Today's News

  • Levy County's jobless rate 11.4 % in June

    Levy County’s unemployment rate broke a new barrier in June rising to 11.4 percent as the state rate rose to 10.6 percent.

    The report released by the state Agency for Workforce Innovation means another 211 persons filed unemployment claims in June.

  • Teen driver improvement program coming to Cedar Key

    The Levy County Sheriff's Office, Community Relations Division, is offering a no-cost, Teen Driver Improvement Program to all Levy County students who have a current Operators License or Learners Permit or who are about to get their Learners Permit.

  • High speed chase "fun" for driver, dangerous to deputies

     An Otter Creek man who led officers of the Alachua and Levy County officers on a chase at speeds in excess of 100 mph, hit a rescue vehicle and nearly sideswiped three deputies in the process, declared the episode “fun.”

                      The Levy County Sheriff’s Office has declared it three counts of aggravated assault on law enforcement officers and fleeing and attempting to elude at high speed — that’s one misdemeanor and three felony charges ± n

  • Detour on State Road 24 at Archer next week

    Southwest Archer Road  (State Road 24) in the town of Archer will be closed for four days next week while the railroad crossing just west of U.S. 27/41 is rebuilt, according to the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT).

    The closure, which also affects pedestrians, is scheduled to begin at 5 a.m. Tuesday, June 23 and be completed by 5 p.m. on Friday, June 26, barring any unforeseen conditions.

  • Weather events challenge Gulf Jackson crop

    A combination of flooding from the Suwannee River, which empties into the gulf, and a strong northwest wind that blew a plume of fresh water out to the farms lowering the salinity, coupled with atypical high water temperatures in the mid nineties during the month of June has led to loss of clam crop.

    “You get that combination and you get mortalities,” said Leslie Sturmer of University of Florida/IFAS, Shellfish Aquaculture Extension Program.

  • Rob Crane honored for dedication to conservancy

    Florida’s Nature Coast Conservancy honored Captain Rob Crane, the organization’s founder, with a plaque thanking him for his leadership and dedication to conserving lands in and about Cedar Key, including Atsena Otie, Cemetery Point and the Railroad Trestle Trail. Earl Starnes presented the award.

    A permanent plaque will be hung on a kiosk at the end of the Cedar Key Railroad Trestle Trail to recognize Crane’s devotion and service to Florida’s Nature Coast for helping to preserve its beauty and fragile ecosystems.

  • River flood warnings remain in effect for most North Florida counties


    This news from Levy County Sheriff and Emergency Management:

    Another round of severe weather is possible this afternoon, overnight into early Monday morning across northern Florida.

  • Beckham’s Attorney calls for officer dismissals

    A Tasing incident that took place during a routine parking violation on Dock Street a year ago may result in a lawsuit.

    Notice of intent to sue the City was sent to Cedar Key Commissioners last week, citing “false arrest, false imprisonment, excessive use of force, battery, and violation of Mr. Beckham’s constitutional rights.”

  • Public reacts to district's decision to cut veteran teachers

    In response to the recent decision to not renew 21 annual contracts of retired or extended DROP teachers, more than seventy visitors crowded into the Levy County School District boardroom Tuesday night.

    Meeting attendees included parents, teachers, school administration, and approximately 30 current and former students of Chiefland High School’s calculus teacher Don Stewart. Counting district office staff and board members, more than ninety people were in attendance.

  • Union President, Reading Coach gives statement to school board

    The news was not good for the students of Levy County, Florida the final week in March, 2009. This marked a week when beloved and well respected veteran teachers received pink slips after lifetimes of commitment to a profession that has now not only betrayed these teachers but the students they should be teaching.