Local News

  • Fugitive in cattle rustling case captured

    Ron Shepard who went on the lam after money meant to go to youth who sold steers at the Suwannee River Youth Livestock Show and Sale, was captured in a northern Mexico fishing town by the U.S. Marshals Service International Investigations Branch and returned to the U.S. on Tuesday.

    Shepard and a business partner, Jeremy Pierce who has been jailed since April in Illinois, are suspects in a multi-state cattle scam where Shepard bought animals on a handshake deal, sold them to brokers and did not deliver money to the sellers and brokers. Both men ar natives of Trenton.

  • Levy commission meeting Thursday

    The Levy County Board of County Commissioners will receive budget proposals for the fiscal year starting Oct. 1 in a workshop on Thursday, July 12 at 9 a.m. The board will meet in  he commission room at the County Courthouse in Bronson.

    The following budge requests will be presented, beginning at 9 a.m.:

    • Clerk to the Board Danny Shipp

    • Sheriff Johnny Smith

    • Supervisor of Elections Connie Asbell

    • Tax Collector Linda Fugate

    • Clerk of Court Danny Shipp

  • Latest road closings due to storm damage

    Tropical Storm Debby Road Closure Update – Number 9
    The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is providing an update on road and bridge closures in Northeast Florida due to Tropical Storm Debby.
    Columbia County
    ·       SR 247 at a section of roadway between County Roads 240 and 242 is closed and totally impassable. Traffic detoured to SR 47 and US 27.
    Nassau County

  • FWC lifts restrictions on Zone 4 of Suwannee River

    When Suwannee River floodwaters at Wilcox fell below 9 feet Sunday, 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 July 4.

  • Workforce Connection free workshops in July

    Workforce Connection of Citrus, Levy and Marion counties is offering nearly 50 programs during the month of July for those interested in sharpening their employability skills.
    Ranging from open resume labs to three-day workshops to a job fair, the programs are available at no charge to job seekers throughout Workforce Connection’s three-county region. Participants must be fully registered with Workforce Connection through the Employ Florida Marketplace (EFM) at www.EmployFlorida.com.  Additional workshop registration may also be required.

  • Chamber seeking Business of the Year

    For more than 20 years, the Greater Chiefland Area Chamber of Commerce has observed Industry Appreciation Week by honoring an exemplary local company as Business of the Year.
    This year’s Awards Banquet will be on Tuesday, Sept. 11. But every year, the work for the event starts months earlier by asking the community to nominate a business worthy of the award.

  • Two identified in murder, suicide

    Two people who died in an apparent murder/suicide Tuesday afternoon on Northwest 168th Lane in Fanning Springs have been identified by the Levy County Sheriff's Office.
    Sheriff's deputies were called to the residence of Genoveva Magnolia Recinos Castillo, 46,  by a sobbing female juvenile who told 911 operators that someone had killed her mother.
    Based on information from neighbors and the child, officers located Arturo Ranferi Zacarias, 26, in a room of his residence across the street. Zacarias appeared to have died from self inflicted wounds.

  • Businessman arrested on tax charge

    Michael Pitts, former owner of Pitts Custom Glass, Inc., in Chiefland, faces two felony charges related to a failure to file six tax returns, and four misdemeanor charges of refusing to file returns and and pay taxes.
    Pitts, a resident of Ocala, was arrested by the Marion County Sheriff's Office. If convicted he could face up to five years in prison and up to $5,000 in fines and repayment of investigative costs,

  • Sheriff’s reports & Most Wanted for July 5

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office reports the following arrests:
    n June 27, Basil Jamaal Buie, 29, Chiefland, two counts FTA.
    n June 29, Antonio Martinez-Calero, 29, Williston, no DL. Bond $1,000.
    n June 29, Boyd Wayne Chandler, 35, Inglis, out of county warrant. Bond $2,500.
    n June 28, Gerald Edward Cook, 48, Williston, possession of drug equipment, disorderly intoxication, obstruction W/OV.
    n June 25, Bryan Jacob Crosby, 20, Bronson, two counts grand theft, two counts dealing in stolen property. Bond $60,000.

  • Remembering a sacrifice

    Family, friends and people who never met Army Sgt. Karl Campbell gathered Friday afternoon at Chiefland's Depot Park to support his family as they unveiled a sign that dedicated the section of U.S. Highway 19 through the city's old downtown to the soldier.