Local News

  • Chiefland meets on budget Monday

    The Chiefland City Commission has its second annual budget meeting, which is open to the public, Monday night immediately after the regularly scheduled meeting at 6 p.m. at City Hall.
    The city is facing serious financial issues due to a number of factors, though the biggest stem from falling property values and tax cuts approved by the commission during the last five budget cycles. During that period, the city lost out on about $457,000 by not adopting rollback rates that would have kept taxes in pace with falling values, according to city staff.

  • County's finances get good report

    Martha Garcia-Baker got Tuesday's Levy County Commission meeting off to a good start delivering her audit of their finances and praising the commission for taking the steps to keep the county on solid financial footing.
    Garcia-Baker, who is with the accounting firm Carr, Riggs & Ingram, LLC, brought the board's attention to the county's financial statements.
    “This is good news and I actually jumped up and told Sheila 'good job',” she said. “Sheila” is Sheila Rees, the deputy clerk for finance.

  • Bronson early voting rejected again

    Bronson Town Hall suffered a bit of Déjà vu Monday night as a second decision on early voting mirrored that of the first 3-2 vote against the idea made about a month ago.
    “No matter the cost, if one person gets to vote, it’s worth it,” said Vice Mayor Berlon Weeks, hoping to sway Mayor Franklin Schuler and council members Aaron Edmondson and Beatrice Roberts from their positions on the issue.

  • Bronson council says no to early voting again

    The Bronson Town Council voted 3-2 for a second time to now allow early voting in the Sept. 10 elections. Details to come.

  • Shriners' cooking breakfast Saturday, July 13

    The Suwannee River Shrine Club will hold its country breakfast from 7 to 10:30 a.m. at the clubhouse on State Road 26, about a half-mile north of Fanning Springs.
The menu includes sausage, eggs, bacon, biscuits, sausage gravy, grits, pancakes and coffee for $6 per person.

  • Levy County Commission Agenda for July 16



    July 16, 2013

    Call to Order


    Pledge to Flag

    9:00 a.m. - Carr, Riggs & Ingram, LLC, Martha Garcia-Baker, 2012 Audit Report Presentation

    9:15 a.m. - Levy County Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff Bobby McCallum, Jr.

  • FWC urging boaters to go slow after sturgeon severely injures child

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is urging boaters to go slow and be vigilant on the Choctawhatchee River.           

    The request to go slow comes after a Bay County child was severely injured June 22 on a fishing trip with his family when a large Gulf sturgeon leapt into their boat, hitting three children.

    One of them, Nathaniel Smith, who turned 8 last week, was hospitalized with skull fractures but is now recuperating at his Youngstown home. He is the son of Angela and Wilson Scott Smith.

  • Idle-speed, no-wake zone activated on stretch of Santa Fe River

    Due to large amounts of rainfall, a 32-mile segment of the Santa Fe River is now an idle-speed, no-wake zone, according to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) officials.

    Zone 5, which runs from River Rise within O’Leno State Park west to the confluence of the Suwannee River, was activated today as an idle-speed, no-wake zone.

    This area of the river becomes an idle-speed, no-wake zone when the Santa Fe River reaches 17 feet as indicated on the Three Rivers gauge, where flood stage is 19 feet.

  • Pedestrian is county's 11th traffic death in 2013

    A pedestrian who died ofas the result of an accident shortly before 10 p.m. Tuesday about a mile north of Bronson became Levy County's 11th traffic fatality for 2013, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report ont he accident.

    Kaleb Carter, age unknown, was pronounced dead at the accident scene by Levy County Emergency Medical Service personnel. 

  • Applications sought for appeals court nominating commission

    The Florida Bar is accepting applications for one lawyer vacancy on the 1st District Court of Appeal Judicial Nominating Commission.

    Gov. Rock Scott has rejected The Florida Bar’s list of nominees for one seat on the appeal court and The Florida Bar must submit a list of three different nominees to the Governor for appointment. The term will commence immediately upon appointment and end June 2016.