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Today's News

  • Sheriff's lieutenant arrested

     Levy County Sheriff's Lt. Zachary Knight, 38, has been suspended without pay following his arrest in Chiefland on Friday on charges of armed sexual battery, false imprisonment, and aggravated assault and tampering with a victim, according to a Sheriff's Office press release.

    The Florida Department of Lawe Enforcement arrested Knight following an investigation that was referred by the Sheriff's Office following a complaint. 

  • Leprosarium proposed for the Cedar Keys

    By TONI COLLINS
    Levy historian

    North Key, the westernmost island of the collection of islands known as “the  Cedar Keys,” was reserved for government use in 1840 at the urging of General Zachary Taylor.
     Several years later, several citizens of Madison County urged the government to establish a Commercial Depot on the key for the purpose of shipping out products coming off the Suwannee River.  Their appeals were ignored.

  • Columnist: Dispelling a Myth Part II

    In a recent column, I began shedding light on what I see as a mountain of research that effectively debunks the established myth that 75 percent of marriages involving a child with a disability end in divorce. In my review of the research literature, I learned marriages involving a child with a disability have about the same divorce rate as all marriages.

  • County News Briefs

    Splitting the bill with Gilchrist
    The Levy County Commission, which shares the cost for a joint Guardian ad litem program office in Chiefland with Gilchrist County, approved splitting the bills on more items for the office.
    Last year the county approved paying 60 percent of the bills for the office because it generated  60 percent of the cases. Earlier this year the commission approved a 70-30 split after the number of Gilchrist cases dropped.

  • Levy tobacco group brings oral cancer patient to schools

    Special to the Citizen
    Not many people live through the experience of having oral cancer, but Rick Bender did. He now spends his life educating people about smokeless tobacco and his experience in an effort to reach people with a valuable prevention message.
    The Levy Coalition Against Tobacco will host Bender on a tour of local schools and a public presentation on Tuesday, Nov. 15.

  • Chasing those cotton pickin’ rabbit trails

    The delta fields had exploded in white like huge bags of popcorn nuked in the September heat. Everywhere, thick tufts of cotton burst forth from the bolls that had once concealed their glory. It was harvest time.

  • Exercise can bring a heavenly reward

      "......exercise yourself...unto Godliness." 

  • CHS band to compete in Kingdom of the Sun Marching Band Festival

    Eighteen marching bands from throughout the entire state of Florida converge at North Marion High School’s Stan Toole Memorial Stadium for an all-day event on this Saturday, Nov. 12.

  • Bronson Band qualifies for state

    The Bronson Middle/High School Band has qualified to participate in the Florida Marching Bands Coalition's Class 1A State Semifinals on Nov. 19 at H.B. Plant High School in Tampa. The FMBC has been hosting state competitions since 2000, according to its website.

  • Inglis man aims to keep kids shooting

    JEFF BRYAN
    Riverland News
    The repoire breaks the silence of a crisp fall morning.
    The smell of gun powder wafts through the air.
    Light chatter abounds, so not to break the concentration of the shooters.
    That's how it goes at Robinson Ranch Trap and Skeet Club in Inglis, nestled off of State Road 40, 1 mile west of Dunnellon.
    The facility features trap, skeet, five-stand and Fitask shooting.