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Today's News

  • Community Calendar for the week of Aug. 11

     Friday-Saturday

  • Naked driver charged with DUI

     A naked, drunk man in a van was arrested last week near Rosewood on State Road 24, according to a Levy County Sheriff's Office report.

  • County backhoe theft solved with 2 arrests

    The case of a Levy County backhoe stolen in broad daylight from along a highway has been solved almost a year after the equipment was recovered with the arrests of two men.

  • Sheriff’s reports & Most Wanted for August 11

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

  • Judge rules against Yankeetown challenge to Tarmac mine

    Yankeetown has lost its challenge of Levy County's approval of the Tarmac King Road mining operation.
    In a 287-word order, 8th Circuit Court Judge Robert E. Rountree Jr. dismissed the petition for a writ of certiorari— a judicial review — of the Levy County Commission's May 3 decision to approve the mine on a 4,750-acre site near Inglis.  The company expects to mine at the rate of 25 acres per year for 110 years.

  • Levy County deputy makes push to World Games

    At 5-foot, 6-inches tall, Levy County Sheriff’s deputy Gerald “Tom” Martin doesn’t intimidate every bad guy he comes in contact with on a daily basis. But if the bad guy pushes things, Martin pushes back with world class force.

  • Features, families first at Bronson Speedway

    Families and features come first at Bronson Speedway, which has fired the engines up after more than a year without racing.

    Most tracks race heats first, but by running features first, new owner Ann Young hopes to keep families on the edge of their seats before bedtime.

  • Hot July for James

    In the past month, Jiwan James' stock has soared as a minor league baseball prospect in the Philadelphia Phillies' organization.

    The Williston native even had the waitress at Appleby's recognize him as "The Jiwan James" on a recent trip to the chain-restaurant in Clearwater, where he's been swinging a smoking-hot bat for the Threshers, an Advanced A team.

    "Her boyfriend was an autograph seeker, though, so that was kinda bad," James said.

  • Spurned Christmas light dealer threatens lawsuit

    A sales display company from Tavares is considering taking legal action against the City of Chiefland for its early termination of a contract for leasing Christmas lights, according to a report from city staff.
    A few months ago, city commissioners voted to purchase Christmas lights to hang on poles lining city streets during the holidays. The city used to rent the lights at about $9,000 a year, but commissioners decided the city could save money in the long run if it purchased its own for a total of about $24,000.

  • County hires first public safety director

    Levy County has hired its first public safety director and he will start work on Aug. 22.
    David L. Knowles, a native of Hawthorne and a captain with the Citrus County Fire Rescue, has accepted the position that carries a $65,000 annual salary.
    The Levy County Commission unanimously approved Knowles' hiring at its Aug. 2 regular meeting.  He was their top choice among six candidates interviewed by the commission in July.