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Today's News

  • Be safe this summer with children, pets

    TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles is reminding everyone to take additional steps to ensure that no child is left unattended in a vehicle this summer. This year, there have been two reported cases in Florida of children dying of heatstroke after being left in cars. Don’t be distracted when leaving your vehicle and take a second look in the back seat to ensure a child is not left behind.

  • New FHP troop commander first female named to post

    The Florida Highway Patrol is proud to announce the appointment of Maj. Eileen Powell to the position of Troop Commander. Her promotion became effective June 16, 2014.

    Powell is the first woman to hold this esteemed position in North Florida and will oversee approximately 101 State Troopers and 10 non-sworn employees.

    Troop B consists of nine counties including: Alachua, Columbia, Dixie, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Lafayette, Levy, Marion and Suwannee.

  • COPS volunteers honored on retirement

    Personnel from the Levy County Sheriff's Office, family members and Sheriff's COPS (Citizens On Patrol) members  honored Tom and Donna Munsell on their retirement from the volunteer group on July 14.

    Tom Munsell was a part of the second volunteer academy taught at LCSO in the early 1990’s.  During his many years of service he donated 2,122 volunteer hours to the citizens of Levy County. 

    Donna Munsell donated an additional 751 volunteer hours. 

  • LCDPS firefighter wins Valor Award

    Levy County Department of Public Safety Firefighter Jeremy Pittman was selected as an honoree at the 97.3 The SKY Valor Awards, a recognition of first responders in the Heart of Florida. On Thursday, June 29, several members of the surrounding communities were recognized for their dedication to service.

    Pittman came to LCDPS in October of 2012 as a 19-year-old with no background in public safety. He had passed by the Fire Station in his rural community several times thinking about volunteering in an effort to fulfill his desire of giving back to his community.

  • Camp Safe Haven: Helping families overcome grief

    Haven Hospice is offering a free, grief-support experience for families through the Camp Safe Haven program. The experience will help families understand their feelings of loss and give them an opportunity to heal.

    Camp Safe Haven Family Camp will be held Saturday, Sept. 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Otter Springs Park and Campground, located at 6470 SW 80th Avenue in Trenton.

  • Cedar Key clam sighting

    Cedar Key clams were seen being served and promoted at Pomodoro restaurant in Gainesville recently.

    They are used in the daily special and on the regular menu. 

  • Species of the Week
  • Narconon is here to help

    Narconon would like to remind families that the use of addicting drugs is on the rise and to take steps to protect your family from drug use. If you know anyone who is struggling with drug addiction get them the help they need.

    Call for a free brochure on the signs of addiction for all drugs. Narconon also offers free screenings and referrals. 800-431-1754 or www.drugabusesolution.com.

  • Community Calendar for the week of July 24

    Summer arts program

    The Keyhole Gallery is hosting summer art programs for kids this summer. Teen camps will be in the mornings, and children's programs will be in the afternoons. There is a scholarship program for families that might have trouble financially.

    Registration forms are available in the summer newsletter, at the Keyhole and the Cedar Key School.

    For more information, contact Amy Gernhardt at 352-215-2096, amyjojones4@gmail.com.

    Vacation Bible school

  • Fishing tournament holds third event at CK

    The third event of the Team SeaTow Elite Redfish Challenge 2014, organized by Capt'n Danny Allen,  is in Cedar Key this weekend. The event is expected to bring in a large number of anglers and their boats from around the state.
    Allen, the Cedar Key Beacon's fishing columnist, is holding the event for the second time. The final event in the series will be Aug. 23 in Steinhatchee. Events have already been held at Steinhatchee and Homosassa.