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  • FHP steps up traffic enforcement on US 19

    The Florida Highway Patrol will be conducting extra patrols on the North Central Florida section of U.S. Highway 19, over the next 3 days.

    Acting Troop B Commander Capt. William B. Tierney Jr. announced on Friday June 10, that the US 19 Corridor in Dixie, Gilchrist and Levy County will have extra troopers on patrol for a Special Enforcement Operation called Border To Border.

    The intent and efforts of this Operation are to reduce violations of:

    • speed,

    • DUI,

    • aggressive driving, and

  • Hospital dealt setback

    The developers of the proposed Suwannee Valley Community Hospital have been dealt a setback as their request to the state Agency for Health Care Administration for nn extension of the Certificate of Need for construction of the $27 million medical center and 28-bed hospital was denied on Wednesday.

    There was no explanation of why it was denied, according to Chiefland City Manager Mary Ellzey. She said the developers will be appealing the decision.

  • Fanning says hotel is still coming

    The developer who was in talks with Fanning Springs to put in a Holiday Inn Express has backed out of the project, but according to those involved with the city, a hotel is still on its way.

    During the mayor's report at the May 10 Fanning Springs City Council meeting, Mayor Trip Lancaster introduced Tommy Langford, a former Gilchrist County Commissioner and a concerned resident of Gilchrist County to discuss the project.

    "We're gonna build a hotel one way or another," Langford said.

  • Levy cleans up after Tropical Storm Colin

    By Lou Elliott Jones

    Tropical Storm Colin washed ashore on Monday and for residents and officials it looked more like a hurricane exercise than a storm that could do real damage.

    “It was a very nice wake up call to shake the rust off,” said Levy County Emergency Management Assistant Director David Peaton.

  • Teen critical after accident

    A 17-year-old is in critical condition following a one-vehicle accident Monday shortly after 1 p.m. on U.S. Highway 19 at Northwest 135th Lane, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report.

    Trevor D. Hill, 17, was transported to Shands Hospital in Gainesville after he lost control of his 2003 Ford Escape while southbound on U.S. 19 during heavy rain, overcorrected and the SUV started to rotate.

  • CFEC repares for Colin

    As Tropical Storm Colin continues on its path, Central Florida Electric Cooperative (CFEC) has assembled a prepared group of linemen and service restoration personnel, who are ready to assist as needed. CFEC is also ready to bring in additional contractors or request assistance from neighboring cooperatives outside the area to aid members and the community, if the need arises.

  • TS Colin news: Damage assessment begins

    ****LEVY COUNTY POST STORM UPDATE****

     

  • Summer BreakSpot Program starting

     Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam has announced that the Summer BreakSpot program will provide free meals and snacks from June through August to children 18 and under who are from low-income families.

    The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services partners with more than 3,800 schools and community organizations sites statewide to offer free, nutritious meals, recreational fun and educational activities to students from low-income families during the summer months.

  • Public meeting Tuesday on highway through Levy

    ABOUT THE MEETINGS
    When: Tuesday, June 7, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
    Where: Best Western Gateway Grand, 4200 N.W. 97th Blvd., Gainesville
    When: Wednesday, June 8, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
    Where: Hilton Ocala Conference Center, 3600S.W. 36th Ave., Ocala

    By Michael D. Bates

    BROOKSVILLE — Even when the Interstate 75 Relief Task Force makes its anticipated recommendation in August, don’t expect that to be an end of the matter, County Commission Chairman Ron Kitchen said Tuesday.

  • Latest news on missing Steinhatchee boater

    From the Dixie County Sheriff's Office: