Today's News

  • BMHS invites public to dance for diabetes

    A Bronson Middle High School student is raising money for a cause that affects her life everyday.

       Seventeen-year-old Mackenzie McCallister has had Type 1 diabetes since she was eight. She's wanted to do a diabetes awareness fundraiser since she was in middle school and this year she emailed the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and got some ideas.

  • Festival of Lights returning on Dec. 5

    The return of the Fanning Springs Chamber of Commerce also means the return of one very popular event.

       The Festival of Lights promises to return in all its glory and then some, featuring old favorites such as the lighted boat parade and duck race along with new avenues of entertainment.

       "We're very excited for all the support and interest that's been sparked by bringing back the Festival of Lights," Fanning Springs Chamber President Michael Michaelis said.

  • The sex offender who almost got away

    They do TV shows and movies about criminals like Donald Keith McLaughlin, a former Levy County resident. You know the shows where the narrators drags out the in-depth details about someone who got away with a crime – or almost got away with a crime.

    McLaughlin was almost the sexual offender who nearly got away with his crime of seducing a child in his care and other children in his area.

    Except for the big methamphetamine bust of 14 people, including McLaughlin, by Putnam County Sheriff's deputies on June 27, 2014.

  • Weyerhauser buys out Plum Creek

    Weyerhaeuser Company and Plum Creek, which owns large swaths of land in Levy County, on Monday announced they have agreed to create the world's premier timber, land and forest products company with more than 13 million acres of the most productive and diverse timberland in the U.S.

    At closing, the combined company is expected to have an equity value of $23 billion based on current share prices. The combined EBITDA for both companies in 2014 was $2.2 billion.

  • Free medical care for uninsured in Levy

    The Levy County Department of Health's Volunteer Clinic is offering free medical care to people who are not insured, whose household income is below 200 percent of Federal Poverty Guidelines, are Levy County residents and are 12 years of age or older. 

    The requirements are to provide paperwork showing you meet the guidelines and to make an appointment for the next monthly clinic date, Thursday, Nov. 18, after 4:30 p.m.

    An appointment is required to obtain the services and patients must keep the appointment. 

  • They will Rock the River at music festival Saturday

    The Withlacoochee Gulf Area Rocks the River Music Festival will be Saturday, Nov. 7, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. with performances by Karmic Revenge and Stephanie Fisher, and the Moses Greyhound Band.

    The event, presented by the Withlacoochee Gulf Area Chamber of Commerce and hosted by the Town of Inglis, will be at Central Park, behind the Inglis Town Hall on County Road 40.

    The night of family fun will have a kids fun zone, arts and crafts vendors, snow cones, cotton candy, funnel cakes, boiled peanuts, seafood from Shrimp Landing, and raffles for goodies.

  • Supports rezoning for RV resort

    Regarding the recreational RV resort on the property owned by Lois Livingston, I would like to mention some reasons for approval that I would like you to consider before judging this project.

    I do not live in the City of Chiefland, but for the past 21 years I have lived on Camp Azalea Road. I have watched many problems occur in the City of Chiefland over these many years. The project will be a most welcomed asset to all of us in this area.

  • Stuff the Charger food drive

    This week Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles announced the start of its annual “Stuff the Charger” Thanksgiving food drive. Through Nov. 7, the Department will be collecting non-perishable food donations for Florida’s families in partnership with food banks across the state.

  • Dog bites nine year old child

    The Levy County Animal Services has picked up and quarantined a dog that attacked and bit a nine year old boy on the leg Sunday, Nov. 1, at about 1 p.m.

    The child, who was across Northwest 41st Terrace from the residence where the dog lives, was transported to North Florida Regional Medical Center, according to a Levy County Sheriff's Office spokesman.

    Animal Services picked up the animal the same day as the attack. 

  • Sheriff's Report & Most Wanted for the week of Nov. 5

    The Levy County Sheriff's Office reports the following arrests:

    •Oct. 29, Joseph Ray Ainsworth, 21, Bronson, out of county warrant.

    •Oct. 30, Macaela Linsey Allen, 21, Middleburg, DWLSR. Bond $2,000.

    •Oct. 27, John Arcangeli, 31, Wildwood, DWLSR, grand theft. Bond $55,000.

    •Oct. 28, Teresa Elizabeth Betts, 28, Chiefland, DWLSR. Bond $1,000.

    •Oct. 27, Kristi D. Cooprider, 27, Inglis, two counts driving with expired license. Bond $1,000.