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Today's News

  • City park plans shaping up

    It has long been a part of the city's Vision Plan, but somehow a city park on property the city owns across from the Trailhead/Old Depot Park has been a No. 1 goal.

    Until now.

    In a series of meetings held last year as part of the Competitive Partnership with the state Department of Economic Opportunity, city residents said they still wanted a park, a place where they could hold festivals, have a farmers market, and a stage for concerts and other activities. And they said they would like a place for children to enjoy the park.

  • Couple charged with making meth at home with children

    A Chiefland couple was arrested on Wednesday, May 25, after a search of their home on May 19 turned up evidence of methamphetamines being made while children were in the residence, according to a Levy County Sheriff's Office press release.

    Jeffrey and Kelly Koschatzky were not at home when the search warrant, which was issued based on information gathered by sheriff's investigators, was carried out.

    Jeffrey Koschatzky, 37, and Kelly Crews Koschatzky, 38, are charged with manufacturing meth, possession of meth, child neglect and keeping a house for drugs.

  • Drug operation Melting Pot racking up convictions

    The Levy County Sheriff's Office is winning convictions — 58 thus far — for its massive Operation Melting Pot that concluded July 2015 with the arrests of 68 people.

    The operation name was selected by lead Sheriff's Investigator Robert Bowers because of the diversity of drugs purchased through undercover operations during the 11-month investigation.

    While 57 cases have been resolved when the defendants pleaded guilty, ne defendant is in federal custody and another suspect died as a result of an automobile crash prior to his arrest.

  • 'Praise the Lord' George Kerns dead

    George “Praise the Lord” Kearns, nicknamed for his greeting to all, died at home on Tuesday afternoon at about 3:30 p.m., a family member said.

    Lighthouse Word Church on U.S. Highway 27A, south of Chiefland, where he, and his wife, Carol, were senior ministers, was a landmark, even for those who did not go to church. Driving directions often included “when you get to the church with the pond and fountain in front you are just about to Chiefland.”

  • Latest news on missing Steinhatchee boater

    From the Dixie County Sheriff's Office:

  • Messy park users to pay

    The Town of Bronson has been a little concerned over the condition of the public park after private parties are held there. As a result, town officials have approved a resolution to charge a deposit of $50 for use of the park and pavilion area. The deposit will be returned to those using the space if the park is left clean when they are finished.

    "It's not a charge, just a deposit, completely recoverable," Mayor Bruce Greenlee said.

  • Flying high for Memorial Day

    CEDAR KEY

    Ceremonies have moved this year from the Cedar Key Cemetery to City Park on Saturday, May 28, at 1 p.m. Levy County Commissioner Mike Joyner is the speaker at the ceremony. Ivan Chubb, veterans representative and a chaplain at the VA Medical Center in Gainesville, is organizing the event. The honor guard from AMVETS 444 in Williston will participate.

    WILLISTON

  • Williston hospital late on bills

    Williston Regional General Hospital CEO Dr. Devaiah "Dr. P" Pagidipati told Williston City Council members Tuesday that for the last two years he has spent almost $6 million out of his own pocket to cover indigent care.

    The doctor's comment came on the heels of comments by his spokesman, Joey Lander, who first presented the council with checks for back bills for city-owned utility services, and then went on to detail the daunting task the hospital has faced with old debts from previous owners that are compounded by the current management's bills.

  • Fanning Springs hires new city attorney

    Fanning Springs has signed a contract with a new attorney.

    The city has contracted with Dell Graham out of Gainesville with David Delaney and Jamie White representing the company.

    At a previous city council meeting, attorneys interested in the job were invited to speak to the council and the council tentatively decided to go with Dell Graham giving Chairman Paul Chase the authority to negotiate the fees. The outcome was presented to the council at the May 10 meeting for a final decision.

  • Rear-end crash injures 3 from Chiefland

    Three Chiefland residents, including the developers of an RV resort, were injured when one vehicle rear-ended a second vehicle on State Road 26 at Northwest 255 Street in Newberry on Friday at 9 a.m., according to a Florida Highway Patrol report.

    Gerald Martin, 40, sustained serious injuries and was transported to North Florida Regional Medical Center, while developers Lois Livingston, 64, and Thomas Miles, 60, sustained minor injuries.

    Livingston and Miles are developing a 400-slot RV resort off County Road 320 in Chiefland.