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Today's News

  • Cedar Key watches, waits on oil spill's next move

    Governor Charlie Crist has added 13 counties — including Levy — to the original six included in his emergency declaration due to the Deepwater Horizon rig accident and ensuing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

  • CFCC to get $13 million for Levy campus

    Financially speaking, the wait is just about over for Central Florida Community College's new campus in Chiefland.

    After delays and worries over funding, CFCC will receive $13 million for the construction of a new campus on U.S. Highway 19, about 4.5 miles north of the current Levy Center. All that remains is for Gov. Charlie Crist to sign the approved budget into law.

    "We are dancing on the rooftops," CFCC Levy Center Interim Director Dr. Susan Chappell said. "Everyone is very excited."

  • Yearty sentenced to prison,probation, fined

    Sammy Yearty, the third generation in his family to serve on the Levy County Commission, was sentenced to 33 months in federal prison, three years probation and fined $10,300 on Monday for soliciting and accepting a $10,000 bribe from an undercover FBI agent posing as a developer and lying to the FBI about the bribe.

  • Florida ghost hunters come to Trenton

    Flashlight beams revealed the interior walls of the Old Gilchrist County Jail in Trenton to be alive with decay.  Layers of lead paint flaked from their surface, giving them the appearance of matted fur, occasionally punctuated by the bodies and spindly legs of spiders. If the walls could have spoken, they would have whispered the words: Get out.

    In one of the dark cells on the second floor of the building, three women gathered on the floor around small electronic devices, hoping to see them light up in response to questions they were asking.  

  • Pines planted for Arbor Day

    Chiefland Elementary School kindergartners celebrated Earth Day with a pine tree planting and more.  Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge Forester Daniel Barrand partnered with Andrews State Nursery - Division of Forestry, which donated nearly 200 pine seedlings for the youngsters. Thanks to Tommy Rogers

  • Meth lab busted, 5 arrested

    An outstanding warrant for Anthony Lee Ralph, a man serving a felony battery sentence, was the undoing of a methamphetamine lab near Rosewood, according to a Levy County Sheriff’s Department press release.

  • Refuge seeking to hire YCC workers

    Refuge Manager John Kasbohm announced that Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge will be hiring three students for Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) this year.

  • Chad Reed Memorial 5K Run/Walk, BBQ

    Every 15 seconds a child dies because of the lack of clean water. The Chad Reed Memorial Well will provide clean water to over 1,000 children for the next 20 years.

    In honor of fallen Dixie County Sheriff’s Captain Chad Reed, a 5K Run/Walk and BBQ fundraiser will be held on Saturday, June 5, 2010, from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Dixie County High School at 16077 S.E. U.S. Highway 19, in the heart of Cross City.

    Capt. Reed was killed in the line of duty, after a lifetime of service in Emergency Services in Dixie and Taylor Counties.

  • School board tackles termination, new programs, enrollment and new standards

    The School Board of Levy County on Tuesday approved Superintendent Bob Hastings’ request to terminate the employment of teacher Linda Yon.

    Yon, a teacher with more than 30 years experience in Levy County, was originally suspended without pay for allegedly speaking inappropriately to a student.

    Speaking before the board during their twice monthly meeting, Hastings also asked that the board accept a request to withdraw an April 29 administrative hearing request.

  • FWC changes oyster tong rule

    Prompted by pending changes in oyster harvesting regulations that will greatly reduce the amount of time oysters can be harvested during summer months, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has amended a rule that will give oystermen a little extra time each morning.

    The new rule allows harvesters to stow their oyster tongs on vessels before dawn, which gives them opportunity to travel early to an oyster bar and begin work at sunrise.

    Currently, oyster harvesting is permitted between sunrise and sunset in Florida.