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Today's News

  • Drug probe snags 65 arrests

    Levy County Sheriff Bobby McCallum has a message for those using and selling drugs: Quit now.

    On Monday, McCallum announced the arrest of 65 people and that his department is seeking two others on various drug charges in Operation Melting Pot.

    There are 74 cases and 135 charges against the 67 individuals named in warrants. A sheriff's office press release said investigators made 72 controlled purchases of illegal drugs from 67 different suspects. It was the largest roundup since one several years ago that netted 40 suspects.

  • Superhero smiles

    One little man stole the show at a special fundraiser this past Saturday.

    Young Paxton was the inspiration for a Dancing for Down Syndrome Zumba event hosted by Chiefland Health and Fitness Manager Carla Russ, which just happened to fall on National Dance Day. They had to have a party anyway, Russ said.

    "That's my way of helping is dancing; that's what I can give," Russ said.

    Russ said her son races go-carts in Jasper and one of the racing families also has a youngster with Down Syndrome.

  • Magical Summer

    The Levy County Public Library System’s summer reading program is still going strong every Friday at 10:30 a.m.

    Jenny Rodgers, youth program coordinator, and an assistant presented kids at the Luther Callaway Public Library in Chiefland with a magic show.

  • Night of prayer July 30

    The First Baptist Church of Bronson is hosting a Night of Prayer for Levy County on Thursday, July 30, at 7 p.m. at the church on South Court Street in Bronson.

    FBC pastor, Brother Jeff Buchanan, came up with the idea of the prayer meeting, said church Secretary Gwen Hardison. “He just felt that we needed to show support for our school board and county commissioners and just have a night of prayer for them for their struggles they are about to have with the atheists.”

  • Chiefland eyes keeping millage same

    Property owners may be able to breath a sigh of relief as the Chiefland City Commission decided Monday night to tentatively keep the property tax at 6 mills.

    While the 4-1 vote, with Commissioner Teresa Barron dissenting, means that is the highest possible tax the commission can charge, several commissioners said they would like to drop the tax rate adopted three years ago when the city was in dire straits financially. “I'd like to see us come down a tad,” Barron said before the vote.

  • Rainy days

    Don't let these daily rain showers fool you. According to data gathered at the Usher Tower in Levy County, the area's a bit below the average rainfall for the year to date.

    However, Robert Garcia, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Tampa, said Usher Tower has been one of the driest locations in the county. As of Monday, July 27, 6.43 inches of rain was reported from that location, with the normal amount being about 8.24 inches for the month of July.

    "We've been in this wet pattern for a few days," Garcia said.

  • City to accept online payments

    For those who enjoy the luxury of online electronic payment of bills, there is something to cheer about as the City of Chiefland will begin accepting online payments for water bills starting Sept. 1.

       “We are going to be able to accept credit cards from our customers, debit cards,” said City Manager Mary Ellzey at Monday nights city commission meeting.

    She said the company that will be processing payments will set customers up with a web portal on the city's web page. Customers will be able to view their bill and pay the bill online.

  • Fanning to adopt water conservation ordinance

    Fanning Springs council members said they were feeling a bit like the Suwannee River Water Management District had them over a barrel.

    At the July 7 meeting, council discussed a water shortage ordinance required of them by SRWMD.

    At the meeting, it was said SRWMD is holding the carrot, grant funding for sewer expansion.

    SRWMD claims there will be no more well permits if we don't do this, Superintendent of Operations Doyle Frierson said. "They're holding both cards."

  • AMVETS collect supplies for students

    It's that time of year for the AMVETS Post 422 Annual School Supply Drive. We first donate these supplies to children related to our Post members and those children we have assisted throughout the year then donate to Old Town Elementary School.

    If you can make a donation towards the purchase of these supplies or can bring in any type of school supplies, it is greatly needed and appreciated.  A donation box and envelopes for donations of money are located in the Canteen. 

  • Back-to-School

    It's almost time to return to school as stores stock up on supplies, schools release lists of what's needed and supply drives and giveaways to get children ready for the classroom.

    The state's sales tax free holiday runs from Aug. 7-16. There will be no sales tax on clothing items up to $100 value, school supplies up to $15 in value and computers up to $750 in value.