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Today's News

  • Money pinch holds up hospital for 30 days

    The two companies bringing the Suwannee River Community Hospital (SRCH) to Chiefland came up a little short of the $27 million they needed to have on hand to assure state officials they were able to build and operate the 28-bed hospital and medical plaza. The developers had well over $26 million.

    But the state Department of Economic Opportunity has not lost confidence in the group, giving them 30 days to come up with the remainder of the cash.

  • County gets noise about agenda items

    The public hearing at Tuesday's Levy County Commission meeting was supposed to be about a noise ordinance but the commission found themselves on the receiving end of static from residents who were not given an opportunity to read the ordinance.

    The noise ordinance, a pet project of Commissioner Mike Joyner of Morriston (R-District 3), has been in the works for months as County Attorney wrangled with writing an enforceable act.

    “This is not going to be an easy ordinance to enforce. Noise ordinances never are,” she said.

  • Bronson fee battle may be near end

    The Town of Bronson almost stopped one local man and former council member in his tracks on a technicality.

    Berlon Weeks has been battling out the issue of permits and unpaid fees to the Town of Bronson from things as far back as 2008.

    "I came here to square this away tonight and get the whole thing paid," Weeks said.

    Weeks wrote a letter to Building Inspector Robert "Bob" Niffenegger requesting a quasi-judicial hearing regarding the fines levied against him, dated Oct. 21.

  • Concert promoter still not paying

    A concert promoter whose Oct. 15-16 event failed to draw a crowd has failed to make good on a check he wrote to Levy County or to cut a new check for the lower amount he negotiated and may face the county in court.

    The Levy County Commission on Tuesday voted to rescind an agreement to lower Robert Nichols' bill from $2,730 to $910. At the same time, the commission unanimously approved taking legal action to recover the $2,730 for a check Nichols gave the county to pay his fees, but on which he later stopped payment.

  • Santa rolls in on Saturday

    There will be something for everyone at this year's Chiefland Christmas Festival.

    The Festival kicks off Saturday, Dec. 12, at 10 a.m. and it promises to keep everyone busy until 8 p.m. with activities centered around the Old Train Depot Park on U.S. Highway 19.

    Whether you are a child, an adult, an athlete, a music lover, a thoughtful Christmas shopper, or carnival foodie, there will be something for everyone this year at the City of Chiefland’s 12th Annual Christmas Festival. Celebrate the magical spirit of Christmas with your community.

  • Woman fights off attacking dogs to save baby

    A woman heroically fought off three attacking dogs weighing between 50 and 100 pounds after they snatched the 1-year-old baby she was holding in her arms on Tuesday.

    What makes the woman's fight all the more stunning is that the baby is not hers. She was babysitting the child she saved.

    The woman, her friend and the baby were all hospitalized after the attack at Shands Hospital at UF Health in Gainesville. "The woman bore the brunt of the attack, she got the worst," said Levy Sheriff's Lt. Scott Tummond. 

  • Last day to register for Toys for Tots

     FYI! Last day to sign up for Toys for Tots is this Friday, Dec. 4, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Tri-County Resource Center!

    Distribution Dates:

    Gilchrist County: Best Drug of Trenton on Saturday, Dec. 12, from 3 to 6 p.m.

    Levy County: Walmart in Chiefland on Friday, Dec. 18, from 2 to 6 p.m. 

    Dixie County: Dixie County Health Dept on Saturday, Dec. 19 from noon to 3 p.m. 

  • Medicare recipients can keep Medigap Plans C, F

    The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation (Office) wants to remind Medicare recipients with an existing Medigap Plan C or F that they can keep their plan.

  • Volunteers needed for AARP's Tax-Aide program

    Dixie, Gilchrist & Levy Counties, AARP Foundation is looking to build its team of tax assistance volunteers.  Tax-Aide is a free tax assistance and preparation program for taxpayers with low to moderate income through the AARP Foundation.

  • Stuffin' the Hummer for hungry

    This is how much food the Williston community donated on Friday, Nov. 20, the first day of the “Stuff the Hummer” food drive.

    On Friday Dec. 4, the  Hummer will be at the Verizon store in Williston from 10 a.m. to noon and at Winn Dixie in Williston from 1 to 4 p.m.

    On Saturday Dec. 5, the Hummer will be at the Pavilion in Heritage Park from 6 to 9 p.m. Police Chief Dennis Strow and his officers and staff say, "Thank you Williston!"