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Today's News

  • A night to celebrate

    They came by the scores. Some with tear-streaked faces; others with smiles that glistened. For a few short hours Friday night and Saturday morning, wars were forgotten, the price of gasoline only whispered about and plans for summer vacation were shelved as the community came together to celebrate a night of living as the 14th Annual Relay for Life got under way at Chiefland High School.

  • New scales coming to landfill

    BRONSON - The outdated weigh scale system at the Levy County Landfill will soon be streamlined, thanks to the approval of a new scale house and unit that will improve safety and improve traffic flow.

    The Board of County Commissioners gave the project the green light at Tuesday's meeting at the Courthouse.

    The move will give the landfill two sets of scales - one for commercial and the other for the public.

  • County blesses fire department merger

    BRONSON - A proposed fire merger between Bronson and Otter Creek took another step toward becoming reality Tuesday when the Levy Board of County Commissioners gave the plan its blessings.

    The merger would stand to significantly upgrade protection in Otter Creek, a tiny community that has a station and some equipment but is lacking in manpower.

    Bronson Fire Chief Rick Lombardo explained that the merger would provide quicker response in largely rural Otter Creek and lower property insurance rates, since it would improve its ISO rating.

  • Man charged with attempted homicide

    An evening of revelry ended in tragedy last Friday evening when a man was stabbed multiple times at the Clay Landing Boat Ramp.

    Authorities have not released the name of the man who was stabbed in the upper torso and face. He was transported to Shands at the University of Florida where he underwent two surgeries.

    The victim was released Monday and is recuperating, according to Lt. Evan Sullivan, public information officer for the Levy County Sheriff's Office.

  • Why I Relay–my son's life

    When Gail Osteen told me last week that she had no history of any kind of cancer in any of her family, I was more than surprised.

    I didn't know any such person existed, because it seems for as long as I can remember cancer has been a very real, and very unwelcome, facet of my life.

  • Saving energy at BES

    It's affecting more than just the pocketbooks of the general public.

    Rising energy costs are also taking a toll on Levy County Schools.

    Cheryl Beauchamp, the principal at Bronson Elementary, presented recommendations to the School Board on ways to conserve energy as determined by an energy committee that was previously formed.

    "I think right now the climate is good for us to work on this. It's affecting us at home and the school. People know the price of fuel and electricity," said Superintendent Cliff Norris.

  • Chiefland–a drug ghost town

    Chiefland Police Chief Robert Douglas could not say enough good things Monday night about the joint effort between his officers and the sheriff's department when it comes to eliminatng drugs from the city streets.

    Douglas told the city commission that federal indictments had been handed down following a major cocaine bust that had a street value of over $1.5 million.

    Because the cases involving the seven individuals will go through the federal courts, any guilty verdicts will most likely carry with them prison sentences-including life.

  • Sheriff's Reports

    Deputies with the Levy County Sheriff's Office and other officers recently arrested the following people. Suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

    _ Warren Frazier, 17, Gainesville, unarmed burglary with person inside, petit larceny. Bond $30,000.

    _ Dakorian Frazier, 16, Gainesville, unarmed burglary with person inside, petit larceny. Bond $11,000.

    _ Billy K. Swinford, 42, Inglis, driving while license suspended or revoked. Bond $5,000.

    _ Jimmy D. Lance, 36, Reagan, Tenn., possession of more than 20 grams cannabis. Bond $10,000.

  • Money Well Spent

    Congratulations are in order for the men and women who make up the Levy County Sheriff's Office Drug Task Force.

    In the past month the task force has been able to bring about the arrests of dozens of alleged drug dealers. Many of those arrests came on the heels of investigations that lasted months and required countless man hours and dedication.

    We also tip our hats to the Chiefland City Commission for having the foresight to set aside money in its budget that allows the city to be a member of the task force.

  • Relay Walkers do it for all of us

    Take a look around you. Count three people. Stand back. Think. Statistically one of these three people will contract cancer. One of those three could be you.

    And scarier still is that some 1,500 people die from cancer each day.

    This Friday night at Chiefland High School, people dedicated to eliminating cancer and finding cures will come together to celebrate a year of fund-raising.

    But the work doesn't stop there.