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  • Getting the Big Dock ship-shape

    The Big Dock is getting fixed.

    The day the world - the Cedar Key world - awaited has come at last. Recently Lucas Marine Construction (LMC) moved into its new locations on - and off - Dock Street, with several barges, a crane, a tug and a variety of land and marine heavy equipment.

    "They moved in quietly, and haven't been disruptive at all, so far," said City Commissioner Sue Colson. "Although I'm sure the day is coming when there will be disruptions, though not their fault."

  • Levy County schools borrow $5 million to cover expenses

    BRONSON -- The School Board of Levy County needs a quick $5 million.

    With no sympathetic philanthropists in sight, the next best thing to do was to see which bank offered the best loan deal.

    Board members OK'd borrowing the large sum of money from Sun Trust Bank out of Jacksonville at its Nov. 20 meeting.

    The money is needed to cover overall operating costs -- including payroll -- for county schools for at least the next couple of months.

  • Local 'Idols' wow crowds at Fair

    Time was, if a singer didn't have a band, the only possible venue for his talents was the church choir, or the shower. In the 80s, a miraculous export from Japan changed everything. Karaoke democratized singing as public performance, allowing anyone with good pipes and the discipline to learn a song to perfection to get up on stage and sing, no faking, no a capella, with the real backing track.

  • Landowner advised on coastal options

    Cedar Key City Commission is trying a little different approach to certain local planning issues. A few months ago, the commission held a quasi-judicial hearing in the matter of a landowner who wanted to develop a non-standard, commercially-zoned coastal parcel.

  • Cedar Key bridges among requests

    BRONSON –Among the many requests made Nov. 13 of five members of the Florida Legislature was a request for about $5.2 million worth of repairs on three bridges on Cedar Key.

    Levy County Road Administrator Bruce Greenlee asked Rep. Will Kendrick (R-Carrabelle), Sen. Charlie Dean (R-Inverness), Sen. Steve Oelrich (R-Gainesville), State Rep. Ron Schultz (R-Homosassa) and Rep. Larry Cretul (R-Ocala) for state aid with the bridges.

  • Rockin' Red delivers life lessons with humor

    "Cool people don't dis their parents, lie to their friends or put their grandmothers in a crock pot...I mean hot tub," according to Rockin' Red.

    That's what Cedar Key K-8th graders learned recently when they were treated to a performance of Rockin' Red Riding Hood by the Atlantic Coast Theatre for Youth.

    Sponsored in part by grants from the State of Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, CK students enjoyed an experience with live professional theater they will not soon forget.

  • Levy County Fair continues through Monday

    The Levy County Fair is ongoing at Airport Industrial Park in Williston. Saturday morning saw the finale of the last three months' karaoke contests, and the stock barn was the scene of a poultry show. Williston Horseman's Park, adjacent to the fairgrounds, had hairpin racing in all age groups, from peewees on up.

    Cedar Key is well-represented at the fair, with Sam Beckham and Naomi Couhurs placing second and third in the karaoke final and Joshua Wilson bringing his hydroponic systems into the agricultural vendor area.

  • County Commission ponies up $600,000 for Big Dock

    BRONSON - County Commissioners unanimously agreed Nov. 6 to encumber $646,573 due to a shortfall from the projected $3.2 million Federal Emergency Management Agency funding for the Big Dock project in Cedar Key.

    County Commissioner Lilly Rooks said there is a strong potential for FEMA to accept the added cost, as long as the county documents the expense is justified. Some people are unhappy about the dock being raised five feet above its current level, she said.

  • City gives up alley, gets traffic calming

    At the last meeting of Cedar Key City Commission, the commission found itself reluctantly agreeing to vacate a platted alley in Coronet Park subdivision to landowner Ronnie Taylor in exchange for what they thought was a pretty good trade. Taylor reasoned in his petition that the alley was entirely encompassed by his private land, and was therefore of no benefit or use to the public.

  • Levy County Fair opens

    The new Levy County Fair opened Thursday with an appearance by Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Charles Bronson and forestry best-practices advocate Smokey the Bear.

    The Fair will go on through Nov. 12, with music events, stock shows, horsemanship and riding competitions, tractor pulls, and, of course, all the corn dogs you can eat.

    The Levy County Fair is at Williston's Airport Industrial Park on U.S. Hwy. 41, south of Williston. Tickets are $8 at the gate and $10 Saturday, Seniors $5 and children under 2, free. All shows and exhibits included.