Local News

  • Phone survey in Levy for emergency evacuation planning

    This week, residents living in Levy and Citrus counties may be contacted by telephone to take part in an all-important emergency evacuation planning survey.  The survey is to gather data for use by the Levy County Emergency Management Office to improve evacuation plans for both natural and man-made disasters.
    The telephone survey is being conducted by Boston-based First Market Research, and all calls made on weekdays will be conducted between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.  On the weekends, calls will be made between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m.

  • Possible sinkhole closes part of CR 347

    The Levy County Sheriff's Office and the Levy County Road Department has closed the 10600 block of County Road 347 due to cracking in the asphalt and a report of a sink hole possibly opening under the roadway. A passing motorist struck a crack which had opened across one lane. No injuries or damages were reported.

  • Theft won't keep fair kids from getting checks

    The kids' money is missing, down a financial rabbit hole at an Illinois bank, but the Suwannee River Fair — with the help of Perkins State Bank — will see to it the 347 kids who sold animals at the March show get their checks later this week.
    "They're going to get their money," said Loran Brookings, president of the Suwannee River Fair Association which puts on the annual youth livestock show and sale.

  • Hospital to break ground before end of year

    Representatives from the proposed Tri-County Hospital in Chiefland told city commissioners Monday night that plans for the hospital are still on track.
    "The good news is: Obviously, we are further along," said Frank Shuppe, CEO for the proposed hospital, at a public hearing on a $650,000 economic development grant that could pay for the extension of city sewer and water lines to the site of the proposed 60-bed facility.

  • City debates utility issues

    Chiefland staff say the city is getting a raw deal when it comes to several matters related to utilities.
    At Monday night's commission meeting, City Manager Grady Hartzog asked the commission to address billing dates, utility deposit fees for new customers and enforcement of the city's water connection mandate, all to mixed reviews from officials.

  • Horne recognized for a job well done

       Chiefland Police Chief Robert Douglas, left, presented CPD Officer Alton Horne, center, with a certificate in recognition of Horne's part in a recent investigation that helped break up a fraudulent check cashing scheme.
       Horne said the case started out simple enough but soon began leading him to an extensive fraudulent check operation as far away as Alachua County. Fifteen arrests were made in the operation that, all together, had passed off more than $100,000 in bad checks.

  • Democrats caucus Saturday

       On Saturday, May 5, Democrats from across Florida will gather in their communities to hold the 2012 County Caucuses.  At our caucus, we’ll be electing delegates who will begin their path to representing our community at the State Convention in Tampa and the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.       

  • Williston woman needs help

       Bethaney Swanson, a long-time Williston resident and real estate agent, has been diagnosed with lung cancer in both lungs.
    The surgery she needs is not covered by her insurance. The cancer is spreading quickly and she needs the procedure as soon as possible.
       A fund has been set up at Perkins State Bank for donations to help with her medical expenses.
       Checks can be made payable to Bethaney Swanson, Medical Account and friends asked for prayers and support.
    For more information, contact Sharon Brannan, 528-6558.

  • Levy County, regional unemployment drops

    The news on local employment has not been this good for more than three years: Unemployment for the three-county region of Levy, Marion and Citrus was 10.1 percent in March.
    Last time it was that low was December 2008 when it was 10 percent. For Levy County, the news is especially sweet as unemployment dropped from 10.1 percent in February to 9.4 percent in March.
    Neighboring Marion was at 10.3 and Citrus was 10.1.The last time unemployment in Levy County was this low was in December 2008 when it was 9.2 percent.

  • Weekend promises to be busy with bull bash, kayak race

    AMVETS Post 88 of Bronson will host the 35th Annual Wild Hog Canoe & Kayak Race on Saturday, April 28. The race begins at 8 a.m. on State Road 24 at the Waccasassa Bridge two miles east of Otter Creek.
    All proceeds go to the Levy ARC.
    This year's race features categories for kayak or canoe, and kayakers can now participate in the women’s division of the 55+ senior division. Race fee is $30 for kayaks.