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  • Animal services gains new powers

    Animal owners who neglect, mistreat or cannot provide adequate care for their animals could find themselves in Levy County Court where the judge could order Levy County Animal Services to remove the animals from their custody.

    In two unanimous votes the Levy County Commission approved:

    • a change to the job duties of animal services workers to include investigation of violations of the state’s animal cruelty law and

  • Cedar Key red tide subsiding

    Red tide in Cedar Key appears to be running its course.
    All commercial clam leases in the area were shut down the last few weeks due to positive testing results of Karenia brevis, a dangerous microorganism associated with red tide algae that hasn't been an issue since 2005.
    Eastern portions of Cedar Key clam leases, including Dog Island, were reopened Oct. 3. Test results, according to the state's Division of Aquaculture, showed 0 Karenia brevis cells present as of Oct. 1.

  • Artistic achievement

    Isabella Walters placed fourth in a national art contest held in Ohio by the Fraternal Order of the Eagles. The Eagles came by CKS to present her a check and congratulate her on her achievement.

  • Register now for Oct. 18 Seafood Festival Parade

    Join the parade at the annual Cedar Key Seafood Festival on Saturday, Oct. 18.

  • The bridges are coming!

    When last anyone heard about the bridges of Cedar Key it was to explain how three bridges on the island’s main traffic arteries – one on C/Dock Street and two on Gulf Boulevard leading to the airport – were not going to be reconstructed but possibly rebuilt.

  • 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.