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  • Record number of boats race at Wild Hog

    A wild and challenging race, which has grown in popularity over the years, presented an interesting challenge to racers this year.

    The Wild Hog Canoe and Kayak Race is known for the twisting turns of the little Waccasassa River, rapids, logs and wild critters. This year however, for its 39th annual year, the race set a new record of 131 boats entering the race, beating the long standing record of 124 being the most boats entered.

  • Levy County Commission meeting agenda for May 3, 2016

    The County Commission meets in regular session at 9 a.m. Tuesday, May 3, 2016. 

    The meeting is in the commission meeting room at the Levy County Courthouse on South Court Street in Bronson. 

  • Recalled chicken products removed from Levy schools

    Levy County schools were notified Wednesday morning by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Foods of food recalls resulting in the disposal of about 60 cases or 1200 pounds of chicken products from Pilgrim's Pride Corp.

    A previous recall on April 7 listed only one product, but a secondary press release on April 26 revealed multiple other products had been affected. Over 4.5 million pounds of chicken products are being recalled.

  • Advice for attending Crab Fest April 30

    The time for Williston’s annual Crab Festival Event is upon us.  The Levy County Sheriff's Office said the event will begin on Saturday, April 30 and will continue into the evening and has offered advice for those who wish to attend or avoid the heavily trafficked area.

    Deputies will be stationed in the event area to assist participants in the event of an emergency.  As always, the deputies’ response time and ability to assist will depend on the size and actions of the crowd. 

  • 'Coffee with a Cop' today at McDonald's

    The McDonald's in Chiefland is giving all law enforcement officers free breakfast from 9:30 to 11 a.m. and free coffee or tea for the rest of the day to any law enforcement that stops in the restaurant.

    The event is a thank you to the officers for the work they do and an opportunity for the public to sit and chat with officers over a cup of coffee.

    The McDonald's is at 1415 N. Young Blvd. For more information, call Erin Tremblay.

  • Rover’s barking could cost $300

    Owners of noisy animals in the city could face warnings and a court summons that carries a fine up to $300 if they are visited multiple times by Chiefland Police Department officers under a new ordinance adopted by the City Commission on Monday.

    The ordinance, which goes into effect immediately was adopted unanimously after a discussion on whether multiple visits on the same day could trigger and summons and fine.

    City Manager Mary Ellzey said the city will not be proactive in enforcing the ordinance, reacting to complaints only.

  • Teen dies in swimming accident

    A 19-year-old from Chiefland died in a tragic drowning accident on Sunday at about 3:30 p.m. at a rock pit used as a swimming hole in Dixie County, according to a Dixie County Sheriff's Office press release. 

    The victim has been identified as Richard Cabeza Jr., a graduate of Chiefland Middle High School and a member of the school's baseball team. 

  • County commission to hold closed session on Tuesday

    The Levy County Board of County Commissioners will hold an executive session on Tuesday, April 19, at 1 p.m., at the county attorney’s conference room, 612 E. Hathaway Ave., Bronson, to discuss union negotiations for IAFF Local 4069.

    Present will be the commissioners, attorney Wayne Helsby, County Coordinator Fred Moody and Assistant County Coordinator Wilbur Dean.

  • Williston's Crab Fest on April 30

    Because April has five Saturdays this year, the timing of the Crab Fest in East Williston has been moved back from its traditional date.

    Although traditionally the fourth weekend in April, this year's Crab Fest will be held April 30.

    The decision came after a community meeting was held Monday night and residents voiced their opinions.

    The festivals, which draws thousands of people, is a loosely organized festival where cars parade and food is sold by neighborhood residents.

  • Florida recognizes Work Zone Awareness Week

    The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is recognizing April 11-15, 2016, as National Work Zone Awareness Week. In order to raise awareness and educate citizens on work zone safety, FDOT has collaborated with the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSVM) and law enforcement partners. Work zones provide unexpected road conditions, and motorists should use extra caution in these areas.