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Today's News

  • Driving forward to end hunger

    What do Thanksgiving turkeys and Florida Highway Patrol cars have in common?

    They are both “stuffed” to feed Florida families for the holidays.

    In the case of the cars (known as Chargers), they were stuffed last week as part of the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles’ (DHSMV) inaugural “Stuff the Charger” food drive.

    Each DHSMV location across the state spent the past few weeks collecting non-perishable food items to help feed Florida families during the upcoming holiday season.

  • Court Dispositions published November 20

    • Steven Antoine Paulk, VOP on aggravated stalking after injunction for protection, probation reinstated, 45 days with credit for 30 days served. Must pay probation, VOP costs, civil judgment, jail fund. 

    • Crystal Merline Porter, VOP on fraud by uttering, larceny between $300-$5,000, probation reinstated, 14 days with credit for 14 days served. Must pay VOP cost, probation cost, civil judgment, jail fund. 

  • Sexual predators move to Chiefland, Inglis

    The Levy County Sheriff's Office has registered new addresses for two sexual predators — one in Chiefland and the other in Inglis.

    Terry Owens, 32, has registered as living at 12351 N.W. 87th Court in Chiefland. Owens was convicted in 2003 in Alachua County of lewd and lascivious molestation on a child under 12 years old.

  • Ticket adds to golf cart driver's injury

    An Archer woman was seriously injured and taken to the hospital when she crashed her golf cart at about 4 p.m., Saturday, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

    Debra Ann Hill, 51, of Archer, who has an invalid driver's license and was ticketed for her driving, was attempting to turn the golf cart onto Northeast 120th Street from Northeast 105th Ave. when she hit the dirt embankment on the north shoulder. The cart overturned and came to a rest on its side.

    Hill had a 3-year-old passenger with her, Braden Duthill, though the boy was not injured.

  • Sheriff's Report & Most Wanted for November 20

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

    • Nov. 12, Edwin Alexander Aguilar-Siciliano, 29, Chiefland, no DL. ROR

    • Nov. 15, Shannon Brown, 36, Old Town, trespassing, retail theft. Bond $4,000.

    • Nov. 13, Kenneth John Bullard, 34, Jasper, VOP.

    • Nov. 10, Timothy Lee Dallas, 27, Gainesville, four out of county warrants. Bond $85,000.

    • Nov. 13, Kurtis Lorenzo Daniels, 29, Bronson, battery. Bond $15,000.

  • Swearing in

    Newly elected Levy County Commissioners Lilly Rooks of Rosewood and Rock Meeks of Chiefland were sworn in on Tuesday by County Judge James T. “Tim” Browning at the start of the commission's regular meeting.

    Rooks will represent District 4 and Rock Meeks will represent District 2. They won election in the Nov. 4 general election. 

    The commission also extended the term of Chair John Meeks of Bronson through December 2015 and elected Commissioner Mike Joyner of Morriston as vice chair. 

  • Sand mine extension approved

    A special exception permit to allow the expansion of sand pit mining on 295 acres of land that touches on State Road 121 south of Williston was approved unanimously by the Levy County Commission on Tuesday.

    That was despite one complaint from a resident that trucks in the current operation do not stop before entering SR 121 and letters from some residents to the county Planning Commission opposing the project. One opponent said he wants to sell his property.

  • Resident wants traffic tamed

    Denise Eckman, a resident of Northeast 140 Court, asked the Levy County Commission to lower the speed limit on the road from 35 mph to 25 in hopes the traffic, which she said included beer trucks and logging trucks taking shortcuts and drag racing by other vehicles, would slow down.

    She also presented the commission with a petition which included children's drawings on the traffic situation and asked for greater speed enforcement, speed bumps or rumble strips to slow traffic.

  • Seasonal return

    Visitors at Manatee Springs State Park Saturday, Nov. 15,  spy on the park's namesake, returning to the area to take advantage of the spring's relatively warm water.

    The manatee migration began earlier in the fall, perhaps, a sign the mammels knew the weather was turning colder.

    Boaters are being warned to be on the lookout for the slow moving animals on the Suwannee River.  

  • Levy's roads, bridges getting attention

    • Cell phone use cited in accident by road construction, click here

    When Levy County Commissioner Lilly Rooks, of Rosewood, was last in office, the Florida Department of Transportation District 2 Office folks were explaining how signed contracts to rebuild three crucial bridges in Cedar Key did not mean they would be rebuilt.