Local News

  • Students give ideas to improve marina

    The University of Florida Marina workshop, held at the Cedar Key Community Center on Thursday evening, was a hit.

  • Art lovers flock to island

    Reports had crowd counts slightly below last year’s tremendous turnout, but given the 90-degree weather and high gas prices, attendance was good. Food vendors in the park reported steady sales, but most did not sell out. The artists reported higher sales on Saturday and were overall very happy with the event and the organization of the show. Most expressed their desire to come back next year because of the wonderful hospitality provided by the entire community.
    Best of Show – Rolly Ray Reel (mixed media) from Maitland.

  • Cultural enlightenment at the Refuges

    Spring is the best time of year to bring crowds outdoors to the Lower Suwannee and Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuges (NWR).  Recently, a group that wants to soak up Florida’s history and heritage made its way to the Nature Coast for its own kind of exploration outside.
    Members of the Florida Humanties Council arrived April 12 night for a three-day stay.

  • TNR efforts to continue via Sheltering Hands

    Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) efforts will continue for Cedar Key through the efforts of Sheltering Hands, Inc., a not-for-profit organization.
    The good news is there is a $25,000 grant for TNR in zip codes 32625 and 32683. Now is your opportunity to ask for assistance with the feral/stray cats in your neighborhood. This grant allows for neuter/spay and vaccinations at no cost to you, though donations are appreciated since transportations costs are not covered.

  • Commission to discuss sign ordinance at May 1 CRA meeting

    The reading and discussion of Ordinance No. 482, regarding Sign Regulations, was removed from the Cedar Key City Commission’s evening’s agenda and rescheduled for the May 1 Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) meeting.
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  • Shark News for April 26

    Top five fantastic FCAT tips

    By Taryn Epperso
    Shark Correspondent
     FCAT, the test that starts in third grade, and is taken until a student’s sophomore year of high-school, determine what classes you take by the score you get. Having taken FCAT for six years, I’ve accumulated a set of tips that can prepare you for the big test!

  • Swanson fund raiser under way

    Bethaney Swanson, a long-time Williston resident and real estate agent, has been diagnosed with lung cancer in both lungs.
    The surgery she needs is not covered by her insurance. The cancer is spreading quickly and she needs the procedure as soon as possible.
    A fund has been set up at Perkins State Bank for donations to help with her medical expenses.
    Checks can be made payable to Bethaney Swanson, Medical Account and friends asked for prayers and support.
    For more information, contact Sharon Brannan, CPA, at 528-6558.

  • County, regional unemployment drops

    The news on local employment has not been this good for more than three years: Unemployment for the three-county region of Levy, Marion and Citrus was 10.1 percent in March.
    Last time it was that low was December 2008 when it was 10 percent.
    For Levy County the news is especially sweet as unemployment dropped from 10.1 percent in February to 9.4 percent in March. Neighboring Marion was at 10.3 and Citrus was 10.1.

  • Recycling remains on hold

    Levy County officials are still in a holding pattern waiting for the state Department of Corrections to sign off on a contract to provide inmate labor for the recycling program at the county landfill.
    County Coordinator Fred Moody said he he still waiting on the contract to come from the state to restart the inmate work crew program and the recycling program.

  • Dire year ahead for city budget

    The message out of a political forum held on Friday is that the city budget is facing a dire situation next year and the commission may have to consider cuts.
    But the question is where — will it be in jobs or services.