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  • Chiefland man arrested in underage sex sting

    A Chiefland man was arrested Saturday by investigators with the Alachua County Sheriff's Office and the Gainesville Police Department.
    Michael Shaine Smith, 24, was charged Saturday on five felony charges of obscene communication and for using a phone to commit a felony when, according to law enforcement officials, he solicited sex from investigators posing as a 14-year-old girl and her 32-year-old boyfriend.
    According Smith’s arrest report, Smith and the investigator posing as an underage girl “discussed having a sexual encounter.”

  • Sheriff's Report and Most Wanted for July 26

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Department reports the following arrests:
    n July 18, David Richard Appling, 24, Old Town, two counts FTA, four counts VOP.
    n July 20, James Bowen, 45, Inglis, burglary, grand theft. Bond $75,000.
    n July 20, Jesse James Crain, 30, Archer, two counts VOP.
    n July 20, Roger Lee Daniels, 42, Inglis, possession of drug equipment, attached registration not assigned. Bond $20,500.
    n July 17, Steven Wayne Edwards, 20, Inglis, DWLSR. Bond $500.
    n July 17, April Marie Gay, 28, Trenton, two out of county warrants.

  • In their words: Candidates take gloves off as primary nears

    Almost two weeks ago the Bronson Area Chamber of Commerce political rally was a pretty calm affair with candidates talking about themselves and what they would do to be elected.
    Last Friday, in a political rally sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5625 the words were more heated in several races.

  • Tri-county area groundwater up in some places

    Groundwater levels in parts of Levy and surrounding counties are up, according to the Suwannee River Water Management District.
    Tropical storms Beryl and Debbie dumped unprecedented amounts of rain in the area, helping to alleviate record drought and plummeting groundwater levels. The average rainfall throughout the district in June, according to SRWMD, was about 18.4 inches, which set a new record.

  • Commission meets Tuesday on budget

    The Levy County Commission is holding its second budget workshop this month on Tuesday at 9 a.m. in the commission meeting room at the Levy County Courthouse in Bronson. Department and agency heads and constitutional officers whose budget proposals were cut in the last workshop on July 12 will have the opportunity to argue for restoration of the requested money.The workshop is open to the public.The next regular meeting of the commission is Tuesday, Aug. 7, at 9 a.m.

  • Pie, cake auction Friday helps city celebrate

    A spaghetti dinner and pie and cake auction begins at 6 p.m. Friday at Chiefland Elementary School.
       Dinner will be $5.00 per person for spaghetti, salad, roll and drink.
       The auction will be immediately following the dinner. Donors are asked to begin bringing their cakes/pies to the cafeteria at 4 p.m. and don’t forget to put it in a dish that you’re willing to part with. Tickets for the dinner can be purchased at City Hall, City Building and Zoning office or at the door on the night of the event.

  • Levy County unemployment rate inches up

    Unemployment in Levy County in June was up to 9.7 percent up 0.6 percent from May, according to Workforce Connection, the state's regional career agency for Levy, Marion and Citrus counties. But the small dip is nothing new as the state has a summertime dip in employment rates, according to employment officials. And the good news is that it is lower than the same time last year when it was 11.7 and in June 2010 when it was 12.1 percent.

  • Commissioners question cut on drug task force money

    Two Chiefland city commissioners say the city is not getting its fair share of money from a drug-busting partnership it has with the county.
    Mayor Teal Pomeroy and Vice Mayor Teresa Barron said Monday at the city's regular commission meeting they are in favor of pulling out of the program, known as the Levy County Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Task Force.

  • FDOT: Expect delays on SR 24 for next three months

    Staff report
    The Florida Department of Transportation will begin to resurface parts of State Road 24 between the Levy County line and the City of Archer Monday.
    Motorists can expect daytime lane closures weekdays after 8:30 p.m. for about three months, according to FDOT.
    The 2.7-mile long project is expected to cost about $1 million and also includes widening and the addition of a bike lane along a portion just west of the Alachua County landfill.

  • Opportunities for Progress Trenton Operations Center

    ST. PETERSBURG— Progress Energy and LEMA Construction & Developers, Inc., a general contractor, will host a vendor fair for local suppliers interested in learning more about potential subcontracting opportunities associated with the construction of a new office building at the Trenton Operations Center.