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Today's News

  • Ecotourism can help business owners

     Eco-based Tourism, for all intents and purposes, is a relatively new concept.

    Built around the idea of a ‘traveler’, not a ‘tourist’, Eco-based Tourism (or EBT) focuses less on the man-made attractions of an area and more on the beauty offered by nature.

    In 2006, more than 4.2 million Florida Residents chose not to spend their summer vacation money at a theme park, but rather on one of the thousands of nature-based attractions throughout the state.

  • A year in education

    From new science standards and deep budget cuts to teacher awards and a new Superintendent, education in Levy County experienced many newsworthy occasions in 2008. The following are highlights from this year’s important headlines.

    January:

    Superintendent Cliff Norris announces he will not run for re-election, opting instead for retirement.

  • Meet Beth Davis, Levy County School Board

    “You get out of education what you put into it,” said native Beth Davis who was recently sworn in for a third term as school board member of Levy County representing district 2 Cedar Key. “If you’re there to get an education, you’re going to get it.”

    And Beth should know.

  • Firefighters provide Vials of L.I.F.E.

    The Cedar Key Volunteer Fire and Rescue department is kicking off the new year with an easy and practical life-saving public service.

    Vial of L.I.F.E. (Life Saving Information for Emergencies) gives residents a way to provide critical information to first responders in the event of an emergency.

  • Levy CFCC to hold free symposium on Nature-Based Tourism

    Central Florida Community College will explore the business of nature in a free symposium on Monday, Feb. 2 in Chiefland. Business owners and prospective entrepreneurs are invited to “Nature-Based Tourism and Your Business” from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the CFCC Levy Center, 114 Rogers Blvd., Chiefland.

  • Eco-Friendly islanders harness the sun

    Last week the Andersons became the first Cedar Keyans to dramatically reduce their carbon footprint by installing solar panels to their home on 4th Street.

    “The whole idea of living sustainably has long appealed to us,” Pat said. “We want to do our part.”

    Carolyn has always been an avid recycler, Pat said, and for him sustainability and conservation was imprinted at an early age. “My grandma fussed at me all the time for standing with the refrigerator door open.”

  • Red Cross also responds to personal disasters

    When people think of Red Cross volunteers and disaster support, what usually comes to mind are hurricanes, tornados and earthquakes, said Ian Dyar, Emergency Services Director of the American Red Cross North Central Florida Chapter.

    “But single family house fires are disasters, too,” he said.

    The Red Cross takes individual disasters seriously and responds just as actively to them as it does to large scale disasters.

  • Cedar Key 2008

    January

    Publisher Dale Bowen announces that the Cedar Key Beacon, along with Chiefland Citizen and Williston Pioneer, are up for sale.

    Cedar Key Sharks celebrate Homecoming.

    February

    Astronomers and gazers converge on the islands for the Cedar Key Star Party.

    Sagging floors and a minor sewage leak invade City Hall.

    Tri-County Hospital unveils first drawing. The hospital will offer Cedar Key residents much closer access to medical care.

  • Some Hope

    I believe God gave me most of this song to write.

    Maybe you’ll identify with it…

    Verse 1

    As I walk down the street I see people pass me by.

    Faces like zombies they seem to ask me, “Why?

    O, why is my life, man, not better than it is?

    Pain squeezes my eyes, crawls out from deep inside.”

    Chorus

    “I need some hope more than you know,

    But I just won’t let my feelings show.

    ‘Cause too many times my heart has been stepped on.

  • The Birds and Bees of Plant Reproduction

    I hear there is quite a buzz going on in town, not only downtown but on the mainland as well. Some say the buzz is flying around like wild fire, while others say it hides in beautiful places. I say this buzz is all about bees! What a stinging answer to this fictitious paragraph.