Local News

  • Tovine wins funding for Safe Routes to School

    For more than a year Gina Tovine has been trying to find safer routes to school for students.
    Last fall, her quest won almost $1.5 million in state funding for sidewalks and a pedestrian bridge to help Chiefland Elementary and Middle and Williston Elementary and Middle schools students through the federal Safe Routes to School program.
    It's big news for little old Levy County which had to compete against big counties like Miami-Dade, Hillsborough and Orange.

  • School sidewalk project stalled

    The Chiefland City Commission tabled making a decision Monday night to move forward with a program aimed at creating safe paths to schools.
    The Levy County Safe Routes to School has won $1.45 million in Florida Department of Transportation funding for construction of sidewalks leading to schools in Chiefland and Williston.
    The commission agreed by consensus to support the project about a year ago. But now, the commission has its doubts.

  • Grant could ease strain on police

    The Chiefland Police Department and city staff may have found a way to ease the tightening budget faced in the wake of a still weak economy and rising prices.
    The Chiefland City Commission voted unanimously Monday night to allow CPD to apply for a grant that would pay for the hiring of a new police officer. The grant, known as the Community Oriented Policing Services Grant, also allows a department, in lieu of hiring a new officer, to keep a police officer position that may be threatened due to budget constraints.

  • Chiefland Rotary fishing tourney Saturday

    It's time for the Chiefland Rotary Club Fishing Tournament and Calcutta party, the annual fund raiser that doesn't feel like a fundraiser.
    Unlike last year when anglers were worried about the BP oil spill having an effect on fishing — which it didn't — hopes are high that anglers will turn out this year and fatten the prize pot that could go as high as $7,500.

  • Much ado about wishfulness


  • Bronson Town Council briefs

    n The Bronson Town Council voted 4-0 Monday night in favor of a resolution to adopt a county mitigation plan that will allow the town to qualify for federal funding.

  • Chiefland grandparents thankful

    Last fall, Charles and LaDonna Blumenberg, of Chiefland, received an untimely call.

  • Wanted: public safety director

    Levy County is in the market for a new public safety director who — depending on who you listen to — will split their time  70 percent to emergency medical services and 30 percent to fire services, or 80 percent medical and 20 percent fire, or  85/15.

  • Chiefland, Bronson students collecting items for survivors

    Students at Bronson and Chiefland Elementary schools, and Chiefland High School are collecting supplies  to provide aid and relief to families recovering from the devastating tornados that tore through Alabama and five surrounding states April 27. 

  • Agencies partner to fan flames of fire wisdom

    There’s something strange in the air at Whitted Estates.