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  • Updated flood maps are ready for viewing

    LIVE OAK — Area residents and governments will have the opportunity to review updated mapping information to better prepare and protect homeowners and communities in the event of flooding. 

    The Suwannee River Water Management District, Federal Emergency Management Agency and Florida Department of Emergency Management are hosting open house meetings for residents and officials in Dixie, Levy and Taylor counties during the month of April to review the proposed Flood Insurance Rate Maps and answer questions.

  • County approves proposal for animal control program

     

    The Levy County Board of Commissioners last Tuesday approved a proposal by the Levy County Animal Services to start a low cost spay and neuter program for the pets of low income and retired Levy County residents.

    In its request, LCAS argued that such a program would hopefully reduce the County’s pet overpopulation, making for fewer impoundments and euthanizations at the shelter.

  • Georgia family of four killed in Williston plane crash

    A Georgia family of four was killed this weekend when their 1948 Cessna 170 crashed after take off at the Williston Municipal Airport.

    Clay Connolly, Williston Deputy Chief of Police, said the police and fire departments were notified about the crash around 1:12 p.m. Easter Sunday.

    It was only after the investigation began that law enforcement personnel began piecing the facts together and determined that the aircraft crashed some time after 3:10 p.m. Saturday.

  • Chiefland celebrates Easter

    Chiefland Mayor Betty Walker pronounced Chiefland city’s First Annual Easter EGGStravaganza a success. Although the crowd was modest, Walker was pleased with the turn out at this first event.  Mayor Walker and Fire Chief James Harris, both driving forces behind the EGGStravaganza, stated they just wanted to do something for the kids and give back to the community. They credited the whole city, including Drs. Martin and Mount, Randy Stephanelli, Sav-a-Lot and many volunteers, with working together and making it easy and fun to organize the affair. 

  • County approves proposal for low-cost animal control

    The Levy County Board of Commissioners last Tuesday approved a proposal by the Levy County Animal Services to start a low cost spay and neuter program for the pets of low income and retired Levy County residents.

    In its request, LCAS argued that such a program would hopefully reduce the County’s pet overpopulation, making for fewer impoundments and euthanizations at the shelter.

    The program would be available to pet owners who are older than 62 years of age or are of low income status, as determined by their receiving of government aid.

  • Suspects sought from home invasion in Rosewood

    The search for suspects involved in a home invasion and shooting Monday in Rosewood continued as of Tuesday afternoon.

    Investigators said Tuesday they have credible information the suspects have fled and are no longer in the Levy County area.

  • City considers volunteers to help staff at dog pound

    Chiefland City Manager Mary Ellzey will return April 24 to the Commission meeting with a recommendation concerning volunteers working at the city pound.

    Patty Pastore asked commissioners Monday evening if they could do volunteer work at the city pound if they signed a waiver absolving the city of any blame or liability in case of injury.

    Ellzey reported staff placed two dogs and all the kittens with Gainesville Pet Rescue. The only other animal in the pound is a pit bull that was deemed a dangerous animal.

  • CES worker jailed for voyuerism

    A custodian at Chiefland Elementary School was arrested April 4 after a hidden camera was found in a staff restroom.

  • Kids collect 30,000 eggs, visit Easter Bunny

    The arrival of the Easter Bunny at the the Fourth Annual Ultimate Easter Egg Experience was a special moment for the children at Charles Strickland Recreational Park in Chiefland on Sunday.

    While the children enjoyed meeting Peter Cottontail, his arrival signalled the event everyone was really waiting for: the massive Easter egg hunt.

    It was a mad dash for 30,000 candy-filled eggs once the children were finally unleashed, a highlight of an early-evening event that helped kick of Easter festivities for Chiefland.

  • O'Steen, Allen are top Cedar Key grads

    Cedar Key School’s top students in the class of 2017 are Abigail O’Steen, valedictorian, and Ashlyn Allen, salutatorian. Abigail and Ashlyn have been lifelong Cedar Key Sharks; they began school together in the fall of 2003 when they entered pre-K and have been classmates ever since. Both will speak at the commencement ceremony at 9 a.m. on May 20th in the Cedar Key gymnasium.