Local News

  • County bids in, taxpayers save

    Levy County taxpayers were the winners when bids from local newspapers for publication of legal notices and delinquent tax rolls were opened on Monday afternoon by Administrative Assistant Satori Days.

    The price of a six-line notice will drop from $9.90 to $1.458.

    That was the goal of former County Commission Chair Ryan Bell when he proposed in his last official meeting that the county “put the squeeze on the vendor” and bid out its legals and delinquent tax rolls business.

  • Fanning to overhaul EMS station

    Fanning Springs city council members approved a bid for construction work to be done on the new EMS station.

    Staley Construction Group, Inc. out of Chiefland was the only company to bid on the project, with an initial bid of over $44,000. The city budgeted $35,000 for the project and Staley agreed to come down to that price. At the Jan. 6 Fanning Springs city council meeting, Barbara Locke made a motion to approve the bid, with Jane Nogaki seconding the motion.

  • City cleared in Sunshine Law probe

    State Attorney Bill Cervone's office has closed an investigation into a complaint filed by terminated Chiefland City Manager Kevin Gay finding “there is no probable violation of the Sunshine Law with regard to the non-renewal of your contract.”

    City Attorney Norm Fugate told the City Commission in Monday's meeting that the investigation had been completed in December, but the release of the result was caught up in the holidays. Fugate presented each commissioner with a computer disk containing 383 pages of documents from the review.

  • Chiefland City Commission Agenda for Monday, Jan. 12




    January 12, 2015 6:00 P.M.



    1 III. Student of the Month - Month of December (Mayor Pomeroy)

    A. Jolene Watkins - Chiefland Elementary School

    B. Caroline Kohn - Chiefland Middle School

    C. Emily Hallman - Chiefland High School

    2 Special Employee Recognition



  • Fire leaves Chiefland family homeless

    A family of two adults and a child is homeless after a 2 a.m. Wednesday fire at a single-wide mobile home in Chiefland caused smoke damage rendering the home uninhabitable, according to a Chiefland Fire Rescue press release.

    There were no injuries to the famile of the first responders. The family was referred to Red Cross for assistance. Damage is estimated at $9,500.

    The home fire at 10090 N.W. 38th Terrace was caused by an improperly operated central heating unit due to no electrical power to the home.

  • FHP warning about Goethe burn

    The Florida Highway Patrol is monitoring a 2,000 acre prescribed burn being conducted by the Florida Forestry Service in an area south of County Road 336 between CR 337 and State Road 121 in Levy County.

    This burn event will continue throughout Thursday night and into Friday. Smoke from the burn could affect CR 336, CR 337, SR 121, CR 40 and U.S. Highway 19.

  • Blood drive in Chiefland Jan. 17

       LifeSouth and the community of Chiefland invite the public to be a part of saving lives when they team up to host a blood drive on Saturday, Jan. 17, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. in the Wal-Mart parking lot, 2201 North Young Blvd., Chiefland.

  • County and resident standoff on political signs

    A Camp Azalea resident was rebuffed in her attempt to have the Levy County Commission enforce rules on political signs still standing along roadways.

    Toni Collins complained at a December commission meeting about the signs still up from the Nov. 4 general election and gave indications it was a candidate who lost the election.

    Collins was back at the first commission meeting of the year to complain again about political signage.

    Collins asked for adoption of an ordinance or enforcement of a state statute governing political advertisements.

  • Yoho bid for House Speaker fails

    It was a bold move when Rep. Ted Yoho (R-District 3), whose district includes Levy County, announced over the New Year's holiday he would not be voting to re-elect House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and offered himself for the position.

    After all, Yoho is just starting his second two-year term in the House.

    On Tuesday, the members of Congress returned to Washington, D.C., and the House of Representatives — dominated by the GOP — re-elected Boehner.

  • Bronson denies request to camp

    When Cheryl Ladner bought property in the Oak Forest Subdivision in Bronson, she dreamed of one day building a home on the half acre.

    Until that day, Ladner decided to move a travel trailer on the property and live there until the home became a reality.

    There were just a few problems.

    The Town of Bronson doesn’t allow people to live in campers on the property while constructing a home, and Robert “Bob” Niffenegger, the town’s building official, says the property is in a known wetland and not suitable for building.