Local News

  • Baxley drops out of race for Dean's seat

    State Rep. Dennis Baxley, who just one year ago announced he would seek the State Senate District 5 seat held Charlie Dean, said last week he will instead seek the District 12 seat.

    Baxley, who campaigned heavily in Levy County to succeed Dean who is being forced to retire by term limits, said the suit that forced the redrawing of Senate districts “has shifted my plans for the Florida Senate.”

  • Man gets probation in senior's death

    A man charged in the death of Helen Bishop, 96, on July 10, 2014, has been given five years probation and the judge withheld adjudication of his guilt.

    Michael Hancock, a deputy city clerk for Cedar Key, was arrested Oct. 30, 2014, on a charge of aggravated manslaughter of an elderly person and given a $5 million bond by Levy County Judge James Browning. In a later hearing, Hancock was released on his own recognizance but with terms that dictated his activities and curfews.

  • Patchouli concert on Friday

    Patchouli, sponsored by Friends of the Cedar Key Library, are giving a free concert in Cedar Key at the Community Center on Friday, March 18 at 7 p.m.

     Refreshments will be served prior to the event and a short annual meeting for the Friends of the Library will be held at 6:30 p.m.

    Master guitarist, Bruce Hecksel and Julie Patchouli, whose crystal pure voice and dynamic percussive guitar sparkle. Patchoul's sound has been described as "the harmonies of Simon & Garfunkel meet the guitar brilliance of the Gypsy Kings."

  • Derelict vessels bill goes to governor

    By Abdon Sidibe

    One of Sen. Charlie Dean’s priority pieces of legislation in his last session has passed both chambers of the legislature and is on the governor’s desk.

    The derelict vessels bill is aimed at preventing boats from becoming derelict by instituting non- criminal citations on owners whose boat run the risk of sinking.

    “I was proud to pass the derelict vessel bill Wednesday,” said Dean, R-Inverness.

  • Annual Meeting of Friends of Refuges March 19

    The annual meeting of the Friends of the Lower Suwannee and Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuges is on Saturday, March 19 beginning at 10 a.m. at the Refuge Headquarters near Fowlers Bluff, 16450 N.W. 31 Place, Chiefland.

    There will be a keynote speaker and an update on Friends' plans and a great lunch.

  • Hitting the water on warm Spring days

    Warmer weather means it's a great time to take your boats to the waters of Cedar Key and explore around the islands.

  • Community calendar for the week of 3-10-16


    Food distribution

    On Tuesdays The Children’s Table truck will be parked at First Baptist Church, 749 2nd St., at noon for as long as they have food to give, approximately an hour or so

    Anyone is welcome! They ask for a suggested donation of $3.50, but they do not require it, just a hug or handshake will do. The donations help them to pay for fuel to service so many areas.

    For more information, please contact Pastor Todd Pope at 352-543-5000.


    South Levy


  • Artist of the Month March 2016

    The Artist of the Month at the Cedar Keyhole in Cedar Key, is wood turner Richard Levine. Richard turns exquisite, thin bowls which highlight the attributes of the wood to its best advantage. Adding gorgeous shapes to gorgeous woods is Richard’s formula for taking wood turning to the level of art. Additionally, Richard produces pens, bottle stoppers and even urns which can be used for storing a loved one’s ashes.

  • Captain's Log for the week of 3-10-16

    During my 38 years of being an Ag teacher, one of my main goals was to teach my students about embracing the concept of sustainability. Taking care of the resources like soil and water and forests and wildlife so that our way of life can continue for many generations to come. Which leads me to my point this week.

  • Lecture on digging into CK past

    This Saturday, March 12, at 2 p.m. the Cedar Key Public Library lecture series takes a look back with an update on the Lower Suwannee Archaeological Survey by Kenneth E. Sassaman of the University of Florida.

    After six years of investigations, the Lower Suwannee Archaeological Survey has made good progress in its effort to document the pre-Columbian history of the greater Cedar Key area.

    Most of the effort this past year has been directed towards Shell Mound, a 1,500-year-old civic-ceremonial center, and its associated mortuary facility at Palmetto Mound.