Today's News

  • Sheriff's race off to fast start

    Levy County Sheriff Johnny Smith is not on the 2012 ballot seeking re-election, but that did not stop his rival in the 2008 election who is a candidate in the 2012 Republican primary from criticizing his performance.

  • 150 turkeys delivered on Christmas Eve

    When 150 families sat down to Christmas dinner they had something they did not expect to see on the table — turkey.
    “That was a big miracle,” said Freda Freeman, a volunteer with The Children’s Table, of the news that the turkeys would be available as the result of a $20,000 gift from the Walmart Foundation to the food pantry. “They didn’t get any food baskets.”

  • Last day for voter registration for Jan. 31 primary

       The last day to register to vote in the 2012 Florida presidential preference primary is Tuesday, Jan. 3. The primary is Jan. 31.  
       Levy County residents can apply to register to vote at the Supervisor of Elections office at 421 S. Court St., Bronson, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or drop them in the mailbox at the supervisor's office this evening. All applications in the box will be processed, according to a spokeswoman for the supervisor's office. For more information, call 352-486-5163.

  • 100-year pioneers

    Like any good country boy growing up in these parts, Newnan Sanchez knows firsthand about the circle of life, about nature’s delicate balance and how people once lived more harmoniously with the land.
    “I hate to see a lot of Old Florida disappearing,” the 69-year-old Chiefland native said, swaying gently in a rocking chair on the porch of an old cabin where his aunt and uncle once lived. “When I grew up, it was one of the smaller states in the Southeast.”

  • Man charged with killing dog, trying to burn home

    Staff Report
    A Chiefland  man was arrested Friday after a domestic argument that resulted in him killing his dog with an AK-47 and attempting to set his mother-in-law's home on fire, according to a Levy County Sheriff's Office press release.
    Arthur Lee Pipes Jr., 25, of Chiefland, is charged with two counts of aggravated assault, one count of animal cruelty and one count of attempted arson. He is jailed on a $600,000 bond.

  • Track Santa as he heads to you

  • An apology for late delivery of Citizen

    Due to printing problems the Chiefland Citizen is late reaching post boxes and news racks.

    The Chiefland Post Office will be delivering the Citizen on Friday. The staff of the Citizen would like to thank the Post Office staff for their help this week.

    The newsracks will be delivered today.

    To our readers, we apologize for the inconvenience coming during Christmas week. You have our promise this will not be happening in the future.

    May you have a Joyous Christmas.

  • Chiefland Rotary has big gift for Haven

    There may not have been many dove bagged at the Chiefland Rotary Club's annual Buck Mitchell Memorial Dove Hunt in November, but there were lots of bucks bagged on behalf of Haven Hospice — $7,000 in all.  William A. Lapole, left, associate director  of development for Haven, accepts the check from David Renaud, president of the Chiefland Rotary Club on Dec. 15.

  • Santa Clam

    Elsie Osborne, 2 1/2 years old, of Chiefland, tells Santa Clam what she wants for Christmas during the holiday celebration on Dec. 17 in Cedar Key. Santa Clam, who wears overalls and clammers' white boots, arrives by boat every year to hear children's wish lists and deliver gifts. Osborne is the daughter of Laura and Michael Osborne.

  • Barber dished it out for 40 years

    When Candy Barber started working as a substitute in the  Chiefland schools lunchroom she only wanted to have a job that allowed her to be home with her children, Royce and Janet, when they were not in school.
    On Jan. 4 Barber, who estimates she has served or overseen the serving of over 5 million meals, will retire from her post as coordinator of food service for the county's 13 schools. She is also president of the Florida School Nutrition Association.