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Today's News

  • County backhoe theft solved with 2 arrests

    The case of a Levy County backhoe stolen in broad daylight from along a highway has been solved almost a year after the equipment was recovered with the arrests of two men.

  • Sheriff’s reports & Most Wanted for August 11

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

  • Judge rules against Yankeetown challenge to Tarmac mine

    Yankeetown has lost its challenge of Levy County's approval of the Tarmac King Road mining operation.
    In a 287-word order, 8th Circuit Court Judge Robert E. Rountree Jr. dismissed the petition for a writ of certiorari— a judicial review — of the Levy County Commission's May 3 decision to approve the mine on a 4,750-acre site near Inglis.  The company expects to mine at the rate of 25 acres per year for 110 years.

  • Levy County deputy makes push to World Games

    At 5-foot, 6-inches tall, Levy County Sheriff’s deputy Gerald “Tom” Martin doesn’t intimidate every bad guy he comes in contact with on a daily basis. But if the bad guy pushes things, Martin pushes back with world class force.

  • Features, families first at Bronson Speedway

    Families and features come first at Bronson Speedway, which has fired the engines up after more than a year without racing.

    Most tracks race heats first, but by running features first, new owner Ann Young hopes to keep families on the edge of their seats before bedtime.

  • Hot July for James

    In the past month, Jiwan James' stock has soared as a minor league baseball prospect in the Philadelphia Phillies' organization.

    The Williston native even had the waitress at Appleby's recognize him as "The Jiwan James" on a recent trip to the chain-restaurant in Clearwater, where he's been swinging a smoking-hot bat for the Threshers, an Advanced A team.

    "Her boyfriend was an autograph seeker, though, so that was kinda bad," James said.

  • Yankeetown must wait for answer on Tarmac

    The Town of Yankeetown argued its challenge to the Levy County Commission's conditional approval of a special exception permit for the Tarmac King Road limerock mine and now it is left to wait for a court ruling.
    Judge Robert E. Rountree Jr. said after hearing two hours of arguments from both sides on Monday he would issue a ruling but would not say when.

  • New school policies in place

    Ignorance won't be bliss for parents and legal guardians with claims of not being aware of new policies for the 2011-12 school year. That was brought up by School Board of Levy County chairman Rick Turner of Yankeetown during a recent board meeting discussion about one of the new policies where three tardies in a nine-week grading period count as an absence.
    "What happens when a parent comes in saying they didn't know about the policy?" Turner asked director of administration Jeff Edison.

  • It's back to school time

    It's time to "Stuff the Bus," fill the backpack, trim those locks and celebrate a summer well spent before starting school on Aug. 22.
    Sorry. Summer and school should not be mentioned in the same sentence. But it's true.
    This weekend parents can hit the stores to take advantage of a sales-tax-free weekend of shopping for clothing and school supplies.
    And the whole family can take advantage of two events to help them get ready for school.

  • County hires first public safety director

    Levy County has hired its first public safety director and he will start work on Aug. 22.
    David L. Knowles, a native of Hawthorne and a captain with the Citrus County Fire Rescue, has accepted the position that carries a $65,000 annual salary.
    The Levy County Commission unanimously approved Knowles' hiring at its Aug. 2 regular meeting.  He was their top choice among six candidates interviewed by the commission in July.