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Today's News

  • Hunger is NOT on this diet's menu

       The Williston Public Library will have a South Beach Diet Weight-Loss Program at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, June 21.
       The first 30 people to arrive at the program will receive a free South Beach Diet book. Join in on the great tips, proven tricks and taste delicious diet food. Participants also will receive the support they need to make healthy changes in their diet and lifestyle.
       For more information, call your local library or the Levy County Public Library System at 352-486-5552.

  • Kids Ranch Rodeo starts Saturday

       Cross Brand Cowboy will be starting its 3rd Annual Kids Ranch Rodeo Series on Saturday.    This is a four-month series which you are able to come to one of them or all.

  • Community Calendar for June 16

    Today

    Jamerson-Sheffield Post 91 meeting
    The Jamerson-Sheffield Post 91 of the American Legion has its June meeting. It will begin with the E-Board meeting at 5 p.m., followed by dinner at 5:30. All members, both the Legionnaires and Auxiliary members, are encouraged to attend. The auxiliary needs to elect new officers, but its members need to be there to participate. The post is located next to the FFA Arena on U.S. Highway 129 between Trenton and Bell.

    Ombudsman program needs volunteers

  • Injured deputy recovering at home

       Levy Sheriff's Deputy Cpl. Brian Mara, critically injured when his patrol car hit a concrete utility pole in Bronson on May 26, is recovering at home in Dunnellon after leaving the hospital on Monday.
       Mara, who was responding to a call when his vehicle collided with another, hit the pole and burst into flames, will undergo physical therapy. No date has been set for his return to the force.

  • Motorcyclist dies in U.S. 19 crash

    An Old Town man was killed after his motorcycle was rear-ended and pushed for 300 feet on U.S. Highway 19 south of Chiefland on Monday at 8 p.m., according to a Florida Highway Patrol report.
    Marvin Hancock, 58, was pronounced dead at 11:22 p.m.  

  • Florida drought wilts crops, sparks wildfires

    By A.B. Sidibe
    Special to the Citizen

    A severe drought across Florida is wilting crops, sparking wildfires and sinking one of the country’s largest lakes to historically low levels.
    The majority of the state is experiencing the drought, prompted by La Nina conditions characterized by unusually cold ocean temperatures that are causing similar dry spells across the southern U.S., from New Mexico all the way to the Atlantic coast and north to Delaware.

  • Court Dispositions

    The following persons were sentenced, found not guilty or the case nolle pros — dropped — in the Criminal Division of the 8th Circuit Court in Levy County. The information is taken from public records. VOP means violation of probation.
    n Santos Bautista, burglary, nolle pros.
    n Drew J. Bennett, larceny by theft between $300 and $5,000 and dealing in stolen property, 24 months probation on each, served concurrently. Must pay civil judgment and $40 restitution.

  • Sheriff's Report & Most Wanted for June 16

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office reports the following arrests:
    n June 7, Randy Edward Baggett, 52, Cedar Key, VOP, RWV.
    n June 9, Danny Dewayne Boettner, 34, Old Town, conceal information to obtain prescription. Bond $15,000.
    n June 10, James Edward Foster, 27, Chiefland, petit theft, criminal mischief, burglary of vehicle. Bond $9,000.
    n June 10, Jonathan Dwight Kirkland, 20, Chiefland, false information to law enforcement and petit larceny. Bond $2,500.
    n June 7, Dorothy Mae Raynor, 36, Williston, child abuse/neglect. Bond $20,000.

  • Students of the Month

    Chiefland Commissioner Frank Buie, center, presents awards to May's Students of the Month. Dalton Tiner, left, was honored as Chiefland Elementary School's Student of the Month. Sarah Stephenson, right, was honored as Student of the Month at Chiefland Middle School. Katelyn Jenkins, not pictured, was Chiefland High School's choice for the month of May.

  • Education Briefs

    Tri-County student on FIT dean's list
    Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne announced Lindsey Hastie of Trenton  and Tyler Smith of Bell have been named to its Deans List for the spring semester 2009.
    To be included on the Dean's List, a student must complete 12 or more graded credits in a semester with a semester grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.4.