Today's News

  • 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.

  • Last of summer hurrah

    County and state parks were filled with families celebrating the official end of summer over the Labor Day weekend.

    At Manatee Springs, swimmers took advantage of the holiday and the warm weather for another dip in the refreshing 72 degree water.  

  • Remembering 9/11

    A flag with the names of every person who died in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorists attacks was donated to the Levy County Commission by Ivan Chubb, veterans representative and chaplain at the VA Medical Center in Gainesville.

    Accepting the flag are, from left to right, Robert Lowyns, Levy Veterans Service Officer; Commissioners Rock Meeks, Danny Stevens, John Meeks, Mike Joyner (behind Chubb) and Lilly Rooks. The flag will be framed and hung in Lowyns' office in the courthouse annex building. 

  • Meet the legislators Sept. 21

    The 2015 Levy County Legislative Delegation meeting will be held at 9:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 21 at the Dogan S. Cobb building, 660 E. Hathaway Ave., Bronson.

    “I look forward to hearing from and meeting with my constituents in Levy County,” stated Rep. Charlie Stone. “These delegation meetings are a great way for our constituents to have their voice heard and their concerns addressed. I am excited for our meeting on Sept. 21."