Today's News

  • County and resident standoff on political signs

    A Camp Azalea resident was rebuffed in her attempt to have the Levy County Commission enforce rules on political signs still standing along roadways.

    Toni Collins complained at a December commission meeting about the signs still up from the Nov. 4 general election and gave indications it was a candidate who lost the election.

    Collins was back at the first commission meeting of the year to complain again about political signage.

    Collins asked for adoption of an ordinance or enforcement of a state statute governing political advertisements.

  • Williston teen dies in auto accident

    A Williston High School student was killed Monday night when the 2004 Dodge Ram he was driving left the roadway on C.R. 318 and hit a tree.

    Jonathen Joseph Stuart “Stewie” Bishop, 17, of Williston was pronounced dead on the scene by Marion County Fire Rescue Paramedic Robert Williams.

    According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Bishop was traveling westbound on CR 318 when he steered off the road as he rounded a curve. He then traveled northwest on to the grass shoulder and the left side of the truck hit a turn arrow sign.

  • Yoho bid for House Speaker fails

    It was a bold move when Rep. Ted Yoho (R-District 3), whose district includes Levy County, announced over the New Year's holiday he would not be voting to re-elect House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and offered himself for the position.

    After all, Yoho is just starting his second two-year term in the House.

    On Tuesday, the members of Congress returned to Washington, D.C., and the House of Representatives — dominated by the GOP — re-elected Boehner.

  • Bronson denies request to camp

    When Cheryl Ladner bought property in the Oak Forest Subdivision in Bronson, she dreamed of one day building a home on the half acre.

    Until that day, Ladner decided to move a travel trailer on the property and live there until the home became a reality.

    There were just a few problems.

    The Town of Bronson doesn’t allow people to live in campers on the property while constructing a home, and Robert “Bob” Niffenegger, the town’s building official, says the property is in a known wetland and not suitable for building.

  • Schools, District get report cards

    The state has issued performance grades for the Levy County School District and the county's four high schools for the 2013-2014 school year, and the news, according to some, may be confusing for parents who want to judge the quality of local schools. 

    For the third year in a row, the district has earned a C grade. And for the first time, all four Levy County high schools have earned a B. One school, Bronson, held on to the B it received for the 2012-2013 school year while three others — Chiefland, Williston and Cedar Key, went down from an A.

  • Cuddle time

    Manatee deaths appear to be down last year compared to the record numbers reported by state officials in 2013.

    As of December, 2014, 368 manatee deaths were reported for the year by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation. One-hundred-twenty-five of those deaths were labeled as undetermined. Manatee infant deaths accounted for 99 mortalities. Sixty-seven were the result of collisions with watercraft. Twenty-six were attributed to natural causes and 24 died due to cold stress.

  • Clerk not losing sleep over gay marriage

    Levy County Clerk of Court Danny Shipp, unlike some clerks around the state, did not open the county courthouse in Bronson at the stroke of midnight on Tuesday, the first moment single sex couples were able to marry in the state. 

    No, he was home, tucked in bed asleep. It's a good thing too.

  • No school board meeting this week

    The Levy County School Board will not hold its regular meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 6. The next board meeting will be on Tuesday, Jan. 20. 

  • County Commission Agenda for Tuesday, Jan 6, 2015



    January 6, 2015

    Call to Order


    Pledge to Flag

    Public Comments -Issues related to Agenda items

    -Complete public comment form and submit to clerk
    -State your full name and address
    -Discussion must be limited to a maximum of three (3) minutes per person

    Clerk of Court — Danny Shipp, Clerk of Court
    Request approval to donate Dell computers to Vision Christian Academy

  • Man dies from injuries in Dec. 3 crash

    A Morriston man has died from injuries sustained in an accident on U.S. Highway 41 at County Road 326 on Dec. 3, 2014, according to a press release from the Florida Highway Patrol.

    Edward Winslow Reeder was pronounced dead on Dec. 30, 2014. He had been transported to Shands Hospital in Gainesville following the accident. His passenger, Robert Michael Howanitz, 61, sustained serious injuries and was also taken to Shands.