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Local News

  • Levy County crime rate drops 5.4 percent

    One thing is certain, crime is down in Florida, Levy County and all but one of its municipalities overall and that is good news considering the state of the economy. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement's Uniform Crime Report for 2009 was released several weeks ago and buried in the stack of figures is good news.

  • Name change official: College of Central Florida

    Central Florida College President Dr. Charles Dassance, center, speaks to students, faculty and guests Wednesday  at the unveiling of a new sign at the school's Levy Center in Chiefland. Previously known as Central Florida Community College,  the school's new name reflects expanding educational opportunities for students throughout the area, he said. 

  • Graduation Activities

    Chiefland High School Baccalaureate Sunday, May 30 at 7 p.m.  Pine Grove Baptist Church Graduation Friday, June 4 at 7 p.m. Doyle McCall Stadium Open to the Public   Bronson High School Baccalaureate Wednesday, June 9 at 6:30 p.m..  First Baptist Church in Bronson Awards Night Thursday, June 10 at 6:30 pm

  • Fire budget meeting brings issues to light

    Fire and emergency services in the city of Chiefland are about to get an overhaul.

    City commissioners tentatively agreed to hire two part-time firefighters at a Monday night fire budget workshop after Fire Chief James Harris reassured them money would be available to cover the salaries.

    The money’s there, he said.  “We just need to move stuff around.”

  • Locals concerned about oil’s effect on manatees

    Despite the fact the recent oil spill in the Gulf is hundreds of miles away, Chiefland may experience some negative results in terms of how one of its biggest attractions, the manatee, is affected.

    “We are concerned, as everybody else should be," Sally Lieb, Manatee and Fanning Springs state parks manager said in a phone interview Monday.  “A coating of oil on the surface of the water is just not something to be considered an environmentally healthy condition.”

  • K-9 siezes 8 pounds of marijuana

    Chiefland Police hit the mother lode May 6 while running stationary radar north of town.

    A grey Kia was clocked at 73 mph in a 65 mph zone.

    The car, driven by Randy David Applegate, 33, of Madeira Beach  was pulled over and other officers came to assist. It was then they smelled marijuana.

    The K-9 Robiek did an open air drug sniff and alerted at the trunk of the car. Officers searched the car and found marijuana shake (loose leaves, stems and seeds at the bottom of the bag) in the passenger seat.

  • Tax roll growth slows

    Publication of Levy County's delinquent tax list starts today in the Chiefland Citizen and while the size — 40 pages — may look daunting, County Tax Collector Linda Fugate says it is not that bad.

    "This year, there are only about 226 more (names) than we advertised last year, but considering the economy it's pretty good," Fugate said on Tuesday. She said there are 6,796 listings for real property compared to last year's list of  6,570.

    "That's not too big a difference," Fugate said.

  • Couple arrested in robbery of child, 7

    Seth Leon Foster, 22, and Amy Lynn Combs, 28, both of Fanning Springs, were arrested on robbery, burglary and other felony charges after it was reported they took $11 from a 7-year-old girl trying to save her parents, according to a Levy County Sheriff's Office press release.

    Foster and Combs went to a residence on Northwest 168th Lane in Fanning Springs where Foster demanded money from two adults and threatened to kill them.

  • National Police Week time to give thanks

    The Levy County Sheriff's Office wants the public to know National Police Week started Sunday and ends Saturday.

    The special week set aside for recognizing the job law enforcement officers do and for those who have sacrificed their lives in the line of duty, was ecreated in 1962 by President John F. Kennedy.

    Today, in United States some 900,000 law enforcement officers put their lives on the line for the safety and protection of others. That protection comes at a price.

  • Drug arrests made in Williston

    Three Williston residents were arrested May 4 and charged with various drug-related offenses.

    On April 18, the victims reported to the Levy County Sheriff’s Office the theft of a Glock .40 caliber pistol and a North American Arms .22 magnum revolver.

    On May 4, Detective Tom Martin obtained a search warrant at 17091 NE 40 St.,Williston, which led to the Levy County Sheriff's Office and the Drug Task Force arresting Marvin E. Cooper, 22, Leslie Reese Thompson, 20, and Ronald Glenn, 37.