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Today's News

  • UF medical students to ride ambulances

    Medical residents will shadow ― and possibly help ― crews on Levy County's ambulances as part of a program to allow them to learn about rural health care.

    The agreement to allow the ride-along was unanimously approved by the Levy County Commission on Tuesday.

    County Public Safety Director David Knowles said the students will be insured by the university for any action they take or encounter on the ride-along.

  • Body in Levy is missing Gainesville man

    A Gainesville man reported missing after he did not return home from work on Nov. 29 was found dead in the woods in the University Oaks subdivision near Bronson by a local resident on an evening stroll on Wednesday, Dec. 3.

  • "Curious Savage" opens Friday

    The Suwannee Valley Players, in conjunction with the Chief Theater, will debut John Patrick’s comedy “The Curious Savage” on Friday, Dec. 5, with continued performances Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 6-7 and Dec. 12-14.

    Laughter abounds when Mrs. Savage and her adult stepchildren have very different ideas about how to best use the millions of dollars left by her late husband. This play is presented by special arrangements with Dramatists Play Service.

  • Sheriff's Report & Most Wanted for December 4

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

    • Dec. 1, Dorothy Ahm, 46, Old Town, possession of a controlled substance without a prescription.

    • Nov. 24, Joshua Baldenegro, 25, Chiefland, VOP.

    • Nov. 25, Jonathan Beree, 42, Cedar Key, felony act that could cause death, aggravated battery, battery, battery on officer, burglary.

    • Nov. 25, William Coggins, 43, Inglis, DWLS-habitual violator, VOP.

  • Woman dies in Levy vehicle accident

    A woman died in a one-vehicle accident on State Road 24 at Wekiva Road on Wednesday, Nov. 26, at 11:15 p.m., according to a Florida Highway Patrol press release.

    Olivia Shanice Ricketts, 21, of Lake Park, was driving a 2006 Nissan Sentra southbound on SR 24 when the car veered across the northbound lane and went onto the east shoulder where it turned and then collided with a tree.

  • Transit grants to come back to board

    Levy County Transit Department Director Connie Conley asked the commission for guidance on handling joint participation agreements and grants whether the board would like to have the Chairman sign off on spending the grants and agreements when the money is approved or to have it come back before the full board for approval.

    Conley explained that at times it is two or more weeks between commission meetings and it can delay the time it takes to do things – like purchasing buses.

  • Friday concert to raise funds for local cancer group

    By Laura Bittner

    The Band Perry is coming to play Rock Crusher Canyon Friday, Dec. 5, to play country music and to raise funds for BACK Fighting Cancer Inc.

    The Band Perry is an all-sibling band, originally from Alabama, with members Kimberly Perry, Neil Perry and Reid Perry.

    “A portion of the proceeds of the event will go to BACK Fighting Cancer Inc.,” said Ryan Bell, president of RaC events LLC, which is headquartered in Chiefland.

  • County has only one taker for veterinarian job

    Seven people have applied for the county's new grants coordinator job, but it was the veterinarian's job — which attracted only one applicant that got the most attention from those attending the Levy County Commission.

  • Empty seat stays cold on Bronson council

    Though the idea was tossed around, what with the applicants all being “so qualified,” the shortest-straw approach to selecting a new Bronson Town Council member was abandoned Monday night.

    So, too, was the idea that voters should decide.

    When Bronson Town Council Member Berlon Weeks resigned his seat more than a month ago, the decision was to advertise for interested applicants. The remaining council members would appoint someone, they had decided.

  • Teacher challenges school board for second time

    A Chiefland teacher went before the Levy County School Board once again speaking of a culture of intimidation and fear of retaliation in the school system.

    During the public comments section of the school board meeting Tuesday morning, Chiefland Middle School history teacher Jerry Lawrence said the last meeting at which he spoke was epitomized by those two things.

    Lawrence said he asked to be put on the agenda and was not, he asked for 30 minutes to speak and was given 15, and he said the board was silent and relied on their legal counsel to respond.