Local News

  • Steeplechase resident complains about road work

    Sally Collins, a resident of Southeast 19th Street in Steeplechase Farms, complained to the Levy County Commission that she and a neighbor were being “targeted” by road maintenance crews that graded their street and blocked driveways with the material scraped off the road.

    “This is the worst they have done,” Collins said. And she went on to accuse Administrative Road Superintendent Bruce Greenlee of ignoring her complaints. “And he lies. He never shows up. He never does anything about it,” Collins said.

  • Idle-speed, no-wake zone activated on stretch of Santa Fe River

    Due to recent large amounts of rainfall, a 32-mile segment of the Santa Fe River is now an idle-speed, no-wake zone, according to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) officials.

    Zone 5, which runs from River Rise within O’Leno State Park west to the confluence of the Suwannee River, was activated today as an idle-speed, no-wake zone.

    This area of the river becomes an idle-speed, no-wake zone when the Santa Fe River reaches 17 feet as indicated on the Three Rivers gauge, where flood stage is 19 feet.

  • Regional unemployment bumps above 7%

    Career Source Citrus Levy Marion reported on Monday that the unemployment rate in the three county region in January was 7.4 percent — an increase of 0.4 percent from December 2013, 2.2 percent lower than a year ago, and the lowest since June 2008 when the rate was 7.6 percent.

    In the county breakdown Levy had a 7.3 percent jobless rate, its lowest since it hit 7.7 percent in July 2008; Marion was 7.4 percent its lowest since June 2008 when the rate was 7.6 percent; and Citrus was 7.5 percent, its lowest since 8.0 percent in June 2008.

  • Rain not going away any time soon

    From the National Weather Service in Ruskin:




  • Smoke warning issued for SR 24, CR 345

    The Florida Highway Patrol is monitoring SR 24 and CR 345 near Rosewood, between Otter Creek and Cedar Key, in Levy County, for smoke/fog visibility issues resulting from a 160 acre prescribed burn.

    Motorists are urged to use caution when traveling in these areas. Visibility may deteriorate quickly due to smoke/fog type conditions especially during the night time and early morning hours. Motorists are reminded to reduce their speed and utilize low beam headlights in order to adapt to changing weather conditions.

  • Man dies after jump from vehicle


    An Inglis man died after jumping from a vehicle being pursued by a Levy County Sheriff's deputy responding to a 911 call about a bar fight in Inglis on Tuesday, March 11, according to a Sheriff's Office press release.

    The dead man was identified as William Gerard Walsh, 39, by the Levy County Sheriff's Office. A preliminary report from the Fifth Circuit Medical Examiner’s Office stated the manner and cause of death was accidental due to blunt head trauma.

  • Man found dead in home

    An ederly man was found dead wrapped in a blanket and with the heater running at his Northwest 168th Street home on Wednesday, according to the Levy County Sheriff's Office. 

    Lt. Scott Tummond said a physician was signing the death certificate due to the man's health problems and no foul play is suspected in the death. He confirmed the man had been dead for several days.

    A friend alerted the authorities to the death.  

  • CES kids finish up 5 Points marathon

    Forty-five Chiefland Elementary School students met at the school's track Saturday morning to run the last 1.2 miles in completing a full marathon for the 5 Points of Life Kids Marathon.

       The students started in September, working every morning, as the weather permitted before the start of school, toward their goal of logging 25 miles. 

  • ‘Annie Get Your Gun’ opens this weekend at Chief Theater

    Annie Oakley is the best shot around, and she manages to support her little brother and sisters by selling the game she hunts. When she's discovered by Col. Buffalo Bill, he persuades this novel sharpshooter to join his Wild West Show. This classic musical has all the great elements of a delightful live theatre experience with laughs, suspense, romance, and good-natured fun. This play is presented by special arrangement with Rodgers & Hammerstein. By Irving Berlin, Book by Herbert and Dorothy Fields

  • Bluegrass Festival starts tomorrow

    The Withlacoochee River Bluegrass Festival will take place March 14-15, in Inglis at 19730 S.E. 127th Terrace, on Highway 40.