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Today's News

  • Atheists sue county for denying bench

    A local group of atheists that was twice denied permission to place a bench on the Levy County Courthouse Forum close to a Ten Commandments monument has made good on its vow that the fight was not over.

  • Bronson's Blueberry Bonanza

    Young and old alike came out Saturday to celebrate with the town of Bronson as it paid tribute to the blueberry harvest.

    From a parade down Highway 27 to the town park, festival goers enjoyed a day of celebration. 

  • Iron Butts for Bucks benefits nursing home residents

    A small caravan of motorcycles made its way through the Tri-County area on Friday, handing out checks to area nursing home residents.

    Led by Iron Butts for Bucks coordinator Brad Groom, the group gave out $160 checks to two residents at each of the five nursing homes. The recipients were long- term residents chosen by nursing home staff as being in need of the donation.

    The donation amount may not seem significant to most people, but some of the residents are living on about $35 per month, Groom said.

  • Mike MacKenzie named Firefighter of the Year

    An area firefighter was honored, not only for his duties in the field, but also for his humanitarian efforts in the community.

    Mike MacKenzie, volunteer firefighter for the Fanning Springs Fire Department, was named as this year's Firefighter of the Year for Levy and Gilchrist counties.

    “We're proud of him, not only for his involvement in the community, but he's also been the catalyst for the fire department to be involved in the food pantry and Bread of the Mighty,” Fanning Springs Fire Chief Ron McQueen said.

  • Boaters reminded to be safe during scallop season

     The Coast Guard, along with Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is emphasizing boating safety at the start of this year’s bay scallop season from June 27 - Sept. 24..

    The Coast Guard is expecting to see an increase in the amount of boaters on the water for this year’s season and strongly encourage boaters to put safety at the forefront for this bay scallop season.

  • Heroic efforts of Basham and Sullivan honored

    Twenty police officers, firefighters, EMS professionals and other first responders were recognized for their meritorious service or heroic efforts recently. Levy County Department of Public Safety Paramedic Cody Basham and Levy County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Brandin Sullivan were two of the 20 individuals recognized.

    The Second Annual 97.3 The Sky First Responder Valor Awards were held June 18. 97.3 The Sky recognizes outstanding First Responders in local communities for heroic acts performed during the daily duties of their profession.

  • Chiefland woman charged with child abuse; sexual battery

    After several weeks of investigation, Dixie County sheriff’s investigators arrested a 44-year-old Chiefland resident in connection with a child abuse investigation that began in April of this year.

    According to the complaint, Lisa M. Strat was an acquaintance of the family whose minor children were the alleged victims. During the course of the investigation, interviews along with medical exams were conducted and enough information was learned to obtain a warrant.

  • Great prizes for 'Battle of the Sexes' blood drive

    LifeSouth Community Blood Centers will be hosting its 5th Annual Battle of the Sexes blood drive competition June 22-26, and the ladies in North Florida will be trying to keep their record perfect.

    “This marks our fifth year, and the ladies have won every year,” said LifeSouth North Florida District Director Dustin Scott. “The whole idea is to beat the heat and add a little fun to the challenge of avoiding a summer blood shortage.”

  • State AG joins largest Medicare bust in South Florida

    Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi joined federal authorities including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Office of Personnel Management and the Food and Drug Administration to announce the charges of 73 South Florida residents for their alleged participation in various schemes to defraud Medicare and Medicaid out of more than $262 million.

  • Are you raising mosquitoes in your yard?

    Check around your yard and home for places where water collects, such as water-holding containers, house A.C. drains, and ornamental ponds – you may be raising mosquitoes! But there are positive steps homeowners can take to reduce this menace.

    Some of these include getting rid of old tires, tin cans, bottles, jars, buckets, drums and other containers or keep them emptied. Empty your small toddler-size wading pool weekly and store it indoors when not in use. Make sure your backyard swimming pool is properly cared for while on vacation.