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Today's News

  • Former ag office manager arrested

    The former office manager of the Levy County Extension Office was arrested on April 14 in Marion County and charged with misuse of a county-issued credit card to purchase $7,700 in merchandise for herself.

    But that arrest is not the end of the case as there is an investigation under way by the University of Florida IFAS Extension Service program into the finances at the Levy Office that is jointly operated by the county and UF.

    Lacy Shae Harris, 26, of Ocala was booked and released on $30,000 bond.

  • Shark News for the week of 4-28-16

    CK tracksters at District track meet

    Savannah Howard;

    Shark Correspondent

    The Cedar Key School track teams traveled to Oak Hall on Tuesday, April 19, to compete in the district meet.

    The girls team finished 7th place and the boys team placed 8th out of 14 schools attending.

    Annie McCain and Sam Parks were district champions in adaptive shot-put.

    Others placing include:

    Ashlyn Allen, 2nd in shot-put, 4th in high jump;

    Jacob Bishop, 3rd in discuss, 6th in shot-put;

  • Sea cadets recognized for hard work and achievements

    Several cadets of Manatee Division were recognized by local organizations and their commanding officer, Lieutenant Junior Grade Scott Arnold at their April drill.

    The first was League Cadet Nicholas Sikalos, age 12 of Spring Hill, selected as the Manatee Division League Cadet of the Year.

    Throughout the year these younger cadets are evaluated based on their attendance and performance at drills, grades in school, community service and advancement in the program.

  • Old caboose gets moved to new home

    The Levy County Historical Society has turned yet another page in the history of Levy County by purchasing the Atlantic Coast Line caboose located on County Road 326 in Gulf Hammock from a local family.

    After the purchase, Director Toni Collins set about finding out how one moves a caboose from one place to another. The caboose had been located on CR 326 for 14 years. Today it rests on the Gulf Hammock Wild Hog Canoe Race property at U.S. 19/98 and the Waccasassa River.

  • Gulf recreational red snapper state season opens May 7

     The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) set the 2016 recreational red snapper season in Gulf of Mexico state waters.

    The 2016 season will open Saturdays and Sundays in May starting May 7. On May 28, the season will open continuously through July 10. Finally, the season will reopen for Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in September and October, and on Labor Day. This would provide for a 78-day season in Gulf state waters.

  • Spring warmup rotates catch

    Things seem to be heating up offshore. A few red grouper have moved into the shallower water as of late, but the bite is no where near what I would call good. The gags are ready but are still a catch and release issue until June 1.

    A few cobia have also been caught in our local waters and I expect them to continue to get better as our water temps continue to rise. I have not heard of any king mackerel so far but they should be in place at their regular haunts.

  • Community calendar for the week of 4-28-16

    Saturday, April 30

    Denim & Jewels aims to end abuse

    Another Way, Inc., Domestic Violence & Rape Crisis Center and Suncoast Credit Union present the second annual Jeans & Jewels event at Otter Springs on Saturday, April 30 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

    The event will feature down home country cooking, live entertainment and a silent auction.

    Tickets are $75 and include meal, beverage and souvenir photo. All proceeds go to Another Way, Inc.

    For tickets or more information, call 386-719-2700.

    Sunday, May 1

  • Water talk focuses on sea level rise

    The fourth installment in “Think Water, Think Cedar Key” will be the “Power of Water,” presented on Saturday, April 26 at 10 a.m. in the community meeting room at Cedar Key Public Library.    

    Water, water everywhere! The Gulf water surrounding Cedar Key is a powerful force of change, through daily tides, occasional storm surges, and long-term sea level rise.

  • Water manager has good news on system

    By John McPherson

    Good things have been happening at the Cedar Key Water and Sewer District. Here’s a summary.

    Special Legislative Appropriations Received

    A special thanks is owed to our state legislative delegation, state Sen. Charlie Dean of Inverness and state Rep. Charles Stone of Ocala, who were both instrumental in securing legislative appropriations in the amounts of $400,000 in 2014, and $450,000 in 2016, to help pay for new water facilities needed by the District.

  • Enjoying time on the beach

    Another perfect ending for a day spent in Cedar Key — our own island paradise.