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Today's News

  • County OKs $65 million budget

    The Levy County Commission, with two members who leave in November due to electoral losses, was commended on Monday evening by the only Levy County resident who cared to show up and speak at a public hearing where the property tax and final budget for the 2014-15 was unanimously approved.
    “I want you to note that the budget is less than last year when it was $66 million and some change. Good job,” said Dana Sheffield of “the Fanning Springs Sheffields. "This board has done a good job for the county.”

  • New Williston hospital owner outlines plans

    By CAROLYN TEN BROECK
    editor@willistonpioneer.com
    Dr. Deviah “Dr. P” Pagidipati said what makes him different from the last four people who vowed to bring back the hospital in Williston from the brink of disaster is his commitment to bringing quality health care to all people–regardless of income, social status or race.

  • Cedar Key's McCain honored with award

    Recent retiree from the US Fish and Wildlife Service Ken McCain was honored with a formal ceremony last week, receiving the National Wildlife Refuge Employee of the Year Award for 2014.  Dignitaries from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, its Refuge System, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, as well as friends and family were in attendance for the celebration.

  • Red tide halts Cedar Key clam harvesting

     For the first time in about 10 years, clam leases have been shut down in Cedar Key due to red tide.

    The western portion of Cedar Key's leases, including Gulf Jackson and Pelican Reef, was closed Sept. 6 after officials found low to background quantities of dangerous microorganism Karenia brevis, known to produce a neurotoxin that affects vertebrates, including humans.

  • Florida continues effort to control invasive lionfish

    State officials are cracking down on lionfish cultivation.
    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation moved Wednesday to prohibit the harvest and possession of eggs (other than for destruction) from the fish and have made it illegal to intentionally breed the animals, which are recognized as an invasive species that  is bad for habitat and native Florida fish.

  • Every vote counts when only three determine winner

    It took a couple of hours on Thursday and all day Friday, but by the time the weekend started the Supervisor of Elections was able to announce that former District 4 Commissioner Lilly Rooks had won the Republican nomination by a three-vote margin.
    The final count: 1,728 votes for Rooks to 1,725 votes for incumbent Commissioner Ryan Bell of Chiefland. Rooks will face Democrat Jamie Griffin in the Nov. 4 general election.
    It was a sweet comeback for Rooks, defeating the man who unseated her four years ago, and after suffering two strokes earlier this year.  

  • Property tax, assessment hearing tonight

    Folks who want to be heard on this year’s property tax and assessments bills will have their opportunity at 6 p.m. tonight (Thursday) when the Levy County Commission holds a public hearing at 6 p.m. in Courtroom A of the Levy County Courthouse.
    The purpose of tonight’s hearing is to determine the final assessments for emergency medical service, fire, solid waste and roads. At the end of the hearing the commission will vote on the final assessments.

  • MoMS, other activities, kick off

    The Smithsonian Institution's highly anticipated Museums on Main Street (MoMS) is set to debut this weekend in Cedar Key.
    Hosted by The Cedar Key Historical Society, MoMS has been made possible by the Florida Humanities Council.
    The physical exhibit, which is titled, "The Way We Worked," explores how work became a central element in American culture by tracing the many changes that affected the workforce and work environments over the past 150 years.

  • CK oyster situation heading to Putnam

    When state Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam stops in Trenton for a campaign event on Wednesday, from 1 to 4 p.m., it won’t be just Gilchrist County agriculture on his agenda.
    Levy County Commissioner Chad Johnson, Putnam’s college roommate and fraternity brother, will be talking to his old pal about the need to get money for re-seeding the oyster population in the Suwannee River Basin, which includes Cedar Key and parts of Levy and Dixie counties.

  • Pirate invasion this weekend

    Celebrate the past with historical re-enactors this weekend in Cedar Key. See how pirates lived on land when ashore. Watch the epic battle that is certain to be played out on the shores of Cedar Key. Learn from some of the finest re-enactors on the East Coast.