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Today's News

  • Tuesday Update: We're going to be wet, wet, wet

    It's not Tropical Storm Hermine yet, but odds are when Tropical Depression 9 washes ashore on Wednesday night or Thursday morning it will have intensified enough to earn a name.
    “It's still a tropical depression turning into a tropical storm later today,” said Levy County Emergency Management Assistant Director David Peaton and Director John MacDonald.
    The two said TD 9 is expected to make its turn and speed up as it heads for a landfall into Citrus, Levy and Dixie counties.

  • Get prepared for rain — maybe lots

    If you have a hurricane plan for staying at home or hitting the road, now might be a good time to get it out and dust it off. Maybe even update it. Check your emergency supplies.

    Tropical Depression 9, which has been wandering around and struggling in the Gulf of Mexico for the past 24 hours is looking as if it will make landfall somewhere between Tampa and the Florida Panhandle — although most computer models have it coming in as a tropical storm of low intensity along the Nature Coast.

  • Residents need to keep an eye on storm

    Levy County Emergency Management sent out a notice on Sunday that it is not too early to start keeping an eye on Invest 99L and check your hurricane supplies and plans because it has the potential to develop as it moves into the Gulf of Mexico. The notice is not to alarm residents but to make sure they are cognizant of what is happening in the Gulf. 

  • Teal Pomeroy

    The sudden and tragic death of Teal Pomeroy has left this community stunned.

    The loss is deeply felt because he was in the prime of his life. He was only 42 and had accomplished so much.

    But what adds to the pain is that he epitomized the phrase “local boy.'

    Pomeroy grew up in Chiefland, attended school here and had lifelong friends made in those 12 years of going to class. He loved the woods and waters that are so plentiful in Levy County. And he took full enjoyment in them.

  • Remembering Teal Pomeroy

    Vice Mayor Betty Walker said Pomeroy had been mayor longer than any other. “He was different, but he was special,” she recalled. “He was going to get the last word in. Some of the stuff he came up with was hilarious. He was a good man. He was a good boy.

    “He was a good person.” She said he was concerned about people.

    Walker said Pomeroy was “all about the betterment of Chiefland.” The city is going real well, she said, and she hopes the commission will keep it going in his honor.

  • Scott reappoints Quincey, Jones to water district

    Gov. Rick Scott announced the reappointments of Don Quincey Jr. and Gary Jones to the Suwannee River Water Management District Governing Board.

    Quincey is reappointed for a term beginning Aug. 2 and ending March 1, 2020. He is the chair of the Governing Board and represents the Lower Suwannee Basin.

  • Officer Anderson speaks at Rotary

    Officer Scott Anderson of the Chiefland Police Department spoke to the Suwannee Valley Rotary Club in Chiefland on Aug. 18 to solicit support and ideas for a haunted house the department is planning to put on in October.

    The haunted house is tentatively planned to take place on the final three weekends of October, in a large warehouse in Chiefland, but no definite dates have been set.

    Anderson said the CPD decided to take on the project because no other haunted houses are planned for Chiefland.

  • As Zika spreads, UF/IFAS faculty on front lines battling the virus

    University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences faculty are on the front lines in the battle against the Zika virus, as entomologists study the ability of at least two mosquito species to transmit the virus and ways of reducing pesticide resistance.

    As of Aug. 18, 510 American residents had contracted the virus. Florida has 479 Zika cases, according to the state health department; 35 people in Florida have contracted Zika via local transmission, meaning they didn’t bring it back from overseas.

  • Turnover troubles lead to Bronson loss in preseason

    Four turnovers proved costly for the Bronson football team in its preseason game at Interlachen, leaving the Eagles to a 17-8 loss.

    Head coach Curtis Stacy saw some positives in defeat, however, with standout play on both sides of the ball from senior D.J. Harris and junior Christian Kahn.

  • Early voting ends Saturday

    If you have not voted yet, get moving.

    While more than 3,100 people have cast ballots as of Tuesday, one week before the actual primary election day of Aug. 30, it may not be enough.

    Levy County Supervisor of Elections Tammy Jones said she is hoping for a 40 percent voter turnout.

    The county has 26,329 registered voters who can vote in the primary. If she gets her hoped for turnout 10,532 people will have to turn in absentee ballots, or vote early by Saturday or stand in line on Tuesday, Aug. 30, and cast ballots.