Local News

  • Kennedy pulls out of Bronson race

    The pool of candidates for Bronson Town Council has dropped by one with Monday’s announcement by Council Member Jason Kennedy that he has dropped out of the race.
    Kennedy, who for the last four years served on Seat 5, said in an interview Monday evening after a candidates’ forum he attended but did not participate in, that he was tired of dealing with the conflicts among council members.
    “I can’t bring that home to my family,” Kennedy said, adding that serving on the council was taking away from his responsibilities to God, family and to his business.

  • One dead, one wounded in domestic dispute

    A man who was served with a restraining order last week is dead after returning to the home he once shared with a woman and another man and getting into a shootout that left the other man wounded, according to a Levy County Sheriff's Department press release.

    John Paul Robinson, who has a criminal record dating back to 1977 according to the Florida Department of Corrections, is dead of a shotgun wound to his upper left shoulder. The other man in the incident is hospitalized with wounds to his lower extremities.

  • Closing arguments today for suspect who dumped girl in Levy

    By Abdon Sidibe

    INVERNESS — The jury in the capital murder trial of Byron Lee Boutin is expected to begin deliberations Friday after both the prosecution and defense rested.

    At the close of the trial Thursday, Boutin, 42, of Homosassa elected not to take the stand.

    Attorneys are expected to present their closing arguments Friday morning and soon after the 14-person jury is expected to begin deliberations.

    Boutin is charged with first-degree murder in the death of a Brooksville teen, DeAnna Stires, 18.

  • Happy to get the money

    Levy County Commission Chairman Ryan Bell, standing left, happily accepts a check for $30,401 from Jon Dinges, assistant executive director of Suwannee River Water Management District.

    The check represents the District's payment in lieu of property taxes on lands it owns in Levy County.  

  • Firefighters get training on handling vehicle fires

    Levy County Department of Public Safety Firefighters from Station 2 in Morriston, Station 4 in Fowlers Bluff, Station 5 in Rosewood, Station 6 in  Yankeetown, and the Bronson Fire Department took advantage of the New Public Safety Complex to train on passenger vehicle fire suppression tactics. 

  • AMVETS Riders Cruize for a Cure Saturday

    AMVETS Riders Chapter 88 is holding its first ever Cruize for a Cure — for bikes, treks and cares — benefitting the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation on Saturday, Aug. 24.

  • Deputies have chainsaws for emergencies

    Levy County Emergency Management Director Mark Johnson presents Levy County Sheriff McCallum with four battery-operated chain saws to outfit deputies for storm situations. This new purchase resulted from a suggestion from Deputy Jeremy Dean.

  • New corrections officer
  • Sheriff's Report & Most Wanted for August 22

    The following arrests were reported by the Levy County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Jones wins seat on Chiefland Commission

    Chiefland commission Group 1 candidate Chris Jones automatically won his bid for office Thursday.
    The votes for the seat, taken Aug. 6, were not counted due to the death of incumbent candidate Frank Buie just days before the election.
    A special election was called, but no other candidates for the seat qualified by the Aug. 22 deadline.
    "I'm glad it's over, to be honest with you," Jones said in a phone interview Thursday afternoon.