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Today's News

  • Officials discuss vision of Bronson

    All eyes were on Bronson last Thursday as the town played host to a contingent of representatives from the USDA Rural Development, county and state officials who gathered to hear the town fathers’ vision for the future.

    About 40 people participated in the 2010 Visioning Day, which included a two-hour bus tour of the town and presentations by the mayor and city council to the USDA representatives.

  • Spring project aims at manatee conservation

    Fanning Springs State Park will be getting a small makeover in a couple of years that could make it easier for wildlife to use the spring, according to representatives from Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

    “It’s a small project, but we’re really excited about getting this done,” FWC biologist Ron Mezich said  at the quarterly meeting of the Fanning and Manatee Springs Working Group at Fanning Springs City Hall on Aug. 26.

  • Facebook photos lead to arrest of illegal hunters

    Two Inverness residents were arrested when an investigation uncovered they had illegally taken a deer and then posted the photos on Facebook.

    William Andrew Buchanan and Tara Anne Carver were cited for possession of wildlife taken illegally, according to investigators from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).

  • States must work together to solve water conflict

    For two decades, Georgia, Alabama and Florida have been battling over future water allocation in the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint (ACF) River Basin which straddles their borders. The dispute also involves a number of federal agencies, courts, and mediators. Its outcome is one of the most important issues facing the Southeast.

    On July 17, 2009, federal judge Paul Magnuson answered a key question that has dominated this 20-year water conflict-how much of the water in Lake Lanier can be legally used for metro Atlanta's water supply? His answer was stunning: none.

  • FDOT ignores safety needs in bike trails

    The walking, bicycling and trail community is stunned at the Florida Department of Transportation's (FDOT) decision to single out walkers, bicyclists and trail users yet again, disproportionately cutting $24.7 million in Transportation Enhancements (TE) funds and another $3 million from the Recreational Trails Program (RTP).

  • County gets final budget from sheriff

    Levy County Sheriff Johnny Smith came bearing a gift that made most everyone happy at Tuesday's Levy County Commission budget meeting: his final budget proposal for the fiscal year starting Oct. 1 at $10,831,058.

    He also announced that his office has cut the budget for the current fiscal year by $256,496.

    "We have no extras to purchase anything," Smith said. "And there is no contingency money." He said if the county experiences a disaster he will be back before the board asking for more money.

  • Tarmac delays mine application

    Tarmac has withdrawn a request to be placed on the Monday, Sept. 13, Levy County Planning Commission meeting, delaying its King Road Mine application until later this year or early 2011. The delay will allow county staff to the Special Exception Permit application.

     “While we hope to have the public hearings on the King Road Mine project before the end of the year, we are well aware a project of this scope requires a level of scrutiny that cannot be rushed,” said Albert Townsend, director of real estate and environmental services for Tarmac.

  • Bell edges Desmond in District 4 primary

    Ryan Bell defeated Noel Desmond in the Republican primary election for the District 4 County Commission seat Tuesday, closely advancing to November’s general election by a mere 36 votes.

    It was Levy County’s only local race on the ballot in the primary election, held on a day of poor weather and low turnout. Of the 21,415 registered voters in the county, 24.97 percent turned out to vote.

  • Jobless rate up in Levy

    While Florida was marking a rise in unemployment to 12 percent in July, Levy County's jobless rate rose by three-tenths of a point to 13.4 percent in July from June's 13.1 percent.

    It was much the same news in Marion County where unemployment in July was 14.1 percent and for Citrus County where it was 13.7 percent.

  • City officials: Fowlers Bluff fire board being difficult

    Chiefland Fire Rescue will continue to provide service to Otter Creek and Fowlers Bluff  because both are without official fire departments, Chiefland city officials said Monday night.  However, Chiefland officials are taking two different approaches to the service agreements with those cities.

    The commission voted unanimously to both approve a contract for fire and emergency services with Otter Creek and to discuss with county officials how to provide service to Fowlers Bluff without dealing with its board.