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  • SRWMD Fanning Springs Dashboard goes live

    Real-time water quality data for Fanning Springs is now available to the public on a new dashboard. Fanning Springs is a second magnitude spring in Levy County continuously monitored by the Suwannee River Water Management District. The District began collecting continuous data in 2014 as a result of a collaboration with the US Geological Survey (USGS) and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP).

  • Pig farm coming to Chiefland

    Right behind the trees and brush that line U.S. 19 south of Chiefland, work has been under way since 2014 on a hog and sheep farm and now the land’s owner says in documents filed with the Levy County Building Department that it plans to build a pork processing facility that would initially provide 20 jobs and when doubled in size at a later date, to employ 40 people.

  • Girl killed, family members injured in sturgeon strike

    A 5-year-old girl was killed and her mother and brother were injured by a leaping sturgeon while boating on the Suwannee River on Thursday, July 2, at 8:47 p.m., according to a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission release.

    She is the first fatality from a sturgeon collision on the Suwannee River. Earlier this year a 14-year-old girl was injured by a sturgeon on the Suwannee and the day after the fatal accident, two people were injured in a sturgeon collission on the Santa Fe River.

  • Assessments tentatively adopted

    The Levy County Commission adopted assessments for the coming year that call for property owners to pay the same rate they have for the past two years.

    With little fanfare they approved a fire assessment of $90 for residential parcels, an emergency medical services assessment of $119 for residences and a solid waste assessment of $25 per parcel. They also adopted a long list of road district assessments that vary based on the amount of work to be done maintaining and mowing.

  • County Commission Agenda for Tuesday, July 7

    AGENDA

    REGULAR MEETING

    July 7, 2015

    Call to Order Invocation Pledge to Flag

    Public Comments

    -Issues related to Agenda items

    -Complete public comment form and submit to clerk

    -State your full name and address

    -Discussion must be limited to a maximum of three (3) minutes per person

    Public Hearing

    Development - Bill Hammond, Director

  • Volunteers determined to clean up Fanning Springs

    Twenty-eight volunteers woke up early Saturday morning to show they care about the condition of one small town.

    Fifty bags of garbage were collected in Fanning Springs during a clean up led by Mayor Trip Lancaster. Council members Jane Nogaki and Ron Queen were also on the committee that coordinated the efforts, along with Rodger Nogaki.

    “We want to show citizens of Fanning Springs we care about this town,” Lancaster said. “We want to make this a better place to live for everyone.”

  • Meridian reports seeing more children

    The head of Meridian Behavioral Healthcare says her agency is seeing an increase in the number of patients in Levy County who are under age 5 and that 25 percent of the patients they treat are school-age.

    In addition, she said the agency has seen a 26 percent increase in the use of its service in the acute care programs – emergency screening, inpatient crisis stabilization and detox.

  • Moving on

    Levy County Commissioner Lilly Rooks, left, presents Mark Johnson with a plaque of appreciation for his 17 years with the county’s emergengy management department.

    Johnson is leaving as director of Emergency Management to take a job as an emergency planner for the Department of Health in Bronson, moving just a few blocks away.

  • Carol McQueen appointed to state committee

    Carol McQueen, Director of Levy County Visitors Bureau and Levy County Tourist Development Council has been appointed to Visit Florida’s Industry Relations Committee.

    “Representing Levy County on a state level allows me the opportunity to promote our rural area and to lobby for better ways to market our region," McQueen said.

  • County's finances in good shape

    The county's auditor Martha Garcia-Baker of Carr, Riggs & Ingram, told the Levy County Commission that its finances have been given the best grade possible but it needs to be aware that General Fund expenditures are more than General Fund revenues.

    However, the commission has no worries, Garcia-Baker said, because it has money in other funds that can be shifted to pay the bills, so the county is not running in the red. “We had the money to cover it,” said Commission Chair John Meeks of Bronson.