Today's News

  • Inmate health insurance cost triples

    Imagine Levy Sheriff Bobby McCallum's surprise last week when he opened the bill for inmate health insurance and saw the premium went from $51,000 last year to $152,000.

    And that payment is due with the start of the new budget year today.

  • Greenlee new Bronson mayor

    Along with the swearing in of recent council members, Bronson has elected a new mayor.

    At a special meeting on Monday evening, Katie Parks Bogart and Jason Hunt were sworn in by Senior Circuit Judge Joe Smith. Following the swearing in, Council Member Bruce Greenlee was nominated and elected as mayor for the Town of Bronson.

  • Crab Fest shooter takes plea deal

    The man who opened fire in the middle of a crowd at the 2013 Crab Fest, killing one person and wounding four others will serve a minimum 20 years in a plea deal sealed in Levy County Circuit Court on Friday.

    All of the sentences on the six charges, rqanging from 10-20 years, are to be served concurrently by Devonte Tremaine Ocasio, 23, of Ocala. He was found guilty on all charges and sentenced by 8th Judicial Circuit Senior Judge Maurice Guinta on Friday morning after several hours of negotiations between his attorneys and the State Attorney's Office.

  • Chiefland wins grant for road

    Chiefland city officials have been notified that their request for a state transportation grant has been approved to fund construction of a connector for Northwest 11th Drive from the Days Inn motel to Northwest 19th Avenue.

    It is just the first of several projects that will change traffic patterns in the area of the Winn Dixie, Walmart, new hospital, Murphy's/Taco Bell intersections.

  • Lane closures starting Monday at Walmart/Winn Dixie traffic light

    Motorists who travel among U.S. 19 in Chiefland where it crosses the entrances to the shopping plaza where Winn Dixie is located and the entrance to the Walmart need to be alert for work being done on the traffic lights at that busy intersection starting Monday. 

    The Florida Department of Transportation will have daytime lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the intersection to install a new traffic signal system.

    Drivers need to be aware of traffic changing lanes and workers at the site. 

  • Fourth person dies in Inglis shooting


    The fourth shooting victim in a Thursday domestic violence incident died Friday night at UF Health Shands Hospital, according to the Levy County Sheriff's Office.


  • Accident victims identified

    A Bronson woman was killed and her teen passenger seriously injured in an one car crash on U.S. Highway 27A on Wednesday, Sept. 30, at 6:43 a.m., according to a Florida Highway Patrol report.

    Jessica R. Perrault, 34, was pronounced dead at the scene, and her passenger, Janessa Taylor, 15, was transported to UF Health Shands Hospital. There was no update as of Thursday moring on the teen's condition, according to a FHP press release.

  • Burglary investigation leads to five arrests, meth lab

    The Levy County Sheriff's deputies who responded to a Chiefland resident's complaint about a burglary at a shed on his property must have thought it was their lucky day as they ended up arresting five people and discovering a methamphetamine lab.

    On Friday, Sept. 11, Chiefland resident said his shed had been broken into within the last 18 hours. Deputies learned guns, ammunition and tools had been taken when the burglars cut locks and forced the door off the tracks to gain entry.

  • BMHS has an eye on sky

    A Levy County school has gotten some new technology to benefit not only students, but the community as well.

    A new WeatherSTEM unit was installed at Bronson Middle High School, the data from which will be incorporated into student lessons and can be viewed online.

    "Weather is a very good tool to start introducing kids of all ages to data," said Edward Mansouri, CEO and founder of Ucompass, the company financing the WeatherSTEM project. Mansouri is also the author of the software used by the Florida Virtual School for the past 13 years.

  • Man's bond on sex charges: $4 million

    A man accused of molesting acquaintances' daughters during visits to his home is facing four charges and a $4 million bond to get out of jail.

    James Lambert, 65, of Fanning Springs, was arrested on Monday, Sept. 21, by Levy County Sheriff's Cpl. Jay Crooms.

    The Sheriff's Office was contacted in August by a parent of the two children who reside outside the county, according to a sheriff's press release.