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  • 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.

  • Big Bend Florida blue crab trap closure starts July 20

    Recreational and commercial blue crab traps in state waters from the Pasco-Hernando county line to the Wakulla-Franklin county line, including all waters of the Ochlockonee River and Bay, must be removed from the water before July 20, the first day of a 10-day trap closure.

    This closure will give groups authorized by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) the opportunity to identify and retrieve lost and abandoned blue crab traps from the water.

  • Cake auction Thursday

    A cake auction to raise money to help the Rippy Family with funeral and medical expenses is at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 16, at Chiefland Elementary School. Donations of sweet goods can be dropped off starting at 4:30 p.m.

    Jaylon Rippy, 5, died on July 2 when a leaping sturgeon struck her family's boat. Her mother sustained facial injuries and her brother sustained arm injuries in the fish strike. Both will need surgeries to repair the damage.

  • Fire in Rosewood

    The Florida Forest Service and the Florida Forestry Arson Alert Association, in conjunction with a private landowner, are offering up to $15,000 for information leading to an arrest of an arsonist who recently set multiple wildfires in the Rosewood area of Levy County.

  • Conservation required to obtain water money

    Folks in the unincorporated areas of Levy County may not like it, but the county has agreed to implement and enforce year-round water conservation measures, and to try cutting back water use by 10 percent. And for the first time the entire county is covered by the same conservation rules.

  • The fast and the fourteen

    Fans at Bronson Speedway saw 14 year old Cassie Lozier of Cedar Key, win her first Strictly Stock Feature Event Sat night. Lozier who started outside pole, is the youngest competitor to strap into a Strictly Stock at Bronson Speedway.

    Lozier started outside pole and at the drop of the green Lozier jumped to the lead. While the field behind her battled for position Lozier used that time to build close to an 8 car length lead on the field running a perfect line around the high banked oval.

  • Seahorse Key re-opens for visitors on Saturday

    After taking a four-month hiatus to allow for the bird nesting season on Seahorse Key, the island and its lighthouse will be open to visitors on Saturday, July 18, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Access to island and its beaches has been restricted since March 1 of this year, as it is annually, to protect against any interruption to the breeding and nesting activities of the rookery.

    Visitors will have to use private boats, kayaks or canoes or tour boats from Cedar Key to reach the island that is a refuge for wildlife.

  • Where there's a will there's a way

    This agave plant on the corner of the Island Hotel was determined to bloom and it did not care that the hotel's second floor balcony is in the way of the bloom spike.