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  • Quilt Museum escapees recaptured

    Two Department of Corrections inmates attempted to escape Tuesday from an inmate crew working at the Levy County Quilt Museum at approximately 11:30 a.m. but were recaptured before their lunch break was over.

    Arrested and booked for escape were Tyler A. Benoit, 19, and Brian K. Duncan, who turns 19 on Thursday, April 11.

    The work crew had stopped for lunch at the museum as the crew has done for many years. The late Ms. Winelle Horne dedicated many years to assisting the youthful offenders and had offered her home/museum as a weekly gathering place.

  • Court dispositions published April 4

    n Griagal Connell Barr II, cocaine distribution with 1,000 feet of specified place changed to cocaine sale and cocaine possession with intent to sell changed to cocaine possession, 18 months with credit for 122 days on each, served concurrently.

  • Sheriff's Report & Most Wanted for the week of April 4

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

  • Bike rise for schools on Saturday

    Another event this weekend is the 2013 Cycle for Education on Saturday, April 6. Bicycle riders can follow the trail through Chiefland and beyond and help raise money for the Levy County Scjhools Foundation. Registration is $30 starting at 8 a.m. at The Gathering Table on North Main Street. 

    For details, visit levyschoolsfoundation.org

  • Centennial Celebration begins Thursday night

    A year of planning comes to fruition this week as Chiefland marks the Centennial of formation of Chiefland Development Corporation and the surveying of the town. 

  • Bronson votes to pass on old gym

    Bronson Town Council members voted 3-0 Monday night in favor of dropping proposed negotiations with the Levy County School Board about town use or ownership of the old Bronson High School Gym.
    “I don’t really want to do business with the school board,” said Vice Mayor Berlon Weeks in reference to a recent letter sent to the town by Schools Superintendent Bob Hastings.

  • Broadband authority: misinformation campaign hurting credibility

    The North Florida Broadband Authority, in the wake of dwindling customer support that threatens its ability to function, is pushing through in hopes that it will be able to pick up customers with new strategies formed in the next few weeks.
    “Yesterday’s challenge,” said NFBA General Manager Richelle Sucara at a board meeting in Fanning Springs last week, “was building the network,” a system that is now in place and serves about 600 customers.

  • Levy residents finding jobs

    The jobless rate for Levy County residents dropped 0.6 percentage points to 8.4 percent in February —  the lowest it has been since November 2008 according to a press release by the state's labor contractor. 

  • Third time's the charm for rezoning

    It took three tries, but despite the opposition of his neighbors, developer Darryl Diamond won a 3-2 vote of the Levy County Commission to rezone four acres of property along U.S. Highway 19 near Inglis to allow the building of offices and a mini storage facility.

  • Motel meth lab a hazmat situation: officials

    A meth lab being run out of the Bronson Motel, according to area law enforcement, was shut down in early March, but town officials are saying they have been left holding the proverbial bag, which, in this case, may be full of the deadly residue left from the illegal operation.