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  • County gets its feet wet on water issues

    The Levy County Commission is looking for information on water — how much there is, how it is being used, where it is going and whether to join or form a water authority.

    To that end it is checking whether a larger meeting place will be needed for a joint workshop on the region's water supply with the Suwannee River Water Management District and South West Florida Water Management District. The workshop set for noon, Dec. 8 at Bronson's old town hall, would also include representatives from the county's eight municipalities and the public.

  • Dixie Humane Society needs holiday foster homes for pets

    Dixie County Humane Society is participating in the national “Foster A Lonely Pet For the Holidays” pet fostering program starting today and having a foster/adoption event on Sunday, Dec. 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Walmart in Chiefland.

    Across the country, over 13,000 pet rescue organizations are trying to empty their kennels for Christmas, encouraging members of the public to invite a pet home for the holidays. 

  • Oysters safe from proposed FDA ban, for now

    Oysters on the Gulf Coast — including those in lugged by Cedar Key water men — are safe from a proposed federal Food and Drug administration “warm months” ban for now.

    Leslie Sturmer, multi-county aquaculture extension agent, briefed the Levy County Commission on Tuesday on the status of a proposed rule requiring post-harvest processing of oysters or an outright ban on the harvest and sale of oysters from Gulf of Mexico waters from April through October beginning in 2011.

  • The Week Ahead

      Giving  

    Suwannee Valley collects gifts for Samaritan’s Purse, world’s largest Christmas project

    Suwannee Valley residents are packing shoe box gifts for children in more than 100 countries suffering from natural disaster, war, terrorism, disease, famine and poverty for Operation Christmas Child, the world’s largest Christmas project.

  • Viewing today, burial Monday for shooting victim

    Less than two weeks ago Felicia Ann "Red" Fine, 22, married Charles Edwin Duke, 23.

    Wednesday night they argued at their home near Southwest 95th Avenue.

    It ended when he shot her several times, dumped her body at a hunting camp, and took their roommate hostage for more than six hours in a standoff with deputies and Florida Wildlife Commission officers, according to a Levy County Sheriff's Office press release.

  • Fire chief ignites city commission

    Fire Chief John Ward was fired Monday night after a heated two-hour exchange between him and the city commission over his job performance over the last year.

    Commissioners voted 4-1 in favor of the motion made by Vice Mayor Teresa Barron.  Commissioner Rollin Hudson voted against the motion.

    “I think the fire chief has lost his effectiveness and lost his ability to work with the commission,” Mayor Teal Pomeroy said.

  • Man charged in wife's death, kidnapping

    In October, Felicia Ann "Red" Fine, 22, and Charles Edwin Duke, 23, picked up a marriage license.  They had been in an off and on relationship for several years.

    They returned from their honeymoon on Nov. 3 and Fine, who worked as a front desk clerk at Island House in Cedar Key, went to work the next day. Duke did not go to work..

    When she came home,  the couple argued about money, alcohol and an unpaid credit card bill at their home near Southwest 95th Avenue.

  • Handgun class has its sights on helping family in need

    About $2,500 was collected Saturday from 46 participants in a concealed weapons permit class at the Levy County Sheriff’s Office.

    Sheriff's Lt. Scott Finnen said the proceeds from the event would go to the Cates Children Family Fund — set up for the five children who lost their mother, Carrie L. Cates, 39, in a traffic accident about a month ago.

  • Suspicious man causes Bronson school lockdown

    Bronson Elementary School was in lockdown for 45 minutes Monday morning after a man spotted on campus fled.

    The Levy County Sheriff's Office said they are on the lookout for a white male, 5-feet, 7-inches tall possibly in his mid-50s with salt and pepper hair, and facial hair. He was wearing a green or brown shirt and blue jeans.

  • Hurricane IdaWind, rain to be main effects on Levy

    Emergency management officials are urging residents to closely monitor Hurricane Ida as it heads into the Gulf of Mexico and makes its way toward the Florida Panhandle.

    “All Floridians should take this storm seriously and not be caught off-guard over the next few days,” said Ruben D. Almaguer, interim director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management. “Residents across Florida are urged follow the progress of Ida and be prepared to implement their family disaster plans and heed local advisories.