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  • Morrison resigns from SBLC

    Levy County School Board member Billy Morrison resigned Tuesday morning in the aftermath of being charged with a misdemeanor. 

     

  • CRA OKs Whiddon Ave. safety study

    Last week the Cedar Key Community Redevelopment Agency approved a traffic and school safety proposal for Whiddon Ave., allowing for a field review of existing conditions. Hall Planning & Engineering, Inc. will perform the review and conduct an analysis of Whiddon, H St., 8th St, and Cedar Key School. The review is scheduled to begin immediately and will cost the CRA approximately $14,000. HPE will provide a written report of findings and present its recommendations for improvement to the city. In 2003, Whiddon Ave.

  • The unkindest cuts of all

    Harold McCain is lucky. A re-evaluation of his handicap and cuts to his Medicaid-funded services almost resulted in his being denied daily transportation to the LARC (Levy Association for Retarded Citizens) adult day training center in Otter Creek.

    "Oh, that would have been terrible," said Harold's mother, Thelma McCain of Cedar Key. "He hardly ever skips a day, even when he's sick, because he's afraid he'll miss something."

  • Break-in at Cypress Station

    According to Lt. Evan Sullivan with the Levy County Sheriff's Office, the Sheriff's Office received a call on Sept. 29 after midnight at 7690 State Rd. 24, at a business known as the Cypress Station.

    Upon arrival, they found that the business had been forcibly entered by unknown suspects and an undisclosed amount of currency taken.

  • Candidates: County will change, no matter what

    When things happen in Cedar Key, they inevitably happen at the same time. Despite occurring the same Tuesday evening as the City Commission Comprehensive Plan Review, the Candidate Forum co-sponsored by the Lion's Club and Cedar Key News, was well attended by both candidates and citizens.

  • Coastal Cleanup nets big haul

    Saturday's Coastal Cleanup of the area around Cedar Key and the Lower Suwannee Refuge was a big success. Toxic and entangling debris that kills seabirds, fouls fishing grounds and pollutes shellfish beds was hauled from various tender spots around the Levy County coastline.

    Co-organizer Sue Colson was cautiously thrilled, saying that this year's numbers were almost equal to last year's, after a very slow start in the morning.

    "I was so down early Saturday," she said. "I didn't think anybody was going to show up, it was so slow. But they did, and look how much we got done!"

  • More Comp Plan elements ready to go

    Cedar Key City Commission had to tread some old ground on the way to clearing the rest of the Conservation and Coastal Element and Future Land Use Element for transmittal to DCA.

    The commission had examined those two contentions elements line-by-line, starting at a meeting two weeks ago, in the presence of a very few fiercely interested citizens.

  • City may look to acquire some private roads

    The last item on Tuesday's City Commission agenda was, as Mayor Heath Davis pointed out, technically a CRA matter - paving of roads. What the commission needed to decide, however, was how to proceed with the planned paving of several segments of private road that intersect and impact city-owned and maintained property.

    Commissioner Pat O'Neal was immediately against it, saying it was unreasonable for the city to commit to paving roads that the owners had undertaken to build on their own.

  • Visit to old Depot Key shows history slipping away

    Atsena Otie, formerly Depot Key, is one of thirteen islands managed by the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service as part of the Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge.

    The purpose of the Refuge is to protect the habitat for a variety of wildlife species, especially wading birds and shorebirds.

  • Incumbents sweep; sheriff's race is tight

    It was a good day for incumbents in Tuesday's primary as three won re-election and others won their party's nomination for the November election.

    Almost one-third of the county's registered voters, 8,216 out of 25,070, cast ballots in the primary. All results are unofficial. While it was a primary to determine the nominees for the November general elections, three races were being decided as the Republican Party did not mount any candidates to oppose the Democrats.