Local News

  • Helos may have scared birds from Seahorse Key

    Poor raccoons. In the last installment of “The Big Whodunit — Why the birds abandoned their nests on Seahorse Key,” an uptick in the island’s raccoon population, notorious nighttime nest predators, was being blamed for the birds’ disappearance.

    But in a panel discussion on Saturday, Feb. 27, about possible causes for the birds taking flight to Snake Key, Cedar Key and the Suwannee River, three scientists said it has come to light that the black helicopters residents have spotted in area skies may have cause it.

  • Man gets probation in senior's death

    A man charged in the death of Helen Bishop, 96, on July 10, 2014, has been given five years probation and the judge withheld adjudication of his guilt.

    Michael Hancock, a deputy city clerk for Cedar Key, was arrested Oct. 30, 2014, on a charge of aggravated manslaughter of an elderly person and given a $5 million bond by Levy County Judge James Browning. In a later hearing, Hancock was released on his own recognizance but with terms that dictated his activities and curfews.

  • City, RV resort developer spar over sewer line

    The city's sewer system manager and the developer of a 456-space RV resort disagreed over whether a lift station by the Taco Bell on U.S. Highway 19 will be able to handle an expected 34,200 gallons of sewerage per day.

  • Uniting the Tri-Counties

    Plays, band performances, movie nights and "pickin' in the park" events are all a part of the vision by local organizations pulling together to work towards the goal of having a bandshell at Fanning Springs, an area centrally located for the Tri-Counties.

    Chiefland Rotary members in conjunction with the City of Fanning Springs and Fanning Springs Chamber of Commerce presented the project to Chiefland Rotary members last Wednesday, Feb. 17.

  • McCallum gets Florida Sheriff’s Risk Management Fund Award

    Levy County Sheriff Bobby McCallum received the Florida Sheriff’s Risk Management Fund (FSRMF) Award for Best Overall Performance in Vehicle Operations in 2015 at the Florida Sheriff’s Winter Conference on Feb. 1.

  • Panel discussion on birds leaving Seahorse

    The Cedar Key Library's lecture series will host a discussion on the bird nest abandonment at Seahorse Key on Saturday, Feb. 27, at 10:30 a.m. in the library's Community Meeting Room.

    Fish and Wildlife biologist Vic Doig, researcher Coleman Sheehy III of the University of Florida Biology Department and Seahorse Key Marine Lab, and Dr. Peter Frederick of UF's Department of Wildlife, Ecology and Conservation, are on the panel. 

  • Have a say in city's Civic Square

    The Chiefland City Commission wants you to speak your mind and share your vision on creating a Civic Square at the Tarilhead/Old Train Depot Park and adjoining land.

    The meeting is on Thursday, March 3 at City Hall from 6 to 9 p.m.

  • Smoke warning for State Road 24

    The Florida Highway Patrol is notifying residents and commuters about residual smoke in the area of State Road 24 near the Alachua- Levy County line.

    A unplanned fire at the Watson C&D Facility on SR 24 which began on Monday, Feb. 22 is still emitting some smoke in the surrounding area, and may continue to do so for the next several days.

    Motorist traveling in this area, should reduce their speed and use low beam headlamps, especially at night and in the early morning hours.

  • Idle speed on rivers due to high water

    There is an Idle Speed No Wake flood restriction in effect within Zone 8 (western point of unnamed island to confluence of Suwannee and Santa Fe. 

    The flood restriction is expected to be in place until Saturday, Feb. 27, when the Three Rivers Estates gauge is expected to be at 16.3 feet (flood restriction in effect at 16.25’ NAVD). 

    Updates will be provided on Friday, Feb. 26, unless there are changes.

  • Infant's 'suspicious death' under investigation

    The Levy County Sheriff's Office is investigating the death of a less than 2-month-old boy in Bronson, according to a press release.

    Deputies, along with Bronson Fire Department and Levy County Department of Public Safety personnel, were called at 3:30 p.m. to a residence after a 911 caller reported that an infant at the home had been found unresponsive.

    The first responders immediately began resuscitation efforts but tragically those efforts were unsuccessful. The child was pronounced dead a short time later at a hospital in Gainesville.