Local News

  • Chiefland Haunted House opens Friday

    The Chiefland Police Department, the Chiefland and Suwannee Valley Rotary Clubs and Levy County IAFF Local 4069 are joining together to open the Chiefland Haunted House on Friday, Oct. 14, at the old Central Florida Electric Cooperative warehouse.

    The CPD usually has a Halloween event on the city's trick-or-treat night but due to the excellent turn out last year, the officers decided the city needed a better, bigger experience.

    The event os moving to the now-vacant CFEC warehouse at 1125 N.W. 11th Ave., off U.S Highway 19 in Chiefland behind Hardee's.

  • Commission chooses Donald Lawrence for Pomeroy seat

    Donald Lawrence had an out-of-state leaf-peeping trip planned for this week and he did not want to disappoint his wife, so he hit the road not knowing he would be chosen by the Chiefland City Commissioners to fill the late Teal Pomeroy's Group 2 seat.

    Pomeroy, who was also mayor of Chiefland, died in a diving accident on Aug. 19. He had just been re-elected without opposition to the seat he had held since 2004 and had been mayor since 2009.

  • Good news: Levy down from TS storm warning to watch

    Levy County has been dropped from a Tropical Storm Warning to Watch status as of 11:26 Friday morning, good news for residents fearing the effects of Hurricane Matthew as he headed up the East Coast of Florida.

    But, while the news is good, Levy County Emergency Management officials are asking residents to remain indoors due to the effects of the wind and rain, which can cause damage to power lines and trees. 

    The reason for the downgrade is a combination ot two moves by Hurricane Matthew in the last 24 hours:

  • 4 p.m. Update: Out of gas again

    Levy County Emergency Management is reminding all residents to be sure that they are prepared for the effects of Hurricane Matthew as it travels up Florida's Atlantic Coast.

    But that could be difficult as gas stations in Williston and Bronson were reported to be out of fuel by 4 p.m. Thursday and Chiefland was being surveyed for supplies by emergency management officials. Trucks are expected to arrive to refuel the gas stations, as they did overnight.

  • UF Health closed on Friday, rescheduling appointments

    University of Florida Physicians primary care and specialty care practices will be closed on Friday, Oct. 7. We will be making every effort to reschedule patients within a two-week period of time.  For up-to-date, specific information on practice closings, patients can call 352-265-0008, and practice staff and physicians can call 352-265-0900.
    Archer Family Health Care (located in Archer) will be closed on Friday, Oct. 7. For questions, please call 352-495-2550.

  • 11 a.m. Update: Closings due to Matthew

    Here's the latest from the Levy County Emergency Management Department:

    • Levy County is under a Tropical Storm Warning and the county can expect 30 mph winds with 50 mph gusts. But if Hurricane Matthew moves any more to the west, residents need to be prepared for higher winds. This storm's path could change at the last minute.

    • This is not expected to be a rainfall event. 

    • Shelters are not being opened at this time. 

  • Schools closed Friday

    Here is the latest from the Levy County Emergency Management and the next update will come at 11 a.m. after a briefing:

    "There is notmuch change in the track (of Hurricane Matthew) and we expected that, said David Peaton, assistant director at LCEM. 

    He said the Levy County School Board will close schools on Friday. "So those are the biggest changes. The shelter is not up, evacuations are not ordered."

  • Tropical storm watch issued for Levy



    A tropical storm watch has been issued for Levy County and is effective until further notice.  A Tropical Storm watch means that the potential exists for Tropical Storm force winds over the next 48 hours.


    Residents must take steps to protect their property from 30-40 mph winds that could affect items that are not secured.


    Tomorrow morning, the Levy County School Board will make the determination on the status of schools on Friday.

  • Fowlers Bluff Fire meets Saturday

    The annual meeting of the Fowlers Bluff Volunteer Fire Department will be on Saturday, Oct. 8 at 10 a.m. at the fire station in Fowlers Bluff.

    Agenda items include a financial report, and election of board members and officers. Levy County Commissioner Lilly Rooks, as well as the new director of the Levy County Department of Public Safety, James “Mitch” Harrell, will be in attendance.

  • County executive Fred Moody retiring Dec. 23

    County Coordinator Fred Moody, Levy County's top executive, will be retiring before the end of the year. Moody has made no secret of his desire to spend more time with his wife, Ann, who retired from the county clerk's office last year, and to spend time with family.

    He has been planning his retirement for several years and earlier this year indicated he would be leaving as soon as the “new” board is seated.