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  • Bald Eagle rescued near Bronson

    Levy County Sheriff's Office Victim Advocate Amanda Sauder, and other motorists observed a wounded Bald Eagle beside U.S. Highway 27, just north of Bronson on Oct. 19 and reported it to the Sheriff's Communications Center.

    Sheriff's Cpl. Joe Sabbag and Deputies Chase Gregory and Franco Almeida responded to the call and determined that the eagle had most likely been struck by a car.  It was unable to fly but appeared to be in good condition otherwise. 

  • State chooses Chiefland for rural economic initiative

    TALLAHASSEE - Today, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) announced that the City of Chiefland has been selected to participate in the Competitive Florida Partnership, a rural community development initiative. The Competitive Florida Partnership focuses on improving local economic development activities, particularly in the rural areas of our state. DEO will assist Chiefland in creating strategic economic development plans that are tailored to the community’s unique assets.

  • Woman's caretaker arrested on manslaughter charge

    Michael Hancock, 26, was arrested Thursday, Oct. 30, on a charge of aggravated manslaughter of an elderly person in the July 10 death of Helen Bishop, 96, at his  Cedar Key home where he cared for her, according to a Levy County Sheriff’s Office press release. 

  • Chiefland gets $40K to boost economy

    The City of Chiefland has been awarded $40,000 from the state to aid in economic development.

    Commissioners voted 4-0 Monday in favor of accepting the grant, which comes from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. Commissioner Teresa Barron was not in attendance.

    "It's actually a fairly big deal," said city Project and Finance Coordinator Laurie Copeland about the award.

  • Florida celebrates Silver Alert system

    This month, Florida celebrates the sixth anniversary of the Silver Alert program.  Silver Alerts are activated statewide shortly after a senior with Alzheimer's or related dementia goes missing. Since Silver Alerts began in 2008, 909 alerts have been issued and 87 seniors have been found after an individual saw a Silver Alert, recognized the missing senior and called law enforcement.    

  • Pistol class Nov. 8

    The Levy County Sheriff's Office will host a basic pistol class to qualify for a Florida concealed weapons permit Nov. 8, beginning at 8 a.m. at the Sheriff's Office, 9150 N.E. 80th Ave., Bronson.

    The class will serve as a fundraiser for Bronson FFA.

    Online registration is $60: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bronson-ffa-alumni-pistol-class-tickets-136....

    Registration the day of the class is $65.

    For more information, contact Lt. Scott Finnen at sfinnen@levyso.com or 352-577-4211

  • Ellzey praised in city manager evaluation

    Chiefland's newest city manager received high marks at her first three-month evaluation Monday night.

    "I've been very pleased working with Mrs. Ellzey," Mayor Teal Pomeroy said, adding that her transition into the position has been "seamless."

    Mary Ellzey, who has worked with the city in various positions during the last 31 years, was unanimously hired by commissioners as city manager at the end of July.

    Her last position was that of deputy clerk.

  • Fanning candidates harmonize at forum

    Money — and how to help homeowners keep more of it — was on the minds of candidates for Fanning Springs mayor and council seat No. 4 at a forum where they discussed how the city will pay for its sewer system, bring a proposed Holiday Inn and Dairy Queen to the area and help residents find jobs.

  • Interest high in election

    With two county commission races on the ballot, a hotly contested governor's race, a constitutional amendment to allow medical marijuana and a local referendum to allow the Levy County Commission to grant tax breaks to new and expanding businesses, voters are casting ballots in high numbers. 

  • Weeks resigns from Bronson Council

    Bronson Town Council Member Berlon Weeks resigned his seat on the council Tuesday through a letter sent to town officials.