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Local News

  • Right brain, left brain or stuck in the middle

    By Bev Ringenberg
    Special to the Beacon

  • Water districts' taxes to stay the same

    Taxes paid to the two water management districts in Levy County will not increase in the upcoming fiscal year.
    The Suwannee River Water Management District, which most of the county is located in, approved its annual budget of $33.4 million Sept. 23. The district's millage rate was set at .4141, which is a .05 percent decrease from the year before.

  • New Williston hospital owner outlines plans

    By CAROLYN TEN BROECK
    editor@willistonpioneer.com
    Dr. Deviah “Dr. P” Pagidipati said what makes him different from the last four people who vowed to bring back the hospital in Williston from the brink of disaster is his commitment to bringing quality health care to all people–regardless of income, social status or race.

  • County OKs $65 million budget

    The Levy County Commission, with two members who leave in November due to electoral losses, was commended on Monday evening by the only Levy County resident who cared to show up and speak at a public hearing where the property tax and final budget for the 2014-15 was unanimously approved.
    “I want you to note that the budget is less than last year when it was $66 million and some change. Good job,” said Dana Sheffield of “the Fanning Springs Sheffields. "This board has done a good job for the county.”

  • Pastel skies

    Two of the many things you can count on finding in Cedar Key are breathtaking sunrises and sunsets. This particular sunset was captured over Seahorse Key recently.

  • Man kills daughter, 6 grandchildren

    By Lou Elliott Jones

    and Mark Scohier

  • Man kills kills daughter, 6 grandchildren then himself

    By Lou Elliott Jones
    and Mark Scohier

    Sarah Lorraine Spirit and her six children were laid to rest in a private funeral service on Monday, but what may not rest are the questions of what motivated her father, Don C. Spirit, to shoot them on Thursday, then calmly call the Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office to tell them what he had done and how he planned to kill himself as well.

  • Red tide halts Cedar Key clam harvesting

     For the first time in about 10 years, clam leases have been shut down in Cedar Key due to red tide.

    The western portion of Cedar Key's leases, including Gulf Jackson and Pelican Reef, was closed Sept. 6 after officials found low to background quantities of dangerous microorganism Karenia brevis, known to produce a neurotoxin that affects vertebrates, including humans.

  • Pirates invade Cedar Key

    Cedar Key hosted its Second Annual Pirate Invasion last weekend.
    Coordinator Joe Catalono, of Bard Productions LLC. out of St. Augustine, said the event was about twice the size it was last year, with about a dozen different pirate crews from Georgia and all over Florida staging reenactments and pirate dramas throughout town.
    Catalono coordinated the event with the Cedar Key Chamber of Commerce and the Levy County Visitors Bureau.

  • Cedar Key's McCain honored with award

    Recent retiree from the US Fish and Wildlife Service Ken McCain was honored with a formal ceremony last week, receiving the National Wildlife Refuge Employee of the Year Award for 2014.  Dignitaries from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, its Refuge System, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, as well as friends and family were in attendance for the celebration.