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Today's News

  • Yankeetown loses Tarmac appeal

    The 1st District Court of Appeal has denied the Town of Yankeetown's request to review Levy County's conditional special exception permit granted to the Tarmac King Road mine project, possibly closing that case.
    Another suit, filed citing different grounds for challenging the permit that was filed by W.A.R., the Withlacoochee Area Residents, is still alive in the appeals court.

  • Browning running for county judge

    To all my Levy County friends and family:

  • Desmond running for sheriff

    My name is Noel Desmond and I am a candidate for the Levy County Sheriff. Everyone would like to see a positive, upbeat campaign from candidates but a candidate must also be truthful to the voting public. With that thought in mind, allow me to say, I have been a Levy County resident for the past 32 years.
    In that time I have seen four hold this sheriff’s seat. None of them have honored the true nature of that post. Drastic changes are needed in the way our Sheriff's Department conducts itself and its operations!

  • Manatee rescued from Fanning Springs

    An adult manatee, freshly sliced by a boat propeller and breathing erratically, was hauled out of Fanning Springs today by about a dozen volunteers and state rescue workers.
    "This mammal's got a fighting chance now," said Larry Steed, park manager for Fanning and Manatee Springs state parks. "It always makes you feel better if you can patch them up and get them back into the wild."

  • PSC approves Progress Energy rate settlement agreement

    TALLAHASSEE — To help maintain more consistent rates for Progress Energy Florida customers in the coming years, Florida’s Public Service Commission on Wednesday approved Progress Energy’s multi-year Settlement Agreement with the Office of Public Counsel and other intervenors.
    The agreement provides a customer refund of a portion of Crystal River 3 Nuclear Plant replacement fuel costs and rate certainty related to PEF’s proposed Levy County nuclear project and base rates.

  • Chiefland moves up in regionals

    Behind a furious second-quarter run, the Cheifland High School boys basketball team ran away from Wildwood 54-42 in a game that wasn’t as close as the score indicated. 

    The Indian’s win in the regional semi-finals advances the team to the regional finals at Union County on Feb. 25. Two of Chiefland’s three losses this season have come to the Tigers. 

    “This is the one chance we get to give them a run for their money,” said Chiefland’s Josh Smith. 

  • FDOT Road and Lane Closures through Feb. 24

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

    ALACHUA COUNTY:

    13th Street (US 441)  Daytime lane closures at the pedestrian overpass just south of Archer Road (State Road 24) Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for routine bridge inspection.

    Archer Road (State Road 24)  Nighttime lane closures at Southwest 40th Avenue to extend the left turn lane.

  • Bronson hosts 2nd Annual African American Festival

    More than 150 people showed up in Bronson Saturday for the 2nd Annual African American Festival.
    The event, coinciding with Black History Month, was organized by area women's group Women on a Mission for Christ and featured food and live entertainment.
    "It's important because we need to come together and celebrate as a community," said Women on a Mission for Christ member Katherine Manuel. "It's black history. But it's our history."

  • Oysters on the decline in Cedar Key and Big Bend

    Reduced freshwater flow from the Suwannee River into the Gulf is responsible for a 66-percent decline in oyster populations in Cedar Key and the Big Bend area, according to scientists from the University of Florida.
    “We have not seen evidence of oysters on sandbars coming back to a healthy reef,” said Jennifer Seavy, a UF ecologist who has been studying the area since 2009.

  • LDS Bishop Owen Baynard dead

    Realtor Owen F. Baynard, the bishop of the Chiefland and Williston Wards in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, died Thursday night. Baynard had been hospitalized in Gainesville for several weeks prior.

    There will be a visitation on Friday evening, Feb. 24, from 6-8 p.m. at the Hiers Chiefland Funeral Home, 1301 N. Young Boulevard, Chiefland.

    The funeral will be Saturday, Feb. 25, at 11 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, on U.S. Highway 27A at 8th Street.