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Today's News

  • Chiefland FFA Alumni chili, cake event Friday, Feb. 13

    The Chiefland FFA Alumni Chapter's Annual Chili Competition and Cake Auction will be at 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 13, at the Agriculture Building on the Chiefland Middle High School campus. 

    The chili contest is open to anyone who can fill out the entry form and get it in to the chapter by Tuesday, Feb. 10. Check-in is at 4:45 p.m. on Feb. 13.

  • Fewer workers = lower unemployment

     CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion reported Friday that the region's jobless rate in December fell to 6.4 percent, down 0.4 percentage point over the month and down 0.6 percent compared to the same time last year.

    There were 12,723 unemployed in the region, 860 fewer than in November and 1,291 less than December 2013.

    Levy County continued to post the lowest unemployment rate in the region at 6 percent, followed by Marion County with 6.4 percent and Citrus County at 6.7 percent. The not-seasonally adjusted rate for Florida and the nation is 5.4 percent.

  • FDOT Road and Lane Closures for January 24-30

    ALACHUA COUNTY

    Archer Road   Daytime lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. just west of Southwest 47th Street for median modifications for Gainesville Council on Aging.

    Daytime eastbound lane closures east of Southwest 37th Boulevard for driveway modifications at Sonny’s BBQ.

    The main driveway at UF Health/Shands (Circle of Hope) is closing Monday for an extended period for construction at the hospital.

  • Qualifying for Bronson council seat starts Jan. 27

    Staff report 

    The Town of Bronson will be holding a special election March 10, in part, to determine who will fill Town Council seat No. 2, which was left vacant by Council Member Berlon Weeks a few months ago. Weeks resigned to pursue other business interests.

    Several local candidates stepped forward to fill the position when, initially, the town council considered appointing someone to the position. It was later decided a candidate should be chosen by voters.

  • Church News for the week of Jan. 22

    Gospel sing

       Full Gospel Outreach Church of Chiefland will have a Saturday Night Gospel Sing Jan. 24, at 7 p.m. with The Reflectsons from Trenton.

    There will be no admission charge, but a love offering will be received.

    Full Gospel Outreach is located three miles north of the Chiefland Walmart on HWY 19.

    For more info you can call 352-493-1175 or 352-221-2003 or visit  www.oldtimechurch.com.

    Florida Boys Choir

  • Potato pancake supper at Peace Lutheran Feb. 17

    Peace Lutheran Church will host its 24th annual Potato Pancake Supper on Shrove Tuesday, Feb. 17. Dinner will be served from 4:30 p.m. until 7 p.m.

    Donations requested will be $6 for adults, $3 for children 5 through 11; there is no charge for children under the age of 5. Tickets will be available at the door . Tickets may also be purchased in advance from members, and at the Peace Lutheran booth at the Dunnellon First Saturday event on Feb. 7.

  • Info leads to Bronson drug bust

    Levy County Sheriff's K-9 Deputy Clint Anderson was on patrol in Bronson when he received information that Jermey Jamal Mayes, 24, was driving while his license was suspended.

    After Anderson confirmed the license had been suspended in November 2014 for failure to pay traffic fines.

    Anderson located Mayes on Court Street in Bronson and conducted a traffic stop on the 1993 Lincoln he was driving. During the stop Mayes confessed to having a firearm in the vehicle.

  • Williston Friends to host firearms training

    The Friends of Williston Trust will host a firearms training courses for seekers of a Concealed Firearms License Feb. 28 from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.

    The course consists of four hours of classroom training and four hours of range experience. Instructors will be law enforcement and/or NRA certified trainers. The cost of the class is $70 per person. Class size will be held to a maximum of 16 students. Two signup sheets will be held at the police department and slots will be held on a first come / first served basis. Payment is required to hold your spot.

  • Driver airlifted to hospital in crash

    At about noon Jan. 4, the Levy County 9-1-1 Communications Center received a call reporting a motor vehicle accident involving a rollover with entrapment of the vehicle’s driver on S.R.121, near County Line Road.

    On scene, rescue personnel found a small car on its roof resting unstable on top of a power pole that was broken in half. Members worked together to quickly stabilize the vehicle and assess all occupants of the vehicle. Air support was requested.

  • Sheriff's Report & Most Wanted for January 22

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

    • Jan. 16, James Devon Baker, 49, Orlando, DWLSR, possession of drug equipment, destroying evidence. Bond $16,000.

    • Jan. 12, Rexford Lee Batten, 30, Inglis, VOP.

    • Jan. 13, Ashley Lynn Bennett, 23, Chiefland, VOP/DWLSR. Bond $10,000.

    • Jan. 13, Lindsey Jay Bruce, 71, Morriston, battery. Bond $100,000.

    • Jan. 16, Stephanie Marie Crosby, 30, Williston, DWLSR. ROR

    • Jan. 14, Marty Days Sr., 51, Williston, parole violation.