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Today's News

  • Business tax exemption referendum will be on ballot

    By David Pieklik

    Successful economic development takes a variety of factors to come together for a business to decide to locate to or expand in one county over another. Building availability and affordability, having the properly trained workers and a convenient location are all decisive during the site selection process.

    For a community engaged in discussions with a prospective or existing business – whether in a rural or urban setting -- the primary objective remains the same: staying competitive with “the other guy.”

  • Levy DPS organizes regional training

    Thirty-two local and regional firefighters and emergency personnel took part in extrication training sponsored by the Florida Fire Chief’s Association Oct. 11 and 12.

    Levy County Department of Public Safety Director David Knowles got FFCA involved after a request for such services at a recent fire administration meeting. The class was free of charge, thanks to FFCA, as well as several other businesses in the area that supplied lunch and tools.

  • Sheriff's Report & Most Wanted for October 23

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office reports the following arrests:

    • Oct. 13, Tonya Michelle Andrews, 40, St. Cloud, petit theft, retail theft.

    • Oct. 23, Tamara Askew Brown, 52, Old Town, petit theft, VOP, dealing in stolen property.

    • Oct. 13, Paula Alejandra Clairmont, 35, Chiefland, battery. ROR.

    • Oct. 19, Michael Defilippo, 38, Williston, domestic battery,

    • Oct. 15, Karen Edwards, 42, Chiefland, DWLSR, possession of marijuana, possession of drug equipment. Bond $12,000.

  • Levy Classic Cup Stays

    “Don’t blink.” This was the motto reiterated Friday from Chiefland coach Aaron Richardson all night. The Indians didn’t bat an eye, as they went on to take care of county rival Williston 34-24 and retain the Levy Cup for another year.

  • Water district profiling Manatee Springs

    Manatee Springs is being highlighted in a new feature on a state website.
    The Suwannee Rive Water Management District created the feature, the Manatee Springs Dashboard, several months ago as an experimental means of getting feedback from people on the spring and the issues surrounding its health.
    "For a variety of reasons, it's an important spring," said SRWMD Director of Water Resources Erich Marzolf, adding that the district has included the feature based on what some of the state's other water management districts are now doing.

  • Trick or treating schedule

    Chiefland

    • Trick or treat in the city is Saturday, Oct. 25, from  6 to 9 p.m.

    • The Chiefland Area Athletic Association needs your help.

    The organization is getting ready to host its 20th annual Halloween Carnival Oct. 25, from 5:30 to 9 p.m., at Strickland Park.

    The City of Chiefland, the police department and C.A.A.A. work together on this to give the public a safe and secure means of celebrating Halloween, but the event is in need of funds, door prize donations and volunteers willing to run booths.

  • Much ado about road resurfacing

    Never let it be said that Levy County won't look a gift horse in the mouth.

    D.A.B. Constructors Inc., owner Bill Bachschmidt, asked to change the way his company would repave and widen County Road 40 in a way that would take care of a problem with cracks in the road, would cost $6,000 less than his low bid of $1,232,222.22 and would mean the county would get surplus material valued at $175,000.

  • Hotel deal may cost Fanning

    Fanning Springs could be on the hook for $200,000 owed to Mittauer and Associates Engineering for services rendered on the Holiday Inn Express and Dairy Queen development project if things don’t work out.

    Fred Fox of Fred Fox Enterprises said that the city would have that liability to Mittauer for their services up to the point of putting out for bids at an Oct. 15 emergency Fanning Springs city council meeting.

  • Group home for sex offenders, predators causing concern

    A home in East Williston that houses sex offenders and sex predators is causing concern in the community, and Levy County Sheriff Bobby McCallum asked the Levy County Commission to consider legal actions that can be taken to limit such residences. 

  • Man arrested on burglary charges

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office has arrested David Michael Smith, 26, on burglary, grand theft and dealing in stolen property charges in connection with a break-in at a residence in Bronson on Oct. 3 and are investigating him in connection with eight other residential burglaries he admitted, according to a sheriff's office press release.

    The victim reported that an unknown suspect had removed copper wire from the walls and appliances at his home.