Local News

  • Organic vegetables coming to Saturday's Chiefland Farmers Market

    By Kate Figueroa

  • Festival of Lights returning on Dec. 5

    The return of the Fanning Springs Chamber of Commerce also means the return of one very popular event.

       The Festival of Lights promises to return in all its glory and then some, featuring old favorites such as the lighted boat parade and duck race along with new avenues of entertainment.

       "We're very excited for all the support and interest that's been sparked by bringing back the Festival of Lights," Fanning Springs Chamber President Michael Michaelis said.

  • The sex offender who almost got away

    They do TV shows and movies about criminals like Donald Keith McLaughlin, a former Levy County resident. You know the shows where the narrators drags out the in-depth details about someone who got away with a crime – or almost got away with a crime.

    McLaughlin was almost the sexual offender who nearly got away with his crime of seducing a child in his care and other children in his area.

    Except for the big methamphetamine bust of 14 people, including McLaughlin, by Putnam County Sheriff's deputies on June 27, 2014.

  • Weyerhauser buys out Plum Creek

    Weyerhaeuser Company and Plum Creek, which owns large swaths of land in Levy County, on Monday announced they have agreed to create the world's premier timber, land and forest products company with more than 13 million acres of the most productive and diverse timberland in the U.S.

    At closing, the combined company is expected to have an equity value of $23 billion based on current share prices. The combined EBITDA for both companies in 2014 was $2.2 billion.

  • Free medical care for uninsured in Levy

    The Levy County Department of Health's Volunteer Clinic is offering free medical care to people who are not insured, whose household income is below 200 percent of Federal Poverty Guidelines, are Levy County residents and are 12 years of age or older. 

    The requirements are to provide paperwork showing you meet the guidelines and to make an appointment for the next monthly clinic date, Thursday, Nov. 18, after 4:30 p.m.

    An appointment is required to obtain the services and patients must keep the appointment. 

  • Dog bites nine year old child

    The Levy County Animal Services has picked up and quarantined a dog that attacked and bit a nine year old boy on the leg Sunday, Nov. 1, at about 1 p.m.

    The child, who was across Northwest 41st Terrace from the residence where the dog lives, was transported to North Florida Regional Medical Center, according to a Levy County Sheriff's Office spokesman.

    Animal Services picked up the animal the same day as the attack. 

  • County clerk changes courthouse office hours

    Danny Shipp, Levy County Clerk and Clerk of Court, has announced that starting this week his offices will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

    Deputy C;erk Ann Moody said the hours were changed to allow people “quiet time” for work. She said employees will be working 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. but the office's public hours will be 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. She said it will also help with the clerks handling the crunch of court work.

  • Insurance discussion waits for more information

    Opinions varied over whether or not Bronson Town Council members should accept the health insurance offered to them through the town.

    After some discussion on the matter at Monday night's council meeting, a decision was made to put the issue on hold, while Town Clerk Pamela Whitehead gets further information.

    "We raised taxes and made cuts. I think if we made cuts from beneath, we need to make cuts from above, as well," Councilwoman Katie Parks Bogart said.

  • Sidewalk plans change to entice grant money

    A pastor's plea for a sidewalk to provide safe passage for children going to school and a community playground, and voters coming to the polls may have gotten an earthly answer.

    Pastor Carl Carnegie of Miracle Vision Tabernacle and Vision Academy in Raleigh, has been asking for a sidewalk along busy County Road 335 from U.S. Highway 41 to his playground and school for several years.

  • Commission settles with concert promoter

    A concert promoter whose venue did not go as well as expected got a reduction in his bill for emergency medical services provided with the tab going from $2,730 to $910.

    But two Levy County Commissioners who voted against the reduction – which passed 3-2 – voiced their unhappiness that the promoter, Robert J. Nichols Jr., had already stopped payment on the check he wrote to the county. Commissioners Danny Stevens of Williston (R-District 5) and Lilly Rooks (R-District 4) voted against the measure to grant relief to Nichols.