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  • 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.

  • Levy’s unemployment down to 10.8%

    Levy County’s unemployment rate dropped to 10.8 percent in March, the lowest it has been in almost two years and a big drop from a year ago when it was 12.1 percent and January’s rate of 12.4 percent

    The good news follows a statewide trend as 61 of 67 counties saw decreases, according to the Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation.

  • LARC funding cut by Governor

    Thelma McCain knows how important it is to feel needed, to have a purpose, something to do. Her developmentally disabled son, Harold, 48, has been finding things to do through the Levy Association of Retarded Citizens for 26 years.

  • FDEP presents trail management plan

    Officials with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection are almost done with a 10-year plan for the management of the Nature Coast State Trail that includes trail extensions and upgrades throughout the tri-county area.

  • Cycle for schools Saturday — come rain or shine

     Temperatures are expected to be in the 70s Saturday morning, perfect for the 2nd Annual Cycle for Education between Chiefland, Old Town and Cross City.