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  • Man dies during fishing trip

    By RYAN T. BUTLER

    Staff Writer

    The body of a man who died while fishing southeast Snake Key was recovered today.

    Charles T. Fletcher, 79 or Gainesville, was fishing with a friend Friday morning when he stood, lost his balance and fell out of the boat. Fletcher, who was wearing a life vest at the time, was unconscious when his body was recovered.

  • Trickling river doesn’t keep boat racers away

    John Edwards, clad in Spandex shorts and a torn T-shirt adorned with an airbrushed hog in a canoe, smiled as he paddled down the tea-colored waters of the Waccasassa River, effortlessly hefting his thin frame over the fallen log at the end of the race he’s competed in for 34 years.
    “It’s a fun race to do,” the St. Petersburg resident said after coming in first Saturday in the Experienced Class division of the 35th Annual Wild Hog Canoe & Kayak Race in Otter Creek.

  • DeHaven announces intent to seek school board seat

    My name is Marissa (Haldeman) DeHaven and I would like to take this opportunity to announce my candidacy for Levy County School Board, District 2.  I am a life-long resident of Levy County. I reside in Cedar Key with my husband, Mark, and our four children; Micah, 5, and Maya, Max and Marina, our two-year-old triplets.

  • An oath to serve

    Robby McCabe of Cedar Key takes the Oath of Enlistment for the U.S. Air Force Reserve on Saturday, April 28, on the second floor porch of the Cedar Key Library overlooking the arts festival. McCabe is entering the Delayed Enlistment Program and is scheduled to attend Basic Military Training at Lackland AFB, Texas in September.

  • Unmanned drone flights put off

    Plans to launch drones from Cedar Key’s George T. Lewis Airport this spring to gather data on 945,000 acres of seagrass beds have been put on hold until the fall.
    Levy County officials have been notified by Dr. Paul R. Carlson Jr. of Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute that NASA is not able to support the unmanned aerial vehicles, also known as drones, being deployed to Cedar Key.
    Carlson, in an email to county officials, said, “NASA was forced to cancel their contract with the company providing the instrument payload for the UAVs.”

  • Theft won’t keep fair kids from getting checks

    They took the kids' money, but the Suwannee River Fair, with the help of Perkins State Bank, will see to it the 347 kids who sold animals at the March show get their checks later this week.
    "They're going to get their money," said Loran Brookings, president of the Suwannee River Fair Association which puts on the annual youth livestock show and sale.

  • Students give ideas to improve marina

    The University of Florida Marina workshop, held at the Cedar Key Community Center on Thursday evening, was a hit.

  • Art lovers flock to island

    Reports had crowd counts slightly below last year’s tremendous turnout, but given the 90-degree weather and high gas prices, attendance was good. Food vendors in the park reported steady sales, but most did not sell out. The artists reported higher sales on Saturday and were overall very happy with the event and the organization of the show. Most expressed their desire to come back next year because of the wonderful hospitality provided by the entire community.
    Winners:
    Best of Show – Rolly Ray Reel (mixed media) from Maitland.

  • Cultural enlightenment at the Refuges

    Spring is the best time of year to bring crowds outdoors to the Lower Suwannee and Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuges (NWR).  Recently, a group that wants to soak up Florida’s history and heritage made its way to the Nature Coast for its own kind of exploration outside.
    Members of the Florida Humanties Council arrived April 12 night for a three-day stay.

  • TNR efforts to continue via Sheltering Hands

    Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) efforts will continue for Cedar Key through the efforts of Sheltering Hands, Inc., a not-for-profit organization.
    The good news is there is a $25,000 grant for TNR in zip codes 32625 and 32683. Now is your opportunity to ask for assistance with the feral/stray cats in your neighborhood. This grant allows for neuter/spay and vaccinations at no cost to you, though donations are appreciated since transportations costs are not covered.