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Today's News

  • Chiefland ponders four-day work week

    Outside workers for the city of Chiefland will be able to go to a four-day week, but city hall workers may not get the same schedule.

    The city commission in its regular meeting on Monday evening decided to allow City Manager Grady Hartzog to put outside workers - such as public works - on a four, 10-hour day schedule, but balked at closing city hall on Fridays.

    Hartzog also proposed expanding the ways residents can pay their bills when city hall is closed by taking online and telephone payments using credit or debit cards.

  • Smith takes sheriff's race by a nose

    It was a good day for incumbents in Tuesday's primary as three won re-election and others won their party's nomination for the November election.

    Almost one-third of the county's registered voters, 8,216 out of 25,070, cast ballots in the primary. All results are unofficial. While it was a primary to determine the nominees for the November general elections, three races were being decided as the Republican Party did not mount any candidates to oppose the Democrats.

  • Interested in gardening?

    Anthony Drew, Levy County Extension Agent; Annette Long, Manatee & Fanning Springs Ambassador and Nature Coast Master Gardeners will present a public workshop with practical, research-based instruction for homeowner landscapes and gardens. Topics will include landscape design, designing with water in mind, fertilizer basics, fall vegetables and fruits and other topics.

    The event will be held at Fanning Springs State Park (meeting room) 18020 N.W. Highway 19 Fanning Springs from 10-2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20 and Saturday, Sept. 27.

  • Hospital asks for extension

    The Tri-County Hospital is moving forward with construction, although more slowly than originally planned, said Chiefland Planning Director Bill Hammond.

    Hammond updated the City Planning Board on the hospital's progress at its regular meeting Thursday evening.

    Hammond said the hospital has asked for an 60-day extension on its construction start date, a move that is agreeable to the city commission.

    "They don't want to issue the permit until next year for the money to be in for the budget."

  • Snakes alive!

    At one time, the entire state of Florida was a haven for snakes, as warm climes, plenty of food and suitable habitat allowed serpents to thrive.

    Massive development over the past few decades to the south has helped put a dent in snake populations, but there are still pockets where the legless wonders can roam relatively undisturbed.

    The rural Big Bend or Gulf Hammock area of Florida is one of those regions, and Levy County would be smack dab in the middle of that.

  • Man arrested 72 times

    Thirteen people have been arrested on drug charges in Williston, including one man with 72 arrests on his record and a second man with 31 arrests on his record - including failure to appear in court on four drug charges.

    The arrests by the Levy County Sheriff's Office and the County Drug Task Force this month are for offenses dating as far back as April.

  • Chiefland Police Reports

    Shannon April Brown, 30, 244th Street, Old Town, charged with retail theft less than $300. The incident report says Brown was detained by WalMart security after being observed putting merchandise in her handbag and exiting the store.

  • Sheriff's Reports

    Jason Sandora, 26, Commissory Road, Otter Creek, charged with domestic batter of a person over 65 and battery. The sheriff's report says Sandora, a relative and a third person were drinking at his home when Sandora had a disagreement with the relative and pushed him to the floor. The third person tried to intervene and was punched by Sandora, according to the report. Bond is $7,500.

  • What kind of employee do you want working for you?

    As voters across Levy County mark absentee ballots, drive to Bronson for early voting or prepare to go to the polls Tuesday, one of the biggest questions they should ask is "Who will do the best job for me?"

    Elected officials are often called public servants because their chief role is to serve the people who elect them into office.

    And because your tax dollars pay the salaries of these men and women, you should make your voting decision just as if you were the owner of a business hiring a new employee.

  • See where crime is happening

    Ever wonder what's happening on your street?

    Ever pass a neighbor's house and wonder why the sheriff's cars are in the yard?

    Now you can find out without looking nosy - even though the Levy County Sheriff's Office thinks a little nosiness is a good thing when it comes to deterring crime.

    That's why the Sheriff's Office has partnered with Public Engines, a software development company, to become the second sheriff's office in Florida to post its crime incident information on the Internet.