Local News

  • Monday update: Beryl weakens, brings rain


    The National Hurricane Center advisory issued at 8 a.m. Monday located Tropical Storm Beryl over northeast Florida moving to the west at 8 mph. Beryl's maximum sustained winds are 40 mph with higher gusts. The storm is expected to bring sometimes heavy rains to the area.

  • Kindergarten screening at CES for 2012-2013 school year

    If your child will be attending kindergarten at Chiefland Elementary School during the 2012-2013 school year, please call the school to schedule a screening appointment today.  
    The dates available are May 30th, May 31st and June 4th during the hours of 3-7pm.  If your child has attended Kountry Kids, Clyatt House, Fun 4 Kids or CES VPK program, then your child may have been screened already. Please check with CES to verify.  
    If you have questions please contact Chiefland Elementary School at 352-493-6040.

  • FDOT suspends construction during holiday weekend

    All Florida Department of Transportation construction and maintenance jobs will be suspended from Saturday through Monday for the Memorial Day holiday and anticipated increase in traffic.
    For those traveling this holiday weekend, FDOT encourages the use of a free service to get real-time travel information on major roadways by calling 511 or visit their web site – www.FL511.com to know before you go.
    FDOT offices will be closed this Monday, May 28, in observance of Memorial Day.

  • Troopers out in full force for Memorial Day weekend

    TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Highway Patrol will be out in full force during the Memorial Day holiday
    weekend, which begins today and extends through midnight Monday.
    “Troopers will be out in full force this weekend and will be on the lookout for aggressive driving, speeding, red
    light running and driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs to make the roadways as safe as possible for
    weekend travelers,” said FHP Director, Col. David Brierton.

  • Youth Conservation Corps jobs available at Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge

    Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge will be hiring four students for Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) this summer, according to Refuge Manager Andrew Gude.
     The Youth Conservation Corps is a summer employment program for young men and young women, ages 15 through 18, who work and learn together by accomplishing needed conservation projects on public lands.  

  • Bronson bar denied extended hours

    Dorothy McKenzie, owner of McKenzie's 4 corners in Bronson, cried Monday night as she asked the Bronson Town Council to consider letting her establishment stay open, serving liquor, until 2 a.m.
    “I've been there 33 years ..." McKenzie said, holding a petition she said had 220 signatures in favor of her staying open past her now midnight cut off.
    “It will save people's lives," she said, explaining that locals, because of the midnight cut off, end up traveling to other bars in towns such as Fanning Springs.

  • Public Safety Expo a success

    About 800-1,000 folks came through the gates of Williston Airport on Saturday not to take a trip but to see one of the largest arrays of emergency services equipment and get information on being prepared for hurricanes and emergencies at a Public Safety Expo hosted by the Levy County Department of Public Safety and Department of Emergency Management.

  • Dinner, dessert auction benefit cheerleaders

       The Chiefland High School cheerleading squad is hosting a cake and pie auction and a spaghetti supper to raise money for  uniforms and equipment.
       The event will be on Tuesday, May 29 in the Chiefland High School Cafateria. Meal service is at 5 p.m. and the auction is at 6 p.m. Dinners cost $5 each.  Spaghetti tickets can be purchased at Chiefland High School or at the door.    
       For more information, call Linda at 352-493-6000 , Debra at 352-493-6013  or Melissa (evenings) at 352-490-5354.

  • Home invasion suspect's dinner interrupted

    It was hunger that did in the second suspect in a home invasion robbery in Bronson on May 10.
    Levy County Sheriff's deputies and U.S. Marshals, acting on a tip, arrested Patrick Shawn McLaughlin, 45, as he tried to enjoy a quiet dinner at the Barnyard Junction Restaurant in Fort White.
    Deputies from Columbia County and Levy County  took McLaughlin into custody and treated him to breakfast guaranteed at the Columbia County Detention Facility.

  • Sheriff’s reports & Most Wanted for May 24

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office reports the following arrests:
    n May 14, Jess Thomas Adams, 31, Yankeetown, out of county warrant. Bond $513,
    n May 20, Melba Paige Alexander, 21, Morriston, DWLSR.
    n May 19, Shellie Renee Bailey, 36, Chiefland, Driving while license expired for more than four months.
    n May 19, Lowell Timothy Baker, 62, St. Petersburg, DUI, DWLSR, refusal to submit to DUI test, refusal to accept, sign citation or post bond. $50,000.