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Today's News

  • A 4-inch knife is a concealed weapon

    K. M. of Old Town writes, “I’ve got a question…last month you wrote about taking a gun into a bar being illegal, but taking a gun into a restaurant wasn’t, if you have a concealed weapon permit. What about a knife? What’s the rule there?


    Dear K. M.

  • The Reinvention of Fire

    A look at history shows us that our energy sources have never remained static, with renewables such as wind and solar widespread several times in the past millennia, only to be displaced by a glut of cheap fuel.  

    Some sources become obsolete as their time has passed; others are taken over by their competitors as we are seeing with oil and coal. 

     The U.S. stopped the direct use of coal and oil for transportation and buildings in the 1920s and 1960s, respectively.  

  • Water use restrictions still in place in Levy

    Despite rainfall in recent weeks and the lifting of water use restrictions in many parts of north Florida, counties such as Levy, Gilchrist and Alachua still remain under restrictions due to low groundwater levels.

  • Community Calendar for the week of August 16

    This weekend

    Flood Jam helps victims of TS Debby

    Flood Jam, with three stages of music, an online auction of donated items and services, food and crafts, games and activities will be held at Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak on Aug. 17-18.

    Two-day tickets cost $40 in advance, $60 at gate and include primitive camping. One day tickets are  $20 each at the gate and camping is not included.

  • Public can have a say on water permitting

    OfferleBy MANDY OFFERLE

    Special to the Beacon

    About 25 citizens attended a public workshop  At the Tommy Usher Center Aug. 8 designed to gather input for rule development for the statewide water permitting.  

  • McCallum wins GOP nod for sheriff’s race

    Bobby McCallum, who lost a close race for sheriff four years ago, bounced back on Tuesday to decisively win by 20 points in unofficial results over Sheriff's Maj. Evan Sullivan for the Republican nomination in one of the most heated races in Levy County history.

    McCallum received 2,412 votes or 58.01 percent to Sullivan's 1,612 or 38.77 percent and Noel Desmond's 134 votes or 3.22 percent. 

  • Remember him?

    By PATTY ROESCH

    Correspondent

    Life at times makes people question what this world is coming to. But of all the things you could possibly see, a pelican with a knife jabbed through its beak is one of the last to be imagined. 

  • Today's the day to vote

    Levy County voters have until 7 p.m. to get i line to cast ballots in the primary electios today. 

    Redistricting has changed where some folks vote, so check the new voter information cards mailed out earlier this summer for the correct location. Also to locate your precinct, go to www.votelevy.com. 

    The Beacon will have the results posted at this website tonight as soon as they are available and in Thursday's newspaper.

  • Tarmac wins another round in court
  • Despite the rain, the redfish are still biting

    Hey everyone, hope all is well in the Key. Rain, rain, rain. That’s the big topic of discussion as of the last month or so. I know that too much rain is possible. And, well, I don’t think we are actually to that point but I’m pretty sure that as far as our saltwater health aspect goes, we aren’t far from too much.

    The farmers, well, they have had lots of prayers answered this year. All those rain dance parties paid off.