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Today's Opinions

  • 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!

  • Florida’s harassing telephone call statute

    M. T. of Fowler’s Bluff asks, “I have an ex-boyfriend who is so angry at me because I broke up with him, and put him out of my house, that he keeps calling me and calling me and won’t stop. He leaves nasty messages on my answer machine, too. Is there anything I can do to stop him?”

    Dear M.T.:

  • Serving wounded warriors and their survivors

    By Kay Louder
    Social Security District Manager, Gainesville, Fl

    It’s an American tradition to pay tribute to the men and women of the Armed Forces each Memorial Day — especially honoring those who have made the ultimate sacrifice while serving our country.

  • Pet therapy brings smiles to patients

    By  Koertni Blackketter
    Special to the Citizen
    The joy that a pet can bring is unlike any other. However, there comes a time in everyone’s life when having a pet is no longer a feasible option. Because of this, Haven Hospice has created a pet therapy program. Through this program, inpatients are still able to experience the joy that only a pet can bring.

  • Today in Levy County History: Civil War shipwrecks, sailors in Florida

    By Toni C. Collins
    Levy County Historian
    “Ships, Sailors and Shipwrecks of Civil War Florida” is the theme of the current exhibit at the Museum of Florida History in Tallahassee. Visitors are offered a glimpse into several aspects of the war previously undocumented. The exhibit contains a collection of artifacts recovered from Florida wrecks and also the items on loan from the Smithsonian Institution and Florida Division of Historical Resources.

  • Thank you from Margy VanLandingham

    I would like to say thank you to the many people who were so helpful and supportive in my recent campaign for City Commission here in Cedar Key, prominently my campaign workers and those who voted for me, but also a thank you to all of the folks who just voted.
    And yes, I lost by 117 votes, but let that not be interpreted as some landslide victory for the loyal opposition. Had only 59 of those 117 voters cast their ballot for me instead of the incumbent, the final tally would have been VanLandingham 141, Dennison 140.  

  • Thank You from Scott Dennison

    I sincerely want to thank everyone who participated in our May 8th City of Cedar Key elections.
    Thank you for the privilege of serving as your City Commissioner for another term. Continuing the strong partnerships of residents, businesses and our local service organizations, we will deal with the challenges brought on by a tighter economy here in Levy County. Together we will find answers to improve the quality of our lives in beautiful Cedar Key. It is my goal to balance our community needs with the resources we have.