Today's News

  • Friday concert to raise funds for local cancer group

    By Laura Bittner

    The Band Perry is coming to play Rock Crusher Canyon Friday, Dec. 5, to play country music and to raise funds for BACK Fighting Cancer Inc.

    The Band Perry is an all-sibling band, originally from Alabama, with members Kimberly Perry, Neil Perry and Reid Perry.

    “A portion of the proceeds of the event will go to BACK Fighting Cancer Inc.,” said Ryan Bell, president of RaC events LLC, which is headquartered in Chiefland.

  • County has only one taker for veterinarian job

    Seven people have applied for the county's new grants coordinator job, but it was the veterinarian's job — which attracted only one applicant that got the most attention from those attending the Levy County Commission.

  • Empty seat stays cold on Bronson council

    Though the idea was tossed around, what with the applicants all being “so qualified,” the shortest-straw approach to selecting a new Bronson Town Council member was abandoned Monday night.

    So, too, was the idea that voters should decide.

    When Bronson Town Council Member Berlon Weeks resigned his seat more than a month ago, the decision was to advertise for interested applicants. The remaining council members would appoint someone, they had decided.

  • Teacher challenges school board for second time

    A Chiefland teacher went before the Levy County School Board once again speaking of a culture of intimidation and fear of retaliation in the school system.

    During the public comments section of the school board meeting Tuesday morning, Chiefland Middle School history teacher Jerry Lawrence said the last meeting at which he spoke was epitomized by those two things.

    Lawrence said he asked to be put on the agenda and was not, he asked for 30 minutes to speak and was given 15, and he said the board was silent and relied on their legal counsel to respond.

  • Song of the south

    A Gainesville man, who calls Chiefland his hometown, has made a career of making music.

    For T.J. Brown, it all began in about ninth or tenth grade, he said. He had written some poetry as early as middle school, but it wasn’t until an uncle, who was visiting for a family reunion, taught him to read guitar tablature that he began writing songs. Brown said he taught himself the guitar from there and began writing songs immediately, adding that’s the reason he wanted to learn to play.

  • Man dies in Chiefland home fire

    A man whom authorities are not yet identifying died in a Chiefland home fire early Saturday morning.

    "It's a tragic thing to happen," Chiefland Fire Chief James Harris said on the phone Monday afternoon.

    Harris said emergency personnel at Chiefland Fire Rescue were dispatched at about 3 a.m. to the home, a 12 foot by 60 foot mobile home located at 110 N.E. 5th St.

    When CFR arrived, the front of the mobile home was fully engulfed in flames and part of it had collapsed. The man's body was found soon after the fire was put out, he said.

  • Smoke warning for Levy County

    The Florida Highway Patrol in cooperation with the Florida Park Service is monitoring the area of Waccasassa Bay Preserve State Park for possible residual smoke related to a prescribed burn, started earlier today (Dec. 2), that may affect portions of the following roadways: State Road 24, and other local county roadways in area of Cedar Key.

  • Firefighters save family's Christmas

    A Morriston family's Christmas has been assured despite a fire in their home on Sunday, Nov. 30, shortly before 11 a.m. as the county's first responders saved the already wrapped presents, according to a Levy County Department of Public Safety press release.

    The call came in to the Levy County 9-1-1 Communications Center about a structure fire at 1670 N.E. 124th Terrace, in Morriston.

  • FHP seeks hit-n-run driver

    The Florida Highway Patrol is seeking a vehicle and its driver who were involved in a hit and run on Southwest 122nd Street and Southwest 24th Avenue in Gainesville on Sunday at about 5:15 p.m. that left a bicyclist hospitalized in critical condition..

    Witnesses told investigators that a white, four-door sedan, possibly an Oldsmobile, struck the bicyclist and left the scene northbound on Southwest 122nd Street. The FHP notice said the vehicle should have damage to the right front bumper, hood and windshield.

  • Second, final body recovered in search for missing boaters

    By Buster Thompson

    The second and final boater who was reported missing Nov. 23 was found on Thursday and recovered Friday by searchers off the Levy County coast.

    Daniel Reed Tingley, 37, has been confirmed as the body recovered by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).