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  • Springs best future may be found in working group

    Two dozen people with an interest in improving and preserving the quality of  Fanning and Manatee Springs met Aug. 12 in Fanning Springs City Hall to plot the springs' future.        

    "Our hope today is to find and isolate hypothetical best and worst case scenarios for the future of our springs over the next 30 years,” said Carol Lippincott, coordinator of the Fanning and Manatee Working Group.    

  • Tax notices hit mailboxes this week

    The U.S. Postal Service will begin delivering TRIM — Truth in Millage — notices to Levy County property owners this week.

        And the news in those 48,776 notices might not be what some folks expect, Oz Barker, Levy County Property Appraiser said.

        But before picking up the telephone or heading to Barker's office in a lather, he would like you to sit down with the tax bill, read a letter he has written explaining the property tax notice and any changes.

  • Last Minute News TS Ana forms in Atlantic Ocean

     National Hurricane Center in Miami announced early this morning the formation of the first named storm of the 2009 Atlantic Hurricane Season.

    As of 11 a.m. Saturday, Tropical Storm Ana was moving west at 16 mph with maximum sustained winds of 40 mph. It was located approximately 920 miles east of the Leeward Islands, the chain of islands southeast of Puerto Rico, latitude 14.3 north and longitude 48.3 west.

  • Storm Update Tropical Storm Claudette forms in Gulf; TS Ana, TS Bill form in Atlantic Ocean

    Tropical Storm Claudette is located approximately 100 miles west-southwest of Levy County and is moving north-northwest at approximately 16 mph.

    The Storm is a relatively small system, said Charlie Paxton of the National Weather Service-Ruskin. Cedar Key can expect only a half to one foot above normal tide, he said.

    There is a 40 to 50 percent chance of rain and thunderstorms this afternoon for the Levy County coastal areas.

    “All the rain is off shore right now,” Paxton said. “As for this afternoon, nothing is certain right now.”

  • Noah teaches storm tide monitoring

    CEDAR KEY — Dan Noah, Warning Coordination Meteorologist for the National Weather Service – Ruskin, visited Cedar Key recently to meet with officials and residents for Levy Tide Project training. Noah held a similar training for Yankeetown earlier in the day.

    New storm tide markers based on accurate Mean Sea Level readings have been placed around Cedar Key and Yankeetown, allowing municipal emergency responders to work closely with the NWS-Ruskin, and resulting in more accurate data to determine storm surge behavior.

  • Fire money fuels budget talks

        The Chiefland City Commission is still wrangling with its budget for the coming year, with a contract for fire service for Fowlers Bluff, being a sticky point along with Fire Chief John Ward’s push that his department be allowed to keep a capital outlay savings fund.

  • State OKs site for Levy nuclear plant

        The Florida Cabinet has given its blessing to locating a two-unit nuclear power plant in Levy County about two miles from the town of Inglis.

        Gov. Charlie Crist, Attorney General Bill McCollum and Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink, serving as the Siting Board, unanimously approved Progress Energy Florida’s request for construction of a nuclear facility on a 3,105-acre location. The Levy Nuclear Plant is the first nuclear facility approved in Florida since 1976.

  • El Nio brings high risk of extreme weather, tornado activity to area

    El Niño is here, and the National Weather Service and the Levy County Emergency Management are urging residents to prepare for potential severe weather caused by its impacts.

    El Niño, the periodic warming of central and eastern tropical Pacific waters, occurs on average every two to five years and typically lasts about 12 months, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

  • Breaking News Child drowns at Bronson home

    A 2-year-old child drowned  in an above ground pool during a large family gathering at a home in Bronson. The home owners at NE 85th Street were hosting the party, when the toddler was located by another child who notified an adult. 

  • Buie wins re-election to City Commission

    Frank Buie won reelection to a second term on the Chiefland City Commission defeating challenger Alice Monyei 152 to 94 in Tuesday’s balloting at City Hall.

    It was the third contest between the two for the Group 1 seat. Monyei defeated Buie in his first race in 2005 and he went on to defeat her in 2007.

    Buie, a retired on a military disability, is known for his travels around the city on a motorized scooter with a bright orange pennant overhead.