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Local News

  • Police: Man burgled in three counties

    Detectives arrested David J. Morin, 31, of Dunnellon, April, 14, in connection with several commercial burglaries, according to a Levy County Sheriff's Office press release.
    The release said Morin was part of a group of people who  broke into the Kwik King in Morriston at the beginning of March. Several thousand dollars worth of cigarettes and lottery tickets were stolen from the store. And thousands of dollars worth of damage to the store resulted from the break in. The store, along with a break in at Morris Junction BP Station, was broken into three times.

  • Democrats caucus Saturday

       On Saturday, May 5, Democrats from across Florida will gather in their communities to hold the 2012 County Caucuses.  At our caucus, we’ll be electing delegates who will begin their path to representing our community at the State Convention in Tampa and the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.       

  • Williston woman needs help

       Bethaney Swanson, a long-time Williston resident and real estate agent, has been diagnosed with lung cancer in both lungs.
    The surgery she needs is not covered by her insurance. The cancer is spreading quickly and she needs the procedure as soon as possible.
       A fund has been set up at Perkins State Bank for donations to help with her medical expenses.
       Checks can be made payable to Bethaney Swanson, Medical Account and friends asked for prayers and support.
    For more information, contact Sharon Brannan, 528-6558.

  • Levy County, regional unemployment drops

    The news on local employment has not been this good for more than three years: Unemployment for the three-county region of Levy, Marion and Citrus was 10.1 percent in March.
    Last time it was that low was December 2008 when it was 10 percent. For Levy County, the news is especially sweet as unemployment dropped from 10.1 percent in February to 9.4 percent in March.
    Neighboring Marion was at 10.3 and Citrus was 10.1.The last time unemployment in Levy County was this low was in December 2008 when it was 9.2 percent.

  • Disabled car leads to driver's arrest

    Manuel Alejandro Marmolejos found himself with more than car trouble on Saturday, April 21, when Levy Sheriff's Deputy Matthew King stopped to help him, according to a Levy Sheriff's Office press release,
    When the deputy stopped to assist Marmolejos with a white Honda CRV on the side of the road in the Chiefland area  he smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. King asked Marmolejos if he had anything in the car that was illegal and Marmolejos said no.

  • Weekend promises to be busy with bull bash, kayak race

    AMVETS Post 88 of Bronson will host the 35th Annual Wild Hog Canoe & Kayak Race on Saturday, April 28. The race begins at 8 a.m. on State Road 24 at the Waccasassa Bridge two miles east of Otter Creek.
    All proceeds go to the Levy ARC.
    This year's race features categories for kayak or canoe, and kayakers can now participate in the women’s division of the 55+ senior division. Race fee is $30 for kayaks.

  • Democrats to meet in Bronson, Tuesday, April 24

     

    On Tuesday, April 24, the Levy County Democratic Committee will hold a meeting at the Bronson Restaurant at 6 p.m.

  • County contests $990,000 Medicaid bill

    Levy County will join other counties and the Florida Association of Counties in challenging the new law that allows the state to take money to pay Medicaid bills out of state tax collections before they are sent on to the counties and to bill for 10 years of contested bills.
    The County Commissioners unanimously approved spending $1,000 to join the lawsuit.
    The Legislature passed House Bill 5301 which changes the way the state collects on Medicaid bills. Gov. Rick Scott signed the bill into law on March 23.

  • Groundwater levels continue to plummet

    While scientists, policy makers and stakeholders alike disagree on how to address the issue of Florida’s water, one thing is certain: It continues to become less available.
    Drought is part of the problem. The Suwannee River Water Management District, which manages 14 counties in Northern Florida, reports an overall rainfall deficit of about 16 inches for the last year, which, from April to March, has been the “driest April March period since 1932.”

  • Local concerns addressed by state school rep

    In effort to communicate sweeping reforms in state education, Florida Department of Education Chancellor Pam Stewart spoke with county academic officials and educators at an open house on April 11.
    The meeting, held at the county academic administration offices in Bronson, presented a forum for questions and concerns about the changes.