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Today's News

  • Infant's 'suspicious death' under investigation

    The Levy County Sheriff's Office is investigating the death of a less than 2-month-old boy in Bronson, according to a press release.

    Deputies, along with Bronson Fire Department and Levy County Department of Public Safety personnel, were called at 3:30 p.m. to a residence after a 911 caller reported that an infant at the home had been found unresponsive.

    The first responders immediately began resuscitation efforts but tragically those efforts were unsuccessful. The child was pronounced dead a short time later at a hospital in Gainesville. 

  • FFA wins Grand Champion cow-calf pair from Chiefland

    LNL Sweet Emotion 3041 won grand champion cow-calf pair at the 2016 Florida State Fair Angus Show, Feb. 4 in Tampa.

    Chiefland FFA at Chiefland Middle High School owns the May 2013 daughter of LaGrand MAF Antidote 5775. A May 2015 bull calf sired by LNL Lakota Mr Stock 5502 completes the winning pair. Wes Hudson of Harrison, Ark., evaluated the 141 entries.

  • Hot 'n' sweet theme for FFA Alumni chili contest, cake auction

    It was a full house at the Chiefland Middle High School Ag Building on Friday night as the FFA Alumni hosted its annual Chili Competition & Sweetheart Cake Auction.

    More than 100 people feasted on the entries, going back for seconds on the ones they judged to be the best.

    But a group of judges, Lewrissa and John Mainwaring, Levy County Sheriff Bobby McCallum and Public Defender Stacy Scott judged the 13 entries.

    The winners were:

    • Best Overall, Shotgun Chili by Jan Bennett,

  • Indians outlast cross-county rival Red Devils

    By David Pieklik

    Correspondent

    Chiefland emerged from a pitching duel with Williston as the 1-0 winner last Friday, improving to 1-1 on the season in boys baseball.

    Chase Malloy’s two out infield single brought Lonnie Hinote in from third base to give the Indians the win. The outing between the non-conference county rivals is the latest in a string of close contests the two have played.

  • Potential victims of sexual battery suspect sought

    A 60-year-old Dunnellon area man was charged with sexual battery on a victim less than 18 years of age last Friday, a Marion County Sheriff’s Office arrest affidavit stated.

    According to the report, major crimes detectives charged Charles Elder after a thorough follow-up investigation. Detectives have reason to believe that Elder may have other victims that have not yet come forward.

  • TDC meets on March 3

    The Levy County Tourist Development Council will hold its bimonthly meeting on Thursday, March 3 at 6 p.m. at 620 N. Hathaway Ave., Bronson. The meeting is open to the public.

    For more information, call 352-486-3396.

  • Lundy named 2015 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year

    Taylor County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Robert Lundy was named the Attorney General’s 2015 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year. Attorney General Pam Bondi and Governor Rick Scott recognized Deputy Lundy and seven other officers from across the state for their dedication to protecting Floridians.

  • Sheriff's Report & Most Wanted for the week of Feb. 18

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

    •Jan. 18, Armando Alonso, 43, Archer, battery by strangulation, possession of marijuana, possession and/or use of drug paraphernalia. Bond $52,000.

    •Jan. 24, Rexford Batten, 31, Inglis, VOP.

    •Jan. 19, Christina Danielle Boyd, 34, Gainesville, DWLSR.

    •Jan. 18, Timothy Troy Brown, 44, Williston, battery. Bond $5,000.

    •Jan. 20, David Chilcote, 50, Williston, two out of county warrant, felony warrant. Bond $3,000.

  • DEP announces water-quality restoration grant opportunities

    The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is now soliciting applications for the next cycle of funding through its Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Water-Quality Restoration Grant Program. Three times each year (March, July and November), DEP awards funding to local communities and water management districts to implement best management practices designed to reduce pollutant loads to impaired waters from urban stormwater discharges. The application deadline is March 1, 2016, at 5 p.m. EST for the current round of funding.

  • PTO helps teachers

    The Chiefland Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) awarded more than $3,000 in classroom grants to teachers on Monday, Feb. 8, during a faculty meeting. The recipients were:

    • The Growafrog Life Cycle Kit – Amphibian Decline Lesson, Brooke Smith, $65;

    • Core Connections Kids, Celeste Aracena, $196;

    • Classroom Computers, Clayton Allen, $300;

    • Students for Prezi, Kristin Pomeroy, $59;

    • Kindles for Book Club, Kristin Pomeroy, $282;