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Today's News

  • County budget smaller than last year's

    The Levy County Commission, with two members who leave in November due to electoral losses, was commended on Monday evening by the only Levy County resident who cared to show up and speak at a public hearing where the property tax and final budget for the 2014-15 was unanimously approved.
    "I want you to note that the budget is less than last year when it was $66 million and some change. Good job," said Dana Sheffield of "the Fanning Springs Sheffields."
    "This board has done a good job for the county."

  • Rotary looks at childhood literacy to better community

    Chiefland's Suwannee Valley Rotary Club has decided in recent meetings to make childhood literacy the focus of its mission.
    The group, still in its initial phases of investigation into the matter, is still entertaining different approaches to dealing with the issue.
    "We're looking at something we can start that will have an impact in the community," Rotary President Dr. Bob Mount said at Thursday's meeting. "I think literacy is a good place to start."

  • CF wants input on focuses of new campus

    The long-awaited construction of the College of Central Florida's new Levy campus is still on track, and officials with the college are hoping to get input from the community in the areas of education it would like to see highlighted.
    Holly McGlashan, manager of CF's Levy Center, was special guest speaker at Chiefland Rotary Wednesday.

  • Flood warning for Levy County

    FLOOD ADVISORY

    NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAMPA BAY AREA - RUSKIN FL

    914 PM EDT MON SEP 22 2014

    THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN RUSKIN HAS EXTENDED THE * URBAN AND SMALL STREAM FLOOD ADVISORY FOR... NORTHEASTERN LEVY COUNTY IN FLORIDA.

    THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF...BRONSON...WILLISTON * UNTIL 1100 PM EDT *

  • Red tide halts Cedar Key clam harvesting

    For the first time in about 10 years, clam leases have been shut down in Cedar Key due to red tide.
    The western portion of Cedar Key's leases, including Gulf Jackson and Pelican Reef, was closed Sept. 6 after officials found low to background quantities of dangerous microorganism Karenia brevis, known to produce a neurotoxin that affects vertebrates, including humans.

  • White out for Bell shooting victims

    When Bell and Trenton High Schools meet on the football field in Bell on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. the stadium will be bathed in white as spectators show their solidarity with the young victims of Thursday's multiple shootings.

    Spectators have been asked by both schools to wear white — a sign of innocence and purity — for the game to honor the six children: Kaleb Kuhlman, 11, Kylie Kuhlmann, 9Jonathan Kuhlman, 8, Destiny Stewart, 5, Brandon Stewart, 4 and Alana Stewart, born June 28.

  • Gov. Scott speaks in Bell on killings

    The governor made a brief stop in Bell today to speak to reporters and community members about the killing yesterday that claimed eight lives.
    "All of us have family members, and we can't imagine this happening. We all have children and grandchildren," Gov. Rick Scott said in front of the Gilchrist County Emergency Operations Center to more than 50 reporters.
    It's a tragedy, he said, one that would take a long time for the community to get over. It's important for the community to show their support of family at friends at this time, he said.

  • 8 deaths in murder-suicide in Bell

    It's probably more than anyone in Bell, population 400, could imagine happening — eight people, six of them children, shot to death in a murder suicide. But Gilchrist County Sheriff Robert "Bobby" Schultz III said while the children of the community will be devastated by the news, the community will pull through. 

  • Stayin’ on track

     LeRoy Davidson was on his way to Kentucky more than a month ago when Bronson Speedway caught his eye.

    He’d gotten out of the racing business years ago, he said, working the last few years as a licensed contractor and having some involvement with a fishing supply business.

    But he wasn’t happy. When he shared that fact with his wife one day, “She said, ‘Why don’t you get back into racing?’”

  • FWC sets quota, special-opportunity permits

    The Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has released the following Quota and Special-Opportunity Permits for North Central Region.

    The number of permits shall not be exceeded, except to accommodate a group application and then may only be exceeded by up to four permits.

    North Central Region

    Andrews, archery (each hunt) - 45 by quota application (no exemptions).