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  • Sheriff's Report & Most Wanted for the week of July 9

    The Levy County Sheriff's Office reports the following arrests:

    •July 4, Otis Ray Bean Jr., 53, Inglis, stalking, damage property $1,000 or more, burglary. Bond $2,500.

    •July 1, Galvester Daniels III, 33, Williston, flee/elude police at high speed, RW/OV, cocaine traffic 28 grams less than 150 KG. Bond $210,000.

    •July 4, Dylan Wayne Davies, 18, Chiefland, marijuana possession not more than 20 grams, possession or use of drug equipment, smuggle contraband/introduce into detention facility. Bond $11,000.

  • Career and tech students can now be Presidential Scholars

    As part of an executive order by President Barack Obama, career and technical education students will now be able to be designated as U.S. Presidential Scholars.

  • SRWMD Fanning Springs Dashboard goes live

    Real-time water quality data for Fanning Springs is now available to the public on a new dashboard. Fanning Springs is a second magnitude spring in Levy County continuously monitored by the Suwannee River Water Management District. The District began collecting continuous data in 2014 as a result of a collaboration with the US Geological Survey (USGS) and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP).

  • Julia Oberst is schools' new food service coordinator

     The Levy County School Board has hired a new food service coordinator and like her predecessor, she is very passionate about what she does.

    “She’s very enthusiastic and very qualified,” Levy County School Board Assistant Superintendent of Administration Jeff Edison said of Julia Oberst, the Bronson resident who was hired for the position following Becky Tyson’s departure.

  • Pig farm coming to Chiefland

    Right behind the trees and brush that line U.S. 19 south of Chiefland, work has been under way since 2014 on a hog and sheep farm and now the land’s owner says in documents filed with the Levy County Building Department that it plans to build a pork processing facility that would initially provide 20 jobs and when doubled in size at a later date, to employ 40 people.

  • Girl killed, family members injured in sturgeon strike

    A 5-year-old girl was killed and her mother and brother were injured by a leaping sturgeon while boating on the Suwannee River on Thursday, July 2, at 8:47 p.m., according to a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission release.

    She is the first fatality from a sturgeon collision on the Suwannee River. Earlier this year a 14-year-old girl was injured by a sturgeon on the Suwannee and the day after the fatal accident, two people were injured in a sturgeon collission on the Santa Fe River.

  • Assessments tentatively adopted

    The Levy County Commission adopted assessments for the coming year that call for property owners to pay the same rate they have for the past two years.

    With little fanfare they approved a fire assessment of $90 for residential parcels, an emergency medical services assessment of $119 for residences and a solid waste assessment of $25 per parcel. They also adopted a long list of road district assessments that vary based on the amount of work to be done maintaining and mowing.

  • County Commission Agenda for Tuesday, July 7

    AGENDA

    REGULAR MEETING

    July 7, 2015

    Call to Order Invocation Pledge to Flag

    Public Comments

    -Issues related to Agenda items

    -Complete public comment form and submit to clerk

    -State your full name and address

    -Discussion must be limited to a maximum of three (3) minutes per person

    Public Hearing

    Development - Bill Hammond, Director

  • Volunteers determined to clean up Fanning Springs

    Twenty-eight volunteers woke up early Saturday morning to show they care about the condition of one small town.

    Fifty bags of garbage were collected in Fanning Springs during a clean up led by Mayor Trip Lancaster. Council members Jane Nogaki and Ron Queen were also on the committee that coordinated the efforts, along with Rodger Nogaki.

    “We want to show citizens of Fanning Springs we care about this town,” Lancaster said. “We want to make this a better place to live for everyone.”

  • Like a phoenix, Fanning Springs Chamber of Commerce returns

    A whole new chamber of commerce is opening up in Fanning Springs.

    While the previous Fanning Springs Chamber of Commerce dissolved some years back, a new group has been started and will hold its first official meeting July 16 at the Lighthouse Restaurant in Fanning. They've had one organizational meeting already, but the next one will involve voting in the board of directors and new officers.

    “We want to bring that back,” Fanning Springs Mayor Trip Lancaster said. “We want to highlight the businesses we do have in Fanning.”