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  • New CF campus on schedule for August opening

    Tom Morelock, director of facilities for the College of Central Florida, gave a tour, along with project manager Katie Hunt and builder Todd Duffy, of the new Jack Wilkinson Levy Campus north of Chiefland for the Suwannee Valley Rotary Club last Thursday.

    The two-story structure with modern amenities is on schedule for completion this summer, Morelock said, with staff expected to be in place by the end of July.

    A ribbon-cutting ceremony is planned for Aug. 11, before classes begin on Aug. 28.

    The project has been 10 years in the making.

  • Join in for the 33 annual Cedar Key Small Boat Meet

    Friday through Sunday May 5th, 6th and 7th. This big gathering of traditional small craft will include sailboats, canoes, kayaks, and more. The event is organized by the West Coast Trailer Sailing Squadron and is a regular event twice yearly in Cedar Key.

    Be prepared to see the island city packed with lots of interesting small craft sailboats and the accompanying sailors. You will see day-sailors, canoes, kayaks and other small sailing vessels.

  • Levy County flood insurance maps getting update

    Area residents and governments will have the opportunity to review updated mapping information to better prepare and protect homeowners and communities in the event of flooding.

    The Suwannee River Water Management District, Federal Emergency Management Agency and Florida Department of Emergency Management are hosting open house meetings for residents and officials in Dixie, Levy and Taylor counties during the month of April to review the proposed Flood Insurance Rate Maps and answer questions.

  • Georgia family of four killed in Williston plane crash

    A Georgia family of four was killed this weekend when their 1948 Cessna 170 crashed after take off at the Williston Municipal Airport.

    Clay Connolly, Williston Deputy Chief of Police, said the police and fire departments were notified about the crash around 1:12 p.m. Easter Sunday.

    It was only after the investigation began that law enforcement personnel began piecing the facts together and determined that the aircraft crashed some time after 3:10 p.m. Saturday.

  • Busy time for the coast guard on the gulf coast

    The Coast Guard rescued two people Saturday from a Sea Tow boat 26 miles west of Cedar Key. 

    At 11:04 p.m. Friday watch standers from Sector St. Petersburg received a mayday call via VHF-FM marine band radio channel 16 from a man aboard a Sea Tow boat stating he was beset by weather, his tow line to a 33-foot fishing boat broke, and he was in need of emergency assistance.

  • He is risen, risen indeed!

    Christians gathered Easter morning on the shore of the Gulf of Mexico at Cedar Key for a sunrise worship service. Pastors from the First Baptist Church, Christ Episcopal Church, Cedar Key United Methodist Church and Rosewood Baptist Church participated in the celebration.

  • $20 can go a long way

    The picture tells a remarkable story. Many Cedar Key residents believe all the food distributed through the local food pantry is donated, but that is not true. Most of the food is purchased through the Bread of the Mighty Food Bank in Gainesville, although at a greatly reduced price.

  • Local writer wins state competition

    Cedar Key writer Susan Roquemore placed first in the short story category for the General Federation of Woman’s Clubs-Florida creative writing contest for the year 2016.

    Her short story, “An Unholy Baptism” is a humorous look at a not-so-funny hiking experience in the north Florida woods. She and her hiking buddy, Joan Hobson, of Clermont, were mapping sections of the Florida Trail when they met an unexpected challenge crossing Econfina Creek. 

  • Old Florida Celebration of the Arts 2017 Award Winners

    Best of Show: Michael Everett, Drawing Booth 27, Palatka

    Best 2D: Bruce Ferguson, Painting Booth 24, Hernando Beach

    Best 3D: Jean Yao, Fiber Booth 84, Ft. Lauderdale

    Award of Excellence: Marc Aune, Jewelry Booth 18

    Award of Excellence: Susan Dauphinee, Painting Booth 72

    Award of Excellence: Adam Pourciau, Ceramics Booth 107A

    Award of Creativity: Greg Mangum, Jewelry Booth 59

  • Cedar Key native awarded prestigious honor in Coast Guard

    Cedar Key native Chelsea Colson was awarded Enlisted Person of the Year this month for the Eighth Coast Guard District in New Orleans.

    Colson, a Petty Officer Third Class, works as a storekeeper at Coast Guard Marine Safety and Security Team.