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Today's News

  • Manatee Springs Magnolia Campground gets a facelift

    The Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Florida Park Service opened the newly renovated Magnolia Campground at Manatee Springs State Park in Chiefland on July 1. The Magnolia Campground renovations, which total $1.3 million, include six additional campsites, upgrades to the existing campsites, a 2,090-square-foot bathroom and shower facility, new sidewalks, fire pits, grills, picnic tables and sanitary sewer system.

  • DEP to host mangrove workshops

    The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Northeast District has hosted several workshops to train participants on Florida’s regulations and best management practices for the maintenance of mangroves.

    Landscapers, consultants and homeowners throughout Flagler, St. Johns and Levy counties have attended. The Northeast District is eager to offer additional workshops and is asking the public to contact the district about participating in future workshops. 

  • Out of a wish, a dream comes true

    A new nonprofit organization is beginning to change people’s lives for the better.  A Vet’s Last Wish Inc. (AVLW) has granted its first wish.

    AVLW, created out of the hopes and dreams of the president and founder, Steven J. Rhonomus, a disabled Veteran himself, with the help of his wife, Venus Rhonomus, was established in May of 2012. 

     Since then, Rhonomus has spoken with countless veteran supporters, consistently asking for help, but could not overcome AVLW’s lack of nonprofit tax status. 

  • Community Calendar for the week of July 9

    Today, July 9

    Summer reading program at Yankeetown

    The Juggling Heroes will be appearing at this week's summer reading program at the A.F. Knotts Public Library in Yankeetown on Thursday, July 9, at 10:30 a.m. The program is free and a snack is provided through the UF/IFAS Family Nutrition Extension Office.

    Library Friends meetings

  • CEE meets next week

    Sen. Bernie Sanders’s presidential candidacy will be the main topic of discussion at Citizens for an Engaged Electorate’s regular meeting this month. Also on the agenda is the group’s voter registration and re-registration drive. Other items include:

    • An update on Representative Ted Yoho’s stance on GMO labeling and the DARK Act

    • Fracking on public lands

    • Discussion on Sierra Club’s request to become more actively involved in the district.

  • Brinson trial set for December

    A new trial date has been set for Crystal Michelle Brinson, who faces a charge of first-degree murder for a crime dating back to the Christmas season of 2012.

    Brinson, 38, of Brooksville, has been charged in connection with the 2012 death of DeAnna Lee Stires, 18, also of Brooksville.

    Brinson was in Judge Richard Howard’s court Thursday for a status conference. Based on the availability of all parties, Howard set the trial for Dec. 7 with a pre-trial date of Nov. 30.

  • Chiefland man charged with attempted murder

    A Chiefland man has been charged with attempted murder after striking his girlfriend with a car.

    Police responded to the scene at Prairie Oaks Apartments in Chiefland on around 8:40 p.m. June 30 and noticed a woman lying in the roadway.

  • Dixie arrest man wanted in Levy

    A Dixie County deputy stopped a car on June 29 at about 2 p.m. on Northeast Highway 349 for traveling 70 mph in a 60 mph speed zone. During the course of the traffic stop, the deputy noticed that a male passenger appeared to be acting nervously and was holding a black backpack.

  • Sheriff's Report & Most Wanted for the week of July 9

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

    •July 4, Otis Ray Bean Jr., 53, Inglis, stalking, damage property $1,000 or more, burglary. Bond $2,500.

    •July 1, Galvester Daniels III, 33, Williston, flee/elude police at high speed, RW/OV, cocaine traffic 28 grams less than 150 KG. Bond $210,000.

    •July 4, Dylan Wayne Davies, 18, Chiefland, marijuana possession not more than 20 grams, possession or use of drug equipment, smuggle contraband/introduce into detention facility. Bond $11,000.

  • Haven honors veterans

    Five veterans were honored for their service to the nation by Haven Hospice Veteran Volunteers who thanked them and presented with certificates, pins and lap quilts.

    They are Joseph Holubek of Chiefland, Max Mundell of Morriston, Ray Helping of Archer, Wilbur McCallister of Williston and Lawrence Green of Old Town.

    During World War II, Holubek served in the U.S. Marine Corps, and Green served in the U.S. Merchant Marine. Mundell and McCallister both served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Helping served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.