Local News

  • Commission honors AMVETS Post 88

    Bronson's Sons of AMVETS Squadron 88 has been commended by the Levy County Commission for its projects including a meal for homeless veterans served on Dec. 3 at the HONOR House in Gainesville and a wreath ceremony for Rosemary Cemetery on Saturday at noon.
    Ivan Chubb, Veterans Affairs representative, said the Post marshaled an effort to feed the veterans at the one-stop shop for helping homeless veterans get back on their feet.

  • Heavy traffic nets four arrests on drug charges

    Complaints from residents about heavy traffic to a residence located across from St. John the Evangelist Church on U.S. Highway 27A has resulted in four arrests, according to a Levy County Sheriff's Office press release.
    The Levy County Sheriff's Office and Chiefland Police Department executed a search warrant on Friday, Dec. 2, at the Northwest 40th Avenue residence following an investigation into the complaints that there was an unusual amount of vehicle traffic driving to the residence.

  • More cracking of containment wall at offline nuclear unit


    The cracking of the concrete in the nuclear containment building's walls at Progress Energy's Crystal River plant has increased since the second incident of cracking in March of this year.
    The plant was taken off-line two years ago before cracks were found and so there is no safety concern, but the question raised by the damaged walls is one of cost and, ultimately who bears it – for repairs and more expensive replacement fuels.

  • Levy still in one piece

    The Florida House Redistricting Committee released not one, but several maps, of proposals to redraw House and Congressional districts according to the 2010 U.S. Census population figures.
    The one thing in common with all the proposed maps is that Levy County, which has been split among three state House districts, two state Senate districts and two Congressional districts, would have only one representative, one state senator and one Congressional representative.

  • Sheriff asks for leniency for employees

    Levy County Sheriff Johnny Smith asked a court to show leniency in sentencing three of his employees charged with taking money from a petty cash fund at his office.
    When Levy County Judge James T. Browning asked if there would be a victim impact statement, Smith stepped up and said, "I have known all three ladies for a long time. They have been good employees and they come from good families. I ask for the court's leniency and I ask that the court withhold adjudication and give them probation."

  • County redistricting proposal straightens out lines

    For all the voters who have strained their eyes trying to figure out what Levy County Commission/School Board district they are in, things will get easier thanks to a little population growth.
    Under a proposal presented to the commission and the school board — which have common district boundaries — on Tuesday the district lines no longer wiggle around — except in one instance, and follow roadways.

  • Sent from above

    Participants, some dressed as angels, in Saturday’s Christmas parade in Chiefland stare at images on a camera during the staging of the event’s floats behind Chiefland High School.

  • Bronson scores $2.9 M for sewer

    Bronson officials were all smiles last week in front of Town Hall where they received a ceremonial check commemorating federal dollars that will go toward funding the expansion of the town's sewer system.
    "We take pride in it. We love to service these small communities," said Richard Machek, state director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Development Agency, shortly before signing a poster-sized check for $2, 865, 600.

  • Bronson to rename park

    Bronson town council members voted unanimously Monday night to rename the town's sports complex in honor of a man they say gave his life to make Bronson a better place to live.
    James Harry  Cobb was only 46 last August when he died while at work for the town, a place he had worked for 16 years.
    Council Member Berlon Weeks, in a non-agendad discussion, made the motion.

  • Cedar Key soldier dies in Afghanistan

    Army Pfc. Ryan Lumley, of Cedar Key,  died this weekend as the result of a roadside bomb in Afghanistan.
    Lumley, a 2008 Cedar Key High School graduate and a standout in tennis and track and field,  was assigned to 2nd Platoon, Action Company, 2nd Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division from Fort Bliss, Texas.
    His platoon was recently operating in the Sayed Abad district of Wardak province, Afghanistan.