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  • Ag agency tips for protecting homes in wildfire season

    Tallahassee – The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Florida Forest Service offered five tips to help Floridians protect themselves against the dangers of wildfire. Wildfire Awareness Week, which recognizes the wildfires that raged through Florida in 1998, burning more than 500,000 acres and damaging or destroying 337 homes and other structures, is April 8-14.

  • Chief judge steps down

    The chief judge of the 8th Judicial Circuit, which includes Levy County, has stepped down from the post a year before her term is up and will remain a circuit judge.
    Circuit Judge Robert E. Roundtree Jr., who hears civil, probate, extraordinary writs, family, domestic violence and mental health cases in Levy and Gilchrist counties, has been elected chief judge by his fellow circuit judges. His term runs from April 5 through June 30, 2013. He has been on the bench since 2002 and holds a law degree from Florida State University.

  • Scott signs road bill

    Gov. Rick Scott signed a bill Friday that will name three different sections of Levy County roads for residents who died in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. Now the state Department of Transportation will be creating the signs to designate the roads and setting official dedication dates.
    The bill, sponsored by state Rep. Leonard Bembry (D-Madison), was unanimously approved  by the Florida Legislature during the session that ended on March 9.
    To be honored with road designations are:

  • Kickin’ the tires

       Members of Chiefland Fire Rescue and the Chiefland City Commission stand Monday evening in front of the city’s newest addition to the fire department, a refurbished KME Renegade Pumper. CFR Chief James Harris, during the commission meeting, thanked all who helped put the “new, old” fire truck back in tip-top shape. Most of the work was done by CFR. It took them 53 days.
       A plaque was fixed to the side of the truck Monday night in honor of the citizens of Chiefland and for everyone who volunteered time on the truck.

  • Sheriff's Report and Most Wanted for April 12

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office reports the following arrests:
    n April 4, Ray Conela Adcock, 61, Chiefland, VOP. Bond $5,000.
    n April 5, Charles Anthony Baugh, 63, Bronson, DWLSR. Bond $5,000.
    n April 8, Berky Edmund, 60, Gainesville, out of county warrant.
    n April 2, Erica Norma Bowman, 21, Chiefland, affray.
    n April 4, Mallory Brochetti, 20, Williston, possession of marijuana. Bond $500.

  • Cycle for Education April 21

       Cycle for Education is a fun way to help raise money to benefit students in the classroom for the Levy County Schools Foundation.
       The leisure ride follows the Greenway Trail. It begins at the Chiefland Shopping Center at 8 a.m. and continues past the Suwannee River through Fanning Springs, on to Cross City or as far as you want. The ride is up to 48 miles long, but riders can ride as little as they wish or go beyond the designated trail.

  • Polston named chief justice-elect of Florida

    TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Supreme Court has unanimously elected Ricky Polston – a man whose roots lie in the Panhandle town of Graceville – to become the state’s 55th chief justice starting July 1.
    Polston will become only the second chief justice from Jackson County and the first to come from west of the Apalachicola River since 1925.

  • Rubio's staff coming to help

    If you are having an issue with Social Security, Medicare, Veterans Benefits, immigration, the IRS or any federal agency, a member of Senator Rubio’s staff will be available to meet with you. Please plan to attend to meet your local staff and find out the services Senator Rubio’s Office offers his constituents. Tuesday, April 17, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Haven Hospice of the Tri-Counties Care Center, 311 N.E. 9th St., Chiefland.

  • They’re back; Sturgeon returning to Suwannee River

    They’re back. Gulf sturgeon have begun their annual migration back into the Suwannee River.
    Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) officers have reported seeing the fish jump already this year.
    People have been injured in accidental collisions with the jumping sturgeon. In 2011, six boaters were hurt and 11 encounters with sturgeon were reported.

  • Smoke alerts due to brushfires in Levy, several counties issued