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Today's News

  • Song of the south

    A Gainesville man, who calls Chiefland his hometown, has made a career of making music.

    For T.J. Brown, it all began in about ninth or tenth grade, he said. He had written some poetry as early as middle school, but it wasn’t until an uncle, who was visiting for a family reunion, taught him to read guitar tablature that he began writing songs. Brown said he taught himself the guitar from there and began writing songs immediately, adding that’s the reason he wanted to learn to play.

  • Man dies in Chiefland home fire

    A man whom authorities are not yet identifying died in a Chiefland home fire early Saturday morning.

    "It's a tragic thing to happen," Chiefland Fire Chief James Harris said on the phone Monday afternoon.

    Harris said emergency personnel at Chiefland Fire Rescue were dispatched at about 3 a.m. to the home, a 12 foot by 60 foot mobile home located at 110 N.E. 5th St.

    When CFR arrived, the front of the mobile home was fully engulfed in flames and part of it had collapsed. The man's body was found soon after the fire was put out, he said.

  • Smoke warning for Levy County

    The Florida Highway Patrol in cooperation with the Florida Park Service is monitoring the area of Waccasassa Bay Preserve State Park for possible residual smoke related to a prescribed burn, started earlier today (Dec. 2), that may affect portions of the following roadways: State Road 24, and other local county roadways in area of Cedar Key.

  • Firefighters save family's Christmas

    A Morriston family's Christmas has been assured despite a fire in their home on Sunday, Nov. 30, shortly before 11 a.m. as the county's first responders saved the already wrapped presents, according to a Levy County Department of Public Safety press release.

    The call came in to the Levy County 9-1-1 Communications Center about a structure fire at 1670 N.E. 124th Terrace, in Morriston.

  • FHP seeks hit-n-run driver

    The Florida Highway Patrol is seeking a vehicle and its driver who were involved in a hit and run on Southwest 122nd Street and Southwest 24th Avenue in Gainesville on Sunday at about 5:15 p.m. that left a bicyclist hospitalized in critical condition..

    Witnesses told investigators that a white, four-door sedan, possibly an Oldsmobile, struck the bicyclist and left the scene northbound on Southwest 122nd Street. The FHP notice said the vehicle should have damage to the right front bumper, hood and windshield.

  • Second, final body recovered in search for missing boaters

    By Buster Thompson

    The second and final boater who was reported missing Nov. 23 was found on Thursday and recovered Friday by searchers off the Levy County coast.

    Daniel Reed Tingley, 37, has been confirmed as the body recovered by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).

  • Study could show how to reduce water and fertilizer use

    In the spring, state agencies will begin a study that officials hope will spark more insight into water and fertilizer use in the Suwannee Basin.
    The project, which will take place over three years on a 300-acre farm east of Live Oak, will use monitors, soil probes and meters to measure water absorption and nutrient loading rates.
    The Suwannee River Water Management District, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the Florida Department of Agriculture and the University of Florida are working together on the study, which is projected to cost $588,000.

  • Officials arrest two in Inglis arson case

    By BUSTER THOMPSON
    Special to the Citizen

    Two men wer­e arrested Tuesday on accusations of burglary and arson, which resulted in the destruction of an Inglis bar the day before.
    Jordan Michael Cooper, 21, and Travis Crabb, 32, were charged with arson, grand theft, burglary and two counts of arson causing the injury to firefighters after authorities connected the two men to the suspicious fire Monday morning at Rivals Bar off of West Levy County Road 40, Inglis.

  • Chiefland SGA pie auction is a sweet dessert

    The 23rd Annual Pie Auction for Student Government was held Thursday, Nov. 20, in the Chiefland Middle High School cafeteria. This is the largest SGA fund raiser and it helps to fund projects throughout the school year.

  • Sheriff's report

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office reports the following arrests:
    • Nov. 17, Douglas Aldrich, 22, Orlando, VOP.
    • Nov. 22, Amber Lynn Alexander, 26 Williston, DWLSR. ROR.
    • Nov. 18, Juanita Batten, 50. FTA. ROR.
    • Nov. 17, Bobby Joe Blatchford, 29, Morriston, VOP.
    • Nov. 20, Joseph B. Burchett, 53, Palm Bay, out of county warrant. ROR.
    • Nov. 22, Anthony Scott Burnett, 35, Old Town, two out of county warrants. Bond $30,000.
    • Nov. 23, Ira Colon Cribbs, 34, Williston, two counts VOP.