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Today's News

  • Tuesday Update: We're going to be wet, wet, wet

    It's not Tropical Storm Hermine yet, but odds are when Tropical Depression 9 washes ashore on Wednesday night or Thursday morning it will have intensified enough to earn a name.
    “It's still a tropical depression turning into a tropical storm later today,” said Levy County Emergency Management Assistant Director David Peaton and Director John MacDonald.
    The two said TD 9 is expected to make its turn and speed up as it heads for a landfall into Citrus, Levy and Dixie counties.

  • Boat ramps closed ahead of storm

    Sheriff Bobby McCallum, in preparation of incoming Tropical Depression 9, has ordered the closing of all boat ramps in Levy County beginning Wednesday morning.

    All boat ramps along the Suwannee River and south to the Inglis/Yankeetown area will be posted closed by tomorrow afternoon.

    Crews with Levy County Parks and Recreation will be placing signage and barricades at all county boat ramps. Residents who own watercraft and need to remove them from the water are asked to complete this as quickly and safely as possible.

  • Cedar Key braces for Tropical Storm Hermine

    The Island Storm is the name of the favorite drink among customers at the just-opened 1842 Daily Grind & Mercantile in Cedar Key, on the corner of 2nd Street and State Road 24.

  • Dickey looks forward to leading boys hoops program at Cedar Key

    Vance Dickey had only recently arrived in Cedar Key to teach Phys Ed and head the boys hoops team, but he was already knee-deep in the program’s history as he cleaned out his new office.

    “Man, there are years and years – I shouldn’t say years, because that’s misleading – there are decades worth of stuff here,” Dickey says by phone while taking a break from the cleaning. “I’m picking up uniforms I’m thinking are from the 1960s or 70s, and they’re falling apart.”

  • New parking for Cedar Key

     

    The City of Cedar Key will gain new parking for golf carts and motorcycles on Dock Street courtesy of Levy County, which owns land right where Dock Street meets the City Marina and Boat Launch area.

    In its meeting Tuesday the Levy County Commission decided it did not want to sell the land outright, but would allow the city to use it. The commission agreed in concept and it is up to the city to draft the agreement.

  • C/Dock Street bridge hearing Aug. 30

    The Florida Department of Transportation is inviting island residents to a public meeting on Aug. 30 at 4:30 p.m. at the Cedar Key Community Center to discuss plans for replacing the C/Dock Street bridge.

    The department has been wrangling with the plans due to concerns about the effect on the commercial district on Dock Street which has one-way traffic and a request by city officials to raise the bridge to allow more boat traffic at the City Marina. Requests were also made to do the work without affecting a motel and a condominium on either side of the bridge.

  • Levy schools closed Thursday

    All Levy County schools will be closed Thursday, Sept. 1, due to the tropical depression (T.D. Nine).

    As of Tuesday, no decision has been made on whether they will reopen on Friday.

    Please contact the School Board of Levy County at (352) 486-5231 or your child’s school for updates.
     

  • CK gets ready for TD 9

     

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    Residents in the Cedar Key area are being warned to check weather reports several times on Tuesday and Wednesday to monitor the progress of Tropical Depression 9 — a storm that may be aiming for the Nature Coast.

    While Levy County Emergency Management officials are advising residents to check their hurricane plan for staying at home or hitting the road and to update it if necessary. Residents might also stock up on water and batteries.

  • Keep an eye on new Tropical Depression 9

    Levy County Emergency Management sent out a notice on Sunday that it is not too early to start keeping an eye on Invest 99L and check your hurricane supplies and plans because it has the potential to develop as it moves into the Gulf of Mexico. The notice is not to alarm residents but to make sure they are cognizant of what is happening in the Gulf. 

  • Slemp ready to lead Cedar Key School

    Joshua Slemp has been a fixture of Levy County’s school system at several levels, from teacher to project manager to assistant principal.

    His journey has led him to his latest stop, Cedar Key School, where the 39-year-old is in his first job as principal.

    It’s a culmination of the various roles he’s served, and a place where that experience figures to come in handy at the K-12 school, which has about 250 students.