Local News

  • Change coming to fire funding

    Commissioner Danny Stevens of Williston served notice to the municipal fire departments in Levy County: change is coming to the way the commission doles out money for coverage in the unincorporated county provided by those departments.

    “I have been thinking about this and we need a different methodology,” said Stevens (R-District 5), who oversees the county Department of Public Safety's fire and emergency medical budgets.

  • Chamber seeks auction donations

    The Cedar Key Chamber of Commerce's Annual Labor Day Auction will be Sept. 6 and the Chamber is seeking items to be donated for the event.

    The preview of items begins at 11:30 a.m. and minimum bids will vary. Bidding is from noon to 3 p.m.

    The auction is one of the chamber's biggest fundraisers to support operation of the Welcome Center and the Chamber's activities.

    The annual auction has grown so much that the event is moving.

  • Cedar Key Lions lend a hand

    Dale Register, in sunglasses, and Lanny Cardona, of the Cedar Key Lions Club, was helping the Chiefland Lions Club at the Epic Extravaganza hosted by Chiefland Methodist Church last Saturday.

    In addition to the Lions offering screening for diabetes, Register and Cardona were helping sign up children under the age of 6 for testing of Lazy Eye. The earlier the condition is detected the easier it is to cure the condition. But the condition must be caught before the child is 6 years old to remediate it.

  • County Briefs

    Hardship variance OK'd

    A hardship variance to allow a second dwelling at 6490 N.E. 94th Terrace, Bronson, was approved by the Levy County Commission.

    The request was made by Gail M. Osteen, who owns the 79-acre property at 6451 N.E. County Road 337 that is zoned Forestry/Rural Residential. Osteen said allowing the second dwelling will allow her daughter, Rebecca S. Water, to care for Osteen. The daughter will live in a 32-by-52-foot mobile home.

    McCallum can seek money

  • For the birds

    The weather outside may not be fit for man or beast, but the birds are enjoying it.

  • Gulf Kart opens second rental company

    You may have heard that the Gulfside Motel has been sold. Well, the golf carts that they rented out are now gone.

    Believing that there was a need, and enough demand, for a second golf cart rental business, Gulf Kart Co. has decided to open a second golf cart rental business.

    It is called Island Gulf Karts, and is located on the lot next to The Market, behind Tony's Restaurant, and opened August 1, 2015.  The new company will be owned by George Oakley, owner of Gulf Kart Co., and his son Daniel, who will manage and run it.

  • 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.