Today's News

  • Ag engineers call for more tractor safety

  • Natural disaster aid available to area growers

     Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam announced recently that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 34 counties in Florida as primary natural disaster areas due to frosts and freezes during this winter season and drought over the last six months. The USDA has designated an additional 28 counties in Florida as contiguous natural disaster areas.

  • A brief guide to raising chickens

    These days, people are becoming more concerned about where their food comes from and how it’s produced.  Many, with the fear of growth hormones in their food, pesticides on their fruits and vegetables or the realization that some agricultural practices can be harmful to the environment, are turning to producing as much food as they can at home.  
    “Generally speaking, home food production has increased in the last 10 to 12 years,” said Levy County UF/IFAS extension agent Anthony Drew.

  • Become a master gardener

       Master Gardener class for Nature Coast begins March 17. The classes will be on Thursdays from March 17 until April 28. The location will be  The Levy County Extension Office at 625 N. Hathaway Blvd. (Hwy. 27) in Bronson.

  • Log Cabin Quilters: Feb. 10

    Director, Quilt Museum
    The Log Cabin Quilters met on Feb. 3 at the Levy County Quilt Museum. Our days are so busy. We had eight big bags of fabric brought in – some we can use and some we have to find another place for it to go.  We know what we cannot use and the other place can use the fabric.
    The Chiefland Homemakers use a lot and we share with them. We do have several bags of size 16 men’s clothing that we have available for the taking.

  • Outreach team to visit Inglis, Rosewood Feb. 26

    Special to the Citizen
    People in need of assistance with food stamp and Medicaid applications, blood pressure and diabetes screening, resources for elders and supplemental food will be served when the Levy County Community Outreach Team visits Inglis and Rosewood on Feb. 26.
    The locations for the aid are:
    • Inglis Town Hall, 135 Highway 40 West, 9-11a.m.
    • Rosewood Baptist Church, 6331 S.W. 98th Terrace, Rosewood, 1-3 p.m.

  • Sheriff’s office moves to silent dispatch

    Officials with the Levy County Sheriff’s Office said in a meeting last week that the agency needs to hire four new dispatchers and switch over to a communication system known as silent dispatching.
    “I really do believe our county will be better served,” Sheriff Johnny Smith told about 25 representatives from various agencies throughout the county in attendance at the meeting held at the sheriff’s office.

  • EMS cuts in service just a rumor

    Citizens and medics packed the Levy County Board of Commissioners meeting room to let the commissioners know the county's Emergency Medical Services should be kept at the same level and possibly improved.
    The crowd of about 70 people filled every chair and lined the walls as the commission had a workshop Tuesday dubbed a discussion on "current and future county issues and EMS."

  • Boys will deliver speeches at CHS graduation

    Chiefland High School senior Mark Tolentino was not fooled for a moment when he was called to the principal's office for being in trouble, or so he says. He said he expected to see his parents there because he needed a signature on some paperwork.
    Instead he was informed he will be the top graduate in the CHS Class of 2011 and will be its valedictorian.
    Fellow senior Jacob Reidy, on the other hand, wondered if he needed to wear a catcher's mask to protect himself when he was notified to get to principal Bill Tovine's office.

  • Chiefland man charged in armed home invasion

    A Chiefland man is among three people charged in an armed home invasion at a Williston house occupied by an 81-year-old woman and a home health care worker, according to a Levy County Sheriff’s Office press release.
    Arrested in the incident on County Road 335 — Northeast 75th Street — are Hillary "Hill" Henderson, 20, of Chiefland and Craig Allen Pitts, 20 of Morriston. Pitts, who is said to have masterminded the robbery, is the son of the home health care worker and had worked in the home as a nighttime house sitter.