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  • Video: Chiefland City Hall gets a facelift
  • Don Quincey to lead SRWMD

    The Suwannee River Water Management District  governing board elected officers at its March meeting.

     Donald J. Quincey Jr. of Chiefland, was elected chairman. Quincey was appointed to the board in 2008 and represents the Lower Suwannee basin. He is owner and president of Quincey Cattle Company and also serves as a board member for the Florida Cattleman’s Association.  

  • Baynard is Citizen of the Year

    Ben Lott is usually a man who shies from the limelight, but as president of the Greater Chiefland Area Chamber of Commerce, the banker enjoyed his moment Tuesday night.

    In the audience immediately below the stage sat Realtor and Mormon Church leader Owen Baynard. He had been told to bring his friend and business partner Tommy Harrington to the dinner.

  • Dogan Cobb retires from LARC board

    Twenty seven years ago when Dogan Cobb joined the board of directors of Levy Association for Retarded Citizens, he told LARC Executive Director Betty Walker, then new to the job, that he'd stay in his job as long as she stayed in hers.

    Last Wednesday, Cobb reluctantly broke his promise, retiring from the board. Walker said she'd forgive him – after all, Cobb is 98 years old.

    “He's a good man,” she said.

    “In 27 years, we never had a cross word between us.”

  • Jail inmate with big medical bill bonded out

      The Levy County jail inmate whose treatment ran up a $236,107.75 bill was released from jail after Weeks Bons posted her $50,000 bail. The release is good news for Levy County as it will no longer be financially responsible for her treatment. It's the second bit of good news for the county as North Florida General Hospital cut the outstanding bill by 35 percent, County Coordinator Fred Moody said. Moody said he has informed the commissioners on the progress of the one big medical bill for the jail and the total medica

  • River flood warnings remain in effect for most North Florida counties
  • Video: Suwannee River flood warning

    Updated at 6:42 p.m Saturday, April 11

    Warnings have been issued for flooding along the Suwannee River in Levy County as a result of spring rains farther north at the waterway's headlands.

    Boat ramps along the Suwannee River in Levy County and Dixie County are closed after dusk Saturday and will remain closed until flooding eases, said Levy County Coordinator Freddie Moody.

    Gov. Charlie Crist has included Levy County in a declaration of an emergency for 26 counties affected by  flooding.

  • Public reacts to pink slips

    In response to the recent decision to not renew 21 annual contracts of retired or extended DROP teachers, more than seventy visitors crowded into the Levy County School District boardroom Tuesday night.

    Meeting attendees included parents, teachers, school administration, and approximately 30 current and former students of Chiefland High School’s calculus teacher Don Stewart. Counting district office staff and board members, more than ninety people were in attendance.

  • Residents prepare for Suwannee flooding

    The almost 50 residents of Fowlers Bluff took the news without blinking.

    "There's a bunch of water coming down here that's going to cause a lot of problems," Mark Johnson, Levy County director of Emergency Management, said. "Flood stage is 5.5 feet, the Suwannee River Water Management District is calling for 9, but because of the drought conditions they have bumped it to 8.9."

  • County gets on same page to win emergency center

    Levy County is getting its act together to persuade Progress Energy to construct its new emergency operations facility in the county.

    The facility would serve as the emergency operations center for the proposed two-unit Levy County plant during times when there are problems and the company, state and federal officials need to gather, said Suzanne Grant, a spokeswoman for Progress.

    She said there is a similar facility for the Crystal River plant, but that emergency operations center also serves as a training center and simulator for the Crystal River plant.