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Today's News

  • School millage rate falls as property values rise

    The rise in total property value in Levy County has led to a drop in the tentative millage rate just passed by the School Board of Levy County.

    The SBLC on Monday voted to adopt the tentative millage at the rollback rate, which is the rate required to collect roughly the same amount of revenue as the previous fiscal year.

  • Levy gets to rating in audit

    Deborah Goad, Citizen Correspondent

    Levy County received a top rating for its recent fiscal audit report at the July 18 meeting of the Levy Board of County Commissioners.

    Frank Mason, a CPA with the auditing firm Carr Riggs & Ingram, presented the audit report to the commission, congratulating the County for receiving the highest level "Unmodified Opinion."

  • Walker seeks help for Levy Arc

    By Rebecca Gallagher, Citizen Correspondent

    “Ms. Betty” Walker spoke to the Chiefland Rotary Club Wednesday, July 26, as executive director of Levy County Arc to ask for “help.” Walker is also mayor of Chiefland.

    The Levy County Arc is a chapter of The Arc, the largest community-based national organization advocating for individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (I/DD).

  • Tri-County children often leave county for foster care

    The overwhelming majority of children in Levy, Dixie and Gilchrist County who enter foster care have to leave the Tri-County area.

    That was a major takeaway from a talk last Thursday by Michelle Giordano, the foster care recruitment specialist for Partnership for Strong Families, at a meeting of the Suwannee Valley Rotary Club in Chiefland.

    Giordano reported that there are 31 children from the Tri-County area currently in licensed foster care homes; 87 percent of those children are living outside the county they're originally from.

  • Higher learning

    The new College of Central Florida Jack Wilkinson Levy Campus isn’t quite ready for its closeup, to flip the words of Gloria Swanson’s character in the film noir classic Sunset Boulevard.

    But after 14 years of development, fundraising and construction, it’s getting close.

  • Levine is August Artist of the Month

    The August Artist of the Month at the Cedar Keyhole is Richard Levine. Richard is an exceptionally talented and skilled wood turner who uses indigenous woods to create bowls, platters, goblets, urns and pens.

    He uses the natural grains and faults in the wood to great advantage, making all of his works virtually one-of-a-kind.

    Elm, southern maple, dogwood, camphor, cedar and sycamore are some of the woods which Richard utilizes in his craft.

  • Cedar Key ideal lab for dolphin research

    Cedar Key Dolphin Project

    Dr. Stefanie K. Gazda began researching Cedar Key bottlenose dolphins in 2001 for her master’s thesis. She came to the area to study bottlenose dolphins’ foraging behavior and over the years her research has led to the discovery of many aspects of dolphin behavior.

  • To DEET or not to DEET

    Deborah Goad, Beacon Correspondent

    How many people remember the mosquito spraying trucks of their youth? Were you one of the kids that, when hearing the distinctive sound made from the propulsion of fog emitted from the truck, ran out into the haze, running directly behind the truck to be engulfed in the white fog?

    It’s a memory many older Floridians share. Thankfully parents today are more aware of the chemicals in the environment and educate children to be aware of chemicals that may harm them.

  • Gulf Hammock residents meet with county officials over EMS mapping, postal address concerns

    Citizens of the Gulf Hammock area feel like their area is falling through the cracks when it comes to locating homes for delivery or emergency services, and when it comes to the latter, they’re worried it could prove fatal.

    At the Gulf Hammock Church of God Thursday, July 13, around 30 Gulf Hammock residents met with a handful of county representatives to air out their worries over how the area is represented on mapping systems as well as how it’s handled through the postal system.

  • 2018 Festival Design Contest

    Boats have always been an integral part of life in Cedar Key. Whether used for clamming, oystering, sport fishing, sailing the outer islands or kayaking through the mangroves, boats are an important feature of our island community. Share your take on boats in the 2018 Festival Design Contest. The theme is “What Floats Your Boat?”

    The winning artwork will be featured on t-shirts, posters, postcards and other promotional materials for the 54th Annual Spring Arts Festival in Cedar Key.