Local News

  • Economic development council loses director

    The Nature Coast Business Development Council asked for the resignation of its fifth director since its incorporation in 2000 during a contentious, and sometimes angry, meeting June 28.
    Pat O'Neal, who was hired one year ago, was told to submit his resignation by July 1 in a 6-0-1 vote with its newest member abstaining. O'Neal was given 24 hours to respond to the demand that he resign.

  • County commission questions tourism grants

    When Carol McQueen steps up to the podium at the Levy County Commission meetings she usually gets an automatic pass — no questions asked — on her request.
    Things were different on Tuesday when she sought approval of six advertising grants — none over $3,000, and commissioners asked questions before approving the grants. The grants, funded by the 2 percent tax on transient lodgings, were recommended for approval by the Tourist Development Council.

  • Deputy Joyner retires, school deputy becomes agricultural investigator

    Levy County Deputy Mike Joyner, who is also the agricultural investigator,  has stepped down from 38 years of full time law enforcement  to part-time status.
    Joyner, a long time Levy Countian has worked in all areas of law enforcement from patrol work to undercover drug investigations and serving as chief deputy in Jefferson County.
    Joyner is assigned to the Civil Division as a bailiff for 8th Judicial Circuit Criminal Judge David A. Glant. He will continue working with Glant.

  • Levy County corrections officer charged with sexual misconduct

    Chadwick Buford Holmes, 32, of Bronson, has been arrested for sexual misconduct with an inmate, a third degree felony, whil working as a Levy County Sheriff's Office corrections officer.

  • Levy Health Department earns national recognition

    The National Association of County and City Health Officials has recognized Levy County Health Department at "Public Health Ready" for its ability to respond to public health emergencies.
    Levy County Health Department has met the comprehensive preparedness benchmarks required by Project Public Health Ready, a partnership between the health officials organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  

  • Road and Lane Closures for July 2 - 8, 2011

    The following is a list of roadwork underway by the FDOT that may impact traffic.
    Note: All construction projects will be suspended Saturday through Monday for the anticipated increase in holiday traffic. Work will resume Tuesday, July 5.


  • Nature Coast Hospice to take over Key Training site

    Hospice of Citrus County/Hospice of the Nature Coast will expand its presence in Chiefland with construction of a multiple-use facility on North Main Street that was once planned to house a superthrift operated by LARC and Key Training of Citrus County.
    The organization, headquartered in Beverly Hills, operates Hospice Thrift and Gift Shoppe on North Young Boulevard near Winn Dixie, and it provides services out of its Inglis and High Springs offices to patients in Levy County.

  • Accused drug dealer arrested again

    Larry "Andy" Meeks Jr., 29, of Chiefland has been arrested on new charges in connection with his April 7 arrest on charges of possession and selling oxycodone from his Chiefland home, according to a Levy County Sheriff's Office press release.

  • County budget shrinking

    Levy County is only expecting to receive $21,092,968 in the fiscal year that starts Oct. 1, and on Monday heard spending requests totaling $20,811,999.

    The lion's share of the budget — $10,804,058 — was requested by the Levy County Sheriff's Office.

    The requests were part of a budget workshop held by the Levy County Commission on Monday. 

  • City looks at plan to clean up park

    Chiefland city commissioners say something needs to be done about problems at a local park, but they're not sure where the money to fix the problems will come from.