Local News

  • County discusses attorney

    It was the third (month) anniversary of Commissioner Marsha Drew's appointment to the seat by Gov. Charlie Crist, but the fireworks that went off at the Levy County Commission meeting Tuesday morning were in a discussion about County Attorney Anne Bast Brown's contract and job benefits.

  • Former teacher donates $2 million to CFCC

    Retired Chiefland High School math teacher Jack Wilkinson taught thousands and generations of students in his 45 years in the classroom.

    And the 95-year-old educator's generosity will help thousands more Levy County students reach their dreams.

    Wilkinson, who was described as "frugal with his assets," has donated $2.5 million to help jumpstart construction of the Levy County campus of Central Florida Community College.

    In return, the school's campus will be named the Jack Wilkinson Levy Campus in his honor.

  • Ribbon-cutting held at Edward Jones

    The Chiefland Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting to mark the grand opening of the new Edward Jones investment office on Main Street in Chiefland.

    Sheila K. Smith is the financial advisor at the office. The storefront office is bigger inside than it looks, featuring an office for clients as well as two meeting rooms, one large and one small, available to local organizations, and a room that can be used for exercise classes.

    It also has a kitchen to help serve those who might be attending seminars in the office.

  • Watermelon festival, parade to be held Saturday

    It's a big weekend if you like festivals and big crowds.

    It's a big weekend if you like parades and celebrations.

    And it's a really big weekend if you like watermelon.

    The 54th annual Watermelon Festival will be held in downtown Chiefland this weekend. Large crowds are expected at the all-day event, which opens at 8 a.m. with the opening of arts and crafts shows. At 9 there will be free watermelon and entertainment by the Salt Water Cowboys.

  • Buie Park problems aired

    Two members of the city’s planning board and a former mayor attended the Chiefland City Commission meeting last Tuesday evening, but a rezoning on the agenda was not their reason for speaking.

    It was their concern about Buie Park on the city’s south side.

    John Henry Donaldson, still recovering from an operation on his knee, was the spokesman for the small group, “We got a couple of problems at the park.”

    He said when the May Day reunion was held recently with several hundred people in attendance, the park’s bathrooms were shut down.

  • Andrews' suit dismissed for second time

    A Levy County judge has dismissed — for the second time — a defamation lawsuit filed by A.D. “Andy” Andrews, landscape tree grower and publisher of the Levy County Journal, against the Chiefland Citizen, a reporter, editor, publisher and the parent corporation, Florida Newspapers, Inc.

    Circuit Civil Judge David O. Glant dismissed the suit in October after it was pointed out that Andrews’ attorney:

    • did not properly request a retraction allowing five days to respond from all the parties as required by state law

  • EMS fees going up

    A June 16 public hearing on a mining application by the Levy County Commission has been put on hold until all the Ts are crossed and the Is are dotted.

    The commission decided to delay the hearing on the recommendation after Development Director Rob Corbitt asked to hold them back because all the landowners have not signed off on the special exception permit application.

  • Upcoming events

    Saturday, June 6

    Class of 1984 sets reunion

    The class of 1984 will be holding a Reunion at the river at Beauchamp River House at Fowlers Bluff, Saturday, June 6, noon to 5 p.m.

    Bring your family and a side dish. Meat, drinks and paper goods will be supplied.

    If you have any questions call Linda Jones at 352-493-6000 or Cathy Richburg at 352-221-5064.


    Deaf, hearing impaired picnic

    All Deaf/Hearing Impaired and family members are invited to a picnic on Saturday, June 6, at the Bronson First Baptist Church.

  • Teen driving program funded

    The Levy County Sheriff's Office, Community Relations Division, is offering a no cost, Teen Driver Improvement Program to all Levy County students who have a current Operators License or Learners Permit or who are about to get their Learners Permit.

    In 2005, Levy County ranked second in the state in the number of teen involved crashes for counties having a population of 0-50,000. This is an appalling statistic!

  • Levy jobless rate down slightly in April

    Unemployment in Levy County fell to 10.2 percent in April from 10.5 percent in March, according to a report released Friday by the state Agency for Workforce Innovation.

                      That means 1,770 people out of a total labor force of 17,338 were out of work.