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Today's News

  • Small things make it all worthwhile

    I enjoy my job about 80 percent of the time. For the most part, coming into the office is not work. It's about the challenges I will face as I watch the puzzle you call a newspaper come together from all over the building into one tight little package.

    The last week of June I received a call from Francis Akins to tell me one of his staff was retiring. It was too close to deadline to do anything for that week's paper, but I pledged I'd be in Bronson Friday afternoon.

    "He doesn't say much," Akins warned before hanging up.

  • Chiefland looks at other legal options

    The Chiefland City Commission is hanging out the "Help Wanted" sign just two weeks after muzzling City Attorney Norm Fugate for actively participating in a suit brought by businessman Andy Andrews.

    Mayor Teal Pomeroy, who placed the item on the Monday night meeting agenda, said, "I want to consider advertising for legal services and see what we get."

    The commission first discussed getting bids for legal services, but later decided to seek proposals.

  • Six arrests in meth bust

    Six people have been arrested on various charges in two separate cases involving the manufacture and sales of methamphetamines.

    On Monday, the Levy County Sheriff's Office Drug Task Force arrested four people for trafficking in methamphetamine, trafficking in ephedrine and manufacturing in methamphetamine at 267 Shearer Street in Inglis.

    In an unrelated case, two men were arrested on August 20 for unlawful possession of listed chemicals, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance.

  • Sheriff's Reports

    The following people were arrested by the Levy County Sheriff's Office on the charges listed below. All are presumed innocent until proved guilty in a court of law.

  • 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.