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  • Cedar Key, Bronson, Williston fireworks

    The Cedar Key Chamber of Commerce will have its fireworks show on the Fourth of July at dark on Dock Street.

    The Chamber sponsors the annual event through donations and donations are still short of the $12,000 needed to pay for the display and donations are still being accepted.

    For more information on the show or how to donate, please contact the Cedar Key Chamber of Commerce at 352-543-5600.

    The Town of Bronson and Williston will celebrate the Independence Day on July 1 and July 3, respectfully.

  • Otter Springs to host 4th of July family fun

    Join Otter Springs Park and Campround this Fourth of July weekend for family fun, food, and music to celebrate our freedom and those who sacrificed for our freedom. The holiday weekend includes begins Friday, June 30 with a barbecue dinner and ends with a cookout at the Springs.

    All proceeds go towards the Camp Valor Project in support of our severely wounded veterans. Please check out our website at www.ottersprings.com to learn more about the other activities we will be hosting this holiday weekend. For more information, please call 352-463-0800.

  • County awarded for improved employee safety

    The Board of County Commissioners Tuesday approved a set of inter-local agreements between the Towns of Yankeetown and Inglis and the School Board of Levy County to collect impact fees on behalf of the local governments and the SBLC.

    County Coordinator Wilbur Dean’s requests were met with unanimous approval, enabling the County to collect EMS and Fire Rescue impact fees for Inglis and Yankeetown, as well as Educational System impact fees.

  • Cedar Key Historic Preservation Board Meeting

    By R. L. “Doc” Gardner

    The City of Cedar Key Historic Preservation Board convened at City Hall June 6 for its monthly meeting.

    Board members Bill Heckler, George Sresovich, Niki Mason and George Oakley were present. The single agenda item was a petition for the board to issue a Certificate of Appropriateness to add a front porch to the residence at 626 Second St.

  • Commissioners look at “Live aboards” policies

    By R. L. “Doc” Gardner

    The City of Cedar Key Commission met on the evening of June 6, 2017 with all members present. At the top of a full agenda, the commission unanimously supported the submission of a formal plan for the construction of a “cooking shed/shelter” to be erected behind the community center. The commission volunteered to pay the permit fees once a formal plan is drafted.

  • Animal Services touts success of low-cost spay/neuter program

    Levy County’s new low cost spay and neuter program, sponsored by the For Our Friends the Animals group, is only a month old, and County veterinarian Darlene Essler has seen a consensus of early approval for it from the public and county veterinarians.

    Essler reported the program had taken 19 applicants through its first three weeks, including eight dog spays, six dog neuters, a couple of cat spays and a cat neuter. A cat neuter and spay were pending at the time of the County Commission meeting last Tuesday.

  • Florida studies future growth

    EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the first in an occasional series in which we hope to learn more about Levy County and how prepared it is to meet the future.

    About 30 people attended the community meeting May 26 to participate in the Florida 2030 Project at Haven Hospice. The event was hosted by the Greater Chiefland Area Chamber of Commerce.

  • Levy EMT recognized for life-saving act

    A first-responder’s job really never ends, whether or not he or she is on duty.

    Levy County Public Safety firefighter-EMT Hunter Kline recently proved that when he saved a life at a local establishment while off duty.

    The Levy Board of County Commissioners recognized Kline for his life-saving efforts at its meeting June 6 in presenting him with a certificate of appreciation.

    Kline, who has been with LCPS since 2009, has also been nominated for a Valor Award.

  • Watermelon Festival a hit for vendors, attendees

    Going to the annual Watermelon Festival means eating and shopping for a lot of people and guests were not to be disappointed this year. There were a record number of vendors and for the first-time vendors were stationed across US 19 as well.

    Sure, finding a familiar old standby is nice; a food with that familiar sign out front. However, making the choice for lunch, then hearing that your neighbor owns the booth makes that warm and fuzzy feeling happen.

  • County passes five-cent gas tax

    The Levy County Board of Commissioners last Tuesday passed a gas tax ordinance for five cents per gallon of motor fuel.