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Today's News

  • Expired tag decal leads to drug arrests

    The Levy County Sheriff's Office Patrol Division was on their "A" game Tuesday afternoon when an expired tag decal led to the arrest of four people on drug charges.

    According to a press statement released by LCSO Public Information Officer Scott Tummond, Deputy Kevin Davis observed a red pickup truck occupied by four people that had an expired tag decal at the intersection of U.S. Highway 19 and Rogers Boulevard in Chiefland. Davis stopped the vehicle and during investigation found the tag was attached to the wrong vehicle.

  • Bones found near the site of missing plane

    DNA testing will be done on bones found in the area off Cedar Key where a single engine plane crashed.

    On Feb. 12, a single engine plane bound for Cedar Key crashed into the Gulf of Mexico approximately 6 miles south southeast of the island. The pilot, Jasper Jerrels, 65, passengers, Jerrels’ 17-year-old Dylan Jerrels and Hue Singletary perished.

  • Joint drug task force nets 18 arrests

    A combined drug task force between the Levy County Sheriff’s Office and the Chiefland Police Department has culminated in 18 arrests and 12 additional warrants.

    The effort, known as “Operation Snap Cat,” yielded 41 separate cases, including 104 felony drug charges, mostly relating to the sale, delivery and purchase of illegal drugs.

    “Snap Cat” began in January 2016, according to the LCSO.

  • Bean charged with attempted murder

    Chiefland Police officers arrested Bobby Bean and Daniesha Watkins in the early morning hours Sunday after a high-speed chase in the city. The chase ended in a fight between Bean and K-9 Officer Kyle Schultz.

    Bean is in the Levy County Jail on a $9.3 million bond.

  • Tight-knit Lady Indians led by accomplished class of seniors

    The Chiefland High School softball team has reached the stage where its championships could nearly be taken for granted.

  • Smith walk-off double lifts Indians over Lafayette

    The stakes weren’t as high as they were the last time the teams met, but Chiefland did exact some revenge last Tuesday for its state finals loss to Lafayette (Mayo) in baseball action last Tuesday.

  • Levy County schools thrive in Career and Technical Education

    Vocational and technical training has come a long way in recent decades.

    To the uninitiated, much of today’s version – which comes under the banner of Career & Technical Education (CTE) – might look indistinguishable from the more advanced college prep paths.

    From biotechnology to computer design, CTE programs touch on a wide range of skills and knowledge areas, and meet rigorous requirements in terms of industry certification standards and college preparation.

  • County introduces more flexible advertising agreement for its vehicles

    Levy County updated its policy to advertise on its vehicles, allowing for replacement vehicles to fulfill advertising agreements when county vehicles displaying advertisements are no longer in use.

    Transportation director Connie Conley said the proposed resolution came about after the County had three of its 25 buses with Haven Hospice advertising go inoperative, causing a shortage in advertisements according to the agreement.

    The resolution (2017-006) was passed unanimously last Tuesday.

  • New Yankeetown principal embraces leadership role at small school

    When Denee Hurst left for college to attend the University of Florida, she never thought she’d return to the kind of small-town setting like the one in which she was raised in Dixie County.

    She did, however, as she put in more than 20 years as a teacher and educational administrator in the county.

    And now Hurst is the new principal of Yankeetown School, which, with its enrollment of around 200 students, is an even smaller school than where she started.

  • Knowledge is the key to success

    The position of a person in life is not their potential and that is because knowledge increases each time a certain position is attained, whether it be a promotion in school, work or in any other endeavor; and never let circumstances in life block achievement. Those two statements were the main pieces of advice Dr. Kendrick Scott offered Saturday during the Levy County Black History program in the Tommy Usher Pineland Center.