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Today's News

  • County turns out to honor fallen soldier

    Army Spec. Clarence Williams III, of Brooksville, was killed when his military police unit was attacked in Afghanistan on July 8. Six soldiers died in the attack.
    His body was brought from McDill Air Force Base in Tampa before traveling on U.S. Highway 19 to Carnegie Funeral Home in Chiefland.
    Residents from throughout Levy County turned out to honor the soldier who was said to have a ready smile and hoped to follow in his father's footsteps by joining the Florida Highway Patrol.

  • Medicare turns 46 on July 30

    By Doug Heinlen
    Everything changes as it accumulates more birthdays—including vital programs like Medicare.  
    Medicare turns 46 on July 30, and oh, how it has changed throughout the years.
    One landmark event for Medicare, as for most elements of U.S. health care, was the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling upholding most aspects of the new national health-care law.    As implementation of the new law proceeds, what does the future hold for Medicare?

  • Editorial toon for the week of July 26
  • For FWC, it’s a question of balance

    From the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

  • 'Pennies for Polina’

    By DANIEL VANCE

    Disabilities

  • DEP, SRWMD to hold workshop on changes to statewide water use permits

    Public workshops on rule development for statewide consumptive use permitting consistency (“CUPcon”) will be hosted in August by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) and Suwannee River Water Management District (District).
    The first meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, August 7 at the District headquarters, 9225 County Road 49 in Live Oak. The second will be held in Chiefland on Wednesday, August 8 at the Tommy Usher Community Center, 506 SW 4th Ave. Both meetings will begin at 9 a.m. All interested parties are invited to attend.

  • Goundwater up in many areas - not in Cedar Key

    Groundwater levels in parts of Levy and surrounding counties are up, according to the Suwannee River Water Management District.
    Tropical storms Beryl and Debbie dumped unprecedented amounts of rain in the area, helping to alleviate record drought and plummeting groundwater levels. The average rainfall throughout the district in June, according to SRWMD, was about 18.4 inches, which set a new record.

  • Community Calendar for the week of July 26

    July 28

    Stand up set in Cedar Key
    Black Dog Bar & Tables will be hosting L.A. Invasion - a One Night Stand on July 28 at 8 p.m.
    Featured performers include Jay Hewlett of Comedy Central and Laura Hayden most recently of the Boston Comedy Fest.
    The event will be taped for television.
    The cost is $20 per person and reservations are required. Those attending are asked to be there at 7 p.m.
    For more information or to make reservations, call 353-325-0050.

    August 2 & 16

  • Group kayak and picnic event set

    The Friends of the Lower Suwannee & Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuges will hold a Group Paddle and Picnic in the town of Suwannee on Saturday, July 28. Join us for an easy (beginners welcome), short (3.8 miles, two hours), fresh water paddle on Lock Creek, through Riverine swamp along the Suwannee River.

  • Cedar Key FFA: Living the motto

    The National FFA organization has a motto that goes like this: “Learning to do, doing to learn, earning to live, living to serve.”
    The “learning to do” part of FFA happens in the classroom. It includes the lessons from books and videos, lectures, reading and writing assignments, sharing experiences etc.