Today's News

  • BMHS invites public to dance for diabetes

    A Bronson Middle High School student is raising money for a cause that affects her life everyday.

       Seventeen-year-old Mackenzie McCallister has had Type 1 diabetes since she was eight. She's wanted to do a diabetes awareness fundraiser since she was in middle school and this year she emailed the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and got some ideas.

  • Festival of Lights returning on Dec. 5

    The return of the Fanning Springs Chamber of Commerce also means the return of one very popular event.

       The Festival of Lights promises to return in all its glory and then some, featuring old favorites such as the lighted boat parade and duck race along with new avenues of entertainment.

       "We're very excited for all the support and interest that's been sparked by bringing back the Festival of Lights," Fanning Springs Chamber President Michael Michaelis said.

  • The sex offender who almost got away

    They do TV shows and movies about criminals like Donald Keith McLaughlin, a former Levy County resident. You know the shows where the narrators drags out the in-depth details about someone who got away with a crime – or almost got away with a crime.

    McLaughlin was almost the sexual offender who nearly got away with his crime of seducing a child in his care and other children in his area.

    Except for the big methamphetamine bust of 14 people, including McLaughlin, by Putnam County Sheriff's deputies on June 27, 2014.

  • Weyerhauser buys out Plum Creek

    Weyerhaeuser Company and Plum Creek, which owns large swaths of land in Levy County, on Monday announced they have agreed to create the world's premier timber, land and forest products company with more than 13 million acres of the most productive and diverse timberland in the U.S.

    At closing, the combined company is expected to have an equity value of $23 billion based on current share prices. The combined EBITDA for both companies in 2014 was $2.2 billion.

  • They will Rock the River at music festival Saturday

    The Withlacoochee Gulf Area Rocks the River Music Festival will be Saturday, Nov. 7, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. with performances by Karmic Revenge and Stephanie Fisher, and the Moses Greyhound Band.

    The event, presented by the Withlacoochee Gulf Area Chamber of Commerce and hosted by the Town of Inglis, will be at Central Park, behind the Inglis Town Hall on County Road 40.

    The night of family fun will have a kids fun zone, arts and crafts vendors, snow cones, cotton candy, funnel cakes, boiled peanuts, seafood from Shrimp Landing, and raffles for goodies.

  • Stuff the Charger food drive

    This week Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles announced the start of its annual “Stuff the Charger” Thanksgiving food drive. Through Nov. 7, the Department will be collecting non-perishable food donations for Florida’s families in partnership with food banks across the state.

  • Dog bites nine year old child

    The Levy County Animal Services has picked up and quarantined a dog that attacked and bit a nine year old boy on the leg Sunday, Nov. 1, at about 1 p.m.

    The child, who was across Northwest 41st Terrace from the residence where the dog lives, was transported to North Florida Regional Medical Center, according to a Levy County Sheriff's Office spokesman.

    Animal Services picked up the animal the same day as the attack. 

  • Sheriff's Report & Most Wanted for the week of Nov. 5

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

    •Oct. 29, Joseph Ray Ainsworth, 21, Bronson, out of county warrant.

    •Oct. 30, Macaela Linsey Allen, 21, Middleburg, DWLSR. Bond $2,000.

    •Oct. 27, John Arcangeli, 31, Wildwood, DWLSR, grand theft. Bond $55,000.

    •Oct. 28, Teresa Elizabeth Betts, 28, Chiefland, DWLSR. Bond $1,000.

    •Oct. 27, Kristi D. Cooprider, 27, Inglis, two counts driving with expired license. Bond $1,000.

  • Community Calendar for the week of Nov. 5

    Today, Nov. 5

    Levy fire administration meeting tonight

    The Levy County Fire Administration – a committee composed of all the fire chiefs in the county and municipalities will be tonight (Thursday, Nov. 5) at 5:30 p.m.

    The meeting will be in Classroom D at the Levy County Public Safety Complex, 1251 N.E. County Road 343, Bronson.

    Florida Native Plant Society plant walk

  • Regional champs

    The Chiefland Lady Indians volleyball team defeated Taylor Pierson for the regional semi-final title. Chiefland lost the first two sets – 21-25 and 13-25, before going on to win the next three sets – 27-25, 25 to 21 and 15-12, on Saturday, Oct. 31.

    The victory moved them into the state semifinals. They play Lafayette County in Mayo on Saturday, Nov. 7, at 2 p.m.

    The Lady Indians are 20-6 for the season and 10-2 in league play. The winner of that game would face the winner of the Sneads-South Walton game also being played on Saturday.