Today's News

  • Picking trash in Levy County — immortal trash

    By Ed Emrich

    I hate trash. I really do! I notice how people discard items out of their vehicle windows or how they allow trash to blow out the beds of their trucks. Take a look around during dear hunting season and you will see an increase of empty plastic deer corm, dog food and ice bags along the roadside. Are some hunters unconcerned because they believe that the plastic bags will be picked up by road crews or picked up by concerned citizens who work to keep the Nature Coast natural. Maybe "Litter Bugs" believe that the plastic will eventually dissolve into the landscape and disappear. So what is the life expectancy of plastic trash? How long does it take for plastic to deteriorate and disappear into the landscape? According to my research, the short answer is NEVER! Plastic trash is in fact IMMORTAL!

  • Dear Mr. Denier, I believe in climate change

    Dear Mr. C. C. Denier:

    I know, I know, I know. Everybody used to always talk about “global warming” and then one fine morning we all woke up and everyone was saying “climate change.” It was all over the TV and radio news and talk shows, the internet and in print.

    But, I have to tell you Mr. Denier, this is my second full winter in Florida and 2018 is much, much colder than 2017.

    According to Weather Underground, the average mean temperature from Dec. 1, 2016, to Jan. 19, 2017, was 63 degrees. The average low was 38 degrees and the average high was 75 degrees. During the same period from December 2017 to Jan. 19, the average mean temperature was 56 degrees, the average low, 38 is the same; but the average high is 70 — five degrees cooler.

  • Parker joins local Chamber

    The Greater Chiefland Area Chamber of Commerce President Dr. Bennitt Patterson will introduce the business organization’s new executive director at noon Friday during its monthly meeting at the Haven Hospice Community Building.

    Joy Parker received the keys to the Chamber office Thursday, Jan. 11.

    “I’m here to help local businesses in the greater Chiefland area by promoting the ‘Buy Local Campaign’ as well as be involved in the growth of the Chiefland Chamber because a strong Chamber is good for business,” she said.

    She looks forward to having more community involvement and promoting events.

    “I’m grateful for this opportunity and I’m looking forward to working with the community and businesses in our area,” Parker said.

    Parker is married to Steve and they have two children. Steven graduated in 2016 from CHS and is currently working in the Boilermaker Union. Chelsea is a senior at CHS and is very active in school; she was elected Homecoming Queen and Ms. CHS this school year.

  • Dr. Patterson cuts ribbon on new office

    Dr. Bennitt Patterson cut the ribbon to the new location of Tri County Chiropractic Tuesday, Jan. 23, at 2010 N. Young Blvd., with the help of the Greater Chiefland Area Chamber of Commerce, patients, and friends.

    This is the 27th year Dr. Patterson has been providing chiropractic care in Chiefland. He began practicing in the city in 1991 by working for Dr. Keith Walburn. He bought the practice from him in January 1993. The business was on Park Avenue until March 3, 1997, when he moved to 2220 N. Young Blvd., north of Winn-Dixie.

    “We were there almost 21 years. We built the building and would have been there 21 years March 3,” he said. “I sold that building to North Florida Pediatrics.”

    He chose the new location because he has always liked the building’s architecture and location. He transformed the drive-thru into two treatment rooms where he and his staff offers massage therapy and a diverse range of chiropractic techniques to give patients the care they need.

  • 'Earth scratching' held at Strawberry Fields for RVer Park

    It was more of an “earth scratching” than a groundbreaking for Strawberry Fields For RVer for the long awaited RV park Monday, Jan. 22, and it was purely symbolic.

    Cynthia Duran held a 4-by-8 foot sign while developer Hal Lyons kneeled in front of it with a garden trowel and gardener’s cultivator and scratched the dirt.

    The property is located at 1403 NE Fourth Street off U.S. Highway 129.

    He said the gardening tools he bought at Ace Hardware was purely symbolic of his commitment to support local merchants and the Chiefland economy in any and every way practically possible.

    “As an acorn may become a magnificent oak, so may Strawberry Fields grow from this modest beginning,” he said.

    When the 57 acres is fully developed, Strawberry Fields For RVers will boast of 432 spots more or less.

    At this point, he expects a three-phase build out with the first phase containing 72 parking spaces.

  • Cedar Key Open set for March 7

    The Third Annual Cedar Key Open Golf Tournament will be held March 7 at Chiefland Golf and Country Club.

    The tournament will be a four-person scramble with registration at 11:30 a.m. and a shotgun start at 1 p.m.

    A bag lunch will be provided by The Big Deck Bar and Grill. Prizes, donated by local businesses and community members, and a low country boil, compliments of Ricky Cook and The Big Deck, will immediately follow the tournament at the Big Deck on Dock St. in Cedar Key.

    The tournament is to benefit the Cedar Key Volunteer Fire and Rescue and is being sponsored by the Big Deck Bar and Grill.

    The entry fee is $50 per person. The fee covers a round of golf, cart, bag lunch, prizes and dinner. Payment is required at signup. Participants will be limited to the first 20 teams to sign up. Dinner-only is available for $15 per person. Reservations for dinner are required.

    Donations for the event are welcome. and additional advertising donation opportunities are available to businesses and individuals who wish to sponsor a hole with a tee sign.

  • Lady Bucs snap CMHS streak with explosive 1Q

    The Chiefland girls’ basketball team caught a red-hot Branford squad on the wrong night.

    The Lady Buccaneers stemmed the Lady Indians’ win streak at five games as they nearly eclipsed CMHS’ total scoring output for the night with 30 points in the first quarter.

    Branford jumped out to a 30-3 lead in the opening quarter before securing a 62-31 win in Chiefland.

    A series of half-court steals helped BHS build an insurmountable advantage in the first quarter with a 30-1 run. Chiefland played even with Branford for the remainder.

    It marked just the third time this season that Chiefland was held to under 39 points.

    Courtney Hayes paced the Lady Indians with 12 points, while Naja Martin hauled in a team-high 13 rebounds.

    “That’s going to happen to you sometimes, I’m just glad it was tonight and not in the district tournament,” Chiefland coach Buddy Vickers said. “I guess we still had the blues over last night (against Bronson). We were tired and we were hurting from (the Bronson game).”

    Defense, rebounding lead CMHS past FW

  • Reed, Norris guide Lady Indians past BMHS

    The Chiefland girls’ basketball team was led by a pair of standout efforts, one on offense and the other on defense, in Bronson Jan. 11.

    Junior Colby Reed, buoyed by an 11-point first quarter, led all scorers with 25 points, while Sierra “Cee Cee” Norris helped limit Bronson’s top scoring threat as the Lady Indians prevailed 65-48 at BMHS.

    Reed connected three times from 3-point range and added a handful of long 2s to her tally, as she helped her squad to a 19-8 lead in the opening quarter. One of those long field goals put Chiefland ahead by 24 in the fourth, before Bronson finished on a 9-2 run.

    “When she gets her feet right, she can hit it,” CMHS coach Buddy Vickers said of Reed. “We talked about that before we went on the floor.”

    Naja Martin and Courtney Hayes finished with 10 points apiece for Chiefland and led on the boards. Hayes finished with a game-high 14 rebounds, making it her fourth straight game with double-figure boards, while Martin nine rebounds.

  • UF forestry has wide impact on industry, natural resources

    The UF/IFAS School of Forest Resources and Conservation (SFRC) boasts a wide scope of research and services, touching on everything from the hit film Finding Dory, to converting pine chemicals into jet fuel, to working with cutting edge industry applications for drones and electronic mapping.

    The new SFRC director, Dr. “Red” Baker,” paid a visit to the Suwannee Valley Rotary Club in Chiefland just before Christmas to discuss the program’s unique accomplishments and its current projects that continue to shape the future of the industries of forestry and natural resources.

    Baker, who has served in role for nine months, outlined the three main units of the SFRC, which includes its oldest part, the forestry division, as well as the fisheries and aquatic sciences program, a major part of which is operated in Cedar Key, and, thirdly, the geomatics unit. The latter includes remote sensing, satellite imaging, surveying and mapping and drones.

  • Levy County burglary suspect killed at Dunnellon home

    By Julie Gorham
    For the Citizen

    A burglary suspect from Levy County died from gunshot wounds Wednesday after an altercation with family members at a Dunnellon-area home.

    According to the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were responding to a burglary in process at 4:31 p.m. Wednesday on West Dunklin Street when a male suspect, later identified as Zechariah Tackett, 28, of Levy County, was shot.
    When deputies arrived, they found Tackett lying on his back outside of the residence, and two males identified as Robert Jones Sr., 54, and Robert Jones Jr., 32, both of Citrus County, standing in the driveway.

    Deputies performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation on Tackett, but he was unresponsive and pronounced dead at 4:51 p.m, the report states.

    Major crimes detectives interviewed Robert Jones Sr., who said after receiving a call from his sister about a possible burglary, he and his son — both carrying weapons — responded to the home and found an unknown male in the living room. He said Tackett was shot during that confrontation, the report states.