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  • Fall Festival means fun for everyone

    Cedar Key School was the scene of the annual Fall Festival on Friday and while nobody can remember exactly when it first started, the best guess is that the event is at least 30 years old.

    It's also a successful event as approximately $3,000 was raised to help pay for field trips and school supplies that are not funded by the county or state.

  • Levy County Community Outreach Events on Saturday, Nov. 13

    Two community outreach events focused on connecting citizens with local health, nutrition and other resources will be held in Inglis and Rosewood on Saturday, Nov. 13, by the Levy County Community Outreach Team.
    The team, which includes representatives from the Florida Department of Children and Families, the Levy County Health Department, The Children’s Table and Elder Options, will be at the following locations and times:
    Inglis Town Hall, 135 Highway 40 West, Inglis, from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m., and

  • Bride's murder means life sentence for groom

    A jury took three hours to decide that newlywed Felicia Fine's death was premeditated 1st degree murder by her husband, Charles Edwin Duke, 24, condemning him to spend the rest of his life in state prison.
    The decision on Friday, Oct. 29, came two weeks after what would have been their first wedding anniversary and 358 days after Duke fired one shot from a single-shot .45 caliber handgun into Fine's head at the Rosewood home the couple shared with Duke's friend Justin White.

  • Voters turn down millage increase

    Levy County voters on Tuesday turned down a school board referendum to add 0.25 mills to the school district's millage rate starting in the 2011-2012 fiscal year.
    Voters turned down the school board referendum by a vote of 6,091-5,916, or 50.72 percent to 49.27 percent. Using this fiscal year's numbers, the vote could cost the school district about $1.5 million over the next two years.

  • Levy turns new leaf with GOP

    Voter dissatisfaction has led to a tidal shift in Levy County politics as the Board of County Commissioners has two firsts: Republicans elected to the board and a majority of seats in Republican hands.
    Republicans Ryan Bell and Chad “Cracker” Johnson, both of Chiefland, defeated their Democrat incumbents.

  • Streets and utilities project update

    For the next two weeks, the contractor will be installing
    water mains and lines using a method referred to as directional
    drilling. This method is used where open trench construction
    would be damaging to driveways, infrastructure,
    heritage trees, etc. Directional drilling requires only two
    small trenches - one at each end of the section that is being
    drilled.
    The depth of the directional drilling is controlled by the
    drilling operator, allowing the new line to be installed with

  • $51.935 million in bonds allocated for TriCounty Hospital

    The proposed Tri-County Hospital for Chiefland has won almost $52 million of the $70 million in economic stimulus bond money it requested from the state's pool of federal Economic Recovery Zone Bonds approved by Congress in 2009.

    The Levy County Board of Commissioners was notified Thursday by the state Division of Bond Finance that it will receive $51.935 million of the bond money. And as more money comes into the bond pool — returned by municiaplities and county governments that cannot or are unable to use the money — more will flow to the hospital.

  • Voters head to the polls

    The choice of who will lead Levy
    County, the state of Florida and the
    U.S. Congress all comes down to one
    person on Tuesday: the voter.
    Balloting will take place in 14
    polling locations among the county’s
    20 precincts from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on
    Tuesday in Levy County as voters
    across the nation go to the polls to cast
    their ballots in the mid-term elections.
    Early voting is underway at the
    Supervisor of Elections office at 421
    S. Court St, Bronson from 8:30 a.m. to

  • Dysentery hits raccoons on Cedar Key

    Police Chief Virgil Sandlin said in the past week his
    department has received several calls regarding raccoons
    that were displaying odd symptoms and ultimately had to be
    dispatched.
    Four raccoons were seen in the daylight acting oddly in
    the general area of Hodges and Merrell Avenues.
    Because they are nocturnal animals indicated a problem,
    but in addition they also displayed balance problems —
    walking, falling over, trying to walk again, falling again and
    generally acting groggy and disoriented.

  • Bride's murder means life in prison for groom

    A jury took three hours to decide that newlywed Felicia Fine of Cedar Key was murdered by her husband, Charles Edwin Duke.

    The decision on Friday came one week short of the first anniversary of Fine's death on Nov. 4, 2009, at the Rosewood home she shared with Duke and his friend Justin White.

    Duke was also convicted of the false imprisonment of White for forcing the roommate to accompany him to a popular mud bogging site near Bronson where he negotiated White's release to law enforcement officers.