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Today's News

  • County, regional unemployment drops

    The news on local employment has not been this good for more than three years: Unemployment for the three-county region of Levy, Marion and Citrus was 10.1 percent in March.
    Last time it was that low was December 2008 when it was 10 percent.
    For Levy County the news is especially sweet as unemployment dropped from 10.1 percent in February to 9.4 percent in March. Neighboring Marion was at 10.3 and Citrus was 10.1.

  • Recycling remains on hold

    Levy County officials are still in a holding pattern waiting for the state Department of Corrections to sign off on a contract to provide inmate labor for the recycling program at the county landfill.
    County Coordinator Fred Moody said he he still waiting on the contract to come from the state to restart the inmate work crew program and the recycling program.

  • Dire year ahead for city budget

    The message out of a political forum held on Friday is that the city budget is facing a dire situation next year and the commission may have to consider cuts.
    But the question is where — will it be in jobs or services.

  • Small island – long history

    By TONI C. COLLINS

  • Florida Energy and Climate Commission Grant

    The City of Cedar Key received the Florida Energy and Climate Commission Grant with a goal of increasing energy efficiency for our city facilities, businesses and residents. An important part of the grant is the Educational Outreach Program which the City asked the Energy Advisory Panel (EAP) to develop and implement. Some parts of this educational program are required by the grant but it was left to the EAP to devise programs that fulfill the grant’s requirements. So the following is what we have come up with.

  • Arts Fest: Official 2012 posters, T-shirts for sale

    Make sure to get the official Old Florida Celebration of the Arts Festival poster, featuring the contest winning painting, “Sunfire”, by Robert Goodlett, available for purchase at the Old Florida Celebration of the Arts, this week.
    The limited edition poster provides residents and visitors with a special remembrance of our area and are available for $10 unframed or $20 framed all weekend at the Information Booth. T-Shirts will also be available for $18 each at the information booth and the Cedar Keyhole Co-Op, both located on Historic 2nd Street.
     

  • From the ground to the gallery

    At 79, Henry Gernhardt’s hands have twisted, turned, pressed, pounded, painted and baked globs of earth into works of art for more than 73 years.
    The artist, who now lives and works just outside of Cedar Key with his wife, Amy, grew up in rural Connecticut in a family he describes as being mostly engineers and mechanics.
    “I just couldn’t get into that,” he says. “I always did things different.”
    So, Gernhardt started a formal education in the arts at Norwich Art School in the early 1950s.

  • Community Calendar for the week of April 26

    Thursday

    Rally round Cedar Key
    Cedar Key is one of the nominees for the Ultimate Fishing Town through World Fishing Network.com (WFN). Now is the time for all you fishermen, guides, restaurants and accommodation owners to share your pictures and videos, so the rest of the world can see why Cedar Key should be the Ultimate Fishing Town. Follow this link: www.worldfishingnetwork.com/uft/town/cedarkey-fl.  

  • Winners! State FFA champs

    The Cedar Key Middle School brought home its third consecutive state FFA Aquaculture Championship on April 21 and one team member was singled out as the top finisher overall.
    Eighth grader Cheyenne Clanton led the team in overall points to become the individual state champion. Sixth grade FFA member MacKenzie Kirkbride ranked third individually in the state, just one point behind Cheyenne. A young man from Gray Middle School took home second place individual honors.

  • 2nd Street closing

       Art Festival set-up will begin at 7 p.m. Friday, April 27 along 2nd Street between State Road 24 and B Street. Please be aware this area will be closed to traffic and parking. Cars will be subject to towing at that time. The festival committee thanks the community for its support as we prepare for this annual event.