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  • Controlled burn gets out of control in Cedar Key Scrub - *Updated 05/07*

    What began as a prescribed burn last Thursday morning in the Cedar Key Scrub State Reserve quickly became a wildfire when unpredictable weather conditions caused fire specialists to lose control, said Senior Forestry Ranger Jerry Horton.

    The 210-acre fire was 90 percent contained as of Tuesday night, according to Jeff DiMaggio, Florida DEP Fire Management Officer. “There are just a few hot spots left,” he said. Crews expect to have it contained by the end of the week, he said. They will continue to monitor it for the next couple of weeks.

  • NRC decision delays Levy County nuclear plant

    Bad news for those in Levy County who were counting on construction of a $17 billion nuclear plant near Inglis: the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has put a kink in construction plans and delayed the start by 20 months.

  • City to discuss animal ordinance, leash law

    The controversial issue of animal control is expected to be one of the topics discussed at length during the next City Commission meeting May 19 at 6 p.m. The May 5 meeting has been canceled, according to Mayor Heath Davis.

    The current ordinance is outdated and in need of revision, said Chief of Police Virgil Sandlin.

  • Coffee shop is all about the locals

    Residents and visitors alike can now find a cup of joe, ice-cream cones, sandwiches and desserts at the new place in town, Kona Joe’s Island Café, located at sidewalk level on Dock Street.

    The food is fresh, prepared on site, and in these economic times, down right affordable.

    Recognizing that economic times are tough, Joe and Edie Zaprir decided to provide a needed service at reasonable prices. The prices are set purposefully low so that residents can afford the fair.

  • 2009 Drive-by Hurricane Day - Rescheduled for June 2

    Cedar Key's Third Annual Hurricane Preparation Day is taking a new form this year: a drive-by briefing designed to make the event more specific to the needs of each citizen. On Thursday, June 2 a series of pop up tents will be placed outside behind City Hall, each laden with representatives from numerous Levy County and Cedar Key-specific groups. The event will inform citizens of important facts about storm readiness, as well as what to do after a hurricane.

  • CKPD gets $65,000 stimulus

    Levy County Sheriff Johnny Smith is feeling a bit generous lately, doling out some swag throughout Levy County and the Cedar Key Police Department is happy to be on the gift list.

    Smith, who is in his third and final term, was recently notified that the federal economic stimulus legislation passed by Congress has $328,616 available for Levy County under the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program.

  • Colson is Cedar Key’s New Mayor

    After three rounds of nominations and voting, Cedar Key commissioners welcomed Sue Colson as the city’s new mayor.

    As Commissioner Heath Davis handed the gavel over to city clerk Francis Hodges, he offered the first nomination for mayor by recommending Commissioner Gene Hodges.

    Commissioner Pat O’Neal nominated Commissioner Sue Colson next and then Commissioner Scott Dennison nominated Davis for another term.

    Davis closed the nominations and the first round of voting began.

    Hodges voted for himself.

    Colson voted for herself.

  • Breaking News Levy jobless rate down slightly in April

    Unemployment in Levy County fell to 10.2 percent in April from 10.5 percent in March, according to a report released Friday by the state Agency for Workforce Innovation.

                      That means 1,770 people out of a total labor force of 17,338 were out of work.

  • One County Commission, School Board vacancies filled

    TALLAHASSEE - Governor Charlie Crist Friday announced the appointment of Marsha Drew to serve on the Levy County Board of Commissioners. Drew will fill the vacancy created by the suspension of William Samuel Yearty and will serve during his suspension.

    The seat vacated by Tony Parker, who was suspended at the same time as Yearty, remains vacant.

    In addition, Crist appointed Cameron Asbell to the Levy County School Board. Asbell replaces Billy Morrison, who resigned after he was arrested in Gainesville.

  • Fire rescue boat deploys in first rescue mission

    The Cedar Fire Department responded to a sixty-five-year-old man’s cries for help off shore about 1:00 a.m. last Thursday morning.

    “We searched for an hour. We finally spotted him. He was paddling off the Big Dock. He was able to come to shore on his own power,” said Fire Chief Robert Robinson.

    Robert Bullis and his dog arrived safely on shore. He declined medical treatment. “He was exhausted. I think the dog was happier to see the ground than he was,” Robinson said.