Today's News

  • Community Calendar

    Through Saturday

      Register for Dixie County Fall Festival
     Registration for the Dixie County Rotary Fall Festival Car Show and Parade is happening until Saturday.  Business owners are especially encouraged to participate as a way of raising awareness of your business in Dixie County.

  • American Legion helping Fisher House for vets' families

       The Jefferson-Sheffield American Legion Auxiliary No. 91 in Trenton is making an effort to support by fundraising, the Gainesville Fisher House.
       The Gainesville Fisher House Foundation is about supporting families of wounded or injured service men and women. They help with housing for families while they are in the VA Hospital undergoing rehabilitation or treatment. Their website is www.fisherhouse.org in case someone in not familiar with it.

  • Man doesn’t want Levy nuke plant as neighbor

    The environmental impact of the proposed nuclear plant in Levy County could hit Robert Smith hardest. Once it is built, Smith will live 6,800 feet behind the buildings that will house two nuclear reactors.
    “When you did a study of locations, why was Crystal River not suitable?” Smith asked on Sept. 23 at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission public meeting in Crystal River called to discuss the draft environmental impact statement for the construction project.

  • Welcome to the NEW Chiefland Citizen site
  • Budgets bring out the worst in us...

    I love summer. Summer is glorious in Florida.
    It's hot, humid, sticky. Beer pool season.
    It's also budget time.
    I don't know who in their evil mind set government's fiscal year to begin on Oct. 1, but they ruin summer for everyone with it. There must be a special place in hell reserved for the person who came up with this idea.
    The timetable has government body is struggling with balancing revenues and expenses into a budget during the hottest, most uncomfortable part of the year.

  • Eric Duquette: Part 1

    Judy Duquette of Smithfield, Rhode Island, clearly remembers when in 1993 her then 18-month-old son began changing.
    “Until then, it looked like things were going well for Eric,” said 48-year-old Duquette in a telephone interview. “He'd been saying about 12 different words and suddenly around 18 months those words were gone. He began having poor eye contact, wouldn't point to things or engage us, and had poor coordination. He lined things up. He would pile his toys into a mountain in his room and had little interest in playing with them.”

  • Education briefs

    Beast Feast to benefit students Oct. 23

    The Levy County Schools Foundation will be hosting its 1st Annual Beast Feast Saturday, Oct. 23, at the Black Prong Equestrian Center, SE County Road 337, in Bronson.  Dinner will be served at 5:30 pm.  Some of the foods being served may include venison, gator tail, mullet, sausage, turkey, swamp cabbage, boiled corn, grits, baked beans and desserts.

  • Eric Duquette: Part 2

    Last week, I featured Judy and son Eric Duquette. In the mid-'90s, a physician diagnosed then 3-year-old Eric with autism, which meant he had a wide range of developmental challenges including being nonverbal to having no interest in interacting with others.
    Soon thereafter, Duquette began engaging Eric in purposeful interaction every waking hour. She tirelessly modified his inappropriate behaviors and taught communication skills. For years, she poured her life and love into her son. She homeschooled and had public school help. The results?

  • Hastings supports changes to class-size amendment

     During his closing remarks at Tuesday's School Board of Levy County meeting, Superintendent Bob Hastings voiced his support for changing the state's class-size amendment.

    Hastings said that there was "no way" the district could meet the amendment's requirements this year, which means the state could impose penalties that could total in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.

    "There's no way we're going to meet it 100 percent," Hastings said. "One size does not fit all."

  • Saturday health and nutrition outreach events

    Special to the Citizen
    Two more in a series of monthly community outreach events, sponsored by the Florida Department of Children and Families, the Levy County Health Department, The Children’s Table and Elder Options, will be held  on Saturday, Sept. 25. The events, which will focus on local health and hunger issues, are at:
    n Fanning Springs Community Church, 17930 NW 90th Court, Fanning Springs, from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m.
    n Mount Pleasant Baptist, 310 SW 5th Street, Chiefland, from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m.
    Services provided will include: