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Today's News

  • Budget Workshop Round-up: The haves and the have-nots

    For the past couple of weeks, the City Commissioners have met several times, trying to narrow the gap between what they want and what they can afford.

    As of Tuesday night, the gap was eliminated completely though more than one commissioner was not pleased with the outcome.

    Commissioner Heath Davis has been conspicuously missing from the workshops since he walked out on the Sept. 8 workshop, but that has not stopped the other Commissioners from moving on with their work.

    Some of the highlights of the workshops include:

  • Ride to Provide nets $13,600; more than 250 bike 63 miles

    A convoy of about 250 motorcycles of every make, model and year snaked its way along about 63 miles of scenic Levy County highways and back roads Saturday as part of the fifth annual Ride to Provide.

    The ride, led by a patrol car from the Levy County Sheriff’s Office, started at Bronson High School and ended in Otter Creek on the campus of the Levy Association for Retarded Citizens.  Members of the local law enforcement community organized the annual event, which helps fund LARC, in 2006.

  • Cedar Key joins world in coastal cleanup

    Trash is one of the most widespread pollution problems threatening our ocean and waterways and it’s entirely preventable. Marine debris is more than an eyesore. It is a threat to marine wildlife and ecosystems; and undermines tourism and economic activity.

    Our ocean is stressed from disasters like the BP Deepwater Horizon spill, pollution, overfishing, habitat loss, rising sea temperatures and acidification. Keeping our ocean free from trash is one of the easiest ways we can make the ocean more resilient to these combined threats.

  • CK workers get to keep pay, vacations Commission trims budget

        The Cedar Key City Commission started its Sept. 8 workshop with a $40,587 shortfall in next year’s proposed budget. By the end of the meeting they had shaved off all but $10,602 of the deficit.

        At the same time, the board avoided cutting city workers’ pay and vacation benefits, while sacrificing their own life and dental insurance coverage. That move alone by the commission saved about $3,700 per year. If a commissioner wants the insurance coverage they will have to pay it out of their own pocket.

  • Players new production knocks critic dead

    Suwannee Valley Players' open their fall season on Friday with "The Night We Knocked the Critic Dead," a comedy by L. Don Swartz.  Performances are at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. Additional performances will be Friday, Sept. 24, and Saturday, Sept. 25 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 26 at 2:30 p.m..

    All shows will be at The Chief Theater at 25 Park Ave in Chiefland. Tickets can be purchased at the box office starting one hour before show time. Admission is $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and students.

  • Budgets bring out the worst in us...

    I love summer. Summer is glorious in Florida.

    It's hot, humid, sticky. Beer pool season.

    It's also budget time.

    I don't know who in their evil mind set government's fiscal year to begin on Oct. 1, but they ruin summer for everyone with it. There must be a special place in hell reserved for the person who came up with this idea.

    The timetable has government body is struggling with balancing revenues and expenses into a budget during the hottest, most uncomfortable part of the year.

  • Back to school after a loss: Haven’s grief support services help children to know they are not alone

    Some students have returned to school after a recent loss—a parent, sibling or someone else they were close to.

  • Cedar Key Chamber's annual auction Sunday

    The Cedar Key Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual auction at the historic Island Hotel on 2nd Street on Sunday, Sept. 5. The preview of items starts at 12:30 p.m. and the live-auction begins at 1 p.m.

    A raffle of more than 40 items will also be held. Tickets for the raffle are $3 each, three for $5 or  15 tickets for $20.

  • Community blood drive Thursday, Sept. 9

    With summer vacations now behind us and the biggest season of all just ahead – football season – it’s a good time to think about donating blood.

    During the summer, when school is out and student numbers drop on university campuses, the blood supply takes an annual dip as well. Now, with students back and vacations over, donors are needed to rebuild the community blood supply.

    It takes only about 45 minutes.

  • New outreach program reaches into rural Levy

    The newly begun Health and Nutrition Community Outreach program in Levy County provided free food, health services and advice to more than 100 people in Cedar Key and Bronson Saturday, according to representatives from the program.

        Jan Zak, a volunteer from Gainesville, said the program is a partnering of different agencies and groups providing service to people in mostly rural areas of Levy County.  Saturday’s outreach started in Cedar Key at Rosewood Baptist Church and then ended at the Levy County Health Department in Bronson.