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Today's News

  • Early voting ends Saturday

    It's time to vote folks.

    The primary election is Tuesday, Aug. 26, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., but voting has been underway for quite a while.

    Already 1,663 Levy County absentee ballots had been received by the Supervisor of Elections Office as of Tuesday afternoon and 492 people took advantage of early voting by Friday morning. Early voting started Aug. 11 and continues daily through Saturday, Aug. 23, between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. at the Supervisor of Elections Office at 421 S. Court St. in Bronson, next to the county courthouse.

  • Two arrested in cooking meth in Chiefland motel

    A man and woman staying at the Manatee Springs Motel were arrested by Chiefland police Wednesday when, according to police, the two were found to be making methamphetamine.
    "I got two anonymous calls," a manager at the hotel said Friday. The first call was unintelligible, she said. "I says, 'When you calm down, call me back.'"
    Then the woman called back and said, "What I'm trying to tell you is they're making dope!"
    "I said, 'Oh, really? I guess we have to have that checked in to.' "

  • County commission to Chiefland: Election not driving ALS decision

    The Levy County Commission — especially Commissioners John Meeks, Ryan Bell and Chad Johnson — have a message for Chiefland about ALS non-transport: Next week's election is not driving the decision to implement it.

    In fact, while attacking press reports that indicate otherwise, the commissioners want residents to know they are moving ahead with implementing the Advanced Life Support non-transport (ALS) not just for Chiefland, but for the whole county.

  • CF gets first chunk of money for campus

    The reception room of what will, in a few short years, be the old College of Central Florida Levy Center was packed Thursday evening in celebration of funding for a new campus.

    "Ten years, four veto pens, but we're there," was one of the comments made Thursday night by CF President James Henningsen.

    Money for the proposed CF Jack Wilkinson Levy Campus has been stalled for some time, but Gov. Rick Scott signed off on the funding a couple of months ago.

  • 2 dead in University Oaks fire

    A 10-year-old girl and her great grandmother died in an early morning fire that consumed the mobile home they lived in on Northeast 105th Avenue in the University Oaks subdivision near Bronson.

    The bodies of Elizabeth Fredrick, 78 and Rhiannon Rickmyer, 10, were retrieved.

    A Levy County Sheriff's Office press release said foul play is not suspected in the blaze and grief counseling is being provided to students and faculty at the school Rickmyer attended.

  • Three injured in pileup by Bronson Speedway

    An off-duty Alachua County Sheriff's deputy helped put out a vehicle fire and rescue a seriously injured woman after three cars collided by the Bronson Speedway on State Road 24 on Tuesday, Aug. 19, shortly before 3 p.m.

    All three motorists involved in the wreck were taken to UFHealth Shands Hospital for treatment — two with minor injuries and the third with serious injuries, according to the Florida Highway Patrol report by Trooper M. Corrao.

  • Driver sought in hit-and-run

    A driver who hit a man who had been ejected from his vehicle onto U.S. Highway 19 just south of Northwest 147th Place after another accident on Saturday, Aug. 16, at 2:50 a.m. is being sought by the Florida Highway Patrol and the public is being asked to help.

    An FHP report by Trooper M.A. Kennard said a witness described the vehicle as a white car, possibly a Ford Taurus.

    Anyone with information on the accident is encouraged to contact Trooper Daphne Yuncker ay 352-732-1260 ext. 235 or the FHP Troop Watch Supervisor at 800-395-8248.

  • TRIM notices in the mail

    Levy County Property Appraiser Oz Barker informed the Levy County Commission on Tuesday that this years Truth in Millage (TRIM) notices will be hitting the mail today (Thursday) and Friday.

    The notices are a way of notifying property owners of what to expect on their tax bills later this year and to also notify them of the public hearing dates for adoption of the final assessments and property taxes.

  • City leaders claim county is roadblocking

    The county has a grudge against the City of Chiefland, is what some city officials are saying about Chiefland’s pursuit of emergency services and annual funding from the county for fire protection.

    At Monday night’s city commission meeting, both the issues of ALS and fire funding were discussed during a recap of a meeting last week on ALS between area medical directors, officials from the county and the City of Chiefland.

  • Chamber seeks Business of the Year nominations

    The Greater Chiefland Area Chamber of Commerce is making plans for the 2014 Annual Industry Appreciation Banquet. Each year at this banquet, the Chiefland Chamber, along with the community, honors an outstanding local business.

    Nominations for the greater Chiefland Area’s Outstanding Business of the Year are now open. The deadline to receive nominations is Friday, Aug. 1. If you would like to nominate an outstanding local business, please contact the Chamber at 352-493-1849 for details.