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  • County OKs sex offender restrictions

    A last-minute plea invoking God failed to move the Levy County Commission as it unanimously passed new restrictions on where sex offenders and predators can reside and move about.

    The plea was made by Vanessa Thomas of Williston in a public hearing on the ordinance that limits residence to no more than two sex criminals at a time in a home, and bars the home from being located near places where children gather and limits offenders and predators from being in or loitering in areas where children gather.

  • FDOT Road and Lane Closures for June 27-July 3, 2015

    Note: All FDOT work is suspended Friday, July 3 through Sunday, July 5 for the anticipated increase in traffic for the Independence Day holiday. All work resumes Monday, July 6. FDOT offices are closed Friday, July 3 for the holiday.  

     

    ALACHUA COUNTY

     

    Archer Road   Daytime lane closures weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Southwest 35th Boulevard for intersection improvements into Butler Plaza.

     

  • Are you raising mosquitoes in your yard?

    Check around your yard and home for places where water collects, such as water-holding containers, house A.C. drains, and ornamental ponds – you may be raising mosquitoes! But there are positive steps homeowners can take to reduce this menace.

    Some of these include getting rid of old tires, tin cans, bottles, jars, buckets, drums and other containers or keep them emptied. Empty your small toddler-size wading pool weekly and store it indoors when not in use. Make sure your backyard swimming pool is properly cared for while on vacation.

  • Chiefland woman charged with child abuse; sexual battery

    After several weeks of investigation, Dixie County sheriff’s investigators arrested a 44-year-old Chiefland resident in connection with a child abuse investigation that began in April of this year.

    According to the complaint, Lisa M. Strat was an acquaintance of the family whose minor children were the alleged victims. During the course of the investigation, interviews along with medical exams were conducted and enough information was learned to obtain a warrant.

  • State AG joins largest Medicare bust in South Florida

    Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi joined federal authorities including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Office of Personnel Management and the Food and Drug Administration to announce the charges of 73 South Florida residents for their alleged participation in various schemes to defraud Medicare and Medicaid out of more than $262 million.

  • Sheriff's Report & Most Wanted for the week of June 25

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office reports the following arrests:

    •June 21, Caroline Anne Argo, 49, Morriston, DUI. Bond $2,500.

    •June 20, Lawrence Cody Cheshire, 26, Bronson, possession of not more than 20 grams marijuana, drug equipment possession and or use. ROR.

    •June 17, Edward James Dial, 37, Morriston, out of county warrant. Bond $540.

    •June 17, Amanda Lynn Hardesty, 23, Dunellon, out of county warrant. Bond $200,000.

  • Heroic efforts of Basham and Sullivan honored

    Twenty police officers, firefighters, EMS professionals and other first responders were recognized for their meritorious service or heroic efforts recently. Levy County Department of Public Safety Paramedic Cody Basham and Levy County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Brandin Sullivan were two of the 20 individuals recognized.

    The Second Annual 97.3 The Sky First Responder Valor Awards were held June 18. 97.3 The Sky recognizes outstanding First Responders in local communities for heroic acts performed during the daily duties of their profession.

  • Busing cessation draws SRO crowd at school board

    People came out in droves for a standing room only school board meeting to express their concerns over the end of transportation provided by Levy County for Yankeetown area students to Dunnellon High School.

  • Atheists sue county for denying bench

    A local group of atheists that was twice denied permission to place a bench on the Levy County Courthouse Forum close to a Ten Commandments monument has made good on its vow that the fight was not over.

  • Chiefland City Commission agenda for June 22 meeting

    The Chiefland City Commission meets at 6 p.m. in City Hall at 214 E. Park Ave. 

    For more information, call 352-493-4796.