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  • Florida Energy and Climate Commission Grant

    The City of Cedar Key received the Florida Energy and Climate Commission Grant with a goal of increasing energy efficiency for our city facilities, businesses and residents. An important part of the grant is the Educational Outreach Program which the City asked the Energy Advisory Panel (EAP) to develop and implement. Some parts of this educational program are required by the grant but it was left to the EAP to devise programs that fulfill the grant’s requirements. So the following is what we have come up with.

  • Cattle killed by train at the Waccasassa River

    By Toni C. Collins
    Levy County Historian
    A hearing was held before the County Court of Levy County on May 7, 1877, on the case filed by Willis R. Medlin against the Atlantic, Gulf and West India Transit Company Railroad.
    At issue was the recovery of the cost of one cow and one four-year-old steer killed at the Waccasassa River trestle by the locomotive of a train traveling to Bronson from the Cedar Keys.

  • Williston Grammer School closes early – no funds

    By Toni C. Collins
    Levy County Historian
    In April of 1929, a group called the Patrons of Williston Grammar School contacted Florida Gov. Doyle E. Carlton to lodge a complaint against the Levy County School Board.  At issue was the closing of the grammar school two months early, while the high school continued classes for the full eight-month term.

  • An ounce of prevention is ... priceless

    By Michael Edwards
    MA, CHES, RHEd, CNC

  • Today in Levy County History: The Civilian Conservation Corps

    By Toni C. Collins
    Levy County Historian
    In March of 1933, as many as 15 million people - a quarter of the nation’s workers - had no job and no hope of finding one. Factories lay idle, storefronts vacant, fields plowed under. State governments, cities and towns had exhausted their meager relief funds.

  • 1830: first Florida census

    By Toni C. Collins
    Levy County Historian
    The Federal government has conducted a census or account of its population every year since 1790. In that year the census takers, who were U.S. Marshals on horseback, counted 3.9 million inhabitants.
    Why did the government undertake such a huge project? As America expanded, the nation’s interests grew more complex and the government needed to plan for that new growth.

  • Conservation Corner: We’re our children’s first teachers

    By Eileen Bowers
    As parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles and other childhood mentors, we are our children’s first teachers.  The question is, what lessons do we want them to learn about living more earth-friendly lives?

    CONNECT WITH NATURE

  • A threat to Gulf Hammock business

    By Toni C. Collins
    Levy County Historian

    In early March of 1936, County Court Judge Joseph Sale requested the assistance of Florida Governor David Sholtz in putting an end to the actions of a certain hermit living in the woods of Gulf Hammock. Judge Sale recounted how this person threatened and shot at workers of the Standard Manufacturing Company gathering raw material in the woods. It is not known why this person picked this area in which to live.

  • Today in Levy County History:The Luraville Locomotive

    By Toni C. Collins
    Levy County Historian
    On January 19, 1979, James Lancaster of Luraville, a small community in Suwannee County on the east bank of the Suwannee River, mounted a drive to retrieve a relic from the river. Remembering the engine’s location from early boyhood, Lancaster financed the venture to bring to the surface a 130 year old locomotive from the river bottom.

  • CONSERVATION CORNER: Petroleum and us

    Petroleum has been in the news lately, oil spills, new lands being leased for oil exploration and what effects all of us the most - the price of gasoline.