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Today's News

  • Cell phone use cited in SR 24 accident

    A driver's cell phone use was cited as the cause of a chain-reaction three vehicle collision at a construction zone on State Road 24 on Wednesday afternoon that left one person injured and blocked traffic for two hours, according to a Florida Highway Patrol press release.

    The accident occurred about 1.2 miles west of the intersection of SR 24 and U.S. Highway 27A where a project to resurface 11 miles of SR 24 begins. 

  • Swearing in

    Newly elected Levy County Commissioners Lilly Rooks of Rosewood and Rock Meeks of Chiefland were sworn in on Tuesday by County Judge James T. “Tim” Browning at the start of the commission's regular meeting.

    Rooks will represent District 4 and Rock Meeks will represent District 2. They won election in the Nov. 4 general election. 

    The commission also extended the term of Chair John Meeks of Bronson through December 2015 and elected Commissioner Mike Joyner of Morriston as vice chair. 

  • $12.1 million in oil spill restoration funds sought for Levy and Dixie

    Staff report
    Levy and Dixie counties are listed among the 10 major watershed projects the state is seeking Gulf Coast restoration funds for, according to officials Thursday.
    The projects, meant to redress environmental and economic harm done during the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill, were selected as the result of numerous stakeholder meetings and more than 1,200 online project submissions to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

  • Duke Energy’s Energy Neighbor Fund helps Florida families

    Duke Energy’s Energy Neighbor Fund is prepared to assist customers in Florida who may struggle to pay their energy bill this winter.

    Continuing a 30-year commitment, the company, its employees, customers and shareholders will provide funds to those in need throughout the year.

  • Resident wants traffic tamed

    Denise Eckman, a resident of Northeast 140 Court, asked the Levy County Commission to lower the speed limit on the road from 35 mph to 25 in hopes the traffic, which she said included beer trucks and logging trucks taking shortcuts and drag racing by other vehicles, would slow down.

    She also presented the commission with a petition which included children's drawings on the traffic situation and asked for greater speed enforcement, speed bumps or rumble strips to slow traffic.

  • Sand mine extension approved

    A special exception permit to allow the expansion of sand pit mining on 295 acres of land that touches on State Road 121 south of Williston was approved unanimously by the Levy County Commission on Tuesday.

    That was despite one complaint from a resident that trucks in the current operation do not stop before entering SR 121 and letters from some residents to the county Planning Commission opposing the project. One opponent said he wants to sell his property.

  • Sexual predators move to Chiefland, Inglis

    The Levy County Sheriff's Office has registered new addresses for two sexual predators — one in Chiefland and the other in Inglis.

    Terry Owens, 32, has registered as living at 12351 N.W. 87th Court in Chiefland. Owens was convicted in 2003 in Alachua County of lewd and lascivious molestation on a child under 12 years old.

  • Driving forward to end hunger

    What do Thanksgiving turkeys and Florida Highway Patrol cars have in common?

    They are both “stuffed” to feed Florida families for the holidays.

    In the case of the cars (known as Chargers), they were stuffed last week as part of the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles’ (DHSMV) inaugural “Stuff the Charger” food drive.

    Each DHSMV location across the state spent the past few weeks collecting non-perishable food items to help feed Florida families during the upcoming holiday season.

  • Sheriff's report

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office reports the following arrests:
    • Nov. 17, Douglas Aldrich, 22, Orlando, VOP.
    • Nov. 22, Amber Lynn Alexander, 26 Williston, DWLSR. ROR.
    • Nov. 18, Juanita Batten, 50. FTA. ROR.
    • Nov. 17, Bobby Joe Blatchford, 29, Morriston, VOP.
    • Nov. 20, Joseph B. Burchett, 53, Palm Bay, out of county warrant. ROR.
    • Nov. 22, Anthony Scott Burnett, 35, Old Town, two out of county warrants. Bond $30,000.
    • Nov. 23, Ira Colon Cribbs, 34, Williston, two counts VOP.

  • FWC bear workshop in Chiefland Dec. 4

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will hold three public workshops in December to discuss management of black bears in the Big Bend area of Florida and how people can get involved in working with the FWC on local bear issues.
    The third and final workshop will be held in Chiefland, Dec. 4, at the Tommy Usher Community Center, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The first two will be held in Homosassa and Dade City.