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Today's News

  • Cedar Key to Participate in World’s Largest Ocean Trash Cleanup

    Note: This event was NOT cancelled because of Hurricane Irma.

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    The City of Cedar Key is organizing a coastal cleanup as part of Ocean Conservancy’s 32nd International Coastal Cleanup (ICC), the world's largest single-day volunteer effort to remove trash from our beaches, waterways, lakes, rivers and parks.

    Cedar Key joins hundreds of thousands of volunteers worldwide to combat marine debris during ICC.

    The cleanup takes place Sept. 16 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Come to the Cedar Key City Marina for check-in as early as 7:30 a.m.

  • Pirate Invasion postponed indefinitely

    Pirate Invasion postponed indefinitely

    Cedar Key Florida Pirate Invasion Weekend, originally scheduled for Sept. 15 through Sept. 17, has been postponed due to Hurricane Irma.

    The new date of the festival is yet to be determined.

    Organizers said they put the event on hold due to the extensive power outages around the state as well as shortages in water. They said efforts should be focused on helping those in need around the state, including areas that were particularly hard hit like Jacksonville and St. Augustine, instead of holding the festival.

  • Levy escapes worst from Irma

    The worst-case projections for Irma predicted a potential Category 2 – even 3 – barreling through the area, with sustained winds of more than 100 miles per hour, and a storm surge around 15 or 20 feet, leaving parts of Cedar Key and Yankeetown inaccessible for the foreseeable future.

    Thankfully, the county was spared from that scenario.

  • Police struggle to keep traffic moving north ahead of Irma

    By the time Hurricane Irma passed, the city of Chiefland fared well, except for car after car after car, camping trailers, motorhomes and more cars lined up one after another as they fled north from south Florida ahead of Hurricane Irma.

    Friday seemed like a typical day. The weather was nice, sunny, a few fluffy clouds floated through the sky, there was nothing threatening that would explain an impending natural disaster.

  • Senator Nelson discusses issues on stop in Fanning Springs

    Healthcare was a hot topic during U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson’s stop at the Suwannee River Fair and Livestock Association Tri-County Pavilion in Fanning Springs on Aug. 29.

    A crowd of around 45, including many local officials from the Tri-County area, gathered to hear the Democratic senator, who soon handed the floor over to those in attendance to voice their concerns over issues that are affecting the area.

  • Around the world in 120 days

    A Russian newspaper reported the future had come to its village with the speed of the past. Three months later, that future arrived in Chiefland personified by a German man on a Norwegian electric bicycle.

    Robert Mohr, 41, left Oslo, Norway, May 16 at noon with the hope of riding into the Guinness Book of World Records on a Buddy Bike Model M2. He expects to finish during the Street Life Festival in Munich on Sept. 9-10.

  • Levy Emergency Director completes FEMA course

    Levy County Emergency Management Director John MacDonald graduated the FEMA National Emergency Management Advanced Academy Aug. 18 after completing 160 hours of course study. The academy is one of the most demanding programs FEMA offers and includes "Best Practices" in leadership, preparedness and response to disasters.

  • County seeks bids for Courthouse renovations

    Levy County needs a new courthouse, but the project is too cost-prohibitive at the moment.

    That’s what Paul Silverman, trial court administrator for the Eighth Judicial Circuit of Appeals, found in exploring the courthouse’s infrastructure needs and the options available.

    However, he concluded there are affordable short-term options available to address its pair of most pressing security needs.

  • Gulf Hammock community seeks to reestablish original boundary, identity

    The citizens of the Gulf Hammock area, located around 17 miles southwest of Chiefland along U.S. Highway 19, want their official identity back.

    With the blessing of an endorsement letter from the county, which was won unanimously at the Levy County Commission meeting on Aug. 22, the people of Gulf Hammock appear to be inching toward one of their major goals, which is the re-establishment of an original boundary and zip code to reflect Gulf Hammock.

  • CKS welcomes new, promoted employees

    As the new school year begins, Cedar Key School is welcoming a handful of new employees as well as familiar faces in new positions.

    Amber Ryan is the new pre-K teacher, replacing Elaine Rains, who retired at the end of the school year.

    Coach John Miller is the new PE teacher and boys’ basketball coach, replacing Vance Dickey, who resigned after the basketball season, and Cris Beckham, who filled in as PE teacher during April and May.