Local News

  • LCSO recognizes employees

       Forty three Levy County Sheriff's Office employees were recognized April 25 for their contributions to the department. Most were recognized for their varying years of service, though 12 were given specific awards in such areas as valor, community service and dedication to the department in the first of such award ceremonies scheduled on a quarterly basis.

    Awards and recognitions:

    • Award of Excellence
    Officers Zeb Richburg and Gerald Dukes
    • Sheriff's Star Award:

  • FWC opens roundscale spearfish for harvest in state waters

    Billfish anglers will no longer need to question whether the fish they just boated is a white marlin or the similar-looking and once-prohibited roundscale spearfish.
    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) voted Wednesday to allow harvest of the species in Florida state waters at its meeting today (Wednesday).
    This change includes adding roundscale spearfish to the one-billfish bag and possession limit and the creation of a 66-inch minimum size limit when measured from the lower jaw to the fork of the tail.

  • Phone survey in Levy for emergency evacuation planning

    This week, residents living in Levy and Citrus counties may be contacted by telephone to take part in an all-important emergency evacuation planning survey.  The survey is to gather data for use by the Levy County Emergency Management Office to improve evacuation plans for both natural and man-made disasters.
    The telephone survey is being conducted by Boston-based First Market Research, and all calls made on weekdays will be conducted between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.  On the weekends, calls will be made between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m.

  • Possible sinkhole closes part of CR 347

    The Levy County Sheriff's Office and the Levy County Road Department has closed the 10600 block of County Road 347 due to cracking in the asphalt and a report of a sink hole possibly opening under the roadway. A passing motorist struck a crack which had opened across one lane. No injuries or damages were reported.

  • Theft won't keep fair kids from getting checks

    The kids' money is missing, down a financial rabbit hole at an Illinois bank, but the Suwannee River Fair — with the help of Perkins State Bank — will see to it the 347 kids who sold animals at the March show get their checks later this week.
    "They're going to get their money," said Loran Brookings, president of the Suwannee River Fair Association which puts on the annual youth livestock show and sale.

  • State D.O.E. rep comes to Levy County

    One month into his job, Rod Duckworth has been very busy.
    The new Florida D.O.E. Chancellor for the Division of Career and Adult Education visited Chiefland High School on April 17. It's part of a state-wide tour that also saw him visit Williston Middle School. Relocating from his native Arkansas, Duckworth and his team are looking to get a feel for his new state.

  • Hospital to break ground before end of year

    Representatives from the proposed Tri-County Hospital in Chiefland told city commissioners Monday night that plans for the hospital are still on track.
    "The good news is: Obviously, we are further along," said Frank Shuppe, CEO for the proposed hospital, at a public hearing on a $650,000 economic development grant that could pay for the extension of city sewer and water lines to the site of the proposed 60-bed facility.

  • City debates utility issues

    Chiefland staff say the city is getting a raw deal when it comes to several matters related to utilities.
    At Monday night's commission meeting, City Manager Grady Hartzog asked the commission to address billing dates, utility deposit fees for new customers and enforcement of the city's water connection mandate, all to mixed reviews from officials.

  • Sheriff’s reports & Most Wanted for April 26

        The sheriff's office reports the following arrests:
    n April 21, Charles Rowland Bray, 54, Inglis, burglary. Bond $25,000.
    n April 16, Elizabeth Kelly Coley, 18, Chiefland, loitering. Bond $5,000.
    n April 21, Dale Derber, 58, Newberry, criminal damage to property. Bond $2,000.
    n April 18, Travis Donald, 23, Chiefland, selling marijuana within 1,000 feet of a place of worship, cocaine distribution within 1,000 feet of a place of worship. Bond $110,000.

  • Horne recognized for a job well done

       Chiefland Police Chief Robert Douglas, left, presented CPD Officer Alton Horne, center, with a certificate in recognition of Horne's part in a recent investigation that helped break up a fraudulent check cashing scheme.
       Horne said the case started out simple enough but soon began leading him to an extensive fraudulent check operation as far away as Alachua County. Fifteen arrests were made in the operation that, all together, had passed off more than $100,000 in bad checks.