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  • NCBS opens in Cedar Key

    By REBECCA GALLAGHER
    Citizen Correspondent

    The long-awaited opening of the new Nature Coast Biological Station has arrived. Residents of Cedar Key and surrounding areas turned out en masse to get a view of the new building.

    Dr. Michael Allen, director of the NCBS, said that the University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences has been active in Cedar Key with research, teaching and extension programs along the nature coast in for about 30 years and yet never had an office.

  • County stays at 9 mills

    The Levy County Commission on Sept. 19 unanimously agreed to adopt a final millage rate of 9.0.

    The rate is the same as last year, but is a 3.1 percent increase over the rollback rate of 8.7297, thanks to an uptick in property values. The rollback rate represents the rate at which the same amount of revenue could be generated as the previous year.

  • Cedar Key joins worldwide Coastal Cleanup

    The 32nd International Coastal Cleanup is a thing of the past, but like the tide, the event and marine debris will return until people change their behavior. The cleanup is always on the third Saturday of September.

    Cedar Key joined hundreds of thousands of volunteers worldwide to combat marine debris during International Coastal Cleanup, the world’s largest single-day volunteer effort to remove trash from our beaches, waterways, lakes, rivers and parks. The cleanup took place Sept. 16 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Volunteers received a free lunch and a t-shirt.

  • Levy escapes worst from Irma

    The worst-case projections for Irma predicted a potential Category 2 – even 3 – barreling through the area, with sustained winds of more than 100 miles per hour, and a storm surge around 15 or 20 feet, leaving parts of Cedar Key and Yankeetown inaccessible for the foreseeable future.

    Thankfully, the county was spared from that scenario.

  • Cedar Key Pirate Invasion rescheduled for December

    The Cedar Key Pirate Invasion was originally scheduled for the weekend of Sept. 15 through Sept. 17.

    But Hurricane Irma, which arrived the Monday before the festival, spoiled those plans. Event organizers decided to postpone the event while millions around Florida remained without power and fuel and dealt with the storm’s aftermath.

    The festival now has a new date, and it fall after hurricane season. The Fifth Annual Cedar Key Pirate Invasion will be held Dec. 1 through Dec. 3.

  • Police struggle to keep traffic moving north ahead of Irma

    By the time Hurricane Irma passed, the city of Chiefland fared well, except for car after car after car, camping trailers, motorhomes and more cars lined up one after another as they fled north from south Florida ahead of Hurricane Irma.

    Friday seemed like a typical day. The weather was nice, sunny, a few fluffy clouds floated through the sky, there was nothing threatening that would explain an impending natural disaster.

  • Mandatory Evacuation for Levy County

    A MANDATORY EVACUATION has been ordered for Levy County residents beginning at 4 p.m. today, September 8, 2017.

  • Levy Emergency Director completes FEMA course

    Levy County Emergency Management Director John MacDonald graduated the FEMA National Emergency Management Advanced Academy Aug. 18 after completing 160 hours of course study. The academy is one of the most demanding programs FEMA offers and includes "Best Practices" in leadership, preparedness and response to disasters.

  • Cedar Key joins worldwide Coastal Cleanup

    The 32nd International Coastal Cleanup is a thing of the past, but like the tide, the event and marine debris will return until people change their behavior. The cleanup is always on the third Saturday of September.

    Cedar Key joined hundreds of thousands of volunteers worldwide to combat marine debris during International Coastal Cleanup, the world’s largest single-day volunteer effort to remove trash from our beaches, waterways, lakes, rivers and parks. The cleanup took place Sept. 16 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Volunteers received a free lunch and a t-shirt.

  • Senator Nelson discusses issues on stop in Fanning Springs

    Healthcare was a hot topic during U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson’s stop at the Suwannee River Fair and Livestock Association Tri-County Pavilion in Fanning Springs on Aug. 29.

    A crowd of around 45, including many local officials from the Tri-County area, gathered to hear the Democratic senator, who soon handed the floor over to those in attendance to voice their concerns over issues that are affecting the area.