Local News

  • Back to school savings tips

     Getting ready to send kids back to school can cost families some money.

       The average Florida family with children K-12 plans to spend $755.33 on electronics, apparel, shoes and other school needs, according to a recent AAA Consumer Pulse™ survey. 

  • AG fires up price gouging hotline

    TALLAHASSEE — Attorney General Pam Bondi today activated Florida's price gouging hotline for consumers in five Florida counties affected by severe weather and flooding. The opening of the hotline comes as Gov. Rick Scott declares a state of emergency for Dixie, Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas and Taylor Counties.

    Florida's price gouging law only applies within the areas of the declared state of emergency.

  • Man dies in Thursday accident

    A Thursday afternoon accident at the intersection of County Roads 326 and 337 has left one person dead. And a second one injured, according to a Florida Highway Patrol release.

    The name of the dead person was not released pending the notification of the next of kin.

    Maximo Aguirre Jr., 17 of Bronson was driving a 2010 Ford F250 pickup that collided with a 2010 Honda driven by a 70-year-old man.

  • FDOT Road and Lane Closures for August 8-14


    Hull Road (UF Campus) Daytime lane closures and sidewalk closures between Southwest 34th Street and Mowry Road to build concrete sidewalk/trail.

    Interstate 75 Up to two lanes closed at night beginning Sunday at 9 p.m. and Monday through Thursday nights beginning at 7 p.m. until 7 a.m. the following day south of County Road 236 (Exit 404) to resurface. No work is allowed from Friday at 6 a.m. to Sunday at 9 p.m.

  • Citizen, Bulletin, Beacon move . . . temporarily

    The Chiefland Citizen, Cedar Key Beacon and Tri-County Bulletin have moved out of our offices due to renovations.

    The rains this year have been hard on the old flat roof at 624 W. Park Ave. and some patching needs to be done before we can return to the building. Some work is also being done to the interior.

  • August blood drives set

     Summer, when school is out and families hit the road for vacations, is a time when donors are in short supply, but the need for blood is as strong as ever. If it’s been a while since you donated, there’s no better time than now.

     In about the time it would take to shop for groceries for a week or knock out a crossword puzzle a blood donor can save a life.

  • County Briefs

    County has hiring freeze

    The county is clamping down on hiring instituting a freeze on all non-essential hires as of July 23.

    While emergency medical technicians, paramedics and Levy County Transit bus driver jobs are exempt from the order, Commissioner Rock Meeks of Otter Creek (R-District 2) said he would like to have any other hires brought before the commission.

    In asking about the memo from County Coordinator Fred Moody, the commissioner asked if new hires would come before the board. Moody said they could.

  • LCT inks deal with Creekside Christian

    The Levy County Commission has approved an agreement to transport students from the Levy County Transit Center in Bronson to Creekside Christian School in Otter Creek for the coming school year.

    The county charges the school $25 per student per week and a minimum $200 per week to transport a minimum of eight students per day.

    The deal calls for the bus to leave the center at about 7:30 a.m. and to return to the center at 3:15 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The bus will leave at the regular time on Friday and return at 12:30 p.m.

  • Tourism marketing plan approved by commission

    Ah, the many joys of Levy County. We know them well: the springs, the Suwannee River, the hiking, bike and horse trails, the roads with breathtaking scenery, the fishing, kayaking, paddling, canoeing and boating. We love it all.

    Problem is, not many folks outside Levy know of its attributes and Carol McQueen, Levy Visitor Bureau director, and the Levy County Tourist Development Council are looking to change that with a marketing plan that calls for spending $146,304 to promote the county.

  • Community Calendar for the week of August 4


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