Local News

  • Motorcyclers should consider safety

    TALLAHASSEE – Increasingly, Americans over age 45 are climbing on motorcycles. However, national data showing a surge in fatalities in motorcycle drivers in that age group indicate all riders need to be vigilant about safety. In Florida, the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles’ statistics show 44 percent of motorcycle drivers killed in crashes in 2010 were age 45 or older. DHSMV joins Gov. Rick Scott in proclaiming May Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month in Florida to highlight the importance of the public safety issue.

  • Concealed weapons class supports church trip 

       The Levy County Sheriff’s Office will sponsor a concealed weapons permit class Saturday, May 26, beginning at 8 a.m.. at the Levy County Sheriff’s Office classroom.  Cost of the class is $75.
       For more information or to register, call 352-486-5111 or email sfinnen@levyso.com, or visit www.levypistolclass.info.
    Door registration on the day of the event will be accepted, however, a $10 surcharge will be added.
       Lunch will be provided. Bring eye and ear protection.

  • Sheriff’s reports & Most Wanted for May 17

    n The Levy County Sheriff’s Office reports the following arrests:
    n May 8, Gary David Bamberger, 54, Williston,  FTA. Bond $2,000.
    n May 7, Philip Jay Bascone, 32, Chiefland, selling synthetic narcotic, selling Schedule III or IV drug. Bond $30,000.
    n May 12, Bruan Robert Bible, 26, Cedar Key, two counts possession of marijuana, two counts selling marijuana. Bond $120,000.
    n May 10, Valrize Latrice Bristol, 32, Bronson, battery, VOP. Bond $50,000.

  • One arrested, one sought in home invasion

    One man is under arrest and another is being sought in a home invasion robbery at a Bronson home on May 10, according to a Levy County Sheriff's Office press release.
    Patrick Shawn McLaughlin, 45, is being sought by deputies, while a man described as his partner  Aaron Michael Miller, 31, was arrested shortly after the incident and jailed on charges of home invasion robbery and depriving a victim of 911. Miller's bond is $500,000.

  • More water to be pumped from Suwannee Basin

    Unwavering in the face of what many scientists and environmentalists are saying is a water crisis, the Suwannee River Water Management District's governing board handed out yet another million-gallon-per-day-plus water permit at its last meeting May 8.
    The latest permit, approved 7-2 by the board, will allow Stagecoach Properties, owned by Beaver Property Investments LLC., to suck about 1.25 million gallons of water per day to irrigate 717 acres in Suwannee County, part of the Upper Suwannee River Basin, for the next 20 years.

  • Diamond announces for county commission

  • Tarmac scales back Inglis operation

    Jeff Harris who has shepherded the Tarmac King Road mining application for a number of years confirmed this week he has taken another position in Titan America, the parent company of Tarmac King Road Mine, but will continue working on the Inglis mine project.
    He has taken a position in Medley, after working for several months in another office in Orland. That followed the closing of Tarmac's Inglis office in November.

  • Corps issues Tarmac mine report

    The clock has started ticking on taking public comment on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers draft report on the Tarmac King Road mine's permit application under the federal Clean Waters Act.
    The public has two opportunities to offer comments:
    • A public meeting at the Inglis Community Center on May 31 at 7 p.m.
    • By sending comments to the Corps until July 11.

  • Second chance on Girl Scout cookies

    Did you miss out on the opportunity to buy Girl Scout thin mint, Samoa or Tagalongs cookies?
    Well, good news, there is a Girl Scout Troop in Chiefland that has a stash of cookies that will give Girl Scout cookie lovers a second chance to buy those sweet morsels.
    They have lots of cookies to sell and while you munch down on them you can know that you are helping support the activities that build better young women for our community.  Cookies are $4 per box.

  • County recycling back in business

    The Levy County recycling program is back in business and trailers are being distributed around the county this morning.

    The county received its first work crew from Lowell Correctional Institute on Monday after an inspection by the person in charge of the inmate work crew program at Lowell.