host historical reenactment

    Manatee Springs State Park has shifted the days for its annual Clay Landing Days to Saturday and Sunday this year in an effort to attract more visitors.

    This weekend's event will feature covered wagon rides and hayrides through the park’s north trail system.  

    Along the way, participants will encounter Creek and Seminole Indians and settlers camped out and dressed in period clothing.

  • FBI on trial with commissioners

    The trial of suspended Levy County Commissioners Sammy Yearty and Tony Parker is slowly working its way through the jagged bits and pieces of video and audio tapes as the government tries to prove the two men solicited and split a $10,000 bribe from an undercover FBI agent posing as a developer.

    Yearty also faces an additional charge of lying to federal agents for saying he had not accepted a lunch, dinner or bribe in return for his vote.

  • FBI on trial with commissioners--Wednesday Update

    Wednesday Update

    In a tape viewed by the jury from 9:05 a.m. until 10:40 a.m. on Wednesday, FBI agent Sean Quinn is shown grabbing a stack of bills out of a case as he counts off the $100 bills into stacks.

    "One, 2, 3, 4.. so you take that," Quinn says as he pushes the money in Tony Parker's direction across the table. "So you don't have to pay for airfare."

    "1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 - so you take that," Quinn says, pushing the 100 dollar stack toward Yearty. "So  you don't have any worries."

  • Sheriff, union at odds over money issues

    Levy County Sheriff Johnny Smith and the union representing the deputies are at odds over the handling of $500,000 that was overlooked until the last days of the 2008-09 budget and they have taken the additional step of filing a complaint against Smith's right hand man, Col. Charles M. Johnson Jr. with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

    In addition, the union has sent notice to the Public Employee Relations Commission declaring negotiations at an impasse and asking for the appointment of a panel of special magistrates to resolve the issues in dispute.

  • New book showcases Levy County’s rich past

    People interested in the history of Levy County will find over 200 images documenting the life of early settlers in a new book from Arcadia Publishing.

    Local author and artist Carolyn Cohens explores the area’s rich history through photographs in her new book Images of America: Levy County.

    Filled with pictures and brief profiles of Levy County’s early settlers, the book depicts people utilizing the land by farming, hunting and fishing. The images provide a strong documentation of the fashions, working conditions and architecture of yesteryear.

  • A home for warriors' families

    When military men and women are treated for extended periods at any one of this country’s 1,200 medical facilities, their recuperation and peace of mind is enhanced by the support of their families.

    But everyone cannot afford hotel rooms for long periods.

    That’s where Fisher House comes in.

    Founded in 1990 by Zachary Fisher and his wife Elizabeth, Fisher House provides free accommodations giving veterans and their families a home away from home during treatment or rehab, said Rick Fabiani, president of the Gainesville Fisher House Foundation.

  • Community Calendar week of December 3

    Through -Dec. 6

    Take a pet home for holidays

    Dixie County Humane Society is participating in the national “Foster A Lonely Pet For the Holidays” pet fostering program starting today and having a foster/adoption event on Sunday, Dec. 6 at Walmart in Chiefland.

    Across the country, over 13,000 pet rescue organizations are trying to empty their kennels for Christmas, encouraging members of the public to invite a pet home for the holidays. 

  • Festival of Lights coming soon

    Excitement is building as time draws near for the 21st annual Festival of Lights and Christmas Boat Parade.  Fort Fanning Park will come alive on Saturday, Dec. 12, with many types of art and crafts on display and a wide variety of foods to choose from   Santa Claus is busy getting ready for all the children to visit him, receive a toy and have their pictures taken with him too.  

  • By STEVE WATERS sports@chieflandcitizen.com The School Board of Levy County is discussing whether or not to participate in the Race to the Top fund, a federal competitive grant program designed to reward states for high performance in education. Meeting l

    The School Board of Levy County is discussing whether or not to participate in the Race to the Top fund, a federal competitive grant program designed to reward states for high performance in education.

    Meeting last Tuesday with the school board, teachers' union and administrators, Superintendent said that the district was still in the opening phases of examining and planning for the fund.

    "Right now, we've just got more questions than answers," he said.

  • Life is more than the pursuit of empty pleasures

    "Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth."  Ecclesiastes 12:1