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Today's News

  • Hastings on FCAT: “We must raise academic standards”

    FCAT results are in and they're a mixed bag, to say the least. Levy County School Board saw a report by Director of Secondary Education Patrick Wnek on the schools' grade-by-grade results in each subject, plus comparisons to state numbers, and a lead-in to the county's Deep FRI training for enhanced reading instruction.

    Wnek showed a slide of grade-level scores in reading, math and science county-wide depicting gains or losses in the last three years.

  • School board grapples with budget and job security

    The school district budget and the security of teacher positions was again top in everyone's mind at Tuesday's meeting of the Levy County School Board.

  • Sponsors and citizens alike rally around free Movies in the Park

    Last month more than 100 people brought blankets and lawn chairs to City Park at sunset for the inaugural showing of Movies in the Park. The crowd was treated to a free family-friendly feature film shown outside in the naturally beautiful theater of Cedar Key.

    As word gets out, organizers expect even more people to attend this month’s family entertainment feature film June 20 at sunset, 8:15 p.m.

  • Conservation Corner - Energy Advisory Panel Update

    Hard to believe it, but another month has gone by since the last update column.

    Energy awareness. As you know, one of the goals of the Energy Advisory Panel is energy awareness. I think that this has started to happen throughout the Cedar Key community. I hear people talking about recycling and composting and how they have reduced the amount of trash that gets put in the WastePro truck twice a week.

  • CRA Board accepts solar panel bid, Greg lang as official director, and Chamber's Creswell house plan

    Cedar Key is steadily going green--not only have volunteers recently planted 62 live oak trees on the island, but as was decided at the last Cedar Key Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) meeting, the Community Center will soon be powered by solar energy as well.

  • CK resident named National Volunteer of the Year

    David Beach was presented with a National Volunteer of the Year award at the annual convention of the American Water Works Association in San Diego last week for his work with Water for People.

    At the awards luncheon, Beach was lauded as "the most experienced volunteer, and best team leader" of the World Water Corps division of Water for People.

  • Cedar Key simpler brings home two prizes at international event

     The International Herbal Symposium held at Wheaton College validated Nysie Watson’s decade long experience as a simpler, or healer, where she garnered two second place prizes, one in the Elixers category and another in Creams and Lotions.

    “I feel like I’ve been validated in all my years of simpling,” Watson said about her new status as international accredited award winning herbal product designer.

  • Nuke plant faces another setback

    The Green Party of Florida and two other groups learned Wednesday that their challenges to Progress Energy Florida’s plans to build two nuclear power reactors in Levy County have standing with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and their petition to intervene has been granted.

    The move could represent another setback to the utility. In May, it announced construction work on the $17 billion project would be delayed by at least 20 months when the NRC refused to give the utility limited work authorization for excavation and foundation preparation work.

  • Natures Landing Condominiums under new management

    In a competitive proposal process, Pam Oakley of Key Reality of Cedar Key and Tina Ryan of Ryan Management Company submitted a joint proposal that was accepted by the Natures Landing Condominium Board of Directors to manage the 37-unit property.

    As of May 1, Pam became the Rental Manager and Tina became the Property Manager. Both maintain their own business licenses and are members of the Cedar Key Chamber of Commerce.

  • Credit Card Scam Alert

     Reports are coming in about a person posing as an employee of a nonexistent "Chiefland Bulletin" business office seeking to update credit card information. NEVER give out this information to a caller. Employees of the Chiefland Citizen, The Tri-County Bulletin, Cedar Key Beacon and Williston Pioneer do not call asking for such information. Always call the business office yourself.