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  • Much ado about road resurfacing

    Never let it be said that Levy County won't look a gift horse in the mouth.

    D.A.B. Constructors Inc., owner Bill Bachschmidt, asked to change the way his company would repave and widen County Road 40 in a way that would take care of a problem with cracks in the road, would cost $6,000 less than his low bid of $1,232,222.22 and would mean the county would get surplus material valued at $175,000.

  • Hotel deal may cost Fanning

    Fanning Springs could be on the hook for $200,000 owed to Mittauer and Associates Engineering for services rendered on the Holiday Inn Express and Dairy Queen development project if things don’t work out.

    Fred Fox of Fred Fox Enterprises said that the city would have that liability to Mittauer for their services up to the point of putting out for bids at an Oct. 15 emergency Fanning Springs city council meeting.

  • Group home for sex offenders, predators causing concern

    A home in East Williston that houses sex offenders and sex predators is causing concern in the community, and Levy County Sheriff Bobby McCallum asked the Levy County Commission to consider legal actions that can be taken to limit such residences. 

  • Cedar Key clear of red tide

    After nearly two months of commercial clam lease closures, red tide has moved out of Cedar Key, according to officials.
    The Florida Fish Wildlife Conservation Commission reported this week that Karenia brevis, the organism responsible for Florida red tide, was not detected in samples taken from Cedar Key.
    Samples were also clear in Dixie, Wakulla, Bay, Gulf and Pasco counties, according to FWC.

  • Agencies working to update flood maps

    State and federal agencies want to overhaul flood maps in Bronson and other areas of Levy County.

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recently gave the Suwannee River Water Management District, which is in charge of permitting and managing most of the water in Levy County, a $627,000 grant to address wrong or missing data in flood maps in the region.

  • Columbus Day protested

    A group that is organizing a petition drive to abolish the Columbus Day holiday set up a protest at the Levy County Courthouse on Monday, Oct. 13 — the federal holiday observed as Columbus Day.

    Dianne Clark helped organize the protest and decorated the float that the three protestors representing a Spanish missionary, Columbus and his crew occupied.

    The float had signs outlining their objections to a holiday that honors a man who brought suffering to Native Americans and other indigenous people in the New World.

  • Car fire training

    A live car fire scenario was staged Tuesday, Oct. 7, by the Levy County Department of Public Safety where members reviewed scene size up, water supply and firefighter safety.

    LCDPS does this type of training six times a month to enhance training and teamwork.

  • County budget has “Easter eggs”

    In the computer world they are called “Easter eggs,” little surprises included in software that are unlocked by the curious user. 

    It is just the same for the Levy County budget which holds some good surprises for county workers and residents.

    Chief among them:

    • a newly created position of grants coordinator to hunt out more money for the county,

    • a veterinarian for the county Animal Control Department and

    • a 3 percent pay increase for county workers.

  • Chiefland agrees to fund ALS study

    Chiefland officials have taken the next step toward the city acquiring advanced life support non transport (ALS) service.

    Commissioners voted unanimously Monday during the city's regularly scheduled meeting to pay up to $11,000 for a study by outside consultants to determine how, and if, funds could be spent to help pay for the service.

    Chiefland Vice Mayor Betty Walker, who is over the city's fire department, said committing to the funds is the next move.

  • Severe, hazardous weather warnings for Levy

    SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH 547 IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 700 PM EDT

    FOR THE FOLLOWING FLORIDA COUNTIES:

     

    ALACHUA BAKER BRADFORD CITRUS COLUMBIA DIXIE GILCHRIST HAMILTON JEFFERSON LAFAYETTE LEVY MADISON MARION SUWANNEE TAYLOR UNION

    Hazardous Weather Outlook

    HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK

    NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAMPA BAY RUSKIN FL