Local News

  • Pirates Invasion is only eight weeks away

    Bard Productions, the event organizer for the Cedar Key Pirate Invasion, has sent out a reminder that it is less than 8 weeks until the mates set foot in Cedar Key.

    They will be bringing with them, tourists, education, fun and most of all an economic boost during a shoulder season. The invasion is Sept. 18-20.

  • Heavy rains favor Cedar Key

          Ever feel like that rain cloud is just hovering above your head? Well, that may very well be the case if you're in Cedar Key, which has been hit with a lot more rain than the rest of the county recently.

       "We've been in this wet pattern for a few days," Robert Garcia, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Tampa said.

  • Call to artists from Old Florida Celebration of the Arts

    A call to artists is issued by the Old Florida Celebration of the Arts in Cedar Key 2016 for entries in its 2016 show on April 9-10, on Historic 2nd Street in Cedar Key. Deadline for entries is Dec. 1.

    This is the 52nd Annual Event and carries $18,000 in prize money and purchase awards.

    The event draws over 24,000 art lovers but exhibitors are limited to 120 artists.

    The jury fee is $25 and the booth fee is $175.

  • Marketing Levy County to cost $146,304

    Ah, the many joys of Levy County. We know them well: the springs, the Suwannee River, the hiking, bike and horse trails, the roads with breathtaking scenery, the fishing, kayaking, paddling, canoeing and boating. We love it all.

    Problem is, not many folks outside Levy know of its attributes and Carol McQueen, Levy Visitor Bureau director, and the Levy County Tourist Development Council are looking to change that with a marketing plan that calls for spending $146,304 to promote the county.

  • Seahorse Key lighthouse open house

    First grade teacher and Seahorse Key Marine Laboratory Volunteer Jan Jackson shows 8 year old Karl John Weinmeister and his brother, 14 year old Nathan Weinmeister a starfish in the touch tanks.

    The Weinmeister family rode over to Seahorse Key on a water taxi and were visiting Cedar Key from Athens, Georgia.  

  • John Meeks graduates from FAC certification program

    The Florida Association of Counties (FAC) has presented Levy County Commissioner John M. Meeks with the Advanced County Commissioner designation following his completion of a comprehensive study program developed by the association.

    In addition he has won two posts in the county association. Meeks was also unanimously elected to represent District 5 ― which includes all or part of Baker, Citrus, Columbia, Dixie, Gilchrist, Lafayette, Levy, Marion, Suwannee, and Union counties ― on the FAC Board of Directors.

  • Chief has evening ticket sales

    In order to streamline the ticket process and reduce the lines at the box office on show dates, the Suwannee Valley Players have initiated new procedures for productions at The Chief Theater.

    Starting in July with the Summer Youth Production of “Kids Say the Darndest Things”, the box office will be open July 16 and 21-22 from 6 to 7 p.m. to purchase tickets and get seating reservations.

    This will eliminate the need to access the box office on show day. Ticket buyers will proceed directly to the lobby and be seated by the ushers.

  • Big Bend Florida blue crab trap closure starts July 20

    Recreational and commercial blue crab traps in state waters from the Pasco-Hernando county line to the Wakulla-Franklin county line, including all waters of the Ochlockonee River and Bay, must be removed from the water before July 20, the first day of a 10-day trap closure.

    This closure will give groups authorized by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) the opportunity to identify and retrieve lost and abandoned blue crab traps from the water.

  • Cake auction Thursday

    A cake auction to raise money to help the Rippy Family with funeral and medical expenses is at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 16, at Chiefland Elementary School. Donations of sweet goods can be dropped off starting at 4:30 p.m.

    Jaylon Rippy, 5, died on July 2 when a leaping sturgeon struck her family's boat. Her mother sustained facial injuries and her brother sustained arm injuries in the fish strike. Both will need surgeries to repair the damage.

  • Fire in Rosewood

    The Florida Forest Service and the Florida Forestry Arson Alert Association, in conjunction with a private landowner, are offering up to $15,000 for information leading to an arrest of an arsonist who recently set multiple wildfires in the Rosewood area of Levy County.