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Today's News

  • Community Calendar for the week of March 3

    Thursdays

    Library Friends meeting

    The Friends of the Luther Callaway Public Library (FLCPL), the Chiefland branch of the Levy County Public Library System, meet on the second Thursday of the month, except in July and August, at 11 a.m. at the library, 104 N.E. 3rd St., Chiefland.

    The Friends support the library by promoting the library’s programs and resources and through fund-raising projects to purchase reading materials, books on tape, videos, operating supplies and minor equipment.  There are no dues.

  • Suwannee Fair opens next week

    The Suwannee River Youth Livestock Show & Sale opens next week with the arrival of poultry and rabbit entries on Thursday, March 10 at 5 p.m.

    On Friday the dairy cow, goat and heifer entries arrive, with the Cloverbuds showing their rabbits at 5:30 p.m. The poultry show fires up at 6 and the older competitors have their rabbit show at the same time.

    On Saturday, the attention goes to the horse, dairy cow, goat and heifer contests.

    It all takes place the fair pavillion at the intersection of State Road 26 and U.S. Highway 19.

  • Technology in the library

    Jeremy Yates, pictured left, shows visitors to Luther Callaway Library in Chiefland some of the current technology available to them.

    Some of the stations included a 3-D printer, padcaster to shoot videos, circuits and computers equipped to do gaming and coding. 

  • Ladner retires from CF

    After a 30 year career, the provost of the College of Central Florida Levy Center is retiring.

    Marilyn Ladner’s co-workers and peers echoed the same sentiment at a retirement party for her Wednesday, Feb. 24: she will be missed.

  • Helos may have scared birds from Seahorse Key

    Poor raccoons. In the last installment of “The Big Whodunit — Why the birds abandoned their nests on Seahorse Key,” an uptick in the island’s raccoon population, notorious nighttime nest predators, was being blamed for the birds’ disappearance.

    But in a panel discussion on Saturday, Feb. 27, about possible causes for the birds taking flight to Snake Key, Cedar Key and the Suwannee River, three scientists said it has come to light that the black helicopters residents have spotted in area skies may have cause it.

  • Man gets probation in senior's death

    A man charged in the death of Helen Bishop, 96, on July 10, 2014, has been given five years probation and the judge withheld adjudication of his guilt.

    Michael Hancock, a deputy city clerk for Cedar Key, was arrested Oct. 30, 2014, on a charge of aggravated manslaughter of an elderly person and given a $5 million bond by Levy County Judge James Browning. In a later hearing, Hancock was released on his own recognizance but with terms that dictated his activities and curfews.

  • City, RV resort developer spar over sewer line

    The city's sewer system manager and the developer of a 456-space RV resort disagreed over whether a lift station by the Taco Bell on U.S. Highway 19 will be able to handle an expected 34,200 gallons of sewerage per day.

  • Memories will see me through

    Midmorning Feb. 5, a dark veil slipped over a large portion of my heart, permanently blocking the light that has shone so brightly in my life for 20 years.

    When Denise escaped this world after a brief second go-around with cancer, a part of me died too – perhaps one of the best parts of me.

  • Man arrested in online stalking

    An online relationship between a Levy County resident and a Bradford County man blossomed into more than a short term romance when it ended for her, but the man continued calling numerous times a day, detail what she was doing and even got into her home, according to a Levy County Sheriff's office press release. 

  • Sheriff's Report & Most Wanted for the week of Feb. 25

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

    •Feb. 19, Reinhard Bailey, 60, Dunnellon, possession of controlled substance W/O prescription. Bond $10,000.

    •Feb. 19, Vincent L. Baker, 19, Crystal River, burglary, grand theft, possession of a controlled substance W/O prescription, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and/or use. Bond $42,000.

    •Feb. 21, James Bradford, 31, Williston, out of county warrant.