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  • Steve Oelrich running for Congress, 3rd District

    I’m Steve Oelrich, conservative Republican running for Congress in the newly created 3rd Congressional District here in North Central Florida. Currently, I’m a state Senator representing over 60 percent of this new district, and was the first and only Republican Sheriff elected in Alachua County since Reconstruction. I’m pro-life, pro-gun and pro-family.

  • County OKs voice for Williston police

    For the first time Williston Police Department officers and the Levy County Sheriff's deputies will be able to communicate seamlessly. It only cost $2,077.37 for the solution to a problem that has put a wall of silence between their two radio systems.
    While it will not bring down the wall entirely — as both agencies use different bands for communication — it will lower the bar.

  • Bronson votes no on park expansion

    Bronson council members missed an opportunity to expand the town's park Monday night when they voted 3-2 against purchasing about 14 acres of adjacent and nearby property. About 11 acres owned by Virginia B. Allen adjacent to the park was being offered to the town for about $51,000, according to an e-mail sent to the town from Libby Barr, a representative of the families wanting to sell the property. The e-mail also states that Allen was willing to finance part of the balance at 6 percent interest for four years.

  • County wants help with time capsule

    On April 2, 1513, three ships that had sailed out of Hispanola in March sighted a verdant landscape that their leader Juan Ponce de Leon named La Florida.
    While the name honored the lushness of this state, it also harked to his Catholic faith which was celebrating Easter, known as Pascua Florida — the Festival of Flowers.
    In the 500 years since de Leon and his sailors landed on the Atlantic side of Florida things have changed.

  • Warning on Cedar Key water

    Ceday Key is the latest on an ever-growing list of victims suffering from record-low groundwater levels.
    Cedar Key Sewer and Water District Chair David Beach announced in an emergency meeting Tuesday that saltwater intrusion has impacted all three of the city's working wells.
    Beach said measurements taken from the city's No. 4 well on Monday were at 730 miligrams per liter, almost three times the allowable standard of 250 mpl.
    "We have an unfortunate situation right now we feel is because of the drought ..." Beach said.

  • County Commission Agenda for Tuesday meeting




    June 19, 2012

    Call to Order


    Pledge to Flag

    9:00 a.m. - Carr, Riggs & Ingram, LLC

    Martha Garcia-Baker

    Presenting 2011 Audit Report.

    9:15 a.m. .    - Levy County Clerk of Court, Danny Shipp

  • Burning vehicle shuts down US 19

    A one-vehicle explosion shut down traffic on part of U.S. Highway 19 in Chiefland on Saturday afternoon. According to witnesses, the sole passenger, a women driving the pickup truck, was uninjured. 

    Ann Nelson, an employee at Chiefland Package, was working at the time when she said the driver came into the store looking for a fire extinguisher.

    Meanwhile, the vehicle continued to burn until Chiefland Fire Rescue firefighters arrived to put out the flames. Several large clouds of black smoke rose into the sky and could be seen from blocks away. 

  • Refuge road closing Sunday for repairs

    Half of the Nature Drive at the Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge will be closed to traffic for two weeks, starting Sunday, June 17. 

    The South Entrance will be accessible all the way to Pond 6, but no traffic may enter the North Entrance. 

    Road repairs require the road to be closed for the safety of our visitors.

  • Road closings, construction through June 22

    The following is a list of roadwork underway by the FDOT that may impact traffic.


    Archer Road (State Road 24) Crews will be repainting the roadway lines from the Levy County line to US 27/41 in Archer, which is a moving operation.

    East University Avenue (State Road 26)  Daytime lane closures between Waldo Road (State Road 24) and North Main Street (State Road 329) to repaint the roadway markings.

  • Drummond, Perkins banks to merge

    Drummond Banking Company, parent company of Drummond Community Bank, and Williston Holding Company, parent company of Perkins State Bank, will be merging, according to a joint press release from Luther Drummond, president of Drummond, and Frank Etheridge, president of Perkins.

    The merger, expected to be completed during the first quarter of 2013, is subject to customary conditions, including the approval of the Williston shareholders and bank regulators.