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  • Bus driver from Bronson not hurt in crash

    School bus driver Cameron Dewayne Smith of Bronson was not injured — nor were the students on the bus — when a vehicle hit the bus on Southwest 75th Street in Gainesville at 3:50 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 28, and left the scene, according to a press release from the Florida Highway Patrol.

    No description of the vehicle was available. 

    The Alachua County school bus had about $100 damage. 

  • Man critical after scooter accident

    John C. Houghtaling, 76, of Bronson was injured and in critical condition at Shands Hospital in Gainesville on Monday, Feb. 25, after his 1990 Honda scooter left County Road 337, headed down the shoulder, overturned and skidded a few feet. 

    Houghtaling, who was not wearing a helmet at the time, was thrown from the scooter as it skidded. 

    Trooper Glen Ganus investigated the accident and no charges were filed at the time of the mishap.

  • Two convicted in home invasion to join third in prison

    Two of four men charged in the home invasion robbery, beating and attempted shooting of a Bronson man in his home while his mother, stepfather and two children, ages three and seven, were inside the home, have been convicted and sentenced to 30 years in prison following a two-day trial. 

  • Fraud investigation nets town clerk's arrest

    The accounts payable clerk for the Town of Inglis has been arrested and charged with taking personal charges on the town's credit card, according to a Levy County Sheriff's press release. 

  • Sheriffs sponsor Operation Dry Spring during breaks

    The Levy County Sheriff's Office is participating in Operation Dry Spring, which will take place from Monday, March 4, through Sunday, April 7, in conjunction with the spring breaks of most public and private schools in Florida. Operation Dry Spring is being spearheaded by the Florida Sheriffs Task Force.

  • Sheriff's Report & Most Wanted for March 7

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office reports the following arrests:

  • Georgia rains continue to raise river levels

    Most river gauges on Georgia tributaries to the Suwannee River have crested after back-to-back storms earlier in February, the Suwannee River Water Management District reports. Some tributaries have fallen after cresting earlier in the week, but minor flooding is forecast for the Suwannee River at Ellaville, and Dowling Park could crest at least two foot above flood stage by the weekend. The rising Suwannee will cause a backwater flood on the lower Santa Fe.

  • Officials warn of Suwannee bacterial contamination

    State health officials are warning area residents to stay out of the Suwannee River because of potential contamination from an upstream sewage plant.

  • Levy schools get extra cash

    When Gov. Rock Scott announced last week he was doling out $134.6 million in state money to almost 1,700 schools in Florida for excellent performance in education, there was a little surprise in story for five Levy County schools. 

  • Levy County records 5th traffic death for 2013

    A Bronson woman became the fifth traffic fatality for 2013 in Levy County when the car she was driving left the road and struck a tree shortly before 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 3, according to a Florida Highway Patrol press release.