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Today's News

  • Levy cleans up after Tropical Storm Colin

    By Lou Elliott Jones

    Tropical Storm Colin washed ashore on Monday and for residents and officials it looked more like a hurricane exercise than a storm that could do real damage.

    “It was a very nice wake up call to shake the rust off,” said Levy County Emergency Management Assistant Director David Peaton.

  • Teen critical after accident

    A 17-year-old is in critical condition following a one-vehicle accident Monday shortly after 1 p.m. on U.S. Highway 19 at Northwest 135th Lane, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report.

    Trevor D. Hill, 17, was transported to Shands Hospital in Gainesville after he lost control of his 2003 Ford Escape while southbound on U.S. 19 during heavy rain, overcorrected and the SUV started to rotate.

  • CFEC repares for Colin

    As Tropical Storm Colin continues on its path, Central Florida Electric Cooperative (CFEC) has assembled a prepared group of linemen and service restoration personnel, who are ready to assist as needed. CFEC is also ready to bring in additional contractors or request assistance from neighboring cooperatives outside the area to aid members and the community, if the need arises.

  • TS Colin news: Damage assessment begins

    ****LEVY COUNTY POST STORM UPDATE****

     

  • Indians finish spring strong, beat Wildwood 36-14

    The Chiefland Indians traveled to Wildwood two Fridays ago and capped off 2016 Spring football with a 36-14 victory over the Wildwood Wildcats.

    The young Indians are replacing 11 seniors from last year’s group, and as always new faces are expected to step up. Incoming sophomore Wyatt Hammond took over at quarterback for the Indians’ offense and threw for two touchdowns — a 15 yarder to fellow sophomore tight-end L.J. Jenkins and a beautiful 32-yard seam route to senior Jamarlon “Pooh” Bowers.

  • Tour de Melon bicycle race brings attention to festival

    Suwannee Valley Rotary club members, pictured at right at their lunch time meeting last week, are gearing up to host the fifth annual Tour de Melon – watermelon themed bike ride – to be held on June 4 this year beginning at Strickland Park in Chiefland. Proceeds from the event go toward various community outreach programs throughout the year.

    Registration starts at 6:30 a.m. with the ride beginning at 7:30.

  • Ciallella heads Chamber group

    The Withlacoochee Gulf Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors has appointed Helen Ciallella as Community Relations Coordinator.

    This new position will allow the Chamber to coordinate efforts with our local business members, the towns of Inglis, Yankeetown, Dunnellon, Levy County, and Citrus County.

  • Summer BreakSpot Program starting

     Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam has announced that the Summer BreakSpot program will provide free meals and snacks from June through August to children 18 and under who are from low-income families.

    The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services partners with more than 3,800 schools and community organizations sites statewide to offer free, nutritious meals, recreational fun and educational activities to students from low-income families during the summer months.

  • Lecanto’s Davis departing to focus on family

    By Andrew Caplan

    In just four years, Jeff Davis guided Lecanto High School through its brightest and darkest days.

    The principal and former coach, a fixture at many athletic events, was on the field when the football team won its first county championship. He was in the classroom after a 15-year-old freshman boy shot himself last November — and grieved with faculty, parents and students for weeks after.

    Reflecting on the disparity, Davis finds himself thankful for where he is and where he is heading.

  • Public meeting Tuesday on highway through Levy

    ABOUT THE MEETINGS
    When: Tuesday, June 7, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
    Where: Best Western Gateway Grand, 4200 N.W. 97th Blvd., Gainesville
    When: Wednesday, June 8, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
    Where: Hilton Ocala Conference Center, 3600S.W. 36th Ave., Ocala

    By Michael D. Bates

    BROOKSVILLE — Even when the Interstate 75 Relief Task Force makes its anticipated recommendation in August, don’t expect that to be an end of the matter, County Commission Chairman Ron Kitchen said Tuesday.