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  • County settles with landowner over concert injunction

    The property owners of a site east of Williston that was to host a Labor Day hip hop concert have reached a settlement with Levy County that would dismiss them from a preliminary injunction that halted the event.
    The Levy County Commission sought and received the injunction on Sept. 2, the day before the event was to be held, after approving the action at an emergency meeting earlier in the day. The commission said the concert organizers had not applied for or received a permit under the county's music entertainment and festival ordinance.

  • Hunters tell FWC what they want

    Staff Writer

    People came from as far as Inglis and Gainesville to attend a public meeting about deer management held at the Tommy Usher Center April 1.
    Many said they came to find out about the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s plans and express their feelings based on what they learned at the meeting.

  • High water prompts concern over mosquitoes

    Mosquitoes are expected to be bad this season, and county officials are urging residents to take precautions.
    "I think it's gonna' be a monster," said Levy County Director of Parks and Recreation and Mosquito Control Matt Weldon about the swarms of biting insects he predicts will be an issue during coming months.
    Florida, with about 80 known species inhabiting the state, is no stranger to the mosquito, but recent rains and rising temperatures guarantee the problematic pests will be out in droves.

  • The Old Florida Celebration of the Arts

    With the 50th Annual Spring Arts Festival in Cedar Key coming up this weekend, the Old Florida Celebration of the Arts Committee kicked off festivities with the dedication of the 50th Anniversary Commemorative Mural and Opening of the Cedar Key Arts Center’s April Exhibit on Saturday evening.
    “The idea of doing a mural had been in the works for a number of years,” reported Bev Ringenberg, festival coordinator.

  • Community Calendar for the week of April 3


  • CRACKER COWBOY: The end of the open range in the Big Scrub

    By Bill Roberts
    Special to the Beacon

    The Martins were an old Cracker family that had settled in the Big Scrub not long after the end of the Second Seminole Indian War. The area was between the Ocklawaha and St. John’s River, and in 1908, became the Ocala National Forest. It was almost a half a million acres and up to the time that I worked there, it had been open range.

  • Good fishing weather on the horizon

    Hey everyone. I hope everyone is enjoying this little shot of nice weather and, man, let’s hope it lasts a little while. We need some kind of good trend with no wind, no rain, and maybe, just maybe, our water will get cleared up some.

  • Community calendar (Week of 3-4-2014)

    Amateur radio club forming
    A new amateur radio club is forming in Levy County – The Gator Amateur Society. Interested parties should go towww.w1gas.com  for  further information. The club will have monthly meetings and offer classes to prepare you for your first amateur radio license, as well as upgrade testing for those already licensed.
    If you do not have internet access, please call 352-528-0992 for information.


    Used Book Sale

  • Wild Hog Canoe and Kayak Race launches Saturday

    Organizers are gearing up for another year of "the roughest, wildest, most challenging canoe race in america."
    The Wild Hog Canoe and Kayak race, which is coming up on its 37th anniversary, covers 15 miles down the wild Waccasassa River between Bronson and Otter Creek.
    This year's event is scheduled for April 26, with the race beginning at 9:30 a.m. and entertainment and food scheduled to begin at the finish line a little bit later in the day.

  • Scent of a Scandal