Local News

  • Flooding closes water district lands

    LIVE OAK — Due to flooding or other unsafe conditions the following Suwannee River Water Management District lands are closed to vehicle traffic until further notice. In addition, the District strongly discourages the public from accessing these properties by foot, bike or horseback until they are officially reopened.
    Hamilton County tracts – Roline, Cypress Creek South, Hunter Creek, Belmont, Big Shoals, White Springs, Swift Creek, Jerry Branch, Camp Branch, Holton Creek

  • Victims in murder/suicide identified

    Two people who died in an apparent murder/suicide Tuesday afternoon on Northwest 168th Lane in Fanning Springs have been identified by the Levy County Sheriff's Office.

  • Boat ramps open, high water coming

    From the Levy County Sheriff's Office:
    NWS Tallahassee has advised that local flood warnings are still in effect for the Suwannee River basin. Sheriff Johnny Smith has decided to re-open all launch sites in the county. Should that prediction of rising water begin to cause problems on the Suwannee River, it could prompt a second closure. The situation will be closely monitored daily and advance warning of any impending boat ramp closures will be announced.

  • Job Fair rescheduled for July 19

    Workforce Connection’s Job Fair which was postponed due to the threat of Tropical Storm Debby has been rescheduled for Thursday, July 19.
    The job fair is open at no charge to anyone looking for work in Citrus, Levy and Marion counties. It will take place from 8 a.m. to noon at the College of Central Florida’s Klein Conference Center, 3001 S.W. College Road in Ocala.

  • Winners all

    Nineteen politicians turned out for the second quadrennial (something that happens every four years) softball game against the Levy ARC on Saturday that helped raise over $400 for the non-profit that serves developmentally disabled adults.
    Like the first game in 2008, the politicians, who formed into two teams, played against the 10-member team made up of LARC clients and staff.
    Each team of candidates seeking office on the August and November ballots played for two innings before conceding they were defeated both times by the LARC stars.

  • LARC helped by $12K donation

  • Compassionate allowances mean faster action for thousands of disabled Amerticans

    By Kay Louder
    Social Security District Manager, Gainesville

    In April, Social Security announced 52 new Compassionate Allowances conditions to the growing list of severe medical conditions that qualify for expedited medical decisions. The new conditions include many neurological disorders, cancers, and rare diseases.

  • Levy County Commission briefs

    The Levy County Commission held its regular meeting on Tuesday, June 19

    Auditor gives county
    good grade

    Levy County is doing a good job with its accounting, according to Martha Garcia-Baker of Carr, Riggs & Ingram, LLC, the county's audit firm.
    "Overall it's good news," she said. "It's nice to see in tough times that you are not in the hole."

  • Cedar Key businesses open despite salty setback

    Chef Peter Leonauvicius, grilling and sautéing, doesn’t use a lot of fresh water in preparing food, and he doesn’t worry about the salty water he has to use to wash dishes. But he does worry that it will keep people away from Cedar key.
    “It’s not a health issue,” Leonauvicius, co-owner of Cedar Key’s Steamers Clam Bar and Grill, said Friday about the sodium chloride-laden water that has infiltrated the island’s water supply. “My main worry is about the loss of revenue. That’s the big deal.”

  • Barnes promoted to corporal

    Levy County Sheriff's Deputy Willie Pete Barnes, a K-9 officer, has been promoted to the rank of corporal in the Patrol Division.  Barnes has  a long record of distinguished service and an unwavering commitment to excellence in the field of law enforcement, according to the sheriff’s office press release.