Local News

  • Sheriff asks for leniency for employees

    Levy County Sheriff Johnny Smith asked a court to show leniency in sentencing three of his employees charged with taking money from a petty cash fund at his office.
    When Levy County Judge James T. Browning asked if there would be a victim impact statement, Smith stepped up and said, "I have known all three ladies for a long time. They have been good employees and they come from good families. I ask for the court's leniency and I ask that the court withhold adjudication and give them probation."

  • County redistricting proposal straightens out lines

    For all the voters who have strained their eyes trying to figure out what Levy County Commission/School Board district they are in, things will get easier thanks to a little population growth.
    Under a proposal presented to the commission and the school board — which have common district boundaries — on Tuesday the district lines no longer wiggle around — except in one instance, and follow roadways.

  • Sent from above

    Participants, some dressed as angels, in Saturday’s Christmas parade in Chiefland stare at images on a camera during the staging of the event’s floats behind Chiefland High School.

  • Bronson scores $2.9 M for sewer

    Bronson officials were all smiles last week in front of Town Hall where they received a ceremonial check commemorating federal dollars that will go toward funding the expansion of the town's sewer system.
    "We take pride in it. We love to service these small communities," said Richard Machek, state director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Development Agency, shortly before signing a poster-sized check for $2, 865, 600.

  • Bronson to rename park

    Bronson town council members voted unanimously Monday night to rename the town's sports complex in honor of a man they say gave his life to make Bronson a better place to live.
    James Harry  Cobb was only 46 last August when he died while at work for the town, a place he had worked for 16 years.
    Council Member Berlon Weeks, in a non-agendad discussion, made the motion.

  • Cedar Key soldier dies in Afghanistan

    Army Pfc. Ryan Lumley, of Cedar Key,  died this weekend as the result of a roadside bomb in Afghanistan.
    Lumley, a 2008 Cedar Key High School graduate and a standout in tennis and track and field,  was assigned to 2nd Platoon, Action Company, 2nd Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division from Fort Bliss, Texas.
    His platoon was recently operating in the Sayed Abad district of Wardak province, Afghanistan.

  • Bread sold in Levy County included in recall

    Flowers Foods has announced that, out of an abundance of caution, it has pulled off store shelves in certain Florida and southeast Georgia counties loaves of its Nature’s Own Butterbread with the specific best by date of 12/7/11 and the UPC code 72250-04919 because they may contain small flakes of aluminum.  No other Nature’s Own bakery products are affected.
     Counties involved in the product withdrawal:

  • FCAA facing budget cuts

     As the economy continues to plunge and individuals lose their sources of income to provide for their families, Central Florida Community Action Agency is now facing possible drastic budget cuts from the federal government.

  • 6M Floridians willing to donate organs

     Six million Floridians now are reported as registered organ, tissue and eye donors on Florida’s Joshua Abbott Organ and Tissue Donor Registry.  This news comes as another milestone, more than 100 million registered donors, was reached nationally as of Oct. 11.

  • Guardian ad litem offers chance to help children

     If you are thinking of a New Year’s resolution to give back to the community, consider volunteering in the Guardian ad litem program. Training for new volunteers starts Jan. 10.

    Right now there are about 650 children in the system in the 8th Judicial Circuit.   Only half of those children have a Guardian ad Litem to advocate to speak for them in court.