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  • Woman’s Club 2016 Calendar for sale now

    The Cedar Key Woman's Club 2016 Calendar, which has become a tradition in three years, is still available and would make a great gift for anyone on your gift list.

    The calendar, featuring some of the spiciest photos yet of Cedar Key landscapes and activities made its debut at the Seafood Festival in October.

    “This year we have been offered pictures from over 25 photographers, and the results are better than ever!” says Calendar Coordinator Vicki Crumpley, of the Cedar Key Woman’s Club.

  • Heating safety reminders from LCDPS

    According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), heating equipment is one of the leading causes of home fire deaths. Levy County Department of Public Safety (LCDPS) reminds local residents of a few simple safety tips to prevent most heating related fires from happening;

    • Keep any flammable items at least three (3) feet away from heating equipment

    • Maintain a three (3) foot kid-free area around open fires and heaters

    • Never use your oven to heat your home

  • Levy EMS rated outstanding by state officials

    As a bi-annual requirement, on Nov. 9, Levy County Department of Public Safety (LCDPS) was inspected by the Florida Department of Health, Bureau of Emergency Medical Oversight.

    The Department had no deficiencies and received an “Outstanding” rating. As a result, LCDPS is recognized as a role model of excellence as an EMS provider in the State of Florida. “This is all due to the hard work of our dedicated staff,” said Director David Knowles.

    The State Inspection involves a site compliance survey including the following:

  • Artist of the Month

    The November Artist of the Month at the Cedar Keyhole is Sue Tanck.

    Sue’s specialty is dried flower arrangements with an artistic flair. The creative symmetry between the container and her choice of flowers is striking.

    Sue’s arrangements span the gamut from tiny teacup designs to large creations.

    Her works may be strikingly modern, distinctly Victorian and everything in between.

    Sue owned her own flower shop and being in an art gallery allows her to explore the solely artistic aspect of her specialty.

  • Festival of authors Dec. 12 in Sumner

    Folks looking to do their Christmas shopping in one place should check out the festival of authors and books on Saturday, Dec. 12, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m, in the Convention Center of the Cedar Key RV Resort at State Road 24 and Shiloh Road, Sumner.

    The event will provide an opportunity to meet and speak with writers, and have purchases autographed by the author. The author and book festival offers the perfect opportunity to browse and purchase unique gifts for all of the readers on your holiday shopping list.

    Sponsored by the Levy County Historical Society,

  • Free clinic available to uninsured Levy residents

    A special resource some may not know about is available to Levy residents who do not have health insurance and can meet certain criteria.

    The Levy County Health Department Medical Reserve Corps has many functions, including staffing the Community Cares Clinic.

    "We're trying to reach out to the residents of Levy County," said Mark Johnson, preparedness coordinator. The clinic has room to assist a few more patients and is always open to new volunteer medical professionals.

  • Capturing a piece of forgotten history

       A local Cedar Key resident has published a new book telling the story of a unique industry that makes up part of the town’s history.

       Dr. John Andrews wrote the 112-page book, “Cedar Key Fiber and Brush Factory,” with photographs about the company founded by his father and uncles. The factory was located on the property where the Old Fenimore Mill condominiums are now.

       “It was hard work,” Andrews, who worked in the factory as a teenager, said.

  • Meeks: No love in Levy for new courthouse

    Levy County taxpayers can rest easy. It's not likely the county will be building a new courthouse any time soon.

    That was the word from Levy County Commission Chair John Meeks, of Bronson, (R-District 1) to the Chiefland Rotary Club in a speech earlier this month.

    Meeks said his appearance, hosted by former commission Chair Ryan Bell, was an opportunity to update the Rotarians on what is happening in the county. Meeks has been in office since 2013 and he said the three years have been a learning experience.


    As evident from recent satellite images, fish kill reports, and analysis of water samples, blooms of the Florida red tide organism are present along Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, and Bay counties in Northwest Florida and Pinellas, Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte, and Lee counties in Southwest Florida.

    One sample collected alongshore of Collier County contained background concentrations of K. brevis.

    In addition, one sample collected alongshore of Miami-Dade County on the East Coast contained background concentrations of K. brevis.

  • Sunday school class opens free library

    The 40 Something Sunday School Class at Cedar Key United Methodist church is sponsoring a Little Free Library.  

    This Little Free Library is a “take a book, return a book” free book  exchange for anyone in the Cedar Key Community.  In its basic form, it is a wooden box of books where anyone may pick a book or two, or bring a book to share.

    The Little Free Library book exchanges have a unique, personal touch and there is an understanding that real people are sharing their favorite books with their community.