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  • 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.

  • Hospital clears hurdle

    There are no historical or cultural artifacts or endangered species at the proposed site of the Tri-County Hospital project and that has hospital CEO Frank Schupp happy.

    Schupp, who has been working on the project for more than a year was in a brighter mood than ever on Monday when he discussed the progress of the hospital.

    Work has been going on at the site to meet state regulations on locating and saving any artifacts and to certify no threatened or endangered species were at the site.

  • 21 teachers get pink slip

    Twenty-one veteran teachers across Levy County received letters last week notifying them that their annual contracts would not be renewed for the upcoming 2009-2010 school year.

    The 21 educators, each with at least 30 years of teaching experience, were either part of the extended DROP (Deferred Retirement Option Plan) program or retired and then rehired back on annual contract.

    “Those teachers were paid at the top of the pay scale based upon their years of experience,” said Candace Dean, Director of Personnel for Levy County School District.

  • Rubio’s statewide amibitions defer to Gov. Crist

    Marco Rubio is not sure which office he will be running for in 2010, but whatever statewide opportunity comes available, he is ready.

    Rubio, who has formed an exploratory committee, addressed the Levy County Republican Executive Committee’s Lincoln Reagan Memorial Dinner on Friday, March 27.

    Rubio’s choice of which office to seek is complicated by the retirement of U.S. Sen. Mel Martinez. The Republican has announced he will not seek re-election next year and the iffyness of Gov. Charlie Crist’s plans to seek the office.

  • Artist brings unique images to Old Florida Celebration

    Photographic artist Bob Senesac will return to the Old Florida Celebration of the Arts for the second time to display one of a kind monoprint images. “All my images started as photographs,“ he said.

    His work is the result of more than four decades of creativity. He started out in the dark room developing film and printing images but now employs a combination of technology and good old fashioned elbow grease to produce his art.

  • Cedar Key Lions throw a party to thank town for 40 years of support

    The Cedar Key Lions Club thanked the town for 40 years of support with an Ice Cream Social on March 24th. From 4 to 7 p.m. the Cedar Key Community Center rocked and partied to the music of the Cedar Key's Dock Street Band while residents of all ages, from babies to great grandparents, enjoyed eating ice cream and cake, dancing, and receiving birthday party balloons as well as a free Cedar tree seedling as part of the Lions' "Put the Cedar Back in Cedar Key" initiative.