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Today's News

  • Man arrested 72 times

    Thirteen people have been arrested on drug charges in Williston, including one man with 72 arrests on his record and a second man with 31 arrests on his record - including failure to appear in court on four drug charges.

    The arrests by the Levy County Sheriff's Office and the County Drug Task Force this month are for offenses dating as far back as April.

  • Chiefland Police Reports

    Shannon April Brown, 30, 244th Street, Old Town, charged with retail theft less than $300. The incident report says Brown was detained by WalMart security after being observed putting merchandise in her handbag and exiting the store.

  • Sheriff's Reports

    Jason Sandora, 26, Commissory Road, Otter Creek, charged with domestic batter of a person over 65 and battery. The sheriff's report says Sandora, a relative and a third person were drinking at his home when Sandora had a disagreement with the relative and pushed him to the floor. The third person tried to intervene and was punched by Sandora, according to the report. Bond is $7,500.

  • What kind of employee do you want working for you?

    As voters across Levy County mark absentee ballots, drive to Bronson for early voting or prepare to go to the polls Tuesday, one of the biggest questions they should ask is "Who will do the best job for me?"

    Elected officials are often called public servants because their chief role is to serve the people who elect them into office.

    And because your tax dollars pay the salaries of these men and women, you should make your voting decision just as if you were the owner of a business hiring a new employee.

  • See where crime is happening

    Ever wonder what's happening on your street?

    Ever pass a neighbor's house and wonder why the sheriff's cars are in the yard?

    Now you can find out without looking nosy - even though the Levy County Sheriff's Office thinks a little nosiness is a good thing when it comes to deterring crime.

    That's why the Sheriff's Office has partnered with Public Engines, a software development company, to become the second sheriff's office in Florida to post its crime incident information on the Internet.

  • Clean Sweep for Levy Incumbents

    It was a good day for incumbents in Tuesday's primary as three won re-election and others won their party's nomination for the November election.

    Almost one-third of the county's registered voters, 8,216 out of 25,070, cast ballots in the primary. All results in the story are unofficial. While it was a primary to determine the nominees for the November general elections, three races were being decided as the Republican Party did not mount have any candidates to oppose the Democrats.

  • Renovating just got tougher

    If you were planning to convert that carport or garage into a man cave or a mother-in-law suite or a nursery for the new twins, better make sure you have a permit and a plan.

    The Chiefland City Planning Board decided in its regular meeting Thursday night approved changing the method for issuing permits for enclosing carports and garages in R-1 and R-2 zones.

  • TS Fay Update 11 a.m. Saturday

    Emergency Management Director Mark Johnson made the call to close the shelters and drop to activation level 3 — a level that allows emergency workers and volunteers to take a break.

    The shelters were opened Friday evening because of the possibility of flooding during high tide. That did not materialize, said Lt. Evan Sullivan, spokesman for the Levy County Sheriff's Office and Emergency Management.

    Sullivan said there was some water over roads in Yankeetown, but that is normal for the area with these weather conditions.

  • Fay too unpredictable to call

    Tell the kids the bad news now: Levy County schools will be open on Tuesday.

    Ditto Levy County government offices. That means if you are planning to vote early for the Aug. 26 primary you can do so at the Supervisor of Elections office on Court Street in Bronson.

    The Levy County Board of Commissioners will be meeting at 9 a.m. at the County Courthouse on Court Street in Bronson.

    "This storm's really unpredictable," said Lt. Evan Sullivan of the Levy County Sheriff's Department, the spokesman for County Emergency Management,

  • Levy watching Tropical Storm Fay

    While many folks were in church at 11 a.m. Sunday, Levy County government leaders were meeting and participating in a conference all with the National Hurricane Center.

    "There's a lot of uncertainty for the next 12 to 15 hours," said Mark Johnson, director of Levy County Emergency Management.

    "God is the only one who knows what this storm is going to do," said Lt. Evan Sullivan of the Levy County Sheriff's Office. Sullivan also does double duty as the media contact for emergency operations.