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Local News

  • City faces lawsuit over Christmas light contract

    Clark Sales Display Inc. has been in business since 1983, and in all that time, according to owner Lee Clark, it has never had to threaten to take a client to court—until now.
    The Tavares-based company specializes in renting Christmas displays and lights to cities and shopping centers throughout Florida. The holiday season is the company's only opportunity to make money, Clark said Friday.

  • Firefighter finally honored on national memorial

    It has been seven years since Otter Creek Assistant Fire Chief Victor B. Scott suffered a fatal heart attack at an Ocala truck stop while bringing home equipment used in a rigorous fire training exercise.
    He had not felt well at the end of the March 16, 2004, exercise. Because he died the next day, his death was not considered to be in the line of duty and his family was denied benefits.
    But one denial that hurt his family was that Scott would not be listed among those who died in the line of duty at the Florida and National Fallen Firefighters Memorials.

  • FDOT Road and Lane Closures for October 8-14, 2011

    The following is a list of roadwork underway by the FDOT that may impact traffic.

  • Yankeetown to get Better Community Award

    Yankeetown is receiving 1000 Friends of Florida’s Better Community Award for its use of comprehensive and other planning tools to protect the community’s unique coastal small-town character and scenic natural beauty.  
    “Yankeetown has adopted an outstanding plan to protect its many amenities, and has given citizens a strong role in approving changes to the plan and local development,” said 1000 Friends President Charles Pattison. The award will be presented on Tuesday, Oct. 11, at noon at a community picnic to be held at 6241 Harmony Lane.

  • Tri-county area welcomes new attorney

       Joy L. Powell was sworn in as a member of the Florida Bar by Gilchrist County Judge Edward Philman, left, as her grandfather, retired Dixie County Judge Marshall M. Clements, holds the Bible. Powell took the oath as family, friends and colleagues looked on.
       She is the daughter of Tim and Lori Powell, of Bell, and the grandaughter of Marshall and Frances Clements, of Cross City, and Ethan and Audry Powell, of Bell.

  • South Levy Republicans to meet Oct. 18

    The Yankeetown – Inglis Republican Club is pleased to welcome back members and guests to the first fall meeting of 2011. The October meeting will take place on        Tuesday, October 18, at the Inglis-Yankeetown  Lions’ Club on Hwy 40 and 59th Street, Yankeetown. The meeting starts at 6 p.m., allowing for some socializing, and a pot-luck supper will  be served at 6:30 p.m.

  • Commission considers home size, generator noise

    Residents plead for some relief

    Residents asked the Levy County Commission for some relief from regulations on a minimum home size, limerock roads, and the generator noise of a neighbor without electricity.
    Their pleas came during the commission's regular Tuesday meeting and while the question of the home size was settled, the road won't be paved anytime soon, and the noise problem will take some time to resolve.

  • Two opportunities Saturday to lend a helping hand

    Beast Feast
    The 2nd Annual Levy County Schools Foundation Beast Feast will begin at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Black Prong Equestrian Center  on County Road 337 in Bronson.

  • Fowlers Bluff gets $2.9 M for safe water

    Fowlers Bluff residents will have cleaner, safer drinking water in June thanks to the efforts of locals to replace an aging water treatment plant built in the 60s.
    David Woener, a member of the Fowlers Bluff Water Systems Association Inc., said the area's water board has been trying to get the system replaced for years. Many of the water lines are corroded and are in constant need of repair, he said. "And it's out of compliance with DEP (Florida Department of Environmental Protection),"

  • Sheriff buys cars, lays off top staff

    For the third year in a row Levy County Sheriff Johnny Smith has found some extra cash in his budget at the close of the fiscal year — close to $250,000  — and bought six cars for $173,935.