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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Superhero smiles

    One little man stole the show at a special fundraiser this past Saturday.

    Young Paxton was the inspiration for a Dancing for Down Syndrome Zumba event hosted by Chiefland Health and Fitness Manager Carla Russ, which just happened to fall on National Dance Day. They had to have a party anyway, Russ said.

    "That's my way of helping is dancing; that's what I can give," Russ said.

    Russ said her son races go-carts in Jasper and one of the racing families also has a youngster with Down Syndrome.

  • Magical Summer

    The Levy County Public Library System’s summer reading program is still going strong every Friday at 10:30 a.m.

    Jenny Rodgers, youth program coordinator, and an assistant presented kids at the Luther Callaway Public Library in Chiefland with a magic show.

  • Night of prayer July 30

    The First Baptist Church of Bronson is hosting a Night of Prayer for Levy County on Thursday, July 30, at 7 p.m. at the church on South Court Street in Bronson.

    FBC pastor, Brother Jeff Buchanan, came up with the idea of the prayer meeting, said church Secretary Gwen Hardison. “He just felt that we needed to show support for our school board and county commissioners and just have a night of prayer for them for their struggles they are about to have with the atheists.”

  • Bronson proposes tax increase

    The Bronson town council has proposed a significantly higher millage rate for the coming fiscal year.

    Deputy Clerk Susie Robinson presented the council with the three rates provided to her.

     “We can set it at the highest and can change it later, but if we set it lower, we can’t go higher,” Council Member Beatrice Roberts said and the other council members concurred.

  • Officials mum on ongoing operation after suspect apprehended

    By Jeff Bryan

    Riverland News

    A three-hour standoff ended peacefully after the Marion County Sheriff's Office SWAT Unit was called onto scene, according to a spokesman with the U.S. Marshal's Office.

  • Taxpayers save big on tax roll

    Taxpayers reaped big savings from the Levy County Commission’s decision to bid out publication of the delinquent property and intangibles tax rolls this year.

    The last time the list was published, in 2014, it cost $60,000 because the contract was based on a per line charge of $1.65. There was no statutory requirement to charge that price, it had always been charged to property owners paying delinquent taxes and buyers of tax certificates.

  • Bronson offers clerk job

    There were five final applicants for the position of Bronson Town Clerk, and Monday night town council members narrowed it down to their top pick. However, the decision did not come without some controversy.

    Deputy Clerk Susie Robinson excused herself from the room during the selection process because she is related to one of the applicants by marriage.

  • Fanning backs SWAT

    Representatives from Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT) attended the July 7 Fanning Springs city council meeting where a resolution passed asking retailers to discontinue the sale of flavored tobaccos.

    From left, Council Member Ron Queen, Chairman Paul Chase, SWAT member and Trenton High School Student Joshua Akin, Council Member Jane Nogaki, SWAT Coordinator Lorrie Akin and Mayor Trip Lancaster.

  • Fanning Chamber votes in new officers and directors

    The Fanning Springs Chamber of Commerce is up and running with the voting in of new officers and board members.

       The meeting took place last Thursday, with the next one to be held on Aug. 6 at 5:30 at the Lighthouse Restaurant in Fanning Springs. They will be voting on bylaws at this meeting.