Local News

  • Celebrate World Heart Day on Sept. 29 Learn Hands-Only CPR

    Bronson – In celebration of World Heart Day, on Tuesday, Sept. 29, the Florida Department of Health in Levy County is promoting heart health by hosting Hands-Only™ CPR training. World Heart Day is an annual event created by the World Heart Foundation to remind everyone that heart disease and stroke are the world’s leading causes of death. The theme for 2015 is creating heart healthy environments.

  • Cedar Key School earns prestigious athletic awards

    Emily Smith

    Shark Correspondent

    Once again, it’s time for a well-deserved celebration over at Cedar Key School! Last year, due to the integrity shown by the hardworking athletes, CKS was presented the Fred E. Rozelle Sportsmanship Award by the Florida High School Athletic Association. This marks the fourth time in the last nine years that the school has received this honor and, as always, it wouldn’t have been achieved without the many helping hands of supportive parents and dedicated fans.

  • Living the dream

    Alicia Neal

    Shark Correspondent

    Mrs. Terri Wisdom has always wanted to be a teacher, and when she and her husband spotted the opening, she gave Cedar Key a shot.

  • It’s Mathematical

    Heather Sikes

    Shark Correspondent

    Mrs. Marissa DeHaven may be new to teaching high school but she is no stranger to Cedar Key. As a high school graduate of Cedar Key, DeHaven went on to Central Florida Community College where she obtained her Associate's degree. Despite her childhood aspirations of becoming a dolphin trainer at SeaWorld, she ultimately decided to become a math teacher.

  • Helen Denham grant request rejected

    Bad news for fans of the sternwheeler-steamboat Helen Denham ship sitting on the bottom near the No. 4 Channel in Cedar Key the state has turned down a request for money to survey the site.

    Toni Collins, president of the Levy County Historical Preservation Society, informed the Levy County Commission at its regular meeting on Tuesday that the state Historical Commission and Review Panel considered the grant request “too broad” and lacking in local support.

    “They felt the support was not there in Cedar Key,” Collins said.

  • Winner named for 2016 arts festival logo

    Dianna Tonnessen is the winning artists in the 2016 Design Contest for the Old Florida Celebration of the Arts Festival in Cedar Key with her limited edition linoleum block print, "Sunset Isle Motel & RV Park."

  • Pirate fest is bigger than ever

    For its third year returning to Cedar Key, the Pirate Invasion was bigger than ever.

    This year there were quite a few more vendors, a larger turn out for the parade and a historic period encampment twice as big as last year, all there to cater to the estimated 5,000 to 6,000 people who turned out over the weekend. Yet, there's more to the story than the economic boost the event offers to Cedar Key and areas nearby and the family fun it offers to visitors.

  • Guide to the Pirate Invasion

    Pirate Invasion is coming up in Cedar Key on the weekend of Sept. 18-20.

    Check out the schedule of events to see what will be happening.

    From the Cedar Key Chamber Welcome Center:

    For any visitors that ask after we are closed or before, there is a list in

    our outside window showing who has openings to stay, with phone numbers. I

    have also put it on the "Places to Stay" page on our website under

    Visitor's Search. Please ask any visitor not able to get into the Welcome

  • Suwannee water district approves millage, budget

    The Suwannee River Water Management District held the first of two public hearings to discuss the tentative budget and millage rate for the fiscal year starting Oct. 1.

    The tentative budget is $43,335,921 and the tentative roll-back millage rate is 0.4104. The tentative budget represents a 6.8 percent reduction over the current budget. The roll-back millage rate is the rate that generates the same amount of property tax revenues as approved for the previous fiscal year.

  • Auction helps chamber

    Bidding was lively at the Annual Labor Day Auction that benefits the Greater Cedar Key Chamber of Commerce.

    Leslie Valen, director of the chamber, said,, “I thank all of the visitors and locals who showed up to support it. We were able to get pretty active bidding.”

    Dakotah Winery of Chiefland kept the wine flowing and Steamers restaurant provided the snacks.

    “We changed it to the community center this year and got good attendance,” Valen said. The community center offers more seating and display area for the annual auction.