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Today's News

  • County budget has “Easter eggs”

    In the computer world they are called “Easter eggs,” little surprises included in software that are unlocked by the curious user. 

    It is just the same for the Levy County budget which holds some good surprises for county workers and residents.

    Chief among them:

    • a newly created position of grants coordinator to hunt out more money for the county,

    • a veterinarian for the county Animal Control Department and

    • a 3 percent pay increase for county workers.

  • Rite of Passage

    It's called a “rite of passage” for Chiefland Elementary School third grade students by their Principal Angel Thomas.

    The “rite” is the distribution of dictionaries in English and Spanish to every third grade student at CES, Whispering Winds Charter and Cedar Key Elementary School by the Chiefland Rotary Club.

    The Chiefland and Williston Rotary Clubs join together annually to provide every third grade student in the county with a dictionary to help increase their vocabulary and literacy skills.

  • Chiefland agrees to fund ALS study

    Chiefland officials have taken the next step toward the city acquiring advanced life support non transport (ALS) service.

    Commissioners voted unanimously Monday during the city's regularly scheduled meeting to pay up to $11,000 for a study by outside consultants to determine how, and if, funds could be spent to help pay for the service.

    Chiefland Vice Mayor Betty Walker, who is over the city's fire department, said committing to the funds is the next move.

  • A Man Remembered

    Patrick Smith's "A Land Remembered" is, arguably, a novel all Floridians should have read at some time in their lives.
    The book chronicles the lives of the MacIveys, a pioneering Florida family, just before the Civil War.
    Smith died earlier in the year, but his son, Rick, continues to lecture on the importance of the writings and life of his father.

  • Severe, hazardous weather warnings for Levy

    SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH 547 IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 700 PM EDT

    FOR THE FOLLOWING FLORIDA COUNTIES:

     

    ALACHUA BAKER BRADFORD CITRUS COLUMBIA DIXIE GILCHRIST HAMILTON JEFFERSON LAFAYETTE LEVY MADISON MARION SUWANNEE TAYLOR UNION

    Hazardous Weather Outlook

    HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK

    NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAMPA BAY RUSKIN FL

  • Agencies working to update flood maps

    State and federal agencies want to overhaul flood maps in Bronson and other areas of Levy County.
    The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recently gave the Suwannee River Water Management District, which is in charge of permitting and managing most of the water in Levy County, a $627,000 grant to address wrong or missing data in flood maps in the region.

  • Fanning Springs to elect new mayor

    Change is in the works for Fanning Springs as Cheryl Nekola’s tenure as mayor is coming to an end. Rodger Nogaki and Howell “Trip” Lancaster received the most votes for the position at the Oct. 7 primary election, 109 and 74 respectively.

    The two will continue campaigning for the position up until the Nov. 4 general election. Also running for mayor was June Ladewig, who finished fourth.

  • Rotary district governor visits Suwannee Valley Rotary

    Chiefland's Suwannee Valley Rotary Club was visited today by special guest speaker David Rauch, a member of the Rotary Club of Mid Bay Choctawhatchee Bay and Rotary International District 6940 Governor.
    Rauch, who has been traveling the district and speaking to different Rotary clubs, highlighted the importance of retaining members, recruitment and continuing to make a difference in the community.
    "It's more than a theme," Rauch said, "it's a call to action."

  • Levy Public Safety promotes breast cancer awareness

    The Levy County Department of Public Safety (LCDPS) is proud to participate in National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In an effort to increase awareness, LCDPS employees will be wearing pink shirts in the month of October.

    Breast cancer is the second most common cancer in women. About one in eight women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point.

    The good news is that many women can survive breast cancer if it’s found and treated early.

  • Cedar Key red tide subsiding

    Red tide in Cedar Key appears to be running its course.

    All commercial clam leases in the area were shut down the last few weeks due to positive testing results of Karenia brevis, a dangerous microorganism associated with red tide algae that hasn't been an issue since 2005.

    Eastern portions of Cedar Key clam leases, including Dog Island, were reopened Oct. 3. Test results, according to the state's Division of Aquaculture, showed 0 Karenia brevis cells present as of Oct. 1.