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  • Missing girl, 10, found at friend's home

    A report of a missing 10-year-old girl cost law officers in four counties a night's sleep but they're happy to learn she was safe at a friend's home.

    Kyia Elane Ellerby was reported missing at 12:30 a.m. Wednesday, after her family said she failed to reach a friend's house after leaving home at 8:30 p.m. She instead went to another friend's home to spend the night.

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  • Man charged in machete attack on dog

    Gary Denning, 50, of Trenton is facing a felony cruelty to an animal charge after he attacked the family's pet Golden Retriever with a machete severing its spinal cord on Thursday, according to a Levy County Sheriff's Office press release.
    The dog, severely injured from being struck several times, was alive when deputies arrived, but was later euthanized by Levy County Animal Control.
    Denning told deputies the dog was not aggressive and he was getting back at his brother-in-law for a small dent in his truck.

  • NOAA hurricane outlook indicates above-normal season

    Government forecasters are predicting the Atlantic will have a busy tropical storm season this year, according to the seasonal outlook issued by NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center — a division of the National Weather Service.

    For the six-month season, which begins June 1, NOAA is predicting:

    • 12 to 18 named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher), of which:

  • Deputy's home burns; community can help family

    Levy County Sheriff's Deputy Marshall Smith’s residence was destroyed by fire on Wednesday. Everything was a complete loss. No one was injured.

    The family is moving into a vacant home, but they need help getting re-established. Any assistance — including prayers — would be very much appreciated by the family.

  • State budget cut big hit to Levy schools

    Falling tax revenues have forced the Legislature to cut state funding including a $4.7 million  cut to  Levy County schools that could affect as many as 50 employees.
    School Board Superintendent Robert Hastings said there are “no sacred positions” and “nothing will be left unturned” as he looks for every way to save money and jobs.

  • Yankeetown votes to sue over Tarmac decision

    The Yankeetown Town Council has decided to file a civil action asking the 8th Judicial Circuit Court in Levy County to review the Levy County Commission's approval of a conditional special exception permit to Tarmac King Road mine near Inglis.
    The decision was anticipated by the County Commission which on Tuesday approved spending $10,000 to hire a firm specializing in such cases at the request of County Attorney Anne Bast Brown.

  • Springs protection plan delayed

    A decision to create two springs protection zones in Gilchrist County was unanimously tabled Monday night by County Commissioners out of concern that the policy might not sit well with local farmers.
    "I want their input," Gilchirst Commissioner Sharon Langford said, referring to the county's agricultural committee. "I don't want to do anything that will hurt the farmers."

  • General Fund not keeping up with Levy County spending

    Revenues for the Levy County General Fund, are lagging behind estimates for the first six months of the fiscal year putting the county $1,345,342 in the red.
    County Clerk of Court Danny Shipp presented the bad news to the three commissioners in attendance at Tuesday's Board of County Commissioners meeting in Bronson. Commissioner Marsha Drew of Yankeetown (R-District 3) was absent from the meeting.

  • Chamber hosts casino night

       The Greater Chiefland Area Chamber of Commerce will host its first Casino Night from 6-9 p.m. on Friday, with a prize auction to follow. This event will be at BubbaQues, in the conference room.
       Tickets are on sale now for $25. Each ticket will receive $1,000 in play money. There will be Black Jack, Roulette, Texas Hold’em, Craps and Luck of the Draw.    There will be many great auction items to spend your “winnings” on.