Today's News

  • Running with the big kids

    The CAAA Chiefland Indians football team got to lead the way out of the teepee at Friday night’s Chiefland Middle High School Indians varsity football team game.

    Every year the high school players and cheerleaders honor their younger counterparts.

  • Levy needs a new courthouse

    Clearly the two county commissioners in a courthouse space committee meeting did not want to hear bad news, especially as they face the voters in 2016, but Robert Roundtree, chief judge for the 8th judicial Circuit, delivered it:

    “I hear a sense of some that we ultimately know where we want to go and that’s a new building.”

    Roundtree said a new courthouse could cost $9 million, that’s the price for building a similar new courthouse in Washington County.

  • Fall Home and Garden Clean-Up Project Tips

    (StatePoint) Fall is the ideal season to tick items off your home exterior to-do list. The weather is finally cooler, making the work more enjoyable; and a thorough fall clean-up will give you peace of mind all winter.

    Your MVP during home maintenance season can be the pressure washer. Up to 75 times more powerful than a garden hose, a pressure washer is a versatile tool that offers an efficient way to get a variety of cleaning tasks done.


  • Sterilize tools to prevent lethal fungal disease

    By Brad Buck


    UF/IFAS scientists urge people to sterilize their pruning tools before and after they trim their Canary Island Date Palm trees to avoid spreading a deadly disease.

    Monica Elliott, a plant pathology professor, published a study recently in the journal Plant Disease that shows that Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. canariensis, a pathogen that spreads fusarium wilt of Canary Island Date Palm, was discovered on a wild or Senegal date palm in Palm Beach County.

  • Flood insurance information now available

    By Brad Buck


    With tropical storm season in full swing, it’s a great time to think about flood insurance. A new feature on the Florida Sea Grant website puts you a mouse click away from information to help you understand flood insurance, why it’s important, whether you’re required to have it and how to get it.

  • Yoho hosting Service Academy Day

    Congressman Ted S. Yoho (R- District 3) would like to invite students, teachers and families of all ages to meet with Service Academy representatives and learn first-hand what it takes to become a commissioned Second Lieutenant/Ensign in the U.S. Military. 

    The United States Service Academies are an all-expense paid scholarship opportunity valued at $500,000. In addition, Cadets and Midshipman receive pay and benefits and guaranteed employment following graduation.

  • Community Calendar for the week of Sept. 10


    Library Friends meetings

       The Friends of the Luther Callaway Public Library (FLCPL), the Chiefland branch of the Levy County Public Library System, meet on the second Thursday of the month, except in July and August, at 11 a.m. at the library, 104 N.E. 3rd St., Chiefland. The Friends support the library by promoting the library's programs and resources and through fund-raising projects to purchase reading materials, books on tape, videos, operating supplies and minor equipment.  There are no dues.

  • Fanning Springs discusses changing LDRs

    Fanning Springs is on a roll with efforts to utilize the city park and Fort Fanning for the good of the community with Mayor Trip Lancaster leading the way.

       Not only has the city, in conjunction with the newly formed chamber of commerce, held two free movie nights, fully funded without any tax dollars being spent, along with the return of the Festival of Lights to take place on Dec. 5, but now they're in discussions to bring a farmer's market to the park.

  • Florida State Surgeon General visits Levy County

    Cedar Key School received a special guest last Thursday, one who wasn't afraid to get his hands dirty.

       As part of his coastal tour "The Health in All Places" the State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health Dr. John Armstrong visited the school and Cedar Key's local food pantry. 

  • Final vote for tax assessments

    The Levy County Commission will hold a final public hearing on Monday, Sept. 14, to consider final passage of the property tax millage, assessments for fire, EMS, solid waste and roads, and the meeting could prove interesting.

    Commissioner Lilly Rooks of Rosewood (R-District 4) has served notice she is interested in the fire and emergency medical services assessments, asking about how much the two funds have in reserve — a rainy day fund.