Today's News

  • CFEC membership meeting Saturday

    Central Florida Electric Cooperative’s 76th Annual Member Meeting will have Early Bird Drawings, free door prizes and soft drinks. Entertainment by the “Mended Heart Quartet” will highlight the event.

    The meeting will be held at the Cooperative’s Operation Center located at 11497 N.W. 50th Ave, in Chiefland. Please follow the signs.

  • BMHS has an eye on sky

    A Levy County school has gotten some new technology to benefit not only students, but the community as well.

    A new WeatherSTEM unit was installed at Bronson Middle High School, the data from which will be incorporated into student lessons and can be viewed online.

    "Weather is a very good tool to start introducing kids of all ages to data," said Edward Mansouri, CEO and founder of Ucompass, the company financing the WeatherSTEM project. Mansouri is also the author of the software used by the Florida Virtual School for the past 13 years.

  • Greenlee new Bronson mayor

    Along with the swearing in of recent council members, Bronson has elected a new mayor.

    At a special meeting on Monday evening, Katie Parks Bogart and Jason Hunt were sworn in by Senior Circuit Judge Joe Smith. Following the swearing in, Council Member Bruce Greenlee was nominated and elected as mayor for the Town of Bronson.

  • Inmate health insurance cost triples

    Imagine Levy Sheriff Bobby McCallum's surprise last week when he opened the bill for inmate health insurance and saw the premium went from $51,000 last year to $152,000.

    And that payment is due with the start of the new budget year today.

  • Accident victims identified

    A Bronson woman was killed and her teen passenger seriously injured in an one car crash on U.S. Highway 27A on Wednesday, Sept. 30, at 6:43 a.m., according to a Florida Highway Patrol report.

    Jessica R. Perrault, 34, was pronounced dead at the scene, and her passenger, Janessa Taylor, 15, was transported to UF Health Shands Hospital. There was no update as of Thursday moring on the teen's condition, according to a FHP press release.

  • Crab Fest shooter takes plea deal

    The man who opened fire in the middle of a crowd at the 2013 Crab Fest, killing one person and wounding four others will serve a minimum 20 years in a plea deal sealed in Levy County Circuit Court on Friday.

    All of the sentences on the six charges, rqanging from 10-20 years, are to be served concurrently by Devonte Tremaine Ocasio, 23, of Ocala. He was found guilty on all charges and sentenced by 8th Judicial Circuit Senior Judge Maurice Guinta on Friday morning after several hours of negotiations between his attorneys and the State Attorney's Office.

  • Duo faces underage alcohol sales charge

    A citizen's tip that minors were able to buy alcoholic beverages sparked an investigation that has resulted in two arrests of convenience store clerks.

    The tip to the Levy County Sheriff's Office came from a parent who said they recently discovered their underage child was purchasing beer from a local convenience store.

    The Sheriff's Office contacted the State Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco (ABT) which regulates sales of alcoholic beverages and tobacco products.

  • Man's bond on sex charges: $4 million

    A man accused of molesting acquaintances' daughters during visits to his home is facing four charges and a $4 million bond to get out of jail.

    James Lambert, 65, of Fanning Springs, was arrested on Monday, Sept. 21, by Levy County Sheriff's Cpl. Jay Crooms.

    The Sheriff's Office was contacted in August by a parent of the two children who reside outside the county, according to a sheriff's press release.

  • Suspected meth dealer arrested

    A man walking along Southeast 144th Place near Inglis on Thursday, Sept. 17 about 2:30 a.m. got a ride to a place with beds and food, but it was not his expected destination as sheriff's deputies arrested him and transported him to the Levy County jail on drug charges.

    Patrick A. Lookingbill, 28, appeared to be intoxicated and Levy County Drug Task Force deputies stopped to check on his welfare.  They conducted a pat-down search of Lookingbill for weapons and recovered a folding knife. 

  • Traffic stop nets drug arrest

    Deputies from the Levy County Drug Task Force conducted a traffic stop on a 2005 model Ford dually truck for erratic driving after it had been spotted earlier at an inactive clandestine methamphetamine lab site.

    Deputies noticed the vehicle's driver Reinhard Bailey, 60, of Dunnellon had lye and two containers of Coleman camp fuel in plain view in the vehicle. Both substances are used in the process of illegally manufacturing methamphetamine.