Local News

  • Allied Veterans internet cafe managers arrested

    Allied Veterans of the World, a group that once had an internet cafe located north of Chiefland last year, is being accused by a multi-state task force of Florida and federal officials of being an illegal gambling business.

  • January jobless numbers up, still lower than in past

    The number of unemployed people in Levy County rose during January by three-tenths of a percent from December, bringing the county's unemployment rate to 9 percent, according to Workforce Connection, the region's reemployment agency. 

  • Drummond-Perkins merger complete on Monday

    Levy County's two remaining community banks — Perkins State Bank and Drummond Community Bank — are in the final steps of completing the merger they announced in June 2012. 

  • CMS principal moving to Cedar Key School

    Darby Allen, principal at Chiefland Middle School, has been chosen to take over as principal at Cedar Key School starting with the 2013-2014 school year. 

  • Building official's pay causes heartburn

    The Levy County Commission has approved hiring Chiefland building official Bill Hammond as the county's building and zoning official but it was not without some heartburn over his salary and benefits. 

  • Prescribed burn smokes up U.S. 129 and U.S. 19

    A perscribed burn in the area of U.S. Highway 129 ans U.S. Highway 19 in Levy County, is causing smoke that may impact roadways in the area, according to a Florida Highway Patrol press release. 

    Motorists are urged to use caution when traveling in these areas. Visibility may deteriorate quickly due to smoke/fog type conditions especially during the night time and early morning hours. Motorists are reminded to reduce their speed and utilize low beam headlights in order to adapt to changing weather conditions.

  • FWC lifts restrictions on Suwannee River

    The Suwannee River floodwaters at Wilcox fell below 9 feet Saturday and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) deactivated boating restrictions in Zone 4.

    Zone 4 is the section from the County Road 340 Bridge at Rock Bluff to one mile below the Fowler Bluff boat ramp. This 51-mile segment falls under the boating restrictions as long as the Suwannee is at 9 feet or more at the Wilcox gauge, where flood stage is 11 feet.

    The FWC activated restrictions in this zone March 11.

  • Refuge open house Saturday

    The Annual Meeting of the Friends of the Lower Suwannee & Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge and Open House will be Saturday, March 16, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Refuge Headquarters off Route 347.

  • Sheriff's Office wins safety award

     The Levy County Sheriff's Office has won a safety award for having no “at-fault” accidents for the 2011-2012 fiscal year, one of only four that were awarded in the state.

  • Court dispositions published March 14

    n Terry Lee Arnold, resisting officer with violence, battery on an officer, 24 months with credit for 125 days served on each, served concurrently; possession of controlled substance without prescription, nolle pros. Must pay civil judgment, jail fund.