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Today's News

  • Chiefland set to finally open season

    In addition to all of the damage and disruption wrought by Hurricane Hermine, last Friday’s high school football slate, including Chiefland’s season opener, was also dampened, as county games were cancelled.

    Aaron Richardson’s Indians are now in the unusual position of playing their opener in the third week of the season – following a bye in the first week due to a cancellation over the summer – as they take the field at C. Doyle McCall Field at Wayne Pridgeon Stadium this Friday against Arlington Country Day of Jacksonville.

  • Chiefland caps successful opening two weeks with 3-0 sweep over Dixie

    On the final night of an eight-day, five-match span to start the season, the Chiefland volleyball squad enjoyed its best total team effort to notch its first winning sweep on the season.

  • Stuff it

    Takiya London doesn’t have the luxury of indulging in senioritis for her final year at Chiefland.

    The 6-foot-2 multi-sport star is too busy making college visits, playing weekend fall ball, and trying to help lead her volleyball squad back to the final four.

    Volleyball was more of a stopgap for London in the past – a way to keep in shape and hang out with her friends – but that’s starting to change.

  • When is FEMA coming?

    Levy County Emergency Management has been gathering reports of storm damage on their hotline 352-486-5155 that will help in obtaining Federal Emergency Management Administration aid for Levy County residents impacted by the storm.

    David Peaton, assistant director of Levy Emergency Management, said the County Building Department Director Bill Hammond also had teams out assessing the damage throughout the county.

  • No human casualties

    There were no human casualties, but a 104-inch long pygmy sperm whale did wash up on Airport Road in Cedar Key, Police Chief Virgil Sandlin confirmed. He said it was dead on arrival.

    The whale was taken away by the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers for an autopsy.

    The only other reported casualty was an injury to a Florida Highway Patrol trooper who was helping with tree removal operations along State Road 121 and County Road 326. Her injury was not life threatening.

  • County extends emergency declaration

    The first order of actual business for the Levy County Commission on Tuesday was ratifying the declaration of an emergency that was signed on Wednesday, Aug. 31, by County Commission Chair John Meeks. It was unanimously ratified by the commission.

    Then the board went on to approve hearing a non-agenda item on extending the order another seven days. When asked why it was not being extended a full 14 days, County Attorney Anne Bast Brown said that is the limit by the state.

  • Hermine floods Levy with damage

    When Hurricane Hermine washed ashore in North Florida the counter clockwise winds were in the middle of doing its worst to Levy County.

    But we should have expected it, some joked, because The Weather Channel's best known hurricane hunter, Jim Cantore, had arrived the day before to do live shots of the wind and water.

    Cantore left town by mid-day Thursday, just as the winds and rains started.

    First a drizzle, then buckets of rain. The cooling breeze turned into a howl that hit buildings like a rock.

  • Community Calendar for the week starting Sept. 8

    Today, Sept. 8

    Levy Commission TRIM meeting

    The Levy County Commission will hold its TRIM — Truth in Millage — public hearing on Thursday, Sept. 8 ay 6 p.m. in the County Commission Meeting Room. This is the final meeting for setting the property tax millage for the coming year. The millage has tentatively been set at 9 mills, It is currently 8.2741 mills. This is a public hearing at which the public can comment on the proposed millage and the almost $63 million county budget.

    WWII veterans meeting

  • Scam alert

    Levy County Emergency Management wants to warn the residents of Levy County to be on the lookout for people attempting to scam residents that have been affected by Hurricane Hermine.

    There have been reports in surrounding counties of people offering to assist with FEMA claims for a fee.  Please do not fall for this.  FEMA has not opened the claim period as of yet, and even when they do, they will not require any other person or entity to assist with filing the claim.

  • Volunteers are REALLY needed

    The two most affected areas impacted by Hurricane Hermine in Levy County are Cedar Key and Yankeetown. The residents and businesses in this community need volunteers who are able to offer their “muscle.”  Heavy lifting and the physical labor associated with removing substantial debris seem to be the most problematic in their towns.
    Anyone wishing to assist in Cedar Key is asked to go to the Cedar Key Fire Station located at the intersection of Dock Street and First.