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Today's News

  • Golf carts of fire
  • CKS welcomes new, promoted employees

    As the new school year begins, Cedar Key School is welcoming a handful of new employees as well as familiar faces in new positions.

    Amber Ryan is the new pre-K teacher, replacing Elaine Rains, who retired at the end of the school year.

    Coach John Miller is the new PE teacher and boys’ basketball coach, replacing Vance Dickey, who resigned after the basketball season, and Cris Beckham, who filled in as PE teacher during April and May.

  • Commission meets to discuss annexation, more

    By REBECCA GALLAGHER, Beacon Correspondent

    The Cedar Key City Commission met on Aug. 15. Present were Mayor Heath Davis, Vice Mayor Sue Colson, and commissioners Nickie Rucker, Dale Register and Royce Nelson.

    As most of the public attendees were there to discuss the pros and cons of annexing adjoining county property into Cedar Key, Mayor Heath Davis reminded all to state their names for the record. Mayor Davis then continued the meeting as per the agenda.

  • Levy ranchers influence Cattlemen's Association

     When Chiefland rancher Ken Griner was named the new president of the Florida Cattlemen’s Association at its annual convention in June, it marked the third time in a decade that Levy County saw one of its own claim that position.

  • Education, economic development pin hopes on new campus

     

    School Board of Levy County member Chris Cowart and Greater Chiefland Area Chamber of Commerce President Ryan Watson were optimistic the impact the school will have. 

    Watson said, “This is our toe in the door. This is where we hope to move forward from. This is our milestone.”

  • FDOT to replace CK bridges

    The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is scheduled to begin the replacement of two bridges in Cedar Key next month, weather permitting.

     Ahead of the bridge replacements at Daughtry Bayou on Airport Road and Lewis Pass on Gulf Boulevard, FDOT will host an Open House on Aug. 29 for residents who may have questions about the project.

  • CF cuts ribbon to future

    The ribbon was cut to the Jack Wilkinson Levy Campus Aug. 11 in the 60th year of the College of Central Florida as a higher education provider in Marion, Citrus and Levy counties.

    CF President Dr. James Henningsen said in his opening remarks that he couldn’t think of a better place to celebrate than in Levy County. 

  • County criticized over handling of insurance, wage changes

    The Levy Board of County Commissioners Tuesday came under criticism during public comments for their handling of recent changes to insurance and wages for county employees.

    The Board on July 18 voted unanimously to cap insurance payouts while offering tiered offsets in the form of increased wages.

    Sally Ann Collins introduced the issue in public comments, lamenting the lack of transparency over the changes. She criticized the Board for voting on the changes during an afternoon budget meeting, rather than during it’s regular morning meeting.

  • County caps insurance payouts for employees

    Levy County is on the high end of spending on health insurance for employees among Florida counties, and it’s proving costly to keep up with rising insurance costs while still offering competitive compensation packages to recruit and retain its workforce.

    At the Board meeting on July 18, the County Commission voted unanimously to cap its health insurance payouts for non-elected county employees who sign up for insurance.

  • County adopts tentative millage rate

    Levy County was on its way to being unable to pay its bills by the end of 2019, according to budget figures presented by Finance Officer Jared Blanton at the tentative millage meeting Thursday, Aug. 3, in Bronson.

    Recent moves by the county commission – most notably, an uptick in millage, a new gas tax, department cuts and reallocations, and, going forward, a cap on employee insurance plans – have helped paint a more optimistic financial future for the county.