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Today's News

  • Library closed by mold from Hermine

    It reads like something from a horror novel: The old hotel was dark, as there was no power. It was smothering inside while temperatures outside in the 90s with high humidity. And it smelled like a sewer. The elevator shaft resembled a science esperiment gone awry. And mold was growing up shelves from the floor. This was a dangerous place.

  • FEMA assistance to start flowing

     

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    WASHINGTON –The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that federal disaster assistance has been made available to the state of Florida to supplement state, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the area affected by Hurricane Hermine during the period of August 31 to September 11, 2016.

  • Why FEMA is not here, yet

     

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    If you suffered damage when Hurricane Hermine swept by on Sept. 1 and are wondering why FEMA has not shown up to stroke a check it is not going to happen.

    FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, doers not do things that way any longer. Since 2002 there has been a federal law setting in place a process for obtaining federal aid.

  • Welcome to Cedar Key Mrs. Brooke

    By Annie McCain

    Shark Correspondent

    Mrs. Brooke Smith is the new elementary ESE teacher at Cedar Key School.

    She came to Cedar Key from Chiefland Elementary after teaching there for a year. She has been teaching for 14 years in all since earning her degree from the University of South Florida where she played soccer. Miss Brooke still holds some soccer records at the USF and was formerly a member of the U.S. Olympic soccer team.

  • Posters show author’s purpose

    Annie McCain

    Shark Correspondent

    Fourth graders at Cedar Key School recently participated in a poster contest about the concept of an author’s purpose.

    The winners were Jeremiah Brown, Dana Hinkle and Raechel Brinkman. Jeremiah and Dana tied for first place and Raechel placed second.

    After the contest Dana said she learned that, “Authors can write to inform, express feelings, entertain, or persuade.”

  • Recreation impact fee money closes gap for Shell Mound road

    That worn out, way too narrow strip of asphalt known as Shell Mound Road will finally be widened to 22 feet, have guardrails in a vulnerable spot and be repaved, thanks to the county recreation impact fee fund.

  • Cedar Key Pirate Invasion this weekend

    There will be some changes to the invasion due to Hermine, however the invasion is still on. Check www.facebook.com/CedarKeyPirateInvasion for updates.

    Volunteers are needed to help with the 4th Annual Cedar Key Pirate Invasion weekend Sept. 16-18.

    Plans for the event calls for a historical reenactment where visitors can check out an authentic pirate encampment in the City Park and see how real pirates lived and worked on land.

  • Volunteers are REALLY needed

    The two most affected areas impacted by Hurricane Hermine in Levy County are Cedar Key and Yankeetown. The residents and businesses in this community need volunteers who are able to offer their “muscle.”  Heavy lifting and the physical labor associated with removing substantial debris seem to be the most problematic in their towns.
    Anyone wishing to assist in Cedar Key is asked to go to the Cedar Key Fire Station located at the intersection of Dock Street and First.

  • Scam alert

    Levy County Emergency Management wants to warn the residents of Levy County to be on the lookout for people attempting to scam residents that have been affected by Hurricane Hermine.

    There have been reports in surrounding counties of people offering to assist with FEMA claims for a fee.  Please do not fall for this.  FEMA has not opened the claim period as of yet, and even when they do, they will not require any other person or entity to assist with filing the claim.

  • Friday update on Hurricane Hermine

     Some things gleaned from the morning conference call:

    "It could have been much worse. There was no loss of life," said Levy County Commission Chair John Meeks of Bronson.

    That sums it up as emergency management and county agencies set about helping residents recover from the effects of Hurricane Hermine. 

    • The storm surge did not reach 11 feet, but it was measured at 8.5feet above mean sea level. Cedar Key is still experiencing flooding problems and entry is only being allowed to residents and recovery workers.