Local News

  • Chiefland accepts K-9

    It has been at least three years since the Chiefland Police Department has had a K-9 officer but that drought is coming to an end.

    Pete Barnes, Chiefland resident and retired Levy County Sheriff's sergeant, is retiring from the Sheriff's Office reserve deputy force and is donating his drug-sniffing partner Bruno to the city.

    On Monday, the Chiefland City Commission voted unanimously to accept Barnes' offer of the dog.

  • City 'recycles' garbage bid

    The challenge to the city's awarding of its garbage pickup is going back to step one because of a protest by the losing vendor WCA of Gainesville.

    On Monday, City Attorney Norm Fugate advised the city that the protest filing meant it could go to a hearing with a hearing officer or the city could rescind its action awarding the contract, reject all the bids it received and start the process all over.

  • Grief delays replacing Teal Pomeroy

    Changes were made to the Chiefland City Commission but one change just could not be made.  The death of Mayor Teal Pomeroy, which left a vacancy on the five-member commission will not be filled until October.  Commissioner Teresa Barron, who was first elected to the commission at the same time as Pomeroy, 2004, summed up the commioners' feelings.   “I'd rather wait. The city is still grieving,” Barron said. “Every time I have been sworn in was with Teal.”

  • Chiefland football team lends muscle to Cedar Key community after Hermine

    Chiefland football players and coaches took the opportunity to put in community service in Cedar Key in the aftermath of Hermine.

  • No human casualties

    There were no human casualties, but a 104-inch long pygmy sperm whale did wash up on Airport Road in Cedar Key, Police Chief Virgil Sandlin confirmed. He said it was dead on arrival.

    The whale was taken away by the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers for an autopsy.

    The only other reported casualty was an injury to a Florida Highway Patrol trooper who was helping with tree removal operations along State Road 121 and County Road 326. Her injury was not life threatening.

  • Hermine floods Levy with damage

    When Hurricane Hermine washed ashore in North Florida the counter clockwise winds were in the middle of doing its worst to Levy County.

    But we should have expected it, some joked, because The Weather Channel's best known hurricane hunter, Jim Cantore, had arrived the day before to do live shots of the wind and water.

    Cantore left town by mid-day Thursday, just as the winds and rains started.

    First a drizzle, then buckets of rain. The cooling breeze turned into a howl that hit buildings like a rock.

  • Scam alert

    Levy County Emergency Management wants to warn the residents of Levy County to be on the lookout for people attempting to scam residents that have been affected by Hurricane Hermine.

    There have been reports in surrounding counties of people offering to assist with FEMA claims for a fee.  Please do not fall for this.  FEMA has not opened the claim period as of yet, and even when they do, they will not require any other person or entity to assist with filing the claim.

  • Volunteers are REALLY needed

    The two most affected areas impacted by Hurricane Hermine in Levy County are Cedar Key and Yankeetown. The residents and businesses in this community need volunteers who are able to offer their “muscle.”  Heavy lifting and the physical labor associated with removing substantial debris seem to be the most problematic in their towns.
    Anyone wishing to assist in Cedar Key is asked to go to the Cedar Key Fire Station located at the intersection of Dock Street and First.

  • Hermine leaves widespread power outages in Levy County

    When Central Florida Electric Cooperative employee Dusty Aldridge was asked by a curious local along the side of State Road 320 about the extent of the power outages in the area, the longtime utility repairman’s answer was short and to the point.

    “There’s a bunch of ‘em,” he said.

    At lunchtime on Friday, there were 7,571 outages in Levy County, according to CFEC Communications Specialist Whitney McQueen, and 16,085 locations without power in the Tri-County area.

  • Friday morning update on Hurricane Hermine

    Some things gleaned from the morning conference call:

    "It could have been much worse. There was no loss of life," said Levy County Commission Chair John Meeks of Bronson.

    That sums it up as emergency management and county agencies set about helping residents recover from the effects of Hurricane Hermine. 

    • The storm surge did not reach 11 feet, but it was measured at 8.5feet above mean sea level. Cedar Key is still experiencing flooding problems and entry is only being allowed to residents and recovery workers.