Local News

  • Putnam offers tips for tree disposal

    As the holiday season comes to a close, Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam encourages Floridians to dispose of Christmas trees safely.

    Dry limbs and needles from discarded Christmas trees can become an ignition source for fire if not properly cleared away from homes and natural areas.

    One way to remove this potential fire hazard is by recycling Christmas trees.

    Many locations offer tree recycling services such as curbside pick-up, recycling centers and mulching programs.

  • House on the Cliff to debut Dec. 31

    By this time of the year, Barbara Leathers should have been resting on her laurels after another successful show by Williston Community Theater's Peanut Patch Players.

    But fate intervened, and instead of reading scripts and getting ready for Christmas, Leathers, one of the founders of Williston's little playhouse, is tackling round two of House on the Cliff, WCT's next production.

    Late in the summer, after minor difficulty casting some roles, the show was in full swing with a full cast.

  • Dogs learn the art of the barn hunt

    At last there may be a sport that most every dog and his owner can compete in, be good at and enjoy well into old age.

    Welcome to Barn Hunt. It's one of the newest dog events to hit Florida and Morriston's Lorri Griffin is doing her part to promote it.

    In the hunt, a dog and his master enter an enclosed pen where bales of hay – sometimes as many as 100 – are positioned to create a labyrinth of tunnels – and adventure.

    The mission? To find hidden rodents.

  • Firefighter of Year to be honored

    Firefighter Kevin M. Davis, will be honored as the Firefighter of the Year on Monday, Jan. 4, at Chiefland Fire and Rescue, 16 N.E. 1st St., Chiefland.

  • 2015 was good news for Bronson

    Bronson council gets new member

    Katie Parks Bogart came out the victor in a March election when the polls closed in Bronson.

    The unofficial results of the runoff election between her and Jerry L. Mongo for Bronson town council Seat Two yielded 123 votes to Parks Bogart and 101 to Mongo.

    A previous election, two weeks ago, resulted in a tie between the two and the runoff was required. Had they tied again on Tuesday, they would've had to flip a coin to determine the winning candidate.

  • It was 'Back to the Future' for county

    Levy County got a fresh start on the future in 2015 looking to build the county economy. And their efforts may come to fruition in 2016.

    There were two new faces on the commission, Rock Meeks of Chiefland and Lilly Rooks of Rosewood, elected in November 2014. Commissioner John Meeks of Bronson stayed on as chairman.

    They started work on implementing an economic development incentive program — one of two now up and running — to bring new business and help existing business grow.

  • Fanning Springs' year in review

    Fanning Springs kicked off 2015 with Gilchrist County Judge Sheree Landcaster administering the oath of office to new Mayor Trip Lancaster, and Council members Barbara Locke and Ron Queen. They were sworn in at the Jan. 6 Fanning Springs City Council meeting.

    Also in January, Fanning Springs city council members approved a bid for construction work to be done on the new EMS station.

    The modular building was remodeled and with the finished product including bunk rooms, a kitchen, living area and bathrooms.

  • Speeding case turns into drugs and gun case

    Chiefland Police Officer Michael Cosseboom spotted a white Kia SUV with two men inside heading north at a high rate of speed on North Main Street on Sunday, Dec. 27, shortly after 2 p.m. and figured he would check it out. After all, the driver looked to be doing 50 in a 35 mph zone.

  • Family searches for crash victim's pup

    The family of A woman from Dover, Fla., who died after her vehicle failed to negotiate a curve on U.S. Highway 19 at Coulter Road shortly after noon on Sunday, Dec. 27, is asking for the public's help in locating a puppy traveling with her.

    Audrey H. Johnson, 84, was pronounced deceased on the scene by Paramedic Harry Sparks with the Levy County Fire Rescue at 12:31 p.m., according to a Florida Highway Patrol report.

  • Man dies in Christmas crash

    A family was left mourning on Christmas when Samuel Williams, 30, of Trenton, died in a one-vehicle crash at 9 p.m. on Dec. 25 on U.S. Highway 129 and County Road 345, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report.

    Williams was driving a 2010 Chevy Malibu south on US 129 when it failed to negotiate the curve at the intersection with CR 345. The car went onto the east shoulder and struck a tree.

    The driver was transported to Shands Hospital at the University of Florida where he was pronounced deceased according to the report by FHP Cpl. T. Dillon.