Local News

  • Lane closures starting Monday at Walmart/Winn Dixie traffic light

    Motorists who travel among U.S. 19 in Chiefland where it crosses the entrances to the shopping plaza where Winn Dixie is located and the entrance to the Walmart need to be alert for work being done on the traffic lights at that busy intersection starting Monday. 

    The Florida Department of Transportation will have daytime lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the intersection to install a new traffic signal system.

    Drivers need to be aware of traffic changing lanes and workers at the site. 

  • Fourth person dies in Inglis shooting

    The small town of Inglis is picking itself up and applying bandages — physical and mental — where needed this week after a man unhappy over the end of his 32-year marriage on Thursday killed his ex-wife, himself and a man who tried to intervene out of concern that children playing across the street were in harm's way. He also shot a fourth man who was still fighting for his life at a Gainesville hospital.

  • Fanning raises denied in tentative budget hearing

    Fanning Springs city council members voted to approve the tentative budget with changes, which included removing proposed raises for city employees.

       The budget hearing was moved to Monday after a previous meeting was recessed, when a council member had to leave and the quorum was lost.

  • New Fanning EMS station holds ribbon cutting Tuesday

    The Levy County Department of Public Safety is holding a ribbon-cutting for the new Emergency Medical Services station at the Fanning Springs municipal complex on Tuesday, Oct. 6 at 1 p.m.

    The new EMS station, which will be staffed with an advanced life support ambulance, is at 17651 N.W. 90th Court.

  • Chiefland wins grant for road

    Chiefland city officials have been notified that their request for a state transportation grant has been approved to fund construction of a connector for Northwest 11th Drive from the Days Inn motel to Northwest 19th Avenue.

    It is just the first of several projects that will change traffic patterns in the area of the Winn Dixie, Walmart, new hospital, Murphy's/Taco Bell intersections.

  • CFEC membership meeting Saturday

    Central Florida Electric Cooperative’s 76th Annual Member Meeting will have Early Bird Drawings, free door prizes and soft drinks. Entertainment by the “Mended Heart Quartet” will highlight the event.

    The meeting will be held at the Cooperative’s Operation Center located at 11497 N.W. 50th Ave, in Chiefland. Please follow the signs.

  • Greenlee new Bronson mayor

    Along with the swearing in of recent council members, Bronson has elected a new mayor.

    At a special meeting on Monday evening, Katie Parks Bogart and Jason Hunt were sworn in by Senior Circuit Judge Joe Smith. Following the swearing in, Council Member Bruce Greenlee was nominated and elected as mayor for the Town of Bronson.

  • Inmate health insurance cost triples

    Imagine Levy Sheriff Bobby McCallum's surprise last week when he opened the bill for inmate health insurance and saw the premium went from $51,000 last year to $152,000.

    And that payment is due with the start of the new budget year today.

  • Accident victims identified

    A Bronson woman was killed and her teen passenger seriously injured in an one car crash on U.S. Highway 27A on Wednesday, Sept. 30, at 6:43 a.m., according to a Florida Highway Patrol report.

    Jessica R. Perrault, 34, was pronounced dead at the scene, and her passenger, Janessa Taylor, 15, was transported to UF Health Shands Hospital. There was no update as of Thursday moring on the teen's condition, according to a FHP press release.

  • Crab Fest shooter takes plea deal

    The man who opened fire in the middle of a crowd at the 2013 Crab Fest, killing one person and wounding four others will serve a minimum 20 years in a plea deal sealed in Levy County Circuit Court on Friday.

    All of the sentences on the six charges, rqanging from 10-20 years, are to be served concurrently by Devonte Tremaine Ocasio, 23, of Ocala. He was found guilty on all charges and sentenced by 8th Judicial Circuit Senior Judge Maurice Guinta on Friday morning after several hours of negotiations between his attorneys and the State Attorney's Office.