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Today's News

  • No decisions: C Street Bridge, cell tower still up in the air

    The Cedar Key Commission meeting opened on a quiet note of prayer and a pledge, discussion about bridge construction, then went into a pretty heated public comment session as resident Bob Kay said if a cell phone and wireless broadband tower is built on the island he will have to move away.

    Mayor Dale Register announced at the opening of the Jan. 20 meeting that Commissioners Nettie Hodges and Sue Colson were absent due to illness.

  • Cedar Key FFA donates four tons of food

     By SARAH BARTHOLEMY

    Shark Correspondent

    Jan. 16 was a big day for Cedar Key FFA. After two and a half years of growing and donating fresh food to the Cedar Key Food Pantry, the chapter officially donated four tons of food, that’s 8,000 pounds of freshly grown crops, farm raised tilapia, fresh Gulf of Mexico reef fish, one hog and five deer that have been donated over the years. 

  • TNR program nears 1,000 cats

     A Trap Neuter Return program in Cedar Key has treated nearly 1,000 of the town’s feline friends.

    The TNR program, organized by Cedar Key’s Oliver and Doreen Bauer - owners of the Faraway Inn, has spayed or neutered and vaccinated a whopping 951 cats since its start in Oct. 2006.

  • Homecoming Fever
  • Manatee deaths down in 2014

     Manatee deaths appear to be down last year compared to the record numbers reported by state officials in 2013.

    As of December, 2014, 368 manatee deaths were reported for the year by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. One-hundred-twenty-five of those deaths were labeled as undetermined. Manatee infant deaths accounted for 99 mortalities. Sixty-seven were the result of collisions with watercraft. Twenty-six were attributed to natural causes and 24 died due to cold stress.

  • Welcome, weekend warriors

     An Army Reserve unit that goes into areas after combat or natural disasters to help reestablish civil government is coming to Bronson and Cedar Key this weekend for a training exercise. 

    And while a media release says this is a way of sharpening weekend warrior’s skills for when they are deployed to places like war torn Bagdad or Sierra Leone during the ebola outbreak, at least one Cedar Key city commissioner sees a more sinister plan at work. 

  • Forestry team finishes fourth in state

     The Cedar Key FFA added some more trophies to the ag room wall last month by placing fourthoverall in the state forestry contest held in Perry. 

    Aside from placing fourth, the team also brought home plaques for  second place in equipment identification, third in general knowledge and first in compass and pacing. 

  • Legislators listen to wish lists

    There must be a law in nature that says the smaller the meeting room the bigger the turnout. Such was the situation when the Levy County legislative delegation met last week to hear what county and municipal leaders and residents want to see come out of the upcoming legislative session.

  • C Street Bridge routing up in the air

     Decisions have been made on how to handle construction and the re-routing of traffic for the two Gulf Boulevard bridge replacements at Daughtry Bayou and Lewis Pass, but a solution that will make everyone happy on the C Street bridge work is more elusive. 

  • From national television to award-winning FFA teams, CK had it all

     January

    Pepper busters Daniel Barrand, Richard Baker, Kit Lane, Roger McDaniels and Milli Chapell spent their holidays eradicating the colorful Brazilian pepper plant from the area. This hardy foreigner has come into the state and is considered an invasive plant as birds eat and spread its red berries.