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  • Permitting process delays King Road Mine by one year

    Levy County's hopes for growing business in the county has been dealt a second setback with the announcement that Tarmac America is moving the start date for construction of the King Road Mine from 2010 to 2011.

    The company said the delay is due to a longer than anticipated permitting and review schedule for the limerock mine in south Levy County. Company officials had planned on a four-year  process but now expect it could take five years.

  • Saturday night crimes keep police busy

    While en route to his residence Saturday night, Cedar Key Police Chief Virgil Sandlin observed a truck speeding at 39.25 mph in a 25 mph zone on Gulf Boulevard.

    Sandlin activated his emergency lights. The vehicle sped up and attempted to elude his marked police vehicle. The driver of the truck was unable to negotiate the corner at Whiddon Avenue and proceeded south on Gulf Boulevard to Palmetto Drive. Apparently the suspect was unaware that Palmetto is a dead end street, Sandlin said.

  • Rosewood teen accused of shooting friend

    Waylan John Campbell, 18, of Rosewood, was arrested Tuesday for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, culpable negligence and making a false report to law enforcement, said a spokesperson for the Levy County Sheriff Office.

  • Spring Arts Festival just two months away

    April 24-25 doesn’t seem too far away for the Old Florida Celebration of the Arts Committee and the event coordinator, Mandy Cassiano. 

  • Cedar Key is Florida’s number one community

    The USDA has named the City of Cedar Key as Florida’s Rural Community of the Year for 2009.

    Located on the Gulf Coast of Levy County, Cedar Key’s belief in partnering to protect the community’s history, environment and working people peaked the interest of UDSA Rural Development, and led to the award that will be officially presented the community next week.

  • Community plans 'Cedar Key Christmas'

    A group of residents is working to coordinate local happenings during the holiday season, as well as add new ones and make the month-long festivities an annual event.

    A Cedar Key Christmas will include activities from Thanksgiving throughout December, and will be centered around a permanent fixture in City Park: a Cedar Key Christmas tree.

  • Park Place garners Green Lodging designation

    Cedar Key’s green movement passed another milestone last Friday with the largest business to date receiving the Green Lodging Program designation from the Florida Department of Environment Protection. Park Place Condominiums, managed by Linda LeRoy, became the third local business to receive the certification. The state made it official through email Sept. 4.

  • Community urges CRA to continue art funding

    At a special meeting Monday evening, the Community Redevelopment Agency adopted the 2009-10 budget and heard petitions from community members, students and school personnel for the continued funding of the Art Teacher Grant for the Cedar Key School Art Program.

    The CRA grant is set to expire in June. In its third year, the grant has paid the salary for Debby Manansala who teaches art to all CKS students, kindergarten through high school. It has also funded the purchasing of art supplies and needed materials.

  • CKS gets accredited

    For the first time in island history, Cedar Key seniors will graduate from an accredited high school.

  • Cedar Key gets permanent weather station

    Technicians completed the two and half week installation of a permanent weather station on the Big Dock tower this week, making Cedar Key the first station in Florida capable of enduring hurricanes up to category 4.

    “Everybody’s been wondering what that mushroom’s been about,” said NOAA contractor Lee Chapin. “That’s why it’s built in that fashion – they hope it will withstand a category 4 hurricane.” The only others like it are in Mississippi and Louisiana, he said.