Local News

  • Weyerhauser buys out Plum Creek timber

    Staff Report

    Weyerhaeuser Company and Plum Creek, which owns large swaths of land in Levy County, on Monday announced they have agreed to create the world’s premier timber, land and forest products company with more than 13 million acres of the most productive and diverse timberland in the U.S.

    At closing, the combined company is expected to have an equity value of $23 billion based on current share prices. The combined EBITDA for both companies in 2014 was $2.2 billion.

  • Commission settles with concert promoter

    A concert promoter whose venue did not go as well as expected got a reduction in his bill for emergency medical services provided with the tab going from $2,730 to $910.

    But two Levy County Commissioners who voted against the reduction – which passed 3-2 – voiced their unhappiness that the promoter, Robert J. Nichols Jr., had already stopped payment on the check he wrote to the county. Commissioners Danny Stevens of Williston (R-District 5) and Lilly Rooks (R-District 4) voted against the measure to grant relief to Nichols.

  • Meeks named to task force

    Levy County Commission Chair John Meeks of Bronson (R-District 1) is one of 22 state, county and private sector officials named to the Interstate 75 (I-75) Relief Task Force by Florida Department of Transportation Secretary Jim Boxold.

    The Task Force will develop consensus recommendations to advise the department regarding multimodal transportation solutions that will:

    • provide relief to I-75 for passengers and freight

    • improve travel safety and reliability

    • improve statewide and regional connectivity and

  • Veterans Resource Fair and Luncheon

    On Friday, Nov. 6, Haven Hospice will be hosting a veterans resource fair and luncheon at the Chiefland care center at 311 NE 9th Street, Chiefland.

    The resource fair will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with the luncheon from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

    The purpose of the event is to help veterans of Levy, Gilchrist and Dixie Counties learn more about their eligibility for benefits and connect with federal, state and community resources.

    To attend the luncheon, please RSVP to Haven Hospice at 493-2333.

  • Red tide report

    Blooms of the Florida red tide organism, Karenia brevis, are present in, along, and offshore of Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Bay, and Gulf counties in Northwest Florida and in, along, and offshore of Pinellas, Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte, and Lee counties in Southwest Florida. Due to sampling gaps, no results are available for Santa Rosa and Walton counties.  However, a bloom is present in these regions, as evidenced by discolored water, fish kills, and respiratory irritation. No satellite images were available this week due to cloud cover.

  • Red tide confirmed in Florida: What you need to know
  • Handmade mahogany kayak to be auctioned

    This exquisite handmade African mahogany kayak was recently made by Cliff Tweedale of Park Rapids, MN who has generously donated it to the Cedar Key Arts Center to help raise funds for the new addition which will start construction in early November 2015. The Arts Center will host a Silent Auction between now and December 20, 2015 in association with its November-December Rock the Boat exhibit which opens Saturday, Nov 14, 5pm.

  • Ride to Provide roars to success for Levy ARC

    The 11th Annual Ride to Provide event, held on Saturday, Oct. 24, raised $8,000 for the Levy ARC.

    Coordinator for the event, Sean Mullins, said there was great weather and great people.

    "It went well," he said.

    Over the years, the event has raised close to $115,000 to $120,000, Mullins said. About 65 bikes participated in this year's event on Saturday.

  • 6th Annual Beast Feast helps students, teachers

       The Levy County Schools Foundation 6th Annual Beast Feast held Saturday night raised a little over $12,000.

       Local group and business sponsors were spread out on the beautiful lawn of the Etheridge Family Cracker House in Williston with a backdrop of cows and a radiant sunset to highlight the evening.

       “We had a really good night,” Foundation Executive Director Donna Turner said Monday. It was a lot of fun and the weather was good. “The food was terrific. It was a really good event,” she said.

  • Man arrested in wife's disappearance 35 years ago

    Thirty six years to the day after Merl McFarland Mackey, Jr. married Evelyn Laverne Trulock in Pinellas County, and almost 34 years after she disappeared from their Hernando County home, Mackey was booked into the Levy County Jail on a charge of 1st degree premeditated murder.