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Local News

  • AARP hears about fire extinguisher importance

    On Tuesday, March 17, St. Patrick's Day, AARP held its regular monthly meeting at the Trenton Community Center.

  • Marco Rubio to speak in Chiefland

    The Levy County Republican Party’s  Lincoln- Reagan Memorial Dinner will be  Friday, March 27 at Bubbaque’s Restaurant in Chiefland. 

    The guest speaker will be the former Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives, Marco Rubio,  best known for his book 100 Innovative Ideas for Florida’s Future.  Rubio traveled around the state to gather ideas from citizens for this book.  During his tenure as Speaker Marco Rubio championed a conservative, small-government approach to Florida’s government.

  • Most wanted suspect caught

    One of Levy County's most wanted suspects was arrested without incident on Friday, March 20.

    According to a news release from Williston Investigator James Bond, members of the U.S. Marshal's Office, the Levy County Sheriff's Office task force, the Williston Police Department and the Probation Department caught up with the suspect, Allen Mack, 36, at 450 S.E. 144th Ave. in Williston. From information received earlier in the day, he was believed to be staying with a co-worker at the Highlands area address.

  • Fire chief injured in wreck

    Chiefland Fire Chief John Ward and well-known Chiefland watermelon grower and festival supporter Murray Tillis were injured in a Sunday night accident that hospitalized the drivers and passengers.

  • BOCC seeks grant for clammers

    The Levy County Commission has approved seeking a $121,000 federal stimulus grant to benefit the clammers and oystermen at Cedar Key.

    Commissioner Lilly Rooks brought up the non-agenda item at the Commission meeting on Tuesday morning and the commissioners immediately agreed to take up the matter.

    Rooks said she had received a letter from the Levy County Soil and Water Conservation Board the afternoon before saying the money is available and the grant application must be submitted by April 6.

  • Bar donnybrook ends with one man arrested

    Officer Nick Viaggio who recently came off light duty for the Chiefland Police Department probably wished he had not when confronted with a crowd of about 200 men in their 20s and 30s fighting with everything from beer mugs to barstools at Knucklehead’z Bar.

    Viaggio was the first officer to respond to the call at 1:19 a.m. Saturday at 909 South Main Street, said Chiefland Police Chief Robert Douglas in a verbal report to the City Commission Monday night. “You could call it a riot-fight,” Douglas said.

  • Six trophies, no winners in horse show cuts

    The horse show at the Suwannee River Fair was smaller this year. About 60 percent smaller. Show devotees who showed up past noon to check out the speed events would have been greeted by an empty arena and a small crowd, drifting away. There was no speed competition this year, and only nine girls competed in the other events, although more than 30 had entered.

    The reason?

  • Hospital still on track

    The Tri County Hospital is slow to come to fruition but it’s still on track to happen says the facility’s chief executive officer.

    Frank Schupp, who is in Arkansas on business this week, said his company is working on doing a joint venture with another company to finalize financing and make the hospital a reality.

    Schupp said he was not at liberty to reveal the name of the other company, but he expects financing to be worked out in 30-45 days.

  • No trial for Yearty, Parker until May

    The federal trial of two suspended Levy County Commissioners and the former executive director of a business board associated with the county has been delayed until May 4.

    Suspended commissioners W.S. “Sammy” Yearty and Robert Anthony “Tony” Parker, and Pamela Blair, resigned executive director of the Levy County Enterprise Zone Development Authority, were granted the delay on Thursday.

  • Lions Club looks for members

    If the third time is the charm, then the Chiefland Lions Club latest attempt to revitalize its membership won’t have a problem.

    The club, formed years ago, was successful and thriving but somewhere along the line interest waned. Then two years ago, it regrouped and came on like gangbusters only to fall by the wayside again.

    This time however, highly motivated people with a firm desire to support the community are determined to build up the membership and once again become an invaluable resource to the city of Chiefland and the surrounding area.