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Today's News

  • County stays at 9 mills

    The Levy County Commission on Sept. 19 unanimously agreed to adopt a final millage rate of 9.0.

    The rate is the same as last year, but is a 3.1 percent increase over the rollback rate of 8.7297, thanks to an uptick in property values. The rollback rate represents the rate at which the same amount of revenue could be generated as the previous year.

  • NCBS opens in Cedar Key

    By REBECCA GALLAGHER
    Citizen Correspondent

    The long-awaited opening of the new Nature Coast Biological Station has arrived. Residents of Cedar Key and surrounding areas turned out en masse to get a view of the new building.

    Dr. Michael Allen, director of the NCBS, said that the University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences has been active in Cedar Key with research, teaching and extension programs along the nature coast in for about 30 years and yet never had an office.

  • Private donor to fund AC for CKS gym

    The Cedar Key School gym could be about to get cooler.

    A private donor couple, who remain anonymous, has offered a sum to cover the installation of an air conditioning system at the school’s gym.

    School Board of Levy County chair Chris Cowart introduced the news at the Board meeting on Sept. 18.

    “(CKS principal Joshua) Slemp called me and said somebody wants to donate some money and they’d like it to be earmarked to give the Cedar Key gym air conditioning,” Cowart said.

  • Sharks’ boys, girls place third at Chiefland meet

    The Cedar Key cross country teams didn’t quite hit their potential, according to head coach Carrie Tomlin, but their effort was good enough for a pair of top-3 finishes.

    The Sharks’ pair of varsity squads each placed third at a 5K meet at Chiefland Middle High School on Sept. 21.

    The Lady Indians took first behind a No. 1 overall finish by eighth-grader Lauren Jones (20:44), while Williston edged out CMHS to prevail on the boys’ side. Trenton notched second place in the girls’ race.

    Eight schools competed at the event.

  • Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Shellfish Trail

    The official opening of the Big Bend Shellfish Trail and ribbon cutting ceremony will be during the 48th Annual Cedar Key Seafood Festival, Oct. 21 at 1 p.m., Cedar Key City Park Pavilion. The public is invited to participate in this historic event.

  • Sharks’ boys, girls place third at Chiefland meet

    The Cedar Key cross country teams didn’t quite hit their potential, according to head coach Carrie Tomlin, but their effort was good enough for a pair of top-3 finishes.

    The Sharks’ pair of varsity squads each placed third at a 5K meet at Chiefland Middle High School on Sept. 21.

    The Lady Indians took first behind a No. 1 overall finish by eighth-grader Lauren Jones (20:44), while Williston edged out CMHS to prevail on the boys’ side. Trenton notched second place in the girls’ race.

    Eight schools competed at the event.

  • Cedar Key joins worldwide Coastal Cleanup

    The 32nd International Coastal Cleanup is a thing of the past, but like the tide, the event and marine debris will return until people change their behavior. The cleanup is always on the third Saturday of September.

    Cedar Key joined hundreds of thousands of volunteers worldwide to combat marine debris during International Coastal Cleanup, the world’s largest single-day volunteer effort to remove trash from our beaches, waterways, lakes, rivers and parks. The cleanup took place Sept. 16 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Volunteers received a free lunch and a t-shirt.

  • 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.

  • Cedar Key Pirate Invasion rescheduled for December

    The Cedar Key Pirate Invasion was originally scheduled for the weekend of Sept. 15 through Sept. 17.

    But Hurricane Irma, which arrived the Monday before the festival, spoiled those plans. Event organizers decided to postpone the event while millions around Florida remained without power and fuel and dealt with the storm’s aftermath.

    The festival now has a new date, and it fall after hurricane season. The Fifth Annual Cedar Key Pirate Invasion will be held Dec. 1 through Dec. 3.

  • 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.