Local News

  • Bronson heads toward four day work week

    Employees in Bronson will soon have a shorter work week thanks to a vote by the Town Council Monday night.

    After several minutes of discussion, the council voted 3-1 to go to a four-day work week.

    In a telephone interview Tuesday, City Clerk Kelli Brettel said the change will tentatively take place by April 6. She said they plan to advertise for two weeks and put a notice on water bills. As of Tuesday, Brettel said she was still checking into what is required to reset their office hours.

  • County opposes laxer wildlife rules

    The state agency that issues permits that allow people to own lions, tigers, bears, chimpanzees and other exotic and dangerous animals is reviewing its regulations and the Levy County Commission wants to put a choke chain on any attempts to loosen the rules.

    Between 2008 and 2010 there were a series of situations where county officials learned they were not notified in advance that permits were issued to keep captive wildlife classified as dangerous by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

  • Community input needed Tuesday 6 p.m. Usher Center
  • Run-off election for Bronson seat two

     The results are official. After a machine recount and manual recount of the Bronson town council seat two election results on Thursday night, the canvassing board has deemed the race a tie.

  • Friends turn out to preserve Refuge

    It was standing room only at a presentation given as part of the Friends of the Lower Suwannee and Cedar Key National Wildlife Refuges' annual meeting and open house.

        Coleman Sheehy, UF research assistant professor in the department of wildlife ecology and conservation and the associate director of Sea Horse Key marine laboratory, spoke on Gulf Island Ecology: Biodiversity and Conservation in the Cedar Keys.

  • Name may change but services still the same

    The name the ARC (Association for Retarded Citizens) of Levy County will remain the same, however, nationally the word retarded is being removed from the title.

    Betty Walker, executive director of the organization in Levy County, announced the change at the Feb. 26 Suwannee Valley Rotary meeting. She said nationally, the acronym is changing to IDD, which stands for intellectually developmentally disabled. Walker along with her associate Bill Slaughter were guest speakers at the meeting.

  • Fort Fanning to be used for future events

    Things are happening in the city of Fanning Springs.

    The council meeting March 3 brought plans for and announcements of events in the upcoming months to take place at the city park, Fort Fanning.

    Anna Elkins of the AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary 88 said a dog walk is planned May 9 to benefit the Guardian Angels medical service dogs, many of which, she said, benefit veterans.

  • Cats and dogs find forever homes

    Three cats and 11 dogs went to new homes on Saturday.

        Levy County Animal Services teamed up with Chiefland's Tractor Supply store for their third successful adoption event.

       It was “very successful,” David Weatherford, Director of LCAS, said on Monday, adding that a high percentage of the animals they bring get adopted. This time that meant three of the four cats they brought and 11 of the 14 dogs, the latter of which included some rambunctious puppies.

  • Three inducted into Civil Rights Hall of Fame

    Gov. Rick Scott announced the selection of Gov. Reubin O’D Askew, Sallye B. Mathis and Edward Daniel Davis to the Florida Civil Rights Hall of Fame. Scott chose these three from a list of 10 distinguished nominees selected by the Florida Commission on Human Relations for making significant contributions to the improvement of life for minorities and all citizens of the great State of Florida.

  • Children follow parents' voting patterns

    Supervisor of Elections Tammy Jones says the turnout for elections – even in Levy County – can be hard to understand. And young voters have some of the lowest turnout.

    Last year’s county races only attracted 30 percent of the 25,000 plus registered voters and the general election saw only 50 percent of registered voters cast a ballot. And that was despite one primary race coming down to three votes in deciding a winner.