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Today's News

  • Rainy days

    Don't let these daily rain showers fool you. According to data gathered at the Usher Tower in Levy County, the area's a bit below the average rainfall for the year to date.

    However, Robert Garcia, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Tampa, said Usher Tower has been one of the driest locations in the county. As of Monday, July 27, 6.43 inches of rain was reported from that location, with the normal amount being about 8.24 inches for the month of July.

    "We've been in this wet pattern for a few days," Garcia said.

  • Chiefland eyes keeping millage same

    Property owners may be able to breath a sigh of relief as the Chiefland City Commission decided Monday night to tentatively keep the property tax at 6 mills.

    While the 4-1 vote, with Commissioner Teresa Barron dissenting, means that is the highest possible tax the commission can charge, several commissioners said they would like to drop the tax rate adopted three years ago when the city was in dire straits financially. “I'd like to see us come down a tad,” Barron said before the vote.

  • Drug probe snags 65 arrests

    Levy County Sheriff Bobby McCallum has a message for those using and selling drugs: Quit now.

    On Monday, McCallum announced the arrest of 65 people and that his department is seeking two others on various drug charges in Operation Melting Pot.

    There are 74 cases and 135 charges against the 67 individuals named in warrants. A sheriff's office press release said investigators made 72 controlled purchases of illegal drugs from 67 different suspects. It was the largest roundup since one several years ago that netted 40 suspects.

  • EMT earns state license

    Chris Anderson was recognized for completing his EMT training and getting his state license at the Fanning Springs City Council Meeting on July 7.

    The meeting also happened to mark his five year anniversary with the Fanning Springs Fire Department.

  • Paramedics represent Levy

    Levy County Department of Public Safety (LCDPS) Paramedics Stephen Ferguson, Humberto Jimenez and Joe Brooks volunteered to represent Levy County in the Bill Shearer International Advanced Life Support (ALS) Competition at CLINCON 2015 in Orlando on July 9-10.

    This event is a challenge for critical thinking and problem solving in advanced life support skills used in the field. The LCDPS Team represented the North Florida Region well placing 15th overall out of 36 teams.  

  • Bronson man wants to organize Summer Fest for his town

     A young man named Jeremiah Johnson came before the Bronson Town Council on Monday night seeking approval for the use of the park for a free family friendly event he plans to call Summer Fest.

    His goal: to unite the community and have a gathering he hopes will become an annual event.

     “I’d like to see the community get together and have a good time,” Johnson said.

    He said he had a vision of a bounce house and basketball and softball tournaments with family friendly music.

  • Sheriff's Report & Most Wanted for the week of July 23

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

    •July 18, Keny Alfredo Cano, 24, Cross City, operate motor vehicle W/O valid license. Bond $2,500.

    •July 15, Sarah Lynn Copeland, 21, Chiefland, operate motor vehicle W/O valid license. ROR.

    •July 14, Geoffery Edward Farnsworth, 35, Dunnellon, out of county warrant. Bond $2,660.

    •July 17, Terrence Boyd Felder, 44, Williston, grand theft 300 less than $5,000. ROR.

  • Community Based Training offers life skills to students

    By Pam Thompson

    Special to the Citizen

    Great things are happening in Levy County.

    A Community Based Training Program (CBT) has long been a top priority for Dr. Rosalind Hall, Director of ESE and Student Services for Levy County.

    Early in the school year, Bronson Middle High School teacher Kyle Quincey spoke to several local businesses, shared the district’s goal and inquired about having students work there one day each week. This experience would help them learn valuable job skills.

  • Summertime is the time to give blood

    Summer, when school is out and families hit the road for vacations, is a time when donors are in short supply, but the need for blood is as strong as ever. If it’s been a while since you donated, there’s no better time than now.

    In about the time it would take to shop for groceries for a week or knock out a crossword puzzle a blood donor can save a life.

  • Community Calendar for the week of July 23

    Today, July 23

    Yankeetown reading program

    It's Hero Foods Week at the Summer of Superheroes reading program at the A.F. Knotts Public Library in Yankeetown on Thursday, July, 23, at 10:30 a.m. The program is free and a snack is provided through the UF/IFAS Family Nutrition Extension Office.

    Get Healthy Day at the Resource Center

    This is a special day dedicated to addressing all the areas of your life that might need tuning up! Come talk to providers about your physical health, safety, and financial health and receive services for free.