Local News

  • FHP warning about Goethe burn

    The Florida Highway Patrol is monitoring a 2,000 acre prescribed burn being conducted by the Florida Forestry Service in an area south of County Road 336 between CR 337 and State Road 121 in Levy County.

    This burn event will continue throughout Thursday night and into Friday. Smoke from the burn could affect CR 336, CR 337, SR 121, CR 40 and U.S. Highway 19.

  • Blood drive in Chiefland Jan. 17

       LifeSouth and the community of Chiefland invite the public to be a part of saving lives when they team up to host a blood drive on Saturday, Jan. 17, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. in the Wal-Mart parking lot, 2201 North Young Blvd., Chiefland.

  • County and resident standoff on political signs

    A Camp Azalea resident was rebuffed in her attempt to have the Levy County Commission enforce rules on political signs still standing along roadways.

    Toni Collins complained at a December commission meeting about the signs still up from the Nov. 4 general election and gave indications it was a candidate who lost the election.

    Collins was back at the first commission meeting of the year to complain again about political signage.

    Collins asked for adoption of an ordinance or enforcement of a state statute governing political advertisements.

  • Yoho bid for House Speaker fails

    It was a bold move when Rep. Ted Yoho (R-District 3), whose district includes Levy County, announced over the New Year's holiday he would not be voting to re-elect House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and offered himself for the position.

    After all, Yoho is just starting his second two-year term in the House.

    On Tuesday, the members of Congress returned to Washington, D.C., and the House of Representatives — dominated by the GOP — re-elected Boehner.

  • Bronson denies request to camp

    When Cheryl Ladner bought property in the Oak Forest Subdivision in Bronson, she dreamed of one day building a home on the half acre.

    Until that day, Ladner decided to move a travel trailer on the property and live there until the home became a reality.

    There were just a few problems.

    The Town of Bronson doesn’t allow people to live in campers on the property while constructing a home, and Robert “Bob” Niffenegger, the town’s building official, says the property is in a known wetland and not suitable for building.

  • Clerk not losing sleep over gay marriage

    Levy County Clerk of Court Danny Shipp, unlike some clerks around the state, did not open the county courthouse in Bronson at the stroke of midnight on Tuesday, the first moment single sex couples were able to marry in the state. 

    No, he was home, tucked in bed asleep. It's a good thing too.

  • County Commission Agenda for Tuesday, Jan 6, 2015



    January 6, 2015

    Call to Order


    Pledge to Flag

    Public Comments -Issues related to Agenda items

    -Complete public comment form and submit to clerk
    -State your full name and address
    -Discussion must be limited to a maximum of three (3) minutes per person

    Clerk of Court — Danny Shipp, Clerk of Court
    Request approval to donate Dell computers to Vision Christian Academy

  • Farmers market returns Jan. 10

    The downtown Chiefland Farmers Market returns Saturday, Jan. 10, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Train Depot Park in Chiefland.

       Chiefland’s downtown Farmers Market specializes in fresh, seasonal local food. Please come out and support the community market.

       More vendors are wanted! Do you have farm, garden or home made products to sell? For more information, call 352-493-1849. 

  • County wants to improve access

    It does not take a handicapped person to know that the Levy County Courthouse and Administrative Building in Bronson needs updating to accommodate those with disabilities. 

    The courthouse, the county's fourth, was constructed in 1937, and the administrative building was added in 1963. The sidewalks have been patched several times, but still there are cracks. Ditto for the stairs leading to the main administrative entrance; they are showing their age.   

  • Dog shooter sentenced

    Sandy the German Shepard mix is a happy, goofy dog who likes to play fetch, according to one of her caretakers. She has a permanent injury to her paw — the result of two shootings by a former owner, but it does not slow her down. 

    Sandy has been living at Chiefland Animal Hospital since she was brought in July 17 with three gunshot wounds. She is waiting for the right person to take her home.