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Local News

  • Fire hydrant request OK’d

    The Cedar Key City Commission and the commission sitting as the Community Redevelopment Agency approved money for upgrades to the city’s fire hydrant system at its Dec. 20 meeting.
    The proposal, made by Fire Chief Robert Robinson, calls for:
    • installing 37 Storz fittings on hydrants that do not have them
    • adding a new hydrant on Gulf Boulevard and Shellcrest and
    • replacing seven fire hydrants, including two on Dock Street and five in the Hudson Hill area.

  • County extinguishes teens’ tobacco resolution

    Five high school students got a lesson in how government works when the Levy County Commission roundly rejected their proposed resolution “intended to discourage the placement, sale, and delivery of candy flavored tobacco products to persons under the age of eighteen (18).”

  • Trailer sought by CKPD recovered

    Police Chief Virgil Sandlin said Jonathan Lee Figueroa, 25, of Chiefland has been arrested and charged with grand theft in the disappearance of a trailer from a Gulf Boulevard home at about 11 a.m. on Dec. 6.
    Sandlin said after putting word out that he was seeking a two-tone blue Mazda pickup, a man called to say he thought it was one he had sold to a Chiefland man a month earlier.
    Sandlin said he contacted the Chiefland Police Department and the trailer was recovered two days after its disappearance and returned to its owner.

  • Elections official retiring at end of year

    Staff Report
    Levy County Supervisor of Elections Connie Asbell has announced that she will be retiring on Dec. 31 after 20 years in the office.
    Asbell who has faced tightening budgets while integrating mandated changes in election methods has worked for Levy County for 34 years, according to her announcement.

  • Jones announces for elections office

    Tammy Jones, a long time Levy County resident has officially announced her candidacy for the Supervisor of Elections.  
    She has been involved in the process of planning and overseeing elections for 18 years as the assistant supervisor of elections.  As a longtime employee of the elections office, she said she is uniquely qualified for the position because of her experience and knowledge of the office.

  • County News Briefs

    Officers stay the same
    The Levy County Commission started off the new year by choosing to stick with the same leadership it had last year.
    But the vote did not come until after the commission deadlocked 2-2 on a motion by District 3 Commissioner Marsha Drew (R-Yankeetown)  to name District 2 Commissioner Chad Johnson (R-Chiefland) as chairman and District 4 Commissioner Ryan Bell (R-Chiefland) as vice chairman. Bell and District 1 Commissioner Mike Joyner (R-Morriston) voted against the proposal.

  • Arts Center hoppin' in January

    January at the Cedar Key Arts Center includes ongoing classes and salons, as well as several one day workshops and a gallery opening.
    January’s Gallery will be filled with cozy quilts. This exhibit is open to the community and ready to hang quilts are due at the Art Center by Jan. 3 at 5 p.m. Photographer Christian Harkness will be featured in the Members Gallery. Gallery Reception is Jan. 7, from 5-7 p.m.

  • Register by Jan. 3 for presidential primary

    The last day to register to vote in the 2012 Florida presidential preference primary is Tuesday, Jan. 3. The primary is Jan. 31.  
    Levy County residents can apply to register to vote at the Supervisor of Elections office at 421 S. Court St., Bronson between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. For more information, call 352-486-5163.
    To vote in an election, a person must be registered in the state by the book closing date, which is normally the 29th day before each election.
    Book closing dates for other 2012 election cycle are:

  • 100-year pioneers

    Like any good country boy growing up in these parts, Newnan Sanchez knows firsthand about the circle of life, about nature’s delicate balance and how people once lived more harmoniously with the land.
    “I hate to see a lot of Old Florida disappearing,” the 69-year-old Chiefland native said, swaying gently in a rocking chair on the porch of an old cabin where his aunt and uncle once lived.
    “When I grew up, it was one of the smaller states in the Southeast.”

  • Cedar Key Illuminated

    This festive view greets everyone entering Cedar Key - just as motorists cross the No. 4 Bridge. These Christmas lights can be seen on a boathouse/dock on your right. Sure to warm your heart and make you smile, these magical sea creatures not only illuminate the season, but impart a touch of Cedar Key.