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  • 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.

  • STATE FFA WINNER

    Sarah Bartholemy, center, placed third in the state in the FFA Creed Speaking

    contest.

     

         

  • Meth lab’s fumes yield five arrests

    Apparently five people charged with making “shake and bake” meth in a unit of a second floor duplex in Sumner were so overcome by the fumes of the chemical process they did not hear officers were knocking on their front door. 

    But when the officers could not get the attention of the people inside the unit, the next door neighbor helped out deputies and officers by kicking down the adjoining door between the units, according to Levy County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Lt. Scott Tummond.

  • County EMS, fire assessments could affect Cedar Key residents

    Levy County fire assessments would more than double to $110 from $40 per residence and the emergency medical services assessment would rise from $78 to $119 per residence under preliminary resolutions unanimously adopted by the Board of County Commissioners on Tuesday.

  • Bridge loan available to businesses damaged by TS 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.

  • Mosquito workers racking up overtime

    Everyone was so happy two weeks ago when Tropical Storm Debby brought heavy rainfall to Levy County and other parts of Florida.
    The storm also left behind a nasty gift: standing water that is giving mosquitoes a chance to hatch out.
    If you are besieged by mosquitoes, welcome to the club.
    If you are a merchant selling mosquito repellant or foggers you are probably short on supplies.