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  • Free Kids Photo Safari planned

    The Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge will host a Kids Photo Safari on Tuesday,  June 19, from 9-1 p.m. at Refuge headquarters for grades 3 – 9.  Digital cameras and nature journals are provided for the photographers to keep notes on what they see. Reserve your child’s camera now. Ten slots are available - and it’s all free.

  • Community Calendar for the week of June 14

    Saturday

    Summer art teachers needed
    The Cedar Key Arts Guild’s Summer Art Program Coordinators are wondering if there is anyone among you who might be interested in teaching a 2-1/2 hour (9-11:30 a.m.) workshop to children (either elementary or secondary level or both groups at different times) during the weeks of July 16-27. We still have six time slots to fill (three teachers if they will do both groups) and there is a small stipend involved.

  • County says ‘no’ to lesser water violations fines

    Residents considering violating the water restrictions that kicked in on June 13 should take into consideration they could face arrest and, if prosecuted and found guilty, a penalty of up to 60 days in jail and up to a $500 fine.
    It could have been a simple case of getting a citation, like a traffic ticket, and paying a $25 fine, but the Levy County Commission decided Tuesday by a 4-1 vote it would not pursue passing an ordinance lowering the penalty. In voting no, Commissioner Marsha Drew of Yankeetown (R-District 3) in effect voted for lowering the penalty.

  • Cedar Key School recognized by March of Dimes

    The March of Dimes is known as the leading non-profit organization for pregnancy and baby health.  Its mission is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. About one in eight babies in the US is born premature. No one is working harder than the March of Dimes to find the cause of premature birth.  

  • Teen driver improvement course offered

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office, Community Relations Division, is offering a no cost, Teen Driver Improvement Program to all Levy County students who have a current Operators License or Learners Permit or who are about to get their Learners Permit.
    The goal of this program is to educate the teen drivers of Levy County of the dangers of aggressive driving, distracted driving, impaired driving and to reinforce the benefits of seatbelt use.

  • Chiefland woman struck by sturgeon

    A Chiefland woman was airlifted to Shands Hospital in Gainesville Saturday afternoon after a 70-pound sturgeon jumped out of the Suwannee River and knocked her out of her family’s boat.
    Thirty-two-year-old Brianne Megargel was enjoying a relaxing afternoon boat ride on the river with her husband, Stephen, and 10-year-old son, Greyson Elmore, at about 4 p.m. near Manatee Springs when the accident occurred, according to Michael Hart, Megargel's father.

  • County says no to water ordinance

    Residents considering violating the water restrictions that kick in on June 13 should take into consideration they could face arrest and if found prosecuted and guilty, a penalty of up to 60 days in jail and up to a $500 fine.
    It could have been a simple case of getting a citation, like a traffic ticket, and paying a $25 fine, but the Levy County Commission decided Tuesday by a 4-1 vote it would not pursue passing an ordinance lowering the penalty. In voting no, Commissioner Marsha Drew of Yankeetown (R-District 3) in effect voted for lowering the penalty.

  • Water shortage order takes effect June 13

    The Suwannee River Water Management District (District) Governing Board voted last week to adopt a Phase III Water Shortage Order in response to extreme drought conditions. The order, which requires water use restrictions for all users, will go into effect on June 13, the day after the board’s next meeting.

  • Anglers: FWC needs data on red snapper

    By filling out a survey card or making a phone call, anglers can provide Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) biologists valuable information about red snapper and other reef fish.
    Biologists distribute survey cards year-round to anglers along the Gulf coast, to gather information about fishing trips targeting red snapper.

  • Chiefland man arrested in Cedar Key burglaries

    Cedar Key police were kept on the run Memorial Day weekend when two people — an 18-year-old man and a juvenile — from Chiefland broke into several cars and at least one, possibly two homes in the Paroda, Whiddon and Shellcrest avenues area.
    But the thefts are on the way to being solved with the arrest of one person and the search for a second person — a juvenile, said Police Chief Virgil Sandlin.