Local News

  • CEDAR KEY FFA ‘Making an impact’

    The Cedar Key FFA chapter has been awarded $2,500 as part of the inaugural FFA: Food For All program.
    The nationwide program provides grant money to local FFA chapters to help support year-long-service-learning projects focused on developing and implementing sustainable hunger relief projects.
    The Cedar Key FFA chapter has been helping to fight hunger in several ways. First, the chapter raised food fish in a recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) and at the end of the school year, filleted the fish and donated them to the Cedar Key food pantry.

  • Fowlers Bluff water being trucked to Cedar Key

    Officials, in light of salt-contaminated water in Cedar Key, say they're working hard to get potable water to the island.
    David Beach, Cedar Key Water and Sewer District chair, said about 1,200 gallons of bottled water, from local agencies and the Nestle` Waters company was handed out Wednesday. That supply, located at the Cedar Key Fire Department, will continue to be given away until Friday, when a plan for securely dispensing water from temporary storage tanks will come in to play, Beach said in a phone interview on Wednesday.

  • Bottled water distribution 2-4 p.m.

    From the Cedar Key Water & Sewer District:

  • Cedar Key residents line up for water

    The almost 800 residents of this island town lined up Wednesday afternoon to receive a daily ration of 2 gallons per person of drinking water after the Cedar Key Water & Sewer District announced that saltwater intrusion of all three city wells had rendered tap water undrinkable.
    The situation — which the water board first became aware of on May 28 — was announced publicly Tuesday in an afternoon emergency water board meeting and later at a regular City Commission meeting. 

  • City Commission agenda for Tuesday

    City Meeting Agenda 6-19-12


  • County Commission Agenda for Tuesday



    June 19, 2012



    Call to Order


    Pledge to Flag




    9:00 a.m. - Carr, Riggs & Ingram, LLC

  • Road closure at refuge starts Sunday

    Half of the Nature Drive at the Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge will be closed to traffic for two weeks, starting Sunday, June 17.

    The South Entrance will be accessible all the way to Pond 6, but no traffic may enter the North Entrance. 

    Road repairs require the road to be closed for the safety of our visitors.

  • Dead manatee found on Atsena Otie

    A recently deceased sub to young adult manatee was found on the Atsena Otie beach Thursday, by Laura O'Dell and the crew of a Tidewater Tours boat.

    The tour company reported the finding to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

    No obvious signs of trauma were seen at the time it was first found, except for signs of prior bleeding from the nose.

     The FWC sent an officer out to the scene quickly, but weather, tide, and boat problems caused difficulty with its recovery.

  • Drummond, Perkins banks to merge

    Levy County's only locally owned banks — Drummond Community Bank in Chiefland and Perkins State Bank in Williston — have signed an agreement to merge in the first quarter of 2013.

    The new bank, with a presence in five counties, will carry the Drummond Community Bank name. Luther Drummond, president of Drummond, will remain as president and CEO while Frank Etheridge, president of Perkins, will serve as area president of the combined bank.

  • Caregivers seminar held in Cedar Key

    A significant part of the Hiers-Baxley Community Care Outreach Mission is grief education, both for bereavement caregivers and the bereaved themselves.
    This was the basis for “Caring for Caregivers 2012” seminar that was held at the Cedar Key Community Center recently. This was an educational opportunity for first responders, clergy, Hospice staff and other area professionals. It was well attended by Haven Hospice, Tri-County clergy, law enforcement and first responders.