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  • Florida Forest Service Awards $110,000 to Levy County, School Board

    Florida Forest Service Awards $110,000 to the Levy County School Board and Levy County Board of County Commissioners
    Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam today announced that the Florida Forest Service is distributing $55,397 to the Levy County Board of County Commissioners, and $55,397 to the Levy County School Board as a result of revenue generated from operating the Goethe State Forest.

  • Rabies Alert issued for Bronson-Archer area

    The Levy County Health Department and Alachua County Health Department have issued a rabies alert for the Forest Park and University Oaks area which is located in Levy County and near the Alachua County border in Archer.

    This is in response to a domestic dog that tested positive for rabies on Feb. 23.

  • Commissioners OK dock land lease

    Anglers and crabbers take heart, the Levy County Commission has OK’d a new five-year lease with the state for the land that the “Big Dock” sits on in Cedar Key.
    While the county owns the dock, that was rebuilt after the 2004 hurricane season, the land on which it is built is “soverignty submerged lands” leased from the state.

  • County still waiting on inmates; recycling program still on hiatus

    The Levy County recycling program is still on hiatus awaiting a decision on when it can get women prison inmates to sort the material collected.
    The county suspended the program and picked up the recycling trailers from around the county three weeks ago after the state Department of Corrections decided to shut down the Levy Forestry Work Camp which provided inmates for the sorting  program at the landfill.

  • LARC on the move

    Florida State Parks have a program called “parknerships” that involves, as you might guess, partnering with other agencies, civic groups and schools to achieve its goals. This is always a win-win for those involved.  This past week, it was a winning day for the Levy Association for Retarded Citizens (LARC) and the Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge.

  • Yankeetown loses Tarmac appeal

    The 1st District Court of Appeal has denied the Town of Yankeetown’s request to review Levy County’s conditional special exception permit granted to the Tarmac King Road mine project, possibly closing that case.
    Another suit, filed citing different grounds for challenging the permit that was filed by W.A.R., the Withlacoochee Area Residents, is still alive in the appeals court.

  • CK Woman’s Club brings home the ribbons

    On Feb. 18, the Cedar Key Woman’s Club once more came home beribboned from the Gainesville Arts and Crafts day.
    Each year, the CKWC participates in a District Florida Federation of Woman’s Clubs competition, where first place winners from 17 different communities compete.

  • Senecal named Volunteer of the Year

    Eileen Senecal, from the Cedar Key Woman’s Club, has been named Volunteer of the Year by District 5 of the Florida Federation of Woman’s Clubs.
    This prestigious award was presented at the District Arts and Crafts Luncheon held in Gainesville on Saturday, Feb. 18.

  • Jenny Biermen is named Cedar Key School’s 2012 valedictorian

    By Taryn Epperson and Montana Beckham
    Shark Correspondents

    2012 Senior Jenny Biermen is the valedictorian; she has gone to Cedar Key School since 6th grade. In her years at CKS she has taken all the required classes to graduate as well as marine science, teacher’s aid and the work program - and while doing all this managed an almost a perfect GPA.

  • Coast Guard rescues three off Atsena Otie Key

    The Coast Guard rescued three sailboaters who were capsized and adrift two miles southeast of Atsena Otie Key on Monday.
    The Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg received a call forwarded by the Levy County Sheriff's Dispatch Center at 7 p.m., Sunday, from a concerned family member. The caller said three men; ages 53, 40, and 16, were overdue from a sailing trip. The trio departed from Cedar Key on Sunday to sail their 16-foot fiberglass catamaran around Atsena Otie Key, approximately one mile offshore.