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  • Georgia rains continue to raise river levels

    Most river gauges on Georgia tributaries to the Suwannee River have crested after back-to-back storms earlier in February, the Suwannee River Water Management District reports. Some tributaries have fallen after cresting earlier in the week, but minor flooding is forecast for the Suwannee River at Ellaville, and Dowling Park could crest at least two foot above flood stage by the weekend. The rising Suwannee will cause a backwater flood on the lower Santa Fe.

  • Officials warn of Suwannee bacterial contamination

    State health officials are warning area residents to stay out of the Suwannee River because of potential contamination from an upstream sewage plant.

  • Levy schools get extra cash

    When Gov. Rock Scott announced last week he was doling out $134.6 million in state money to almost 1,700 schools in Florida for excellent performance in education, there was a little surprise in story for five Levy County schools. 

  • Levy County records 5th traffic death for 2013

    A Bronson woman became the fifth traffic fatality for 2013 in Levy County when the car she was driving left the road and struck a tree shortly before 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 3, according to a Florida Highway Patrol press release.

  • County delays alcohol sales discussion to April

    The discussion on whether to extend alcohol beverage sales hours from a midnight cutoff to a 2 a.m. cutoff is being delayed until the Levy County Commission meeting on April 2.

  • Interviews Thursday for building official post

    The Levy County Commission will interview the top three candidates for Rob Corbitt's post at 9 a.m. Thursday. Corbitt is county building & development director who is retiring in April. 

    The top candidates for the post are:

    • Bill Hammond, Chiefland building official and organizer of the Chiefland Centennial Celebration;

    • Luther Council Jr. former Wakulla County building official; and

    • Randon Hays, assistant building official and chief inspector for Putnam County. 

  • Officials warn of Suwannee contamination

    State health officials are warning area residents to stay out of the Suwannee River because of potential contamination from an upstream sewage plant.
    The Withlacoochee Water Pollution Control Plant, in Valdosta, Ga., shut down Feb. 27 due to massive flooding from rain in the area, said City of Valdosta spokersperson Sementha Mathews Monday.

  • Levy County Commission Agenda for Tuesday, March 5, meeting

    AGENDA

    REGULAR MEETING

    March 5, 2013

    Call to Order

    Invocation

    Pledge to Flag

    9:00 a.m. - Veterans Advocate Foundation of America, David J. Elliott, National Director

    Introduction of V.A.F. and a brief description of services to the community.

    10:00 a.m. - Public Comments

    • Complete public comment form and submit to clerk

    • State your full name and address

    • Discussion must be limited to a maximum of three (3) minutes per person

  • Rib sale Saturday raises money for Centennial

    The Suwannee Valley Rotary Club is holding a slab o' ribs sale from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the parking lot at Walmart to raise money for the Chiefland Centennial Celebration. 

    The city is not providing money for the April 5-6 celebration of the 100th anniversary of the first survey and platting of the city, so organizers are raising money by selling banners, bricks, lap blankets, silver commemorative coins and, of course, ribs. 

  • Local rivers may reach flood stages this weekend

    The middle Suwannee and lower Santa Fe rivers will approach flood stage Sunday, March 3, possibly activating two flood zones along the rivers, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).

    The FWC has been working with Suwannee River Water Management District personnel, who expect the Santa Fe to reach 17 feet above mean sea level at the Three Rivers gauge, where flood stage is 19 feet. The Suwannee River is expected to reach 47 feet above mean sea level at the Ellaville gauge, where flood stage is 54 feet.