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Today's News

  • New FHP troop commander first female named to post

    The Florida Highway Patrol is proud to announce the appointment of Maj. Eileen Powell to the position of Troop Commander. Her promotion became effective June 16, 2014.

    Powell is the first woman to hold this esteemed position in North Florida and will oversee approximately 101 State Troopers and 10 non-sworn employees.

    Troop B consists of nine counties including: Alachua, Columbia, Dixie, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Lafayette, Levy, Marion and Suwannee.

  • Be safe this summer with children, pets

    TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles is reminding everyone to take additional steps to ensure that no child is left unattended in a vehicle this summer. This year, there have been two reported cases in Florida of children dying of heatstroke after being left in cars. Don’t be distracted when leaving your vehicle and take a second look in the back seat to ensure a child is not left behind.

  • SheriffReport and Most Wanted for July 24

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office reports the following arrests:

    • July 19, Pavel Beno, 48, Williston, four counts aggravated assault. Bond $100,000.

    • July 14, James Virgill Boatwright Sr., 50, Chiefland resisting officer W/OV. Bond $550.

    • July 15, Alex Hernandez, 44, Archer, VOP.

    • July 16, Coleman Wesley Jordon, 34, Chiefland, warrant. Bond $50,000.

    • July 14, Tammy Kerr, 40, Chiefland, DWLSR. Bond $1,000.

  • Cedar Key clam sighting

    Cedar Key clams were seen being served and promoted at Pomodoro restaurant in Gainesville recently.

    They are used in the daily special and on the regular menu. 

  • Species of the Week
  • Mighty Youth Conservation Corps breaks records

    Summer work begins early in the morning for the Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) students at the Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge. Before the sun makes it over the long leaf pines in the forest, the ice is already in the cooler. Equipment for the day’s work is loaded into the truck along with other essentials, but nothing that would attract bats.

  • Narconon is here to help

    Narconon would like to remind families that the use of addicting drugs is on the rise and to take steps to protect your family from drug use. If you know anyone who is struggling with drug addiction get them the help they need.

    Call for a free brochure on the signs of addiction for all drugs. Narconon also offers free screenings and referrals. 800-431-1754 or www.drugabusesolution.com.

  • Florida landmark relocated

    The Cape San Blas lighthouse, located 12-miles south of the city of Port St. Joe on the south point of the St. Joseph Peninsula, is no stranger to the effects of erosion. First lighted in 1849, the lighthouse fell down during a gale in 1851. The light was rebuilt in 1856 but destroyed two months later.

  • Community Calendar for the week of July 24

    Summer arts program

    The Keyhole Gallery is hosting summer art programs for kids this summer. Teen camps will be in the mornings, and children's programs will be in the afternoons. There is a scholarship program for families that might have trouble financially.

    Registration forms are available in the summer newsletter, at the Keyhole and the Cedar Key School.

    For more information, contact Amy Gernhardt at 352-215-2096, amyjojones4@gmail.com.

    Vacation Bible school

  • Property taxes could go down this year

    Property values are up a smidgen this year, so the Levy County Commission will be giving property owners a break, tentatively dropping the millage from last year’s 8.3307 to 8.2741 mills.

    The unanimous action by the commissioners came at the end of a budget workshop on Tuesday, said County Coordinator Fred Moody. Property taxes are just one part of the budget picture with grants, fees, penalties and interest on due bills and assessments also being collected. The preliminary county budget is estimated to have $61,953,536 in revenue in the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1.