Local News

  • Whoops! Governor's office reverses, no election for third commission seat

     Gov. Charlie Crist's office has reversed itself and decided no election is needed to fill the District 1 Levy County Commission seat when Commissioner Chad Johnson of Chiefland resigns Nov. 16.

    Thursday's announcement by spokesman Sterling Ivey is a turnaround on an email released on Wednesday saying the office would be on the fall election ballot.

  • Lights out for local skaters

    Skateboarders wanting to use the Delma Locke Skate Park at night will find they have been left in the dark, according to city officials at a recent city recreation advisory committee meeting.    

    City Manager Grady Hartzog said the park's lights are not working due to vandalism to an electric panel located at the park. He said repairs are expected to cost between $300 and $400, money the city, with its slashed budgets, would rather spend on other things.    

  • City gets tough on noise, parties

    The city commission voted unanimously 5-0 Monday night to revise its noise ordinance after hearing Police Chief Robert Douglas recount the events of a Saturday party held at Buie Park.

    Douglas told the commission the party was playing loud music full of profanities.  Police officers, responding to complaints, confronted partiers, he said, but realized the department had no way to actually measure the level of noise, which should measure no more than 60 decibels at the property's boundary.

  • Commission moves to aid fire department

    City commissioners voted unanimously 5-0 Monday night to both extend a part-time position at the Chiefland Fire Department and to discuss at the next commission meeting the availability of funds to hire new firefighters.

    A.D. Goodman, a firefighter with the department, showed the commission a PowerPoint presentation illustrating the need for the department to comply with the state’s "2 in/ 2 out" rule, adopted at the beginning of 2009.

  • Mid-air collision kills three

    The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating a mid-air crash Saturday between two planes that left three people dead.

    Debbie Phillips,  who lives at 215 NE 212 Court, Williston called the Levy County Sheriff's Office and said she heard what she thought was a gun shot. When she looked out her window, she discovered a plane had crashed in the field behind her house.

    The two airplanes collided around 11: 45 a.m. When emergency workers arrived, they discovered an experimental airplane upside down 300 yards from the Phillips’ residence.

  • Outstanding service recognized

    On March 17, Vaunita Babb was honored by the State of Florida Department of Children and Families.  The 14th annual Families Up Front Awards was held at the Alachua County Woman's Club.  Ms. Babb has worked for the Levy County Sheriff's Office for the past 9 years as a Records Clerk. She was recognized for her outstanding service assisting the Dept. of Children and Families.

  • Suwannee River Youth Livestock Show& Sale Schedule

    n Friday, March 26

    3 - 5:30 p.m.

    Steer Entry

    5 - 5:30 p.m.

    Consumer Judging Registration

    5:30 p.m.

    Primary & Senior Judging Event

    6 p.m.

    Junior Judging Event

    6:30 - 8 p.m.

    Home Economics Entry (NON-FOOD ITEMS)

    Dairy Cow Entry

    n  Saturday, March 27

    7-10 a.m.  

    Swine Entry

    9-11 a.m.

    Home Economics Entry

    10:30- 11 a.m.

    Livestock Judging Registration

    11 a.m.

    Livestock Judging Events

    1 p.m.

  • Goats and the Suwannee River Fair

    The fur was flying Saturday as three contestants in the Suwannee River Fair’s Goat Costume Contest struggled to cinch skirts, shirts, sun glasses and wigs around the bodies and heads of three previously unsuspecting goats.

    Spencer Hewitt, 13, from Gilchrist County, took first place in the event.  She and her mottled goat, Olivia, were both dressed as entertainer Miley Cyrus, according to Spencer.

  • Hard part isn't winning, it's entering

    Krystina Thompson, daughter of Poultry and Rabbit Superintendent Thelma Thompson, was checking a rabbit over before writing its number in one ear and sending the owner on her way to the cage area.

    Over the sound of roosters crowing in the neighboring "Poultry" area, she was directing entries to cages for chickens, ducks, turkeys and rabbits.

  • Cloverbuds, 4-H bring best bunnies, birds to show

    Dozens of youth showed off their knowledge and hard work Friday evening as their rabbits and birds took the spotlight at the Suwannee River Livestock Show and Sale.

    The Cloverbuds went first, showing their rabbits for the experience rather than judging. Next year, they will bring their rabbits to compete with others of the same breed.

    After teaching the 5- to 7-year-olds about the process, Dr. T.L. Andrews had the responsibility of judging thirteen different breeds of rabbits, with anywhere from two to six (or more) of each kind.