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  • County still waiting on inmates; recycling program still on hiatus

    The Levy County recycling program is still on hiatus awaiting a decision on when it can get women prison inmates to sort the material collected.
    The county suspended the program and picked up the recycling trailers from around the county three weeks ago after the state Department of Corrections decided to shut down the Levy Forestry Work Camp which provided inmates for the sorting  program at the landfill.

  • LARC on the move

    Florida State Parks have a program called “parknerships” that involves, as you might guess, partnering with other agencies, civic groups and schools to achieve its goals. This is always a win-win for those involved.  This past week, it was a winning day for the Levy Association for Retarded Citizens (LARC) and the Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge.

  • Yankeetown loses Tarmac appeal

    The 1st District Court of Appeal has denied the Town of Yankeetown’s request to review Levy County’s conditional special exception permit granted to the Tarmac King Road mine project, possibly closing that case.
    Another suit, filed citing different grounds for challenging the permit that was filed by W.A.R., the Withlacoochee Area Residents, is still alive in the appeals court.

  • CK Woman’s Club brings home the ribbons

    On Feb. 18, the Cedar Key Woman’s Club once more came home beribboned from the Gainesville Arts and Crafts day.
    Each year, the CKWC participates in a District Florida Federation of Woman’s Clubs competition, where first place winners from 17 different communities compete.

  • Senecal named Volunteer of the Year

    Eileen Senecal, from the Cedar Key Woman’s Club, has been named Volunteer of the Year by District 5 of the Florida Federation of Woman’s Clubs.
    This prestigious award was presented at the District Arts and Crafts Luncheon held in Gainesville on Saturday, Feb. 18.

  • Jenny Biermen is named Cedar Key School’s 2012 valedictorian

    By Taryn Epperson and Montana Beckham
    Shark Correspondents

    2012 Senior Jenny Biermen is the valedictorian; she has gone to Cedar Key School since 6th grade. In her years at CKS she has taken all the required classes to graduate as well as marine science, teacher’s aid and the work program - and while doing all this managed an almost a perfect GPA.

  • Coast Guard rescues three off Atsena Otie Key

    The Coast Guard rescued three sailboaters who were capsized and adrift two miles southeast of Atsena Otie Key on Monday.
    The Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg received a call forwarded by the Levy County Sheriff's Dispatch Center at 7 p.m., Sunday, from a concerned family member. The caller said three men; ages 53, 40, and 16, were overdue from a sailing trip. The trio departed from Cedar Key on Sunday to sail their 16-foot fiberglass catamaran around Atsena Otie Key, approximately one mile offshore.

  • Summer Arts benefit dinner

    The 2012 Children’s Summer Art Program Benefit Dinner, sponsored by The Cedar Key Arts Center, will be held Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 6 p.m., upstairs at the Art Center.

    The dinner will be a three course gourmet dinner created by The Island Room. The cost is $25 per person and includes beverage, tax and tip.

    There will also be a raffle of original art and other fun items.

    Call 543-6520 to make reservations.

  • Oysters on the decline in Cedar Key and Big Bend

     Reduced freshwater flow from the Suwannee River into the Gulf is responsible for a 66-percent decline in oyster populations in Cedar Key and the Big Bend area, according to scientists from the University of Florida.

  • Better fishing with electronics