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  • Hodges elected mayor; Register vice-mayor

    For the first order of business at the May 15 City Commissioners meeting, city clerk Francis Hodges swore in Scott Dennison and Dave Feigin as city commissioners. The second order of business was for the commission to vote for mayor. Gene Hodges and Dale Register were nominated with Gene Hodges elected mayor by a three to two vote. Dale Register was elected as vice-mayor by a four to one vote.

  • Commissioner wants to see change in tourism board policy

    Normally the business of the county’s tourism director is non-controversial, but such was not the case at Tuesday’s Levy County Commission meeting when Visitor Bureau Director Carol McQueen and Commissioner Ryan Bell of Chiefland (R-District 4)  had a kerfuffle over tourism council appointments.

  • Buesing road dedication set for Sunday

    Marine Lance Cpl. Brian R. Buesing was one of the first deaths in the Iraq war when it started in 2003. Nine years later the state will dedicate a portion of State Road 24 in his honor.
    A ceremony with state Department of Transportation officials and members of Buesing’s family will be on hand for the dedication of the sign at County Road 347 and SR 24 on Sunday at 1 p.m.
    Buesing’s family lives on CR 347 and that is why the road’s intersection was chosen as the starting point.

  • 8th Annual Seafood Feast

    On Saturday, May 19, Christ Episcopal Church holds its 8th Annual Seafood Feast which includes:  fried mullet, shrimp, clams, fish chowder, grits, hush puppies, cole slaw and an array of fabulous homemade desserts.
        Thelma McCain and her crew (AKA The Thelmetts) are once again in charge of preparing this feast. Cost is $10 per person.
    For the first time, it will be held at the Community Center rather than at the church from noon through 2 p.m.

  • Chiefland Rotary fishing tournament Saturday in CK

    The Chiefland Rotary Club will host its annual fishing tournament this weekend in Cedar Key. The event begins with a mandatory captains’ meeting on Friday at 6 p.m. at the Cedar Key Community Center. Anglers have until weigh-ins at 4 p.m on Saturday to catch the biggest fish.
    Recent fishing restrictions in the Gulf of Mexico limit the competition haul to five trout and two redfish total.
    First place for biggest trout and biggest redfish can earn up to $500 in prize money.

  • Correction: Bronson homemakers bingo on Thursday

    An incorrect date was publiched in the May 17 issue of the Cedar Key Beacon for the Bronson Home and Community Educators club's annual bingo

    The event will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday, May 25, at the Levy County Extension Center. The cost is $5 for two cards and $1 for two additional cards.
    The club will provide drinks and dessert and there wil be prizes. For more information, call Dee Olsen at 486-2319.

  • Saturday expo helps residents get ready for disaster

    The Levy County Public Safety & Hurricane Preparedness Expo, sponsored by the Levy Department of Public Safety, will be Saturday, May 19, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Williston Airport. Admission is free.
    There will be demonstrations of vehicle extrications using the Jaws of Life, and working dogs for Search & Rescue and the Sheriffs’ Office.
    Displays will include ambulances, fire trucks, helicopters, hazardous materials equipment, police cars, a medical simulator lab, and forestry equipment from several counties.

  • Delta Kappa Gamma Society Inducts new officers, members

    Levy County Delta Kappa Gamma Society assembled in Cedar Key to induct new officers and members.  

  • Pirate shop brings bit of spice to Cedar Key

    By Patty Roesch
    Correspondent
    Tunes from Bob Marley’s “I wanna jamming with you” drift along the breeze and through the door of Pirate Isle, the new spice and sauce store on Cedar Key.
    “We jammin’…”
    Inspired by the Jamaican heritage of her family, Carol A. Merritt would visit Jamaica with her mother in the ‘8’s and fell in love with the culture. Soon after, she began making Caribbean jerk seasonings only to expand from there.

  • Old Town man injured by jumping sturgeon

    An Old Town man was injured Friday at about 10:30 a.m. when he collided with a sturgeon that jumped out of the Suwannee River in front of his boat. It's the first sturgeon strike this year.
     Christopher Jordan Marlo's injuries were not life-threatening, according to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission investigators.