Local News

  • Commission approves subdividing property

    A subdivision of a 5-acre plot of land on Northwest 23rd Avenue/County Road 320 and Northwest 70th Avenue outside Chiefland was approved on Tuesday by the Levy County Commission.

    The action was recommended for approval by the Levy County Planning Commission.

    Carol Kearns of Chiefland applied for the subdivision to be known as Westpoint Acres. Each of the four homes to be built on the property will be on at least one acre of land.

    The vote by the commission was unanimous.  

  • Chiefland Farmer's Market in full swing
  • It's the sweetest time of year

    Everyone knows the holidays are upon us and that means it's time for cake, pie and dessert auction, cookie walks and baked goods sales. 

    The sweetest season starts tonight (Thursday, Nov. 19) with the 24th Annual Pie Auction sponsored by the Chiefland Middle High School Student Government Association.

    Viewing of the luscious baked goods starts at 5:30 p.m. (Please bring your own hankie to catch the excess saliva.) Bidding starts at 6 p.m. 

    The event will be in the school cafeteria behind the main building on U.S. Highway 19. 

  • Leaving County

    Bruce Greenlee, administrative superintendent for the Levy County Road Department, will work his last day on Nov. 27.

    Greenlee, who started at the lowest rank in the department and rose through the ranks to one of the two top jobs is taking over transportation at the Levy County School Board. He has been with Levy County for 29 ½ years.

    Greenlee is also mayor of Bronson and an assistant coach for the Williston Red Devils football team. 

  • Bronson to still pay medical for Council

    The Bronson Town Council did not second a motion made by one its members.

    On Monday night, Katie Parks moved that the town continue to give the option of health insurance to its council members, but suggested it should not be offered to them for free as it has been.

    "The town pays for council members, but not for families," Vice Mayor Beatrice Roberts said.

  • Commission splits on buying EMS truck

    The Levy County Commission, which had put off considering the purchase of a truck and light rescue module to be used by an emergency medical services supervisor, finally approved the purchase on Tuesday but the vote was split.

  • 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.