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Today's News

  • Cancer scare leaves powerful impression

    About eight months ago, 45-year-old Polly “P.J.” Jensen noticed a lump under her left arm.

    She was unable to afford health insurance and ineligible for Medicaid.

    “So I kind of set it aside at the time – something I should have never done,” P.J. said. “Something every women should never do.”

    After a while, the mild discomfort became painful tenderness. “It got to the point that I couldn’t wear anything tight around that area.”

    She finally went to the doctor early this month.

  • Community urges CRA to continue art funding

    At a special meeting Monday evening, the Community Redevelopment Agency adopted the 2009-10 budget and heard petitions from community members, students and school personnel for the continued funding of the Art Teacher Grant for the Cedar Key School Art Program.

    The CRA grant is set to expire in June. In its third year, the grant has paid the salary for Debby Manansala who teaches art to all CKS students, kindergarten through high school. It has also funded the purchasing of art supplies and needed materials.

  • CKS gets accredited

    For the first time in island history, Cedar Key seniors will graduate from an accredited high school.

  • Cedar Key Postmaster Retires

    After 34 years of dedication, Cedar Key Postmaster Annette Kordgien retired from the United States Postal Service Oct. 1.

  • Airheads converge on Cedar Key

    Airheads from all over the state converged on a 45-acre farm located between Cedar Key and Chiefland last weekend for the Second Annual Suwannee River Tech Day and Camp.

    The international Airheads Beemer Club is for riders who own specific BMW bikes: those with air-cooled engines. Most anything that happens with an Airhead Beemer can be repaired on the side of the road with the tool kit that BMW provides – with the right knowledge, of course.

    That’s why the Airheads motto is “Simple by Choice.”

  • Cedar Key gets permanent weather station

    Technicians completed the two and half week installation of a permanent weather station on the Big Dock tower this week, making Cedar Key the first station in Florida capable of enduring hurricanes up to category 4.

    “Everybody’s been wondering what that mushroom’s been about,” said NOAA contractor Lee Chapin. “That’s why it’s built in that fashion – they hope it will withstand a category 4 hurricane.” The only others like it are in Mississippi and Louisiana, he said.

  • Gallons of grease unleashed into CK sewer

    “We’ve got a grease problem again,” said Jack Hotaling, Cedar Key Water and Sewer District Manager. “Best way to describe it is sabotage.” On Sunday, someone unlawfully dumped approximately 30 to 40 gallons of grease into the sewer system, Hotaling said in a phone interview Tuesday morning.  “Grease destroys the good bacteria that does all the work in the plant,” Hotaling said. “It also clogs the filters and headworks of our structure.

  • CK police get new truck, SWAT gear, automatic rifles

    The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant has arrived and the Cedar Key Police Department is using the $65,723 to prepare for the worst.

    The grant paid for a new Ford F150 truck, three radar units, a speed trailer, one set of tactical ballistic gear, and four bullet-proof vests, said Police Chief Virgil Sandlin.

  • Grease trap requirement to be enforced

    All Cedar Key restaurants are required to have working grease traps, and now the Cedar Key Water and Sewer District is going to enforce that rule.

    The District Board voted unanimously Monday night to send a letter to all restaurant owners, as well as landlords if applicable, informing them that they have 30 days to meet the grease trap requirement, or their water will be shut off. District staff will inspect each restaurant to ensure compliance.

  • Oyster ban halted, for now

    Oysters on the Gulf Coast — including those in lugged by Cedar Key water men — are safe from a proposed federal Food and Drug administration “warm months” ban for now.

    Leslie Sturmer, multi-county aquaculture extension agent, briefed the Levy County Commission on Tuesday on the status of a proposed rule requiring post-harvest processing of oysters or an outright ban on the harvest and sale of oysters from Gulf of Mexico waters from April through October beginning in 2011.