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  • See video of first release of turtles rescued from oil spill is at Cedar Key
  • Commission approves thinned down budget

    The Levy County Commission has a workable budget on the table, but they are not yet finished with it and the margin for error – handling emergencies — is only $500,000.  Deputy Clerk Sheila Rees, who handles county finances, said the budget document drawn up by her, County Coordinator Freddie Moody and Clerk of Courts Danny Shipp uses $4.5 million in reserves to balance the county’s accounts and has only $500,000 to cover emergency expenditures in the $53 million budget. “That’s not a real safe place to be, having reserves of o

  • County passes on bonds, for now

    Levy County does not have the requisite 100,000 residents to qualify for Recovery Zone Economic Development Bonds, but county officials think they could still get the money. The subject of the bonds, funded with federal stimulus bill money, came up during the Board of County Commissioners regular meeting Tuesday.  County Coordinator Freddie Moody said the county does not qualify for the $346,000 in economic development bond money and $519,000 in facility bond money designated for Levy County, but by turning the money back to the state it frees the money fro

  • K-9 skips car chase, nabs suspect

    A deputy on patrol in the area of the the area of the Dawg House bar in Fanning Springs noticed a white 2004 Toyota SUV leave the parking lot onto U.S. Highway 19 where the driver made a U-turn spinning the tires and accelerated to a high rate of speed at about 1:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug.

  • Commission spurns sheriff's request

    The tension that has been building between the Levy County Commission and the Sheriff's Office over spending and budgets became an open matter of record at the commissions Tuesday meeting when the sheriff's request for $38,000 in contingency money was denied. Commissioner Danny Stevens of Williston made the motion to give the sheriff some of the money the commission held back from this year's budget to cover any last-minute inmate medical bills. But the motion died for lack of a second. The sheriff did not make an appearance to present the request.

  • Broadband authority has its first meeting in Cedar Key

    Last week marked the one-year anniversary of the North Florida Broadband Authority. On Aug.

  • TRIM notices mailed out on Friday

    Levy County Property Appraiser Oz Barker told the Chiefland Rotary Club there is one thing everyone should keep in mind about his work. "I don't do taxes, I do assessments," he said addressing the group on Aug. 11.

  • City moves closer to opening Welcome Center

     A lightly attended City Commission meeting on Tuesday night began with good news and ended with even more good news.  Topics ranged from Movies in the Park, to new ordinances and to a rare letter of praise for one of Cedar Key’s Police Officers.

     Toni Collins, of the Levy County Historical Society, made a detailed presentation concerning the March 16, 2011, Levy County Railroad Days, which will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the  railroad that once ran from Fernandina Beach  to Cedar Key.  

  • Commission approves titling CK trailer for EMS

    The Levy County Commission gave its approval for County Coordinator Freddie Moody to sign off on the title for a new trailer to be used at the Cedar Key EMS station.

    Earlier this year the commission approved a request by EMS Assistant Director Royce Barber to replace the mobile home used for paramedics stationed on the island. The current trailer has deteriorated and there is a black mold problem in a bathroom.

    Barber said if the mold problem was not remedied he would be forced to move the paramedics to another station.

  • Skip the doggie bag, bring Fido to dinner

    You no longer need to leave your canine friend behind when you want to enjoy a meal at some local eateries, now that the Cedar Key City Commission passed Ordinance 469.

    Woof?

    The ordinance, which passed on second and final reading Tuesday night, establishes a process for eateries to obtain a permit to allow dogs in outdoor seating areas.