Local News

  • Gulf storm front good, bad for Levy

    The low pressure area in the Gulf of Mexico that has brought spotty rains to the area is getting more organized and the National Weather Service at Ruskin has issued several notices of foul weather that will affect Levy County residents for today and the rest of the week.

    In a Hazardous Weather Outlook for Southwestern and Western Central Florida the NWS is calling for widely scattered thunderstorms becoming more numerous by this evening and overnight, especially near the coast.

  • Woman sentenced in motorcyclist death

    It was almost two years to the day of a fatal accident south of Chiefland that caused the death of motorcyclist Marvin Hancock that Imogene Swafford was sentenced on a charge of negligent vehicular manslaughter.

    On Wednesday, Circuit Judge Stanley Griffis III meted out three years and six months in prison, followed by two years community custody and eight years of drug offender probation. She will receive credit for serving seven months and 22 days in jail.

  • Levy included in storm outlook

    A hazardous weather outlook issued Tuesday for Southwest and Central Florida, includes Levy County , the Suwannee River and coastal waters.

    The outlook was issued by the National Weather Service in Ruskin.

    Showers and some thunderstorms are predicted for today (Tuesday) and while none are expected to be severe they will contain lightning.

  • Gay approved as city manager

    Chiefland has a new city manager, though there was little discussion Tuesday evening on the matter before commissioners unanimously approved applicant Kevin Gay's contract for the job.
    Gay, who said he would start work Wednesday, will start out with a salary of $64, 500 a year, which is $4,500 more than commissioners had agreed upon at a workshop two weeks prior.
    "I made some concessions, and he made some concessions," Mayor Teal Pomeroy said of his earlier contract negotiations with Gay. "I think it's pretty fair."

  • Community Calendar for the week of May 30


  • Teen driver program back for summer

    A Teen Driver Improvement Program is being offered to all Levy County students who have a  license or learners permit or who are about to get their learners permit by the Levy County Sheriff’s Office, Community Relations Division.

  • Parks employee gets probation

    A Levy County Parks and Recreation Department employee has been sentenced to three years probation on a felony charge of swindling the county out of $5,797.63 between May 2009 and December 2012. 

  • Clammers ask county help on leases

    The Cedar Key Aquaculture Association is not happy with the state agency overseeing clam leases and has asked the Levy County Commission for help. 

  • Andrews Nursery to stay open

    Andrews Nursery, Florida's only state-run nursery, won't be closing down any time soon, though there will be some changes to the operation.

  • Watermelon Festival Saturday

    The sun is expected to shine on the 59th Annual Watermelon Festival on Saturday when the mercury reaches into the low 90s.