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  • FWC urging boaters to go slow after sturgeon severely injures child

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is urging boaters to go slow and be vigilant on the Choctawhatchee River.           

    The request to go slow comes after a Bay County child was severely injured June 22 on a fishing trip with his family when a large Gulf sturgeon leapt into their boat, hitting three children.

    One of them, Nathaniel Smith, who turned 8 last week, was hospitalized with skull fractures but is now recuperating at his Youngstown home. He is the son of Angela and Wilson Scott Smith.

  • Idle-speed, no-wake zone activated on stretch of Santa Fe River

    Due to large amounts of rainfall, a 32-mile segment of the Santa Fe River is now an idle-speed, no-wake zone, according to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) officials.

    Zone 5, which runs from River Rise within O’Leno State Park west to the confluence of the Suwannee River, was activated today as an idle-speed, no-wake zone.

    This area of the river becomes an idle-speed, no-wake zone when the Santa Fe River reaches 17 feet as indicated on the Three Rivers gauge, where flood stage is 19 feet.

  • Pedestrian is county's 11th traffic death in 2013

    A pedestrian who died ofas the result of an accident shortly before 10 p.m. Tuesday about a mile north of Bronson became Levy County's 11th traffic fatality for 2013, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report ont he accident.

    Kaleb Carter, age unknown, was pronounced dead at the accident scene by Levy County Emergency Medical Service personnel. 

  • Applications sought for appeals court nominating commission

    The Florida Bar is accepting applications for one lawyer vacancy on the 1st District Court of Appeal Judicial Nominating Commission.

    Gov. Rock Scott has rejected The Florida Bar’s list of nominees for one seat on the appeal court and The Florida Bar must submit a list of three different nominees to the Governor for appointment. The term will commence immediately upon appointment and end June 2016.

  • City dump closed to out-of-towners and commercial businesses

    It's no secret that the City of Chiefland is standing on wobbly financial legs, so, in just one of many ways staff hopes to save money, the city's dump is now off limits to anyone wanting to use it for commercial purposes or for anyone who isn't a city resident.
    "We've changed our policy on it," said City Manager Kevin Gay in a phone interview Wednesday.

  • Audition for play coming up

     “The Haunting of Hill House”, written by F. Andrew Leslie, from the novel by Shirley Jackson will be coming to the Chief Theatre, home of the Suwannee Valley Players.

  • SVP announces opening

    The Suwannee Valley Players announces the opening of their Summer Youth Program’s Productions of "The Trial of the Big Bad Wolf" by Joseph Robinette and "A Midsummer Night’s Dream" by William Shakespeare.

  • FHP enforcing seatbelt law with tickets

    The wearing a seatbelt is the most effective way to help prevent injuries in the event of a traffic crash.

    Unfortunately, many motorists do not use this important safety feature. 

  • Sheriff's Report & Most Wanted for July 11

     The following arrests were reported by the Levy County Sheriff's Office:

  • Elections Supervisor to honor veterans

    They fought for your right to vote, so Levy County Supervisor of Elections Tammy Jones would like to remind visitors to the County Courthouse that they should honor veterans by voting in elections.