Today's News

  • Bronson heads toward four day work week

    Employees in Bronson will soon have a shorter work week thanks to a vote by the Town Council Monday night.

    After several minutes of discussion, the council voted 3-1 to go to a four-day work week.

    In a telephone interview Tuesday, City Clerk Kelli Brettel said the change will tentatively take place by April 6. She said they plan to advertise for two weeks and put a notice on water bills. As of Tuesday, Brettel said she was still checking into what is required to reset their office hours.

  • School Board member Robert Philpot dies at 67

    As word spread last Friday morning that one of Williston’s favorite sons had suddenly died, disbelief coupled with sorrow quickly filled the community, leaving tears – and laughter– in its wake.

    Robert Philpot, the gentle giant who taught agriculture at Williston High School for 37 years, passed from this life to the next at his home March 13.

    Throughout the day, social media was ablaze with this beloved son’s death as family, friends, colleagues and students remembered the life he led and his influence on their lives.

  • County opposes laxer wildlife rules

    The state agency that issues permits that allow people to own lions, tigers, bears, chimpanzees and other exotic and dangerous animals is reviewing its regulations and the Levy County Commission wants to put a choke chain on any attempts to loosen the rules.

    Between 2008 and 2010 there were a series of situations where county officials learned they were not notified in advance that permits were issued to keep captive wildlife classified as dangerous by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

  • Filling a man's shoes

    It’s taken a few years, but a Chiefland woman who once trained men now has the job she trained others for.

  • Community input needed Tuesday 6 p.m. Usher Center
  • Run-off election for Bronson seat two

     The results are official. After a machine recount and manual recount of the Bronson town council seat two election results on Thursday night, the canvassing board has deemed the race a tie.

  • Our View: Jim Crow of another form

    It was just a short time ago that an appeals court in Florida ruled that the Sunshine clause in the state Constitution did not require councils and commissions of counties and municipalities to take public comment during meetings that were required to be open to the public.

    The Legislature stepped in and in 2013 told local governing bodies they had to take public comment and to formulate a policy to address the issue.

  • Friends turn out to preserve Refuge

    It was standing room only at a presentation given as part of the Friends of the Lower Suwannee and Cedar Key National Wildlife Refuges' annual meeting and open house.

        Coleman Sheehy, UF research assistant professor in the department of wildlife ecology and conservation and the associate director of Sea Horse Key marine laboratory, spoke on Gulf Island Ecology: Biodiversity and Conservation in the Cedar Keys.

  • Heart Smart

    In an effort to raise community awareness about heart disease, Levy County Department of Public Safety participated in National Wear Red Day on Feb. 6 and continued through Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14.

    This is an annual educational event that the department participates in. Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of men and women. Educating communities to recognize what the early warning signs are and not wait to seek medical attention is the key to saving lives.

  • Name may change but services still the same

    The name the ARC (Association for Retarded Citizens) of Levy County will remain the same, however, nationally the word retarded is being removed from the title.

    Betty Walker, executive director of the organization in Levy County, announced the change at the Feb. 26 Suwannee Valley Rotary meeting. She said nationally, the acronym is changing to IDD, which stands for intellectually developmentally disabled. Walker along with her associate Bill Slaughter were guest speakers at the meeting.