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Today's News

  • Seasonal manatee speed zones in effect statewide

    Now that weather and waters are warming, manatees are disbursing into their popular feeding and loafing areas. To ensure manatee safety, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) law enforcement officers, along with federal and local law enforcement partners, will be increasing patrols in these areas.

    This effort coincides with seasonal manatee zones that went into effect April 1 and run through Nov. 15. The speed zones are intended to protect the state’s official marine mammal from collisions with boats.

  • FWC lifts restrictions on Suwannee River’s Zone 3

    When Suwannee River floodwaters at Branford fell below 24 feet, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) deactivated boating restrictions in Zone 3.

    Zone 3 runs from Little River Spring to the County Road 340 Bridge at Rock Bluff. This 23-mile segment is an idle-speed, no-wake zone as long as the Suwannee River is at 24 feet or more on the Branford gauge.

    The FWC had activated restrictions in this zone March 25.

  • Mosquitoes populations expected to be heavy

    Mosquitoes are expected to be bad this season, and county officials are urging residents to take precautions.
    "I think it's gonna' be a monster," said Levy County Director of Parks and Recreation and mosquito control Matt Weldon about the swarms of biting insects he predicts will be an issue during coming months.
    Florida, with about 80 known species inhabiting the state, is no stranger to the mosquito, but recent rains and rising temperatures guarantee the problematic pests will be out in droves.

  • Locals upset over Valdosta spills

    Concerned citizens in the Tri-County Area are asking for a boycott of Valdosta, Ga., following a recent sewage spill that is just one of many since 2009.
    "They should have fixed it the first time, and if not the first time, then the second time," said Levy County resident Natasha Allen Monday in a phone interview. "I want them to feel it in their pocket book," she said, adding that she hopes people traveling through Valdosta will avoid stopping there for gas or food.

  • Training continues for Levy emergency responders

    The Levy County Department of Public Safety hosted a 40-hour Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) class on basic EMS skills for first responders to provide medical care. Some of the skills students studied were controlling bleeding, taking vitals and back boarding. The class is made up of volunteers from Bronson Fire, Chiefland Fire, Inglis Fire and LCDPS.

    PHOTO: EMT Larry Neal, Support Responder Robert Krumm, Support Responder Alan Nyhart

  • LCDPS promotes Prom Promise at CMHS

    On March 20, Chiefland Middle High School Students attended Prom Promise, an annual event held at the local high schools during the week of prom where students are asked to pledge not to use alcohol or drugs. 

  • Public Safety visits youth ranch

     The Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranch, Caruth Camp located just north of Inglis, expects its camping facility to be full of young campers throughout the summer. The Caruth Summer Camp provides a wholesome atmosphere and positive camping experience for boys and girls ages 10-15.

    In an effort to prepare for emergency issues that may arise over the summer, several members of the Levy County Department of Public Safety visited the Ranch. 

  • Sheriff's Report for April 3

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

  • CHS’ top 10 grads

    The Top 10 graduates for the Chiefland Middle High School Class of 2014 are:

    front row, from left: Kelsi Alexander, Danielle Lourcey, Savannah Mills, Sarah Edison, Caitlyn Fuller; 

    back row, from left: Dale Buchanan, Erin "Liza" Renaud, Emily Smith, Dustin Crews and Grayson Gerhard.

  • Safety director gives update at Rotary

    Emergency service operations are gradually being streamlined in Levy County, according to some officials.