Local News

  • Levy cleans up after Tropical Storm Colin

    By Lou Elliott Jones

    Tropical Storm Colin washed ashore on Monday and for residents and officials it looked more like a hurricane exercise than a storm that could do real damage.

    “It was a very nice wake up call to shake the rust off,” said Levy County Emergency Management Assistant Director David Peaton.

  • Teen critical after accident

    A 17-year-old is in critical condition following a one-vehicle accident Monday shortly after 1 p.m. on U.S. Highway 19 at Northwest 135th Lane, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report.

    Trevor D. Hill, 17, was transported to Shands Hospital in Gainesville after he lost control of his 2003 Ford Escape while southbound on U.S. 19 during heavy rain, overcorrected and the SUV started to rotate.

  • CFEC repares for Colin

    As Tropical Storm Colin continues on its path, Central Florida Electric Cooperative (CFEC) has assembled a prepared group of linemen and service restoration personnel, who are ready to assist as needed. CFEC is also ready to bring in additional contractors or request assistance from neighboring cooperatives outside the area to aid members and the community, if the need arises.

  • TS Colin news: Damage assessment begins



  • Summer BreakSpot Program starting

     Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam has announced that the Summer BreakSpot program will provide free meals and snacks from June through August to children 18 and under who are from low-income families.

    The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services partners with more than 3,800 schools and community organizations sites statewide to offer free, nutritious meals, recreational fun and educational activities to students from low-income families during the summer months.

  • Public meeting Tuesday on highway through Levy

    When: Tuesday, June 7, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
    Where: Best Western Gateway Grand, 4200 N.W. 97th Blvd., Gainesville
    When: Wednesday, June 8, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
    Where: Hilton Ocala Conference Center, 3600S.W. 36th Ave., Ocala

    By Michael D. Bates

    BROOKSVILLE — Even when the Interstate 75 Relief Task Force makes its anticipated recommendation in August, don’t expect that to be an end of the matter, County Commission Chairman Ron Kitchen said Tuesday.

  • Latest news on missing Steinhatchee boater

    From the Dixie County Sheriff's Office:

  • Rear-end crash injures 3 from Chiefland

    Three Chiefland residents, including the developers of an RV resort, were injured when one vehicle rear-ended a second vehicle on State Road 26 at Northwest 255 Street in Newberry on Friday at 9 a.m., according to a Florida Highway Patrol report.

    Gerald Martin, 40, sustained serious injuries and was transported to North Florida Regional Medical Center, while developers Lois Livingston, 64, and Thomas Miles, 60, sustained minor injuries.

    Livingston and Miles are developing a 400-slot RV resort off County Road 320 in Chiefland.

  • 'Praise the Lord' George Kerns dead

    George “Praise the Lord” Kearns, nicknamed for his greeting to all, died at home on Tuesday afternoon at about 3:30 p.m., a family member said.

    Lighthouse Word Church on U.S. Highway 27A, south of Chiefland, where he, and his wife, Carol, were senior ministers, was a landmark, even for those who did not go to church. Driving directions often included “when you get to the church with the pond and fountain in front you are just about to Chiefland.”

  • Williston hospital late on bills

    Williston Regional General Hospital CEO Dr. Devaiah "Dr. P" Pagidipati told Williston City Council members Tuesday that for the last two years he has spent almost $6 million out of his own pocket to cover indigent care.

    The doctor's comment came on the heels of comments by his spokesman, Joey Lander, who first presented the council with checks for back bills for city-owned utility services, and then went on to detail the daunting task the hospital has faced with old debts from previous owners that are compounded by the current management's bills.