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Today's News

  • Nurture sincerity in yourself

    I recently had the privilege of reading a short letter written by a fellow Christian to a person in jail. The letter was so utterly sincere in its expression of love that it almost brought me to tears. If that was my reaction to a letter not even written to me, I can only imagine what impact it had on the one to whom it was written.

  • Lutterloh looks like a movie set

    With only the front façade and a partial outside wall still standing, the Lutterloh Building now looks like something from an old film set.

    “I’ve been asked more than once by people walking by if we’re making a movie here,” Don Padgett said with a laugh.

    The movie set look, however, will not last long.

    The current restoration of the Historic Lutterloh Building in downtown Cedar Key is on time, said Padgett, the Project Superintendent for Anglin Construction.

  • Teresa Watson gets FEMA to cough up money for Cedar Key Dock

    BRONSON — Teresa Watson is not the sort of person you should owe a debt.

    She will collect the money.

    The Board of Commissioners recently commended Watson, a financial clerk in Levy County Clerk of Courts Danny Shipp’s office, on Jan. 6 for getting the Federal Emergency Management Agency to agree to cover cost overruns at the Cedar Key dock rebuilding. The dock, which was reopened in July 2008, was damaged by tropical storms and hurricanes in the devastating 2004 Hurricane Season. The dock had to be replaced with a new stronger concrete structure.

  • God and politics blamed in firing

    Newly minted Levy County Property Appraiser Oz Barker says he fired a veteran employee on his first day in office because he did not have confidence or trust in her, but two leaders in the Tri-County NAACP said he told them God directed him to do it.

    And they think the reason is a little less divine — that Barker traded a promise to fire her in return for votes to help him win the office in the November election.

  • Rosewood home destroyed by fire

    The Cedar Key Fire Department responded to a single-wide mobile home fire in Rosewood Monday afternoon.

    No one was hurt and several animals were rescued.

    A combination of the fire department’s quick 11 minute response time, drizzling rain, and a closed bedroom door kept one room from burning.

    The rest of the home was a total loss.

    Shannon Random returned from walking her dogs to find the house filled with smoke. Her father, who is 79 years old and uses oxygen, was at a neighbor’s home at the time, she said.

  • Temperature influences plant growth

    Many of us have traveled around the USA. Perhaps, some from Oregon to California, others from Maine to Florida, or even to Ohio or Texas. What we all see before us as we travel is climate change over long distances north to south. Our great country has a number of climates such as temperate, subtropical, tropical and even a temperate rain forest on the West Coast. For one country to have such a variation is truly wonderful

  • Ask a Lawyer

    According to many experts, the economic meltdown our country is now experiencing is due, in large part, to a virtual collapse in our housing industry. From all accounts, the billions of dollars being expended by the U. S. Government to bail out Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and others is the result of the failure of bad loans. The question may reasonably be asked, are unscrupulous lenders to blame, or are irresponsible borrowers at fault? And just what is a ‘predatory loan’?

  • CRA update

    Roadwork

    Finish grading of the new road base has started along Hodges and Andrews Circle in preparation of asphalt paving later this month and February. Reconstruction has started on Gulf Boulevard and there will be one lane of traffic this month and next. Many of the side streets off Gulf Blvd. are being prepared for paving and will be paved in February.

    Goose Cove Water Main

  • Rusty pipes, garbage billing top agenda for CKWSD

    Rusty pipes and city garbage collection were the top items of discussion Monday night at the Cedar Key Water and Sewer District monthly meeting.

    CRA Director Greg Lang presented the CKWSD Board with a sample of 80-year-old pipe found last month under historic 2nd Street and offered possible solutions to address the issue.

  • New legislative office opens in Chiefland

    State Representative Leonard Bembry (D-Greenville) has announced the opening of a satellite office in House District 10.

    The district office will be located at 23 Southeast 2nd Avenue in Chiefland. It will be housed in the old train depot that has been restored. The office will be staffed with a full time district secretary who will assist constituents in Dixie, Levy, Alachua, and Columbia counties.