Local News

  • County Commission Agenda for Tuesday, Oct. 20

    The Levy County Commission meets on Tuesday, Oct. 20, at 9 a.m. 

    The meeting will be in the commission meeting room in the Levy County Courthouse in Bronson.

  • Smoke warning for CR 346 by SR 129

    The Florida Highway Patrol is monitoring the area of U.S. Highway 129 and County Road 346 in Levy County, due to smoke from several burning brush piles, east of US 129.

    Reduced visibility may be encountered while traveling in this area and motorists are urged to use caution by reducing their speed and using their low beam headlights.

    Visibility may deteriorate quickly due to smoke/fog type conditions especially during the night time and early morning hours.

  • Feds seek to protect Suwannee mussel

    A mussel that no longer calls Levy County home but does live in other sections of the Suwannee River is being considered for inclusion on the federal threatened species list, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

    While its population appears to have stabilized in the mainstem of the Suwannee River, the Suwannee moccasinshell mussel is declining across the rest of its range and should be protected as a threatened species, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced earlier this week.

  • Library opens doors Monday for public mixer

    The Friends of the Library for Chiefland's Luther Callaway Public Library and the Chiefland Chamber of Commerce are hosting a mixer on Monday, Oct. 19, from 5 to 7 p.m. and they are inviting the community to learn about all it has to offer.

    Chiefland and Levy County officials and local business and civic leaders have been invited to attend.

    This is a great way to see what state and local tax money provide. The city owns the building and grounds for the library and pay for utilities and upkeep. The county furnishes the library, materials and its staff.

  • Commission delays action on RV resort

    A proposed RV resort for north Chiefland near the proposed 28-bed hospital are on hold while the Chiefland City Commission looks into what an RV resort is and what will be allowed in the complex.

  • Fanning sewer gets grant for expansion

    A growing area in Fanning Springs was named Phase III of the city's sewer expansion, though it was originally slated to be one of the later phases.

  • FDOT Road and Lane Closures for October 10-16


    Hawthorne Road   Daytime lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. from County Road 234 to the Hawthorne town limits to work on the shoulders.

    Hull Road (UF Campus)  Daytime lane closures and sidewalk closures between Southwest 34th Street and Mowry Road to build concrete sidewalk/trail.

  • City gets $1.5M grant for hospital infrastructure

    The City of Chiefland has accepted a $1.5 million grant by the state Department of Economic Opportunity to pay for construction of a road and other infrastructure needed for the proposed Suwannee River Community Hospital and medical building.

  • Fanning's budget: no raises, millage same

     It did not take much tweaking for the Fanning Springs City Council to approve budgets and property tax millage when they met on Monday, Oct. 5

    They had pretty much fine tuned it in prior meetings.

    By a 3-0 vote Council members Jane Nogaki, Ron Queen and Barbara Locke approved a budget with $3,443,092 in appropriations and $182,617.94 in reserve for the fiscal year that started on Thursday, Oct. 1. The budget includes $2,680,070. in grant funds.

  • Sheriff finds funds for inmate insurance

    Levy County Sheriff Bobby McCallum said he has paid the premium for inmate health insurance that skyrocketed from $51,000 a year to $152,000 and he hopes he will not need more money in his budget from the County Commission.

    The sheriff said he has had a number of vacancies in his operation, including being short dispatchers, deputies and detention officers, and those unpaid salaries in last year’s budget helped pay this year’s premium.