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Today's News

  • Days of the alarm clock are over

    For the first time in more than three decades, Sandra Allen won't have to rise to the shrill of an alarm clock this week.

    On Dec. 20, Allen, a Chiefland native, put in her last full day of work at Green South and is ready to step into another adventure.

    For more than a year the effervescent Allen knew she was going to retire and has anticipated the day she could forget about payroll, taxes and ledgers.

    But that's not to say that she hasn't loved–and still loves–the contribution she has made to the area's John Deere dealership.

  • Bronson boys outlast Trenton

    The Bronson High Eagles found themselves in a dogfight last Friday night when they hosted their district nemesis Trenton.

    The Eagles came out winners in a 60-49 slugfest that was never assured until the final seconds.

    Always prepared, tough on defense and good on the shot, Trenton came in ready to play.

    Bronson played well often, if occasionally erratically, but the Eagles were brutally efficient in the final minutes.

  • Happy New Year

    Friday begins what well may be one of the biggest party weekends of the year as New Year's Eve and New Year Day follow a weekend.

    We strongly encourage revelers to play it safe this holiday season.

    If you're making the party circuit where alcoholic beverages will be served and you plan to imbibe, make sure you have a designated driver who will get you where you need to be without you taking the wheel of the vehicle.

  • Levy deputies stop fugitive with spike sticks

    BRONSON – Levy County Sheriff's Office deputies ended a 31-minute pursuit that started in Marion County on Dec. 21 just before 10 p.m., LCSO Lt. Evan Sullivan said.

    Larry Ray Griffis, 39 was arrested by the Marion County Sheriff's Office for aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer, felony fleeing and attempting to elude a police officer, possession of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia, criminal mischief and driving while license suspended or revoked, Sullivan said.

  • Double murder mars season

    BRONSON - The little town of Fanning Springs became the scene of a horrific double murder on Friday at about 9 p.m., according to information released from the Levy County Sheriff's Office.

    Hugo Devalle, 28, and Elfego Cano, 34, both residents of the McDougal Mobile Home Park at 9210 N.W. 178 Lane died as the result of an ambush, LCSO spokesman Lt. Evan Sullivan said. Both men are from Guatemala.

  • Purse-snatcher hurts Chiefland woman

    A 55-year-old Chiefland woman was knocked to the ground and suffered injuries after a purse-snatcher pushed her down just before 10 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15, Chiefland Police Officer Nick Viaggio said.

    CPD Officer Alton Horne and Viaggio responded to Huddle House, where the victim went immediately after the attack. The victim had just exited the Dollar General Store at 1302 N. Young Blvd. (U.S. Highway 19) when the attacker came from behind bushes on the south side of the property, Viaggio said.

  • Sheriff Reports

    A 50-year-old Morriston man was arrested for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon on Dec. 18 after he allegedly pointed a pistol at a victim, according to Levy County Sheriff's Office records.

    Jorge L. Sanchez had been arguing with the victim. Sanchez pointed the gun at the victim, who defended himself and took the gun away from the attacker, according to records.

    The victim escaped with the weapon, which was retrieved by the LCSO, according to records.

    Bond was set for Sanchez at $10,000.

  • Property tax reform can save money

    Using an average of 18 mills as a typical amount for Levy County taxpayers in the current tax year, Property Appraiser Francis Akins said property tax legislation on the Jan. 29, 2008 ballot could save some individual taxpayers $188.50 each.

    About 40 percent of the people in Levy County who are qualified for Homestead Exemption will see no change in their tax bill from this legislation, Akins added.

    The proposed legislation will mean zero additional savings for people who are qualified for Homestead Exemption, but who have an appraised property value of less than $50,000.

  • No progress in pay-off of worthless check

    BRONSON - Levy County Fair Association President Bob Levesque said on Dec. 20 he has made no progress in his attempt pay a $2,000 worthless check he wrote to Robinson's Racing Pigs on Nov. 13.

    Spencer Mann, a spokesman for Eighth Judicial Circuit State Attorney Bill Cervone, said on Dec. 20 the Levy County office of the State Attorney has received two worthless check complaints against Levesque and the Fair Association.

    Those two complaints are under review, Mann said. That is all he could say about the potential worthless check cases.

  • New ordinance regulates sexually oriented business

    BRONSON - With only a half dozen citizens watching on the night of Dec. 18, the Levy County Board of County Commissioners unanimously adopted an ordinance to regulate sexually oriented businesses in the unincorporated part of the county.

    Rather than conduct the public meeting in the commission's meeting room, a courtroom was used to allow for more people to watch the action.

    While the mass of general public failed to appear, the proposed ordinance became law nonetheless.