Today's News

  • One death in one-car accident

    An accident shortly after noon Wednesday on U.S. Highway 19 north of Chiefland claimed the life of one person and will be investigated by the Florida Highway Patrol. 

    David D. Ables, 36, of Fanning Springs, died after his 2012 Chevy Malibu, which was southbound on U.S. Highway 19 crossed the median and two northbound lanes before hitting a concrete culvert and overturning before coming to a stop on the edge of a driveway.

  • Smoke warning for State Road 24

    The Florida Highway Patrol is notifying residents and commuters about residual smoke in the area of State Road 24 near the Alachua- Levy County line.

    A unplanned fire at the Watson C&D Facility on SR 24 which began on Monday, Feb. 22 is still emitting some smoke in the surrounding area, and may continue to do so for the next several days.

    Motorist traveling in this area, should reduce their speed and use low beam headlamps, especially at night and in the early morning hours.

  • Idle speed on rivers due to high water

    There is an Idle Speed No Wake flood restriction in effect within Zone 8 (western point of unnamed island to confluence of Suwannee and Santa Fe. 

    The flood restriction is expected to be in place until Saturday, Feb. 27, when the Three Rivers Estates gauge is expected to be at 16.3 feet (flood restriction in effect at 16.25’ NAVD). 

    Updates will be provided on Friday, Feb. 26, unless there are changes.

  • 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


    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.