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  • Tarmac officials visit Cedar Key

    Officials of Tarmac King Road Mine company
    met with representatives of Cedar Key's clamming
    industry on Monday afternoon at the Marine
    Lab to discuss water quality issues.
    Tarmac requested this meeting to address concerns
    raised at a previous meeting in Cedar Key.
    Al Townsend, director of real estate and environmental
    services, and Jeff Harris, plant manager
    for the mine near Inglis, were accompanied by
    two consulting hydrologists.
    Leslie Sturmer, UF/IFAS Shellfish

  • Sign Ordinance workshop yields much to consider

    A well-attended sign ordinance workshop has opened the
    process of revamping the city's confusing and barely
    enforced sign ordinance.
    The comments at the Tuesday gathering included:
    “The quirky, artistic signs are what drew me to Cedar
    Key”.
    “The cute and quirky signs have given way to cheap and
    gaudy”.
    “Just because people have gotten away with signs that
    didn’t get enforced according to the current sign ordinance

  • Flag Retirement Ceremony

    The light was beautiful and the air was crisp Saturday afternoon at City Park, as roughly a dozen people gathered to participate in a flag retirement ceremony. Their ages spanned many decades but both the participants and onlookers all shared an appreciation for the importance of the event.

  • Beach walkers get the message out about Cedar Key’s clean beaches

    Saturday morning, approximately 15 walkers met and set out to prove to the world that Cedar Key’s beaches are oil free. That was an easy task, considering that the beaches are as pristine as ever.

    Mayor Pat O’Neal said the BeachWalk event, spearheaded by Visit Florida, went smoothly and everyone involved the brisk, clear weather — custom made for an early morning walk.

  • Fall Festival means fun for everyone

    Cedar Key School was the scene of the annual Fall Festival on Friday and while nobody can remember exactly when it first started, the best guess is that the event is at least 30 years old.

    It's also a successful event as approximately $3,000 was raised to help pay for field trips and school supplies that are not funded by the county or state.

  • Levy County Community Outreach Events on Saturday, Nov. 13

    Two community outreach events focused on connecting citizens with local health, nutrition and other resources will be held in Inglis and Rosewood on Saturday, Nov. 13, by the Levy County Community Outreach Team.
    The team, which includes representatives from the Florida Department of Children and Families, the Levy County Health Department, The Children’s Table and Elder Options, will be at the following locations and times:
    Inglis Town Hall, 135 Highway 40 West, Inglis, from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m., and

  • Bride's murder means life sentence for groom

    A jury took three hours to decide that newlywed Felicia Fine's death was premeditated 1st degree murder by her husband, Charles Edwin Duke, 24, condemning him to spend the rest of his life in state prison.
    The decision on Friday, Oct. 29, came two weeks after what would have been their first wedding anniversary and 358 days after Duke fired one shot from a single-shot .45 caliber handgun into Fine's head at the Rosewood home the couple shared with Duke's friend Justin White.

  • Voters turn down millage increase

    Levy County voters on Tuesday turned down a school board referendum to add 0.25 mills to the school district's millage rate starting in the 2011-2012 fiscal year.
    Voters turned down the school board referendum by a vote of 6,091-5,916, or 50.72 percent to 49.27 percent. Using this fiscal year's numbers, the vote could cost the school district about $1.5 million over the next two years.

  • Levy turns new leaf with GOP

    Voter dissatisfaction has led to a tidal shift in Levy County politics as the Board of County Commissioners has two firsts: Republicans elected to the board and a majority of seats in Republican hands.
    Republicans Ryan Bell and Chad “Cracker” Johnson, both of Chiefland, defeated their Democrat incumbents.

  • Streets and utilities project update

    For the next two weeks, the contractor will be installing
    water mains and lines using a method referred to as directional
    drilling. This method is used where open trench construction
    would be damaging to driveways, infrastructure,
    heritage trees, etc. Directional drilling requires only two
    small trenches - one at each end of the section that is being
    drilled.
    The depth of the directional drilling is controlled by the
    drilling operator, allowing the new line to be installed with