Local News

  • Capturing a piece of forgotten history

       A local Cedar Key resident has published a new book telling the story of a unique industry that makes up part of the town’s history.

       Dr. John Andrews wrote the 112-page book, “Cedar Key Fiber and Brush Factory,” with photographs about the company founded by his father and uncles. The factory was located on the property where the Old Fenimore Mill condominiums are now.

       “It was hard work,” Andrews, who worked in the factory as a teenager, said.

  • Meeks: No love in Levy for new courthouse

    Levy County taxpayers can rest easy. It's not likely the county will be building a new courthouse any time soon.

    That was the word from Levy County Commission Chair John Meeks, of Bronson, (R-District 1) to the Chiefland Rotary Club in a speech earlier this month.

    Meeks said his appearance, hosted by former commission Chair Ryan Bell, was an opportunity to update the Rotarians on what is happening in the county. Meeks has been in office since 2013 and he said the three years have been a learning experience.


    As evident from recent satellite images, fish kill reports, and analysis of water samples, blooms of the Florida red tide organism are present along Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, and Bay counties in Northwest Florida and Pinellas, Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte, and Lee counties in Southwest Florida.

    One sample collected alongshore of Collier County contained background concentrations of K. brevis.

    In addition, one sample collected alongshore of Miami-Dade County on the East Coast contained background concentrations of K. brevis.

  • Sunday school class opens free library

    The 40 Something Sunday School Class at Cedar Key United Methodist church is sponsoring a Little Free Library.  

    This Little Free Library is a “take a book, return a book” free book  exchange for anyone in the Cedar Key Community.  In its basic form, it is a wooden box of books where anyone may pick a book or two, or bring a book to share.

    The Little Free Library book exchanges have a unique, personal touch and there is an understanding that real people are sharing their favorite books with their community.

  • Shark News

    Cedar Key School A/AB Honor Roll

    By Jasmine Kish, Shark Correspondent

  • Spotted seatrout fishery target of UF/IFAS study

    By Beverly James

    The University of Florida’s new Nature Coast Biological Station will receive a grant to evaluate the spotted seatrout fishery in the Big Bend region. The grant, for $20,000, is provided by The Conservation Fund, a national organization that funds conservation projects that improve local businesses.

  • Residents oppose selling kayak launch

    About 50 Cedar Key residents turned out to protest a proposal that the Suwannee River Water Management District, which owns the Lukens Tract alongside Bridge No. 4 declare a portion of it used for a public kayak and paddle launch as surplus and sold — possibly to a local couple who wants to build a home in the marshy area.

  • Model RR group to meet

    The Levy County Historical Society is seeking persons who have an interest in model railroading. Our organization would like to bring folks together who share a similar interest in model railroading to form the Nature Coast Model Railroading Club.

    The first meeting of the group will be held at 1:00 PM on Saturday, Nov. 28, at the Chiefland Atlantic Coast Line Railroad Depot, 23 S.E. 2nd Ave., Chiefland, Florida. This gathering will be informal but we ask that you come prepared with your thoughts and ideas on the best course of action to form a model railroading club.

  • Health fair at Levy Center

    The College of Central Florida Levy Center will host its third annual Health Fair with the Tobacco Free Partnership of Levy County, Wednesday, Nov. 18, from 1:30-4 p.m. at the CF Levy Center, 114 Rodgers Blvd., Chiefland. The fair is free and open to the public.

    The fair will offer health information about tobacco prevention and drug and alcohol abuse, along with mental health resources, nutrition information, blood pressure screening, smoking cessation information, yoga demonstrations, and community safety and preparedness. 

  • Artist of the Month

    The November Artist of the Month at the Cedar Keyhole is Sue Tanck.

    Sue’s specialty is dried flower arrangements with an artistic flair. The creative symmetry between the container and her choice of flowers is striking. Sue’s arrangements span the gamut from tiny teacup designs to large creations.

    Her works may be strikingly modern, distinctly Victorian and everything in between. Sue owned her own flower shop and being in an art gallery allows her to explore the solely artistic aspect of her specialty.