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Today's News

  • Beach walkers get the message out about Cedar Key’s clean beaches

    Saturday morning, approximately 15 walkers met and set out to prove to the world that Cedar Key’s beaches are oil free. That was an easy task, considering that the beaches are as pristine as ever.

    Mayor Pat O’Neal said the BeachWalk event, spearheaded by Visit Florida, went smoothly and everyone involved the brisk, clear weather — custom made for an early morning walk.

  • Flag Retirement Ceremony

    The light was beautiful and the air was crisp Saturday afternoon at City Park, as roughly a dozen people gathered to participate in a flag retirement ceremony. Their ages spanned many decades but both the participants and onlookers all shared an appreciation for the importance of the event.

  • 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.

  • Party beneath the stars

    The light pouring in from the dome’s rectangular opening made silhouettes out of John Novak and the large telescope he built some years back.
    “It gathers a huge amount of photons at an accelerated speed,” he explained, staring at his complex assemblage of mirrors, wires and metal parts painted gold and red. “It’s similar to the imager used on the Hubble (Space Telescope).”

  • 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

  • Fishing Report: Fish of a lifetime starts with right mindset

    Hey everyone. Sorry if ya' missed having a report
    last week. With the festival in town I didn't do much
    fishin' and that moon phase kinda stunk.
    This week is a new look at fishing reports and
    fishing as a sport.
    It's a look at the
    sport from different
    angles and views.
    Some folks will
    agree and some
    may take it the
    wrong way. For
    those that take it the wrong way — ya' shouldn't
    cause it's simply different strokes for different folks

  • $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.