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  • Bronson hears county on fire department merger

    A representative from Levy County Public Safety says Bronson could benefit from merging its fire department with the county's.
    In a public safety workshop Monday night in Bronson, county Public Safety Director David Knowles told the Bronson Town Council that merging fire departments would allow more firefighters and other resources to be available during emergencies.
    "It's not any kind of a hostile takeover," Knowles told council members. The county is trying to make the best use of limited resources, he said.

  • Grant brings cities, county new connections

    It's a fact of life in Levy County, Williston has it's own communications system and a "bridge" is needed to keep the city's police force in touch with the Sheriff's Office. It's similar in Inglis where the town on the border with Citrus County must use a "bridge" to reach out to the Citrus County Sheriff's Office to coordinate events like drug busts and chases.

  • Sheriff’s reports & Most Wanted for June 7

    The Levy County Sheriff reports the following arrests:
    n June 2, Kenneth Scott Adams, 43, Chiefland, failure to register motor vehicle. Bond $75.
    n  June 1, Zachary David Armlin, 18, Chiefland, dealing in stolen property, four counts burglary. Bond $60,000.
    n  June 3, Scott Alexander Arnold, 30, Chiefland, reckless driving. Bond $1,000.
    n  May 29, David Adam Bandt, 28, Archer, no valid DL.
    n  May 31, Rhonda Kay Blair, 49, Williston, two out of county warrants. Bond $40,000.

  • Chiefland man arrested in Cedar Key burglaries

    Cedar Key police were kept on the run Memorial Day weekend when two people — an 18-year-old man and a juvenile — from Chiefland broke into several cars and at least one, possibly two homes in the Paroda, Whiddon and Shellcrest avenues area.
    But the thefts are on the way to being solved with the arrest of one person and the search for a second person — a juvenile, said Police Chief Virgil Sandlin.

  • Hastings announces for re-election as schools superintendent

    School Superintendent Bob Hastings, a third generation educator in Levy County, has announced plans to seek re-election.

  • Red, white and blue community service

  • Chiefland woman struck by sturgeon

    A Chiefland woman was airlifted to Shands Hospital in Gainesville Saturday afternoon after a 70-pound sturgeon jumped out of the Suwannee River and knocked her out of her family’s boat.
    Thirty-two-year-old Brianne Megargel was enjoying a relaxing afternoon boat ride on the river with her husband, Stephen, and 10-year-old son, Greyson Elmore, at about 4 p.m. near Manatee Springs when the accident occurred, according to Michael Hart, Megargel's father.

  • Cedar Key dolphins noted for unique feeding behavior

    Researchers from the University of Massachusetts say there's something special about Cedar Key dolphins.
    "They have unique feeding behaviors not seen anywhere else in the world," said doctoral candidate Stefanie Gazda in a phone interview Friday.
    Gazda heads up the Cedar Key Dolphin Project, a program that operates in the area for a few short weeks each year aimed at a better understanding the creatures and the environment they live in.

  • County says no to water ordinance

    Residents considering violating the water restrictions that kick in on June 13 should take into consideration they could face arrest and if found prosecuted and guilty, a penalty of up to 60 days in jail and up to a $500 fine.
    It could have been a simple case of getting a citation, like a traffic ticket, and paying a $25 fine, but the Levy County Commission decided Tuesday by a 4-1 vote it would not pursue passing an ordinance lowering the penalty. In voting no, Commissioner Marsha Drew of Yankeetown (R-District 3) in effect voted for lowering the penalty.

  • Today in Levy County

    The speed limit may be 55 mph along U.S. Highway 27A/State Road 500 and he may be operating a mower that bills itself as the fastest in its field, but but Bruce Greenlee, administrative superintendant of the Levy County Roads Department, was going a tad slower. Greenlee was mowing the grass in front on the department's yard on Wednesday a midday. He said the job gives him a break from the office routine and time to think.