Local News

  • Public reacts to pink slips

    In response to the recent decision to not renew 21 annual contracts of retired or extended DROP teachers, more than seventy visitors crowded into the Levy County School District boardroom Tuesday night.

    Meeting attendees included parents, teachers, school administration, and approximately 30 current and former students of Chiefland High School’s calculus teacher Don Stewart. Counting district office staff and board members, more than ninety people were in attendance.

  • Residents prepare for Suwannee flooding

    The almost 50 residents of Fowlers Bluff took the news without blinking.

    "There's a bunch of water coming down here that's going to cause a lot of problems," Mark Johnson, Levy County director of Emergency Management, said. "Flood stage is 5.5 feet, the Suwannee River Water Management District is calling for 9, but because of the drought conditions they have bumped it to 8.9."

  • County gets on same page to win emergency center

    Levy County is getting its act together to persuade Progress Energy to construct its new emergency operations facility in the county.

    The facility would serve as the emergency operations center for the proposed two-unit Levy County plant during times when there are problems and the company, state and federal officials need to gather, said Suzanne Grant, a spokeswoman for Progress.

    She said there is a similar facility for the Crystal River plant, but that emergency operations center also serves as a training center and simulator for the Crystal River plant.

  • Wells Fargo suit dismissed

                The attorneys for Wells Fargo were a no-show for a hearing on their suit to enforce a missing promissory note so the judge dismissed it.

  • Marion carjacking suspect arrested in Levy County

    Jennifer Marino, 31, of Longwood, has been arrested on a carjacking charge after she fled a treatment center in Ocala, forced a driver from her vehicle and fled in the car from Marion County to Williston in Levy County.

    Levy County Deputy Joseph Sabbag arrested Marino after the Sheriff’s Office received a report about a female acting suspicious and he located her at 4751 NE 185 Ave Williston. Marino was taken into custody on the Marion County charges without incident.

  • Vehicle arson under investigation

    The State Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the burning of three vehicles on the city’s south side on early Sunday morning.

    Chiefland Police Officer Nick Viaggio responded to a call in the 700 block of Southwest 5th Street shortly after 2 a.m. to find a 2002 Toyota Camary engulfed in flames.

    A man who resides in northwest Chiefland owns the car, but at the time of the fire his wife was using it.

  • Grants can catch county in their ‘strings’

    It’s a story right off the national news: Homeowners fighting to prevent foreclosure on their property ask a lender to produce the original promissory note in legal proceedings.

    But in Levy County, it is the estate of Kathryn F. Causey, an accountant who died in January 2008, that is trying to stave off foreclosure by having the lender produce the promissory note.

  • Tea Party Rally at Levy Courthouse

    On tax day, Wednesday, April 15, at noon all across this nation over 5,000 rallies will participate in Taxed Enough Already (TEA) party rally. 

    If you are fed up with higher property taxes and dropping property values; higher gas prices while we don’t drill off Florida but China does, you should attend, a spokesman said.

  • Easter Services

    Bronson UMC

    Bronson United Methodist Church will be offering Holy Week services beginning with the Maundy (Holy) Thursday evening communion service at 7 p.m. at the church.

    On Good Friday there will be a presentation of "The Longest Night" during the service that begins at 7 p.m. Peggy Rowe, Melanie Doran and Judah Doran have been cast in the production.

  • Letters to the Editor

    To the editor:

    Water within the Dixie, Gilchrist and Levy County areas has been a “Hot Topic” for some time. I believe most of the citizens in this area have concerns about keeping our natural resource, water, in our area.