Local News

  • Local talent trying out for The Voice

    The community is rallying support for a local man who is trying to take his talent to the next level.

    Matthew Lunsford is planning to audition for the popular reality talent competition The Voice on Jan. 23 in Memphis, Tenn.

    "It's a mix of excitement and being terrified," he said.

    Lunsford started singing as early as he could remember. His father was a choir director when he was born and as it was told to him, his father would harmonize with his baby sounds to train his ear. Lunsford said he is blessed to have a musical family.

  • Chiefland Commission meeting agendas for Monday, Jan. 11

    The Chiefland City Commissin will meet at 6 p.m. in the meeting room at City Hall, 214 E. Park Ave., Chiefland.

    The commission will hold a regular meeting and a planning board meeting. 

    The public is encouraved to attent and participate in the meeting. 

    Click ont he link to see the agendas. 

  • Company honors volunteer firefighter with plaque, dinner

        Volunteer Firefighter Kevin W. Davis was speechless on Monday evening after being presented with a plaque denoting him as the Firefighter of the Year for the Chiefland Fire Rescue by Restoration Specialists. Ben Torricelli, corporate business development manager, traveled from Sumter County for the presentation and to treat the city fire department and city and county officials with a meal.

  • Gun Classes


     The Friends of Williston Trust is offering a firearms training course for individuals applying for a Concealed Firearms License.

    The class is on Jan. 16, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The course consists of four hours of classroom training and four hours of range experience. Instructors will be law enforcement and/or NRA certified trainers. The cost of the class is $75 per person. Class size will be held to a maximum of 16 students.

  • It’s past time to start “dipping” your chip

    By Blake Dowling:

    Have you received your new credit card in the mail with a microchip in it?

    Does it allow the credit card company to know everything about you day or night?


    But in the short term it’s an added layer of security attempting to slow down the roaring rapids of credit card fraud and data breaches. The deployment of this type of credit card is much-needed in the United States, because such fraud has doubled in the past seven years.

  • Steinhatchee River stakeholder meeting Feb. 2

    The Suwannee River Water Management District (District) encourages residents, businesses and recreational users of the Steinhatchee River to participate in a public meeting.

    The purpose of the meeting is to give an overview of the minimum flows and levels (MFLs) development process for the Steinhatchee River and obtain public input.

    The meeting will be on Tuesday, Feb. 2, at 7 p.m. at the Steinhatchee Community Center: 1013 Riverside Drive, Steinhatchee. 

  • Log Cabin Quilters

    By Myrtice Scabarozi


  • Citrus hospice recognizes outstanding workers

    CITRUS SPRINGS — Regina Genzel, Monica Johnson-Hawkins, Juan Sanchez and Heidi McDowell were honored as Employees of the Quarter for 2015 at the Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast Annual Holiday Staff Breakfast Meeting in Citrus Springs. Chosen based on nominations submitted by their coworkers, they were recognized for their dedication to service, compassion, excellence and attitude.

  • Sheriff seeks sex offender’s victims

    Donald Keith McLaughlin who was sentenced to 18 years in prison followed by a 15 year sex offender probation, on Nov. 4 only pleaded guilty to one charge of engaging in sexual activity with a child.

    But based on notebooks he kept, and recordings he made, The Levy County Sheriff’s Office knows that there are other victims of McLaughlin possibly living in the area and they would like them to come forward.

  • Lawrence to seek superintendent post

    I am Jerry Lawrence, and I am seeking to serve the citizens of Levy County as your next Superintendent of Schools. I am excited about what we will be able to do together. I have a vision for education that honors our past successes and provides our children with the education that will best prepare them to face their future, and I bring to the table the qualifications of excellence that have to be in place in order for us to deliver the quality education that our community expects and that our children deserve.