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  • Beef O’Brady’s clears last county alcohol hurdle

    The Beef O’Brady’s to be constructed at the intersection of Northwest 140th Street and U.S. Highway 19 has cleared its final approval for a zoning variance that will allow it to sell alcohol.

  • Home invasion suspect nabbed in Dixie

    A man being sought in connection with a home invasion in Chiefland Sunday night was apprehended in Dixie County Tuesday afternoon.

  • Fans of Fanning say proposed campground fails

    Fanning Springs State Park will suffer at the hands of private developers if a proposed plan for additional campsites is allowed to come to fruition, park enthusiasts and residents told a panel of state  officials last week.

  • County debates furloughs, cutting hours

    Levy County Commissioners, for the first time, openly discussed the ideas of worker furloughs and cuts — such as a nine-hour, four-day work week.

  • Chiefland girl survives horse accident

    A 13-year-old Chiefland girl who was dragged and kicked by a horse within inches of her life on June 27 is recovering at home after leaving the hospital last weekend.

  • Christmas Lights Challenge Issued

    The Chiefland Rotary Club has started a Christmas Lights Challenge by contributing $1,500 to the City of Chiefland and calling on other clubs and businesses to match the contribution.

    The first club to contribute $1,500 to the city will be matched by the Chiefland Rotary with another $1,500 contribution.

  • Road and Lane Closures for July 9 - 15, 2011

    The following is a list of roadwork underway by the FDOT that may impact traffic.
     
    ALACHUA COUNTY:
     
    Interstate 75 Northbound traffic is shifted to the west just south of the interchange because of the addition of a barrier wall on the east side of the project. The speed limit is reduced to 60 mph around the clock and the truck restrictions are lifted from three miles south of the interchange to just north of SR 26 encouraging semi-trucks to use the far left lane as well as the center lane.
     

  • Economic development council loses director

    The Nature Coast Business Development Council asked for the resignation of its fifth director since its incorporation in 2000 during a contentious, and sometimes angry, meeting June 28.
    Pat O'Neal, who was hired one year ago, was told to submit his resignation by July 1 in a 6-0-1 vote with its newest member abstaining. O'Neal was given 24 hours to respond to the demand that he resign.

  • County commission questions tourism grants

    When Carol McQueen steps up to the podium at the Levy County Commission meetings she usually gets an automatic pass — no questions asked — on her request.
    Things were different on Tuesday when she sought approval of six advertising grants — none over $3,000, and commissioners asked questions before approving the grants. The grants, funded by the 2 percent tax on transient lodgings, were recommended for approval by the Tourist Development Council.

  • Deputy Joyner retires, school deputy becomes agricultural investigator

    Levy County Deputy Mike Joyner, who is also the agricultural investigator,  has stepped down from 38 years of full time law enforcement  to part-time status.
    Joyner, a long time Levy Countian has worked in all areas of law enforcement from patrol work to undercover drug investigations and serving as chief deputy in Jefferson County.
    Joyner is assigned to the Civil Division as a bailiff for 8th Judicial Circuit Criminal Judge David A. Glant. He will continue working with Glant.