Local News

  • Meth lab’s fumes yield five arrests

    Apparently five people charged with making “shake and bake” meth in a unit of a second floor duplex in Sumner were so overcome by the fumes of the chemical process they did not hear officers were knocking on their front door. 

    But when the officers could not get the attention of the people inside the unit, the next door neighbor helped out deputies and officers by kicking down the adjoining door between the units, according to Levy County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Lt. Scott Tummond.

  • County EMS, fire assessments could affect Cedar Key residents

    Levy County fire assessments would more than double to $110 from $40 per residence and the emergency medical services assessment would rise from $78 to $119 per residence under preliminary resolutions unanimously adopted by the Board of County Commissioners on Tuesday.

  • Bridge loan available to businesses damaged by TS Debby

    In an effort to expedite the recovery process for businesses damaged by Tropical Storm Debby, Gov. Rick Scott activated Florida’s Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program. The program will provide emergency, short-term, interest-free loans to small businesses in 36 eligible counties to assist in reestablishing business during the interim period before other aid and insurance claims are processed.

  • Mosquito workers racking up overtime

    Everyone was so happy two weeks ago when Tropical Storm Debby brought heavy rainfall to Levy County and other parts of Florida.
    The storm also left behind a nasty gift: standing water that is giving mosquitoes a chance to hatch out.
    If you are besieged by mosquitoes, welcome to the club.
    If you are a merchant selling mosquito repellant or foggers you are probably short on supplies.

  • Dental bus coming to Cedar Key

    The Dental Bus, sponsored by First Baptist of Cedar Key and the Florida Baptist Convention,  will be in Cedar Key Monday-Friday, from July 9 - 13 with volunteer dentists from Williston , Gainesville and Chiefland.

    The dental staff will provide  urgent care, free extractions and free fillings.
    To make an appointment and seek qualification, screening will take place on Monday July 9, beginning at 10 a.m. Please call the Baptist Church 543-5000

  • Snook to remain closed for another year in Gulf waters

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) voted to keep the recreational harvest of snook in Gulf of Mexico waters closed for another year to offer the species additional protection after a 2010 cold kill detrimentally affected the population.
    The decision came at the June 28 Commission meeting in Palm Beach Gardens after staff presented an updated stock assessment that showed snook populations are improving in the Atlantic and are not in biological jeopardy in the Gulf. The next assessment is due in 2015.

  • Bay scallop season opened July 1

    It’s time, bay scallop harvesters! Get your snorkels, masks and dive flags ready. The recreational bay scallop harvest season began July 1.
    The season is regularly open through Sept. 10, but at its June 28 meeting in Palm Beach Gardens, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) discussed extending the season by two weeks.
    Bay scallops can be recreationally harvested in Gulf of Mexico state waters (shore to nine nautical miles) from the Pasco-Hernando County line to the west bank of the Mexico Beach Canal in Bay County.

  • Life’s most important ingredient: water

    In the last Conservation Corner titled “A Sustainable Model”, there was laid out a concept to compost the yard waste, dredge spoils and food waste. Upon further research, that concept is just not going to work for Cedar Key for two main reasons.
    First, there is the problem of scale. Our island’s dozen or so restaurants do not produce enough food waste to make the composting of that waste financially feasible. Also, the DEP regulations are intended for much larger operations then what the island’s needs are.

  • Officials say Suwannee mine overflow no cause for concern

    Nobody seems to know how much water spilled over the rim of a phosphate mine’s cooling pond located near the Upper Suwannee River last week, but officials say there are no environmental concerns at this point.
    The overflow began June 27 at a cooling pond owned by the PCS Phosphate mine in Hamilton County when the pond was filled to capacity by rains from Tropical Storm Debby and overflowed onto a nearby road, and into a ditch and Swift Creek, according to Dee Ann Miller, a spokesperson for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

  • Cedar Key Middle School FFA brings home state awards

    Cedar Key Middle School members returned from the State FFA Convention with a cache of trophies and awards.
    The State FFA Convention was held in Orlando.