Today's News

  • County wants help with time capsule

    On April 2, 1513, three ships that had sailed out of Hispanola in March sighted a verdant landscape that their leader Juan Ponce de Leon named La Florida.
    While the name honored the lushness of this state, it also harked to his Catholic faith which was celebrating Easter, known as Pascua Florida — the Festival of Flowers.
    In the 500 years since de Leon and his sailors landed on the Atlantic side of Florida things have changed.

  • Warning on Cedar Key water

    Ceday Key is the latest on an ever-growing list of victims suffering from record-low groundwater levels.
    Cedar Key Sewer and Water District Chair David Beach announced in an emergency meeting Tuesday that saltwater intrusion has impacted all three of the city's working wells.
    Beach said measurements taken from the city's No. 4 well on Monday were at 730 miligrams per liter, almost three times the allowable standard of 250 mpl.
    "We have an unfortunate situation right now we feel is because of the drought ..." Beach said.

  • CAAA Rookie All-Stars earn trip to State Tournament

    The Chiefland Area Athletic Association's Rookie All-Star baseball team placed second in the Rookie State Qualifer held in Lake City June 9-11. They now the the privilege of representing the Chiefland area at the State of Florida Rookie Tournament in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., beginning June 28. The Rookie All-Star team will host a cake auction on Mon., June 25 at 7 p.m. at the Days Inn conference room in Chiefland to help raise funds to assist with travel expenses. For more information, contact Rookie All-Star team manager Russell Hinot at (352) 949-4411 for more information.

  • County Commission Agenda for Tuesday meeting




    June 19, 2012

    Call to Order


    Pledge to Flag

    9:00 a.m. - Carr, Riggs & Ingram, LLC

    Martha Garcia-Baker

    Presenting 2011 Audit Report.

    9:15 a.m. .    - Levy County Clerk of Court, Danny Shipp

  • Burning vehicle shuts down US 19

    A one-vehicle explosion shut down traffic on part of U.S. Highway 19 in Chiefland on Saturday afternoon. According to witnesses, the sole passenger, a women driving the pickup truck, was uninjured. 

    Ann Nelson, an employee at Chiefland Package, was working at the time when she said the driver came into the store looking for a fire extinguisher.

    Meanwhile, the vehicle continued to burn until Chiefland Fire Rescue firefighters arrived to put out the flames. Several large clouds of black smoke rose into the sky and could be seen from blocks away. 

  • Refuge road closing Sunday for repairs

    Half of the Nature Drive at the Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge will be closed to traffic for two weeks, starting Sunday, June 17. 

    The South Entrance will be accessible all the way to Pond 6, but no traffic may enter the North Entrance. 

    Road repairs require the road to be closed for the safety of our visitors.

  • Road closings, construction through June 22

    The following is a list of roadwork underway by the FDOT that may impact traffic.


    Archer Road (State Road 24) Crews will be repainting the roadway lines from the Levy County line to US 27/41 in Archer, which is a moving operation.

    East University Avenue (State Road 26)  Daytime lane closures between Waldo Road (State Road 24) and North Main Street (State Road 329) to repaint the roadway markings.

  • Drummond, Perkins banks to merge

    Drummond Banking Company, parent company of Drummond Community Bank, and Williston Holding Company, parent company of Perkins State Bank, will be merging, according to a joint press release from Luther Drummond, president of Drummond, and Frank Etheridge, president of Perkins.

    The merger, expected to be completed during the first quarter of 2013, is subject to customary conditions, including the approval of the Williston shareholders and bank regulators.

  • Predicted record heat brings concerns over cooling bills

    Florida News Connection

    TALLAHASSEE — The cost of cooling Florida homes is expected to rise this summer, with predicted record high temperatures and a proposed rate hike from one of the state's major electricity suppliers, Florida Power and Light. The added cost will be hard to afford for many Floridians, particularly seniors, explains AARP spokesman Greg Tanner.

  • Log Cabin Quilters for June 14

    The Log Cabin Quilters met Thursday, June 6, at the Levy County Quilt Museum. The Quilters had a great time going thru the fabric that had been donated. Most of the material would be ideal for dress up days or projects around the house.  Some of the pieces are so gorgeous that you wish you could think of something to make just to be able to use the fabric.