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Today's News

  • Commissioners look at “Live aboards” policies

    By R. L. “Doc” Gardner

    The City of Cedar Key Commission met on the evening of June 6, 2017 with all members present. At the top of a full agenda, the commission unanimously supported the submission of a formal plan for the construction of a “cooking shed/shelter” to be erected behind the community center. The commission volunteered to pay the permit fees once a formal plan is drafted.

  • Animal Services touts success of low-cost spay/neuter program

    Levy County’s new low cost spay and neuter program, sponsored by the For Our Friends the Animals group, is only a month old, and County veterinarian Darlene Essler has seen a consensus of early approval for it from the public and county veterinarians.

    Essler reported the program had taken 19 applicants through its first three weeks, including eight dog spays, six dog neuters, a couple of cat spays and a cat neuter. A cat neuter and spay were pending at the time of the County Commission meeting last Tuesday.

  • Florida studies future growth

    EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the first in an occasional series in which we hope to learn more about Levy County and how prepared it is to meet the future.

    About 30 people attended the community meeting May 26 to participate in the Florida 2030 Project at Haven Hospice. The event was hosted by the Greater Chiefland Area Chamber of Commerce.

  • Levy EMT recognized for life-saving act

    A first-responder’s job really never ends, whether or not he or she is on duty.

    Levy County Public Safety firefighter-EMT Hunter Kline recently proved that when he saved a life at a local establishment while off duty.

    The Levy Board of County Commissioners recognized Kline for his life-saving efforts at its meeting June 6 in presenting him with a certificate of appreciation.

    Kline, who has been with LCPS since 2009, has also been nominated for a Valor Award.

  • Edison, Board join call against ed bill

    The School Board of Levy County and Superintendent Jeff Edison have joined a chorus of calls opposing the Florida legislature’s K-12 education budget proposal and a related bill widely seen as too favorable to charter schools at the expense of the state’s public school students.

  • Free PreK extended to full day in Levy

    The School Board of Levy County has agreed to a major change to the Prekindergarten program, significantly expanding its free service.

    Four- and 5-year-olds have already been eligible for free prekindergarten instruction for the first three hours of the school day under Florida’s Voluntary Prekindergarten Education Program (VPK).

    Starting next school year, the Board has now made prekindergarten free for the entire day, beyond the three hours of VPK instruction. That includes free transportation to and from the care center as well as breakfast and lunch.

  • Watermelon Festival a hit for vendors, attendees

    Going to the annual Watermelon Festival means eating and shopping for a lot of people and guests were not to be disappointed this year. There were a record number of vendors and for the first-time vendors were stationed across US 19 as well.

    Sure, finding a familiar old standby is nice; a food with that familiar sign out front. However, making the choice for lunch, then hearing that your neighbor owns the booth makes that warm and fuzzy feeling happen.

  • County passes five-cent gas tax

    The Levy County Board of Commissioners last Tuesday passed a gas tax ordinance for five cents per gallon of motor fuel.

  • Chiefland Rotary Fishing Tournament

    By Jean Gardner

    On Saturday May 20, 2017 from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Chiefland Rotary Club held its 13th Annual Fishing Tournament in the scenic city of Cedar Key, FL.  The weather for this annual fundraising event was beautiful and the event was safe and successful.  A total of 61 boats had registered to participate in the event.

  • National Safe Boating Week

    By R. L. “Doc” Gardner