Local News

  • Local refuges to close if federal government shuts down

    The Lower Suwannee and Cedar Key National Wildlife Refuges issued the following statement on a possible shut down of the federal government on Friday, April 8:

  • Bronson council wants say in county fire department

    Several Bronson officials said Monday night they’re concerned about a plan put forth by the county’s Fire Advisory Board.
    “We want to know what’s going on,” said Council Member Jason Kennedy during the discussion at the council’s regular meeting.
    A special subcommittee of the Fire Advisory Board is recommending a 10-year plan for the consolidation of separate fire departments in the county, he explained. But Bronson officials, until recently, have had no notice about the meetings.

  • County EMS future up in air

    County Emergency Medical Services may be in need of a rescue.
    Director Trish Seibold submitted her resignation Monday morning to County Coordinator Freddie Moody, just three days after Assistant Director Royce Barber submitted his resignation and left the department.
    On Tuesday the County Commission postponed making a decision on hiring consultants to devise a method of levying EMS assessments for property owners.

  • A fair to remember

       The Levy County Fair kicks off at 4 p.m. today at the Airport Industrial Park in Williston
       A midway, entertainment, livestock and exhibits, including the creative arts will be available for one low admission price of $10.
       Miss Levy County Fair will also be crowned at the close of the Fair, Sunday, April 10.
        Each day is packed with fun, food and entertainment.
       On Friday, junior karaoke contestants will vie for the best of the younger set.

  • County passes on old Bronson school property

    The Levy County Commission has decided that the search for new courthouse space will not include the old Bronson High School property at its back door.
    It's a blow to Clerk of Court Danny Shipp's plan to purchase and renovate the property. He told the commissioners on Tuesday that members of the county's courthouse space committee met with representatives of the School Board to negotiate for the purchase of the 20 acres and the buildings — the old school which houses Hilltop School, the gymnasium and portable buildings.

  • County sets Tarmac hearing for May 3

    The proposed Tarmac King Road mine project won a recommendation for approval from the Levy County Planning Commission by a 4-1 vote in the wee hours Tuesday and will face a public hearing before the Levy County Commission  at 6:30 p.m. May 3.

  • County commission discusses future, past

    Levy County is moving into the 21st Century, while returning to its old ways.
    During the formal meeting Tuesday morning and free-wheeling workshop later, led by Commissioners Ryan Bell, of Chiefland (R-District 2), and Marsha Drew, of Yankeetown, (R-District 3), the commission discussed:

  • Rising tides threaten new discoveries in Cedar Key

    Archaeologists with the University of Florida say rising seas and looting are threatening archaeological sites in the Cedar Key area.
    “There are really incredible time capsules that are going to be gone if we don’t get out there soon,” said UF professor of archaeology Ken Sassaman at a presentation Saturday at the Cedar Key Public Library.

  • County budget more than $700K in hole

    It went almost unnoticed at last week’s Levy County Commission meeting when Sheriff’s Maj. Evan Sullivan said the county budget is running a $732,358 deficit in the first three months of the year.
    Sullivan made the comment while announcing Sheriff Johnny Smith will not charge county and city agencies for dispatch services starting this fall as had been previously announced.
    “We know there’s an issue,” Sullivan said, referring to the money crunch.

  • Tarmac Mine hearing back in Courtroom A

    Special to the Citizen
    Every day thousands of vehicles crawl through downtown Crystal River as they head north or south.
    City officials are cringing at the thought of adding heavy rock trucks to that mix.
    A company's proposal for a limestone mine just north of Inglis includes promises of up to 250 trucks per day heading south on U.S. Highway 19 through Crystal River — and the same amount returning empty to the quarry.