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Today's News

  • Child Passenger Safety Week – Sept. 14 – 20

    The goal of Child Passenger Safety Week is to make sure all parents and caregivers are securing children correctly in the right car seat or booster for their age and size. One size does not fit all.

  • Fanning ISO drops to 4

    Fanning Springs has gone from an Insurance Service Organization (ISO) rating of five down to a four. Fire Chief Ron McQueen made the announcement on Sept. 2 during his report at the city council meeting.

    We “were five, we went to four. We’re as low as the lowest rated station in three counties,” said McQueen who explained that the ratings go from one to 10, “the lower the number, the lower the insurance rate.”

    This applies to those who live within 1,000 feet of a fire hydrant and within five miles of a fire station.

  • Fanning agrees to share water

    Fanning Spring’s city council agreed to the signing of a lease agreement between the city and the Nature Coast Regional Water Authority (NCRWA), with one small adjustment, at Tuesday’s council meeting.

     “I just want to add my two cents here,” said Mayor Cheryl Nekola adding that she thinks it’s a good agreement and “we should go with it”

  • Ambulance station in works for Fanning Springs

    Fanning Springs City and Levy County officials are working to get an EMS transport unit stationed in Fanning Springs.

    “Our citizens need to have the protection of an ambulance facility. Mr Knowles has been diligently working to get one here …,” said Fanning Springs Mayor Cheryl Nekola.

    Both Levy County Dept. of Public Safety Director David Knowles and Fanning Springs Fire Chief Ron McQueen spoke at the Sept. 2 Fanning Springs city council meeting regarding this matter.

  • Boy, 12, outwits burglars

    Two people were arrested after they were allegedly caught in the middle of a burglary.

    According to a press release, Levy County Deputies Cpl. L. Prine and K. Weatherford’s rapid response to a 12-year-old’s panicked phone call for help resulted in the capture of two suspects.

    Delania Evans, 35, and Earl Peterson, 56, both convicted burglars with long criminal histories, picked the wrong house at the wrong time.

  • Taking The Oath

    Levy County Judge James T. Browning, right, gives the Oath of Office to long-time Chiefland commissioners Teresa Barron, left, and Teal Pomeroy.

       Both ran unopposed earlier this year, though Barron, who had served as vice mayor until Monday, was supplanted by Commissioner Betty Walker as the new vice mayor. Barron, who had made the motion to appoint herself vice mayor, was outvoted by Mayor Teal Pomeroy and commissioners Walker and Chris Jones. Commissioner Rollin Hudson had seconded her motion, but after the vote motioned for Walker to sit as vice mayor.

  • Commission OKs assessments, tentative property tax

    It took just 10 minutes and 20 seconds on Thursday for the Levy County Commission to approve four assessments, a tentative property tax millage and a tentative budget for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1.

    But that's because only one private citizen showed up for the meeting that was attended by four staff members, Sheriff Bobby McCallum, two of McCallum's aides, and two media people. And that is not unusual.

  • County Commission Agenda for Tuesday, September 16

    AGENDA

    REGULAR MEETING

    September 16, 2014

    Call to Order

    Invocation

    Pledge to Flag

    Public Comment — Issues related to Agenda items -Complete public comment form and submit to clerk -State your full name and address -Discussion must be limited to a maximum of three (3) minutes per person

    Public Hearing

    Development Department — Bill Hammond, Development Director

  • Road closures in Levy County

    The Florida Department of Transportation will be working on the following road next week:

     

    Alternate U.S. 27   Daytime lane closures for southbound traffic from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. between Jerrels Road and State Road 24 in Bronson for concrete repair.

     

    U.S. 19   Daytime lane closures for northbound traffic from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. between Northwest 90th Court and Florida Street in Chiefland for asphalt repair.

     

  • Red tide organism found in Cedar Key

    A dangerous toxin-producing organism known as Karenia brevis from a red tide bloom first spotted in the Gulf of Mexico near the end of July has made it to Cedar Key, according to officials.
    In early August, the bloom was 50 to 80 miles offshore, and testing for the organism, which can affect the nervous system of people and animals, confirmed that it had only reached areas near Pinellas County.
    But the bloom, over recent months, has migrated with the wind, coming as close to shore as 5 to 30 miles between Dixie and Pinellas counties.