Today's News

  • Hunter safety internet-completion courses offered in September

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is offering free hunter safety internet-completion courses in nine counties in September. (List follows.)

    Students who have taken the online course and wish to complete the classroom portion must bring the online-completion report with them.

    All firearms, ammunition and materials are provided free of charge. Students should bring a pen or pencil and paper. An adult must accompany children younger than 16 at all times.

  • Seasonal Uptick in Jobless Rate Continues


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    Despite the one-two punch of powerhouse hiring events in July, a seasonal summer spike in unemployment could not be smacked down.

    The unemployment rate in the CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion area was 6.4 percent in July, up 0.6 percent over the month but down from 7.1 percent a year ago. Out of a labor force of of 194,776, there were 12,377 unemployed.

  • Chiefland welcomes Jefferson County for Kickoff Classic

    Monticello-Jefferson County Tigers (6-5 in 2015) at Chiefland Indians (5-5 in 2015), 7:30 p.m.

    After months of summer workouts followed by a grueling fall camp, high school football players finally get an opportunity to show off their hard work under the lights tonight against someone wearing an opposing jersey.

  • Sheriff donates horse to youth ranch

    A Paso Fino horse that was abandoned by its owner, an accused marijuana grower, has a new home at the Florida Sheriff’s Youth Ranch in Live Oak courtesy of the Levy County Sheriff’s Office.

    The 2-year-old horse was seized by the Sheriff’s Office and the federal Drug Enforcement Admini-stration (DEA) in an old case and was the lone asset left from a large marijuana growing operation.

  • DOT makes walking in town a bit safer

    By Tracy Hisler-Pace

    Pedestrians walking along U.S. Highway 19 in Chiefland used to find stayting safe a bit dicey due to the lack of a continuous sidewalk.

    But things have gotten a little safer for walking in the city's commercial district.

    The Florida Department of Transportation District 2 Maintenance Office staff identified the need to extend the existing sidewalk from McDonald's to Bar-B-Q Bills. And the project is 95 percent complete.

  • Running into trouble

    Levy County Judge James “Tim” Browning was the guest speaker at the Suwannee Valley Rotary Club on June 23 and while he spoke on the serious topic of the death penalty in Florida being in a state of flux, he also chose to share a personal experience – a “let me tell you what happened to me story.”

    As he’s gotten older, he has been buying books online on a new fitness regimen or nutrition plan once every two weeks, which he seldom implements, he said.

  • Task force places parkway low on priority list

    By Mike Wright

    The I-75 Relief Task Force wrapped up its work Friday with a recommendation that the state upgrade the freeway and current road networks before it thinks of extending the Suncoast Parkway.

    The group, represented by officials and others from six counties appointed by Transportation Secretary Jim Boxold, was charged with finding a long-term solution to Interstate 75 congestion issues between Gainesville and Wildwood.

  • Back in session

    First grade teacher Jane Mitchell meets new students at Chiefland Elementary School’s Meet the Teacher open house on Aug. 9.

    School opened on Wednesday, Aug. 10 in Levy County.

  • County road gets a fifth name change

    It's said that in the days before road names were formalized in Levy County that the road by the Li'l Food Ranch at U.S. Highway 27A used to be called “Lyin' George Road.”

    Casey DuQuette of the Levy County Road Department told the Levy County Commission on Tuesday that he does not know how it came by that monicker.

  • Community Calendar for the week of Aug. 11

    Today, Aug. 11

    Economic development board meets

    The Nature Coast Business Development Council is holding its regular monthly board meeting 3 p.m. Aug. 11, at the College of Central Florida, 114 Rodgers Blvd., Chiefland, in the conference room.

    Due to the membership of the NCBDC consisting of more than one member of the Levy County RESTORE Act advisory committee, this meeting will also serve as a meeting for the Levy County RESTORE Act advisory committee.