Local News

  • Fate of Cedar Key Transit in question

    When fuel costs $500 a week, an empty commuter bus just can’t pay for itself. That’s what Cedar Key Transit commuter bus owner and operator Bill Phillips said last week when he suspended the new transportation service. Most days, the bus has been entirely empty, though it occasionally has one or two riders.

    “I thought it would build from one week to the next, but it didn't,” Phillips said. “We need to regroup.”

  • Bronson town council to double its pay

    On Aug. 2, the Town of Bronson will hold the second and final reading of an ordinance amendment that increases council members’ pay by 100 percent.

    In February, the council added an extra meeting to its monthly schedule due to an increase in public business, but a decision was not made as to whether council members would be compensated for the additional time.

  • Fauna with a smile

    Wildlife and whimsy collide in Santa Fe College's new exhibition of Earl and Mari Robbins' photography in "Animal Attitudes." The collection of 35 color digital photos will hang in the President's Hall Gallery, upstairs in the Administration Building at Santa Fe College through Aug. 18.

  • Community outreach events to focus on health and hunger issues

    Two community outreach events, sponsored by the Florida Department of Children and Families, the Levy County Health Department and the Children’s Table, will be held on Saturday, July 31. The events, which will focus on local health and hunger issues, will be held in Levy County at the following locations and times:

    • Inglis Town Hall, 135 Highway 40 West, from 8:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.

    • Otter Creek Town Hall, 555 SW 2nd Avenue, from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m.

  • GED offers MORE for college

    The College of Central Florida's successful Adult Education Program, which serves about 750 students per year, wants to do more than bestow Florida High School diplomas and General Equivalency Diplomas to students.

    The program's seven educators at the Levy Center want to help graduates get something MORE — a successful entrance and graduation from college.

  • Drew becomes certified commissioner

     The Florida Association of Counties (FAC) presented Levy County Commissioner Marsha Drew with the Certified County Commissioner (CCC) designation following her completion of a comprehensive study program developed by the association. Commissioner Drew received the designation during an awards ceremony held at the FAC Annual Conference in Hillsborough.

  • Chiefland Fire Rescue wants Otter Creek contract

    Homeowners in the town of Otter Creek and the surrounding unincorporated Levy County area are seeing their insurance premiums go up and need relief.

    One solution, said Town Attorney Brent Baris, is to contract fire service coverage with the Chiefland Fire Department.

    But that brings up the sticky wicket of keeping fire assessment money collected from county residents for fire protection in Fire District No. 13 separate from money used to provide services within the township whose residents don't pay the fire assessment.

  • Bronson gets new principal

    Kevin Whitaker has been selected as the new principal at Bronson Middle/High School.

    Whitaker replaces Valerie Boughanem, who is the School Board of Levy County's new district Exceptional Student Education coordinator.

    Whitaker has 22 years of experience in education, starting as a football and weightlifting coach at Chiefland High School. His passions transitioned to administration, he said, and he has spent the past five years in assistant principal roles at Trenton, Bell and Branford. He was also selected as the Teacher of the Year at Newberry High School in 2004.

  • Officials warn of local phone scam

    Area residents have reported to Chiefland Police that someone has been calling and asking for funds to help raise money for the Chiefland Police Department and the Levy County Sheriff's Office.

    The problem? Neither department is raising money, said Chiefland Police Chief Robert Douglas Tuesday.

    "We haven't asked anybody for money," Douglas said. "This group does not represent us."

  • County wants budget put on diet

    The Levy County Commission on Tuesday asked the Sheriff's Office and any department that has not cut its budget to go back to the drawing board and pare their requests.