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Today's News

  • Community Calendar for the week of July 9

    Today, July 9

    Summer reading program at Yankeetown

    The Juggling Heroes will be appearing at this week's summer reading program at the A.F. Knotts Public Library in Yankeetown on Thursday, July 9, at 10:30 a.m. The program is free and a snack is provided through the UF/IFAS Family Nutrition Extension Office.

    Library Friends meetings

  • CEE meets next week

    Sen. Bernie Sanders’s presidential candidacy will be the main topic of discussion at Citizens for an Engaged Electorate’s regular meeting this month. Also on the agenda is the group’s voter registration and re-registration drive. Other items include:

    • An update on Representative Ted Yoho’s stance on GMO labeling and the DARK Act

    • Fracking on public lands

    • Discussion on Sierra Club’s request to become more actively involved in the district.

  • Brinson trial set for December

    A new trial date has been set for Crystal Michelle Brinson, who faces a charge of first-degree murder for a crime dating back to the Christmas season of 2012.

    Brinson, 38, of Brooksville, has been charged in connection with the 2012 death of DeAnna Lee Stires, 18, also of Brooksville.

    Brinson was in Judge Richard Howard’s court Thursday for a status conference. Based on the availability of all parties, Howard set the trial for Dec. 7 with a pre-trial date of Nov. 30.

  • Chiefland man charged with attempted murder

    A Chiefland man has been charged with attempted murder after striking his girlfriend with a car.

    Police responded to the scene at Prairie Oaks Apartments in Chiefland on around 8:40 p.m. June 30 and noticed a woman lying in the roadway.

  • Dixie arrest man wanted in Levy

    A Dixie County deputy stopped a car on June 29 at about 2 p.m. on Northeast Highway 349 for traveling 70 mph in a 60 mph speed zone. During the course of the traffic stop, the deputy noticed that a male passenger appeared to be acting nervously and was holding a black backpack.

  • Sheriff's Report & Most Wanted for the week of July 9

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

    •July 4, Otis Ray Bean Jr., 53, Inglis, stalking, damage property $1,000 or more, burglary. Bond $2,500.

    •July 1, Galvester Daniels III, 33, Williston, flee/elude police at high speed, RW/OV, cocaine traffic 28 grams less than 150 KG. Bond $210,000.

    •July 4, Dylan Wayne Davies, 18, Chiefland, marijuana possession not more than 20 grams, possession or use of drug equipment, smuggle contraband/introduce into detention facility. Bond $11,000.

  • Haven honors veterans

    Five veterans were honored for their service to the nation by Haven Hospice Veteran Volunteers who thanked them and presented with certificates, pins and lap quilts.

    They are Joseph Holubek of Chiefland, Max Mundell of Morriston, Ray Helping of Archer, Wilbur McCallister of Williston and Lawrence Green of Old Town.

    During World War II, Holubek served in the U.S. Marine Corps, and Green served in the U.S. Merchant Marine. Mundell and McCallister both served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Helping served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.

  • Career and tech students can now be Presidential Scholars

    As part of an executive order by President Barack Obama, career and technical education students will now be able to be designated as U.S. Presidential Scholars.

  • SRWMD Fanning Springs Dashboard goes live

    Real-time water quality data for Fanning Springs is now available to the public on a new dashboard. Fanning Springs is a second magnitude spring in Levy County continuously monitored by the Suwannee River Water Management District. The District began collecting continuous data in 2014 as a result of a collaboration with the US Geological Survey (USGS) and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP).

  • Julia Oberst is schools' new food service coordinator

     The Levy County School Board has hired a new food service coordinator and like her predecessor, she is very passionate about what she does.

    “She’s very enthusiastic and very qualified,” Levy County School Board Assistant Superintendent of Administration Jeff Edison said of Julia Oberst, the Bronson resident who was hired for the position following Becky Tyson’s departure.