Local News

  • 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.

  • Water restrictions are in effect

    Following is a list of some of the restrictions that apply:

    For established lawns and landscapes watering is limited to once per week. The schedule is based upon an even/odd address numbering system as follows:
    • House addresses ending in 0 or 1 may only irrigate on Monday.
    • Addresses ending in 2 or 3 may only irrigate on Tuesday.
    • Addresses ending in 4 or 5 may only irrigate on Wednesday.
    • Addresses ending in 6 or 7 may only irrigate on Thursday.

  • 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


    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.