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Today's News

  • Fire leaves Chiefland family homeless

    A family of two adults and a child is homeless after a 2 a.m. Wednesday fire at a single-wide mobile home in Chiefland caused smoke damage rendering the home uninhabitable, according to a Chiefland Fire Rescue press release.

    There were no injuries to the famile of the first responders. The family was referred to Red Cross for assistance. Damage is estimated at $9,500.

    The home fire at 10090 N.W. 38th Terrace was caused by an improperly operated central heating unit due to no electrical power to the home.

  • FHP warning about Goethe burn

    The Florida Highway Patrol is monitoring a 2,000 acre prescribed burn being conducted by the Florida Forestry Service in an area south of County Road 336 between CR 337 and State Road 121 in Levy County.

    This burn event will continue throughout Thursday night and into Friday. Smoke from the burn could affect CR 336, CR 337, SR 121, CR 40 and U.S. Highway 19.

  • Third Bronson burglary suspect jailed

    The third person wanted in a string of Bronson burglaries was arrested Jan. 6 ad new burglaries were occuring int he town. 

    Philip Andrew Mosely, 20, is in the Levy County Detention Center on a $60,000 bond. He was charged with burglarizing the Bronson Public Library in 2014, as well as criminal mischief and petit theft during the same incident.

  • Blood drive in Chiefland Jan. 17

       LifeSouth and the community of Chiefland invite the public to be a part of saving lives when they team up to host a blood drive on Saturday, Jan. 17, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. in the Wal-Mart parking lot, 2201 North Young Blvd., Chiefland.

  • County and resident standoff on political signs

    A Camp Azalea resident was rebuffed in her attempt to have the Levy County Commission enforce rules on political signs still standing along roadways.

    Toni Collins complained at a December commission meeting about the signs still up from the Nov. 4 general election and gave indications it was a candidate who lost the election.

    Collins was back at the first commission meeting of the year to complain again about political signage.

    Collins asked for adoption of an ordinance or enforcement of a state statute governing political advertisements.

  • Williston teen dies in auto accident

    A Williston High School student was killed Monday night when the 2004 Dodge Ram he was driving left the roadway on C.R. 318 and hit a tree.

    Jonathen Joseph Stuart “Stewie” Bishop, 17, of Williston was pronounced dead on the scene by Marion County Fire Rescue Paramedic Robert Williams.

    According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Bishop was traveling westbound on CR 318 when he steered off the road as he rounded a curve. He then traveled northwest on to the grass shoulder and the left side of the truck hit a turn arrow sign.

  • Yoho bid for House Speaker fails

    It was a bold move when Rep. Ted Yoho (R-District 3), whose district includes Levy County, announced over the New Year's holiday he would not be voting to re-elect House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and offered himself for the position.

    After all, Yoho is just starting his second two-year term in the House.

    On Tuesday, the members of Congress returned to Washington, D.C., and the House of Representatives — dominated by the GOP — re-elected Boehner.

  • Bronson denies request to camp

    When Cheryl Ladner bought property in the Oak Forest Subdivision in Bronson, she dreamed of one day building a home on the half acre.

    Until that day, Ladner decided to move a travel trailer on the property and live there until the home became a reality.

    There were just a few problems.

    The Town of Bronson doesn’t allow people to live in campers on the property while constructing a home, and Robert “Bob” Niffenegger, the town’s building official, says the property is in a known wetland and not suitable for building.

  • Schools, District get report cards

    The state has issued performance grades for the Levy County School District and the county's four high schools for the 2013-2014 school year, and the news, according to some, may be confusing for parents who want to judge the quality of local schools. 

    For the third year in a row, the district has earned a C grade. And for the first time, all four Levy County high schools have earned a B. One school, Bronson, held on to the B it received for the 2012-2013 school year while three others — Chiefland, Williston and Cedar Key, went down from an A.

  • Cuddle time

    Manatee deaths appear to be down last year compared to the record numbers reported by state officials in 2013.

    As of December, 2014, 368 manatee deaths were reported for the year by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation. One-hundred-twenty-five of those deaths were labeled as undetermined. Manatee infant deaths accounted for 99 mortalities. Sixty-seven were the result of collisions with watercraft. Twenty-six were attributed to natural causes and 24 died due to cold stress.