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  • County opposes laxer wildlife rules

    The state agency that issues permits that allow people to own lions, tigers, bears, chimpanzees and other exotic and dangerous animals is reviewing its regulations and the Levy County Commission wants to put a choke chain on any attempts to loosen the rules.

    Between 2008 and 2010 there were a series of situations where county officials learned they were not notified in advance that permits were issued to keep captive wildlife classified as dangerous by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

  • 51st Annual Spring Arts Festival Mar. 28 and Mar. 29

    Recently named one of the top 50 juried fine arts festivals in America by ArtFairCalendar.com (including recognition as one of the top five juried arts festivals in the South), the small island community of Cedar Key knows how to put on a great show.

  • Longtime Levy educator, Robert Philpot, dies at 67

    As word spread last Friday morning that one of Williston’s favorite sons had suddenly died, disbelief coupled with sorrow quickly filled the community, leaving tears – and laughter– in its wake.

    Robert Philpot, the gentle giant who taught agriculture at Williston High School for 37 years, passed from this life to the next at his home March 13.

    Throughout the day, social media was ablaze with this beloved son’s death as family, friends, colleagues and students remembered the life he led and his influence on their lives.

  • Testing the limits

     

    By ASHLEY THORNTON

    athornton@chieflandcitizen.com

    A Cedar Key girl is one of few in the state who participates in adapted track and field for persons with specific physical limitations.

  • Longtime Levy educator, Robert Philpot, dies at 67

     

    By Carolyn Ten Broeck

    editor@willistonpioneer.com

    As word spread last Friday morning that one of Williston’s favorite sons had suddenly died, disbelief coupled with sorrow quickly filled the community, leaving tears – and laughter– in its wake.

  • Thank you for your cooperation

     

    With the 51st Annual Spring Arts Festival just around the corner, Cedar Key businesses and residents are reminded of the following restrictions and road closures.

  • Conservation Corner: Fortunately for us

    Submitted by the Energy Advisory Panel Communications Workgroup

    In 1872, President Grant established Yellowstone as the first National Park in the U. S. and the world. Yellowstone, which comprises almost 3,500 square miles was first patrolled by the Army. The National Park Service took responsibility for the park in 1917.

  • Hospital construction beginning in fall

    The field of dreams behind Walmart will be bustling with activity by the end of summer as construction will be under way for the 30-bed facility.

    The 20 acres that was set aside years ago for a 64-bed facility is due to be evaluated with a site survey and soil borings in the next month.

    Frank Schupp, Ameris senior vice president for business development, was in town last week and presented city officials with a proposed timeline for work.

  • Windswept

    The winds had flags standing out on Saturday afternoon at the boat launch in Cedar Key.

    Boats that were anchored in the water were rocking in the choppy waters.

    While the forecast for Thursday calls for a 40 percent chance of rain, skies will be dry and mostly sunny through the weekend with temperatures in the high 60s during the day and in the low 50s at night. 

  • Bridges meeting March 30

    The Florida Department of Transportation is returning to Cedar Key on March 30 to show residents the final plans being made to replace three bridges on the island. The bridges have been a hot topic since the initial open house FDOT hosted in October 2014.

    The open house will be at the Cedar Key Community Center from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m., and will be followed by a public comment period beginning at 6:30 p.m.

    The department is proposing to replace the following bridges: