Local News

  • Handmade mahogany kayak to be auctioned

    This exquisite handmade African mahogany kayak was recently made by Cliff Tweedale of Park Rapids, MN who has generously donated it to the Cedar Key Arts Center to help raise funds for the new addition which will start construction in early November 2015. The Arts Center will host a Silent Auction between now and December 20, 2015 in association with its November-December Rock the Boat exhibit which opens Saturday, Nov 14, 5pm.

  • Ride to Provide roars to success for Levy ARC

    The 11th Annual Ride to Provide event, held on Saturday, Oct. 24, raised $8,000 for the Levy ARC.

    Coordinator for the event, Sean Mullins, said there was great weather and great people.

    "It went well," he said.

    Over the years, the event has raised close to $115,000 to $120,000, Mullins said. About 65 bikes participated in this year's event on Saturday.

  • 6th Annual Beast Feast helps students, teachers

       The Levy County Schools Foundation 6th Annual Beast Feast held Saturday night raised a little over $12,000.

       Local group and business sponsors were spread out on the beautiful lawn of the Etheridge Family Cracker House in Williston with a backdrop of cows and a radiant sunset to highlight the evening.

       “We had a really good night,” Foundation Executive Director Donna Turner said Monday. It was a lot of fun and the weather was good. “The food was terrific. It was a really good event,” she said.

  • Man arrested in wife's disappearance 35 years ago

    Thirty six years to the day after Merl McFarland Mackey, Jr. married Evelyn Laverne Trulock in Pinellas County, and almost 34 years after she disappeared from their Hernando County home, Mackey was booked into the Levy County Jail on a charge of 1st degree premeditated murder.

  • Levy's Veterans Day parade in Chiefland moves to Nov. 12

    The 2015 Levy County Veteran's Day parade will be in Chiefland on Nov. 12, at 4 p.m.

    Military, units, clubs, groups and rolling military vehicles will start marching from Chiefland Middle High School at the intersection of U.S. Highway 27A and U.S. Highway 19 and head south on US 19 to Trailhead/Train Depot Park in South Chiefland.

  • Gulf red snapper season closes this weekend

    Attention anglers! Halloween (Saturday, Oct. 31) and Sunday, Nov. 1 are the last days the recreational red snapper season for Gulf state waters will be open in 2015.

    State waters in the Gulf are from shore to 9 nautical miles. Federal waters extend from where state waters end out to about 200 nautical miles.

    This year’s 70-day state-waters season began the Saturday before Memorial Day (May 23) and ran through July 12.

    The season then reopened for Labor Day weekend and weekends in September and October, including Sunday, Nov. 1.

  • Check your smoke detector when changing the time

    Your local fire rescue wishes to remind everyone that Sunday, Nov. 1, is time to fall back one hour for daylight saving.

    This is a good time to replace the battery and test the operation of your smoke detector. Consider the following:

    • Three out of five home fire deaths result from fires in properties without working smoke alarms (dead batteries)

    • More than one-third (37 percent) of home fire deaths result from fires in which no smoke alarms are present.

  • Blessing of the Animals Sunday

    The annual Blessing of the Animals service will be on Sunday, Nov. 1 at 4 p.m. at Christ Church, the Episcopal church on State Road 24. Last year, Georgia Knoblach Browning brought her dog, Tucson, to receive the blessing from Father Jim Wright. 

  • Call For Art

    Time to prepare your ROCKIN’ artistic creation and get it in the November Cedar Key Art Gallery opening.

    Let your hair down. Go WILD. Think OUTSIDE the BOX. Play nothing safe. In other words, Rock the Boat with your art.

    Intake starts at 10 a.m. on Monda, Nov. 9th and ends on Wednesday, Nov. 11 at 4 p.m.

    This exhibition is open to all artists. No charge for entry. This show will hang through the holidays.


    Intake of art at the Cedar Key Arts Center Show

    Opening: Nov. 14, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Center

  • Keys oystermen were right all along

    By Tom Nordlie

    Oysters thrive under brackish conditions, and now a  University of Florida study reveals that the bivalves can actually help  create the mix of fresh water and brine they crave.