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Today's News

  • Sheriff's Report & Most Wanted for the week of August 14

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

    • Aug. 4, William Michael Carryer, 19, Bronson, VOP.

    • Aug. 4, Rhiannon Cribbs, 20, Morriston, grand theft. Bond $20,000.

    • Aug. 5, Chad Alexander Cumbo, 30, Bronson, VOP.

    • Aug. 5, Jessie James Eichelberger, 44, Williston, battery on person age 65 or older. Bond $50,000.

    • Aug. 8, Blake Fontana, 20, Morriston, four out of county warrants. Bond $100,000.

  • Answers to 'tough' questions

    Because there was not enough time to ask all the questions submitted by the public at a recent candidates forum hosted by the VFW Post 5625 in partnership with the Chiefland Citizen, the "leftover" questions were emailed to all the county candidates to get a written response. 

    Only three chose to respond. 

     

    County Commissioner Candidate Ryan Bell

    1) What are you going to do about EMS sending money to Lewisville, S.C. ? And how much do they keep out of all EMS money?

  • Park vagrant spurs action

    A one-legged homeless man in a wheelchair camping out at a Fort Fanning Historical Park has spurred city council members to consider passing an ordinance against panhandling and no solicitation.

    According to Fire Chief Ron McQueen at last Tuesday's city council meeting, the vagrant – as Mayor Cheryl Nekola has coined him - is costing the city money.

    The man reportedly slumps down in his wheelchair and those who pass by either stop to give him money or they call 911, McQueen said. Once first responders arrive, the man assures them he is fine.

  • City leaders claim county is roadblocking

    The county has a grudge against the City of Chiefland, is what some city officials are saying about Chiefland’s pursuit of emergency services and annual funding from the county for fire protection.

    At Monday night’s city commission meeting, both the issues of ALS and fire funding were discussed during a recap of a meeting last week on ALS between area medical directors, officials from the county and the City of Chiefland.

  • Fanning to get help with sewer

    The City of Fanning Springs has been awarded a $600,000 Florida Small Cities Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) in the neighborhood revitalization category that will assist with expanding the city’s sewer system.

    “All the taxpayers out there, this is free money that we need for our sewer,” said Council Member Stoney Smith at last Tuesday’s city council meeting.

  • Boy, 6, dies after dog attack

    Joel Chirieleison, 6, was a sweet young man who loved to please and could be counted on to help with tasks.

    However, he will not be in class when Chiefland Elementary School opens on Monday.

    Chirieleison, who was left alone in the yard for 10-15 minutes on Thursday, Aug., 7, died after being attacked by two pit bull dogs at the home of his paternal aunt, Heather Claar, on Northwest 162nd St.

  • Early voting under way

    Supervisor of Elections Tammy Jones opened early voting on Monday for the Aug. 26 primary election at her office at 421 S. Court St., next to the county courthouse, in Bronson. 

    Balloting hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Saturday, Aug. 23.

    All voters will be voting in the 8th Judicial Circuit judgeship for Group 12 where incumbent William E. Davis faces challenger William Falik.

  • Morriston crash injures 1

    A New Port Richey woman sustained seruous injuries and was transported by air to Shands Hospital in Gainesville after a collision on Southeast 160th Avenue I Morriston on Sundayat 7:15 p.m.

    Pamela Coulter, 68, was driving north on a 2013 Kawasaki Mile (side by side) . In the lane behind her was a 2004 Chevrolet pickup driven by Darren Washburn, 19, of Williston.

  • Sheriff releases sketch of suspect

    A composite sketch of a man sought in a possible child abduction in Inglis on July 31 has been released by the Levy County Sheriff's Office.

    A 10-year-old girl reported being approached by a man while walking to a friend's home on Maple Street in Inglis on Thursday, July 31, at about 12:20 p.m. She said a white Chevy S-10 with rust spots driven by a white male passed her, then the driver — described as bald with a goatee and rotting teeth — pulled alongside, opened the passenger door, motioned to her and said “Come in.”

  • Officials will hold Chiefland to strict standards on ALS

    Officials are still attempting to hammer out the details that would allow Chiefland Fire Rescue to be certified in non-transport advanced life support (ALS), but there's still concern over cost and whether or not strict standards can be met.