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Today's News

  • Community Calendar for the week of July 30

    Today, July 30

    Blood drive in Bronson

    LifeSouth, the area's blood donation and supplier is experiencing an extreme shortage this summer and is asking the public to step up and donate.

    There will be a Bronson Community Blood Drive on Thursday, July 30, between 11:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the Courthouse, 355 S. Court St., in Bronson.

  • Superhero smiles

    One little man stole the show at a special fundraiser this past Saturday.

    Young Paxton was the inspiration for a Dancing for Down Syndrome Zumba event hosted by Chiefland Health and Fitness Manager Carla Russ, which just happened to fall on National Dance Day. They had to have a party anyway, Russ said.

    "That's my way of helping is dancing; that's what I can give," Russ said.

    Russ said her son races go-carts in Jasper and one of the racing families also has a youngster with Down Syndrome.

  • Fanning to adopt water conservation ordinance

    Fanning Springs council members said they were feeling a bit like the Suwannee River Water Management District had them over a barrel.

    At the July 7 meeting, council discussed a water shortage ordinance required of them by SRWMD.

    At the meeting, it was said SRWMD is holding the carrot, grant funding for sewer expansion.

    SRWMD claims there will be no more well permits if we don't do this, Superintendent of Operations Doyle Frierson said. "They're holding both cards."

  • Rainy days

    Don't let these daily rain showers fool you. According to data gathered at the Usher Tower in Levy County, the area's a bit below the average rainfall for the year to date.

    However, Robert Garcia, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Tampa, said Usher Tower has been one of the driest locations in the county. As of Monday, July 27, 6.43 inches of rain was reported from that location, with the normal amount being about 8.24 inches for the month of July.

    "We've been in this wet pattern for a few days," Garcia said.

  • Chiefland eyes keeping millage same

    Property owners may be able to breath a sigh of relief as the Chiefland City Commission decided Monday night to tentatively keep the property tax at 6 mills.

    While the 4-1 vote, with Commissioner Teresa Barron dissenting, means that is the highest possible tax the commission can charge, several commissioners said they would like to drop the tax rate adopted three years ago when the city was in dire straits financially. “I'd like to see us come down a tad,” Barron said before the vote.

  • Drug probe snags 65 arrests

    Levy County Sheriff Bobby McCallum has a message for those using and selling drugs: Quit now.

    On Monday, McCallum announced the arrest of 65 people and that his department is seeking two others on various drug charges in Operation Melting Pot.

    There are 74 cases and 135 charges against the 67 individuals named in warrants. A sheriff's office press release said investigators made 72 controlled purchases of illegal drugs from 67 different suspects. It was the largest roundup since one several years ago that netted 40 suspects.

  • EMT earns state license

    Chris Anderson was recognized for completing his EMT training and getting his state license at the Fanning Springs City Council Meeting on July 7.

    The meeting also happened to mark his five year anniversary with the Fanning Springs Fire Department.

  • Paramedics represent Levy

    Levy County Department of Public Safety (LCDPS) Paramedics Stephen Ferguson, Humberto Jimenez and Joe Brooks volunteered to represent Levy County in the Bill Shearer International Advanced Life Support (ALS) Competition at CLINCON 2015 in Orlando on July 9-10.

    This event is a challenge for critical thinking and problem solving in advanced life support skills used in the field. The LCDPS Team represented the North Florida Region well placing 15th overall out of 36 teams.  

  • Bronson man wants to organize Summer Fest for his town

     A young man named Jeremiah Johnson came before the Bronson Town Council on Monday night seeking approval for the use of the park for a free family friendly event he plans to call Summer Fest.

    His goal: to unite the community and have a gathering he hopes will become an annual event.

     “I’d like to see the community get together and have a good time,” Johnson said.

    He said he had a vision of a bounce house and basketball and softball tournaments with family friendly music.

  • Sheriff's Report & Most Wanted for the week of July 23

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office reports the following arrests:

    •July 18, Keny Alfredo Cano, 24, Cross City, operate motor vehicle W/O valid license. Bond $2,500.

    •July 15, Sarah Lynn Copeland, 21, Chiefland, operate motor vehicle W/O valid license. ROR.

    •July 14, Geoffery Edward Farnsworth, 35, Dunnellon, out of county warrant. Bond $2,660.

    •July 17, Terrence Boyd Felder, 44, Williston, grand theft 300 less than $5,000. ROR.