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Local News

  • Chiefland man dies in crash

    A Chiefland man died following an accident on State Road 26 and County Road 232 in Gilchrist County on July 7 at about 4:23 p.m. when his vehicle strayed into the opposite lane into the path of an oncoming truck.

    Caleb A. Young, 25, was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the other vehicle, Johnny L. Hill, 54, was uninjured.

  • Man drowns on Suwannee

    A tourist from Brunswick, Ga., died on July 8 after he went out on the swing overhanging the Suwannee River at Bob’s River Place and did not surface.

    Grant Hatchett, 21, had visited the spot previously, but it was his first time in 2014, according to a Dixie County Sheriff's Office press release. Witnesses said Hachett has used the swing earlier in the day. Witnesses said that the last time Hatchett went out of the swing, he appeared to hit the water at an awkward angle and never surfaced after entering the water.

  • Capitol City Bank donates to W.A.R. river study

    W.A.R., Inc., a non-profit, environmental advocacy organization based in Inglis, has been working with Dr. Robert Knight, president of the Florida Springs Institute, to identify cause and effect of the degradation of the lower Withlacoochee River.

    Once designated as an “Outstanding Florida Water,” the river is only outstanding now, in that it is terminally ill. Biomass and plant life are nearly nonexistent. 

  • Suwannee water board sets millage, budget

    LIVE OAK - The Suwannee River Water Management District (District) Governing Board has approved the tentative fiscal year (FY) 2014 budget of $24.5 million and a millage rate of 0.4143, which is the same as last year. 

  • Property values coming back

    Levy County Property Appraiser had good news when he addressed the Chiefland Rotary Club last week: Property values which have been declining at a rapid rate since the recession started in 2008 have started to stabilize, and, in some cases, started to rise. 

  • Pet adoption a success

    By all measures the Levy County Animal Services adoption event on Saturday was a great success as 16 dogs and seven cats and kitties went home to new owners. 

  • Chiefland promotes from within

    Officials aren't having to go far to find Chiefland's next city manager.

  • Bronson looks at new ways to draw crowds

    Bicycles and blueberries were two of the more talked about subjects among Bronson Town Council members Monday night.

  • Overwhelmed shelter holds adoption event

    In June, 250 animals were surrendered — or dumped —  at the Levy County Animal Shelter outside Bronson. Some animals were nuisances. Some folks could not afford a pet. 

  • Gene Hodges dead at 77

    Former Cedar Key Mayor Eugene “Gene” Hodges, born into a politically connected family, was the heir to that way of knowing how to get things done for the island community and the district that he represented in the Florida House from 1972 to 1988.