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Columns

  • Ask a Lawyer: No concealed weapons where alcohol is served

    M. C. of Otter Creek writes, “I went to my favorite local bar the other night to have a few beers and shoot some pool. This one guy who drank too much got a little mean after I beat him for the fifth time and I thought he was going to come after me with his cue stick. I’ve got a concealed weapon permit and I carry a gun wherever I go as a general rule, so I showed him my gun and warned him. Next thing I know, I get thrown out of the bar and the owner tells me I’m lucky he didn’t call the police. Can he do that?

  • Life’s most important ingredient: water

    In the last Conservation Corner titled “A Sustainable Model”, there was laid out a concept to compost the yard waste, dredge spoils and food waste. Upon further research, that concept is just not going to work for Cedar Key for two main reasons.
    First, there is the problem of scale. Our island’s dozen or so restaurants do not produce enough food waste to make the composting of that waste financially feasible. Also, the DEP regulations are intended for much larger operations then what the island’s needs are.

  • Do I have to pay $21,000 for a Medivac ride?

    J.M. of Morriston asks, “My husband, who is in his mid-fifties, had a serious medical incident occur several months ago which required me to call for emergency assistance. When the EMT’s arrived, my husband was unconscious. The EMT’s called for a helicopter but by the time the helicopter got there he had regained consciousness and was able to talk without difficulty. He didn’t think he needed to go in the helicopter to the hospital but they insisted he should do so, especially since it was on its way. The flight to the hospital took less than an hour.

  • Composting facility: A sustainable model

    What exactly does sustainable mean? A definition of sustainable is:  capable of being maintained at a steady level without exhausting natural resources or causing severe ecological damage. It encompasses the concept of stewardship and responsible management of resources.

  • Today in Levy County History: Vanishing churches

    In the wooded farmlands west of Williston stands, neglected and forgotten, an abandoned country church. Like a monument to the county’s rich historical past, this church is a silent sentinel and reminder of when our churches were the heart of community life.
    In days gone by, the tiny church houses were the center of life and death, where revivals, baptisms, weddings, Sunday school classes and funerals were held. But all country churches had a common thread, a warm homey feeling about them.

  • Cedar Key: food for thought

    By Eileen Bowers
    I was settin’ at this restaurant
    When the waiter came up and said, “What do you want?”
    I looked at the menu — it looked so nice.
    Till he said, “Let me give you some advice.”
    He said, “Spaghetti and potatoes got too much starch,
    Pork chops and sausage are bad for your heart.
    There’s hormones in chicken and beef and veal,
    Bowl of ravioli is a dead man’s meal.
    Bread’s got preservatives, there’s nitrates in ham,

  • Today in Levy Lounty History: The Spanish moss industry in Florida

    Some people do not care for Spanish moss. However, as early as 1773, the value of the plant was recognized as cattle feed and a cheap packing for crates of fruits and vegetables.
    The processed product also was well adapted for the purpose of stuffing mattresses, chairs, saddles and collars.
    The plant is not a parasite, nor is it a moss. Instead it is a member of the pineapple family and one of the many epiphytes or “air plants” to be found in Florida.

  • Little known Levy County hurricanes

    Of all the recorded hurricanes to hit the United States since 1851, 36-percent of them have made landfall in Florida. However, the state did have 18 hurricane seasons pass without a known storm impacting the state.
    Although hurricane season officially opens on June 1 of each year, the month of highest activity has historically been September, followed by October and then August. Weather officials began using female names to identify hurricanes in 1953 and followed with males names in 1979. The Saffir-Simpson scale for measuring hurricane strength was created in 1975.

  • Today in Levy County History: First chartered Masonic lodge in Levy County

    The first established Masonic lodge of record in Levy County was chartered at Levyville on January 16, 1867. The Brown Lodge No. 51, Free & Accepted Masons was named for Thomas M. Brown (1785-1867), Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Florida in 1849.
    On May 27, 1870, the Levy County Board of County Commissioners sold the old courthouse situated at Levyville and the one acre lot on which it stood, to the lodge for the sum of $510.

  • Cedar Key: a model for energy conservation

    At the recent well attended Educational Outreach Program that the City of Cedar Key hosted, several interesting items were discussed. Ron Hendrick, who is the Waste Reduction Manager for the Florida DEP, stated that he was going to use Cedar Key as an example of what a small community can do to reduce waste and conserve energy. Our little group of islands is a model for energy awareness, conservation and sustainability.  Imagine that!