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  • LARC receives biggest check yet from Wild Hog proceeds

    The Wild Hog Canoe Race has seen monumental gains in popularity and fundraising over the past few years since coming under new leadership.

    The grueling 15-mile canoe and kayak race down the Waccasassa River celebrated its 40th anniversary this year on April 22, and it was the biggest version yet.

    On Monday in Otter Creek, WHCR president Keith Maynard presented a $21,000 check to Betty Walker, the executive director of the LARC, which receives all of the proceeds from the race.

  • Join in for the 33rd Annual Cedar Key Small Boat Meet

    Friday through Sunday May 5th, 6th and 7th. This big gathering of traditional small craft will include sailboats, canoes, kayaks, and more. The event is organized by the West Coast Trailer Sailing Squadron and is a regular event twice yearly in Cedar Key.

    Be prepared to see the island city packed with lots of interesting small craft sailboats and the accompanying sailors. You will see day-sailors, canoes, kayaks and other small sailing vessels.

  • Busy time at the City Commission meeting

    By Patty Roesch

    The portable currently being used to house Cedar Key City Hall filled up, as Tuesday’s Commission meeting was about to start.

    Commissioner Sue Colson began the public comment portion by urging citizens to take advantage of the hazardous waste removal day to come on Thursday, May 25. More information will be made available at the community center for those interested.

  • Wild Hog Canoe Race enjoys record turnout

    Though the ride never gets any easier, the numbers keep growing.

    The Wild Hog Canoe Race continues to draw new participants to the charity event – a grueling 15-mile trek down the Waccasassa River, where canoers and kayakers paddle, drag, lift, wade and swim their way past snakes and alligators from six miles west of Bronson to the Waccasassa Bridge at U.S. Highway 19 near Gulf Hammock. The 40th Anniversary edition Saturday was no different.

  • New CF campus on schedule for August opening

    Tom Morelock, director of facilities for the College of Central Florida, gave a tour, along with project manager Katie Hunt and builder Todd Duffy, of the new Jack Wilkinson Levy Campus north of Chiefland for the Suwannee Valley Rotary Club last Thursday.

    The two-story structure with modern amenities is on schedule for completion this summer, Morelock said, with staff expected to be in place by the end of July.

    A ribbon-cutting ceremony is planned for Aug. 11, before classes begin on Aug. 28.

    The project has been 10 years in the making.

  • Join in for the 33 annual Cedar Key Small Boat Meet

    Friday through Sunday May 5th, 6th and 7th. This big gathering of traditional small craft will include sailboats, canoes, kayaks, and more. The event is organized by the West Coast Trailer Sailing Squadron and is a regular event twice yearly in Cedar Key.

    Be prepared to see the island city packed with lots of interesting small craft sailboats and the accompanying sailors. You will see day-sailors, canoes, kayaks and other small sailing vessels.

  • Levy County flood insurance maps getting update

    Area residents and governments will have the opportunity to review updated mapping information to better prepare and protect homeowners and communities in the event of flooding.

    The Suwannee River Water Management District, Federal Emergency Management Agency and Florida Department of Emergency Management are hosting open house meetings for residents and officials in Dixie, Levy and Taylor counties during the month of April to review the proposed Flood Insurance Rate Maps and answer questions.

  • Georgia family of four killed in Williston plane crash

    A Georgia family of four was killed this weekend when their 1948 Cessna 170 crashed after take off at the Williston Municipal Airport.

    Clay Connolly, Williston Deputy Chief of Police, said the police and fire departments were notified about the crash around 1:12 p.m. Easter Sunday.

    It was only after the investigation began that law enforcement personnel began piecing the facts together and determined that the aircraft crashed some time after 3:10 p.m. Saturday.

  • Busy time for the coast guard on the gulf coast

    The Coast Guard rescued two people Saturday from a Sea Tow boat 26 miles west of Cedar Key. 

    At 11:04 p.m. Friday watch standers from Sector St. Petersburg received a mayday call via VHF-FM marine band radio channel 16 from a man aboard a Sea Tow boat stating he was beset by weather, his tow line to a 33-foot fishing boat broke, and he was in need of emergency assistance.

  • He is risen, risen indeed!

    Christians gathered Easter morning on the shore of the Gulf of Mexico at Cedar Key for a sunrise worship service. Pastors from the First Baptist Church, Christ Episcopal Church, Cedar Key United Methodist Church and Rosewood Baptist Church participated in the celebration.