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Today's News

  • BOCC closes road despite loud protest

    Residents of Ocala Highlands West who packed the Levy County Commission meeting Tuesday morning were outraged by the board’s 2-1 decision to close the only Levy County road they have used to go in and out of their neighborhood.
    Southwest 216 Terrace, between County Road 464 and Southeast 59th Lane, is six-tenths of a mile long and it is owned, not by Levy County, but by descendants of Emory Priest, who requested its closure.

  • Negotiations to begin for property for new WHS

    By ADA LANG
    news@cedarkeybeacon.com

    Land was the hot topic at the latest Levy County School Board meeting but 77 acres in Williston will likely cost a pretty penny, but not in the near future.
    The committee that has been meeting regularly to locate the best site for the future Williston High School made its recommendation to the school board, but the actual acquisition is possibly years off. They started with eight sites, narrowed it down to four and ultimately to the one they consider to be the best.

  • New season, new class

    Every year beginning the first day in May, the Williston Red Devils take to the practice field to begin spring football practice.
    This season the Red Devils will be playing in a new classification that was decided following the FHSAA’s failure to allow Williston to join the new Rural Classification.
    Six hundred or  fewer students was the cut off for the new Rural League and Williston was slightly over that number.

  • County revenue, spending out of whack

    Revenues for the Levy County General Fund, are lagging behind estimates for the first six months of the fiscal year putting the county $1,345,342 in the red.
    County Clerk of Court Danny Shipp presented the bad news to the three commissioners in attendance at Tuesday's Board of County Commissioners meeting in Bronson. Commissioner Marsha Drew of Yankeetown (R-District 3) was absent from the meeting.

  • State budget cut could cost school jobs

    By ADA LANG
    news@cedarkeybeacon.com

    Falling tax revenues have forced the Legislature to cut state funding including a $4.7 million  cut to  Levy County schools that could affect as many as 50 employees.
    School Board Superintendent Robert Hastings said, there are “no sacred positions” and “nothing will be left unturned” as he looks for every way to save money and jobs.

  • Yankeetown votes to sue over Tarmac decision

    The Yankeetown Town Council has decided to file a civil action asking the 8th Judicial Circuit Court in Levy County to review the Levy County Commission’s approval of a conditional special exception permit to Tarmac King Road mine near Inglis.
    The decision was anticipated by the County Commission, which on Tuesday approved spending $10,000 to hire a firm specializing in such cases at the request of County Attorney Anne Bast Brown.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Reports-May 19

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office reports the following arrests:
    May 9, Rebecca J. Alvarado, 35, Trenton, writ of bodily attachment. Bond $1,176.93.
    May 10, Daniel Luke Arrington, 33, Chiefland, burglary, grand theft, dealing in stolen property. Bond $100,000.
    May 15, Cody James Blair, 19, Bronson, aggravated stalking. Bond $100,000.
    May 9, Todd Edgar Bloss, 40, Keystone Heights, no driver’s license. Bond $500.

  • Community Happenings


    Friday, May 20

    Star Party
    The Chiefland Star Party Group will present a telescopic view of the stars and planets at the Withlacoochee Gulf Preserve in Yankeetown at 8:30 p.m., May 20 at the observation tower.

  • County closes SE 216 Terrace
  • BOCC closes subdivision road

    Levy County Commission votes to close portion of Southeast 216 Terrace at property owner's request, forcing subdivision residents to use Marion County road to get in and out. Details in this week's Pioneer