en Call to artists from Old Florida Celebration of the Arts <img src="" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> A call to artists is issued by the Old Florida Celebration of the Arts in Cedar Key 2016 for entries in its 2016 show on April 9-10, on Historic 2nd Street in Cedar Key. Deadline for entries is Dec. 1.</p> <p> This is the 52nd Annual Event and carries $18,000 in prize money and purchase awards.</p> <p> The event draws over 24,000 art lovers but exhibitors are limited to 120 artists.</p> <p> The jury fee is $25 and the booth fee is $175.</p> Heavy rains favor Cedar Key <img src="" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Ever feel like that rain cloud is just hovering above your head? Well, that may very well be the case if you&#39;re in Cedar Key, which has been hit with a lot more rain than the rest of the county recently.</p> <p> &nbsp; &nbsp;&quot;We&#39;ve been in this wet pattern for a few days,&quot; Robert Garcia, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Tampa said.</p> Riding the sea <img src="" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Kayaking around Cedar Key is a great way to experience nature.&nbsp;</p> Pirates Invasion is only eight weeks away <img src="" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="169" height="85" /><p> Bard Productions, the event organizer for the Cedar Key Pirate Invasion, has sent out a reminder that it is less than 8 weeks until the mates set foot in Cedar Key.</p> <p> They will be bringing with them, tourists, education, fun and most of all an economic boost during a shoulder season. The invasion is Sept. 18-20.</p> Seahorse Key needs artists <p> The Call for Artists of the 2016 Seahorse Key Artist-in-Residence Program, a partnership between the Cedar Key Arts Center, the Seahorse Marine Laboratory, and the Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge, has been announced.</p> <p> The program is designed to provide visual artists the opportunity to create art inspired by the Seahorse Key and the surrounding National wildlife refuge. Seahorse Key is located in the Big Bend in north west Florida.</p> <p> The deadline for application is Aug. 15.</p> <p> The benefits of selection include:</p> STUFF the BUS <p> Back-to-School <p> Staff Report</p> <p> It&#39;s almost time to return to school as stores stock up on supplies, schools release lists of what&#39;s needed and supply drives and giveaways to get children ready for the classroom.</p> <p> The state&#39;s sales tax free holiday runs from Aug. 7-16. There will be no sales tax on clothing items up to $100 value, school supplies up to $15 in value and computers up to $750 in value.</p> Sheriff's office nets 67 in county-wide drug bust <p> Levy County Sheriff Bobby McCallum has a message for those using and selling drugs: Quit now.</p> <p> On Monday, McCallum announced the arrest of 65 people and that his department is seeking two others on various drug charges in Operation Melting Pot.</p> <p> There are 74 cases and 135 charges against the 67 individuals named in warrants. A sheriff&#39;s office press release said investigators made 72 controlled purchases of illegal drugs from 67 different suspects. It was the largest roundup since one several years ago that netted 40 suspects.</p>