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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Finding a family of his own

    While the judges were tallying up scores for the Chiefland Elementary School speech contest, two students were asked to give their speeches.

    The winner from each fourth and fifth grade class advanced to the final school competition, but these two had not competed in the final contest. Nevertheless, the teachers had decided their speeches needed to be heard, said Lisa Baxter who coordinated the contest last Friday.

    One speech, by fifth grader Matthew Wilkerson, stood out.

  • Meeks: No love in county for new courthouse

    Levy County taxpayers can rest easy. It's not likely the county will be building a new courthouse any time soon.

    That was the word from Levy County Commission Chair John Meeks, of Bronson, (R-District 1) to the Chiefland Rotary Club in a speech earlier this month.

    Meeks said his appearance, hosted by former commission Chair Ryan Bell, was an opportunity to update the Rotarians on what is happening in the county. Meeks has been in office since 2013 and he said the three years have been a learning experience.

  • Tri-County Outreach hosts Walk to Feed the Hungry

    So far the Tri-County Outreach has raised about $6,000 by donations from 75 businesses and individuals.

    The proceeds wil go towards food for Thanksgiving and restocking the food pantry shelves at the beginning of the year.

  • Sheriff's Report & Most Wanted for the week of Nov. 19

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

    •Nov. 10, Billy Houston Barlow, 30, Arcadia, non support of children or spouse.

    •Nov. 14, Bobbie Ann Britt, 50, Chiefland, battery, battery on officer. Bond $1,500.

    •Nov. 13, Kevin Geovany Campos, 20, Trenton, operate motor vehicle W/O valid license, possession of marijuana. Bond $2,000.

    •Nov. 13, Brian Marc Elliott, 47, Inglis, grand theft, deal in stolen property. Bond $10,000.

  • Pedestrian dies in Levy accident

    An O'Brien man died after jumping from a road median into a travel lane in front of a vehicle on State Road 55 just south of Northwest 150th Street on Saturday, Nov. 14 at 8:55 p.m. according to a Florida Highway Patrol report.

    Michael David Robinette, 35, of O'Brien, died after being struck by a 2011 GMC Sierra headed north in the inside travel lane of SR55. Both the pedestrian and the vehicle came to a stop in the left turn lane.

  • Sheriff's Office helps with food drive

    Levy County Sheriff's Office Deputy Clint Anderson of the Community Relations Division helped personnel from the Levy Learning Academy with a Thanksgiving food drive for needy families.

    Through their efforts they collected enough food for 10 needy families. The Sheriff's Office also thanks Robbie Cooper of Bronson Lube, David Stone Bail Bonds, and Murray Tillis of Tillis Farms for donating the turkeys.

  • Walking to help domestic violence victims

    Levy County Sheriff's Office Victim Advocate Amanda Sauder, left along with Executive Assistant Robin McCracken, Detention Bureau Lt. Lisa Brock, and Finance officer Nicole Gore represented the Sheriff's Office in the 5K on Oct. 31 hosted by Another Way in honor of Domestic Violence month.

    Another Way has a shelter in Levy County. 

  • Chiefland driver cited in accident

    Friday the 13th was not kind to a Chiefland man who was cited for failure to yield the right of way after his SUV collided with a pickup truck and trailer on U.S. Highway 27A and County Road 347 on Friday, Nov. 13 at 4:15 p.m., according to a Florida Highway Patrol report.

    Dennis Andrews, 79, of Chiefland was driving a 2012 Chevrolet Equinox and crossing the median on U.S. 27A to turn left onto CR 347 when he failed to observe a 2012 GMC Sierra towing a trailer operated by Barry Jones, 58, of The Villages.