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Today's News

  • Man doesn’t want Levy nuke plant as neighbor Nuclear Regulatory Commission takes public comments

     By CHRIS VAN ORMER

    Special to the Beacon

  • Suwannee River Fair News

    By MARTI SMITH
    Publicity
    The fat steer weigh in will take place Saturday, Oct. 2, from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the fairgrounds in Fanning Springs.  This is the first weigh-in for all market steers participating in the 2011 Suwannee River Youth Livestock Show and Sale.  An entry form is required and is available online at mysrf.org.  The form must be completed and signed by the exhibitor, parent and FFA advisor/4H leader.  Entry fee is $25.
    Scholarship Application:

  • Fishing: Ready for the red fish

    OK! Holy cow! Our redfishing is good right now.
    It's the fall, the water's cooling a little, the spawners are doing their thing, and me and my customers love it.
    I had few new groups this week which is always good. I fished a really nice couple from out at the Cedar Key RV grounds. They were from Mississippi. First time ever visiting Cedar Key.

  • Ongoing Activities

    Knitting Club: Meets at Kona Joe's every Wednesday from 4-6 p.m. on the back deck. All knitters are welcome.

  • League releases guide to amendments on ballot

    The League of Women Voters of Florida is a non-partisan expert resource available to help explain the Amendments to voters.
    With six complex ballot amendments this year, along with some highly contested candidate races with national implications, it is imperative that Floridians understand their votes will have a major impact on our state's future.

  • Manatee Springs turtles strong despite decline of ecosystem, high nitrates

    Turtle populations at Manatee Springs State Park appear to be strong, according to a scientist contracting with the Florida Department of Environmental protection.
    “They’re the easiest of all reptiles to study,” herpetologist Eric Munscher said in a phone interview last week.
    Adults, especially females, tend to use the same areas year after year, he explained.  It creates a higher likelihood of recapturing previously tagged animals.

  • Conservation Corner

    Four of Cedar Key’s lodging establishments, Seahorse Landing, Island Place, Park Place and Faraway Inn, made the time and investment to be certified by Florida’s DEP as a Green Lodging.  This voluntary initiative designates and recognizes lodging establishments that make a commitment to conservation and protection of Florida’s natural resources.  The program consists of environmental guidelines designed for the hospitality industry to evaluate its operations, set goals and take specific actions to improve environmental performance.

  • Coastal CleanUp makes big haul

    The good news is that Cedar Key’s coastline is cleaner than it was a week ago. The bad news is it is home to too many people who think that tossing something off their boat or out the car window is just fine. The interesting tidbit is that BudLite is the drink of choice for those people.

  • Springs project aims at manatee conservation

        Fanning Springs State Park will be getting a small makeover in a couple of years that could make it easier for wildlife to use the spring, according to representatives from Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

        “It’s a small project, but we’re really excited about getting this done,” FWC biologist Ron Mezich said Thursday at the quarterly meeting of the Fanning and Manatee Springs Working Group at Fanning Springs City Hall.

  • County: No raise for 4th year

    County employees will go a fourth year without a pay increase under a budget approved last week by the Levy County Board of Commissioners.

    The commission voted 2-3 on a motion to grant the pay raise by Commissioner Danny Stevens of Williston and seconded by Commissioner Lilly Rooks of Rosewood during an evening meeting on Thursday, Sept. 9, that was attended by about 25 county workers and their spouses.

    Dissenting in the vote were Commission Chair Nancy Bell of Chiefland, Commissioner Chad Johnson of Chiefland and Commissioner Marsha Drew of Yankeetown.