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Today's News

  • Olive grower at Rotary

    Mike Casey, who is partnering with dairyman Ron St. John to plant an olive grove outside Trenton and co-owner of River Run Olive Oil Company in High Springs was the guest speaker at the Chiefland Rotary Club meeting on July 13.

    Casey, left, was presented with a token of appreciation after his well-received talk by club President Jason Kennedy.

  • No, it didn't rain much in June

    LIVE OAK Suwannee River Water Management District's rainfall in June averaged 5.95 inches below the long-term June average monthly rainfall of 6.39 inches a 7 percent shortfall.

    The highest rainfall amounts fell in the southern portion of the district as both Alachua and Levy counties received more than 8 inches of rain. Some areas of Alachua, Dixie and Levy counties saw rainfall totals over 11 inches, generally associated with the passage of Tropical Storm Colin early in June. But mush of that was in neighboring districts.

  • Trenton man gets back lost wallet containing $902 thanks to Samaritan

    When Trenton resident Richard Brock Jr. visited the Chiefland Wal-Mart to purchase a pair of nail clippers for his dog on the night of July 4, it was about to be a much costlier trip than he could ever have imagined.

    Brock didn’t realize it when he grabbed his wallet before heading out, but it contained more than $900. When he arrived back at home, the wallet hadn’t made the return trip.

    He was sure he’d lost the money for good, even if his wallet were to eventually be returned.

  • Williston man arrested on sex charges

    A Williston man has been arrested on multiple charges of having sex with an underage girl and is being investigated for similar activity with a second underage girl, according to the Levy County Sheriff’s Office.

    Dillon Arnold Bird, 24, of Williston was arrested after Sheriff’s Sgt. Mike Narayan and Investigator Mike Wilkinson met with the parent of a 17-year-old-female. The parent reported discovering evidence that the daughter had been involved in a sexual relationship with Bird. 

  • Sheriff's Report & Most Wanted for the week of July 28

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

    • July 21, Wyatt Morgan Arrow, 18, Morrison, touch or strike, deprive means of protection or communication, possession of a controlled substance W/O a prescription. Bond $86.000.

    • July 18, David Lee Beech, 38, Trenton, VOP.

    • July 23, Michael Joseph Butler, 57, Crawfordville, DUI, refuse to submit to DUI test after LS, operating a motorcycle W/O license, DWLS-habitual. Bond $100,000.

    • July 20, Joseph William Clark, 42, Bronson, DWLS.

  • Millennials sought for agricultural leadership

    The Florida Farm Bureau Federation is seeking agriculturists between the ages of 18 and 35 to apply for its 2016-2018 Young Farmers & Ranchers Leadership Group. The group consists of young men and women who are interested in representing production agriculture and the farm families who make it successful.

    The Young Farmers & Ranchers Leadership Group allows members to develop and refine their leadership abilities by focusing on personal growth, public speaking, media training, legislative awareness, issue advocacy, business management and service leadership.

  • Backpack meals program helps children in need

    When it comes to important factors in a student’s education and well being, his or her time in the classroom is only the tip of the iceberg.

    The Food4Kids Backpack Program has been successful in addressing Levy County children’s basic nutritional needs outside of the school halls.

    Students take home a backpack on a Friday with seven meals, and bring it back empty the following Friday to receive a refill.

  • Remembering the man

    The runners honoring Citrus Sheriff's Capt. Phil Royal passed through Levy County on Saturday, July 23, honoring his commitment to complete the Run for Money for Key Training Center.

    Royal, a candidate for Citrus County Sheriff, collapsed and died earlier in the week as he was beginning the annual run by law enforcement officers from Tallahassee to Citrus County.

  • Haven Hospice volunteer provides helping paw to Kids for K9s

    “It happened several times,” said Kaye Gaither. “My husband Michael, Honey and I would be in a public place and a small child would see us and smile. Then their parents would see us and become nervous and direct their children to stay away from us.”

  • Accident closes road

    Drivers found themselves taking a detour to avoid Levy County Road 339 at U.S. Highway 27A after a fertilizer truck overturned on Thursday, July 21.

    While drivers are detouring to CR 339A this week due to piling repairs on a bridge, they took the detour a little early when the truck accident shut down the road.

    The truck driver, who was not identified, was transported for medical treatment. The Florida Highway Patrol has not released a report on the accident.