Local News

  • Rover’s barking could cost $300

    Owners of noisy animals in the city could face warnings and a court summons that carries a fine up to $300 if they are visited multiple times by Chiefland Police Department officers under a new ordinance adopted by the City Commission on Monday.

    The ordinance, which goes into effect immediately was adopted unanimously after a discussion on whether multiple visits on the same day could trigger and summons and fine.

    City Manager Mary Ellzey said the city will not be proactive in enforcing the ordinance, reacting to complaints only.

  • Teen dies in swimming accident

    A 19-year-old from Chiefland died in a tragic drowning accident on Sunday at about 3:30 p.m. at a rock pit used as a swimming hole in Dixie County, according to a Dixie County Sheriff's Office press release. 

    The victim has been identified as Richard Cabeza Jr., a graduate of Chiefland Middle High School and a member of the school's baseball team. 

  • County commission to hold closed session on Tuesday

    The Levy County Board of County Commissioners will hold an executive session on Tuesday, April 19, at 1 p.m., at the county attorney’s conference room, 612 E. Hathaway Ave., Bronson, to discuss union negotiations for IAFF Local 4069.

    Present will be the commissioners, attorney Wayne Helsby, County Coordinator Fred Moody and Assistant County Coordinator Wilbur Dean.

  • Williston's Crab Fest on April 30

    Because April has five Saturdays this year, the timing of the Crab Fest in East Williston has been moved back from its traditional date.

    Although traditionally the fourth weekend in April, this year's Crab Fest will be held April 30.

    The decision came after a community meeting was held Monday night and residents voiced their opinions.

    The festivals, which draws thousands of people, is a loosely organized festival where cars parade and food is sold by neighborhood residents.

  • Florida recognizes Work Zone Awareness Week

    The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is recognizing April 11-15, 2016, as National Work Zone Awareness Week. In order to raise awareness and educate citizens on work zone safety, FDOT has collaborated with the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSVM) and law enforcement partners. Work zones provide unexpected road conditions, and motorists should use extra caution in these areas.

  • Substitute teacher arrested on sex charge

     By Lou Elliott Jones

    A 29-year-old Levy County substitute teacher has turned herself in Tuesday to the Levy County Sheriff's Office on one charge of sexual battery by a person over 24 years of age on a person between 16 and 17 years old.

  • Dog kennel wins hearing, one more to go


    By Lou Elliott Jones

    Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs kennels’ request for a variance from Levy County’s zoning ordinances was approved on April 6, a win for the non-profit group, but it is not the last hurdle for the operation outside Williston. 

  • Poker run to help mom with cancer battle


    By Ashley Andresen

    The season for poker runs is beginning and a Fanning Springs group has adopted the cause of a local woman who is battling cancer. 

  • Can you handle this? FFA Alumni rodeo returns this weekend


    By Lou Elliott Jones

    It’s time to put a shine on those belt buckles and boots, get the spurs ready and make sure your best jeans and Western shirt are pressed.

  • Healthcare Decision Day on Saturday


    Saturday is National Healthcare Decisions Day.

    If a serious accident or illness should happen, is there someone you trust who can make healthcare decisions for you? What are your wishes? Who should know?