Local News

  • Trial for Crab Fest shooting

    Trial has been set for Monday, Sept. 28 for Devonte Tremaine Ocasio, charged with the death of one man and the wounding of four other people during the 2013 Crab Fest in East Williston.

    In a hearing last week before 8th Judicial Circuit Senior Judge Joseph Smith, Ocasio's attorney, Michael Hines said there had been no formal plea agreement offered by the State Attorney's Office.

    And as he went to say his client did not want to plea bargain, O'Casio spoke up and said “I am not interested in doing that.”

  • Suwannee water district approves millage, budget

    The Suwannee River Water Management District held the first of two public hearings to discuss the tentative budget and millage rate for the fiscal year starting Oct. 1.

    The tentative budget is $43,335,921 and the tentative roll-back millage rate is 0.4104. The tentative budget represents a 6.8 percent reduction over the current budget. The roll-back millage rate is the rate that generates the same amount of property tax revenues as approved for the previous fiscal year.

  • Taxes, assessments stay same

    The property tax rate will remain at its current rate of 8.2741 mills and the assessments for fire, EMS, solid waste and roadway maintenance will remain the same.

    The rates were finalized, along with a a few amendments to the budget for the fiscal year starting Oct. 1. The tentative budget, approved Sept. 3, was $59,418,506, but some last minute grants helped it to grow to $60,523,360.

    The Levy County Commission approved the property tax and assessments, and the budget in a public hearing on Monday evening.

  • Meet the legislators Sept. 21

    The 2015 Levy County Legislative Delegation meeting will be held at 9:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 21 at the Dogan S. Cobb building, 660 E. Hathaway Ave., Bronson.

    For more information, to be placed on the agenda to speak at the meeting, contact Matthew McClain in Stone’s District Office at (352) 291-4436 or by email at Matthew.McClain@myfloridahouse.gov

  • Levy needs a new courthouse

    Clearly the two county commissioners in a courthouse space committee meeting did not want to hear bad news, especially as they face the voters in 2016, but Robert Roundtree, chief judge for the 8th judicial Circuit, delivered it:

    “I hear a sense of some that we ultimately know where we want to go and that’s a new building.”

    Roundtree said a new courthouse could cost $9 million, that’s the price for building a similar new courthouse in Washington County.

  • Flood insurance information now available

    By Brad Buck


    With tropical storm season in full swing, it’s a great time to think about flood insurance. A new feature on the Florida Sea Grant website puts you a mouse click away from information to help you understand flood insurance, why it’s important, whether you’re required to have it and how to get it.

  • Yoho hosting Service Academy Day

    Congressman Ted S. Yoho (R- District 3) would like to invite students, teachers and families of all ages to meet with Service Academy representatives and learn first-hand what it takes to become a commissioned Second Lieutenant/Ensign in the U.S. Military. 

    The United States Service Academies are an all-expense paid scholarship opportunity valued at $500,000. In addition, Cadets and Midshipman receive pay and benefits and guaranteed employment following graduation.

  • Fanning Springs discusses changing LDRs

    Fanning Springs is on a roll with efforts to utilize the city park and Fort Fanning for the good of the community with Mayor Trip Lancaster leading the way.

       Not only has the city, in conjunction with the newly formed chamber of commerce, held two free movie nights, fully funded without any tax dollars being spent, along with the return of the Festival of Lights to take place on Dec. 5, but now they're in discussions to bring a farmer's market to the park.

  • Florida State Surgeon General visits Levy County

    Cedar Key School received a special guest last Thursday, one who wasn't afraid to get his hands dirty.

       As part of his coastal tour "The Health in All Places" the State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health Dr. John Armstrong visited the school and Cedar Key's local food pantry. 

  • Final vote for tax assessments

    The Levy County Commission will hold a final public hearing on Monday, Sept. 14, to consider final passage of the property tax millage, assessments for fire, EMS, solid waste and roads, and the meeting could prove interesting.

    Commissioner Lilly Rooks of Rosewood (R-District 4) has served notice she is interested in the fire and emergency medical services assessments, asking about how much the two funds have in reserve — a rainy day fund.