Today's News

  • Calendar for the week of Nov. 5

    Friday-Sunday Nov. 6-8

    Hidden Coast Paddling Adventure

    Yankeetown is the place to be for paddlers who want to travel the "Big Bend" coastline of Florida, some of the very best paddling worldwide. The Hidden Coast Paddling Adventure celebrates the diverse waterways – from freshwater rivers, intercoastal waterways, salt creeks, desert islands and the pristine Gulf of Mexico. Paddlers of all experience levels can enjoy this event. For more information visit hiddencoastpaddlingadventures.com.

    Saturday, Nov. 7

  • Red tide confirmed in Florida: What you need to know
  • Handmade mahogany kayak to be auctioned

    This exquisite handmade African mahogany kayak was recently made by Cliff Tweedale of Park Rapids, MN who has generously donated it to the Cedar Key Arts Center to help raise funds for the new addition which will start construction in early November 2015. The Arts Center will host a Silent Auction between now and December 20, 2015 in association with its November-December Rock the Boat exhibit which opens Saturday, Nov 14, 5pm.

  • Ride to Provide roars to success for Levy ARC

    The 11th Annual Ride to Provide event, held on Saturday, Oct. 24, raised $8,000 for the Levy ARC.

    Coordinator for the event, Sean Mullins, said there was great weather and great people.

    "It went well," he said.

    Over the years, the event has raised close to $115,000 to $120,000, Mullins said. About 65 bikes participated in this year's event on Saturday.

  • 6th Annual Beast Feast helps students, teachers

       The Levy County Schools Foundation 6th Annual Beast Feast held Saturday night raised a little over $12,000.

       Local group and business sponsors were spread out on the beautiful lawn of the Etheridge Family Cracker House in Williston with a backdrop of cows and a radiant sunset to highlight the evening.

       “We had a really good night,” Foundation Executive Director Donna Turner said Monday. It was a lot of fun and the weather was good. “The food was terrific. It was a really good event,” she said.

  • Man arrested in wife's disappearance 35 years ago

    Thirty six years to the day after Merl McFarland Mackey, Jr. married Evelyn Laverne Trulock in Pinellas County, and almost 34 years after she disappeared from their Hernando County home, Mackey was booked into the Levy County Jail on a charge of 1st degree premeditated murder.

  • Shark News

    Third grade becomes word masters

    By Emily Smith

    Shark Correspondent

    Early in October, the third grade students of Cedar Key School were each given a brand new dictionary from Superintendent Robert Hastings and Assistant Superintendent Jeff Edison. The day the dictionaries were received, they were already put to use; a dollar was given to the first student who could find a certain word the fastest. This memory will certainly inspire them to keep their books handy and nearby at all times!

    Basketball gets ready

    to rebound this fall!

  • Levy's Veterans Day parade in Chiefland moves to Nov. 12

    The 2015 Levy County Veteran's Day parade will be in Chiefland on Nov. 12, at 4 p.m.

    Military, units, clubs, groups and rolling military vehicles will start marching from Chiefland Middle High School at the intersection of U.S. Highway 27A and U.S. Highway 19 and head south on US 19 to Trailhead/Train Depot Park in South Chiefland.

  • Gulf red snapper season closes this weekend

    Attention anglers! Halloween (Saturday, Oct. 31) and Sunday, Nov. 1 are the last days the recreational red snapper season for Gulf state waters will be open in 2015.

    State waters in the Gulf are from shore to 9 nautical miles. Federal waters extend from where state waters end out to about 200 nautical miles.

    This year’s 70-day state-waters season began the Saturday before Memorial Day (May 23) and ran through July 12.

    The season then reopened for Labor Day weekend and weekends in September and October, including Sunday, Nov. 1.

  • Check your smoke detector when changing the time

    Your local fire rescue wishes to remind everyone that Sunday, Nov. 1, is time to fall back one hour for daylight saving.

    This is a good time to replace the battery and test the operation of your smoke detector. Consider the following:

    • Three out of five home fire deaths result from fires in properties without working smoke alarms (dead batteries)

    • More than one-third (37 percent) of home fire deaths result from fires in which no smoke alarms are present.