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Local News

  • Coast Guard medically evacuates man near Cedar Key

     A 50-year-old man was medically evacuated by the Coast Guard approximately 15 miles west of Cedar Key, Saturday. 

  • Candidates take gloves off as primary nears

    By LOU ELLIOTT JONES
    editor@chieflandcitizen.com
    Almost two weeks ago the Bronson Area Chamber of Commerce political rally was a pretty calm affair with candidates talking about themselves and what they would do to be elected.
    Last Friday, in a political rally sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5625 the words were more heated in several races.

  • County turns out to honor fallen soldier

    Army Spec. Clarence Williams III, of Brooksville, was killed when his military police unit was attacked in Afghanistan on July 8. Six soldiers died in the attack.
    His body was brought from McDill Air Force Base in Tampa before traveling on U.S. Highway 19 to Carnegie Funeral Home in Chiefland.
    Residents from throughout Levy County turned out to honor the soldier who was said to have a ready smile and hoped to follow in his father's footsteps by joining the Florida Highway Patrol.

  • DEP, SRWMD to hold workshop on changes to statewide water use permits

    Public workshops on rule development for statewide consumptive use permitting consistency (“CUPcon”) will be hosted in August by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) and Suwannee River Water Management District (District).
    The first meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, August 7 at the District headquarters, 9225 County Road 49 in Live Oak. The second will be held in Chiefland on Wednesday, August 8 at the Tommy Usher Community Center, 506 SW 4th Ave. Both meetings will begin at 9 a.m. All interested parties are invited to attend.

  • Goundwater up in many areas - not in Cedar Key

    Groundwater levels in parts of Levy and surrounding counties are up, according to the Suwannee River Water Management District.
    Tropical storms Beryl and Debbie dumped unprecedented amounts of rain in the area, helping to alleviate record drought and plummeting groundwater levels. The average rainfall throughout the district in June, according to SRWMD, was about 18.4 inches, which set a new record.

  • Group kayak and picnic event set

    The Friends of the Lower Suwannee & Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuges will hold a Group Paddle and Picnic in the town of Suwannee on Saturday, July 28. Join us for an easy (beginners welcome), short (3.8 miles, two hours), fresh water paddle on Lock Creek, through Riverine swamp along the Suwannee River.

  • Cedar Key FFA: Living the motto

    The National FFA organization has a motto that goes like this: “Learning to do, doing to learn, earning to live, living to serve.”
    The “learning to do” part of FFA happens in the classroom. It includes the lessons from books and videos, lectures, reading and writing assignments, sharing experiences etc.

  • Seahorse Key open Saturday

    Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge invites the public to an open house on Seahorse Key on Saturday, July 28, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Enhance your summer by getting the family outdoors into the spectacular Cedar Keys. Bring your camera, fish a little, walk along the beach and enjoy the exhibits.

  • Cedar Key faces budget woes; updates water situation

    Mayor Gene Hodges opened the City Commission meeting by informing all present that the City of Cedar Key was short on cash. Commissioner Scott Denison inquired into the city’s readiness to switch to using QuickBooks accounting software by the new fiscal year beginning October 1. Deputy Clerk Teresa George said that she felt comfortable that QuickBooks would be up and running for the new fiscal year.
    Fire Chief Robert Robinson gave a status update on the distribution of water throughout the city.

  • Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge open house July 28

    Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge invites the public to an open house on Seahorse Key on Saturday, July 28, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m..  Enhance your summer by getting the family outdoors into the spectacular Cedar Keys. Bring your camera, fish a little, walk along the beach and enjoy the exhibits.