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  • Only a test: Fire department gets alarms

    Cedar Key Fire Department Assistant Chief Robert Robinson said the department recently got three alarm sirens and control panels, donated by Progress Energy Florida through the Florida Department of Emergency Management. Robinson said the fire department would begin testing its three new sirens at various locations throughout Cedar Key to determine the best permanent locations for them.

  • Budget cuts hit Levy Schools

    BRONSON - The storm clouds that were on the horizon are now here for the School Board of Levy County.

    Financial officer Robert Clemons believes that with proper precautions, Levy will be able to survive the spring state budget cut storm.

    The 2008-09 school year is another story.

    With additional state funding cuts estimated at more than a half million dollars, Levy is preparing to make moves that could shave a big chunk of money.

    These moves revealed at Tuesday's school board meeting would hopefully prevent faculty and other staff casualties.

  • Old Families' Reunion a hit, again

    Lots of laughing, hugs, and telling stories about old times.

    This was the scene at the 10th Annual Cedar Key Old Families Reunion. And don't leave out the aroma of fried mullet, hush puppies, and swamp cabbage that came to attendees as they walked in the door.

    Mack McCain and others started the event as an "Old Timers Dinner."

  • Election: Qualifying starts Monday

    Qualifying for the open seats two and four of Cedar Key's City Commission, and for seats one, three and five for the Cedar Key Water and Sewer District starts Monday, March 17.

    Qualifying will close on Friday, March 21 at noon.

    Prospective candidates for City Commission should come to City Hall for qualification, and be able to document that they are at least 18 years old and a full-time resident of the City of Cedar Key.

    All seats are for two years, and elections will take place on May 6 at City Hall, not at Community Center, the site for non-local elections.

  • LPA says it will dissolve soon

    Not with a bang, but with a cheerful wave goodbye.

    In a non-agenda item that found its way before Cedar Key's City Commission Tuesday, commissioners learned that the Local Planning Agency, long led by local builder Greg Lang, will dissolve itself as soon as an ordinance can be written to do so. An LPA is a citizen advisory board charged with the responsibility to propose and review changes to the comprehensive plan and regulating land use.

  • Leap Day fund-raiser lifts playground project

    The Cedar Key School PTO and the clammers and oystermen of Cedar Key hosted a fund-raising dinner Friday night in City Park to get the school a little closer to the much-needed new playground and exercise gym.

    Despite temperatures in the forties, the little gulfside park was packed with clammers, oystermen, parents, kids and visitors looking for a great meal.

    Organizers said more than 6,000 pounds of clams and 12 tubs of oysters were donated by local clam farmers, and steamed and served to the chilly, grateful multitudes.

  • Humane Society gets a boost for spay and neuter facility

    BRONSON - One couldn't blame the folks at the Humane Society of Levy County for being a little nervous late last week.

    With the prediction of rain on Saturday, the success of the inaugural Bark-N-Purr Festival hung in the balance.

    Wet stuff could put a serious dent in the big fund-raiser held at the Bronson Youth League Park.

  • Cagle rocks Bark-N-Purr

    The cats and dogs of Levy County got a big boost Saturday as country chart-topper Chris Cagle headlined the Bark-N-Purr Benefit in Bronson. The event, a fundraiser for the Humane Society of Levy County's planned spay, neuter and adoption facility, attracted more than 2,700 festivalgoers, according to organizers' first estimates.

    Cagle rocked the soccer field at Bronson Youth League as his stamping, chanting fans sang along to such hits as "What Kinda Gone" and "My Love Goes On and On and On" as well as a sleeper from the new album, "Change Me."

  • Sagging floors and a surprise at City Hall

    Like every other historic building in Cedar Key's downtown, City Hall needs a little TLC. A combination of additions and renovations, termites, hurricanes and flooding has made the floors sag in the tidy little building.

    Local Planning Agency (LPA) director and local builder Greg Lang had crawled under the building to make an informal report on damage to the building at this week's meeting of Cedar Key Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA). What he found was neither unexpected, nor particularly alarming - at least not for the future of the building.

  • 'One piece of paper' drives student art exhibit

    Recently Cedar Key School art teacher Debby Manansala saw some digital photos of a competition, purportedly held at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C.

    The name of the show was "One Sheet of Paper," and the competition rules were simple - artists could have one blank sheet of paper to say anything they wanted.