Local News

  • Boat ramps closed ahead of storm

    Sheriff Bobby McCallum, in preparation of incoming Tropical Depression 9, has ordered the closing of all boat ramps in Levy County beginning Wednesday morning.

    All boat ramps along the Suwannee River and south to the Inglis/Yankeetown area will be posted closed by tomorrow afternoon.

    Crews with Levy County Parks and Recreation will be placing signage and barricades at all county boat ramps. Residents who own watercraft and need to remove them from the water are asked to complete this as quickly and safely as possible.

  • Tuesday Update: We're going to be wet, wet, wet

    It's not Tropical Storm Hermine yet, but odds are when Tropical Depression 9 washes ashore on Wednesday night or Thursday morning it will have intensified enough to earn a name.
    “It's still a tropical depression turning into a tropical storm later today,” said Levy County Emergency Management Assistant Director David Peaton and Director John MacDonald.
    The two said TD 9 is expected to make its turn and speed up as it heads for a landfall into Citrus, Levy and Dixie counties.

  • Get prepared for rain — maybe lots

    If you have a hurricane plan for staying at home or hitting the road, now might be a good time to get it out and dust it off. Maybe even update it. Check your emergency supplies.

    Tropical Depression 9, which has been wandering around and struggling in the Gulf of Mexico for the past 24 hours is looking as if it will make landfall somewhere between Tampa and the Florida Panhandle — although most computer models have it coming in as a tropical storm of low intensity along the Nature Coast.

  • Residents need to keep an eye on storm

    Levy County Emergency Management sent out a notice on Sunday that it is not too early to start keeping an eye on Invest 99L and check your hurricane supplies and plans because it has the potential to develop as it moves into the Gulf of Mexico. The notice is not to alarm residents but to make sure they are cognizant of what is happening in the Gulf. 

  • Remembering Teal Pomeroy

    Vice Mayor Betty Walker said Pomeroy had been mayor longer than any other. “He was different, but he was special,” she recalled. “He was going to get the last word in. Some of the stuff he came up with was hilarious. He was a good man. He was a good boy.

    “He was a good person.” She said he was concerned about people.

    Walker said Pomeroy was “all about the betterment of Chiefland.” The city is going real well, she said, and she hopes the commission will keep it going in his honor.

  • Yankeetown CG station gets new leadership

    Members of Coast Guard Station Yankeetown held a change-of-command ceremony Wednesday, Aug. 3, at the station.

    Chief Warrant Officer Robert Whitmore transferred command of the station to Chief Petty Officer Eric B. Tookey during the ceremony.

    During Whitmore's tour at Station Yankeetown, he and the 26 crewmembers stationed there were responsible for 3,500 miles of Florida coastline spanning six counties.

    During the ceremony, Whitmore spoke about his year at the station and commended his crew for their work.

  • Scott reappoints Quincey, Jones to water district

    Gov. Rick Scott announced the reappointments of Don Quincey Jr. and Gary Jones to the Suwannee River Water Management District Governing Board.

    Quincey is reappointed for a term beginning Aug. 2 and ending March 1, 2020. He is the chair of the Governing Board and represents the Lower Suwannee Basin.

  • As Zika spreads, UF/IFAS faculty on front lines battling the virus

    University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences faculty are on the front lines in the battle against the Zika virus, as entomologists study the ability of at least two mosquito species to transmit the virus and ways of reducing pesticide resistance.

    As of Aug. 18, 510 American residents had contracted the virus. Florida has 479 Zika cases, according to the state health department; 35 people in Florida have contracted Zika via local transmission, meaning they didn’t bring it back from overseas.

  • Fanning fire chief wins appeal

    Fanning Springs firefighter Ronald McQueen has sufficient certification to serve as the city’s volunteer fire chief, according to a hearing officer’s recommendation.

  • Funeral Saturday for Chiefland Mayor Teal Pomeroy

    The search for Chiefland Mayor Teal Pomeroy, who went diving alone on Friday afternoon, ended sadly with the recovery of his body on Sunday morning.

    Throughout the weekend the community prayed for a better ending for the husband and father of two young boys.

    On Monday, the family announced plans for the funeral on Saturday, Aug. 27, at 4 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Chiefland. There will be a visitation at the church from 3 to 4 p.m.