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  • Woman fends off attacking dogs to save baby

    When she goes to sleep Kaula Most says she dreams dogs are attacking and she cannot seem to save the toddler she is holding from the jaws of the Italian bull mastiffs that have snatched her from Most's arms.

    “Then I wake up and I'm about falling out of the bed,” Most said. “Every time I wake up I think about the little girl.”

  • Money pinch holds up hospital for 30 days

    The two companies bringing the Suwannee River Community Hospital (SRCH) to Chiefland came up a little short of the $27 million they needed to have on hand to assure state officials they were able to build and operate the 28-bed hospital and medical plaza. The developers had well over $26 million.

    But the state Department of Economic Opportunity has not lost confidence in the group, giving them 30 days to come up with the remainder of the cash.

  • County gets noise about agenda items

    The public hearing at Tuesday's Levy County Commission meeting was supposed to be about a noise ordinance but the commission found themselves on the receiving end of static from residents who were not given an opportunity to read the ordinance.

    The noise ordinance, a pet project of Commissioner Mike Joyner of Morriston (R-District 3), has been in the works for months as County Attorney wrangled with writing an enforceable act.

    “This is not going to be an easy ordinance to enforce. Noise ordinances never are,” she said.

  • Bronson fee battle may be near end

    The Town of Bronson almost stopped one local man and former council member in his tracks on a technicality.

    Berlon Weeks has been battling out the issue of permits and unpaid fees to the Town of Bronson from things as far back as 2008.

    "I came here to square this away tonight and get the whole thing paid," Weeks said.

    Weeks wrote a letter to Building Inspector Robert "Bob" Niffenegger requesting a quasi-judicial hearing regarding the fines levied against him, dated Oct. 21.

  • Concert promoter still not paying

    A concert promoter whose Oct. 15-16 event failed to draw a crowd has failed to make good on a check he wrote to Levy County or to cut a new check for the lower amount he negotiated and may face the county in court.

    The Levy County Commission on Tuesday voted to rescind an agreement to lower Robert Nichols' bill from $2,730 to $910. At the same time, the commission unanimously approved taking legal action to recover the $2,730 for a check Nichols gave the county to pay his fees, but on which he later stopped payment.

  • Woman fights off attacking dogs to save baby

    A woman heroically fought off three attacking dogs weighing between 50 and 100 pounds after they snatched the 1-year-old baby she was holding in her arms on Tuesday.

    What makes the woman's fight all the more stunning is that the baby is not hers. She was babysitting the child she saved.

    The woman, her friend and the baby were all hospitalized after the attack at Shands Hospital at UF Health in Gainesville. "The woman bore the brunt of the attack, she got the worst," said Levy Sheriff's Lt. Scott Tummond. 

  • Last day to register for Toys for Tots

     FYI! Last day to sign up for Toys for Tots is this Friday, Dec. 4, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Tri-County Resource Center!

    Distribution Dates:

    Gilchrist County: Best Drug of Trenton on Saturday, Dec. 12, from 3 to 6 p.m.

    Levy County: Walmart in Chiefland on Friday, Dec. 18, from 2 to 6 p.m. 

    Dixie County: Dixie County Health Dept on Saturday, Dec. 19 from noon to 3 p.m. 

  • Citrus hospice woes tied to long-term patients

    Having come through a roughly two-year investigation by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General, the Florida Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and an Assistant United States Attorney, Hospice of Citrus Country is facing a challenging future.

    On Nov. 19, U.S. Attorney A. Lee Bentley III announced the United States had settled allegations the Lecanto-based hospice company (HOCC) had knowingly billed the government for medically unnecessary and undocumented hospice services.

  • Crime dips in Chiefland, Williston

    Crime in Florida took a dip in the first six months of the year according to the Uniform Crime Report release in November by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

    But when it comes to municipalities in Levy County, it looks as if crime may be taking a vacation.

    That's because figures for the seven crimes tracked by the U.S. Department of Justice and FDLE show a drop of 14 percent in Chiefland and 15.3 percent in Williston.

  • Meeks: No love in county for new courthouse

    Levy County taxpayers can rest easy. It's not likely the county will be building a new courthouse any time soon.

    That was the word from Levy County Commission Chair John Meeks, of Bronson, (R-District 1) to the Chiefland Rotary Club in a speech earlier this month.

    Meeks said his appearance, hosted by former commission Chair Ryan Bell, was an opportunity to update the Rotarians on what is happening in the county. Meeks has been in office since 2013 and he said the three years have been a learning experience.