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Local News

  • Foresight prevents 911 interruption in service

    All citizens know that help is only a simple phone call away. 911 – The universal number for help. But on Wednesday, Feb. 20, the Levy County Sheriff's Office hit its own internal 911 when it lost service provided by AT&T between 3:30 and 8:30 p.m., according to a sheriff's press release.

    Because 911 Coordinator Mike West had thought about this “what if”, he had a plan in place and it worked like a charm.

  • High-risk sex offender caught near Inglis

    Sexual offender Stephen Thomas Siddons, 26, Old Town, was arrested by Levy County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Leroy Prine on Feb. 17, according to a Levy County Sheriff's Office press release.

    Prine spotted what he believed was a disabled vehicle — a silver Chevy Blazer — on U.S. 19 just north of Inglis and stopped to assist the driver, whom he identified as Siddons. Siddons told him he was headed to Indiana and said his truck just stopped working. Siddons, who appeared very nervous, gave some evasive answers, causing the deputy to become suspicious.

  • Great American Spit Out today

    If you chew you run the risk of ending up like Floridian Rick Bender who lost a third of his face to cancer caused by chewing tobacco. Smokeless tobacco, like chew or dip, can cause oral cancers, pancreatic cancer, esophageal cancer, heart disease, stroke, reproductive health issues and addiction.

  • Meatloaf contest at Eagles

    The Fraternal Order of Eagles is looking for the area's best meatloaf cook (and probably the recipe) at its Annual Meatloaf Cookoff on Feb. 23 from 1:30 to 5 p.m. 

  • Court dispositions published February 21

     n Terri Ann Harris, 2 counts of fraud to obtain a controlled substance, nolle pros.

  • Man arrested in string of thefts

     A Bronson man has been arrested in connection with the theft of baseball cards and memorabilia valued at more than $4,000, thefts from the Kangaroo store in Bronson, including a change jar used to raise money for a charity, and taking a wallet from a vehicle parked at the same store, according to a Levy County Sheriff's Office press release.

  • Sheriff's Report & Most Wanted for February 21

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

  • Fire under investigation

    A woman looks over the rubble left behind by a a fire at the Manatee Auction warehouse on Monday. The fire was reported shortly after 1 a.m. and was fully involved by the time firefighters arrived. Chiefland Fire Rescue was not able to save the warehouse, but was able to save the buildings on two sides of it. Cedar Key and Bronson fire departments also helped quell the blaze.

  • Citizen of theYear Banquet Tuesday

     The 2012 Citizen of the Year Annual Awards Banquet, hosted by the Greater Chiefland Area Chamber of Commerce, is Tuesday, Feb. 26, at the Tommy Usher Community Center.

  • New election machines coming

    Levy County Supervisor of Elections Tammy Jones told the county commission she is setting up a demonstration of new voting equipment with two state-approved vendors as she hopes to have a new system in place in time for the 2014 elections.