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Local News

  • Chiefland: Fire budget will cut services

    Although Chiefland city commissioners and staff covered a lot of ground at Monday night's annual budget workshop, the majority of the discussion centered around the fire department's budget for the next year.

  • Bronson homes get a facelift

    Shirley Patterson-Taylor may be living on Easy Street, but that doesn't mean life is without its challenges.

    Living alone at 70 and still recovering from a stroke, the Bronson native realized a couple of years ago she might need a little help from the town she knows so well.

    "Bronson is my home. I grew up here, and I appreciate that, because I'm a home-girl, they spent some money on me to make my last days pleasant and peaceful."

  • Big changes in Levy schools principal lineup

    Nine of the district's 12 public schools will see a new principal or vice principal for the 2012-2013 school year. The district will also be without an assistant superintendent. 

    Assistant superintendent Gina Tovine has left the county to take a similar job in Orange County schools. Because of a stretched budget, the district doesn't plan to fill the position for the immediate future. 

  • McCallum wins by wide margin

    Bobby McCallum, who lost a close race for sheriff four years ago, bounced back on Tuesday to decisively win by 20 points in unofficial results over Sheriff's Maj. Evan Sullivan for the Republican nomination in one of the most heated races in Levy County history.

    McCallum received 2,412 votes or 58.01 percent to Sullivan's 1,612 or 38.77 percent and Noel Desmond's 134 votes or 3.22 percent. 

  • Fugitive nabbed in Chiefland by U.S. Marshals Task Force

    A fugitive wanted on a second degree murder charge in Seminole County surrendered on Friday afternoon to a U.S. Marshals Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force after being confronted at an apartment complex on West Park Avenue, according to a Marshal's Gainesville Division press release.
    Elgin Eaton, 23, was sought by the Longwood Police Department since Feb. 9 after investigators determined Eaton and Chanselor Gordon got into an altercation at a Super Bowl party during which the victim was shot and killed.
    Gordon was arrested earlier, but Eaton went on the run.

  • Tarmac wins another round

    Tarmac America LLC won another round Friday in its 8-year drive to mine more than 6 million tons of lime rock on 2,757 acres on a 4,750 acre site known as the King Road mine near Inglis over a 110-year period. 

  • Court Dispositions published August 9

    n Jerrell Lashaw Hopkins, VOP on possession of controlled substance without a prescription, probation revoked, 180 days with credit for 138 days served. Must pay civil judgment, jail fund and VOP cost.

    n Matthew Huston, VOP on criminal mischief under $1,000, revoke probation, 270 days with credit for 232 days served. Must pay civil judgment, jail fund, VOP cost.  

  • Sheriff's Report & Most Wanted for the week of August 9

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

    n July 31, Nadia Behrens, 21, Bronson, out of county warrant.

    n Aug. 4, Raymond Crouch, 40, Old Town, driving on permanently revoked DL, license plate not assigned, possession methamphetamine, deliver methamphetamine, possession drug equipment, refuse to accept citation. Bond $96,500.

    n Aug. 1, Richard William Deemer, 22, Sarasota, burglary, petit theft, out of county warrant. Bond $30,000.

  • Inglis political forum draws crowd

    It was standing room only and some were standing outside the door when 24 candidates and their representatives turned out for a forum with one of the strictest speaking limits in the county. 

    The gathering hosted by the Inglis Recreation Advisory Board Activities Committee called for candidates to have only one minute to speak at the podium and that was strictly enforced by two timekeepers and the moderator.

  • Bronson holds on water and sewer ordinances

    Bronson officials say they still don't have enough information to make a decision on proposed fees regarding water and sewer connections for new applicants.

    After discussions over proposed ordinances and resolutions on fees Monday night, town council members voted 4-1 in favor of tabling them until more information could be looked at.

    Council Member Berlon Weeks made the first objection to passing the new fees, adding that he knew they had already been tentatively approved.