Local News

  • FWC working with partners on the 2016 Python Challenge

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida Inc. have recruited more partners for the 2016 Python Challenge.

    Lands managed by the South Florida Water Management District, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection will be part of the competition.

  • Impressive numbers for Cedar Key

    Curbside recycling started in Cedar Key 5 years ago this month and during those five years, Cedar Key has recycled more then 2,100,000 pounds of recycle material. To get a concept of how much recycle material that is, It would be a pile that is 9 feet wide and six feet high on Route 24 from the #4 bridge to 1st Street. Impressive for an island with a population of 700 residents and numerous visitors.

  • Pirates Invasion is only two weeks away

    Bard Productions, the event organizer for the Cedar Key Pirate Invasion, has sent out a reminder that it is less than 8 weeks until the mates set foot in Cedar Key.

    They will be bringing with them, tourists, education, fun and most of all an economic boost during a shoulder season. The invasion is Sept. 18-20.

  • Haven takes on patients placed in limbo

    By Pat Faherty

    and Lou Elliott Jones

    A dispute over a federal audit has led to the suspension of Medicaid payments for about 148 low-income hospice nursing home patients of Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast (HOCC) and Haven Hospice, which serves the same area, has stepped in to provide the necessary care.

    Eight patients have been switched to Haven Hospice, a not for profit provider in the area, but a Haven official said it is estimated that there are 50 patents who could be affected in Haven's service area.

  • CAAA Soccer signups begin this Saturday

    CAAA Soccer season is getting geared up to start a new season. Signups will begin this Saturday, September 12, 2015, from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at Strickland Park. A second signup will be Saturday, September 19, 2015 from 9am-12pm at Strickland Park. Soccer games begin in the middle of October and run through the end of December. It is open to any child age 4-16 and the cost is $65 per child.

  • Surgeon general visits Cedar Key

       Cedar Key School received a special guest last Thursday, one who wasn't afraid to get his hands dirty.

       As part of his coastal tour "The Health in All Places" the State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health Dr. John Armstrong visited the school and Cedar Key's local food pantry. 

  • Treasure hunter to lecture on pirate weekend

    Carl Fismer, a widely acknowledged expert in treasure hunting and diving, will speak at the Cedar Key Library on 2nd Street at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 19. This is the same weekend as the Annual Cedar Key Pirate Invasion so his talk should generate a lot of interest.

    In Fismer's 40-year career he has successfully recovered treasure from over 300 shipwrecks, including the Taj Mahal, the Concepcion, and the 1715 Treasure Fleet - from which he's recovered millions of dollars in sunken treasure.

  • The impact of the railroad showcased in Collins' new book

    Toni C. Collins, local history writer, will present her latest work, “Atlantic Coast Line Railroad: Dunnellon to Wilcox, FL” at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept.12. in the Fellowship Hall of the Otter Creek Baptist Church, 171 SW 3rd St. History lovers are encouraged to come and learn the history and impact the railroad had on Levy County.

  • Gulf state red snapper season reopens Labor Day weekend

    The recreational red snapper season for Gulf state waters reopens to harvest Labor Day weekend, Sept. 5-7, and will continue on Saturdays and Sundays in September and October with the last day of harvest on Sunday, Nov. 1.

  • Residents with special needs need to register

    It's September and the storms seem to be lining up on the shores of Africa heading to Florida. It's that time of year and September is the month emergency planners and managers want residents to have a plan should they need to evacuate to a safe place.

    They are especially concerned about residents who fall into the “special needs” category, people:

    • Requiring transportation to and from a designated emergency shelter;