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Today's News

  • Levy fugitive arrested in Arizona

    The U.S. Marshals Service, working in conjunction with the Levy County Sheriff's Office, has arrested a violent Levy County fugitive that fled to Mexico in 2002, according to a LCSO press release.
    Stephen Ray Douglass, 62 was wanted for failing to register as a sex offender.  Douglass was convicted in 1989 for brutally raping a woman.  During the sexual assault, he intimidated his victim and threatened her with retaliation if the victim disclosed the crime.

  • Sheriff's Report & Most Wanted for Feb. 9

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office reports the following arrests:
    n Feb. 3 Sean Aaron Aucker, 38, Williston, battery. Bond $15,000
    n Feb. 1, James Gordon Ballengee, 46, Chiefland, Bond $1,000
    n Feb, 3, David Lee Beech, 34, Chiefland, operate motor vehicle WO valid license. Bond $1,000
    n Jan. 30, Jay Carlton, 58, Chiefland, DWLSR. Bond $2,000
    n Feb. 1, Amanda Marie Crespo, 25, Williston, battery. Violation of injunction protection domestic violence. Bond $5,500

  • Sexual predator address change

    Raymond Eli Wortham, convicted in 2006 of sexual battery on a child in Duval County, has moved to Levy County from Jacksonville.
    Wortham, 37, is living at 11631 N.E. 105th Ave., Archer.
    For a complete listing of all registered sexual predators and offenders residing in Levy County, or to search by zip code,  visit www.flde.state.fl.us and go to the sexual data base.

  • Search for CHS football coach over

    Chiefland High school principal Bill Tovine ended the search that began in December for a football coach with the official announcement on Feb. 2 that Aaron Richardson is the school’s new varsity football head coach.
    “Looking at all the strengths and weaknesses of the program, we found the best person who gives us a chance at winning,” Tovine said.

  • Bronson area landowner accused of being a busy beaver

    Bronson Town Council members and opponents of a recently discussed annexation proposal may have been in disharmony at Monday night’s meeting, but one chord rang true throughout the discussion: Most in attendance were not fans of George Stephens.
    Stephens, according to Council Member Berlon Weeks, is the largest property-owning resident of Lake Johnson Estates—the subdivision Weeks would like to see annexed—and is responsible for clogging a drainage ditch dug in the 1930s that partially cuts through the subdivision.

  • County commission wants to charge inmates for visits

    The Levy County Jail's video visiting system installed in 2006 has not worked perfectly since it was installed and now replacements for the pieces-parts that were cobbled together to create it are scarce, making repairs difficult, if not impossible.

  • Cowart seeks school board seat

    My name is Christopher "Chris" Cowart. With a humble servant's heart I would like to serve you on the School Board representing District 2.
    I am 37 years old and I have a 10-year-old daughter who is a 4th grader at Cedar Key School where she has attended since starting Pre-K giving me a vested interest in this District.

  • Court dispositions published Feb. 9

    n Reginald Ventrell Adams, resisting an officer with violence and possession of more than 20 grams marijuana, nolle pros; resisting arrest without violence and battery, 180 days with credit for 50 days served, served concurrently. Must pay civil judgment and jail fund.
    n  Melvin Alday, sale of synthetic narcotic, adjudication withheld, 5 years probation; trafficking in controlled substance, nolle pros. Must pay $218.50 cost of investigation.

  • Community Calendar for the week of Feb. 9

    Through March 4

    Author and historian Carolyn Cohens, a self-taught artist from Chiefland, is part of an exhibit "Variations on a Dream: Black History, Liberation & Spirituality" at Bellamy Road in Melrose. Cohens' acrylic paintings celebrate the folk-life of African-Americans in Levy County and the surrounding region.

  • Spaghetti dinner helps the hungry

    The St. Vincent de Paul Society at St John the Evangelist Church in Chiefland on U.S. Highway 27A is hosting a Valentine's Day spaghetti dinner on Saturday, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
    The menu includes salad, bread, and homemade pies for dessert. All are welcome.
    The cost? A bag of groceries for the Society's food shelf. Canned goods, peanut butter, cereal and soups are always needed. If that is difficult or inconvenient, a cash donation is always appreciated.