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  • 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.

  • County sets property tax at 8 mills for now

    The property tax millage for Levy County is tentatively set at 8 mills, but that could change as the Board of Commissioners keeps whittling the budget for the upcoming fiscal year that starts Oct. 1.

    County Coordinator Fred Moody said property owners will see the 8 mills rate on their TRIM (Truth in Millage) notices that will be mailed out, but that rate is not set in stone and it could go down.

  • Souring dairy prices hit area farms

    “Milk,” according to an ad campaign in the early ‘90s, “does a body good.” But a body can only drink so much milk, and right now the market is literally flooded with the white, creamy beverage, causing the price to fall drastically. “It’s affecting the dairy men severely,”

    Maggie Murphy, director of number services for Southeast Milk Inc., said in a phone interview on Friday. “They haven’t had prices this low since 1979. Meanwhile, their costs are from 2009.”

  • Qualifying closes Friday in Bronson election

    Three seats are open in the Sept. 8 Bronson Town Council elections and qualifying has already brought two challengers and plans for a political rally on Aug. 29 at Bronson Youth League Park.

    Up for election are the seats held by: Aaron Edmondson in Seat One, Vice Mayor Beatrice Mongo in Seat Three and Melody LaFlam in Seat Five.

    Restaurant owner Jim Beck, who heads the town’s Sewer Committee, has announced he will seek the seat held by Edmundson.

  • School board, union clash on teacher pay

    Levy County Education Association President Cindy Roach says a recent change to school board policy, designed to save the district money, could end up costing more than it saves.

    In Tuesday’s meeting of the Levy County School Board, the board held a public hearing on three proposed changes to board policy.

    The first, pertaining to a plan to return to weighted GPAs in order to more fairly determine valedictorians and salutatorians, passed with minimal comment.