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Today's News

  • Sheriff seeks help in solving shooting

    Investigators are appealing once again to the residents of East Williston to come forward with information or a gun used in a shooting on Friday, Feb. 6, at about 3:30 p.m. at the intersection of County Road 318 and U.S. Highway 27A.

    Arrested in the shooting is Robert Junior Rives, 37, who is charged with five counts of aggravated assault, two counts of shooting into an occupied vehicle and one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. His bond is $400,000. Rives is the brother of a victim in a still unsolved fatal shooting in 2014.

  • Sheriff's Report for the week of February 12

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

    • Feb. 5, Michael Bergeron, 25, Inglis, FTA. Bond $1,000.

    • Feb. 4, Stephanie Ann Carlisle, 21, Bronson, VOP.

    • Feb. 6, Kenneth Elliott Craner, 49, Ocala, out of county warrant. Bond $11,000.

    • Feb. 4, Jimmie Lee Donald, 55, Chiefland, FTA.

    • Feb. 7, Deanna Marie Drew, 29, Chiefland, retail theft, possession of a controlled substance without a prescription. Bond $5,000.

  • Chiefland fire chief gets new contract

    Chiefland Fire Chief James Harris may not have gotten a glowing evaluation, but he has enough strong points in the job he is doing to stick around for another year. 

    The City Commission voted 4-1 with Mayor Teal Pomeroy dissenting, to approve the new contract and Harris humbly thanked the commission for keeping him on.

    After Monday's special and regular meetings of the commission, Harris said fire chiefs average five years in their jobs and he is happy that he will see a sixth year with the city.

  • Tradin' for tunes

    Dick Staber and Judith Chasnoff are no strangers to bartering.

    The traveling couple, who hale from New York, spend the first three months of the year in Florida, mostly camping at state and private parks. They trade a couple days of camping for their performances of traditional and original folk music, which all has an emphasis in bluegrass, Staber said.

    During the next two months, Staber and Chasnoff will be playing is area parks and in Cedar Key.

  • Cold temps won't close Farmers Market

    It will be cold Saturday morning, but the frigid temperatures will only delay the opening of the Chiefland Farmers Market at Trailhead/Old Depot Park on U.S. Highway 19 South. 

    Instead of opening at its usual 8 a.m., the market will open at 9 a.m. when the sun is expected to be high enough in the sky to ward off the morning chill. It will be open until 1 p.m.

    Chiefland’s downtown Farmers Market specializes in fresh, seasonal local produce, meats, plants, animals and food. Please come out and support the community market.

  • No one injured in Bronson home fire

    An unoccupied house in Bronson went up in flames Sunday morning.

    No one was hurt in the blaze, but the home was a total loss.

    When emergency personnel arrived at the two story house at 703 Pennsylvania Ave. shortly after 10:09 a.m., smoke and flames were visible through the roof. Crews were unable to gain access at first due to down power lines.

  • Ten Commandments may return to Chiefland

    The Chiefland City Commission was presented with an application to allow a Ten Commandments monument to be placed on the City Hall lawn by a Trenton-based religious cooperative.

    Pastor Travis Hudson and Dr. Jerry Nash, representing the Harmony Baptist Association of Bronson, an association of 28 churches and missions in Levy, Gilchrist, Alachua and Columbia counties, presented the letter of application at Monday's regular meeting.

  • Agenda for Chiefland City Commission meeting on Monday, February 9

    The Chiefland City Commission will meet in special session at 5:30 p.m. for the evaluation of Fire Chief James Harris and in regular session at 6 p.m.

    Both meetings are at city hall. 

  • County to seek new advertising bids

    The Levy County Commission weary of a contentious process for publishing its legal advertising hinted on Tuesday that it may self publish the delinquent property tax rolls.

    The suggestion came during a discussion of County Attorney Anne Bast Brown's report that both bids for the tax roll and legal advertising were flawed. She rewrote the bid documents and sought the commission's approval to rebid.  

  • Anthem clients urged to keep eye on credit

    TALLAHASSEE —Floridians who are customers of Anthem, Inc. to take extra measures in monitoring their credit, state Attorney General Pam Bondi said.

    Anthem announced this week that their computer network was the target of external criminal cyber-attacks. Amerigroup Corporation which is affiliated with Anthem and manages publicly funded health programs was also affected by the data breach.