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Today's News

  • Friday update on Hurricane Hermine

     Some things gleaned from the morning conference call:

    "It could have been much worse. There was no loss of life," said Levy County Commission Chair John Meeks of Bronson.

    That sums it up as emergency management and county agencies set about helping residents recover from the effects of Hurricane Hermine. 

    • The storm surge did not reach 11 feet, but it was measured at 8.5feet above mean sea level. Cedar Key is still experiencing flooding problems and entry is only being allowed to residents and recovery workers.

  • EMS calls suspended in part of Levy

      Levy County Department of Public Safety has notified Emergency Management they have suspended their responses for emergency calls to Cedar Key and the area west of CR 347 north to the entrance of the Lower Suwannee refuge .

    This is due to deteriorating conditions making it unsafe for emergency crews.

  • Mandatory evacuation for Cedar Key, coastal areas

     A mandatory evacuation is being ordered for Cedar Key, Yankeetown and other coastal areas of Levy County this morning (Thursday, Sept. 1) and areas along the Swannee River. 

    Sheriff's Lt. Scott Tummond confirmed the reports of a mandatory evacuation and said two ore shelters have been opened: at Bronsson Elementary and Chiefland Elementary Schools. One shelter, at Williston High School opened on Wednesday when a voluntary evacuation was ordered. 

  • Levy schools closed Thursday

    All Levy County schools will be closed Thursday, Sept. 1, due to the tropical depression (T.D. Nine).

    As of Tuesday, no decision has been made on whether they will reopen on Friday.

    Please contact the School Board of Levy County at (352) 486-5231 or your child’s school for updates.
     

  • CK gets ready for TD 9

     

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    Residents in the Cedar Key area are being warned to check weather reports several times on Tuesday and Wednesday to monitor the progress of Tropical Depression 9 — a storm that may be aiming for the Nature Coast.

    While Levy County Emergency Management officials are advising residents to check their hurricane plan for staying at home or hitting the road and to update it if necessary. Residents might also stock up on water and batteries.

  • Keep an eye on new Tropical Depression 9

    Levy County Emergency Management sent out a notice on Sunday that it is not too early to start keeping an eye on Invest 99L and check your hurricane supplies and plans because it has the potential to develop as it moves into the Gulf of Mexico. The notice is not to alarm residents but to make sure they are cognizant of what is happening in the Gulf. 

  • Captain's Log: Tags tell a story

    It is interesting to hear the rumors about the UF trout tag reward research. I have had people tell me at the boat ramp that over 100 trout tags have been turned in, and there are a thousand more tags out there … wow, I think I need to help set the record straight.

    I talked to Mike Allen, director of the Nature Coast Biological Station, and he shared some data with me. The purpose of the tagging project is centered around mortality rates of catch and release of spotted seatrout.

  • Early voting under way

    Early voting started on Monday and continues every day through Aug. 27 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Supervisor of Elections Office at 421 S. Court St., Bronson.

    And to make voting easy, Supervisor of Elections Tammy Jones has turned the back room of her office into a roomy polling station with parking right outside the door. It could not be more convenient.

    As of Tuesday afternoon almost 200 people had cast their ballots in early voting. Another 1,786 voters has cast absentee ballots.

  • Shell Mound road to be done

    That worn out, way too narrow strip of asphalt known as Shell Mound Road will finally be widened to 22 feet, have guardrails in a vulnerable spot and be repaved, thanks to the county recreation impact fee fund.

  • Slemp ready to lead Cedar Key School

    Joshua Slemp has been a fixture of Levy County’s school system at several levels, from teacher to project manager to assistant principal.

    His journey has led him to his latest stop, Cedar Key School, where the 39-year-old is in his first job as principal.

    It’s a culmination of the various roles he’s served, and a place where that experience figures to come in handy at the K-12 school, which has about 250 students.