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  • Socks for Seniors needs you to step up

    For 15 years my wife and I have organized an annual community project during the Holidays called "Socks For Seniors." It's very simple, we collect new socks to be distributed to elderly in nursing homes. We're looking for community partners to help us expand the program in the Cedar Key area. Can you help?

    Socks for Seniors is a non-profit community service project that organizes, collects and distributes NEW socks for seniors in communities all over the country.

  • Red tide report 11-12-15

    Patchy blooms of the Florida red tide organism are present along Okaloosa, Walton, Bay, and Gulf counties in Northwest Florida and along Pinellas, Manatee, Sarasota, and Lee counties in Southwest Florida.

  • SRWMD board, lands panel meets in CK

    Today (Thursday, Nov. 12), the Suwannee River Water Management District's Governing Board will meet at 9 a.m. at the Cedar Key Community Center, 809 6th St., Cedar Key. The meeting is to consider District business and conduct public hearings on regulatory, real estate, and other various matters. A workshop is scheduled after the Governing Board meeting.

  • No. 1 in serving vets

    Robert Lowyns, right, the Levy County Veterans Service Officer, was honored by the Levy County Commission on his being named the 2015 Veterans Service Officer for the state by the Florida Department of Veterans' Affairs. Lowyns shared the credit with Julie Rose, who is also a veterans service officer in the Levy County office. Pictured behind Lowyns is Levy County Commissioner Lilly Rooks of Rosewood (R-District 4) who represents Cedar Key. 

  • Weyerhauser buys out Plum Creek timber

    Staff Report

    Weyerhaeuser Company and Plum Creek, which owns large swaths of land in Levy County, on Monday announced they have agreed to create the world’s premier timber, land and forest products company with more than 13 million acres of the most productive and diverse timberland in the U.S.

    At closing, the combined company is expected to have an equity value of $23 billion based on current share prices. The combined EBITDA for both companies in 2014 was $2.2 billion.

  • Commission settles with concert promoter

    A concert promoter whose venue did not go as well as expected got a reduction in his bill for emergency medical services provided with the tab going from $2,730 to $910.

    But two Levy County Commissioners who voted against the reduction – which passed 3-2 – voiced their unhappiness that the promoter, Robert J. Nichols Jr., had already stopped payment on the check he wrote to the county. Commissioners Danny Stevens of Williston (R-District 5) and Lilly Rooks (R-District 4) voted against the measure to grant relief to Nichols.

  • Meeks named to task force

    Levy County Commission Chair John Meeks of Bronson (R-District 1) is one of 22 state, county and private sector officials named to the Interstate 75 (I-75) Relief Task Force by Florida Department of Transportation Secretary Jim Boxold.

    The Task Force will develop consensus recommendations to advise the department regarding multimodal transportation solutions that will:

    • provide relief to I-75 for passengers and freight

    • improve travel safety and reliability

    • improve statewide and regional connectivity and

  • Veterans Resource Fair and Luncheon

    On Friday, Nov. 6, Haven Hospice will be hosting a veterans resource fair and luncheon at the Chiefland care center at 311 NE 9th Street, Chiefland.

    The resource fair will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with the luncheon from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

    The purpose of the event is to help veterans of Levy, Gilchrist and Dixie Counties learn more about their eligibility for benefits and connect with federal, state and community resources.

    To attend the luncheon, please RSVP to Haven Hospice at 493-2333.

  • Red tide report

    Blooms of the Florida red tide organism, Karenia brevis, are present in, along, and offshore of Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Bay, and Gulf counties in Northwest Florida and in, along, and offshore of Pinellas, Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte, and Lee counties in Southwest Florida. Due to sampling gaps, no results are available for Santa Rosa and Walton counties.  However, a bloom is present in these regions, as evidenced by discolored water, fish kills, and respiratory irritation. No satellite images were available this week due to cloud cover.

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