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Today's News

  • A vet's last wish

    Everything about Steven Rhonomus shouts military.

    From his close-cut hairstyle to the way he carries himself, there's no doubt this man served his country and was proud to do it.

    And if a medical discharge hadn't forced him out of his 11 years of service, he'd most likely still be active duty.

    Rhonomus, 43, now wants to make sure that the men and women who swore to protect their country are given something back for their service.

  • Spreading the Christmas cheer

    Members of the Fanning Springs Fire Station traveled around the small town giving out toys to local kids.

    The firetruck and emergency vehicle — with Santa in tow, played their sirens and loud Christmas music to alert families of their presence.

  • Toy seekers turn out in droves

    More than 1,100 people of the 1,200 who registered for toys showed up for the Toys for Tots distribution Saturday in the Walmart parking lot.

    "We had a great turnout at distribution Saturday," Toys for Tots Coordinator Bryan Chrisp said Monday.

    The effort wasn't without its challenges, though, he admitted.

    Sponsorship from businesses and organizations was down this year, which resulted in the Toys for Tots program having to pay for about three quarters of the cost, he said.

  • School Board asking state to limit testing

    The Levy County School Board unanimously voted to approve the signing of a “Resolution on Assessment and Accountability” asking the state to limit testing.

    Superintendent Bob Hastings presented the resolution to the board at its regular meeting Tuesday, Dec. 16.

    “We’re asking for flexibility,” Hastings said, adding it does not mean they are entitled to it. He said consolidation of a lot of these tests can be done.

  • Woman arrested in pedestrian death

    A Dunnellon woman was arrested by Florida Highway Patrol troopers at her place of work on Thursday on charges of leaving the scene of a hit and run where pedestrian James Thomas Lowman, 69, of Morriston was killed.

  • Williston man dies in accident

    A Williston man died Sunday shortly before 11 p.m. on Northeast 140th Street and County Road 150 when his 2000 Toyota van went off the road and he overcorrected to get back on the road and lost control, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report.

    Robert Earl Abrams, 57, was driving southbound on the road when he steered the van onto the west grass shoulder. He overcorrected to get back on to the road when his vehicle crossed both lanes and went on the opposite shoulder and overturned several times.

  • Dog shooter sentenced

    Sandy the German Shepard mix is a happy, goofy dog who likes to play fetch, according to one of her caretakers. She has a permanent injury to her paw — the result of two shootings by a former owner, but it does not slow her down. 

    Sandy has been living at Chiefland Animal Hospital since she was brought in July 17 with three gunshot wounds. She is waiting for the right person to take her home.

  • Bronson moving along with sewer pipes

    Last week, the Town of Bronson was busy tearing up Court Street in an effort to get a portion of the town's new sewer system in the ground, as recent visitors to the Levy County Courthouse are undoubtedly aware.

    Crews, according to Bronson Public Works Director Jimmy Dunford, were scheduled to be done earlier this week. Dunford said the pipes in that area had to be placed about 25 feet below the surface. The road should be open by the end of the week.

  • Resident raises ire of council

    A Bronson councilman told one of his constituents Monday night that he was sick of his bi-monthly rants against the council.

    Elijah Williams was on the agenda to speak for no more than five minutes about holding an election to fill a council vacancy; but by the time he took to the lectern, the council had already agreed to call for a special election.

    “This should have gone to a vote in the first place,” Williams said, “but the reason it didn’t is this house is divided.”

  • Sheriff's office gets first deputy certified in drug program

    Levy County Deputy Sheriff Brandin Sullivan recently completed all the training requirements of the Drug Evaluation and Classification (DEC) Program, also known as the Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) Program.  Sullivan became one of approximately 240 DREs in the State of Florida and is the first with the Levy County Sheriff’s Office.