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Today's News

  • Sunday accident hospitalizes 3

    An accident in Otter Creek where U.S. Highway 19 meets State Road 24 on Sunday, Nov. 29, has left a three people hospitalized, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report.

    Shirley Chisolm Randall, 67, was transported to Shands Hospital at UF Health due to the serious nature of her injuries.

    Indica Monet Harris, 21, of Tallahassee and Brooke Michelle Holloway, 22, of St. Petersburg, noth passengers in the second vehicle, were also transported to Shands with serious injuries.

  • Report leads to DUI, child neglect, drug charge

    A concerned resident contacted the Levy County Sheriff's office to report a reckless driver, a call that ended in an arrest.

    Joshua Robert Vogel of Palm Harbor was spotted driving in an erratic manner, nearly colliding with other vehicles while traveling north on US 19 in a blue Ford pickup truck from the Inglis area.

    The caller observed a young child not restrained by a car seat and being shaken about in the vehicle.

  • Sheriff's Report & Most Wanted for the week of Dec. 3

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

    •Nov. 23, Benny Jay Battle Jr., 36, Bell, VOP.

    •Nov. 26, Willie Brooks, 33, Citra, premeditated first degree murder.

    •Nov. 23, Ehren M. Brown, 37, Williston, FTA. ROR.

    •Nov. 25, Jessica Caride, 37, Bronson, operate motor vehicle W/O valid license.

    •Nov. 24, Jamel Alexander Gates, 38, Chiefland, out of county warrant.

    •Nov. 27, James Walter Hunter, 29, Inglis, DWLSR.

  • Community Calendar for the week of Dec. 3

    Today, Dec. 3

    GED graduation tonight

    The College of Central Florida Levy Center will celebrate the latest graduation of students from the Adult Education Program with a diploma ceremony on Thursday, Dec. 4 from 6 to 7 p.m. in the conference room at the center.

    The Levy Center is at 114 Rodgers Boulevard/U.S. Highway 129 at U.S. Highway 19 in Chiefland.

    Thursdays

    Library Friends meeting

  • Sewing with friends…

       The saying goes “there’s no place like home”, but for some who prefer to spend their winters in a warmer climate, there’s no place quite like a home away from home.

    An influx of northern dwellers makes its way into Levy County and other parts of the state, for some starting around October and staying through April or May. These south bound travelers, who make their way down in search of the warmer temperatures found in Florida, are commonly called snowbirds.

  • Bikers rally for one of their own

    It was a Mother's Day not to be forgotten, but not for the happy reasons one may think.

    On Sunday, May 10 of this year, local resident Karen Monahan was preparing to turn off of U.S. Highway 19 towards the Suwannee River Moose Lodge on her motorcycle when she was struck by another vehicle.

    "I can only tell you what everybody's told me because I don't remember," Monahan said. "I don't remember about two and a half weeks of my life."

  • Citrus hospice woes tied to long-term patients

    Having come through a roughly two-year investigation by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General, the Florida Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and an Assistant United States Attorney, Hospice of Citrus Country is facing a challenging future.

    On Nov. 19, U.S. Attorney A. Lee Bentley III announced the United States had settled allegations the Lecanto-based hospice company (HOCC) had knowingly billed the government for medically unnecessary and undocumented hospice services.

  • Crime dips in Chiefland, Williston

    Crime in Florida took a dip in the first six months of the year according to the Uniform Crime Report release in November by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

    But when it comes to municipalities in Levy County, it looks as if crime may be taking a vacation.

    That's because figures for the seven crimes tracked by the U.S. Department of Justice and FDLE show a drop of 14 percent in Chiefland and 15.3 percent in Williston.

  • Chiefland's children know hunger is real

    On Friday the 40 children took home two backpacks – one for school work and one filled with food for the weekend, and a box also filled with food – enough for a week.

    They are students at Chiefland Elementary School where 70 to 75 percent of the students would qualify for free or reduced prices breakfasts and lunches, said CES Guidance Counselor Michelle Barron. Because the Levy County School District qualified for a federal and state program that provides free breakfast and lunch for every student, every child does not go through the day hungry.

  • Free clinic open to uninsured Levy residents

    A special resource some may not know about is available to Levy residents who do not have health insurance and can meet certain criteria.

    The Levy County Health Department Medical Reserve Corps has many functions, including staffing the Community Cares Clinic.

    "We're trying to reach out to the residents of Levy County," said Mark Johnson, preparedness coordinator. The clinic has room to assist a few more patients and is always open to new volunteer medical professionals.