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Today's News

  • One dead, one injured in Friday accident

    A Keystone Heights woman died and a man suffered critical injuries when the car they were in left County Road 341 and traveled off the road until the driver's side hit a tree on Friday at about 1 p.m., according to a Florida Highway Patrol press release.

    Victoria Annette Beasley, 22, of Keystone Heights died and Daniel Ernest Butler Jr., 38, of Hawthorne, was transported to UF Health Shands Hospital in Gainesville for treatment.

  • Sheriff's Report & Most Wanted for October 9

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

    • Sept. 29. McRobert Conrad Alphonse, 47, Archer, abandonment of an animal. ROR

    • Oct. 4, Kim Marie Bouterie, 47, Brooksville, burglary with assault or battery. Bond $15,000.

    • Sept. 29, Ehren Michael Brown, 36, Williston, out of county warrant. Bond $2,160.

    • Oct. 1, Leland Donald Deighton, 20, Old Town, failure to register motor vehicle. ROR.

    • Oct. 3, Margaret Marie Draper, 52, Old Town, petit theft, fraud. Bond $3,500.

  • Deadlines loom for Fanning hotel project

    Plans are coming down to the wire for the Fanning Springs’ Holiday Inn Express and Dairy Queen development project.

    “We need this application out the door by the end of the month,” said grants administrator Fred Fox at Fanning Springs’ city council meeting last Thursday. The state has to have all the money obligated by Dec. 12, he said.

  • A scapegoat in the water

    The U.S.S. Pueblo was masquerading as a scientific research vessel off the coast of North Korea when enemy forces determined the ship was of interest, sending a small fleet of boats to corral its crew of 81 officers and enlisted men.

    That was 1968, and the enemy had good reason to be suspicious. The Pueblo was a U.S. Navy surveillance ship, loaded down with the most high-tech spy equipment of the day, as well as a good deal of intelligence.

  • Luther Beauchamp to retire from law practice

    After more than 45 years of law practice in Levy County, R. Luther Beauchamp has announced his intent to retire from the active law practice effective Nov. 1. He started his practice in Bronson in 1969 and moved to his current Chiefland office in 1975.

    Beauchamp will continue to serve as general counsel for Florida Baptist Convention and will be completing matters for some current clients, which will take him beyond the Nov. 1 date.

  • Bronson Homecoming Royalty

    The 2014 Bronson Middle High School Homecoming King Jason Ranalli and Queen Emma Harvey were crowned during halftime on Friday, Oct. 3.

    The Bronson Eagles defeated the Bell Bulldogs 36 - 16 in the football game. 

    With over 700 in attendance, the night began with a light steady rain but as evening wore on the rain let up just in time for the halftime festivities.  Announcers John Meeks and Cameron Asbell held the attention of the fans with the play by play of the game.  

  • Chiefland Homecoming Royalty

    The 2014 Chiefland Middle High School King is Alphonso Timmons and the Queen is Kasidy Leann Shultz. The Prince is David Hallman and the Princess of Becca Thomas.

    The Little Homecoming King and Queen were Cooper Swain and Lacee Stalvey. Cooper is the son of Mark and Stacy Swain, and Lacee is the daughter of Harland and C’dell Stalvey. 

  • Msg to Chiefland: You pay the bill

    Memo from the Levy County Commission to the City of Chiefland: Nothing is free.

    And while you are at it, could you explain how, if you cannot afford to pay for an $11,000 study on how allowing the city to provide Advanced Life Support (ALSnt) non-transport service would affect the county's EMS assessment, how will you pay the $250,000 a year it takes to operate ALSnt service?

  • Commission won't fund ALS study

    The Levy County Commission voted 4-1, with Commissioner Chad Johnson of Chiefland voting no, to deny helping Chiefland fund a study of the assessment program as part of the city's request to operate an ALS non-transport service.

    The city had asked the county to share part of the $11,000 cost and to allow the city to make monthly payments for the study. But the commissioners, saying the city was showing it is not able to afford the $250,000 per year service if it cannot fund an $11,000 study, voted to deny the request.

  • Miami patient tests negative for Ebola in preliminary test

    Tallahassee — A Miami patient who was tested for Ebola on Sunday was negative in a preliminary test and a second patient in Sarasota, who traveled to West Africa, was also tested, by the Florida Department of Health (DOH), the Joint Information Center announced on Monday.

    In following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) protocol, another sample from the Miami patient was sent to the CDC's Atlanta lab for confirmation of this negative result. The CDC's results are expected on Wednesday.