http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en 'Dear Gov. Scott, CK oysters need help, too' http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/dear-gov-scott-ck-oysters-need-help-too <img src="http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/sites/www.cedarkeybeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/10426691_802746953083655_6057049247665906476_n.jpg" alt="Heath Davis is farming oysters in bags on a submerged site in Cedar Key. " title="Heath Davis is farming oysters in bags on a submerged site in Cedar Key. " align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> While Cedar Key is famed for its sweet, succulent clams, it was the area&rsquo;s fat, salty oysters that once ruled the shellfish business.</p> <p> But they have fallen on hard times, much like their neighbors to the north in Apalachicola Bay and the local waters were depleted by a drought of several years that made the area waters too salty for oysters to thrive and made them vulnerable to disease.</p> Property taxes could go down this year http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/property-taxes-could-go-down-year <img src="http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/sites/www.cedarkeybeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/1_32.jpg" alt="The commission meeting on Tuesday, from left to right, County Attorney Anne Bast Brown, Commissioners John Meeks, Danny Stevens, Ryan Bell, Mike Joyner and Chad Johnson, and Sheila Rees, deputy clerk for finance, standing in for the absent Clerk Danny Shipp." title="The commission meeting on Tuesday, from left to right, County Attorney Anne Bast Brown, Commissioners John Meeks, Danny Stevens, Ryan Bell, Mike Joyner and Chad Johnson, and Sheila Rees, deputy clerk for finance, standing in for the absent Clerk Danny Shipp." align="left" hspace="6" width="171" height="85" /><p> Property values are up a smidgen this year, so the Levy County Commission will be giving property owners a break, tentatively dropping the millage from last year&rsquo;s 8.3307 to 8.2741 mills.</p> <p> The unanimous action by the commissioners came at the end of a budget workshop on Tuesday, said County Coordinator Fred Moody. Property taxes are just one part of the budget picture with grants, fees, penalties and interest on due bills and assessments also being collected. The preliminary county budget is estimated to have $61,953,536 in revenue in the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1.</p> Florida landmark relocated http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/florida-landmark-relocated <img src="http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/sites/www.cedarkeybeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/cape_san_blas_house_move.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="106" height="85" /><p> The Cape San Blas lighthouse, located 12-miles south of the city of Port St. Joe on the south point of the St. Joseph Peninsula, is no stranger to the effects of erosion. First lighted in 1849, the lighthouse fell down during a gale in 1851. The light was rebuilt in 1856 but destroyed two months later.</p> Mighty Youth Conservation Corps breaks records http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/mighty-youth-conservation-corps-breaks-records <img src="http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/sites/www.cedarkeybeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_1489.jpg" alt="Tristan Smith, Riverside HS, Peter Bariteau, Chiefland HS,  Tucker Woodward, Buchholz HS, and Dalton Koonce,  Chiefland HS trimmed the River Trail." title="Tristan Smith, Riverside HS, Peter Bariteau, Chiefland HS,  Tucker Woodward, Buchholz HS, and Dalton Koonce,  Chiefland HS trimmed the River Trail." align="left" hspace="6" width="151" height="85" /><p> Summer work begins early in the morning for the Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) students at the Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge. Before the sun makes it over the long leaf pines in the forest, the ice is already in the cooler. Equipment for the day&rsquo;s work is loaded into the truck along with other essentials, but nothing that would attract bats.</p> SheriffReport and Most Wanted for July 24 http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/sheriffreport-and-most-wanted-july-24 <img src="http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/sites/www.cedarkeybeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/allen_erica.png" alt="Erica Allen, 36 Inglis Writ of bodily attachment, child support" title="Erica Allen, 36 Inglis Writ of bodily attachment, child support" align="left" hspace="6" width="64" height="85" /><p> <em><strong>The Levy County Sheriff&rsquo;s Office reports the following arrests:</strong></em></p> <p> &bull; July 19, Pavel Beno, 48, Williston, four counts aggravated assault. Bond $100,000.</p> <p> &bull; July 14, James Virgill Boatwright Sr., 50, Chiefland resisting officer W/OV. Bond $550.</p> <p> &bull; July 15, Alex Hernandez, 44, Archer, VOP.</p> <p> &bull; July 16, Coleman Wesley Jordon, 34, Chiefland, warrant. Bond $50,000.</p> <p> &bull; July 14, Tammy Kerr, 40, Chiefland, DWLSR. Bond $1,000.</p> Be safe this summer with children, pets http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/be-safe-summer-children-pets <img src="http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/sites/www.cedarkeybeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/screen_shot_2014-07-21_at_4.39.51_pm.png" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="92" height="85" /><p> TALLAHASSEE &mdash; The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles is reminding everyone to take additional steps to ensure that no child is left unattended in a vehicle this summer. This year, there have been two reported cases in Florida of children dying of heatstroke after being left in cars. Don&rsquo;t be distracted when leaving your vehicle and take a second look in the back seat to ensure a child is not left behind.</p> New FHP troop commander first female named to post http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/new-fhp-troop-commander-first-female-named-post <img src="http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/sites/www.cedarkeybeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/major_powell.jpg" alt="FHP Maj. Eileen Powell receives her promotion certificate from FHP Col. David Brierton." title="FHP Maj. Eileen Powell receives her promotion certificate from FHP Col. David Brierton." align="left" hspace="6" width="106" height="85" /><p> The Florida Highway Patrol is proud to announce the appointment of Maj. Eileen Powell to the position of Troop Commander. Her promotion became effective June 16, 2014.</p> <p> Powell is the first woman to hold this esteemed position in North Florida and will oversee approximately 101 State Troopers and 10 non-sworn employees.</p> <p> Troop B consists of nine counties including: Alachua, Columbia, Dixie, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Lafayette, Levy, Marion and Suwannee.</p> COPS volunteers honored on retirement http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/cops-volunteers-honored-retirement <img src="http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/sites/www.cedarkeybeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/10498242_10152577658462630_8179104040119406806_o.jpg" alt="Levy County Sheriff Bobby McCallum, from left to right, reads the citation honoring Donna and Tom Munsell as Sheriff&#039;s Sgt. Max Long waits to present the couple with a plaque of appreciation. " title="Levy County Sheriff Bobby McCallum, from left to right, reads the citation honoring Donna and Tom Munsell as Sheriff&#039;s Sgt. Max Long waits to present the couple with a plaque of appreciation. " align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> Personnel from the Levy County Sheriff&#39;s Office, family members and Sheriff&#39;s COPS (Citizens On Patrol) members &nbsp;honored Tom and Donna Munsell on their retirement from the volunteer group on July 14.</p> <p> Tom Munsell was a part of the second volunteer academy taught at LCSO in the early 1990&rsquo;s.&nbsp; During his many years of service he donated 2,122 volunteer hours to the citizens of Levy County.&nbsp;</p> <p> Donna Munsell donated an additional 751 volunteer hours.&nbsp;</p>