Today's News

  • Levy fossil site offers wealth of discoveries for volunteer diggers

    FL Museum of Natural History

    Volunteers can channel their inner paleontologist by digging alongside museum scientists at the Florida Museum of Natural History’s Montbrook fossil site south of Williston starting Thursday, Oct. 5.

    The excavation area includes an exposed riverbed close to an ancient coastline that has produced a wealth of fossils about 5 to 5.5 million years old, an age not commonly found in Florida.

  • Grant helps CKS purchase new microscopes

    High school science students at Cedar Key School stepped into the 21st century on Friday, thanks to a generous grant from the Levy County Schools Foundation.

    The Foundation, through its Grants For Great Ideas program, awarded $2,717 to the CKS science department.

  • CKS welcomes art teacher

    After several years without an artist regularly on campus, Cedar Key School will now have an art teacher a couple of days a week.

    Paula Willis, the new art instructor, arrived on campus Sept. 26.

    In addition to teaching art to elementary school grades, she will also be the ELP — or gifted — teacher at CKS and will be at the school on Tuesdays and Thursdays until January; she’ll be on campus on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays thereafter.

    CKS Principal Joshua Slemp is also working on including art for middle school students.

  • Potential Levy ag project still moving forward

    An agriculture-based business that would be among the five largest employers in Levy County is still part of discussions for a site in Levy County.

    Dave Pieklik, of the Nature Coast Business Development Council, reported at the County Commission meeting on Oct. 3 that the speculative establishment, which he refers to as a large-scale, agricultural project, is still moving forward in site evaluation.

  • CKS student gets top math recognition

    Cedar Key Student Emmy Lou Everidge was recognized Monday Sept. 25 as the top VMathLive student in the nation.

    VMath is an online math program (www.vmathlive.com) that allows students to move at their own pace through math topics, earning points as they progress.

    Emmy Lou accumulated 7,000 points over the course of the week for her efficiency and effectiveness in the program to lead all elementary, middle, and high school students who use the program.

  • Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Shellfish Trail

    The official opening of the Big Bend Shellfish Trail and ribbon cutting ceremony will be during the 48th Annual Cedar Key Seafood Festival, Oct. 21 at 1 p.m., Cedar Key City Park Pavilion. The public is invited to participate in this historic event.

  • NCBS opens in Cedar Key

    Citizen Correspondent

    The long-awaited opening of the new Nature Coast Biological Station has arrived. Residents of Cedar Key and surrounding areas turned out en masse to get a view of the new building.

    Dr. Michael Allen, director of the NCBS, said that the University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences has been active in Cedar Key with research, teaching and extension programs along the nature coast in for about 30 years and yet never had an office.

  • County stays at 9 mills

    The Levy County Commission on Sept. 19 unanimously agreed to adopt a final millage rate of 9.0.

    The rate is the same as last year, but is a 3.1 percent increase over the rollback rate of 8.7297, thanks to an uptick in property values. The rollback rate represents the rate at which the same amount of revenue could be generated as the previous year.

  • Private donor to fund AC for CKS gym

    The Cedar Key School gym could be about to get cooler.

    A private donor couple, who remain anonymous, has offered a sum to cover the installation of an air conditioning system at the school’s gym.

    School Board of Levy County chair Chris Cowart introduced the news at the Board meeting on Sept. 18.

    “(CKS principal Joshua) Slemp called me and said somebody wants to donate some money and they’d like it to be earmarked to give the Cedar Key gym air conditioning,” Cowart said.

  • Sharks’ boys, girls place third at Chiefland meet

    The Cedar Key cross country teams didn’t quite hit their potential, according to head coach Carrie Tomlin, but their effort was good enough for a pair of top-3 finishes.

    The Sharks’ pair of varsity squads each placed third at a 5K meet at Chiefland Middle High School on Sept. 21.

    The Lady Indians took first behind a No. 1 overall finish by eighth-grader Lauren Jones (20:44), while Williston edged out CMHS to prevail on the boys’ side. Trenton notched second place in the girls’ race.

    Eight schools competed at the event.