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Today's News

  • Manatee deaths down in 2014

     Manatee deaths appear to be down last year compared to the record numbers reported by state officials in 2013.

    As of December, 2014, 368 manatee deaths were reported for the year by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. One-hundred-twenty-five of those deaths were labeled as undetermined. Manatee infant deaths accounted for 99 mortalities. Sixty-seven were the result of collisions with watercraft. Twenty-six were attributed to natural causes and 24 died due to cold stress.

  • Good news for county in 2014

    January

    Unemployment rate was 7.1 percent in November, 

    The Supervisor of Elections office removed a mailbox from its lawn after the Florida Secretary of State said ballots can only be received in the supervisor's office. 

    County workers got a 2 percent pay increase that was back dated to Oct. 1, 2013. That was on top of a 3 percent increase they received 7 months earlier. 

  • Community calendar week of 1-1-15

     Month of January

     

    Collector's show planned

  • Monroe Crossing concert Jan. 14 to benefit school

     Monroe Crossing will hold a benefit for Cedar Key School at 7 p.m. Jan. 14 at the school, Whiddon Avenue.

  • From national television to award-winning FFA teams, CK had it all

     January

    Pepper busters Daniel Barrand, Richard Baker, Kit Lane, Roger McDaniels and Milli Chapell spent their holidays eradicating the colorful Brazilian pepper plant from the area. This hardy foreigner has come into the state and is considered an invasive plant as birds eat and spread its red berries. 

  • City considers using purchasing policy

    The Cedar Key Commission is considering adopting a purchasing policy ― one that would set standards for buying, bidding and preference standards for local businesses. 

    Commissioner Royce Nelson said he got with City Attorney Norm Fugate to discuss a possible ordinance and Fugate provided him with a copy of an ordinance used by the City of Chiefland and he would like the commission to look it over.

  • Up the creek

    A big push for ecotourism has led the state and local tourism officials to develop paddling trails that allow canoers, kayakers and paddleboarders to circumnavigate the state. 

    But if you are looking for a map telling you how to pass through Levy County on the Big Bend Saltwater Paddling Trail (BBSPT) on the state Fish and Wildlife Conservation Service website or in its publications, the trail through Levy County is not to be found. 

  • C Street Bridge routing up in the air

     Decisions have been made on how to handle construction and the re-routing of traffic for the two Gulf Boulevard bridge replacements at Daughtry Bayou and Lewis Pass, but a solution that will make everyone happy on the C Street bridge work is more elusive. 

  • Cedar Key Boat Parade
  • Anonymous benefactor pays off layaways

     By MARK SCOHIER 

    and ASHLEY THORNTON

    An anonymous person with a big heart — and pocketbook — made a stop in the Chiefland Walmart Monday and paid for about $51,000 worth of merchandise that shoppers had put on layaway in previous weeks.

    "It's a good thing. It's a great act of kindness," Walmart Co-Manager Jason Ashley said.

    Monday was the last day to pick up layaway items.