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Local News

  • 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.

  • Conservation Corner: A personal connection with Florida’s water

    By Peggy Herrick

  • New manatee, sea turtle decals supports conservation

    New editions of manatee and sea turtle decals are available at local tax collectors’ offices across the state. The popular decals, produced annually by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), provide an important source of funds for the state’s efforts to conserve Florida’s manatees and sea turtles.

    Anyone donating $5 will receive a decal. Donations support manatee and sea turtle research, rehabilitation and educational programs, as well as FWC conservation efforts.

  • 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. 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. 

  • Loans available to businesses damaged by Debby

    In an effort to expedite the recovery process for businesses damaged by Tropical Storm Debby, Gov. Rick Scott activated Florida’s Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program. The program will provide emergency, short-term, interest-free loans to small businesses in 36 eligible counties to assist in reestablishing business during the interim period before other aid and insurance claims are processed.