Today's News

  • County Briefs

    Hardship variance OK'd

    A hardship variance to allow a second dwelling at 6490 N.E. 94th Terrace, Bronson, was approved by the Levy County Commission.

    The request was made by Gail M. Osteen, who owns the 79-acre property at 6451 N.E. County Road 337 that is zoned Forestry/Rural Residential. Osteen said allowing the second dwelling will allow her daughter, Rebecca S. Water, to care for Osteen. The daughter will live in a 32-by-52-foot mobile home.

    McCallum can seek money

  • For the birds

    The weather outside may not be fit for man or beast, but the birds are enjoying it.

  • Gulf Kart opens second rental company

    You may have heard that the Gulfside Motel has been sold. Well, the golf carts that they rented out are now gone.

    Believing that there was a need, and enough demand, for a second golf cart rental business, Gulf Kart Co. has decided to open a second golf cart rental business.

    It is called Island Gulf Karts, and is located on the lot next to The Market, behind Tony's Restaurant, and opened August 1, 2015.  The new company will be owned by George Oakley, owner of Gulf Kart Co., and his son Daniel, who will manage and run it.

  • Above average rainfall causes problems for Levy County

     Rain waters came flooding down in Levy County over the weekend, especially for areas such as Inglis and Cedar Key.

       "That area and Cedar Key are trouble areas when we get a lot of rain," Bruce Greenlee, administrative superintendent of the Levy County Road Department, said.

  • Harmonic convergence of weather for Cedar Key

    You could call it a harmonic convergence of the weather world when describing what caused flooding this past weekend in Cedar Key.

    Judging from the description of what caused the saltwater flooding in some areas by Police Chief Virgil Sandlin and Fire Chief Robert Robinson you could call it a harmonic convergence of weather forces.

    First there was the matter of the rain. Robinson said his rain gauge at the fire department showed the island received 5.5 inches between Thursday and Monday morning.

  • Boil water notice issued for flooded wells

    Residents in Levy and Dixie counties are being reminded of the dangers associated with heavy rains causing private wells to be flooded and making the water supply unsafe by the Department of Health in both counties.

    If your well casing has been submerged by flood water, either use bottled water, or boil or disinfect all the water you use for drinking, making beverages, cooking, brushing your teeth, washing dishes, and washing areas of the skin that have been cut or injured.

  • Anglers asked to properly dispose of fishing line

    Fishing is an important part of the Florida lifestyle as well as its economy, especially in Cedar Key which has some of the best fishing in the Gulf of Mexico.

    To ensure that this doesn’t lead to problems for birds and other wildlife, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) wants anglers to know about the potential hazards and sure-fire solutions.

    FWC biologists warn that monofilament fishing line and fishing hooks can snag and entangle birds, sea turtles and manatees, leading to injury and even death.

  • Cedar Key retiree is Nation's first volunteer to Cuba

    While thousands of Americans flock to Havana to shop and tour Hemingway’s House for the first time in 50 years, a volunteer-spirited Cedar Key woman chose the “path least followed” inland to help the Cuban people on projects from farming to English. “They were so welcoming, I left feeling a deep love for the Cuban people,” reported Kit Lane, a retired nurse who taught basic conversational English skills for two weeks.

    She said other volunteer projects included gardening, sewing and repairing a community building.

  • Dancing for Down Syndrome

    One little man stole the show at a special fundraiser this past Saturday.

    Young Paxton was the inspiration for a Dancing for Down Syndrome Zumba event hosted by Chiefland Health and Fitness Manager Carla Russ, which just happened to fall on National Dance Day. They had to have a party anyway, Russ said.

    "That's my way of helping is dancing; that's what I can give," Russ said.

    Russ said her son races go-carts in Jasper and one of the racing families also has a youngster with Down Syndrome.

  • Sheriff's office nets 67 in county-wide drug bust

    Levy County Sheriff Bobby McCallum has a message for those using and selling drugs: Quit now.

    On Monday, McCallum announced the arrest of 65 people and that his department is seeking two others on various drug charges in Operation Melting Pot.

    There are 74 cases and 135 charges against the 67 individuals named in warrants. A sheriff's office press release said investigators made 72 controlled purchases of illegal drugs from 67 different suspects. It was the largest roundup since one several years ago that netted 40 suspects.