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  • City news briefs

    City approves final

    reading of EAR

    The city commission voted 5-0 in favor of approving the final reading of the city’s Evaluation and Appraisal Report, part of the city’s new comprehensive land use plan, which has been in the process for about two years.

    Vice-Mayor Teresa Barron expressed concern over several amendments to the plan made by the Florida Department of Community Affairs after a lengthy review process.

  • Levy holds off on emergency declaration on oil spill

    Although Gov. Charlie Crist has included Levy County among 19 counties at risk from an oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in an emergency declaration issued last week, there is no local declaration of an emergency in Levy.

    The oil spill from the Deepwater Horizon oil rig that started on April 20 is located approximately 250 miles from Cedar Key and is discharging approximately 210,000 gallons per day. It has been estimated that the leaks have released 3.5 million gallons of oil into the gulf waters.

  • Campaign News

    n Qualifying closed for the Florida congressional races at noon Friday and the Florida Secretary of State's Office has released the list of candidates for the two races in Levy County:

    District 5 — Open seat because incumbent Ginny Brown Waite withdrew. Candidates in the Republican primary on Aug. 24 are Richard "Rich" Nugent and Jason Patrick Sager. Unopposed Democrat James John Piccillo will be on the November ballot.

  • Cedar Key waits for the oil

    Governor Charlie Crist declared a State of Emergency Monday in Levy and 12 additional counties in response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. So far, Christ has declared a State of Emergency in 19 coastal counties along the panhandle and the west coast of Florida.

    The oil spill is located approximately 250 miles from Cedar Key and is discharging approximately 210,000 gallons per day.

  • Kindergarten Day at Whispering Wind

    Whispering Wind will hold Kindergarten Day for psoepective kindergarten students from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 12.

    Parents and children can visit the school and meet the teachers.

    For more information call Angie at 352-490-5799

     

  • Levy County added to Florida’s State of Emergency

    By executive order, Governor Charlie Crist added 13 counties this morning to the original six included in Florida’s State of Emergency due to the Deepwater Horizon Incident.

    The coastal counties of Franklin, Wakulla, Jefferson, Taylor, Dixie, Levy, Citrus, Hernando, Pasco, Pinellas, Hillsborough, Manatee and Sarasota join already declared Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Bay and Gulf.

  • Yearty sentenced to federal prison

    Third-generation County Commissioner Sammy Yearty was ordered Monday to serve 33 months in federal prison followed by three years probation and pay $10,300 in fines for soliciting and accepting a part of a $10,000 bribe from an undercover FBI agent posing as a developer and lying to the FBI about it. Yearty, who has held office since being appointed in 1978 by then-Gov. Reubin Askew, was sentenced on Monday afternoon in Gainesville by federal District Chief Judge Stephan P.

  • Cedar Key watches, waits on oil spill's next move

    Governor Charlie Crist has added 13 counties — including Levy — to the original six included in his emergency declaration due to the Deepwater Horizon rig accident and ensuing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

  • CFCC to get $13 million for Levy campus

    Financially speaking, the wait is just about over for Central Florida Community College's new campus in Chiefland.

    After delays and worries over funding, CFCC will receive $13 million for the construction of a new campus on U.S. Highway 19, about 4.5 miles north of the current Levy Center. All that remains is for Gov. Charlie Crist to sign the approved budget into law.

    "We are dancing on the rooftops," CFCC Levy Center Interim Director Dr. Susan Chappell said. "Everyone is very excited."

  • Yearty sentenced to prison,probation, fined

    Sammy Yearty, the third generation in his family to serve on the Levy County Commission, was sentenced to 33 months in federal prison, three years probation and fined $10,300 on Monday for soliciting and accepting a $10,000 bribe from an undercover FBI agent posing as a developer and lying to the FBI about the bribe.