Local News

  • County still waiting on inmates

    The Levy County recycling program is still on hiatus awaiting a decision on when it can get women prison inmates to sort the material collected.
    The county suspended the program and picked up the recycling trailers from around the county three weeks ago after the state Department of Corrections decided to shut down the Levy Forestry Work Camp which provided inmates for the sorting  program at the landfill.

  • Internet business concerns council

    Bronson Town council members want clarification on the intentions of a man wanting to open an internet business center in the middle of town.
    The council voted 5-0 Monday night in favor of Town Attorney Steven Warm drafting a letter requesting more information from a man named Tim Miller who recently sent a letter to the council requesting permission to open a business in the old Pick-A-Flick building located on the south side of U.S. 27A.

  • Sittin’ pretty

    A toddler takes a break from the day’s excitement on the shoulders of a loved one Saturday during Bronson’s 2nd Annual African American Festival. See more on Page 3A.

  • Yankeetown loses Tarmac appeal

    The 1st District Court of Appeal has denied the Town of Yankeetown's request to review Levy County's conditional special exception permit granted to the Tarmac King Road mine project, possibly closing that case.
    Another suit, filed citing different grounds for challenging the permit that was filed by W.A.R., the Withlacoochee Area Residents, is still alive in the appeals court.

  • Manatee rescued from Fanning Springs

    An adult manatee, freshly sliced by a boat propeller and breathing erratically, was hauled out of Fanning Springs today by about a dozen volunteers and state rescue workers.
    "This mammal's got a fighting chance now," said Larry Steed, park manager for Fanning and Manatee Springs state parks. "It always makes you feel better if you can patch them up and get them back into the wild."

  • PSC approves Progress Energy rate settlement agreement

    TALLAHASSEE — To help maintain more consistent rates for Progress Energy Florida customers in the coming years, Florida’s Public Service Commission on Wednesday approved Progress Energy’s multi-year Settlement Agreement with the Office of Public Counsel and other intervenors.
    The agreement provides a customer refund of a portion of Crystal River 3 Nuclear Plant replacement fuel costs and rate certainty related to PEF’s proposed Levy County nuclear project and base rates.

  • FDOT Road and Lane Closures through Feb. 24

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


    13th Street (US 441)  Daytime lane closures at the pedestrian overpass just south of Archer Road (State Road 24) Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for routine bridge inspection.

    Archer Road (State Road 24)  Nighttime lane closures at Southwest 40th Avenue to extend the left turn lane.

  • Bronson hosts 2nd Annual African American Festival

    More than 150 people showed up in Bronson Saturday for the 2nd Annual African American Festival.
    The event, coinciding with Black History Month, was organized by area women's group Women on a Mission for Christ and featured food and live entertainment.
    "It's important because we need to come together and celebrate as a community," said Women on a Mission for Christ member Katherine Manuel. "It's black history. But it's our history."

  • Oysters on the decline in Cedar Key and Big Bend

    Reduced freshwater flow from the Suwannee River into the Gulf is responsible for a 66-percent decline in oyster populations in Cedar Key and the Big Bend area, according to scientists from the University of Florida.
    “We have not seen evidence of oysters on sandbars coming back to a healthy reef,” said Jennifer Seavy, a UF ecologist who has been studying the area since 2009.

  • LDS Bishop Owen Baynard dead

    Realtor Owen F. Baynard, the bishop of the Chiefland and Williston Wards in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, died Thursday night. Baynard had been hospitalized in Gainesville for several weeks prior.

    There will be a visitation on Friday evening, Feb. 24, from 6-8 p.m. at the Hiers Chiefland Funeral Home, 1301 N. Young Boulevard, Chiefland.

    The funeral will be Saturday, Feb. 25, at 11 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, on U.S. Highway 27A at 8th Street.