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Today's News

  • School opens Monday, Operation Safe Start begins

    Special to the Citizen from the 

    Levy County Sheriff's Office

    As another summer comes to an end, our children prepare for their next adventure in their Levy County School. On Monday they will begin this timeless ritual, their first day back. 

    Children will face new challenges, making new friends, new teachers and for some, a new school.

  • Big changes in county schools principal lineup

    Nine of the district’s 12 public schools will see a new principal or vice principal for the 2012-2013 school year. The district will also be without an assistant superintendent. 

    Assistant superintendent Gina Tovine has left the county to take a similar job in Orange County schools. Because of a stretched budget, the district doesn’t plan to fill the position for the immediate future. 

  • Animal-fighting law takes federal stage

    By STEPHANIE CARROLL CARSON

    Florida News Connection

    TALLAHASSEE - Attending an animal fight has been a felony in Florida for nine years, but now there is a push in Washington to make it a federal offense to cross state lines to fight animals, and also to offer some consistency among the state laws. 

  • Social Security Questions and Answers

     By Kay Louder

  • A 4-inch knife is a concealed weapon

    K. M. of Old Town writes, “I’ve got a question…last month you wrote about taking a gun into a bar being illegal, but taking a gun into a restaurant wasn’t, if you have a concealed weapon permit. What about a knife? What’s the rule there?


    Dear K. M.

  • The Reinvention of Fire

    A look at history shows us that our energy sources have never remained static, with renewables such as wind and solar widespread several times in the past millennia, only to be displaced by a glut of cheap fuel.  

    Some sources become obsolete as their time has passed; others are taken over by their competitors as we are seeing with oil and coal. 

     The U.S. stopped the direct use of coal and oil for transportation and buildings in the 1920s and 1960s, respectively.  

  • Water use restrictions still in place in Levy

    Despite rainfall in recent weeks and the lifting of water use restrictions in many parts of north Florida, counties such as Levy, Gilchrist and Alachua still remain under restrictions due to low groundwater levels.

  • Community Calendar for the week of August 16

    This weekend

    Flood Jam helps victims of TS Debby

    Flood Jam, with three stages of music, an online auction of donated items and services, food and crafts, games and activities will be held at Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak on Aug. 17-18.

    Two-day tickets cost $40 in advance, $60 at gate and include primitive camping. One day tickets are  $20 each at the gate and camping is not included.

  • Public can have a say on water permitting

    OfferleBy MANDY OFFERLE

    Special to the Beacon

    About 25 citizens attended a public workshop  At the Tommy Usher Center Aug. 8 designed to gather input for rule development for the statewide water permitting.  

  • McCallum wins GOP nod for sheriff’s race

    Bobby McCallum, who lost a close race for sheriff four years ago, bounced back on Tuesday to decisively win by 20 points in unofficial results over Sheriff's Maj. Evan Sullivan for the Republican nomination in one of the most heated races in Levy County history.

    McCallum received 2,412 votes or 58.01 percent to Sullivan's 1,612 or 38.77 percent and Noel Desmond's 134 votes or 3.22 percent.