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Today's News

  • Shell cities of the Gulf

    By Pam Darty
    Refuge Ranger
    Colorful flyers seen all over town brought a record crowd to the Cedar Key Library for the third presentation by Dr. Kenneth Sassaman.
    The University of Florida archaeologist has been working on the 30 coastal miles of the Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge and the thirteen islands of the Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge for the past three years, so nearly half of the standing-room-only audience had returned for the most recent findings.

  • A threat to Gulf Hammock business

    By Toni C. Collins
    Levy County Historian

    In early March of 1936, County Court Judge Joseph Sale requested the assistance of Florida Governor David Sholtz in putting an end to the actions of a certain hermit living in the woods of Gulf Hammock. Judge Sale recounted how this person threatened and shot at workers of the Standard Manufacturing Company gathering raw material in the woods. It is not known why this person picked this area in which to live.

  • Swallow-tailed Kite comes out for the latest research

    By Pam Darty
    Refuge Ranger
    When the crowd gathered at the Cedar Key Library Thursday evening, they didn’t expect a great surprise. The Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge was hosting a talk on the latest research on swallow-tailed Kites.  As birders were arriving for Dr. Ken Meyer’s presentation, Dr. Dawn Miller, Gainesville veterinarian and certified wildlife rehabilitator, came in the door carrying a magnificent swallow-tail.

  • Beachgoers asked to help monitor horseshoe crabs

    As spring arrives, horseshoe crabs converge along sandy beaches throughout the state to mate. Biologists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) are asking the public for help pinpointing the sites where these horseshoe crabs spawn.
    Beachgoers are likely to have the best luck spotting mating horseshoe crabs around high tide, just before, during or after a full or new moon. The conditions around the new moon tonight and the full moon on April 6 will create ideal opportunities to view the spawning behavior of horseshoe crabs.

  • Community Calendar for the week of March 22

    Tuesday
    Democrats meet Tuesday in Bronson
    The Levy County Democratic Committee will meet at the Bronson Restaurant on Tuesday at 6 p.m.
    Anyone interested in the Democratic Party, discussing the upcoming elections or just interested in getting involved in the Democratic Party is welcome to come to the meeting and join.
    The committee is seeking people that are interested in the party and interested in fairness in the political system.
    A dinner menu will be available for purchase.
    For more information, call Charley King 352-493-4797.

  • Cedar Key School honored for its recycling efforts

    Cedar Key School was recognized Friday by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection for outstanding efforts in 2011 to promote recycling.
    Cedar Key students, collecting about 550 pledges to recycle in FDEP’s staterwide K-12 Recycling Pledge Card Contest, pushed their school to the top three in the state.

  • Spring break frolic

    Spring break is in the air – at least for these vactioners at the Cedar Key Beach last Thursday. Levy County schools are on spring break starting Monday so the beach should be busy all week.

  • Fishin’ with Captain Danny Allen
  • Cedar Key takes fourth at meet

    The Cedar Key School track team was among teams from seven schools that participated in the 21st Suwannee Invitational Track Meet in Live Oak on March 10.  Host Suwannee High took first place while Branford High came in second, Columbia High was third and Cedar Key was fourth.
    Brooke Allen, a 10th grade student, took first place in the high jump with 1.5 meters, while Jemima Cahours came in 7th with 1.27 meters.
    Lauren Batholemy took second place in pole vault with 2.13 meters. Chloe Reynolds took second in the triple jump with 8.68 meters.

  • Today in Levy County History:The Luraville Locomotive

    By Toni C. Collins
    Levy County Historian
    On January 19, 1979, James Lancaster of Luraville, a small community in Suwannee County on the east bank of the Suwannee River, mounted a drive to retrieve a relic from the river. Remembering the engine’s location from early boyhood, Lancaster financed the venture to bring to the surface a 130 year old locomotive from the river bottom.