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  • 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.

  • Seahorse Key lighthouse open house

    First grade teacher and Seahorse Key Marine Laboratory Volunteer Jan Jackson shows 8 year old Karl John Weinmeister and his brother, 14 year old Nathan Weinmeister a starfish in the touch tanks.

    The Weinmeister family rode over to Seahorse Key on a water taxi and were visiting Cedar Key from Athens, Georgia.  

  • John Meeks graduates from FAC certification program

    The Florida Association of Counties (FAC) has presented Levy County Commissioner John M. Meeks with the Advanced County Commissioner designation following his completion of a comprehensive study program developed by the association.

    In addition he has won two posts in the county association. Meeks was also unanimously elected to represent District 5 ― which includes all or part of Baker, Citrus, Columbia, Dixie, Gilchrist, Lafayette, Levy, Marion, Suwannee, and Union counties ― on the FAC Board of Directors.

  • Chief has evening ticket sales

    In order to streamline the ticket process and reduce the lines at the box office on show dates, the Suwannee Valley Players have initiated new procedures for productions at The Chief Theater.

    Starting in July with the Summer Youth Production of “Kids Say the Darndest Things”, the box office will be open July 16 and 21-22 from 6 to 7 p.m. to purchase tickets and get seating reservations.

    This will eliminate the need to access the box office on show day. Ticket buyers will proceed directly to the lobby and be seated by the ushers.