Local News

  • Fowlers Bluff Fire now operated by county

    Fowlers Bluff residents can now feel more secure about fire rescue services in their area, according to county and community officials.
    Monday was the first official day of operation for the Levy County Fire Station No. 4, said Levy County Department of Public Safety Director David Knowles in a public meeting Monday at Fowlers Bluff.
    The station and its crew of firefighters, formerly known as the Fowlers Bluff Volunteer Fire Department, signed on to merge with the county's fire department several months ago.

  • County OKs higher millage — tentatively

  • Boater rescued in Gulf, brought to CK

    A Micanopy man was evacuated from a burning 26-foot boat about 15 miles west of Cedar Key by the Coast Guard on Saturday and brought to George Lewis Airport for treatment, according to information provided by the agency and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission.
    Clifford Burnham, 49, had been in the water for about an hour, clinging to the cowling of an outboard motor on his 26-foot boat, when the Coast Guard arrived in response to a radio call.

  • Leapin’ lizards

    About a dozen children, with parents in tow, showed up at the Cedar Key Public Library Friday afternoon to watch Geddy the Gecko perform.
       Geddy and the children danced, listened to short stories and songs about several South American countries. About halfway through the program, Geddy transformed into a larger, puffed up version of himself who promptly moved into a break dance routine that culminated with the oversized reptile spinning on his head.

  • CK tap water safe to drink

    From the CK Water & Sewer District website:
    On Wednesday, August 1st at 5:00PM, the Cedar Key Water & Sewer District was given approval from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to allow human consumption of the District’s water supply. It is now safe for you to drink the water.

  • Coast Guard medically evacuates man near Cedar Key

     A 50-year-old man was medically evacuated by the Coast Guard approximately 15 miles west of Cedar Key, Saturday. 

  • Candidates take gloves off as primary nears

    Almost two weeks ago the Bronson Area Chamber of Commerce political rally was a pretty calm affair with candidates talking about themselves and what they would do to be elected.
    Last Friday, in a political rally sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5625 the words were more heated in several races.

  • County turns out to honor fallen soldier

    Army Spec. Clarence Williams III, of Brooksville, was killed when his military police unit was attacked in Afghanistan on July 8. Six soldiers died in the attack.
    His body was brought from McDill Air Force Base in Tampa before traveling on U.S. Highway 19 to Carnegie Funeral Home in Chiefland.
    Residents from throughout Levy County turned out to honor the soldier who was said to have a ready smile and hoped to follow in his father's footsteps by joining the Florida Highway Patrol.

  • DEP, SRWMD to hold workshop on changes to statewide water use permits

    Public workshops on rule development for statewide consumptive use permitting consistency (“CUPcon”) will be hosted in August by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) and Suwannee River Water Management District (District).
    The first meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, August 7 at the District headquarters, 9225 County Road 49 in Live Oak. The second will be held in Chiefland on Wednesday, August 8 at the Tommy Usher Community Center, 506 SW 4th Ave. Both meetings will begin at 9 a.m. All interested parties are invited to attend.

  • Goundwater up in many areas - not in Cedar Key

    Groundwater levels in parts of Levy and surrounding counties are up, according to the Suwannee River Water Management District.
    Tropical storms Beryl and Debbie dumped unprecedented amounts of rain in the area, helping to alleviate record drought and plummeting groundwater levels. The average rainfall throughout the district in June, according to SRWMD, was about 18.4 inches, which set a new record.