Local News

  • Get prepared for up to 10 inches of rain in coming week

    By David Peaton

    Levy County Emergency Management
    The National Weather Service is tracking a broad area of low pressure off the west coast of Florida that has the potential to bring as much as 10 inches of rain to the Levy County and surrounding areas over the next few days. 

    Citizens that have drainage issues and are prone to rainfall related flooding should take extra precautions to protect property from potential flooding issues. 

  • CCA's new social norms project No Ones House

    The Community Coalition Alliance (CCA), made up of 23 county-level community coalitions with a substance use prevention focus, approached DeBerry Marketing Services back in January after having seen a video they produced for the Dixie County Anti-Drug Coalition promoting their Friday Night Done Right program.

  • Man accused of holding woman prisoner for 6 days


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    A Bronson man is in Levy County jail under a $3.25 million accused of holding a former girlfriend against her will at his home for six days and battering her physically and sexually.

    Levy County Sheriff’s Office investigators arrested John Clayton Partin IV, 47, on Wednesday,July 20, and charged him with sexual battery, false imprisonment and interference with a law enforcement officer.

  • No, it didn't rain much in June

    LIVE OAK Suwannee River Water Management District's rainfall in June averaged 5.95 inches below the long-term June average monthly rainfall of 6.39 inches a 7 percent shortfall.

    The highest rainfall amounts fell in the southern portion of the district as both Alachua and Levy counties received more than 8 inches of rain. Some areas of Alachua, Dixie and Levy counties saw rainfall totals over 11 inches, generally associated with the passage of Tropical Storm Colin early in June. But mush of that was in neighboring districts.

  • Student volunteers needed for Stuff the Bus

    The Levy County Schools' Foundation needs volunteer students to help with the annual Stuff The Bus Campaign.

    If you have a child who is looking for community service hours and can be at the Chiefland Walmart on Saturday, Aug. 6, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The student doesn’t need to volunteer for the entire time, but please let Matthew Dettloff at matthew.dettloff@levy.k12.fl.us or call 941-812-4661.


  • Williston Council denies package store

    In a unanimous decision Tuesday night, Williston City Council voted to deny a special exception for Yash Patel, who hoped to locate a package store at 131 N. Main St.

    The property is currently home to a church pastored by Gladys Days.

    Council had three choices before it – A) approve the exception B) approve the exception with special conditions or C) deny the exception.

  • City goes with Waste Pro

    After two staff studies and much discussion on Monday, the Chiefland City Commission decided to renew its garbage pickup contract with Waste Pro.

    City manager Mary Ellzey opened the discussion saying whether No. 1 ranked bidder Waste Pro of Fanning Springs or No. 2 WCA of Gainesville got the contract “residential customers will see savings, some commercial will see savings.” The third bidder was Advanced Disposal.

    She also noted that lower prices for garbage hauling also mean the city’s 82 percent franchise fee will bring in less money.

  • County Emergency Management buys WeatherSTEM for schools

    The Levy County Department of Emergency Management in partnership with the WeatherSTEM Company has now made it much easier and more accurate for citizens of Levy County to check their local weather conditions.

  • Property values not rising quickly enough

    Usually when Levy County Property Appraiser Oz Barker says property values ― and hence property taxes ― are rising folks are not happy.

    But public officials are facing a different dilemma. While property values are going up in most of Levy County, they are not rising as fast as the cost of goods and services the county must provide. And there are an increasing number of exemptions that take property off the tax rolls or minimize the taxes they must pay.

  • Change is coming for Williston property owners

    Over the course of the next few months, decisions will be made by city residents that will affect Williston property owners for years to come.

    In its quest to clean up Williston and make it both aesthetically pleasing and structurally safe, the Board of Adjustments and Code Enforcement (BACE) will be making recommen-dations to tighten city codes and stiffen penalties for those owners who fail to comply with the law.