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  • CR 347 re-opens at 6 p.m. Friday

    From the Levy County Sheriff's Office:

    The Levy County Road Department has announced that repairs to County Road 347 west of County Road 345 will be open today at 6 p.m. All repairs will be completed at this time and through traffic in both directions will be available to the motorists.

  • Inglis drug raid nets 12 arrests

    INGLIS — Twelve people are in custody Thursday after a two-and-one-half year investigation started by the Inglis Police Department that targeted a purported drug house.

  • Chiefland Citizen burgled

    The Chiefland Citizen office is closed this morning (May 4) due to a break-in at about 7 a.m.
    Deputies and investigators from the Levy County Sheriff's Office, as well as the Chiefland Police Department are looking into the matter.
    If anybody has any information, please call the Chiefland Police Department at 352-493-6777.

  • Levy nukes to cost more, start later

    A legislator called for a stop to a utility’s cost recovery plan for its nuclear investments in Levy County and Crystal River.
    “Progress Energy wants to nearly double its collection of advance nuclear cost recovery dollars for two plants that are not even online,” said State. Sen. Mike Fasano, R-New Port Richey, on Monday. “Crystal River has been down since Progress Energy bungled its repair in 2009. Levy County is not even built and, according to the statement, the plant won’t be online for at least another dozen years at the earliest.”

  • Like a pair of wild hogs

    Matt Schmidt, left, and Justin Maynard, both 26, scramble across the log at the end of Saturday’s Wild Hog Canoe & Kayak Race down the Waccasassa River. The two came in first in the Recreation Class division in just under three hours.

  • Havoc on County Road 347

    CR 347 closure

    The Levy County Sheriff's Office and the Levy County Road Department has closed the 10600 block of County Road 347 due to 147 feet of cracks in the asphalt and a report of a sink hole possibly opening under the roadway. A passing motorist struck a crack which had opened across one lane. No injuries or damages were reported.

  • Drone flights put off until fall

    By LOU ELLIOTT JONES
    editor@cedarkeybeacon.com
    Plans to launch drones from Cedar Key's George T. Lewis Airport this spring to gather data on 945,000 acres of seagrass beds have been put on hold until the fall.
    Levy County officials have been notified by Dr. Paul R. Carlson Jr. of Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute that NASA is not able to support the unmanned aerial vehicles, also known as drones, being deployed to Cedar Key.

  • LCSO recognizes employees

       Forty three Levy County Sheriff's Office employees were recognized April 25 for their contributions to the department. Most were recognized for their varying years of service, though 12 were given specific awards in such areas as valor, community service and dedication to the department in the first of such award ceremonies scheduled on a quarterly basis.

    Awards and recognitions:

    • Award of Excellence
    Officers Zeb Richburg and Gerald Dukes
    • Sheriff's Star Award:

  • FWC opens roundscale spearfish for harvest in state waters

    Billfish anglers will no longer need to question whether the fish they just boated is a white marlin or the similar-looking and once-prohibited roundscale spearfish.
    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) voted Wednesday to allow harvest of the species in Florida state waters at its meeting today (Wednesday).
    This change includes adding roundscale spearfish to the one-billfish bag and possession limit and the creation of a 66-inch minimum size limit when measured from the lower jaw to the fork of the tail.

  • Phone survey in Levy for emergency evacuation planning

    This week, residents living in Levy and Citrus counties may be contacted by telephone to take part in an all-important emergency evacuation planning survey.  The survey is to gather data for use by the Levy County Emergency Management Office to improve evacuation plans for both natural and man-made disasters.
    The telephone survey is being conducted by Boston-based First Market Research, and all calls made on weekdays will be conducted between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.  On the weekends, calls will be made between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m.