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  • 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.

  • $12.1 million in restoration funds sought for Levy, Dixie

    Levy and Dixie counties are listed among the 10 major watershed projects the state is seeking Gulf Coast restoration funds for, according to officials Thursday.
    The projects, meant to redress environmental and economic harm done during the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill, were selected as the result of numerous stakeholder meetings and more than 1,200 online project submissions to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

  • Cell phone use cited in accident

    Staff Report
    A driver's cell phone use was cited as the cause of a chain-reaction three-vehicle collision at a construction zone on State Road 24 on Wednesday afternoon that left one person injured and blocked traffic for two hours, according to a Florida Highway Patrol press release.

  • $12.1 million in oil spill restoration funds sought for Levy and Dixie

    Levy and Dixie counties are listed among the 10 major watershed projects the state is seeking Gulf Coast restoration funds for, according to officials Thursday.
    The projects, meant to redress environmental and economic harm done during the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill, were selected as the result of numerous stakeholder meetings and more than 1,200 online project submissions to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

  • Artists recognized

    Two local artists, Peter Klocksien and Russ Raethka, are  featured at the Cedar Key Arts Center this month. Please take a look at Klocksien’s collection of local art. In addition, Russ Raethka, of Chiefland, is featured in the Member’s Art Gallery with his paintings of local fish. This display will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day until Dec. 8. All items are for sale. The Cedar Key Arts Center is a non-profit organization whose goal is to educate and nurture local artists. The Arts Center is located at 457 Second Street.

  • Refuge 'belfry' to benefit Brazilian bats

    Thirteen years ago, near the headquarters of the Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge, staff built the refuge’s first bat house. Now, a new one has been built with the hopes that the Brazilian free tail bats that have occupied the first will move — before the old one collapses.
    Brazilian free tail bats, unlike some of their solitary cousins, are colonial, cramming into a space sometimes 40,000 to 60,000 bats strong.