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Local News

  • SRWMD urges water conservation as drought continues

    The Suwannee River Water Management (District) continues to urge all water users to conserve in light of ongoing drought conditions.
    “We’re asking everyone to reduce water use, particularly lawn and landscape irrigation, which typically consumes half of the water used for residential supply,” said District Acting Executive Director Charlie Houder.

  • Summertime is the time to give blood

    The next time you climb into your car in the afternoon and the seats and the steering wheel are just slightly cooler than a fully-fired charcoal grill, think of it as a reminder that it’s a good time to donate blood.
    Summer, when school is out and families hit the road for vacations, is a time when donors are in short supply, but the need for blood is as strong as ever. If it’s been a while since you donated, there’s no better time than now.

  • Lions clean up

    Ceder Key Lions and volunteers Paula Wescott, George Sresovich, Dick Wescott,  Lannie Cardona, Frank Molitor and Marve Franks. Not pictured are: Judy Duvall, Jennie Pinto, Teri and Rory Brennan  who collected 14 bags of trash alongside the newly renamed stretch of Highway 24  honoring fallen Cedar Key serviceman,  Marine Lance Cpl. Brian Rory Buesing.
     

  • Graduation

    Cedar Key’s 2012 kindergarten graduating class consists of, from left: Lexi Sharp, Alissa Beckham, Morgan Beckham, Adriana Girdler, Elijah Spencer,  Lori Mosler, Alla-Mae MacDuff, Alyssa McCain, Siosaia Wilson, Bridget Bible, Jayden Collins, Andrew Smart, Bernard Brown, Mason Dibbell and Brody Ellis.

  • 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.