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Today's News

  • Breaking NewsProsecutor named to replace Smith as County Judge

    Prosecutor named to replace Smith as County Judge

        Assistant State Attorney Tim Browning, 53, of Archer, has been named to replace Levy County Judge Joseph Smith on the bench.

        Gov. Charlie Crist's office announced the appointment Monday afternoon, just days after Smith was honored at a retirement reception.

        He was chosen over two attorneys who practice in Levy County: Ronald Stephens and Charlotte Weidner.

  • $10K video buys guilty verdict

    It was a tough picture for anyone to erase from memory: two men sat across a table dining while the hands of an unseen third man — the one wearing a video camera whose wiring is sewn into his shirt — reaches into a bag and pulls out a stack of fresh $100 bills.

    “Let’s get down to business here,” the disembodied voice of FBI Special Agent Sean Quinn said, “This is $10,000 here.” He counts out the bills into ten stacks. The image of Benjamin Franklin on the front of the crisp bills almost seems to stare into the camera.

  • EMS buying new units

    The beleagured Levy County Emergency Medical Service is buying two new units for $114,695 each because the current fleet of seven vehicles is spending too much time in the shop with high-milage on them.

    The purchase, from Wheeled Coach of Winter Park, was approved by the commission during its regular meeting on Tuesday at the County Courthouse. The money is in the department's budget for the year.

  • Bronson to get new fire chief

    Firefighter Jeff DiMaggio has been selected by the town council to fill the vacant chief position for Bronson Volunteer Fire and Rescue.  DiMaggio joined the BVFR in July, after completing the construction of a home outside of the city limits. Before the move, he spent more than nine years as a member of the Cedar Key Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department where he also served as assistant chief.

    DiMaggio is a Fire Management Officer for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.  

  • Dialysis center comes to Chiefland

    Chiefland and Levy County residents needing the blood-filtering effects of kidney dialysis will soon find they need not travel far.  That’s because Chiefland is about to have its own kidney dialysis facility.

     Ron Colvin, field superintendent for the construction company overseeing the project, said the facility, started in October, should be completed by mid January.

    The building, owned by Fresenius Medical Care, is of modular construction and is about 7,000 square feet.  Colvin said the building is meant to handle up to10 patients at a time.

  • CFCC trustees select College of Central Florida

    Central Florida Community College is one step closer to getting a new name.

    The CFCC District Board of Trustees approved the name College of Central Florida at their Tuesday meeting. Other names recommended to the board were: Central Florida State College, Florida American College and State College of Central Florida.

  • Blood donation gets Extreme Makeover

    While ABC’s “Extreme Makeover Home Edition” taps into the community spirit to help one family, the show also offers a way volunteers can make a difference for the entire community, and no carpentry skills are needed.

     Through Dec. 14, donors in Chiefland can also get involved by stopping by LifeSouth’s donor at 2202 N. Young Blvd. in the Winn-Dixie Center Shopping Center.  All donors will get a limited edition Extreme makeover: Home Edition Blood Donor T-shirt.

  • Weapons class raises $2,300 for Cates children

    Forty-six people battled the rain and elements to attend the second Levy County Sheriffs Fundraiser For the Cates Family. The event raised $2,300 for the five children of Carrie Cates of Bronson, who died after being struck by a vehicle  on Oct 9. The children are being raised by her parents.

     Although over 87 people had signed up for the class, the turnout was impressive considering the bad weather, Lt. Scott Finnen, the event coordinator, said.

  • Community Calendar

    Dunnellon Community Thrift Store open

     

    The Community Thrift Shop has opened a new store at 11871 Illinois Ave., in the old Sertoma Club building behind the Route 41 Dry Cleaner across from Dunnellon Printing on Illinois Avenue.

     Thrift Shop hours are now 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Mon. through Sat.

     In addition to providing a place to donate gently used clothing, household and decorative items, it gives the community a place to shop for low cost necessities.

  • Holiday Duet marries chopper, color red with seasonal music

    Actors singing traditional songs of the season, admission to the “Art of the Chopper” and “Red” exhibitions, and tasty holiday treats are all included in the Holiday Duet program offered by the Ocala Civic Theatre and Appleton Museum of Art of Central Florida Community College Dec. 17-20.

    Admission is $18 per person and tickets are available at the Appleton Museum, Ocala Civic Theatre and online at www.AppletonMuseum.org and www.ocalacivictheatre.com.