Local News

  • FDEP: Suwannee mine overflow no cause for concern

    Nobody seems to know how much water spilled over the rim of a phosphate mine's cooling pond located near the Upper Suwannee River last week, but officials say there are no environmental concerns at this point.
    The overflow began June 27 at a cooling pond owned by the PCS Phosphate mine in Hamilton County when the pond was filled to capacity by rains from Tropical Storm Debby and overflowed onto a nearby road, into a ditch and Swift Creek, according to Dee Ann Miller, a spokesperson for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

  • Boat ramps closed on the Suwannee

    Boaters eager to get out on the Suwannee River will have trouble launching at public ramps this holiday week. The ramps have been closed in Levy, Dixie and Gilchrist counties by their sheriffs due to high waters resulting from Tropical Storm Debby that are carrying heavy amounts of debris down the river.
    The Levy County Suwannee River boat ramps located at Clay Landing, Camp Azalea and Fowlers Bluff closed at 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 30, and are likely to remain closed all week.

  • Beef O'Brady's thefts solved

    The thefts at the Beef O'Brady's sports restaurant have been solved and all of the items taken have been recovered, according to a spokesman for the Levy County Sheriff's Office.
    "They recovered everything except for two drill bits,” said Sheriff's Lt. Scott Tummond. He gave credit for solving the thefts to investigators and the Patrol Division.
    While no one has been arrested as yet, Tummond said investigators have questioned a male and a female suspect who will each face three charges of burglary and three charges of grand theft.

  • Home invasion suspect hunted

    The Levy County Sheriff's Office is seeking a home invasion suspect who fled from Chiefland where he is suspected of attempting to kick in a door to an occupied residence before fleeing to his hometown of Bronson and eluding officers, according to a Levy County Sheriff's Office press release.
    Willie James Ellison Jr., 19, is being sought and anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-877-349-8477. Tipsters could be eligible for a reward.

  • Levy County Commission Agenda for Tuesday, July 3



    July 3, 2012

    Call to Order


    Pledge to Flag

    9:00 a.m. -Public Hearing

    Rob Corbitt, Development Director

    Petition Ha.Va. 5-12 Marvin and Sharon Detweiler petitioning the Board for a Hardship Variance to allow a third dwelling in order to care for their daughter.

  • Suwannee River boat ramps close at 5 p.m. Saturday

     The Levy County Suwannee River boat ramps located at Clay Landing, Camp Azalea and Fowlers Bluff will be closing at 5 p.m. on Saturday June 30. Rising floodwaters are expected to be impacting our local river communities and boaters are asked to keep their speeds slow to reduce the impact on homes.

    Boaters should expect to see an increased patrol by FWC during the weekend holiday. Recreational boater as asked to exercise increased caution while traveling the waterways this holiday weekend and into next week due to the above normal waters and floating debris.

  • Bay scallop season extended by 2 weeks

    After determining that two years of season extensions did not significantly impact the bay scallop population, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) decided June 28 to permanently extend the recreational season by adding two weeks to the end.
    The decision was made at the Commission meeting in Palm Beach Gardens. Commissioners also directed staff to look into the possibility of a future commercial harvest of bay scallops. The commercial harvest of bay scallops has been closed in Florida state waters since 1994.

  • Flood waters can displace wildlife

    The rising water levels caused by Tropical Storm Debby are forcing many critters to find higher ground. Snakes, alligators and fire ants top the list of displaced wildlife.
    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) cautions the public that snakes can be on the move as they flee flooded areas.
    “When you are out in your yard, especially if you have standing water, be focused on your surroundings and be on the lookout for snakes,” said Eric Dennis, FWC biologist.

  • Warning issued on fireworks

    Tallahassee — Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam today called for Floridians to use fireworks safely and responsibly while celebrating Independence Day.
     “Every year, Americans celebrate the independence of our nation and the sacrifices of those who fight to keep us free,” said Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam. “Fireworks are an integral and historical part of those celebrations; however, fire safety is everyone’s responsibility.”

  • Chiefland, Bronson FFA members tops in state

    Kinsey Denee Ward of Chiefland won the STAR Discovery Award and J.R. Trimm Jr. of Bronson win the STAR Greenhand award at the state FFA 84th annual convention onThursday in Orlando.

    Ward and Quin Johnson, both members in Chiefland Junior FFA this year, were finalists for the award.