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  • Suwannee River Fair News

    By MARTI SMITH
    Publicity
    The fat steer weigh in will take place Saturday, Oct. 2, from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the fairgrounds in Fanning Springs.  This is the first weigh-in for all market steers participating in the 2011 Suwannee River Youth Livestock Show and Sale.  An entry form is required and is available online at mysrf.org.  The form must be completed and signed by the exhibitor, parent and FFA advisor/4H leader.  Entry fee is $25.
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  • League releases guide to amendments on ballot

    The League of Women Voters of Florida is a non-partisan expert resource available to help explain the Amendments to voters.
    With six complex ballot amendments this year, along with some highly contested candidate races with national implications, it is imperative that Floridians understand their votes will have a major impact on our state's future.

  • Manatee Springs turtles strong despite decline of ecosystem, high nitrates

    Turtle populations at Manatee Springs State Park appear to be strong, according to a scientist contracting with the Florida Department of Environmental protection.
    “They’re the easiest of all reptiles to study,” herpetologist Eric Munscher said in a phone interview last week.
    Adults, especially females, tend to use the same areas year after year, he explained.  It creates a higher likelihood of recapturing previously tagged animals.

  • Coastal CleanUp makes big haul

    The good news is that Cedar Key’s coastline is cleaner than it was a week ago. The bad news is it is home to too many people who think that tossing something off their boat or out the car window is just fine. The interesting tidbit is that BudLite is the drink of choice for those people.

  • 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.