Local News

  • Summer slump hits Levy workers

    It was not unexpected, but today's jobless report shows unemployment in Levy County inched up to 8.3 percent — up half a point — in the month of June. However, it was well below the June 2012 rate of 10.1 percent and the 2011 rate of 11.3 percent. 

  • Sexual predator registers in Williston

    Robert Lewis Jr., a registered sexual predator, has informed the Levy County Sheriff's Office of his address at 21161 N.E. 35 St., Williston.

    Lewis, 39, was sentenced to 12 years on sexual battery and robbery convictions in 2005 in Alachua County. He is on community control status, which imposes the wearing of an electronic device and rules on his activities and a curfew.

    For a complete listing of all registered sexual predators and offenders residing in Levy County, or to search by zip code, please visit www.fdle.state.fl.us and go to the sexual data base.

  • Attorneys can apply for job handling capital cases

    The Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission is accepting applications for a vacancy in the Capital Collateral Regional Counsel for the Northern Region. 

The Northern Region consists of the First, Second, Third, Fourth, Eighth and Fourteenth Judicial Circuits. 

  • Blood drive in Chiefland

    The next time you climb into your car in the afternoon and the seats and the steering wheel are just slightly cooler than a fully-fired charcoal grill, think of it as a reminder that it’s a good time to donate blood.

    Summer, when school is out and families hit the road for vacations, is a time when donors are in short supply, but the need for blood is as strong as ever. If it’s been a while since you donated, there’s no better time than now.

  • Town hall on oil spill money Tuesday

    A town hall meeting ont he RESTORE Act, which spells out how fines and settlements from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill will be distributed and how to qualify projects for grants under the law will be held on Tuesday, July 23, at 6 p.m. in the Community Room of the College of Central Florid Levy Center at 114 Rodgers Boulevard, Chiefland. 

    Members of the Levy County TESTORE Act Advisory Committee will be present for the meeting as will the county's consultants, Amber Davis and Bill Williams.


  • Meet the Chiefland candidates Thursday

    The Chiefland Citizen, the Chiefland Lion's Club and the College of Central Florida Levy Center are proud to announce they are hosting a Chiefland Commission candidates forum meet and greet on Thursday, July 25, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
    The event will be held in the community room at the College of Central Florida. Light refreshments will be served.

    All of the candidates in the Aug. 7 election have been invited to attend. Each will be allowed a specified amount of time to speak.

  • Sheriff's reports (week of 7-18-2013), and Most Wanted

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Department reports the following arrests:
    • July 12, Dakorian Kadeem Frazier, 21, Newberry, VOP.
    • July 9, Shellie Haas Fry, 43, Morriston, out of county warrant.
    • July 12, Nicholas Scott Genco, 34, Summerfield, FTA DWLSR. Bond $50,000.
    • July 9, Joshua Alanob Gross, 25, Old Town, grand theft. Bond $25,000.
    • July 10, Robert Creason Hobby, 33, Williston, DWLS, possession of a controlled substance without a prescription. Bond $20,000.

  • Mission accomplished

    With a name that translates as “His Greatness,” it should come as no surprise that 51-year-old Malaysian native Keeway Wong would be more than able to cope with sacrifice.
    But that sacrifice, which brought him to Chiefland about 10 years ago, ended Monday with a 16-hour flight back to his wife and his two youngest sons still living on the other side of the world.

  • Chiefland meets on budget Monday

    The Chiefland City Commission has its second annual budget meeting, which is open to the public, Monday night immediately after the regularly scheduled meeting at 6 p.m. at City Hall.
    The city is facing serious financial issues due to a number of factors, though the biggest stem from falling property values and tax cuts approved by the commission during the last five budget cycles. During that period, the city lost out on about $457,000 by not adopting rollback rates that would have kept taxes in pace with falling values, according to city staff.

  • County's finances get good report

    Martha Garcia-Baker got Tuesday's Levy County Commission meeting off to a good start delivering her audit of their finances and praising the commission for taking the steps to keep the county on solid financial footing.
    Garcia-Baker, who is with the accounting firm Carr, Riggs & Ingram, LLC, brought the board's attention to the county's financial statements.
    “This is good news and I actually jumped up and told Sheila 'good job',” she said. “Sheila” is Sheila Rees, the deputy clerk for finance.