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Local News

  • Study sheds light on red tide blooms

    Red tide is a natural occurrence, known to predate European settlement. But new research is further supporting the notion that humans, while not the cause of the blooms, can be a contributing factor in sustaining the harmful algae that, year by year, appears to becoming more of an issue.
    Research from five years of study shows that nutrient pollution is a contributing factor in the proliferation of the highly adaptable red tide organism Karenia brevis, according to the Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium.

  • Colson recognized, promoted

    Chelsea L. Colson, of Cedar Key, was recently recognized for her achievements in the United States Coast Guard. The award was given as a departing award from the USCG Station New Orleans, titled as an “Achievement Medal.” Colson was also promoted on Nov. 1 to “SK3” (Storekeeper Third Class) or E-4.

  • Five mayors

    Five Levy County mayors walked in the annual Levy County Veterans Day Parade. They are, from left to right, Glenda Kirkland of Inglis, Jessica Weiss of Yankeetown, Dale Register of Cedar Key, Gerald Hethcoat of Williston and Teal Pomeroy of Chiefland. More scenes from Veteran's Day can be found on Page 5.

  • Volunteers needed for annual tree lighting

    This is a call out to all members of the community for any help that can be given for the Tree Lighting on Nov. 28.
    The following items and volunteers are needed to RSVP as volunteers as soon as possible:
    – (3) 12-14-foot extension ladders;
    – (2-3) sets of loppers;
    – 3-6 agile volunteers that can climb the ladders and use the loppers to clean up the tree before lights are put on;
    – 3-6 agile volunteers to help with putting on the lights;

  • Coast Guard searches for missing boater

    As of Tuesday, The Coast Guard is searching for a 77-year-old man aboard the sailing vessel Mariah between Boca Grande and Panama City.
    Missing is Craig Neus from Panama City.
    Last contact with Neus was Nov. 4 when he made a purchase at South Seas Plantation, Captiva.
    Since June, Neus had been sailing a 32-foot beige two-masted Bristol from Baltimore, Maryland, with the intention of finishing his voyage in Panama City.

  • Gigantic rummage sale through Tri-County Area Saturday

    Goods to be offered along roads from Cedar Key to Bell
    Imagine it, one long continuous rummage sale on roads from Cedar Key to Chiefland, Fanning Springs, Trenton and Bell.
    That's a lot of shopping for new and used goods.
    Three Chambers of Commerce in the Tri-County Area are teaming up to hold the 1st annual River Rummage Sale, a continuous rummage sale that runs along the roadways from Cedar Key through Chiefland, Fanning Springs, Trenton and ending at the EMS station in Bell on Saturday, Nov. 8, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

  • Levy DPS says thanks
  • Klocksien opens November art show

    Peter Klocksien lives and works in Cedar Key.
    Klocksien will be sharing a part of his collection at Cedar Key Arts Center, 457 Second Street in Cedar Key, beginning Nov. 8, with an opening from 5-7 p.m.
    Klocksien has long been influential in the local art scene, having exhibited at the Island Arts Gallery and is currently past-President of the Cedar Key Arts Center. He has collected local art and artifacts for a number of years and operates a website "pklocksien1200" from 2011 - 2014. This website has a collection of native american artifacts.

  • County to take bids on legal notices

    For the first time, Levy County will put its legal notice business – including the annual delinquent tax rolls – up for bid in an effort to save taxpayer money and put an end to the contentious discussions that have accompanied it.

  • Caretaker charged in manslaughter

    It was just a simple report by the caretaker of a 96-year-old woman who claimed she died of natural causes.
    But Helen Bishop’s story was not yet finished.
    And it was left for a funeral director, the 8th Circuit Medical Examiner, the Levy County’s Sheriff’s investigators and the 8th Circuit State Attorney’s Office to write the final chapters.