Local News

  • Sharing local history via Facebook is Wesley White's passion

    One Chiefland man shares his love for history, especially of this area, with others on Facebook.

    “Something I’ve always had a passion for is history,” Wesley White said. He searches mostly on internet archives for old newspaper articles, though he said his aunt does have some old clippings.

    For him, his research has brought back a lot of memories.

    “I hope it does the same for others,” he said.

  • Fanning Fire Department works to resolve audit issues

    Fanning Springs is responding to an audit report claiming discrepancies between its fire department call numbers and those reported by Gilchrist County.

    “It’s all here, we’ve gone above and beyond on documentation. We have all the paperwork needed,” Fanning Springs Deputy Fire Chief Elania Spain said on Monday.

    Fire Chief Ron McQueen said he and Spain were surprised at the Fanning Springs city council meeting when the auditor began speaking of discrepancies.

  • County takes aim at sex offenders moving in

    A proposed Levy County ordinance designed to restrict where persons who have been convicted of sex crimes can live, how many can live together or next to each other and their activities in certain places will be up for comment in a public hearing Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the Levy County Courthouse.

  • FDOT Road and Lane Closures for June 13-19


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

    Hull Road (UF Campus)  Possible daytime lane closures and sidewalk closures between Southwest 34th Street and Mowry Road to build concrete sidewalk/trail.

  • Chiefland changes track on roofing contract

    The Chiefland City Commission approved letting a local builder out of a contract to re-roof the city maintenance barn after the company's owner encountered troubles with workers and a relative's health.

    The contract had been awarded to Dream Builders USA Inc., a local business, even though it was not the lowest bid received at $10,400.

  • Parents warned about Flakka

    A synthetic drug is growing in popularity in the state and Attorney General Pam Bondi is warning parents about the dangers involved.

    A recent press release said the drug, Flakka, has been linked to several dangerous incidents in the last few months, including a man impaling himself on a fence and another teen jumping through a closed window. It was also linked to the death of a Florida concert goer.

  • Waccasassa River Bridge replacement begins

    The replacement of the Waccasassa River Bridge on County Road 326 in Levy County, approximately three miles southwest of Gulf Hammock, is now underway by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT). 

    The existing bridge is being replaced in phases. While one lane of the new bridge is being constructed, traffic will use the other lane of the existing bridge. Traffic will be controlled by a temporary traffic signal when a flagger is not present.  Lane closures may also occur after 7 a.m. weekdays. No work is anticipated to occur on weekends.

  • Animal adoption fees decrease

    Bringing a veterinarian on board at the Levy County Animal Shelter has benefits for county residents: lower adoption fees.

    Animal Services Director David Weatherford’s request to the County Commission to lower fees for Levy County residents adopting a pet was unanimously approved on June 2.

    And the county will benefit as having an in-house vet means every animal will be spayed or neutered, microchipped, up to date on shots and healthy when it leaves for its fur-ever home.

  • McElroy Reunion Sunday

       The McElroy Reunion will begin at 10 a.m. Sunday, June 14 at Hart Springs in Gilchrist County. Popcorn and Lemonade will be provided until lunch is served at 1:30 p.m.

       Participants are asked to bring items for a silent auction and entries for the pie contest. Also judges are needed.

    Hot dogs, hamburgers, buns, tea and water will be provided. Please bring side dishes and desserts to share.

  • Moose Lodge wants bingo for Sunday afternoon

    Bingo made its way onto the agenda at a recent Fanning Springs city council meeting.

    Pat Orr and Frank Nekola made the presentation, petitioning to be allowed to hold bingo on Sunday afternoons at Suwannee River Lodge 325, or the Moose Lodge as it’s called, on 167 Place.

    “It was the best day when we were operating,” Orr said. “This says no Sundays,” she said referring to a city ordinance.