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Today's News

  • Wild Hog Canoe Race enjoys record turnout

    Though the ride never gets any easier, the numbers keep growing.

    The Wild Hog Canoe Race continues to draw new participants to the charity event – a grueling 15-mile trek down the Waccasassa River, where canoers and kayakers paddle, drag, lift, wade and swim their way past snakes and alligators from six miles west of Bronson to the Waccasassa Bridge at U.S. Highway 19 near Gulf Hammock. The 40th Anniversary edition Saturday was no different.

  • CK senior Allen wins district in shot put; trio of Sharks advance to track regionals

    Cedar Key senior Ashlyn Allen captured the District 1A-5 championship in girls’ shot put last Wednesday at Oak Hall School in Gainesville 

    The senior’s best toss went 34 feet, 9 1/2 inches, tying Trenton’s Thalia Jackson. Allen won the tiebreaker with a longer overall average.

    She’ll be joined Thursday, April 27, at the regional championships at Indian Rocks Christian School in Largo by CKS sophomore Jasmin Jackson and Sharks seventh-grader Tristan Sloan. 

  • New CF campus on schedule for August opening

    Tom Morelock, director of facilities for the College of Central Florida, gave a tour, along with project manager Katie Hunt and builder Todd Duffy, of the new Jack Wilkinson Levy Campus north of Chiefland for the Suwannee Valley Rotary Club last Thursday.

    The two-story structure with modern amenities is on schedule for completion this summer, Morelock said, with staff expected to be in place by the end of July.

    A ribbon-cutting ceremony is planned for Aug. 11, before classes begin on Aug. 28.

    The project has been 10 years in the making.

  • Join in for the 33rd Annual Cedar Key Small Boat Meet

    Friday through Sunday May 5th, 6th and 7th. This big gathering of traditional small craft will include sailboats, canoes, kayaks, and more. The event is organized by the West Coast Trailer Sailing Squadron and is a regular event twice yearly in Cedar Key.

    Be prepared to see the island city packed with lots of interesting small craft sailboats and the accompanying sailors. You will see day-sailors, canoes, kayaks and other small sailing vessels.

  • Busy time at the City Commission meeting

    By Patty Roesch

    The portable currently being used to house Cedar Key City Hall filled up, as Tuesday’s Commission meeting was about to start.

    Commissioner Sue Colson began the public comment portion by urging citizens to take advantage of the hazardous waste removal day to come on Thursday, May 25. More information will be made available at the community center for those interested.

  • Levy County pair face meth charges after traffic stop

     By Buster Thompson, For the Citizen

    A Levy County man and woman face serious drug charges after being charged Thursday night with possessing large amounts of methamphetamine.

    A Citrus County sheriff’s deputy patrolling near the Citrus/Levy county line pulled over a pickup truck for not having working taillights.

  • Sanders returns to Cedar Key for small boat weekend

    The “small boat weekend” in Cedar Key was the second-time Roger Sanders attended the event that is not organization, there are no plans or no program for the annual get-together of trailer sailors in Cedar Key, but the weekend of May 6-7 marked 33 years that small boat sailors have trailered their boats to Cedar Key for a weekend of sailing on the Gulf.

    The 70-year-old Tampa resident has a history with the island community dating back to 1968 as an undergraduate student in biology.

  • Cedar Key FFA collecting bottles of water or eye drops to benefit firefighters.

    The Cedar Key FFA is hosting a bottled water and eye drop drive for the firefighters that have been tirelessly working on our wildfires in both south and north Florida. If you are interested in donating bottled water or eye drops to the men and women putting their lives on the line to protect homes, property, and families please drop off goods at Cedar Key School and the FFA will pick them up.

  • Antique Beetle Cat at "small boat weekend"

    Lonnie Black, of Avon Park, took his antique 12-foot fiberglass Beetle Cat to the “small boat weekend” May 6 in Cedar Key though he opted not to put it in the water because of the high wind and his sail was getting old.

    “This boat was built in 1947. This is [one of] the first production fiberglass sailboats ever built,” he said. “This boat is out of the first run of boats built by Carl Beetle. He called it a Beetle Boat Swan.”

  • Cleaning up the streets

    Cedar Key Lions Club volunteers Dale Register, Ralph Selby, Marsha Harrington, Greg Harrington, Douglas Harrington, Joan Selby and Rory Brennan, not pictured, participated in the Lions Adopt-A-Highway roadside trash pickup along the two-mile stretch of State Route 24 leading to the No. 4 bridge. On a breezy, sunny May 6 morning volunteers collected over 80 pounds of trash and road side debris as one of the Cedar Key Lions community service projects.