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  • 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:

  • Rear-end crash injures 3 from Chiefland

    Three Chiefland residents, including the developers of an RV resort, were injured when one vehicle rear-ended a second vehicle on State Road 26 at Northwest 255 Street in Newberry on Friday at 9 a.m., according to a Florida Highway Patrol report.

    Gerald Martin, 40, sustained serious injuries and was transported to North Florida Regional Medical Center, while developers Lois Livingston, 64, and Thomas Miles, 60, sustained minor injuries.

    Livingston and Miles are developing a 400-slot RV resort off County Road 320 in Chiefland.

  • 'Praise the Lord' George Kerns dead

    George “Praise the Lord” Kearns, nicknamed for his greeting to all, died at home on Tuesday afternoon at about 3:30 p.m., a family member said.

    Lighthouse Word Church on U.S. Highway 27A, south of Chiefland, where he, and his wife, Carol, were senior ministers, was a landmark, even for those who did not go to church. Driving directions often included “when you get to the church with the pond and fountain in front you are just about to Chiefland.”

  • Williston hospital late on bills

    Williston Regional General Hospital CEO Dr. Devaiah "Dr. P" Pagidipati told Williston City Council members Tuesday that for the last two years he has spent almost $6 million out of his own pocket to cover indigent care.

    The doctor's comment came on the heels of comments by his spokesman, Joey Lander, who first presented the council with checks for back bills for city-owned utility services, and then went on to detail the daunting task the hospital has faced with old debts from previous owners that are compounded by the current management's bills.

  • FWC continues search for boater

    The search for the boater missing near Cedar Key continues on after the Coast Guard suspended their search Sunday morning and handed recovery efforts over to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).

    According to a press release, Gilbert Valdes, 54, from Eldersburg, Md. was reported missing Friday night, along with his brother, Garrick Valdes, 50, from Locust Grove, Va. and friend Bruce Smith from Alachua. The Coast Guard rescued Garrick Valdes and Smith from their capsized 23-foot boat Saturday morning.

  • Flying high for Memorial Day

    CEDAR KEY

    Ceremonies have moved this year from the Cedar Key Cemetery to City Park on Saturday, May 28, at 1 p.m. Levy County Commissioner Mike Joyner is the speaker at the ceremony. Ivan Chubb, veterans representative and a chaplain at the VA Medical Center in Gainesville, is organizing the event. The honor guard from AMVETS 444 in Williston will participate.

    WILLISTON

  • Messy park users to pay

    The Town of Bronson has been a little concerned over the condition of the public park after private parties are held there. As a result, town officials have approved a resolution to charge a deposit of $50 for use of the park and pavilion area. The deposit will be returned to those using the space if the park is left clean when they are finished.

    "It's not a charge, just a deposit, completely recoverable," Mayor Bruce Greenlee said.