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  • Every vote counts when only three determine winner

    It took a couple of hours on Thursday and all day Friday, but by the time the weekend started the Supervisor of Elections was able to announce that former District 4 Commissioner Lilly Rooks had won the Republican nomination by a three-vote margin.
    The final count: 1,728 votes for Rooks to 1,725 votes for incumbent Commissioner Ryan Bell of Chiefland. Rooks will face Democrat Jamie Griffin in the Nov. 4 general election.
    It was a sweet comeback for Rooks, defeating the man who unseated her four years ago, and after suffering two strokes earlier this year.  

  • Smithsonian exhibit opens next week on Saturday

    The Smithsonian Institution's highly anticipated Museums on Main Street (MoMS) is set to debut next week in Cedar Key.
    Hosted by The Cedar Key Historical Society, MoMS has been made possible by the Florida Humanities Council.
    The physical exhibit, which is titled, "The Way We Worked," explores how work became a central element in American culture by tracing the many changes that affected the workforce and work environments over the past 150 years.

  • Cedar Key gearing up for arrival of MoMS

    The Cedar Key Historical Society announced that it has been selected to host Museums on Main Street (MoMS), which will be taking place from September through October, 2014. Funded in part by the United States Congress, MoMS combines the talents of the Smithsonian Institution, the state humanities councils and local organizations to bring national and local heritage to small communities across the United States.

  • Sqeaker: Rooks, Meeks take county elections

    By LOU ELLIOTT JONES and ASHLEY THORNTON

    UPDATE: Levy County Supervvisor of Elections Tammy Jones said the recount in the District 4 race between Ryan Bell and Lilly Rooks, who won by 5 votes, will be Frida.

    The reason for the date is that her office has 14 provisional ballots and those voters have until 5 p.m. Thursday to act tohave them counted. Of the 14 provisional votes seven are Reublican voters.  

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  • Party primaries on Tuesday

    It’s time to vote folks.
    The primary election is Tuesday, Aug. 26, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., but voting has been underway for quite a while.
    Already 1,663 Levy County absentee ballots had been received by the Supervisor of Elections Office as of Tuesday afternoon and 442 people took advantage of early voting which started Aug 11 and continues daily through Saturday, Aug,. 23, between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. at the Supervisor of Elections Office at 421 S. Court St. in Bronson, next to the county courthouse.

  • Funding begins for new CF campus

    The reception room of what will, in a few short years, be the old College of Central Florida Levy Center was packed Thursday evening in celebration of funding for a new campus.
    “Ten years, four veto pens, but we’re there,” was one of the comments made Thursday night by CF President James Henningsen.
    Money for the proposed CF Jack Wilkinson Levy Campus has been stalled for some time, but Gov. Rick Scott signed off on the funding a couple of months ago.

  • CK oyster situation heading to Putnam

    When state Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam stops in Trenton for a campaign event on Wednesday, from 1 to 4 p.m., it won’t be just Gilchrist County agriculture on his agenda.
    Levy County Commissioner Chad Johnson, Putnam’s college roommate and fraternity brother, will be talking to his old pal about the need to get money for re-seeding the oyster population in the Suwannee River Basin, which includes Cedar Key and parts of Levy and Dixie counties.

  • Chiefland claims county is "roadblocking" on ALS

    The county has a grudge against the City of Chiefland, is what some city officials are saying about Chiefland’s pursuit of emergency services and annual funding from the county for fire protection.
    At Monday night’s city commission meeting, both the issues of ALS and fire funding were discussed during a recap of a meeting last week on ALS between area medical directors, officials from the county and the City of Chiefland.

  • County calls out Chiefland on ALS

    The Levy County Commission – especially Commissioners John Meeks, Ryan Bell and Chad Johnson have a message for Chiefland about ALS non-transport: Next week’s election is not driving the decision to implement it.
    In fact, while attacking press reports that indicate otherwise, the commissioners want residents to know they are moving ahead with implementing the Advanced Life Support non-transport (ALS) not just for Chiefland, but for the whole county.

  • Early voting under way

    Supervisor of Elections Tammy Jones opened early voting on Monday for the Aug. 26 primary election at her office at 421 S. Court St., next to the county courthouse, in Bronson.
    Balloting hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Saturday, Aug. 23.
    All voters will be voting in the 8th Judicial Circuit judgeship for Group 12 where incumbent William E. Davis faces challenger William Falik.