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Today's News

  • County increases millage rate, assessments

    The Levy County Commission expressed shock that it drew only one taxpayer to a public hearing on special assessments on Tuesday evening in the commission meeting room.

    It was a sharp change from two years ago when the hearing was held in the larger Courtroom A at the County Courthouse to accommodate the people objecting to increases in special assessments and any increase in property taxes.

  • What's For Dinner?

    It used to be easy to answer that question but the more we learn about food’s impact on our health and environment, this decision has become more and more complicated.  The pesticides, herbicides and industrial systems that produce our foods are polluting our world and threatening our health, particularly those we count on to grow our food.

  • Cedar Key fishing tournament featured in national magazine

    The cover of the July/August issue of Airboating Magazine may feature their “Swamp Sweetie” - wearing a camo bikini, cowboy boots and hat - but it gets even better on page 44.

  • Calling all artists:

    The OFCA Planning Committee is looking for artists interested in developing artwork for our 2012 event. The competition allows artists to use any reproducible medium (painting, drawing, photography, collage, etc.). All entries will be exhibited at the Cedar Key Arts Center from Oct. 1 until Nov. 2, 2011. 

    Artists will have the opportunity to put their pieces up for sale while on display. A panel of judges will decide and announce the Design Award Winner on Friday, Oct. 14.

  • TDC draws up plans to lure more tourists

     The Levy County Tourism Development Council weighed the best way to market the county to tourists now that it is taking over all advertising duties.

  • Cedar Key State Museum: a mini-vacation right in your back yard

    Tucked away off Hodges Avenue is arguably the ugliest circa 1960’s building on the island. But don’t let that put you off.  Inside and around the property are a variety of things to do and see that will make you forget the bad architecture.

  • Speed humps to be relocated

        Against the recommendation of an engineer, the Cedar Key City Commission voted unanimously Tuesday night to move the location of two speed tables designed to slow traffic before the public was allowed to voice any objections.       
        Police Chief Virgil Sandlin said the tables--speed humps with a flattened section in the middle--are “very user friendly” with a six-foot approach, 28-foot table and six-foot exit.

  • Cedar Key Canvas makes the cut

        A lot of good things have been happening at Julie Gore and Sharon Ingram’s shop, Cedar Key Canvas lately – some good and some even better.
        Unbeknownst to Julie, a customer (her mother) nominated the shop for a made in America contest sponsored by ABC’s World News with Dianne Sawyer. Her mother did eventually mention it but the women both forgot about the nomination. That is, until the day a producer from the show called and left a message that they had made the cut.

  • The MacGyver effect

    Wayne Watson, works on a greenhouse on State Road 24 being built next to the Dollar General. Billy Robinson, also known as “Broccoli Billy,”  has grown and sold produce at the location for several years and is expanding his business to include a large greenhouse where he can produce more specialty plants for sale to the public. The duct tape is necessary to cover the joints of the frame work of the greenhouse so that the cover will not be torn by the hard edges.

  • Plum Creek sells 18,000 acres in heart of Levy

    Austrian-born Canadian businessman Frank Stronach's name is not on the 18,000 acres of land that changed hands two weeks ago, but it may as well be.
    When combined with other purchases, Stronach could be on his way to becoming a force in Levy County's future.
    He has talked about plans to raise organic beef on "huge areas" in Florida.
     "I’m planning to buy 20,000 hectares of woods in (the U.S. state of) Florida. The climate is excellent there," he told the Austria Times in March 2010.