Local News

  • Cedar Key retiree is Nation's first volunteer to Cuba

    While thousands of Americans flock to Havana to shop and tour Hemingway’s House for the first time in 50 years, a volunteer-spirited Cedar Key woman chose the “path least followed” inland to help the Cuban people on projects from farming to English. “They were so welcoming, I left feeling a deep love for the Cuban people,” reported Kit Lane, a retired nurse who taught basic conversational English skills for two weeks.

    She said other volunteer projects included gardening, sewing and repairing a community building.

  • Dancing for Down Syndrome

    One little man stole the show at a special fundraiser this past Saturday.

    Young Paxton was the inspiration for a Dancing for Down Syndrome Zumba event hosted by Chiefland Health and Fitness Manager Carla Russ, which just happened to fall on National Dance Day. They had to have a party anyway, Russ said.

    "That's my way of helping is dancing; that's what I can give," Russ said.

    Russ said her son races go-carts in Jasper and one of the racing families also has a youngster with Down Syndrome.

  • Sheriff's office nets 67 in county-wide drug bust

    Levy County Sheriff Bobby McCallum has a message for those using and selling drugs: Quit now.

    On Monday, McCallum announced the arrest of 65 people and that his department is seeking two others on various drug charges in Operation Melting Pot.

    There are 74 cases and 135 charges against the 67 individuals named in warrants. A sheriff's office press release said investigators made 72 controlled purchases of illegal drugs from 67 different suspects. It was the largest roundup since one several years ago that netted 40 suspects.

  • Back-to-School

    Staff Report

    It's almost time to return to school as stores stock up on supplies, schools release lists of what's needed and supply drives and giveaways to get children ready for the classroom.

    The state's sales tax free holiday runs from Aug. 7-16. There will be no sales tax on clothing items up to $100 value, school supplies up to $15 in value and computers up to $750 in value.

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  • Seahorse Key needs artists

    The Call for Artists of the 2016 Seahorse Key Artist-in-Residence Program, a partnership between the Cedar Key Arts Center, the Seahorse Marine Laboratory, and the Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge, has been announced.

    The program is designed to provide visual artists the opportunity to create art inspired by the Seahorse Key and the surrounding National wildlife refuge. Seahorse Key is located in the Big Bend in north west Florida.

    The deadline for application is Aug. 15.

    The benefits of selection include:

  • Pirates Invasion is only eight weeks away

    Bard Productions, the event organizer for the Cedar Key Pirate Invasion, has sent out a reminder that it is less than 8 weeks until the mates set foot in Cedar Key.

    They will be bringing with them, tourists, education, fun and most of all an economic boost during a shoulder season. The invasion is Sept. 18-20.

  • Heavy rains favor Cedar Key

          Ever feel like that rain cloud is just hovering above your head? Well, that may very well be the case if you're in Cedar Key, which has been hit with a lot more rain than the rest of the county recently.

       "We've been in this wet pattern for a few days," Robert Garcia, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Tampa said.

  • Call to artists from Old Florida Celebration of the Arts

    A call to artists is issued by the Old Florida Celebration of the Arts in Cedar Key 2016 for entries in its 2016 show on April 9-10, on Historic 2nd Street in Cedar Key. Deadline for entries is Dec. 1.

    This is the 52nd Annual Event and carries $18,000 in prize money and purchase awards.

    The event draws over 24,000 art lovers but exhibitors are limited to 120 artists.

    The jury fee is $25 and the booth fee is $175.

  • Marketing Levy County to cost $146,304

    Ah, the many joys of Levy County. We know them well: the springs, the Suwannee River, the hiking, bike and horse trails, the roads with breathtaking scenery, the fishing, kayaking, paddling, canoeing and boating. We love it all.

    Problem is, not many folks outside Levy know of its attributes and Carol McQueen, Levy Visitor Bureau director, and the Levy County Tourist Development Council are looking to change that with a marketing plan that calls for spending $146,304 to promote the county.