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  • Chamber seeking Business of the Year

    For more than 20 years, the Greater Chiefland Area Chamber of Commerce has observed Industry Appreciation Week by honoring an exemplary local company as Business of the Year.
    This year’s Awards Banquet will be on Tuesday, Sept. 11. But every year, the work for the event starts months earlier by asking the community to nominate a business worthy of the award.

  • Two identified in murder, suicide

    Two people who died in an apparent murder/suicide Tuesday afternoon on Northwest 168th Lane in Fanning Springs have been identified by the Levy County Sheriff's Office.
    Sheriff's deputies were called to the residence of Genoveva Magnolia Recinos Castillo, 46,  by a sobbing female juvenile who told 911 operators that someone had killed her mother.
    Based on information from neighbors and the child, officers located Arturo Ranferi Zacarias, 26, in a room of his residence across the street. Zacarias appeared to have died from self inflicted wounds.

  • Businessman arrested on tax charge

    Michael Pitts, former owner of Pitts Custom Glass, Inc., in Chiefland, faces two felony charges related to a failure to file six tax returns, and four misdemeanor charges of refusing to file returns and and pay taxes.
    Pitts, a resident of Ocala, was arrested by the Marion County Sheriff's Office. If convicted he could face up to five years in prison and up to $5,000 in fines and repayment of investigative costs,

  • Sheriff’s reports & Most Wanted for July 5

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office reports the following arrests:
    n June 27, Basil Jamaal Buie, 29, Chiefland, two counts FTA.
    n June 29, Antonio Martinez-Calero, 29, Williston, no DL. Bond $1,000.
    n June 29, Boyd Wayne Chandler, 35, Inglis, out of county warrant. Bond $2,500.
    n June 28, Gerald Edward Cook, 48, Williston, possession of drug equipment, disorderly intoxication, obstruction W/OV.
    n June 25, Bryan Jacob Crosby, 20, Bronson, two counts grand theft, two counts dealing in stolen property. Bond $60,000.

  • Remembering a sacrifice

    Family, friends and people who never met Army Sgt. Karl Campbell gathered Friday afternoon at Chiefland's Depot Park to support his family as they unveiled a sign that dedicated the section of U.S. Highway 19 through the city's old downtown to the soldier.

  • Historic installation

    Ed Philman of Trenton, right, takes the oath of office as the new Rotary Club District 6940 governor, from outgoing District Governor Jeannie Quave of Panama City. Philman is believed to be the first governor elected in a district that stretches from Pensacola to Williston who is not from the Florida Panhandle. He was installed during a luncheon Tuesday at the Gilchrist County Woman's Club.

  • FDEP: Suwannee mine overflow no cause for concern

    Nobody seems to know how much water spilled over the rim of a phosphate mine's cooling pond located near the Upper Suwannee River last week, but officials say there are no environmental concerns at this point.
    The overflow began June 27 at a cooling pond owned by the PCS Phosphate mine in Hamilton County when the pond was filled to capacity by rains from Tropical Storm Debby and overflowed onto a nearby road, into a ditch and Swift Creek, according to Dee Ann Miller, a spokesperson for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

  • Boat ramps closed on the Suwannee

    Boaters eager to get out on the Suwannee River will have trouble launching at public ramps this holiday week. The ramps have been closed in Levy, Dixie and Gilchrist counties by their sheriffs due to high waters resulting from Tropical Storm Debby that are carrying heavy amounts of debris down the river.
    The Levy County Suwannee River boat ramps located at Clay Landing, Camp Azalea and Fowlers Bluff closed at 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 30, and are likely to remain closed all week.

  • Beef O'Brady's thefts solved

    The thefts at the Beef O'Brady's sports restaurant have been solved and all of the items taken have been recovered, according to a spokesman for the Levy County Sheriff's Office.
    "They recovered everything except for two drill bits,” said Sheriff's Lt. Scott Tummond. He gave credit for solving the thefts to investigators and the Patrol Division.
    While no one has been arrested as yet, Tummond said investigators have questioned a male and a female suspect who will each face three charges of burglary and three charges of grand theft.

  • Home invasion suspect hunted

    The Levy County Sheriff's Office is seeking a home invasion suspect who fled from Chiefland where he is suspected of attempting to kick in a door to an occupied residence before fleeing to his hometown of Bronson and eluding officers, according to a Levy County Sheriff's Office press release.
    Willie James Ellison Jr., 19, is being sought and anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-877-349-8477. Tipsters could be eligible for a reward.