Local News

  • Levy jobless rate dips to 10.3

    Staff Report
       The news on Levy County's job front is good for the month of October as the unemployment rate dipped from 11 percent to 10.3 percent and the county ranked 29th among the state's 67 counties in unemployment. It was in 25th place in September.

  • Yard bandits strike retirement village

    Residents of Oak Grove Village Retirement Park, between Chiefland and Trenton, say retirees in the area would be wise to hide their prized pink flamingoes and garden gnomes.
    Yard ornaments in the neighborhood have been mysteriously disappearing for about a month, according to resident Charlotte Maupin. "Three homes have been hit," she said. "One of them twice."
    Area resident Donald Smith said he woke up Nov. 15 to find that his lighted palm tree had been swiped off his front porch.

  • Bronson Council, School Board won't see eye to eye

    Bronson Town Council members protested Monday night a letter sent to them from Levy County Schools Superintendent Bob Hastings regarding federal money allocated for shared sewer projects between the school board and the Town of Bronson.
    "They already signed that money and gave it to us," Council Member Berlon Weeks said. "They don't want to give the $29,000, and they want the $33,000 back."

  • Sen. Nelson staffer to hold office hours in Bronson on Wednesday

    Visit with a representative of U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson on Wednesday, Nov. 30, from 11 a.m. to noon, at the Bronson Public Library, 600 Gilbert St., Bronson.

    For more information, call 850-942-8415,

  • Road closings for holiday week

    Most work will be suspended Wednesday through Sunday for the Thanksgiving holiday. FDOT offices will also be closed Thursday and Friday.

  • Business Council has new leader, mission

    With a new director and a renewed commitment to economic growth, the Nature Coast Business Development Council is ready for a big year.
    The NCBDC has hired Dave Pieklik as the executive director of its 10-member board. He will also oversee the Levy County Enterprise Zone Development Agency.
    Pieklik, 34, had been working the last four years for the City of Inverness, in Citrus County, as a special events and programs assistant director. He also has extensive experience in print and broadcast journalism.

  • Veterans honored at luncheon

    The annual Champions of Freedom Appreciation Luncheon at the Tommy Usher Center in Cheifland was a wonderful success.  The guest speaker was Lieutenant Colonel  (US Army, Ret.) William Halker.  In his military career, Lieutenant Colonel Halker specialized in military intelligence operations and is the recipient of numerous awards and decorations.

  • Public Safety hosts CF Sim Lab

       The Levy County Department of Public Safety is inviting the public to stop by on Friday and Saturday to check out the College of Central Florida's new Mobile Simulator Lab during its visit to the Emergency Operations Center on County Road 32 in Bronson.  The lab will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.

  • Commandments to go on tour

    With no discussion on the matter, Chiefland City commissioners voted 4-0 Monday night to allow the Ten Commandments monument placed in front of City Hall to be removed by its owner so that it can tour the state.

  • Sheriff's lieutenant fired after arrest

    A Levy County Sheriff's lieutenant has been terminated following his arrest Friday on charges of taking a county employee captive at the home they once shared and attacking her.