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  • State OKs Chiefland hospital certificate

    After more than a decade of disappointment, the development of a hospital in Chiefland seems to be inching closer to becoming a reality.
    Friday, the Florida Agency for Healthcare Administration announced that it has granted Ameris Health Systems the certificate of need (CON) necessary to get the $45 million project rolling.
    "It's great news. We're really excited," Ameris senior vice president for business development Frank Schupp said in a phone interview.

  • Only one veterinarian applies for county opening

    Seven people have applied for the county's new grants coordinator job, but it was the veterinarian's job – which attracted only one applicant –that got the most attention from those attending the Levy County Commission.

  • Only one veterinarian applies for county opening

    Seven people have applied for the county's new grants coordinator job, but it was the veterinarian's job – which attracted only one applicant –that got the most attention from those attending the Levy County Commission.

  • Not much luck
  • 'Seeing the Art in Nature' theme of 2015 OFCA

    For decades, artists have been inspired by the natural beauty of Cedar Key, a small island community located in the center of Florida’s Nature Coast.
    Each spring, the town welcomes art enthusiasts to join them at the annual Spring Arts Festival, which was recently named as one of America’s top 50 Fine Arts Festivals in a nationwide survey administered by ArtFairCalendar.com.

  • Local oystermen taking action

    Local oystermen in Levy and Dixie counties are unhappy about the state of their industry and they are uniting in an effort to draw attention to their plight.
    The oyster collapse came in 2012, the height of a number of years of drought. And while the waters are getting better with the flush of rainfall in 2013 and this year, the recovery will need some help.
    Nature Coast oyster beds need to be reseeded.

  • State OK.s Chiefland hospital certificate

    After more than a decade of disappointment, the development of a hospital in Chiefland seems to be inching closer to becoming a reality.

    Friday, the Florida Agency for Healthcare Administration announced that it has granted Ameris Health Systems the certificate of need (CON) necessary to get the $45 million project rolling.

    "It's great news. We're really excited," Ameris senior vice president for business development Frank Schupp said in a phone interview.

  • Officials arrest two in Inglis arson case

    By BUSTER THOMPSON
    Special to the Beacon
    Two men wer­e arrested Tuesday on accusations of burglary and arson, which resulted in the destruction of an Inglis bar the day before.
    Jordan Michael Cooper, 21, and Travis Crabb, 32, were charged with arson, grand theft, burglary and two counts of arson causing the injury to firefighters after authorities connected the two men to the suspicious fire Monday morning at Rivals Bar off of West Levy County Road 40, Inglis.

  • Happy Thanksgiving
  • Great Suwannee River Cleanup is Dec. 6

    The Great Suwannee River Clean-up, initiated and coordinated by Current Problems Executive Director Fritzi Olson, is nearing the end of the historic river.