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  • Children and Teen Summer Art Programs

    The annual Children and Teen Summer Art Programs will be July 18-28 with exhibition of work on July 29.  Registration forms will be available the second week of May from Patty Jett.  

    It fills up fast, so contact Jett at jett32625@yahoo.com if you want to reserve a spot for your youngster. Volunteers to help with the Children’s Program and teachers for the Teen Program are being sought.

  • Call to artists

    The theme for the 2017 Old Florida Celebration of the Arts Design Contest is “It's All About the Water.” and the festival's organizers are issuing a call to artists to submit their works for consideration as the festival's logo.

    Whether you live in the water, live on the water, play on the water or just simply love to look at the water, Cedar Key is the place to be to enjoy it. The 2017 festival will be held on April 8 and 9.

  • Homeowners to save money on insurance

    Homeowners in four unincorporated areas of the county who live within 5 road miles, not as the crow flies, can rejoice: Your fire insurance could get lowered as of Aug. 1.

    That is because the Insurance Services Office which rates a community’s ability to fight fires has lowered the unincorporated county’s rating from a 9 or 10 the worst rating that carries high fire insurance premiums to a 4/4X for four areas served by county fire stations. Basically, lower ratings mean lower premiums.

  • Hitting the water on a warm day

    There is nothing like spending the day out on the water.

  • Former ag office manager arrested

    The former office manager of the Levy County Extension Office was arrested on April 14 in Marion County and charged with misuse of a county-issued credit card to purchase $7,700 in merchandise for herself.

    But that arrest is not the end of the case as there is an investigation under way by the University of Florida IFAS Extension Service program into the finances at the Levy Office that is jointly operated by the county and UF.

    Lacy Shae Harris, 26, of Ocala was booked and released on $30,000 bond.

  • Sea cadets recognized for hard work and achievements

    Several cadets of Manatee Division were recognized by local organizations and their commanding officer, Lieutenant Junior Grade Scott Arnold at their April drill.

    The first was League Cadet Nicholas Sikalos, age 12 of Spring Hill, selected as the Manatee Division League Cadet of the Year.

    Throughout the year these younger cadets are evaluated based on their attendance and performance at drills, grades in school, community service and advancement in the program.

  • Old caboose gets moved to new home

    The Levy County Historical Society has turned yet another page in the history of Levy County by purchasing the Atlantic Coast Line caboose located on County Road 326 in Gulf Hammock from a local family.

    After the purchase, Director Toni Collins set about finding out how one moves a caboose from one place to another. The caboose had been located on CR 326 for 14 years. Today it rests on the Gulf Hammock Wild Hog Canoe Race property at U.S. 19/98 and the Waccasassa River.

  • Gulf recreational red snapper state season opens May 7

     The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) set the 2016 recreational red snapper season in Gulf of Mexico state waters.

    The 2016 season will open Saturdays and Sundays in May starting May 7. On May 28, the season will open continuously through July 10. Finally, the season will reopen for Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in September and October, and on Labor Day. This would provide for a 78-day season in Gulf state waters.

  • Water talk focuses on sea level rise

    The fourth installment in “Think Water, Think Cedar Key” will be the “Power of Water,” presented on Saturday, April 26 at 10 a.m. in the community meeting room at Cedar Key Public Library.    

    Water, water everywhere! The Gulf water surrounding Cedar Key is a powerful force of change, through daily tides, occasional storm surges, and long-term sea level rise.

  • Water manager has good news on system

    By John McPherson

    Good things have been happening at the Cedar Key Water and Sewer District. Here’s a summary.

    Special Legislative Appropriations Received

    A special thanks is owed to our state legislative delegation, state Sen. Charlie Dean of Inverness and state Rep. Charles Stone of Ocala, who were both instrumental in securing legislative appropriations in the amounts of $400,000 in 2014, and $450,000 in 2016, to help pay for new water facilities needed by the District.