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  • Controlled burn gets out of control in Cedar Key Scrub

    What began as a prescribed fire Thursday morning in the Cedar Key Scrub State Reserve became a wildfire around noon when unpredictable weather conditions caused fire specialists to lose control, according to Senior Forestry Ranger Jerry Horton.

    The wildfire was approximately 150 acres as of 6 p.m., Horton said.

  • Bronson man wanted in shooting turns self in

     

                      A Bronson man being sought in connection with a shooting behind the Bronson Post Office — an area the Sheriff’s Office has said is know for drug dealing — turned himself in at the Levy County Jail at lunchtime on Thursday.

  • Florida Indian program set for April 23

    The Luther Calloway Public Library of Chiefland will host “Florida Indians from Past to Present” April 23 at 6:30 p.m. at the library.

    Ranger Pam Darty of the Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge will bring pottery, points, and blowguns, as well as footage of ancient ceremonial pottery taken from local grave sites in the 1930s.

  • Suwannee River Poets publish anthology

    Back in the mid 1990s, poet and author, Sandy Fink, rounded up a group of people interested in the reading, writing and preservation of a slowly vanishing art form – poetry. Initially called the Chiefland Poets’ Workshop, the members of the group have changed over the ensuing years, but not their love of the written word. Now known as the Suwannee River Poets, they meet once a month in Chiefland to share their work.

  • Hospital clears hurdle

    There are no Historical or cultural artifacts or endangered species at the proposed site of the Tri-County Hospital project and that has hospital CEO Frank Schupp happy.

    Schupp, who has been working on the project for more than a year was in a brighter mood than ever on Monday when he discussed the progress of the hospital.

    Work has been going on at the site to meet state regulations on locating and saving any artifacts and to certify no threatened or endangered species were at the site.

  • Sheriff offers special needs database

    In January 2009, the Levy County Sheriff’s Office implemented a new program designed to assist citizens of Levy County who have special needs.

    The program includes a database of special needs citizens of all ages such as Alzheimer’s patents, autistic persons and others with special needs.

    This database is accessible from the dispatch center and includes individual specific information on each entered person such as type of special need, contact person, home address, and specific instructions for first responders on how to best assist that person.

  • Video: Sheriff's deputies will patrol flooded areas

     In an effort to deter looting at flooded homes and harm to boaters from debris on the Suwannee River during the current flooding, officials in Levy and Dixie counties have teamed up to close boat ramps along the river as of dusk Saturday, April 11.

    Officials in both counties, sheriff's offices in the two counties, and state Fish and Wildlife Commission officers have teamed up to conduct coordinated patrols on the flooded portions of the river to deter looting that has occurred with past flooding when homeowners had to evacuate their homes and belongings.

     

  • Boil Water Notice still in effect

     

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office has received numerous phone calls from the Chiefland Country Club area with reports of yellow discoloration in the water. As a precaution we are asking the citizens in the area to boil water until further notice or drink bottle water. 

  • Flooding in Fowlers Bluff reaches homes

    The flood warning is still in effect and the Suwanee river is expected to crest on Tuesday, April 22.

  • County to lose 7 percent revenue

    Levy County’s assessed land value is expected to fall 7 percent in the coming year, meaning county government will take a $1.2 million hit in a budget that is already suffering from decreased revenues in the current year.

    County Coordinator Fred Moody told the commissioners that County Property Appraiser Oz Barker had informed his office that land values will be down by about 7 percent in the coming year.