Local News

  • County news briefs

    Following directions wins road bid
    V.E. Whitehurst & Sons roadbuilders of Williston was the second lowest — and winning — bidder on a contract to pave about 1.5 miles of County Road 318 because the firm read the bid requirements and followed them.
    The road is being resurfaced from U.S. Highway 27A east to Northeast 220th Avenue at the Levy-Marion county line using Florida Department of Transportation funds.

  • Buy local gets push from commissioner

    Commissioner Chad "Cracker" Johnson of Chiefland says it's time the county provided guidance to department heads when it comes to buying local.
    In Tuesday's commission meeting, the District 2 Republican said, "The department heads don't have anything written to follow.

  • Suwannee River Cleanup Saturday, Oct. 8

       Pure Water Wilderness holds the 3rd Annual Suwannee River Cleanup on Saturday, Oct. 8,  from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
       There will be a limited number of available canoes or bring your own canoe.
       The first 50 volunteers to register will receive a T-Shirt. Lunch is sponsored by Progress Energy.
    For more information call 352- 463-3467

  • Law Appreciation Night honors 8

    If law is what holds civilization together, then it's only civil that society should come together now and then to honor those who protect those laws.
    That was the message Thursday night as six area law enforcement officers, emergency first responders and two good Samaritans were honored at Law Appreciation Night, sponsored by the Chiefland Woman's Club at First Baptist Church of Chiefland.

  • Hurricane can't stop Martin

    Hurricane Irene couldn't stop Tom Martin from competing in the 2011 World Fire and Police Games in New York City.
    With Irene canceling flights up and down the East Coast late last month, the Levy County Sheriff's Office corporal took matters into his own hands. When Martin finished his nightshift on Aug. 27, he jumped into a car with his wife, Sarah, and headed north.

  • County property tax 7.8114 mils

    There was a little horse trading at the Levy County Commission on Monday as the board tried to feel each other out to set the property tax millage for the coming year.
    The commissioners also warned that they have cut the "fluff" from the county budget and a property tax increase is looming in the future.

  • New CFEC building on its way

    The board of Central Florida Electric Co-op, donning hardhats, were gold shovel-ready Monday afternoon as they posed for the ground-breaking ceremony at the new location for the operations center in Chiefland.
    The new building will be 32,000 square feet and house a variety of departments that are located in several buildings in Chiefland. It will include system operations, member services, engineering and a two-lane drive-thru for making payments.

  • Hospital names chief of staff

    Dr. Jesse Lipnick of Southeastern Integrated Medical of Chiefland has been named chief of staff for the future Tri-County Hospotal in Chiefland.
    Lipnick's appointment was announced by hospital CEO and President Frank Schupp at the Suwannee Valley Rotary Club on Sept. 8. Schupp gave the club members an update on the hospital's development.
    He said his company, Ameris Healthcare Services of Nashville has commitments from 65 doctors and 160 health care workers to work in the hospital and the goal is to hire 350 employees.

  • Demolition is first step in bringing new hospice to city

    Traffic slowed on North Main Street by Northwest 4th Street on the morning of Sept. 2.
    Granted the amount of heavy equipment might have had something to do with it, but most folks were wondering why the old service station/tire store/detailing shop was being demolished.
    It is making way for Hospice of Citrus County, Inc./Hospice of the Nature Coast's new facility. The 16,100-square-foot, triple-use facility being built by Gray Construction of Trenton on 1.9 acres will house a superthrift shop, a cafe and the hospice's local offices.

  • Simple remembrance of 9/11 touches hearts

    It was a simple remembrance staged in the back parking lot of a bank.
    But the occasion--the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001 when planes plowed into the World Trade Center’s twin towers in New York City, a field in Pennsylvania and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.,--is one that begged the attention it received.