Local News

  • Captain's Log for the week of 5-12-16

    There are a lot of changes coming up and I just want to remind everyone of what's happening. And remember it is your responsibility to keep informed of the changes.

  • Wild Hog raises $20,400 for Levy ARC

    By Ashley Andresen

    On Monday morning, Wild Hog Canoe and Kayak Race board members presented the Levy ARC with a check for the proceeds from the 39th annual Wild Hog race.

    The event raised $20,400, up from $19,400 last year.

    “Thanks for the opportunity to serve you,” Wild Hog President Keith Maynard said at the presentation at the Levy ARC facilities. We love each one of y’all, he said.

  • Red Tide Report 5-12-16

    The Florida red tide organism, Karenia brevis, persists along Pinellas, Manatee, Sarasota, and Charlotte counties in Southwest Florida.

    In addition, one sample collected offshore of Dixie County in Northwest Florida contained background concentrations of K. brevis.

    Fish kills and respiratory irritation were not reported in Southwest Florida over the past week.

  • Artist of the Month May 2016

    The May Artist of the Month at the Cedar Keyhole is Joey Barkhouse. Joey creates fantasy fish out of driftwood, fan coral and other accoutrements.

    She spent 15 years as a pointer of landscapes and undersea mammals, eventually returning to school at the Rhode Island School of Design. She worked as a senior designer for an ad agency, and retired to the Nature Coast. Joey spotted a piece of driftwood which looked like a fish and she was off and running with all of her energy and enthusiasm, creating fish of every size, color and shape.

  • Final chance to renew arts center membership

    Cedar KeyArs Center members who wish to remain in good standing are reminded one last time that if you have not renewed your membership at the Cedar Key Arts Center for the past 3-plus years, you might want to get on it. The group is trying to get the membership rosters in order and in order to receive newsletters and email notices dues must be paid.

    Membership forms are available at the Arts Center at 457 2nd St., upstairs.

    We hope that you will continue to support us by renewing your membership this year.

  • Kindergarten circus on May 27

    The annual Cedar Key School Kindergarten Circus will return to the auditorium on Friday, May 27, at 9:30 a.m.

    The past versions of the annual event have featured tight rope walkers, lions, and a strong man who can lift a bear.  The students have been rehearsing for their roles as the performance is a highlight of the end of school activities. The entire student body attends the circus.

    The kindergarten class also sells popcorn and something to wash it down to raise money for the class.

  • Refuge to get new manager

    By Abdon Sidibe

    There is a changing of the guard underway at the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge (CRNWR), and the outgoing manager is getting praise from local stakeholders.

    Andrew Gude, who for the past 2 1/2 years jointly managed CRNWR and the Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge, ended his tenure last week at the Crystal River refuge. He will now manage only the Lower Suwannee refuge.

  • Cedar Key lights up the night

    The jewel of the Gulf Coast sparkles into the night along dock street.

  • Recalled chicken removed from Levy schools

    Levy County schools were notified Wednesday morning by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Foods of food recalls resulting in the disposal of about 60 cases or 1200 pounds of chicken products from Pilgrim’s Pride Corp.

    A previous recall on April 7 listed only one product, but a secondary press release on April 26 revealed multiple other products had been affected. Over 4.5 million pounds of chicken products are being recalled.

  • Crab Fest draws huge crowd to party

    It may have started slowly on Friday night with the arrival of a few vendors and some residents putting up canopies, but by 6 p.m. Saturday the 2016 Crab Fest in East Williston and Lincoln Heights was in full swing with thousands of people walking along streets in the neighborhood and that is when Levy County Sheriff Bobby McCallum closed County Road 318 to traffic.