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Today's News

  • Video: Suwannee River flood warning

    Updated at 6:42 p.m Saturday, April 11

    Warnings have been issued for flooding along the Suwannee River in Levy County as a result of spring rains farther north at the waterway's headlands.

    Boat ramps along the Suwannee River in Levy County and Dixie County are closed after dusk Saturday and will remain closed until flooding eases, said Levy County Coordinator Freddie Moody.

    Gov. Charlie Crist has included Levy County in a declaration of an emergency for 26 counties affected by  flooding.

  • Public reacts to pink slips

    In response to the recent decision to not renew 21 annual contracts of retired or extended DROP teachers, more than seventy visitors crowded into the Levy County School District boardroom Tuesday night.

    Meeting attendees included parents, teachers, school administration, and approximately 30 current and former students of Chiefland High School’s calculus teacher Don Stewart. Counting district office staff and board members, more than ninety people were in attendance.

  • School district says goodbye to seven centuries of teaching experience

    Twenty-one Levy County teachers were notified two weeks ago that their services would no longer be needed after this school year because the school district can no longer afford to pay them. The veteran educators boast a combined total of approximately 700 years of teaching experience.

    A sample look at teachers the district chose to dismiss

    Lisa Posteraro has 33 years of teaching experience, with approximately 30 years in Levy County.

  • Racing season heats up in Bronson

    After a disappointing rainout the week before, racers returned to Bronson Motor Speedway determined to get in all the driving that nature had denied them last week. Sonya Heater won the four-cylinder bomber class again in her Ford Mustang, making her the points leader by miles at 195. Tom Posavec won the sportsman class after a contentious race that saw Shelton Bowers' brand new car get unceremoniously broken in on the number four turn; Bowers finished the race with his rear valance flapping, but couldn't get higher than the third position.

  • Residents prepare for Suwannee flooding

    The almost 50 residents of Fowlers Bluff took the news without blinking.

    "There's a bunch of water coming down here that's going to cause a lot of problems," Mark Johnson, Levy County director of Emergency Management, said. "Flood stage is 5.5 feet, the Suwannee River Water Management District is calling for 9, but because of the drought conditions they have bumped it to 8.9."

  • County gets on same page to win emergency center

    Levy County is getting its act together to persuade Progress Energy to construct its new emergency operations facility in the county.

    The facility would serve as the emergency operations center for the proposed two-unit Levy County plant during times when there are problems and the company, state and federal officials need to gather, said Suzanne Grant, a spokeswoman for Progress.

    She said there is a similar facility for the Crystal River plant, but that emergency operations center also serves as a training center and simulator for the Crystal River plant.

  • Wells Fargo suit dismissed

                The attorneys for Wells Fargo were a no-show for a hearing on their suit to enforce a missing promissory note so the judge dismissed it.

  • CHS track gets ready for districts

    Chiefland had a very good outing in their home track meet Friday, with Mark Cilo-Cilo winning the 400 meter, Zach Tyson the 300 hurdles and Chance Hall the discus. Although guest team Branford had the strongest showing on the day, the Indians placed well in many events, even against such competition as the Buccaneers, along with Bell, Bronson and Cedar Key. The Chiefland boys' 4x400 team also won that event.

  • Eagles hang on to down Mayo

    It happened just the way Coach Mike Pogue said – Bronson boys racked up a lead over district visitor Mayo, hung on through the middle innings, and had surgical closer Kelby Barber to bring them home for a 4-3 win over the Hornets.

    “Kelby was able to come in and stabilize the game for us,” said Pogue, the Eagles' head coach.

    “He shut them down pretty much single-handed.”

  • Devils explode at end for lopsided win in Chiefland

    The only sure thing about the county's best baseball matchup – Chiefland-Williston – is that there are no sure things. Weeks ago, Williston tried hard to give away the home game to the visiting Indians, before snatching back the 8-6 win. Saturday, the Devils came to Chiefland and their hosts hoped to get them back.

    They didn't. After six innings of close play among some of the best talent in the area, Williston exploded for nine runs in the top of the seventh to down Chiefland 18-6 in the last district game.