Local News

  • New water partnership hopes for solutions

    Three state agencies saying they want to help solve Florida’s looming water crisis have partnered and are looking for leaders in a number of fields for input.
    Since February, the North Florida Regional Water Supply Partnership has visited nine counties in north Florida with the message that it wants to work together to find a solution.

  • Staff urges commission to keep impact fee

    Chiefland commissioners say they’re unsure about paying thousands of dollars for a study to address city impact fees for new construction.
    According to City Manager Grady Hartzog, the study is required to be done every five years and is meant to re-assess factors such as population size and the value of property and equipment to keep fees lower than costs associated with improvements needed as a result of new construction.
    The impact fees help fund various city departments, including police and fire.

  • Commission votes in favor of strays

    Owners of lost or runaway pets in Chiefland will now get a few more days to recover their animals from the city’s pound.
    Commissioners voted unanimously Monday night to extend the city’s stray dog and cat holding times by another two days.
    “I just feel like we should give them as much time to locate their animals as possible,” Vice-Mayor Teresa Barron said, adding that animals sometimes get loose when caretakers are out of town.

  • Inglis residents vote to keep police

    BY Cathy Kapulka


    INGLIS — Voters headed to Inglis Town Hall on Tuesday and voted “no” on the heated issue to disband the Inglis Police Department.
    The issue, which has disrupted the quiet town, was voted down by a count of 273 to 234 votes.

  • Levy jobless rate in January: 10.5

    If history is to be believed, the unemployment figures for Levy County have not been this good since early 2009 when they started climbing, and again in April 2011 when they started trending down from 12 percent mark to January's 10.5 percent.
    Levy County's jobless rate for January, which was released by the state on Tuesday, was 10.5 percent, down from December's revised 10.6 percent rate. The last time it was 10.5 percent was April 2011 and February 2009.

  • Girl Scout Cookie Week

    Girl Scout cookies were hot sellers in Chiefland on Saturday as sales spots could be found at Walmart, Winn Dixie and the old Sunoco station at the intersection of U.S. Highway 19 and Manatee Springs Road. Sadie Lastra, right and Kali Roberts with Ambassador Troop 48 were working to win drivers' attention to sell the enormous supply of cookies at $4 per box.

  • State warns consumers about unclaimed property scam

    TALLAHASSEE — Florida’s Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater today warned consumers about an emerging scam related to the retrieval of unclaimed property.  A company calling themselves The Florida Department of Financial Restitution has been contacting consumers claiming to be on contract with CFO Atwater’s Department of Financial Services and offering to reunite them with unclaimed property for an upfront fee of $600.  

  • Levy roads to be named for veterans Buesing, Campbell and Page

    State Rep. Leonard Bembry (D-Madison) announced March 8 that CS/HB 7039, a bill designating roads in Levy County for Marine Lance Cpl. Brian R. Buesing, Army Sgt. Karl A. Campbell and Army Spc. James A. Page has passed both houses of the Florida Legislature.  

  • Update on Ellzey wildfire: contained

        A wildfire that started yesterday, burning 225 acres near Ellzey has been about 60 percent contained, according to Florida Forest Service Fire Mitigation Specialist Ludie Bond.
        Bond said nobody was hurt in the blaze that started at about 3 p.m. on the west side of C.R. 336, about halfway between S.R. 24 and C.R. 330.  No homes were threatened by the fire, now named the Cannon Road Fire, she said, though a farmer's tractor was destroyed.

  • Hendersons named Citizens of the Year

    H.C. Henderson Jr. and the love of his life, the late Alice Faye Henderson, are the 2011 Citizens of the Year chosen by the Greater Chiefland Area Chamber of Commerce.
    "This is such a special moment in my life," Henderson said in accepting the award. He thanked the Chamber for including his late wife, who died about seven months ago.