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Today's News

  • Anglers asked to properly dispose of fishing line

    Fishing is an important part of the Florida lifestyle as well as its economy, especially in Cedar Key which has some of the best fishing in the Gulf of Mexico.

    To ensure that this doesn’t lead to problems for birds and other wildlife, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) wants anglers to know about the potential hazards and sure-fire solutions.

    FWC biologists warn that monofilament fishing line and fishing hooks can snag and entangle birds, sea turtles and manatees, leading to injury and even death.

  • Boil water notice issued for flooded wells

    Residents in Levy and Dixie counties are being reminded of the dangers associated with heavy rains causing private wells to be flooded and making the water supply unsafe by the Department of Health in both counties.

    If your well casing has been submerged by flood water, either use bottled water, or boil or disinfect all the water you use for drinking, making beverages, cooking, brushing your teeth, washing dishes, and washing areas of the skin that have been cut or injured.

  • Cedar Key Safety Patrol returns from Washington, D.C.

    Janeice Smith

    5th Grade Teacher

    The Cedar Key Safety Patrol trip to Washington, D.C. was a huge success. Students and chaperones spent three days touring our nation’s capital with schools from Bronson, Yankeetown, Williston and Chiefland. A highlight of the trip was eating out at the buffets and no one went hungry!

    We began our tour with a group picture at Grant’s Memorial which is presently being restored, along with the Capitol and the Supreme Court building. It seems all of Washington is preparing for the 2016 Inauguration early.

  • Marketing Levy County to cost $146,304

    Ah, the many joys of Levy County. We know them well: the springs, the Suwannee River, the hiking, bike and horse trails, the roads with breathtaking scenery, the fishing, kayaking, paddling, canoeing and boating. We love it all.

    Problem is, not many folks outside Levy know of its attributes and Carol McQueen, Levy Visitor Bureau director, and the Levy County Tourist Development Council are looking to change that with a marketing plan that calls for spending $146,304 to promote the county.

  • Seahorse Key lighthouse open house

    First grade teacher and Seahorse Key Marine Laboratory Volunteer Jan Jackson shows 8 year old Karl John Weinmeister and his brother, 14 year old Nathan Weinmeister a starfish in the touch tanks.

    The Weinmeister family rode over to Seahorse Key on a water taxi and were visiting Cedar Key from Athens, Georgia.  

  • John Meeks graduates from FAC certification program

    The Florida Association of Counties (FAC) has presented Levy County Commissioner John M. Meeks with the Advanced County Commissioner designation following his completion of a comprehensive study program developed by the association.

    In addition he has won two posts in the county association. Meeks was also unanimously elected to represent District 5 ― which includes all or part of Baker, Citrus, Columbia, Dixie, Gilchrist, Lafayette, Levy, Marion, Suwannee, and Union counties ― on the FAC Board of Directors.

  • Chief has evening ticket sales

    In order to streamline the ticket process and reduce the lines at the box office on show dates, the Suwannee Valley Players have initiated new procedures for productions at The Chief Theater.

    Starting in July with the Summer Youth Production of “Kids Say the Darndest Things”, the box office will be open July 16 and 21-22 from 6 to 7 p.m. to purchase tickets and get seating reservations.

    This will eliminate the need to access the box office on show day. Ticket buyers will proceed directly to the lobby and be seated by the ushers.

  • Big Bend Florida blue crab trap closure starts July 20

    Recreational and commercial blue crab traps in state waters from the Pasco-Hernando county line to the Wakulla-Franklin county line, including all waters of the Ochlockonee River and Bay, must be removed from the water before July 20, the first day of a 10-day trap closure.

    This closure will give groups authorized by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) the opportunity to identify and retrieve lost and abandoned blue crab traps from the water.

  • Cake auction Thursday

    A cake auction to raise money to help the Rippy Family with funeral and medical expenses is at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 16, at Chiefland Elementary School. Donations of sweet goods can be dropped off starting at 4:30 p.m.

    Jaylon Rippy, 5, died on July 2 when a leaping sturgeon struck her family's boat. Her mother sustained facial injuries and her brother sustained arm injuries in the fish strike. Both will need surgeries to repair the damage.

  • Fire in Rosewood

    The Florida Forest Service and the Florida Forestry Arson Alert Association, in conjunction with a private landowner, are offering up to $15,000 for information leading to an arrest of an arsonist who recently set multiple wildfires in the Rosewood area of Levy County.