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  • Conservation required to obtain water money

    Folks in the unincorporated areas of Levy County may not like it, but the county has agreed to implement and enforce year-round water conservation measures, and to try cutting back water use by 10 percent. And for the first time the entire county is covered by the same conservation rules.

  • The fast and the fourteen

    Fans at Bronson Speedway saw 14 year old Cassie Lozier of Cedar Key, win her first Strictly Stock Feature Event Sat night. Lozier who started outside pole, is the youngest competitor to strap into a Strictly Stock at Bronson Speedway.

    Lozier started outside pole and at the drop of the green Lozier jumped to the lead. While the field behind her battled for position Lozier used that time to build close to an 8 car length lead on the field running a perfect line around the high banked oval.

  • Seahorse Key re-opens for visitors on Saturday

    After taking a four-month hiatus to allow for the bird nesting season on Seahorse Key, the island and its lighthouse will be open to visitors on Saturday, July 18, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Access to island and its beaches has been restricted since March 1 of this year, as it is annually, to protect against any interruption to the breeding and nesting activities of the rookery.

    Visitors will have to use private boats, kayaks or canoes or tour boats from Cedar Key to reach the island that is a refuge for wildlife.

  • Where there's a will there's a way

    This agave plant on the corner of the Island Hotel was determined to bloom and it did not care that the hotel's second floor balcony is in the way of the bloom spike.

  • Girl killed, family members injured in sturgeon strike

    A 5-year-old girl was killed and her mother and brother were injured by a leaping sturgeon while boating on the Suwannee River on Thursday, July 2, at 8:47 p.m., according to a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission release.

    She is the first fatality from a sturgeon collision on the Suwannee River. Earlier this year a 14-year-old girl was injured by a sturgeon on the Suwannee and the day after the fatal accident, two people were injured in a sturgeon collission on the Santa Fe River.

  • Blood drive in CK on July 17

    The next time you climb into your car in the afternoon and the seats and the steering wheel are just slightly cooler than a fully-fired charcoal grill, think of it as a reminder that it’s a good time to donate blood.

    Summer, when school is out and families hit the road for vacations, is a time when donors are in short supply, but the need for blood is as strong as ever. If it’s been a while since you donated, there’s no better time than now.

  • Blood drive in CK on July 17

    The next time you climb into your car in the afternoon and the seats and the steering wheel are just slightly cooler than a fully-fired charcoal grill, think of it as a reminder that it’s a good time to donate blood.

    Summer, when school is out and families hit the road for vacations, is a time when donors are in short supply, but the need for blood is as strong as ever. If it’s been a while since you donated, there’s no better time than now.

  • DEP hosts mangrove workshops

    The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Northeast District has hosted several workshops to train participants on Florida’s regulations and best management practices for the maintenance of mangroves.

    "Working proactively with the community before violations occur is more protective of the environment," said Northeast District Director Greg Strong. "Healthy mangroves are essential to Florida’s environment and economy, and district staff is dedicated to help preserve them.” 

  • Take a big bite

    The food web is active in cedar key waters.

    Lorilie from Gainesville had her hooked shark turn from predator to prey right next to the boat while fishing with Voyles Guide Service. 

  • McQueen appointed to state committee

    Carol McQueen, Director of Levy County Visitors Bureau and Levy County Tourist Development Council has been appointed to Visit Florida’s Industry Relations Committee.

    “Representing Levy County on a state level allows me the opportunity to promote our rural area and to lobby for better ways to market our region," McQueen said.