Local News

  • DEP announces water-quality restoration grant opportunities

    The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is now soliciting applications for the next cycle of funding through its Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Water-Quality Restoration Grant Program. Three times each year (March, July and November), DEP awards funding to local communities and water management districts to implement best management practices designed to reduce pollutant loads to impaired waters from urban stormwater discharges. The application deadline is March 1, 2016, at 5 p.m. EST for the current round of funding.

  • Bickering takes over Fanning council meeting

    Things got heated between the mayor and deputy fire chief during the fire department’s report.

    “This month we had 61 calls,” Deputy Chief Elania Spain said. “unfortunately I am sad to say it’s the first time in over four years that we missed calls.” They missed three calls, she said.

    “Why is that?” Mayor Trip Lancaster asked. “Why did you miss them?”

  • Darus sworn in to Fanning Council

    On Tuesday, Feb. 9, Tommy Darus was sworn in to the Fanning Springs Council seat 1 by Gilchrist County Judge Sheree H. Lancaster at the monthly council meeting.

    Darus won in elections against Joseph Locke and Frances Grantham.

  • County punts on helping open marina channel

    Cedar Key's City Marina's channel under the troubled Dock Street bridge, bedeviled in the past by silt and now by sand buildup that make it impassible, may have to wait months for an answer on who will clean it out.

    Mayor Heath Davis asked the Levy County Commission to help with removing the sand and said the city has applied to the state and federal agencies for a dredging permit.

  • Fanning camraderie dissolves

    Tensions were high as Fanning Springs convened for its regular monthly council meeting last Tuesday, Feb. 9.

    City council discussions included everything from questioning the financial reports, to fire department workings and the status of the suspended chief, an intent to resign by the city attorney, all the way down to resident outrage over the council members charged with sunshine violations.

    It began with Councilwoman Barbara Locke questioning the financial report in the minutes for the previous meeting.

  • Fanning attorney resigns

    In the midst of tensions and charges of sunshine law violations against council members, Fanning Springs’ city attorney has turned in his letter of resignation.

    City Attorney Conrad Bishop made the announcement at the Feb. 9 Fanning Springs city council meeting following a motion made by Councilwoman Jane Nogaki stating they should prepare and advertise requests for proposals for the positions of city attorney and auditor.

  • Williston hospital may close in 60 days

    If Levy County does not bring more patients by ambulance to Williston Regional General Hospital, instead of taking them to out of county facilities, the doors will close in 60 days.

    That was the threat made by Dr. Deviah “Dr. P” Pagidipati, owner of WRGH, who said he was at Tuesday's Levy County Commission meeting to seek their help. He also suggested the county might want to take over or manage the hospital.

  • Fire chief's contract renewed

    Chiefland Fire Rescue Chief James Harris came in for praise from the Chiefland City Commission which approved a new contract for him and a pay increase from $52,713.60 to $53,767.87 by a 4-0 vote with Mayor Teal Pomeroy absent.

    In the special meeting to evaluate Harris, Commissioner Teresa Barron said, “You have done really well this year. And I appreciate that we have a local person here who understands the needs.”

    Commissioner Rollin Hudson praised Harris for living in the city and for his ability to attract grant money for the department.

  • Fanning council addresses Sunshine Law violation

    Last week, three Fanning Springs council members pleaded no contest to Sunshine Law violations.

    As the court proceedings came to a close those council members — Barbara Locke, Jane Nogaki and Ron Queen — were finally able to speak out and the details of the meeting in question have come to light.

    “I thought I was doing the right thing by my constituents, trying to do a good budget for the city,” Queen said of the conversation that took place directly before the Sept. 21, 2015, budget meeting around 4:35.

  • Agendas for Chiefland City Commission meeting Feb. 8, 2016

    We apologize for the lateness of this posting of the agendas.  We did not have the right ones on Friday when we usually post. 

    The Chiefland City Commission meets on Monday, Feb. 8, in City Hall on East Park Avenue. 

    The Commission meets at 5:45 for the annual evaluation of the fire chief, then in regular session at 6 p.m. and following the regular meeting, the city commission — sitting as the planning board, will meet.