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Today's Opinions

  • 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

  • Buyers should beware

    Dear Editor,

  • Cedar Key - a friendly and caring community

    This letter to the editor is to give a big “Thank you,” to the gentlemen from Pennsylvania and Arkansas in the ebay/Patty Ann and to the persons on shore who alerted them when my kayak sprang a leak on the way to Atsena Otie.
    Without your reserve, I would have been in the water and my kayak at the bottom. Thank you for your timely and generous help.
    Thank you, too, to the 911 operator, Cedar Key Police and Fire and Rescue, and anyone else who responded so quickly.

  • 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.

  • Donation could help save lives

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