Today's News

  • City to own Christmas lights

    After several years of debate, city commissioners finally committed to buying lights to line the streets of Chiefland during Christmas.
    Commissioners voted 4-1 Monday night in favor of purchasing 60 pole lights for about $23,000. Mayor Teal Pomeroy voted against the decision.
    “Last year, we seriously considered doing away with lights,” Pomeroy said. “The fact of the matter is the city is broke.”
    Chiefland resident Harry Hutson said he agreed with Pomeroy.

  • Yearty conviction upheld by appeals court

    Suspended Levy County Commissioner Sammy Yearty's appeal of his convictions on solicitation and acceptance of a bribe and lying to the FBI in an interview were upheld by the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in an unpublished ruling released Wednesday.

    The ruling by the three-judge panel of the Atlanta court is a victory for District Chief Judge Stephan P. Mickle and Assistant U.S. Attorney Greg McMahon, the judge and prosecutor in a series of public corruption trials against officials in Levy and Dixie counties.

  • City’s inaction blamed

    Chiefland resident Paul Yatsko’s not happy about what’s going down at Eddie Buie Recreational Park.

  • Free Wednesdays for hazardous waste at landfill

    Each Wednesday from 8 a.m. to noon, people can drop off household hazardous waste for free at the Levy County Landfill on County Road 335 between Bronson and Williston.

  • Mandatory burn ban in effect

    Levy County has been declared a disaster area due to drought and wildfires, and a mandatory burn ban is in effect.

  • Mandatory burn ban in effect, disaster declaration issued

    Two emergency orders have been issued declaring a disaster in Levy County due to the continuing drought and high risk of wildfires, and making a burn ban mandatory.

    A voluntary burn ban had been issued a week ago. The new order makes open burning a second degree misdemeanor punishable by a fine up to $500 and up to 60 days in jail. It also bans burns not approved by the state Department of Forestry and the sale or use of fireworks in the unincorporated county

    The disaster declaration makes the county eligible for federal emergency funds.

  • Storm knocks down power lines

    Strong winds associated with a thunderstorm rolling through Levy County knocked downed several power lines in the area Monday evening.

    Power lines are down on Levy County Roads 345, 346A and 129, west of 346A. There's also a power line down on Old Fannin Grade road. The Chiefland Police Department and Chiefland Fire Rescue are redirecting traffic away from those roads.

  • Only one new face on business boards

        The same faces will be sitting on the Nature Coast Business Development Council and the Levy County Enterprise Zone Development Agency when the boards resume meeting.
        The Levy County Commission reappointed four directors of the business council and six members of the EZDA.
        The County Commission provides the NCBDC and EZDA with $42,000 to fund their operations and about $250 per month in office rent.

  • Mud bog suspect stays in jail

    Chris Sutherlin Jr., charged with 2nd degree felony manslaughter in the death of Roderic Sparks of Crystal River, lost his bid to be put on home detention Friday in a courtroom packed with Sparks' family and friends.
    Levy County Judge James T. Browning denied the request made by the 15-year-old New Port Richey boy's attorney, Allan H. Kaye of Gainesville.  

  • Cross City correctional officer jailed

     James Leslie Cassidy, a Cross City corrections officer for 24 years, drank moonshine and what followed afterward could cost his career.
    Cassidy, 43, is  charged with groping two women against their will, slashing tires on six vehicles, and while going to jail cursing and threatening to "cut ... gut ... stab" a Levy County Sheriff's deputy and kill his family, according to sheriff's arrest reports.