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  • Handgun class has its sights on helping family in need

    About $2,500 was collected Saturday from 46 participants in a concealed weapons permit class at the Levy County Sheriff’s Office.

    Sheriff's Lt. Scott Finnen said the proceeds from the event would go to the Cates Children Family Fund — set up for the five children who lost their mother, Carrie L. Cates, 39, in a traffic accident about a month ago.

  • Suspicious man causes Bronson school lockdown

    Bronson Elementary School was in lockdown for 45 minutes Monday morning after a man spotted on campus fled.

    The Levy County Sheriff's Office said they are on the lookout for a white male, 5-feet, 7-inches tall possibly in his mid-50s with salt and pepper hair, and facial hair. He was wearing a green or brown shirt and blue jeans.

  • Hurricane IdaWind, rain to be main effects on Levy

    Emergency management officials are urging residents to closely monitor Hurricane Ida as it heads into the Gulf of Mexico and makes its way toward the Florida Panhandle.

    “All Floridians should take this storm seriously and not be caught off-guard over the next few days,” said Ruben D. Almaguer, interim director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management. “Residents across Florida are urged follow the progress of Ida and be prepared to implement their family disaster plans and heed local advisories.

  • Three names go to Crist for Levy County judge job

    Three attorneys — a prosecutor and two in private practice — have been sent to Gov. Charlie Crist for appointment to the county judge seat being vacated by Judge Joe Smith’s Dec. 31 retirement.

    The three are:

    James T. “Tim” Browning, an assistant state attorney based in Gainesville, but who has ties to Gilchrist County, and has handled domestic violence and drug cases.

    Charlotte Weidner, an attorney in private practice in Bronson who has criminal and civil trial experience.

  • Pregnancy Center wants to place Ten Commandments at County Courthouse

    The Levy County Commission is on its way to accepting the gift of a 6-foot-by 5-foot-by-3-foot black granite monument detailing the Ten Commandments and what could be an 11th one: “Love God and Keep His Commandments.”

    An application by the Tri County Pregnancy Center of Williston was presented by County Coordinator Fred Moody after being brought to the commission's meeting on Tuesday by Sheriff Johnny Smith.

    Moody announced the application to the board which received the news without comment.

  • Bronson seeks new fire chief

    The Bronson Volunteer Fire and Rescue department is looking for a new chief after the resignation of Scott Bulson two weeks ago, said Councilman Jason Kennedy.

    Bulson cited personal reasons, according to Kennedy. Until a new chief is named, the seven member department is being headed by interim chief Jacob Arnold, a  Bronson firefighter and first-responder.

    Firefighters nominated two members to take the position as Chief, Dave Reinstra and Jeff DiMaggio. In the past, the decision has been made by a vote of the department with confirmation by the council.

  • Levy residents may be called to hear 8 tobacco cases

    Judge Stan Griffis stays busy presiding over cases that involve family issues, probate and other non-felony civil matters, but he says it’s the foreclosures that keep him tied up these days.

    “Foreclosures are a staggering portion of my docket,” Griffis told Williston Rotary members last week.

    Griffis, who sits on the bench in Levy, Gilchrist and Alachua counties, said for the most part the people involved in the foreclosures are good folks who have found themselves in difficult situations.

  • Trucker finds he's got a friend

    A trucking company owner facing a Nov. 10 court hearing for operating a commercial business on land designated agriculture/rural residential found he had a friend in the audience at the Levy County Commission meeting on Tuesday.

    William Royce Gomillion was seeking relief from enforcement of code violations for parking four tractors and six trailers at his home.  “It is offensive to the neighbor,” said Rob Corbitt, county building director.

  • The Week Ahead

    For more details on these events, check our website: www.chieflandcitizen.com   Monday  

    Lower Suwannee Wildlife Refuge Nature Walks

    The first Monday of each month there is a nature walk at 9 a.m. on the Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge.   This Monday we will meet in Dixie and explore the Dixie County Mainline. Please RSVP by calling Joan Stephens at (352) 463-1095.  

  • 13 arrested in drug raids in Chiefland

    Officers from six law enforcement agencies raided three residences Friday evening after 5 p.m. and arrested 13 people on a variety of charges, and confiscated at least six weapons, cocaine, marijuana and about $5,000.

    Led by the Levy County Drug Task Force, the homes were in the southeast area of Chiefland known as the "graveside project" and the surrounding neighborhood.

    More details will be in the Oct. 29 edition of the Chiefland Citizen.