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Local News

  • Inglis, Yankeetown prepare for expected flooding

    By Mike Wright

  • County puts halt on marijuana dispensaries

    The Levy County Commission decided to put a nine-month moratorium on any rules allowing marijuana dispensariess into the county.

    At the same meeting on Tuesday, the board voted to retain John Meeks, of Bronson, R-District 1, as its chair for a third year and decided to switch the vice chair from Mike Joyner of Morriston, R-District 3, to Rock Meeks or Chiefland, R-District 2.

  • Sabal Trail addresses critics’ concerns

    By Mike Bates

    The Citrus County Chronicle has received several letters and Sound Off calls from readers concerned about the Sabal Trail pipeline’s effect on the environment.

    Those concerns include: excessive noise from a Marion County compressor station to be built in 2020, potential gas line explosions, possible fuel leakage or spillage and the destruction of established oak and pine trees.

  • Sabal opponents have plenty of fearsmik

    By Mike Wright

    These are folks who don’t trust the government to protect them.

    So when federal agencies sign off on the 515-mile Sabal Trail natural gas pipeline through Alabama, Georgia and Florida, people like 30-year Dunnellon resident Janet Barrow don’t sit back and take their word for it.

    “I’ve been watching this project for three years plus,” Barrow said. “I open my mouth and tell as many people as I can.”

  • Work on Sabal Trail natural gas transmission project gearing up

    By Michael D. Bates

    The $3-billion natural gas pipeline that will span 515 miles, cross three states and run right through Citrus County, has begun in earnest.

    That much is evident if anyone has driven around Marion County, where much of the construction of the Sabal Trail pipeline is currently going on. Expect it to reach Citrus County soon.

  • New commissioner Brooks takes office

    Three Levy County Commissioners were sworn into office by Levy County Judge James “Tim” Browning and 8th Circuit Senior Judge Joseph Smith, but only one was a fresh face on the commission.

    Matt Brooks, a Williston City Councilman, took his seat on the commission. He won election in the Aug. 30 primary unseating longtime Commissioner Danny Stevens.

  • Fanning Springs lights up holiday

    Saturday, Dec. 3 is the day Santa Claus will be arriving in Fanning Springs after a day and night of family-oriented activities sponsored by the Fanning Springs Chamber of Commerce.

    Events start at 10 a.m. at Fort Fanning Park on the Suwannee River. There will be a rock climbing wall, children’s activities, craft and food vendors and a rubber duck race with cash prizes.

    In addition there will be a car, truck and bike show, live music and a magician.

  • CK teen dies in hunting accident

    The Cedar Key community lost its holiday joy on Wednesday morning when word spread that prayers were needed for a family.

    Authorities confirmed that Jacob Solano, 18, a senior at Cedar Key School, died when his gun discharged while he was hog hunting on Black Point Island off Shell Mound.

    The loss is devastating to the school which has only 14 students in the Class of 2017 and Solano was one of four young men in the class. When students, who are on Thanksgiving break,, return to school on Monday, there will be grief counselors available. 

  • Oysters given $8.3M to make a comeback

    Special to the Cedar Key Beacon

    In less than 30 years, 3,000-year-old oyster reefs off Florida’s Big Bend coastline have declined by 88 percent, according to University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers.

    For residents who depend on the fishing grounds and other coastal resources protected by these reefs, it’s a worrying trend.

  • CES principal injured in wreck in Gilchrist

    Chiefland Elementary School Principal Lacy Redd is resting at home after an accident on Thursday, Nov. 10, at 6:45 p.m. in Gilchrist County caused injuries that left her bruised and hurting.

    Redd’s car was so badly damaged she had to be cut out of it.

    The other driver in the accident, K-Lee Samantha Hayes, 21, of Trenton sustained minor injuries.