Local News

  • Credit card skimmer found in Bronson

    A credit card skimmer has been removed from a pump at a gas station in the Bronson area and residents are being asked to keep an eye on their bank accounts, according to a Levy County Sheriff’s Office press release.

    The station’s manager reported finding a device attached to one of the pumps which was not part of the normal operating components. The manager removed the device and turned it over to investigators.

  • Chief apologizes for lack of composure

    Chiefland Fire Chief James Harris offered a simple apology to the City Commission for his actions during the Feb. 23 meeting where he registered his complaint about the public evaluation of him and nearly walked out of the meeting. 

  • Service to country lives on Harrell’s final salute

    In 1965 Michael Harrell, a fifth generation Floridian, first took his oath to serve in the United States Marine Corps. The United States was ramping up its commitment of troops to send into battle in South Vietnam.

    Boot camp was short. “It was 8 weeks instead of the usual 12 weeks. That was cause the drill instructor said they needed some warm bodies in Vietnam.”

  • Bronson voters head to the polls Tuesday

    A new councilman will be elected Tuesday when the town of Bronson holds a special election.

    Katie Parks Bogart and Jerry Mongo are seeking the seat vacated by Berlon Weeks' resignation.

    Bogart said the town advertised the job and about six people applied, but the council was unable to make a unanimous decision, so they decided to hold a special election. Of the applicants, she said only two decided to run.

  • Pet adoption Saturday

    Levy County Animal Services is holding an adoption event on Saturday, March 7, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Tractor Supply in Chiefland, according to David Weatherford, the department's director.

    Tractor Supply will also be providing water for those looking over the dogs, puppies and cats that will be available and adopters will receive a 5 pound bag of 4Health cat or dog food, said store Manager Chad Ekker. Pet supplies, including leashes, harnesses, collars and carriers and cages will be on sale.

  • Big Fight For A Little Girl

    Ten year old Ashley Isenhoward is described by her mother as being spunky and a firecracker with an old soul quality. She was also a competitive cheerleader, but in September Ashley started coughing and when the girl who could previously do 10 back hand springs in a row, couldn't do two laps in the gym, they knew something was not right, said her mother, Jennifer Isenhoward.

    On Jan. 9, Ashley had a tumor removed from her pulmonary artery, that was later diagnosed as being intimal sarcoma, an extremely rare form of cancer.

  • Vulgar lyrics that promote violence touch a nerve

    Levy County Commissioner Mike Joyner of Morriston has had it with loud music that has lyrics that are vulgar or promotes violence against law officers and women and he wants to hear the end of it.

    The other commissioners agreed with him and in their Tuesday regular meeting instructed County Attorney Annne Bast Brown to draw up an ordinance, with criminal not civil penalties, similar to those already adopted by municipalities in the county to prohibit loud music. Civil penalties usually only call for a fine, while criminal penalties can call for fines and jail time.

  • Herbicide class is March 3

    Want to know how herbicides are used in the Aquatic Plant Management Program in Florida’s lakes, particularly the Orange Creek Basin?

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is hosting an aquatic herbicide workshop March 3 from 6 to 8 p.m. to help inform the public and answer questions about the use of herbicides in public waters, including the Orange Creek Basin lakes. The location of the meeting is at the IFAS Extension Office, 2556 W. Highway 318 in Citra.

  • Bronson votes to raise sewer rates

    The town of Bronson council members voted three to one to raise sewer rates.

    Clerk Kelli Brettel presented the proposed changes at the Feb. 17 meeting. She said Tom Gustafson of the Florida Rural Water Association performed a water study and gave them suggested rates equivalent with the national standard. However, the rates actually proposed for the city are much lower council members said.

  • Williston man burned by explosion

    A Williston man is being treated at Shands for injuries he sustained this morning (Wednesday) after an electric radiator exploded.