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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Cedar Key clams and oysters are safe

    Cedar Key's most imminent risk is not oil in the waters, Leslie Sturmer, University of Florida Aquaculture Extension Agent, said after a briefing Tuesday.

    “The biggest risk right now is losing market. We don’t want people to be afraid of the seafood. It’s safe,” Sturmer said. “Our growers, our harvesters, our wholesalers, our buyers and our consumers need to know – our seafood is safe. We don’t have oil here.”

  • DOT official braves commission

    What if you gave a city three new dearly desired bridges then took them back? Would you want to meet with their officials?

    No one would have blamed Jordan Green, rural area transportation development engineer for District 2 of the state Department of Transportation, if he had worn a flak jacket when he appeared before the Levy County Commission on Tuesday.