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  • Public reacts to district's decision to cut veteran teachers

    In response to the recent decision to not renew 21 annual contracts of retired or extended DROP teachers, more than seventy visitors crowded into the Levy County School District boardroom Tuesday night.

    Meeting attendees included parents, teachers, school administration, and approximately 30 current and former students of Chiefland High School’s calculus teacher Don Stewart. Counting district office staff and board members, more than ninety people were in attendance.

  • Union President, Reading Coach gives statement to school board

    The news was not good for the students of Levy County, Florida the final week in March, 2009. This marked a week when beloved and well respected veteran teachers received pink slips after lifetimes of commitment to a profession that has now not only betrayed these teachers but the students they should be teaching.

  • Cedar Key Celebrates the Arts

    Historic 2nd Street will transform this weekend into an open air art gallery as the Chamber of Commerce presents the 45th annual Old Florida Celebration of the Arts. Artists and craftsman will line the roadside in booths from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday to show off their paintings, jewelry, sculptures, photography, and other artwork. Over $10,000 will be awarded and their ribbons will be on display Sunday.

  • Levy residents strategize to save Florida Forever

    Levy County citizens concerned about the environment joined residents of Alachua and Marion counties Mar 30 in Micanopy to strategize a response to the proposed state budget which reduces Florida Forever funding from the traditional amount of $12.4 million – leveraged to secure $300 million annually for land preservation – to $0 in the next fiscal year.

    The Florida Forever program focuses on purchasing land and land use rights to conserve and permanently protect land resources.

  • Wells Fargo suit dismissed

                The attorneys for Wells Fargo were a no-show for a hearing on their suit to enforce a missing promissory note so the judge dismissed it.

  • Dock Street: the next big fix?

    Just one month after the Cedar Key Commission decided how to fix traffic flow on Whiddon Ave., a new road has come under review.

    Commissioner Gene Hodges said that he has concerns about safety and space on Dock Street. He said that recently he had to stop and fold his truck’s side mirrors in order to drive down the street.

  • Tourism radio campaign funded by CK CRA

    A twelve month radio campaign to increase tourism in Cedar Key was awarded funding by the Cedar Key Community Redevelopment Agency earlier this month.

  • CRA Board approves new sidewalk, parking improvement

    The Community Redevelopment Agency approved preliminary funding Tuesday night for City Hall property improvements.

    The plan calls for a sidewalk along C Street between 1st and 2nd Streets that will act as a connection to the other sidewalks in the city. “It’s the most logical place for a connector,” said CRA Interim Director Greg Lang.

  • 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.