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Today's News

  • Cedar Key Pirate Invasion Sept. 16-18

    Volunteers are needed to help with the 4th Annual Cedar Key Pirate Invasion weekend Sept. 16-18.

    Plans for the event calls for a historical reenactment where visitors can check out an authentic pirate encampment in the City Park and see how real pirates lived and worked on land.

    There will be a Thieves’ Row of pirate-themed vendors at the park and historical encampment, and a live auction where bidders can purchase treasures while helping to raise funds for local causes.

  • Soggy’s the new norm

    For those who want to be “in the know” the soggiest spot in Levy County may be Yankeetown where the newly installed Weather STEM at Yankeetown school measured 10.06 inches of rain from Friday through Monday.

    Of that amount, 5.47 inches of rain fell on Sunday.

    Chiefland is a relatively dry spot in the week’s weather picture where the Weather STEM at Chiefland Middle High School measured 3.3 inches of rain over the weekend.

    The Bronson Weather STEM at Bronson Middle High School registered 5.29 inches over the weekend.

  • County elections already being decided

    For those who have not returned their absentee (vote by mail) ballots and are undecided about who to vote for in county races you have a chance to study up on the candidates in this issue of the Chiefland Citizen.

    The Levy County Newspaper Group posed questions to candidates in the county commission and school superintendent races and their answers can be found on pages 4,5,8 and 9.

    For those among the 1,075 who had voted as of Tuesday, you can read the candidate responses, but you cannot change your ballot.

  • Captain's Log: Regulations have changed over the years

    In the past couple of years, our fishing regulations have seen a lot of changes. It is of course the anglers responsibility to keep up to date on the changes, or suffer the wrath of some expensive fines. All of these regulations of course are to keep our resource sustainable, which I fully endorse.

  • Community Calendar for the week of Aug. 11

    Today, Aug. 11

    Economic development board meets

    The Nature Coast Business Development Council is holding its regular monthly board meeting 3 p.m. Aug. 11, at the College of Central Florida, 114 Rodgers Blvd., Chiefland, in the conference room.

    Due to the membership of the NCBDC consisting of more than one member of the Levy County RESTORE Act advisory committee, this meeting will also serve as a meeting for the Levy County RESTORE Act advisory committee.

  • TRIM notices go in the mail Aug. 19

    The TRIM ― Truth in Millage ― notices are at the printer and will be dropped in the mail to property owners on Aug. 19 according to the Levy County Property Appraiser's Office.

    Oz Barker, Levy County Property Appraiser, said there is noting new in the TRIM notices this year, except the taxes being levied by taxing authorities.

  • UF/IFAS scientist digging into artichokes as alternative crop

    While California grows 99 percent of the nation’s artichokes, the edible plant high in antioxidants might get a chance to grow in the Sunshine State, if a University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researcher gets good results from his field trials.

    Artichokes flourish in a cool environment, so a warm winter might present an obstacle for Florida growers. Artichokes generally require at least 250 cumulative hours below 50 degrees for bud formation. Therefore, flowering must be artificially induced to produce artichokes in Florida.

  • Shell Mound road to be done

    That worn out, way too narrow strip of asphalt known as Shell Mound Road will finally be widened to 22 feet, have guardrails in a vulnerable spot and be repaved, thanks to the county recreation impact fee fund.

  • Captain's Log: Tags tell a story

    It is interesting to hear the rumors about the UF trout tag reward research. I have had people tell me at the boat ramp that over 100 trout tags have been turned in, and there are a thousand more tags out there … wow, I think I need to help set the record straight.

    I talked to Mike Allen, director of the Nature Coast Biological Station, and he shared some data with me. The purpose of the tagging project is centered around mortality rates of catch and release of spotted seatrout.

  • Early voting under way

    Early voting started on Monday and continues every day through Aug. 27 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Supervisor of Elections Office at 421 S. Court St., Bronson.

    And to make voting easy, Supervisor of Elections Tammy Jones has turned the back room of her office into a roomy polling station with parking right outside the door. It could not be more convenient.

    As of Tuesday afternoon almost 200 people had cast their ballots in early voting. Another 1,786 voters has cast absentee ballots.