Local News

  • Nugent has town meeting in Chiefland

    About 40 people showed up at Chiefland's City Hall Tuesday afternoon at a town hall meeting to listen to U.S. Congressman Rich Nugent (R - Florida) talk about how a federal budget proposed by Congressman Paul Ryan (R - WI) is the only plan that will lead to "prosperity."
    "You can't take every penny you make to pay off your debt," Nugent told the crowd.
    Government spending is out of control, he said.

  • Crime up in Levy County

    Gov. Rick Scott may be crowing about Florida having its  lowest crime rate in 30 years in 2010 with a drop of 6.6 percent, but Levy County experienced a 4.1 percent increase in crime.
    The numbers released by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement on Monday come from crime report information submitted by local law enforcement agencies to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
    According to the report:
    • Population went from an estimated 40,674 residents to 41,451 in 2010
    • Murder was dwon from 1 murder in 2009, to none in 2010

  • Commission still unsure about water ordinance

    City commissioners made no decision Monday night on approving a draft of the city's new mandatory water connection ordinance.
    The ordinance, which received its first reading at Monday's regular meeting, requires city residents living within 300 feet of a city water line to get connected. Residents living farther than 300 feet are exempt, though they would still have to pay the minimum monthly water charge. The ordinance recently came back from the city planning board after objections about the original ordinance having no distance requirement.

  • Drugs, guns, $100K in home land 'Jane Doe' in jail

    A woman who claims to not understand English or Spanish and was in a home with drugs, guns and over $100,000 in cash has been jailed as a "Jane Doe," according to a Levy County Sheriff's Office press release.
     The arrest came after deputies and federal Drug Enforcement Administration agents did a "knock and talk" at a home on Southeast 80th Street in Morriston. A woman answered the door and officers detected the odor of marijuana.

  • Sworn complaint filed on fire chief

    The Levy County Sheriff's Office has filed a sworn complaint for improper exhibition of a firearm against Chiefland Fire Chief James Lonnie Harris.
    At 2:15 a.m. Friday morning, LCSO deputies responded to a call from 51-year-old Harris about a suspicious person on his property, located at 7431 N.W. 115 St., in Chiefland, according to the LCSO incident report.

  • Sheriff's Office gets two more dispatchers

    The Levy County Sheriff's Office, which has been trying to find money to hire more dispatchers for its busy communications center, found the answer next door at the jail.
    Maj. Evan Sullivan, head of law enforcement, requested and received unanimous approval to move $41,157.18 from the jail budget to the dispatch budget during Tuesday's regular County Commission meeting.

  • Refuge manager transfers to Pacific Northwest

    Employees of Chassahowitzka and Lower Suwannee and Cedar Keys National Wildlife refuges gathered for lunch on Thursday to bid farewell to Refuge Manager John Kasbohm. Kasbohm and his family are relocating to the Pacific Northwest where Kasbohm will assume the duties of refuge manager of the Sheldon-Hart Mountain National Wildlife Refuge Complex in Oregon and Nevada.

  • CFEC offers electrical safety reminders

    Because of the thunderstorms that recently passed through the area, Central Florida Electric Cooperative wants to remind citizens of the dangers from power lines and other electrical equipment after a storm.
    Electrical hazards can be thought of as “hidden” because the danger is not readily evident. In other words, you cannot look at a downed power line and “see” that it is energized. Therefore, you must always assume that it is energized and very dangerous.

  • Construction of US 41 left turn lanes to begin in Levy County

     Work is scheduled to begin April 25 on a project to widen U.S. 41 in eastern Levy County to allow for new left turn lanes.
    Crews will widen U.S. 41 in front of the Morriston Post Office to allow for left turn lanes onto County Road (C.R.) 323 and C.R. 326.
    Lane closures are planned Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to dusk.  The posted speed limit of 60 mph will remain during construction, but motorists should use caution when crews are working.

  • Honored for making a difference

    Bill Brown of Levy County, who was one of 20 nominees for the nation's highest civilian award, was honored with a plaque of appreciation from the Levy County Commission on Tuesday. Participating in the presentation were, from left, Commissioners Chad Johnson, Danny Stevens, Marsha Drew, Bill Brown and Commissioner Ryan Bell. The Civilian Service Before Self medal is bestowed on three recipients annually by the Medal of Honor Foundation whose members are the living recipients of the Medal of Honor.