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Today's News

  • Learn about Nature Coast through CFCC Levy Center

     The Central Florida Community College Levy Center will offer its first guided Ecotourism Field Trip on Saturday, Jan. 23. The trip is part of the Ecotourism Business Workshops program that begins on Jan. 11.

     The trip is open to the public and includes visits to both Manatee Springs State Park and Fanning Springs State Park, with lunch in Fanning Springs. Participants will also visit Point of View Gifts & Antiques and Dakotah Winery.

  • Cedar Key is Florida’s number one community

    The USDA has named the City of Cedar Key as Florida’s Rural Community of the Year for 2009.

    Located on the Gulf Coast of Levy County, Cedar Key’s belief in partnering to protect the community’s history, environment and working people peaked the interest of UDSA Rural Development, and led to the award that will be officially presented the community next week.

    The title would not have been possible without the help of the city’s partners, said Greg Lang, Director of the Cedar Key Community Redevelopment Agency.

  • Help with heating bills begins Monday

    First there was the cold, so bitter heaters worked continuously for a week.

    Now, as electric bills hit the mailboxes, folks are feeling the heat of an economic squeeze.

    Telephones are working overtime at Central Florida Electric Cooperative, Progress Energy and local agencies that help folks who cannot afford the cost of staying warm.

  • Sinkhole snarls traffic on U.S. 19

    Florida Department of Transportation geotechnical engineers Binay Prakash, left, and Chandra Samakur discuss a sinkhole — about 12 feet in diameter and 8 feet deep — that developed in the inside lane of northbound U.S. Highway 19, about 5 miles north of Otter Creek.

    The sinkhole, which was discovered by crews adding paving to the shoulders along the roadway about 11 a.m. Tuesday, forced the closing of the northbound lanes of U.S. 19.

  • Look away, Dixie Land

    It looks like Chiefland’s varsity girls basketball team is hitting its stride just in time.

    The Lady Indians throttled visiting Dixie County 52-37 last Friday night, with three Chiefland scorers hitting double digits.

    The game is a confidence builder as they entered a tough final week of the season, followed by the District 2A-5 tournament next week at Trenton.

    But for now, Chiefland coach Chris Wilson is glad his team’s efforts are starting to pay off.

  • Bears’ boys roll Indians

    Chiefland High School’s boys basketball team stormed to a 18-5 first quarter lead last Friday night against Dixie County.

    But the Bears fought back, limiting the Indians’ Eugene Carter to only nine points, and outscoring Chiefland 48-29 during the final three quarters, for a 53-47 win.

    The loss spoiled Chiefland’s Senior Night. The Indians honored two seniors — Desmonds Jackson and Tony Bennett — before the game Friday.

  • Early Oak Hall run sinks Bronson

     Oak Hall used a 29-12 first-half run to overtake Bronson, 45-28, last Thursday night.

    J.D. Tomlinson led Oak Hall with 19 points, including four 3-pointers in the first three quarters. 

    Enrique Wiseman led Bronson with 14.

    It was a game in which the home Eagles (Oak Hall is also the Eagles) struggled to find the basket. 

    Oak Hall stormed out of the gate with a 13-4 run and never looked back.

    Bronson’s defense was also struggling, coach Aaron Haldeman said.

  • Dixie mourns loss of captain in shooting

    The Facebook page with almost 1,200 fans says it all:

    Dixie County Cried the Day Chad Reed Died.

    Another 1,300 fans have signed up at Keep Chad Reed in Our Prayers — We Love You Chad.

    At 33, the Dixie County Sheriff's captain was the face of the office as its spokesman, and the face of its future as a respected lawman predicted to someday be Dixie County Sheriff.

  • Profile of a patriot

    From a young age, Jimmy Jones knew what he wanted to do in life.

    “I wanted to live life as someone that gives back,” he said Friday.

    So, when the 38-year-old Bronson native graduated Bronson High School in 1990, he enlisted in the Navy and became a member of the Seabees—a naval construction battalion formed in 1942 responsible for building bases, roads and airstrips, as well as providing humanitarian assistance.  Seabees are also trained to fight and defend.

  • County wrestles with real estate problems

    A building rented by Levy County for the Guardian ad Litem program that clients refuse to enter,  and a proposal to build a metal storage building for the Levy Emergency Management Department occupied most of the County Commission's attention Tuesday.

    The agenda was short for the commission's second meeting of the New Year, but it provided ample discussion and no resolution to the issues of the rented office and the building.