Today's News

  • Bus, drug incidents drive school board meeting

    Personnel issues involving two bus drivers and a custodian consumed Tuesday's three-plus hour School Board of Levy County meeting.
    The board also called an Aug. 2 public hearing to discuss policy changes, including the adoption of the "baggy pants law," recently approved by Florida legislators.

  • No change for city commission

    There will be no challengers this year to seats held by several Chiefland city commissioners.
    The terms of commissioners Rollin Hudson (Group 3), Frank Buie (Group 1) and Sammy Cason (Group 5)  were set to expire this year. All three commissioners got on board last week during the city's qualification period. And they were the only ones.
    "Thank goodness," Cason said Monday afternoon about the lack of challengers.

  • Mandatory burn ban still in effect

    A mandatory burn ban and a declaration that Levy County is a disaster area due to drought and wildfires, issued by County Commission Chair Danny Stevens last week, has been approved and extended to June 28.
    The declaration, which qualifies the county for Federal Emergency Management Agency aid, and the ban were approved unanimously by the Levy County Commission.
    Tuesday's vote also authorizes Stevens (D-District 5) to extend the declaration and ban in seven-day increments as needed. He issued the original declaration and burn ban on June 14. The order prohibits:

  • Springs protection delayed again

    Gilchrist County commissioners have again stalled on a decision to create two springs protection zones in the county, stating Monday afternoon that language in the plan would have to specifically exempt agriculture from any of the rules.
    Marvin Weaver, a county extension agent representing the Gilchrist County Agricultural Advisory Committee, told commissioners that the committee was unanimously opposed to the plan the way it is written. The committee was asked to review the plan at the commission’s May 16 meeting for fear that it would not sit well with area farmers.

  • County test drives higher EMS, fire fees

    The Levy County Commission would like property owners to stay calm about the higher assessments it adopted Tuesday.
    They could come down when commissioners vote at the Aug. 2 public hearing to set the final rate.
    State law requires the commission to set a maximum tentative rate to include in notices being sent out ahead of the August hearing. It's also a state law that the assessments cannot go higher on Aug. 2 than those adopted on Tuesday, but they can go lower.

  • Military

      Army Pvt. Matthew C. McKinney, the son of Michael McKinney of Chiefland and Tammi Reda of St. Cloud. has graduated from the Infantryman One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga. The training consists of basic infantry training and advanced individual training.

  • Anniversary celebration

    Denny and Jo Williams, of Chiefland celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. They were wed on June 20, 1961, in Dade City.

  • Engagement: Ransom-Jones

       Mr. and Mrs. Chet and Dana Collins and Stephen Jones, of Bell, announce the engagement of their daughter Andi Jones, also of Bell, to Randy T. Ransom, of Chiefland. Ransom is the son of Randy and Jammie Ransom, of Trenton, and Lorrie Hammock, of Chiefland.
       The bride-to-be attended  Bell High School and is currently studying nursing at Santa Fe College. The groom-to-be attended Chiefland High School and works at the Gilchrist Club, in Trenton.
    The wedding is planned for July 2, 2011, at 4 p.m. at Pricilla Baptist Church.

  • Log Cabin Qulters for June 23

    Director, Quilt Museum
    The Log Cabin Quilters met Thursday, June 16, at the Levy County Quilt Museum.  Some quilted and Joye brought in fabric that everyone had a great time looking for material for a future project. We always enjoy all the fabric that comes in because we can plan what our next project will be.
    More quilts are being planned and will soon be put together and quilted. We keep Eleanor busy as she does quilts on her machine. We do only hand quilting here.

  • Wedding: Neilsen-Graden

    Wanda Neilsen and William Graden are set to marry June 25, at 2 p.m. at 214 S.E. 3rd Ave., in Trenton.