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  • Cino to run for county commission

    The future is now. My fellow citizens and neighbors of Levy County, these are some hard times for our country, state and our county. Unemployment has crippled our families. The lack of foresight threatens our ability to provide services while keeping taxes low. Our water must be kept clean and in good supply to meet our needs, now and in the future. It is not a question of how we accomplish these tasks — we already know how. It is a question of who can get this accomplished.

  • Chiefland Movie Night

    Chiefland Elementary School hosted a movie night Friday to celebrate the end of this year’s Florida Comprehensive Assessment Tests (FCAT).

    Families brought chairs, blankets and pillows to sit or relax on in the grassy oval of the track at the school.

    The film was shown on a giant screen held up by inflatable tubes.

  • George visits school to encourage the sciences

    When guest speaker Denny George visited with the students enrolled in Algebra I at Chiefland High School, they were able to learn first hand how their course work applies to the world of work.

  • HOSA on the move

    Chiefland High School students involved with HOSA traveled to Jacksonville recently to participate in the HOSA State Leadership Conference.

  • Sheriff’s reports & Most Wanted for May 3

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office reports the following arrests:
    n April 25, Summer Addison, 19, battery.
    n April 26, Jeremy Lee Astrologo, 33, Williston, VOP.
    n April 26, Craig Alfonza Brown Jr., 19, Williston, possession of marijuana, drug equipment. Bond $6,000.
    n April 27, Kevin Ray Corbett, 54, Tampa, trespassing.
    n April 23, Marshall Ray Daughtery, 26, three FTA. Bond $150,000.
    n April 25, Deonte Lavar Davis, 22, Ft. White, out of county warrant. Bond $5,000.

  • Drone flights put off until fall

    By LOU ELLIOTT JONES
    editor@cedarkeybeacon.com
    Plans to launch drones from Cedar Key's George T. Lewis Airport this spring to gather data on 945,000 acres of seagrass beds have been put on hold until the fall.
    Levy County officials have been notified by Dr. Paul R. Carlson Jr. of Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute that NASA is not able to support the unmanned aerial vehicles, also known as drones, being deployed to Cedar Key.

  • LCSO recognizes employees

       Forty three Levy County Sheriff's Office employees were recognized April 25 for their contributions to the department. Most were recognized for their varying years of service, though 12 were given specific awards in such areas as valor, community service and dedication to the department in the first of such award ceremonies scheduled on a quarterly basis.

    Awards and recognitions:

    • Award of Excellence
    Officers Zeb Richburg and Gerald Dukes
    • Sheriff's Star Award:

  • FWC opens roundscale spearfish for harvest in state waters

    Billfish anglers will no longer need to question whether the fish they just boated is a white marlin or the similar-looking and once-prohibited roundscale spearfish.
    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) voted Wednesday to allow harvest of the species in Florida state waters at its meeting today (Wednesday).
    This change includes adding roundscale spearfish to the one-billfish bag and possession limit and the creation of a 66-inch minimum size limit when measured from the lower jaw to the fork of the tail.

  • Phone survey in Levy for emergency evacuation planning

    This week, residents living in Levy and Citrus counties may be contacted by telephone to take part in an all-important emergency evacuation planning survey.  The survey is to gather data for use by the Levy County Emergency Management Office to improve evacuation plans for both natural and man-made disasters.
    The telephone survey is being conducted by Boston-based First Market Research, and all calls made on weekdays will be conducted between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.  On the weekends, calls will be made between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m.

  • Possible sinkhole closes part of CR 347

    The Levy County Sheriff's Office and the Levy County Road Department has closed the 10600 block of County Road 347 due to cracking in the asphalt and a report of a sink hole possibly opening under the roadway. A passing motorist struck a crack which had opened across one lane. No injuries or damages were reported.