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Local News

  • Man dies from injuries in Dec. 3 crash

    A Morriston man has died from injuries sustained in an accident on U.S. Highway 41 at County Road 326 on Dec. 3, 2014, according to a press release from the Florida Highway Patrol.

    Edward Winslow Reeder was pronounced dead on Dec. 30, 2014. He had been transported to Shands Hospital in Gainesville following the accident. His passenger, Robert Michael Howanitz, 61, sustained serious injuries and was also taken to Shands.

  • Sheriff's office warns about construction scams

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a possible construction scam in the Bronson area on Dec. 30.  The Suspect approached a homeowner and offered to do a paving job with “leftover” materials.  After agreeing to the offer verbally, the suspect attempted to change the price and the homeowner contacted the Sheriff’s Office. 

  • Farmers market returns Jan. 10

    The downtown Chiefland Farmers Market returns Saturday, Jan. 10, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Train Depot Park in Chiefland.

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

       More vendors are wanted! Do you have farm, garden or home made products to sell? For more information, call 352-493-1849. 

  • Employee recognized for service

    Logistics Technician Ronnie LeCompte, of the Levy County Department of Public Safety, was named 2014 Employee of the Year at the annual LCDPS Christmas Dinner Dec. 19.

    LeCompte, who has worked for the department since 2012, received the award by vote from his peers.

  • Bronson burglaries solved

    One man is in jail, a second suspect is being sought, and at least one other unnamed suspect is being sought as the Levy County Sheriff's Office cleans up after as many as 20 separate burglaries in the past 14 months in the Bronson area.

    Victims included churches, businesses and schools. The target was money, but other items were also taken according to Lt. Scott Tummond, spokesman for the Levy County Sheriff's Office.

  • County wants to improve access

    It does not take a handicapped person to know that the Levy County Courthouse and Administrative Building in Bronson needs updating to accommodate those with disabilities. 

    The courthouse, the county's fourth, was constructed in 1937, and the administrative building was added in 1963. The sidewalks have been patched several times, but still there are cracks. Ditto for the stairs leading to the main administrative entrance; they are showing their age.   

  • Driver checkpoint on US 19 for New Year's Eve

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office and The Florida Highway Patrol will team up for a Comprehensive Roadside Safety Check Point (CRSC) to be conducted on Wednesday, Dec. 31, beginning at 10 p.m. at 13574 N. U.S. Highway 19, Chiefland. 

    Deputies and troopers will be working to:

    1.     Deter vehicles with defective equipment from being operated on the highways;

    2.     Deter drivers without a valid driver’s license, or proper insurance and/or proper registration from operating a vehicle;

  • 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.