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  • Springs project aims at manatee conservation

        Fanning Springs State Park will be getting a small makeover in a couple of years that could make it easier for wildlife to use the spring, according to representatives from Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

        “It’s a small project, but we’re really excited about getting this done,” FWC biologist Ron Mezich said Thursday at the quarterly meeting of the Fanning and Manatee Springs Working Group at Fanning Springs City Hall.

  • County: No raise for 4th year

    County employees will go a fourth year without a pay increase under a budget approved last week by the Levy County Board of Commissioners.

    The commission voted 2-3 on a motion to grant the pay raise by Commissioner Danny Stevens of Williston and seconded by Commissioner Lilly Rooks of Rosewood during an evening meeting on Thursday, Sept. 9, that was attended by about 25 county workers and their spouses.

    Dissenting in the vote were Commission Chair Nancy Bell of Chiefland, Commissioner Chad Johnson of Chiefland and Commissioner Marsha Drew of Yankeetown.

  • School Board overturns automatic pay increases

    The School Board of Levy County unanimously voted on Tuesday to change the language of the school district’s contract with the Levy County Education Association, altering it so that automatic salary step increases for teachers and employees will now be negotiated annually.

    Both sides argued their cases before the board during an impasse hearing at the School Board’s offices in Bronson. The decision alters an agreement that has been in place for 30 years in the school district.

  • Budget Workshop Round-up: The haves and the have-nots

    For the past couple of weeks, the City Commissioners have met several times, trying to narrow the gap between what they want and what they can afford.

    As of Tuesday night, the gap was eliminated completely though more than one commissioner was not pleased with the outcome.

    Commissioner Heath Davis has been conspicuously missing from the workshops since he walked out on the Sept. 8 workshop, but that has not stopped the other Commissioners from moving on with their work.

    Some of the highlights of the workshops include:

  • Cedar Key joins world in coastal cleanup

    Trash is one of the most widespread pollution problems threatening our ocean and waterways and it’s entirely preventable. Marine debris is more than an eyesore. It is a threat to marine wildlife and ecosystems; and undermines tourism and economic activity.

    Our ocean is stressed from disasters like the BP Deepwater Horizon spill, pollution, overfishing, habitat loss, rising sea temperatures and acidification. Keeping our ocean free from trash is one of the easiest ways we can make the ocean more resilient to these combined threats.

  • CK workers get to keep pay, vacations Commission trims budget

        The Cedar Key City Commission started its Sept. 8 workshop with a $40,587 shortfall in next year’s proposed budget. By the end of the meeting they had shaved off all but $10,602 of the deficit.

        At the same time, the board avoided cutting city workers’ pay and vacation benefits, while sacrificing their own life and dental insurance coverage. That move alone by the commission saved about $3,700 per year. If a commissioner wants the insurance coverage they will have to pay it out of their own pocket.

  • Cedar Key Chamber's annual auction Sunday

    The Cedar Key Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual auction at the historic Island Hotel on 2nd Street on Sunday, Sept. 5. The preview of items starts at 12:30 p.m. and the live-auction begins at 1 p.m.

    A raffle of more than 40 items will also be held. Tickets for the raffle are $3 each, three for $5 or  15 tickets for $20.

  • New outreach program reaches into rural Levy

    The newly begun Health and Nutrition Community Outreach program in Levy County provided free food, health services and advice to more than 100 people in Cedar Key and Bronson Saturday, according to representatives from the program.

        Jan Zak, a volunteer from Gainesville, said the program is a partnering of different agencies and groups providing service to people in mostly rural areas of Levy County.  Saturday’s outreach started in Cedar Key at Rosewood Baptist Church and then ended at the Levy County Health Department in Bronson.

  • Celebrate with a movie this weekend

    Movies in the Park celebrates Labor Day Weekend with a showing of a movie and a Princess, Pirates, and Fairies Party and a showing of an updated classic movie at 8 p.m. Saturday.

    Thee 1991 movie is about a Peter Pan who has has grown up to be a cut-throat merger and acquisitions lawyer, and is married to Wendy's granddaughter. Captain Hook kidnaps Peter's children, and Peter returns to Never Land with Tinkerbell. With the help of her and the Lost Boys, he must remember how to be Peter Pan again in order to save his children by battling with Captain Hook once again.

  • See video of first release of turtles rescued from oil spill is at Cedar Key