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Today's News

  • County Emergency Management buys WeatherSTEM for schools

    The Levy County Department of Emergency Management in partnership with the WeatherSTEM Company has now made it much easier and more accurate for citizens of Levy County to check their local weather conditions.

  • Thief takes Vietnam vet's wheelchairs

    Richard Howell served his country and for his service in Vietnam he was left disabled, using a wheel chair and still carries bullets in his back.

    The former Navy gunner's mate on a swift boat is not bitter about that, but he is bitter that some thief or thieves have stolen two conventional wheelchairs from his carport while he was out using a third electric wheelchair.

    He said the theft was deliberate because the person had to come inside the fence on his property to gain access to the wheel chairs ― one of which reclines.

  • Harrell accepts public safety director job

    UPDATE:

    James Mitchell "Mitch" Harrell, emergency operations chief at the Gilchrist County Department of Public Safety, will become director of the Levy County Department of Public Safety on Sept. 1, according to Assistant County Coordinator Wilbur Dean.

    Dean said Harrell accepted the county's offer of $79,000 to start in the position with an increase to $85,000 after six months on Friday.

  • City goes with Waste Pro

    After two staff studies and much discussion on Monday, the Chiefland City Commission decided to renew its garbage pickup contract with Waste Pro.

    City manager Mary Ellzey opened the discussion saying whether No. 1 ranked bidder Waste Pro of Fanning Springs or No. 2 WCA of Gainesville got the contract “residential customers will see savings, some commercial will see savings.” The third bidder was Advanced Disposal.

    She also noted that lower prices for garbage hauling also mean the city’s 82 percent franchise fee will bring in less money.

  • Branford woman dies on US 19

     

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    A Branford woman died on Thursday, July 28, at 12:25 when her vehicle went off U.S. Highway 19 at State Road 24 in Otter Creek and overturned ejecting her, according to the Florida Highway Patrol report.

  • Candidates pack'em in at forum

    The first of four candidate forums began with a resounding message from Tammy Jones, Supervisor of Elections. Aug. 30 is THE election.

    Because only Republican candidates are vying for county races, winners will be decided when Levy County voters head to the polls in a month.

    That means when registered Democrats get their ballots in August, there will be Republican candidates on it, Jones said, despite the fact this is a primary election.

  • Public gets their questions answered by hopefuls

    Saturday's candidate forum, sponsored by Williston AARP Chapter 912 and Citizens for an Engaged Electorate, drew several questions and raised many more that were left unanswered due to time constraints.

    What follows are the paraphrased questions and answers.

    Superintendent of Schools

    Q: What changes to standards, curriculum and testing do you support?

    Jerry Lawrence: There's too much teaching to test, he said, and it takes away from what students need to learn. He supports working toward the elimination of so much testing.

  • Tax holiday starts Aug.5

    Florida’s three-day back-to-school sales tax holiday will run from Aug. 5 through Aug. 7. The holiday begins Friday, Aug. 5, at 12:01 a.m.

    During the holiday period, no sales or local option tax will be collected on purchases of “clothing, footwear, and certain accessories selling for $60 or less per item.” Additionally, applicable school supplies that costs $15 or less per item will also be exempt from sales taxes.

    Visit www.myflorida.com/dor for more information on eligible items.

  • Williston man arrested on sex charges

    A Williston man has been arrested on multiple charges of having sex with an underage girl and is being investigated for similar activity with a second underage girl, according to the Levy County Sheriff's Office.

    Dillon Arnold Bird, 24, of Williston was arrested after Sheriff's Sgt. Mike Narayan and Investigator Mike Wilkinson met with the parent of a 17-year-old-female. The parent reported discovering evidence that the daughter had been involved in a sexual relationship with Bird. 

  • Back-to-school sales tax holiday

    Florida’s three-day back-to-school sales tax holiday will run from Aug. 5 through Aug. 7. The holiday begins Friday, Aug. 5, at 12:01 a.m.

    During the holiday period, no sales or local option tax will be collected on purchases of “clothing, footwear, and certain accessories selling for $60 or less per item.” Additionally, applicable school supplies that costs $15 or less per item will also be exempt from sales taxes.

    Visit www.myflorida.com/dor for more information on eligible items.