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Today's News

  • Dixie County child killed in hunting incident

    From FWC
    An Old Town child was killed in a hunting incident Nov. 8 on private land near Old Town in Dixie County.
    Bryan Austen Osteen (DOB 07/26/99) was deer hunting at the Crane Bay Hunting Club, according to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) investigators.
    Osteen was hunting from an 11-foot ladder stand and was using an H&R single-shot, 20-gauge shotgun.  At approximately 5:15 p.m., Osteen suffered a fatal shot to the chest when he was apparently attempting to climb down off the stand.

  • Sheriff's Report & Most Wanted for Nov. 17

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office reports the following arrests:
    n Nov. 7, Christopher Allen Barron, 28, Chiefland, cocaine possession with intent to sell, possession of methamphetamine with intent to sell, to deliver within 1,000 feet of place of worship. Bond $100,000.
    n Nov. 13, Chastity Nicole Baxman, 30, Otter Creek, out of county warrant.
    n Nov. 13, Tabatha Ann Beals, 24, Old Town, possession of cocaine, possession of methamphetamine with intent to sell, drug equipment. Bond $26,000.

  • Public Safety hosts CF Sim Lab

       The Levy County Department of Public Safety is inviting the public to stop by on Friday and Saturday to check out the College of Central Florida's new Mobile Simulator Lab during its visit to the Emergency Operations Center on County Road 32 in Bronson.  The lab will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.

  • Clean living, clean writing

    Janet McGuire Hendershot says she was first bitten by the writing bug in high school when she won a prize for an essay on what it means to be American, a theme that would shape much of what she wrote about for the rest of her life.
    Hendershot, a 73-year-old resident of Old Town since 1989, grew up in North Miami in the 1950s. It was a different time in America, she says.
    “You didn’t lock your house up, and you could go anywhere on a bus. It was safe back in those days.”

  • WITHDRAWN :Kathy Green-Hudson seeks elections position

    Levy County resident, Kathy Green Hudson, has filed the required paperwork to seek the office of Supervisor of Elections in 2012.
    Hudson, a fourth generation Levy County native, was born and raised in Chiefland. She is the daughter of Bob and Martha Dell Barker Green and is married to Resha E. (R.E.) Hudson Jr.  The Hudsons have one son, Yancey and a daughter, Shannon. They have two grandchildren, Yancey and Savannah Hudson.

  • Commandments to go on tour

    With no discussion on the matter, Chiefland City commissioners voted 4-0 Monday night to allow the Ten Commandments monument placed in front of City Hall to be removed by its owner so that it can tour the state.

  • Sheriff's lieutenant fired after arrest

    A Levy County Sheriff's lieutenant has been terminated following his arrest Friday on charges of taking a county employee captive at the home they once shared and attacking her.

  • Sheriff's lieutenant arrested

     Levy County Sheriff's Lt. Zachary Knight, 38, has been suspended without pay following his arrest in Chiefland on Friday on charges of armed sexual battery, false imprisonment, and aggravated assault and tampering with a victim, according to a Sheriff's Office press release.

    The Florida Department of Lawe Enforcement arrested Knight following an investigation that was referred by the Sheriff's Office following a complaint. 

  • Leprosarium proposed for the Cedar Keys

    By TONI COLLINS
    Levy historian

    North Key, the westernmost island of the collection of islands known as “the  Cedar Keys,” was reserved for government use in 1840 at the urging of General Zachary Taylor.
     Several years later, several citizens of Madison County urged the government to establish a Commercial Depot on the key for the purpose of shipping out products coming off the Suwannee River.  Their appeals were ignored.

  • Columnist: Dispelling a Myth Part II

    In a recent column, I began shedding light on what I see as a mountain of research that effectively debunks the established myth that 75 percent of marriages involving a child with a disability end in divorce. In my review of the research literature, I learned marriages involving a child with a disability have about the same divorce rate as all marriages.