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Today's News

  • Indian Express

    Chiefland’s boys basketball team found it’s groove last Friday night, rolling to an easy 75-44 victory against visiting Trenton.

    The offensive showcase started early in the game, as the Indians built an early 9-3 lead in the opening minutes of the first quarter, a Trenton 3-pointer by Cedric Stokes closed the gap to 9-6, but then the Indians started warming up.

    Early foul trouble inside forced Chiefland to go small with their lineup, coach Mike Beck said. The move paid off.

  • Letter: AARP members support health care reform

    In a recent AARP survey, AARP members in Florida support the House health-reform legislation by a crushing, 66-percent to 30-percent margin after considering everything they’ve learned from AARP and elsewhere about the issue.

  • Local dragbike maker victorious

     Standing among rows of some of the fastest performance motorcycles in the U.S., Chris Jones flashed an easy-going smile and pointed to a wall covered in awards.

  • Tigers roll Lady Indians

    Led by two scorers in double digits, Trenton’s girls basketball team topped Chiefland last Friday, 51-29.

    But Indians coach Chris Wilson saw plenty to praise, after a season-opening rout against Williston on Nov. 17.

    “I was extremely proud of them,” Wilson said of his team. “We lost our first effort (against Williston) 48-9, and that’s a really good team. And to come back and play better against (Trenton), they’re a really good, well-coached team. I’m pleased.”

  • Forgotten county joins Purple Heart Highway

    The Military Order of the Purple Heart in Florida wants to have Levy County join a national movement to rename U.S. Highway 27 ... about three years late.

    “How could they forget us,” asked Commissioner Chad Johnson, when the item came up for a vote at Tuesday's Board of Commissioners meeting.

    “Especially in three years,” County Coordinator Fred Moody said as the room broke into laughter.

  • Manatee Springs to host historical reenactment

    Manatee Springs State Park has shifted the days for its annual Clay Landing Days to Saturday and Sunday this year in an effort to attract more visitors.

    This weekend's event will feature covered wagon rides and hayrides through the park’s north trail system.  

    Along the way, participants will encounter Creek and Seminole Indians and settlers camped out and dressed in period clothing.

  • FBI on trial with commissioners

    The trial of suspended Levy County Commissioners Sammy Yearty and Tony Parker is slowly working its way through the jagged bits and pieces of video and audio tapes as the government tries to prove the two men solicited and split a $10,000 bribe from an undercover FBI agent posing as a developer.

    Yearty also faces an additional charge of lying to federal agents for saying he had not accepted a lunch, dinner or bribe in return for his vote.

  • FBI on trial with commissioners--Wednesday Update

    Wednesday Update

    In a tape viewed by the jury from 9:05 a.m. until 10:40 a.m. on Wednesday, FBI agent Sean Quinn is shown grabbing a stack of bills out of a case as he counts off the $100 bills into stacks.

    "One, 2, 3, 4.. so you take that," Quinn says as he pushes the money in Tony Parker's direction across the table. "So you don't have to pay for airfare."

    "1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 - so you take that," Quinn says, pushing the 100 dollar stack toward Yearty. "So  you don't have any worries."

  • Sheriff, union at odds over money issues

    Levy County Sheriff Johnny Smith and the union representing the deputies are at odds over the handling of $500,000 that was overlooked until the last days of the 2008-09 budget and they have taken the additional step of filing a complaint against Smith's right hand man, Col. Charles M. Johnson Jr. with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

    In addition, the union has sent notice to the Public Employee Relations Commission declaring negotiations at an impasse and asking for the appointment of a panel of special magistrates to resolve the issues in dispute.

  • New book showcases Levy County’s rich past

    People interested in the history of Levy County will find over 200 images documenting the life of early settlers in a new book from Arcadia Publishing.

    Local author and artist Carolyn Cohens explores the area’s rich history through photographs in her new book Images of America: Levy County.

    Filled with pictures and brief profiles of Levy County’s early settlers, the book depicts people utilizing the land by farming, hunting and fishing. The images provide a strong documentation of the fashions, working conditions and architecture of yesteryear.