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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Dazzling fish have their own pageant

    Flashing their incredible colors and swishing their flowing tails, approximately 68 koi, 47 goldfish and their 7 owners
    dazzled roughly 300 visitors recently at the 10th Annual Koi and Goldfish Show, hosted by the Nature’s Coast Koi Club.
    The event was held Oct. 9-10 at the home of Johnny and Martha Foster of Old Town. 

  • Conservation Corner: CK transitions to a more sustainable future through recycling

    As we all know, transitions are never easy and that holds
    true for Cedar Key’s efforts towards a more sustainable
    future. But let’s look at some numbers that might give us
    some encouragement:
    Now that we know that our community efforts have nearly
    doubled our recycling, let’s look at how we got there,
    problems that ensued and solutions that help us address these
    problems.
    EDUCATION
    Community informational meetings were held the last

  • 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.