Local News

  • 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

    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.