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  • Sheriff's Office buys new vehicles

    The Levy County Sheriff's Office has purchased six new vehicles — four for its K-9 units and two for the investigative unit for $167,462.80. Sheriff Johnny Smith said he stands behind the decision to replace vehicles that had 100,000 to 150,000 miles on each, including replacement of a car totaled in an accident where the other driver was found to be at fault. Smith said he is aware of how the purchase looks in a tight budget year.

  • County has hiring, spending freeze

    It's official: County employees will not receive a pay raise in the coming year, but no layoffs or reduced work hours are anticipated. Department heads have been hiring and spending are frozen. In a memo sent to all county department heads dated Aug.

  • Levy schools get a ‘B’

    For the third consecutive year, Levy County is expected to get a “B” when it comes to education. The Florida Department of Education released its annual school grades last week, and area schools that had their grades reported overall performed well.

  • Nuclear plant clears environmental hurdle

    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff and the U.S.

  • Pistol class funds holiday party

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office is hosting a pistol class  from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18   This class will qualify individuals for a concealed carry permit.  The cost is $55 if registration is done online, or $60 on the day of the class.  To register online, go to www.levypistolclass.info.  This is a fund-raiser for the Sheriff’s Office Employee Christmas Party.

  • Broadband authority has first public meeting

    This week marks the one-year anniversary of the North Florida Broadband Authority.

        Tuesday evening, at the Cedar Key Public Library, the NFBA had its first of what representatives said will soon become quarterly meetings about broadband internet service in the authority's service area, which includes 15 counties.

  • Budget hearings set for water, sewer

        The Cedar Key Water & Sewer District board will hold budget workshops on Sept. 13 and Sept 21 — starting at 5 p.m. both dates — to adopt the millage rate and the budget for the fiscal year starting Oct. 1.

  • Former economic director charged

    Amanda Douglas, the former director of the Nature Coast Business Development Council and Enterprise Zone Development Agency, is being formally charged with two counts of grand theft and two counts of scheme to defraud in connection with money missing from agency accounts.

        Assistant State Attorney Glenn Bryan confirmed on Wednesday that Douglas has made restitution of the funds and that he has recommended she be released on her own recognizance. He said the judge has signed the capias warrant allowing her release on her own recognizance after her arrest.

  • Stuff the Bus helps students, teachers

    The drive to Stuff the Bus with school supplies for students will be taking advantage of tax-free weekend as the Levy County Schools Foundation and Morriston Baptist Church's Band of Brothers set up collection stations inside stores. The collection pens, pencils, erasers, colored pencils, paper, pocket folders, spiral notebooks, crayons, permanent markers, washable markers, highlighters, dry erase pens, rulers, index cards, Post-it notes, scissors, washable glue, glue sticks, Kleenex,  hand soap, sanitizer, binders and backpacks is an annual back to school ritual in Le

  • Anglers start with an education

     Catch and release is a good rule of thumb while fishing. Entice and educate is an even better rule of thumb for young anglers.