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Today's News

  • Monument back at city hall

    The Ten Commandments monument is back at Chiefland City Hall on East Park Avenue, restored to its old spot on the front lawn on Thursday, April 2.

    The monument has one change, though. The pedestal on the monument donated in 2008 by Joe Anderson Jr. was etched with the exhortation: "Love God and keep his commandments."

    The current monument, which uses tablets from Anderson's monument molded to a new pedestal, now bears the label: "The Ten Commandments." Anderson removed his monument from Chiefland in November 2011.

  • More teens using e-cigs

    Electronic cigarette use is on the rise with adolescents in the state according more than one survey taken by students.

    Figures doubled from 2013 to 2014 according to the Florida Youth Tobacco Survey.

  • Fanning man arrested on sex charge

    A joint investigation by the Gilchrist and Levy County Sheriff's Offices has resulted in the arrest of a Fanning Springs man and a request by both sheriffs that anyone with information on his activities come forward.

    Ronald Robert Bischoff, 43, of Fanning Springs, is charged with three counts of capital sexual battery and one count of lewd or lascivious exhibition. He was booked into the Gilchrist County Jail with no bond on the capital sexual battery counts and $100,000 bond on the lewd or lascivious exhibition charge.

  • Volunteers needed

    Volunteers are currently needed in Levy County to advocate for children who have been taken away due to neglect, abuse, and/or abandonment. 

    They need a consistent person to be there for them and to give  independent recommendations to the court.  No special background is needed. 

    Classes are offered in Gainesville and Chiefland.  Call 352-493-6050 for more information or go to www.gal.alachua.fl.us.

  • Two die in Williston wreck

    Two Williston men died Saturday following an accident that occurred around 6:30 p.m. on US 27A and NE 40th Street.

    According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Curtis Leon Dallas, 32, and Rickey Thurline Wilcox, 55, both of Williston were traveling in the southbound lane of US 27A. Witnesses told the FHP that Dallas, the driver of a 2001 Geo Prizm, was traveling at a high rate of speed when he collided with the 2003 Chevy Trailblazer driven by Deborah Hammonds Bouchard, 58, of Williston.

  • Sex offenders return to jail

    Five convicted sex offenders were arrested April 1 after the Levy County Sheriff’s Office, Florida Department of Parole and Probation and the United States Marshal’s Sex Offender Investigation Branch conducted compliance checks on registered predators/offenders in Levy County.

    The purpose of these checks are to ensure the registered offenders are complying with their probation conditions. Some offenders are prohibited from having internet access or even possessing a cell phone.

  • Sheriff's Report & Most Wanted for April 9

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office reports the following arrests:

    • April 1, Jesse Baggett, 34, Williston, VOP. Bond $300.

    • March 31, Jerald Billups, 39, Inglis, DWLS, possession of marijuana, out of county warrant. Bond $3,660.

    • March 30, Kim Marie Bouterie, 47, Inglis, criminal mischief.

    • April 5, David Paul Cox, 35, Chiefland, DWLS.

    • March 31, Christopher Thomas Davis, 40, Williston, fraud/swindle. Bond $25,000.

  • Levy County Fair starts tonight

    Popcorn, cotton candy, the ferris wheel and more are all part of the allure when the Levy County Fair opens today (Thursday) at Williston’s Industrial Park, across from Horseman’s Park.

    The gates open at 4 p.m. and opening ceremonies will be held at 6:30 p.m.

    Entertainment begins at 7 p.m. with Reggie Stacy, Jackie McComb and Sami and Destiny. At 8:15 Butch Batts and the SouthBound Band take the stage. Gates will close at 10 p.m.

  • Bronson votes to put sidewalks on North Pine

    Bronson town council voted to put the North Pine Street sidewalk project out for bids, with only new council member Katie Parks Bogart dissenting.

    Robert “Bob” Niffenegger, the town's building official, presented the plans and specifications to the council at its meeting Monday night and suggested they put it out for bids. The sidewalk will cross from the east side of Pine Street to the west side at Mongo Street, he said.

    “The apex of the hill, that's where it's gonna cross?” Council Member Bruce Greenlee asked.

  • Police solve jewelry theft

    It did not take Chiefland Police Department long to solve the theft of more than $7,000 in jewelry from Mitch’s Gold & Diamonds – they simply stopped in at a nearby pawn shop and checked out a couple who had just pulled into the parking lot.

    But police had a little help from the suspects who told the clerk at Mitch’s they were heading to Cash Munny to sell a steel penny the jeweler refused to buy.

    Charged with grand theft are Kirsten Michelle Moore, 18, and James Dale Bryant, 44, both of Old Town.