Local News

  • Judge gives stiff sentence in cocaine case

    CORRECTION: The following story in the June 13 issue of the Chiefland Citizen had the incorrect name of the judge in the Julian Howard jury trial and sentencing. Eighth Judicial Circuit Judge Mary Day Coker presided and pronounced the sentence. 


    Julian Howard, 33, of Archer, was sentenced to four years in prison and a year of probation after his release following a one-day jury trial where he was found guilty of possession of crack cocaine and cocaine. 

  • Wanted man has new charges for drugs

    When Levy County K-9 Deputy Kevin Kinik went to the Bronson Motel at about 10 a.m. on Monday to arrest Johnny Lee Patterson on an outstanding warrant for violating probation, he not only got his man, but had new charges for Patterson. 

  • Sheriff's Report & Most Wanted for the week of June 13

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office reports the following arrests:

  • What a difference: before and after Tropical Storm Andrea

     The Keetch-Byram Drought Index estimates the dryness of soil. It increases each day without rain.

    This graphic shows how Levy County's score dropped by half due to the rains from Tropical Storm Andrea. 


  • College assured

    Kierra Langford and Wyatt Roberson, both fifth grade students at Chiefland Elementary School, were presented with $4,000 scholarships to the College of Central Florida by Levy County School Superintendent Robert Hastings.

    Langford received the Robert O. Hastings Scholarship and Roberson received the Jack Wilkinson Scholarship in honor of Coach Doyle McCall.

  • AAA honors Levy students as region's finest

    Two Levy County 5th grade students have been chosen among the Top 3 Safety Patrollers of the Year for the Southeastern U.S. More than 2,000 participate in the AAA Safety Patrol Program each year. 

  • Get ready for T-ball visitors

    Chiefland's population is expected to swell this weekend as T-ball teams from as far away as Miami and as near as Lake City along with players' parents and families participate in the Florida State Cal Ripkin T-Ball Championship Tournament.

  • Woman charged in death of girl dumped in Levy County

    By Abdon Sidibe

    Special to the Citizen

    A second suspect was charged Wednesday in the death of a Brooksville teen last December.

    Crystal Michelle Brinson, 36, of Brooksville is facing a charge of first-degree murder in the death of DeAnna Lee Stires, 18. No bond was allowed.

  • Valdosta: Andrea not a concern for more sewage spills

    Officials in Georgia say it's not likely rain from Tropical Storm Andrea will cause another sewage spill such as the one seen at the end of February.
    "The river levels are pretty low right now," Sementha Mathews, spokesperson for the City of Valdosta, said Thursday afternoon."We don't expect too much rain, maybe 3 to 5 inches."
    Valdosta runs two wastewater plants, though the biggest is the Withlacoochee River Water Pollution Control Plant, which in February was flooded by massive amounts of water from the nearby Withlacoochee River.

  • Chiefland enrolling kindergarten students

    Chiefland Elementary School is now accepting the kindergarten enrollment packets for the 2013-2014 school year.

    Summer office hours at the school are Monday-Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.