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  • Hospital asks for extension

    The Tri-County Hospital is moving forward with construction, although more slowly than originally planned, said Chiefland Planning Director Bill Hammond.

    Hammond updated the City Planning Board on the hospital's progress at its regular meeting Thursday evening.

    Hammond said the hospital has asked for an 60-day extension on its construction start date, a move that is agreeable to the city commission.

    "They don't want to issue the permit until next year for the money to be in for the budget."

  • LARC Softball Challenge hits one out

    "We can hit," said Betty Walker, executive director of Levy Assocation for Retarded Citizens. "We just can't run."

    Before Saturday's classic showdown featuring LARC staff and clients against the polical candidates of Levy County, Walker was explaining her strategy for a LARC victory.

    "We got to hit the ball out."

    LARC won the two-inning tilt by a bare 4-3 margin, but aggressive baserunning, pitching and defense were as much a factor as power at the plate.

  • Still committed to making the grade

    Even the best schools in Florida have hurdles to overcome. For the third year in a row, and the fourth year out of five, Cedar Key School earned an "A" for its FCAT results. Unlike last year, however, Florida's smallest public school did not make AYP, or Adequate Yearly Progress.

    AYP is a standard of the national No Child Left Behind program, Cedar Key Principal Sue Ice explained.

  • Cedar Key Lions clean up SR 24

    They gathered by dawn's early light. Armed with gloves, grippers, trash bags, Swamp Buddy and Deet, Cedar Key Lions and volunteers Debbie and Marvin Franks, Sara and Lannie Cardona, Jennie Pinto, Susan Hollandsworth, Judy Duvall, Rory Brennan (not pictured), and Adopt-a-Road project coordinator Gina Montgomery collected 14 bags weighing over 150 lbs of trash from alongside the Lions Club's adopted 2 mile stretch of Rt 24 approaching Cedar Key's #4 bridge. "With two Lions per mile on each side of the road , it took no time at all," said Lions President Rory Brennan.

  • Levy County millage rate stays same

    Levy County's property tax millage rate will remain at its current rate - 7.4212 mills - for the fiscal year starting Oct. 1

    That's good news for property tax owners. But the bad news for Levy County is that employees won't get a raise and it will have to spend its entire emergency reserve fund, to balance a reduced budget at that tax rate.

  • Levy County millage rate stays same

    Levy County's property tax millage rate will remain at its current rate - 7.4212 mills - for the fiscal year starting Oct. 1

    That's good news for property tax owners. But the bad news for Levy County is that employees won't get a raise and it will have to spend its entire emergency reserve fund, to balance a reduced budget at that tax rate.

  • Former Mayor Roy Sills mourned at commisison meeting

    There was a somber spell cast over Tuesday night's Cedar Key City Commissioners monthly meeting, as all folks attending bowed their heads for a moment of silence in memory of Roy Sills.

    Sills, a former city commissioner and mayor in 2002, died unexpectedly over the weekend at his home off the Cedar Keys in rural Levy County.

    Current Mayor Heath Davis said Sills was a close friend of his and was too emotional to talk much about his death.

    "He was loved and he will be missed," he said.

    Commissioner Sue Colson asked for the moment of silence.

  • The one that didn't get away

    Tom Fazackerley of Lancashire, England recently spent several days on Cedar Key with his friend Dave Lumpkin fishing and enjoying the Gulf Coast. For several days, the pair fished but only caught fish that were too small to keep. On the last day, Lumpkin bought a crab and shared half of it with him. At the end of the expedition, Fazackerley had caught 40 black drum. The two had a difficult time hoisting the fish aboard and had to get assistance from two men in a boat who had a basket. After the photo session, the pair released the fish so they could become breeders.

  • Suwannee Basin gets standards for Clean Water Act

    Back in 1972, the Federal Clean Water Act was passed by Congress and President Nixon, setting guidelines to ensure that our nation's rivers remain healthy and clean.

    It has taken most states a long time to take action.

    Some like New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and Kansas, got their acts together quicker than others by drawing up widespread measures.

    Many others, including Florida, dragged their feet - waiting until their backs were against the wall.

  • Fish on Friday: Big Dock will be open for Clamerica

    The Big Dock is this close. Cedar Key's iconic fishing pier will be open for anglers this July 4 weekend, although Lucas Marine Construction project manager Louis Diotte says about three weeks' worth of work remain before Levy County can throw its big "Welcome Home" party.

    "You want to know how long til we're totally done? Outta here?" he asked. "I guess you're gonna hold me to it. I'd make a real educated guess and say the end of July should be pretty close."