Today's News

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • C/Dock Street bridge hearing Aug. 30

    The Florida Department of Transportation is inviting island residents to a public meeting on Aug. 30 at 4:30 p.m. at the Cedar Key Community Center to discuss plans for replacing the C/Dock Street bridge.

    The department has been wrangling with the plans due to concerns about the effect on the commercial district on Dock Street which has one-way traffic and a request by city officials to raise the bridge to allow more boat traffic at the City Marina. Requests were also made to do the work without affecting a motel and a condominium on either side of the bridge.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • All in a day's catch

    Fileting the fish may not be the most fun of jobs, but the rewards at dinner are worth it.

    Capt. Carl Robinson, left, cleans the day's catch with Kip Riley.

  • Operation Dry Water, national crackdown on boating under the influence


    As the summer recreational boating season gets into full swing, the FWC Law Enforcement Division is ramping up its enforcement efforts as part of a national crackdown on boating under the influence.

    The annual three-day, heightened awareness and enforcement campaign, Operation Dry Water, focuses on deterring boaters from boating under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

  • The Gulf waters never cease to amaze me


    Fishing redfish one day last week a client from Colorado hooked what I thought was a medium size shark. When the mystery fish hit it immediately took off with the speed of a king mackerel. I immediately began pulling up the anchor because the fish quickly ran so far that the reel was well into the backing line. With only about ten wraps left on the spool, I started the motor to follow it and it turned back toward the boat. Whew! 

  • Commission reverses course on ag extension job


    By Lou Elliott Jones 

  • Seahorse Key welcome visitors next weekend


    After taking a four-month hiatus to allow for the bird nesting season on Seahorse Key, the island and its lighthouse will be open to visitors on Saturday, July 2, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.