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Today's News

  • Growhouses shut down

    The Levy County Drug Task Force and the Drug Enforcement Administration officers have shut down two marijuana-growing operations in two Morriston homes.

    Working on a tip out of Marion County, the officers had the house at 6550 S.E. 123rd Terrace in Morriston under surveillance on Aug. 26 when two trucks left the home. The officers, according to arrest reports, stopped the vehicles and detected the odor of marijuana coming from a plastic bag with clothing in it.

  • Sheriff's Reports

    BRONSON - The following persons have been arrested and charged with the following crimes according to Levy County Sheriff's Department arrest reports. All are considered innocent until found guilty in a court of law.

    Marrio Kentrell "Lil Drack" Monroe, 27, Northeast 27th Court, Williston, charged with possession of cocaine and sale of cocaine. Bond is $25,000. According to court papers this is his 14th arrest.

  • The money shuffle begins

    The Levy County Commission is doing the end-of-year money shuffle as some departments have some cash on hand to help other departments strapped for cash.

    In its regular meting Tuesday morning, the commissioners approved moving money around to help six departments that were short of funds.

    The commission took cash from the following funds and departments:

    General Revenue, $180,561

    E911, $9,440

    Emergency Medical Services, $276,843

    Fire, $204,512

    Drug Task Force, $17,612

    Capital Projects, $542,157

    And gave funds to:

  • AMVETS threw a terrific holiday weekend

    The usual suspects triumphed at Monday's karaoke contest held at AMVETS Post 88 in Bronson, though the menu of music on tap was long and deep.

    It took a three-way sing-off to crown Carissa Fields of Chiefland, with her letter-perfect rendition of Celine Dion's "My Heart Will Go On." Bronson's Reginald Stacy placed second with his tiebreak song of "Purple Rain," by Prince, and Samantha Beckham was third with Martina McBride's "Independence Day."

  • 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.