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  • New manatee, sea turtle decals supports conservation

    New editions of manatee and sea turtle decals are available at local tax collectors’ offices across the state. The popular decals, produced annually by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), provide an important source of funds for the state’s efforts to conserve Florida’s manatees and sea turtles.

    Anyone donating $5 will receive a decal. Donations support manatee and sea turtle research, rehabilitation and educational programs, as well as FWC conservation efforts.

  • Group kayak and picnic event set

    The Friends of the Lower Suwannee & Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuges will hold a Group Paddle and Picnic in the town of Suwannee. Join us for an easy (beginners welcome), short (3.8 miles, two hours), fresh water paddle on Lock Creek, through Riverine swamp along the Suwannee River. 

  • Loans available to businesses damaged by Debby

    In an effort to expedite the recovery process for businesses damaged by Tropical Storm Debby, Gov. Rick Scott activated Florida’s Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program. The program will provide emergency, short-term, interest-free loans to small businesses in 36 eligible counties to assist in reestablishing business during the interim period before other aid and insurance claims are processed.

  • STATE FFA WINNER

    Sarah Bartholemy, center, placed third in the state in the FFA Creed Speaking

    contest.

     

         

  • Meth lab’s fumes yield five arrests

    Apparently five people charged with making “shake and bake” meth in a unit of a second floor duplex in Sumner were so overcome by the fumes of the chemical process they did not hear officers were knocking on their front door. 

    But when the officers could not get the attention of the people inside the unit, the next door neighbor helped out deputies and officers by kicking down the adjoining door between the units, according to Levy County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Lt. Scott Tummond.

  • County EMS, fire assessments could affect Cedar Key residents

    Levy County fire assessments would more than double to $110 from $40 per residence and the emergency medical services assessment would rise from $78 to $119 per residence under preliminary resolutions unanimously adopted by the Board of County Commissioners on Tuesday.

  • Bridge loan available to businesses damaged by TS Debby

    In an effort to expedite the recovery process for businesses damaged by Tropical Storm Debby, Gov. Rick Scott activated Florida’s Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program. The program will provide emergency, short-term, interest-free loans to small businesses in 36 eligible counties to assist in reestablishing business during the interim period before other aid and insurance claims are processed.

  • Mosquito workers racking up overtime

    Everyone was so happy two weeks ago when Tropical Storm Debby brought heavy rainfall to Levy County and other parts of Florida.
    The storm also left behind a nasty gift: standing water that is giving mosquitoes a chance to hatch out.
    If you are besieged by mosquitoes, welcome to the club.
    If you are a merchant selling mosquito repellant or foggers you are probably short on supplies.

  • Dental bus coming to Cedar Key

    The Dental Bus, sponsored by First Baptist of Cedar Key and the Florida Baptist Convention,  will be in Cedar Key Monday-Friday, from July 9 - 13 with volunteer dentists from Williston , Gainesville and Chiefland.

    The dental staff will provide  urgent care, free extractions and free fillings.
    To make an appointment and seek qualification, screening will take place on Monday July 9, beginning at 10 a.m. Please call the Baptist Church 543-5000
     

  • Snook to remain closed for another year in Gulf waters

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) voted to keep the recreational harvest of snook in Gulf of Mexico waters closed for another year to offer the species additional protection after a 2010 cold kill detrimentally affected the population.
    The decision came at the June 28 Commission meeting in Palm Beach Gardens after staff presented an updated stock assessment that showed snook populations are improving in the Atlantic and are not in biological jeopardy in the Gulf. The next assessment is due in 2015.