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  • Be on lookout for “living Caution Signs”

    Summer comes to an end on Monday, Aug. 24, when Levy County students head back to the classroom and the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) is promoting its Child Safety Awareness Month. The theme of this year's campaign is “Every Child is a Human Caution Sign.”

  • Lake Panasoffkee to host award winning anglers in tournament
  • It’s a bug-eat-bug world out there for strawberry growers

    By Brad Buck

    UF/IFAS

    A new University of Florida scientist is trying to find an insect that will eat the fly that’s damaging such fruit as strawberries and blueberries in the Sunshine State.

    Such a finding would be critical in Florida, where the strawberry harvest brought in $267 million in 2013, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

  • Dates to know for the Suwannee River Fair

    2016 Fair Dates: March 10 (week 1), March 18 (week 2) and March 23 (sale day)

    General Meeting and Election: Aug. 25 (Tuesday) at 6 p.m. – the directors whose terms are ending are: Frank Bussard and Jaime NesSmith (Dixie), Brett Crawford and Jerry Wright (Gilchrist), Loran Brookins and Lint Jerrels (Levy) and Gary McKenzie (at large).

  • Deadline extended for Seahorse artist-in-residence

    The Cedar Key Arts Center and Seahorse Key Marine lab are extending the deadline for applications to Sept. 15th. We are promoting this program in its third year to reach out to local artists as well as those from outlying areas.
    Please consider applying to this program from our Cedar Key Arts Center website.
    There is a $1,000 stipend for the winner of this award, as well as an opportunity to have an art show at the Cedar Key Arts Center Members Gallery in the Spring of 2016.

  • Cedar Key Aquaculture Association general membership meeting is August 27

    The Cedar Key Aquaculture Association invites the clam farming community to participate in their annual general membership meeting.
    The meeting will be held on Thursday, Aug. 27 at the Community Center located on 809 Sixth Street in Cedar Key. From 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., members can complete their annual business with the Association by renewing their 2015-16 membership and Anchor Hole agreement, electing Board of Directors for the upcoming year, and getting caught up on the various activities the Association has been conducting over the past year and plans for the upcoming year.

  • Employer with 100 jobs eyes Levy

    Levy's economic development official dropped some good news at Tuesday's County Commission meeting: a business is looking to locate in the county and could bring with it 100 new jobs.

    David Pieklik, director of the Nature Coast Business Development Council and the Enterprise Zone Development Agency, said County Commissioner Danny Stevens of Williston (R-District 5) got a call about the business concerning some problems it encountered in obtaining a site.

  • UF buys Gulf Side Motel

    The Gulf Side Motel, which has been on the market for some time has been sold to the University of Florida Board of Trustees for $585,000 according to records at the Levy County Property Appraiser's website.

    The motel at 552 1st Street, had been on the market for some time. It was owned by The Gulf Side Motel LLC. The corporation purchased the motel for $1 million from Joseph M. and Jaymie L. Brunofsky in 2010. The current sales price is just $10,000 above the $575,000 the Brunofskys paid for it in 2001.

  • Bridge work under way

    Drivers are asked to be aware of maintenance work being done on two bridges along State Road 24 in Cedar Key.

    The Florida Department of Transportation has included them on their road work list:

    • State Road 24 Daytime lane and shoulder closures weekdays from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Channel #4 bridge over Havens Creek in Cedar Key for routine bridge maintenance. 

    • State Road 24 Daytime lane closures Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 3: 30 p.m. at the Canal in Cedar Key for routine bridge maintenance. 

  • 4H Kids learning life skills at Public Safety Complex

    During summer break many kids from throughout Levy County participate in the Florida 4H Camp program led by County Extension Agent Al Fuller.

    The program helps develop life skills in youth through experiential education. The 4H group consisted of 70 kids, ages 8-16.

    One activity involved coming out on Aug. 3 to the Levy County Department of Public Safety (LCDPS) Complex to use the pond. The department has hosted the campers before and this time they came to learn how to use and navigate a canoe.