Local News

  • 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
  • Suwannee River Fair sets record

    You will have to pardon the Suwannee River Fair Association Board if they are doing a “Dance of Happiness.”
    They can celebrate a great year for the 4H, FFA and other youth who sold 341 animals on Wednesday, March 19, and set a new sales record.
    The “kids” raked in $854,802.95. Last year's sales were $731,690.96.
    All the bidders who got together and “purchased” the pigs and steers, can also do a little “Dance of Happiness,” too, as they ponied up the cash.

  • More becoming upset with Valdosta sewage spills

    Concerned citizens in the Tri-County Area are asking for a boycott of Valdosta, Ga., following  a recent sewage spill that is just one of many since 2009.
    "They should have fixed it the first time, and if not the first time, then the second time," said Levy County resident Natasha Allen Monday in a phone interview. "I want them to feel it in their pocket book," she said, adding that she hopes people traveling through Valdosta will avoid stopping there for gas or food.