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Local News

  • Commission defers taking sides in legals fuss

    For the third time this year, Andy Andrews asked that his weekly publication be named the official newspaper of record for the county's legal advertising and publication of the delinquent tax rolls.

  • State issues warning on Valdosta sewage spill

    From the Florida Department of Health:

    TALLAHASSEE- The Florida Department of Health today issued an advisory to residents in counties surrounding the Withlacoochee river. The City of Valdosta has reported a spill, made up of a combination of storm water and untreated sewage that has overflowed into One-Mile Branch, Two-Mile Branch, Sugar Creek and Cherry Creek which flow into the Withlacoochee River.

  • Steeplechase resident complains about road work

    Sally Collins, a resident of Southeast 19th Street in Steeplechase Farms, complained to the Levy County Commission that she and a neighbor were being “targeted” by road maintenance crews that graded their street and blocked driveways with the material scraped off the road.

    “This is the worst they have done,” Collins said. And she went on to accuse Administrative Road Superintendent Bruce Greenlee of ignoring her complaints. “And he lies. He never shows up. He never does anything about it,” Collins said.

  • Idle-speed, no-wake zone activated on stretch of Santa Fe River

    Due to recent large amounts of rainfall, a 32-mile segment of the Santa Fe River is now an idle-speed, no-wake zone, according to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) officials.

    Zone 5, which runs from River Rise within O’Leno State Park west to the confluence of the Suwannee River, was activated today as an idle-speed, no-wake zone.

    This area of the river becomes an idle-speed, no-wake zone when the Santa Fe River reaches 17 feet as indicated on the Three Rivers gauge, where flood stage is 19 feet.

  • Regional unemployment bumps above 7%

    Career Source Citrus Levy Marion reported on Monday that the unemployment rate in the three county region in January was 7.4 percent — an increase of 0.4 percent from December 2013, 2.2 percent lower than a year ago, and the lowest since June 2008 when the rate was 7.6 percent.

    In the county breakdown Levy had a 7.3 percent jobless rate, its lowest since it hit 7.7 percent in July 2008; Marion was 7.4 percent its lowest since June 2008 when the rate was 7.6 percent; and Citrus was 7.5 percent, its lowest since 8.0 percent in June 2008.

  • Rain not going away any time soon

    From the National Weather Service in Ruskin:

    THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR WEST CENTRAL AND SOUTHWEST FLORIDA.

    DAY ONE...TODAY AND TONIGHT.

    ...THUNDERSTORM IMPACT...

  • Smoke warning issued for SR 24, CR 345

    The Florida Highway Patrol is monitoring SR 24 and CR 345 near Rosewood, between Otter Creek and Cedar Key, in Levy County, for smoke/fog visibility issues resulting from a 160 acre prescribed burn.

    Motorists are urged to use caution when traveling in these areas. Visibility may deteriorate quickly due to smoke/fog type conditions especially during the night time and early morning hours. Motorists are reminded to reduce their speed and utilize low beam headlights in order to adapt to changing weather conditions.

  • Man dies after jump from vehicle

     

    An Inglis man died after jumping from a vehicle being pursued by a Levy County Sheriff's deputy responding to a 911 call about a bar fight in Inglis on Tuesday, March 11, according to a Sheriff's Office press release.

    The dead man was identified as William Gerard Walsh, 39, by the Levy County Sheriff's Office. A preliminary report from the Fifth Circuit Medical Examiner’s Office stated the manner and cause of death was accidental due to blunt head trauma.

  • Man found dead in home

    An ederly man was found dead wrapped in a blanket and with the heater running at his Northwest 168th Street home on Wednesday, according to the Levy County Sheriff's Office. 

    Lt. Scott Tummond said a physician was signing the death certificate due to the man's health problems and no foul play is suspected in the death. He confirmed the man had been dead for several days.

    A friend alerted the authorities to the death.  

  • CES kids finish up 5 Points marathon

    Forty-five Chiefland Elementary School students met at the school's track Saturday morning to run the last 1.2 miles in completing a full marathon for the 5 Points of Life Kids Marathon.

       The students started in September, working every morning, as the weather permitted before the start of school, toward their goal of logging 25 miles.