Local News

  • Hospital rep not happy with results

    An investigation into seven complaints that patients were advised against going to Regional General Hospital Williston and were taken to hospitals in Gainesville by Levy County Emergency Medical Services left no one satisfied at Tuesday's County Commission meeting.

    While Dr. Deviah “Dr. P” Pagidipati, owner of RGHW, was not present for Tuesday's meeting, his spokesman and compliance officer Joseph “Joey” Lander was and he was not satisfied with the report by David Knowles, county director of the Department of Public Safety.

  • City of Fanning Springs hires interim attorney

    A new man has stepped in to temporarily fill the shoes of the previous Fanning Springs City Attorney.

    Ray E. Thomas Jr., of Bell, has accepted the position in the interim as the city advertises the position in search of a full time attorney.

    "We did a pretty good search," Mayor Trip Lancaster said to those present at the monthly city council meeting held Tuesday, March 1. Thomas was willing to come talk to them.

  • Knowles resigns as Public Safety Director

    David Knowles, the county's first Department of Public Safety director and county fire chief resigned from his job on Tuesday afternoon.

    Alesha Rinaudo, assistant to the director for DPS confirmed Knowles was called to County Coordinator Fred Moody's office at 3 p.m. where Moody requested the resignation and Knowles complied.

    She said Knowles did not give a reason for the request.

  • IRS scam making the rounds

    If you get a call from this number: 435-265-8084, don't pick it up. It's a scam.

    A person will tell you they are calling from the IRS and you owe them money and must pay – or else.

    These callers are posing as the IRS to trick victims out of their money or personal information.

  • Dogan Cobb dead at 105

    Dogan S. Cobb, fondly known as "the Boss” and beloved for his public service and devotion to his county, Levy County and the Town of Bronson, died on Sunday, March 6 at the age of 105.

    Visitation was held by the family at First Baptist Church of Bronson on Tuesday afternoon and funeral services were at the church on Wednesday, March 9.

  • Helos may have scared birds from Seahorse Key

    Poor raccoons. In the last installment of “The Big Whodunit — Why the birds abandoned their nests on Seahorse Key,” an uptick in the island’s raccoon population, notorious nighttime nest predators, was being blamed for the birds’ disappearance.

    But in a panel discussion on Saturday, Feb. 27, about possible causes for the birds taking flight to Snake Key, Cedar Key and the Suwannee River, three scientists said it has come to light that the black helicopters residents have spotted in area skies may have cause it.

  • Man gets probation in senior's death

    A man charged in the death of Helen Bishop, 96, on July 10, 2014, has been given five years probation and the judge withheld adjudication of his guilt.

    Michael Hancock, a deputy city clerk for Cedar Key, was arrested Oct. 30, 2014, on a charge of aggravated manslaughter of an elderly person and given a $5 million bond by Levy County Judge James Browning. In a later hearing, Hancock was released on his own recognizance but with terms that dictated his activities and curfews.

  • City, RV resort developer spar over sewer line

    The city's sewer system manager and the developer of a 456-space RV resort disagreed over whether a lift station by the Taco Bell on U.S. Highway 19 will be able to handle an expected 34,200 gallons of sewerage per day.

  • Uniting the Tri-Counties

    Plays, band performances, movie nights and "pickin' in the park" events are all a part of the vision by local organizations pulling together to work towards the goal of having a bandshell at Fanning Springs, an area centrally located for the Tri-Counties.

    Chiefland Rotary members in conjunction with the City of Fanning Springs and Fanning Springs Chamber of Commerce presented the project to Chiefland Rotary members last Wednesday, Feb. 17.

  • McCallum gets Florida Sheriff’s Risk Management Fund Award

    Levy County Sheriff Bobby McCallum received the Florida Sheriff’s Risk Management Fund (FSRMF) Award for Best Overall Performance in Vehicle Operations in 2015 at the Florida Sheriff’s Winter Conference on Feb. 1.