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  • Community Calendar (week of 8-7-14)

    August

    Artist of the Month
    The Cedar Keyhole’s Artist of the Month for August is Joni Hoffman. Hoffman is principally a wood carver. Her carvings of duck decoys, herons, pelicans, egrets, as well as whimsical dogs and cats, are intricately rendered and then painted in appropriate colors. While Hoffman considers herself largely a carver, she also creates drawings, etchings, paintings and walking sticks. The walking sticks are carved local woods, highly embellished and fitted with bells, which serve to alert bears that humans are in the area.

  • Smithsonian exhibit showcasing the American workforce coming to Cedar Key

    What would life be like without teachers, doctors or firefighters? Everyday, Americans are hard at work on farms, factories, in homes, or at desks keeping our communities thriving. The Cedar Key Historical Museum, in cooperation with the Florida Humanities Council, will explore the professions and the people that sustain American society when it hosts, “The Way We Worked,” a Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition. “The Way We Worked” will be on view from Saturday, Sept. 13, through Sunday, Oct. 24.

  • Chiefland hospital developers seek new certificate from state

    Plans for a hospital in Chiefland are back on the table.
    Frank Schupp, vice president of business development with Ameris Health, the company that would manage the proposed hospital, said Monday that his company is seeking a new Certificate of Need from the state.
    Talks of a hospital have been ongoing for years, but funding for the project, despite the need in the area, was always in short supply. Ameris lost its last Certificate of Need last year after not being able to move forward with development.

  • County, congressional candidates speak out at forum

    If anyone came expecting fireworks at the candidates forum hosted by VFW Post 5625 and the Chiefland Citizen, they were likely to come away disappointed. But hopefully they came away better informed.
    The event on Friday Aug. 1, at the VFW Post in south Chiefland, likely the only candidates forum being held before the Aug. 26 primary, drew about 30 people for the steak dinner beforehand, and candidates and their surrogates from the County Commission District 2 and District 4 races and the Congressional District 3 race.

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  • Officials: Cedar Key safe from red tide

    A red tide bloom in the Gulf has killed thousands of fish in the last two weeks, according to state officials, but Cedar Key is proving unaffected.
    Leslie Sturmer, a University of Florida aquaculture specialist in Cedar Key, said Monday that test samples for red tide toxins in the area’s shellfish have yielded good results.
    “There are zero cells in the samples, as we suspected,” she said, adding that 5,000 or more cells per liter in a sample would cause shellfish operations to close shop.

  • Florida's new marijuana laws

    M. C. of Alachua asks, “What’s the deal with the new marijuana law? Someone told me that it didn’t apply to too many people. Is that true? So what is being voted on in November? Is that something different?”

    Dear M. C.:

  • Community Calendar (week of 7-31-14)

    Friday

    2015 OFCA design contest
    The theme for the 2015 Old Florida Celebration of the Arts Design Contest is “Seeing the Art in Nature.”

  • Two arrested in torturing tortoises

    Officers with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) arrested two Clay County teenagers Friday morning on charges of torturing a gopher tortoise.
    Danielle Susan Dionne, 15, and Jennifer Emoke Greene, 18, have been arrested on charges of felony cruelty to animals, a third-degree felony, and taking, harassing, harming or killing a gopher tortoise, a second-degree misdemeanor.

  • Cedar Key to get billboard boost

    Cedar Key and Levy County will get a high profile boost with tourists along Interstate 75 in Gainesville during what is typically a slow season.
    Carol McQueen has been in negotiations to design billboards that tout the county’s attractions to people traveling through Gainesville.

  • Rescue workers respond to two overturned boats

    At about 7 p.m., Friday, July 18, the Levy County 9-1-1 Communications Center received a call reporting an overturned boat with three passengers. Cedar Key Fire and Department of Public Safety Battalion-1 and Medic 5 (Cedar Key) responded to the scene. En route to that call, another call came in for an overturned kayak with two passengers in the water.