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Today's News

  • At 37, it's bigger, better and more exciting than ever

    By ASHLEY THORNTON
    Staff Writer

     
    The 37th annual Wild Hog Canoe and Kayak Race grew by leaps and bounds this year with 103 participants compared to last year’s 72 and 49 in 2012.
    “It’ll be a record year, I guarantee ya'. We’ve already got what we had last year,” Keith Maynard, coordinator for the event, told the Chiefland Citizen in interview during the race.

  • Bill Roberts' CRACKER COWBOY: The Heather Island Bull

    By Bill Roberts
    I was day-working in Marion County for a group of cattlemen that had cattle in several pastures, including the Ocala National Forest, where the cattle, more or less, roamed over a large area.
    This was the end of the open range, as encounters with automobiles became more frequent, especially of Highway 40 from Ocala to the East Coast.

  • Communuty Calendar (week of 5-1-2014)

    Month of May

    Artist of the Month
    The Cedar Keyhole’s Artist of the Month for May is Carol Seidman.

  • Gov. Scott includes Levy in emergency declaration

    Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday morning included Levy County in a long list of Panhandle and Big Bend counties in an emergency declaration. 

    Scott's action came as a storm front that dumped up to 13 inches of rain and caused high winds in the Panhandle moved toward the area bringing with it lightning, high winds and rain. According to National Weather Service, the front is slow moving and will bring rain to the area which is already experiencing high water levels. 

  • Fire department gets by with a little help

    By Carolyn Ten Broeck
    editor@willistonpioneer.com

    Williston Fire Department has again stepped up to the plate to help a neighbor out.
    Last Tuesday night, under the terms of a one-year interlocal agreement whenever Cedar Key is lacking someone to cover its fire station, Williston Fire Department will help fill the void.
    Williston Fire Chief Lamar Stegall told the city council that like neighboring Bronson, Cedar Key also needs some support and he has the manpower to help.

  • New training required for shellfish harvesters

    A series of workshops is being provided by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS), University of Florida  IFAS and Florida Sea Grant to assist the molluscan shellfish industry in Florida attain the harvester education training required for certification, recertification or licensing.
     As of January, the federal government modified the National Sanitation Shellfish Program’s (NSSP) Model Ordinance to include new food safety training requirements.

  • Helping them on their way

    Susan Rosenthal, Cedar Key Woman’s Club President, presented a check to Janeice Smith and CKS Principal Darby Allen surrounded by the 5th grade students.

    The donation will help offset the cost of the Cedar Key Safety Patrol’s trip to Washington, D.C.

  • Cedar Key Woman’s Club elects new officers

    On March 26, the Cedar Key Woman’s Club hosted a much attended installation dinner at the Steamer’s Restaurant in Cedar Key.  Out with the “old” and in with the “new,” as they say and, the officers being installed will serve the ladies’ club from March 31, 2014 until March 31, 2016.  The previous officers were very hard to replace and the club has grown to 47 members in the past four years.

  • The good life

     

    Eleven-month-old Baylee Wisor enjoys a slice of watermelon on the beach in Cedar Key on a recent sunny afternoon.

    The weather this weekend promises to be just as sunny. 

  • CRAKER COWBOY: The Reynolds Steer

    In the late 50s, I was living in the Ocala national Forest in an area between the Oklawaha and the St. Johns River. My great-grandfather, Anderson Roberts, homesteaded there when Florida was still a territory. I was working cattle as a day worker, buying and selling a few cows and anything else to make a buck. A couple of the local cowmen, Ray Martin and Billy Holly, told me about a big steer that Mrs. Reynolds wanted to sell.