Local News

  • Cedar Key light station to open this weekend

    Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge will host the free Seahorse Key Open House event this Saturday, July 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event celebrates the fledging of the nearly 15 species of young birds born on the rookery island this spring.  Access to island and its beaches has been restricted since March 1 of this year, as it is annually, to protect against any interruption to the breeding and nesting activities of the rookery.

  • Community Calendar the week of July 4


  • New nests feathered

    Jim Rodgers had hoped for picturesque skies and easy tides out on the water a few weeks ago at Cedar Key, but the reality of what had blown in set him ill at ease and ready to call it a day.

  • Fourth festivities

    Thanks to the generosity of Cedar Key business and home owners, the Annual Firework Display will take place on July 4 at dusk (between 9–9:15 p.m.) from Cemetery Point.

  • Flood watch issued for Levy County

     A flood watch has been issued by the National Weather Service as the county is predicted to receive "in the neighborhood of 3-4 inches of rain" this week, Mark Johnson, Levy County Emergency Management director, said in a phone interview before noon Monday.

    By lunchtime, Johnson had an update: The NWS was going to issue a flood warning and was predicting 3-5 inches of rain.

  • Scallop season to open early on Saturday

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has granted a request to open the state's scallop season two days early — On Saturday, June 29—  made late Tuesday by Gov. Rick Scott.

    The scallop season was scheduled to open on Monday, July 1. 

  • Florida pro athletes help students get free SAT, ACT prep programs

     Cedar Key families who need to prepare a student to take the SAT and ACT to gain entrance to college are getting free help from pro athletes who call Florida home. 

  • Cedar Key's Castell is 2012 Officer of the Year

    Civil Deputy Charles W. “Bubba” Castell, second from right, has been chosen the Law Enforcement Officer of the Year 2012 by the Disabled Veterans of America Tri-County Chapter No. 63 in Chiefland. 

  • Everyone has a story to tell

    The Cedar Key Public Library will offer a free Oral History Workshop for anyone who is interested in learning how to preserve valuable family histories. The workshop will take place at the library on the afternoon of Saturday, June 29, from 1 to 3 p.m. There is no charge for the workshop, and supplies and equipment will be provided. Although pre-registration is not required, the library asks that those interested in attending call the library by June 26, in order that sufficient supplies are available.

  • The trip to Belle Glade

    John Newsom called me one night in the early '70s. He wanted me to join him for a job in Belle Glade on Lake Okeechobee for a big operator in the cow business that had cattle in four counties, Sam Knight.