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  • Above average rainfall causes problems for Levy County

     Rain waters came flooding down in Levy County over the weekend, especially for areas such as Inglis and Cedar Key.

       "That area and Cedar Key are trouble areas when we get a lot of rain," Bruce Greenlee, administrative superintendent of the Levy County Road Department, said.

  • Harmonic convergence of weather for Cedar Key

    You could call it a harmonic convergence of the weather world when describing what caused flooding this past weekend in Cedar Key.

    Judging from the description of what caused the saltwater flooding in some areas by Police Chief Virgil Sandlin and Fire Chief Robert Robinson you could call it a harmonic convergence of weather forces.

    First there was the matter of the rain. Robinson said his rain gauge at the fire department showed the island received 5.5 inches between Thursday and Monday morning.

  • Boil water notice issued for flooded wells

    Residents in Levy and Dixie counties are being reminded of the dangers associated with heavy rains causing private wells to be flooded and making the water supply unsafe by the Department of Health in both counties.

    If your well casing has been submerged by flood water, either use bottled water, or boil or disinfect all the water you use for drinking, making beverages, cooking, brushing your teeth, washing dishes, and washing areas of the skin that have been cut or injured.

  • Anglers asked to properly dispose of fishing line

    Fishing is an important part of the Florida lifestyle as well as its economy, especially in Cedar Key which has some of the best fishing in the Gulf of Mexico.

    To ensure that this doesn’t lead to problems for birds and other wildlife, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) wants anglers to know about the potential hazards and sure-fire solutions.

    FWC biologists warn that monofilament fishing line and fishing hooks can snag and entangle birds, sea turtles and manatees, leading to injury and even death.

  • Cedar Key retiree is Nation's first volunteer to Cuba

    While thousands of Americans flock to Havana to shop and tour Hemingway’s House for the first time in 50 years, a volunteer-spirited Cedar Key woman chose the “path least followed” inland to help the Cuban people on projects from farming to English. “They were so welcoming, I left feeling a deep love for the Cuban people,” reported Kit Lane, a retired nurse who taught basic conversational English skills for two weeks.

    She said other volunteer projects included gardening, sewing and repairing a community building.

  • Dancing for Down Syndrome

    One little man stole the show at a special fundraiser this past Saturday.

    Young Paxton was the inspiration for a Dancing for Down Syndrome Zumba event hosted by Chiefland Health and Fitness Manager Carla Russ, which just happened to fall on National Dance Day. They had to have a party anyway, Russ said.

    "That's my way of helping is dancing; that's what I can give," Russ said.

    Russ said her son races go-carts in Jasper and one of the racing families also has a youngster with Down Syndrome.

  • Sheriff's office nets 67 in county-wide drug bust

    Levy County Sheriff Bobby McCallum has a message for those using and selling drugs: Quit now.

    On Monday, McCallum announced the arrest of 65 people and that his department is seeking two others on various drug charges in Operation Melting Pot.

    There are 74 cases and 135 charges against the 67 individuals named in warrants. A sheriff's office press release said investigators made 72 controlled purchases of illegal drugs from 67 different suspects. It was the largest roundup since one several years ago that netted 40 suspects.

  • Back-to-School

    Staff Report

    It's almost time to return to school as stores stock up on supplies, schools release lists of what's needed and supply drives and giveaways to get children ready for the classroom.

    The state's sales tax free holiday runs from Aug. 7-16. There will be no sales tax on clothing items up to $100 value, school supplies up to $15 in value and computers up to $750 in value.

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  • Seahorse Key needs artists

    The Call for Artists of the 2016 Seahorse Key Artist-in-Residence Program, a partnership between the Cedar Key Arts Center, the Seahorse Marine Laboratory, and the Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge, has been announced.

    The program is designed to provide visual artists the opportunity to create art inspired by the Seahorse Key and the surrounding National wildlife refuge. Seahorse Key is located in the Big Bend in north west Florida.

    The deadline for application is Aug. 15.

    The benefits of selection include: