Local News

  • Legislative Delegation hearing dates set

       State Rep. Leonard Bembry, chair of the Levy County Legislative Delegation, has announced the hearing for the 2012 Legislative Session that starts Jan. 10, 2012.
       The hearing will be in the Levy County Commission Chambers,355 S. Court St., Bronson, on Sept 26 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Yankeetown appeals Tarmac mine case

    The Town of Yankeetown is appealing a circuit judge's denial of their bid to stop the Tarmac King Road mine.
    In a special meeting held Aug. 15, the council voted to appeal to the state 1st District Court of Appeal in Tallahassee.
    The decision came just days after 8th Circuit Court Judge Robert E. Rountree Jr. dismissed the town's petition for a writ of certiorari— a judicial review — of the Levy County Commission's 3-1 decision to conditionally approve mining on a 4,750-acre site near Inglis.

  • New manager chosen for Lower Suwannee refuge

    Andrew Gude is the new refuge manager for Lower Suwannee and Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuges in Florida.
    He is no stranger to Florida having worked previously in both the Vero Beach Ecological Services office and the Florida Keys NWRs.  
    Gude is the Service's Liaison to the Department of the Interior's Acting Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks in Washington, D.C.  

  • Levy unemployment rises 1/2 point

    Unemployment in Levy County rose half a percentage point in July to 11.6 percent after several months of declining rates.
    Rusty Skinner, Workforce’s chief executive officer, said the “slight bounce” or fluctuations in unemployment rates are “indicative of the overall uncertainty in our economy."

  • Man cited for DUI after hitting store

    A Trenton man was charged with driving under the influence (DUI) and careless driving after he drove through the front of the Dollar General Store on U.S. Highway 19/98 in Fanning Springs on Monday evening.
    Kenneth Wayne Messick, 48, was attempting to back a 1994 Acura sedan out of a parking space when he put it into drive instead of reverse, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report. The car crashed through the front doors and traveled approximately 30 feet inside the business.
    Messick and his passenger, Joe Randall Messick, 47, were not injured.

  • Bronson boy grows into refuge leader

    The first 11 years of David Viker's life were spent in suburban New York. And he fell in love with the outdoors while camping with his family in the Catskills Mountains.
    Then came the change that would determine his destiny; a divorce transplanted his family to Bronson.
    "The things I liked most about the outdoors in New York, I liked about Florida," Viker said in a telephone interview from his office in Atlanta, Ga., where he oversees 130 refuges in 10 states, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico with 750 employees.

  • Christmas lights spark conflict

    The owner of a Tavares sales display company is still insisting that the City of Chiefland make good on a three-year contract to rent Christmas lights.
    Attorneys for Lee Clark, president of Clark Sales Display Inc., sent a letter to City Attorney Norm Fugate Aug. 15 stating, "There is no just cause for the premature repudiation of the contract."

  • Farm could help offset untreated pollutants

    A Trenton farm could help alleviate pollution that could potentially make its way into Fanning Springs due to a new wastewater treatment plant proposed for the Town of Fanning Springs, area officials and representatives said at a meeting last week.

  • Storm takes off roof

    The storm that passed through Chiefland Tuesday evening spawned a tornado that left a family of four homeless after ripping off three-fourths of the roof of a single-wide mobile home.
    Levy County Sheriff's Lt. Scott Tummond said no one was injured. Tummond said the home was at Northwest 130th Street.
    Chiefland Fire Chief James Harris, whose department responded at about 6 p.m., said two tree tops were taken out.
    To help, contact Casey Schmelz at 352-281-5180.

  • Lower taxes proposed for Chiefland

    Although city budget matters will officially be voted on next month, it looks like Chiefland residents will once again see a decrease in the amount of property taxes they owe for the upcoming year.
    At a budget workshop Monday night, City Financial Coordinator Laurie Copeland told the commission that the city's general fund, accounting for a proposed millage rate of 4.75, is in balance. The budget for the upcoming year's fund is $2,262,060.29.