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Today's News

  • Seasonal return

    Visitors at Manatee Springs State Park Saturday, Nov. 15,  spy on the park's namesake, returning to the area to take advantage of the spring's relatively warm water.

    The manatee migration began earlier in the fall, perhaps, a sign the mammels knew the weather was turning colder.

    Boaters are being warned to be on the lookout for the slow moving animals on the Suwannee River.  

  • Teacher challenges school board

    One Levy County teacher is speaking up in saying that the school board is not following the Florida code of ethics for education.

    “A culture of intimidation and fear of retaliation exists in Levy County schools,” said Chiefland Middle High School teacher Gerald “Jerry” Lawrence during the public comment section of a school board meeting on Tuesday morning. Lawrence teaches U.S. History to eighth grade students.

  • Levy's roads, bridges getting attention

    • Cell phone use cited in accident by road construction, click here

    When Levy County Commissioner Lilly Rooks, of Rosewood, was last in office, the Florida Department of Transportation District 2 Office folks were explaining how signed contracts to rebuild three crucial bridges in Cedar Key did not mean they would be rebuilt. 

  • Driving home the money

    Chiefland Middle High School Principal Matt McLelland, second from left, shows off the $2,780 check that represents the proceeds of a Drive 4UR School promotion sponsored by White Ford and Ford Motor Company.

    Students, from left to right, Christian Reyes, Payton Levy and J.C. Kennedy represent groups like the Student Government Association that will share in the cash for their student projects.

    Adults over the age of 18 who test drove a new Ford vehicle in August earned a $20 per drive donation for the students.

  • Cell phone use cited in SR 24 accident

    A driver's cell phone use was cited as the cause of a chain-reaction three vehicle collision at a construction zone on State Road 24 on Wednesday afternoon that left one person injured and blocked traffic for two hours, according to a Florida Highway Patrol press release.

    The accident occurred about 1.2 miles west of the intersection of SR 24 and U.S. Highway 27A where a project to resurface 11 miles of SR 24 begins. 

  • Swearing in

    Newly elected Levy County Commissioners Lilly Rooks of Rosewood and Rock Meeks of Chiefland were sworn in on Tuesday by County Judge James T. “Tim” Browning at the start of the commission's regular meeting.

    Rooks will represent District 4 and Rock Meeks will represent District 2. They won election in the Nov. 4 general election. 

    The commission also extended the term of Chair John Meeks of Bronson through December 2015 and elected Commissioner Mike Joyner of Morriston as vice chair. 

  • $12.1 million in oil spill restoration funds sought for Levy and Dixie

    Staff report
    Levy and Dixie counties are listed among the 10 major watershed projects the state is seeking Gulf Coast restoration funds for, according to officials Thursday.
    The projects, meant to redress environmental and economic harm done during the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill, were selected as the result of numerous stakeholder meetings and more than 1,200 online project submissions to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

  • Duke Energy’s Energy Neighbor Fund helps Florida families

    Duke Energy’s Energy Neighbor Fund is prepared to assist customers in Florida who may struggle to pay their energy bill this winter.

    Continuing a 30-year commitment, the company, its employees, customers and shareholders will provide funds to those in need throughout the year.

  • Resident wants traffic tamed

    Denise Eckman, a resident of Northeast 140 Court, asked the Levy County Commission to lower the speed limit on the road from 35 mph to 25 in hopes the traffic, which she said included beer trucks and logging trucks taking shortcuts and drag racing by other vehicles, would slow down.

    She also presented the commission with a petition which included children's drawings on the traffic situation and asked for greater speed enforcement, speed bumps or rumble strips to slow traffic.

  • Sand mine extension approved

    A special exception permit to allow the expansion of sand pit mining on 295 acres of land that touches on State Road 121 south of Williston was approved unanimously by the Levy County Commission on Tuesday.

    That was despite one complaint from a resident that trucks in the current operation do not stop before entering SR 121 and letters from some residents to the county Planning Commission opposing the project. One opponent said he wants to sell his property.