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  • Pioneering S.A.L.T. graduates honored at CKS

    Cedar Key School awarded five young men with the first ever S.A.L.T. (Sharks Aquaculture Life Training) Certifications at a ceremony on May 22.

    Opening the celebration, CKS Principal Kathy Lawrence welcomed everyone to the first inaugural celebration of the S.A.L.T. Program. Citing that this year their instructor and five students passed the Florida Aquaculture Industry certification test.

  • Vaping is risk to local teens

    Have you noticed more and more teens and adults carrying around fancy looking contraptions? The bringing the somewhat odd piece to their lips, inhaling, then exhaling a large plume of smoke, almost engulfing them? Welcome to the new age of vaping!

    On May 20 at the Cedar Key Libeary, Cedar Key Vice Mayor Sue Colson welcomed guests to the first in a series of talks regarding drug addiction and mental health issues recently affecting the city in a negative light. The talks will run all summer, each based on a different topic and spaced 5 to 6 weeks apart. 

  • Shine bright like a diamond

    By Suzette Cook/Reporter

    Engineer and lighthouse enthusiast Dan Spinella is wedged up in the top of the lighthouse on Seahorse Key. It’s 95 degrees out, but a slight breeze is entering the chamber through an open door with and with the help of fans stationed at the base of the two-story spiral staircase beneath him.

    “I haven’t worked in a lantern this small before,” Spinella says has he wrestles with the first several boxes containing parts of a 36-inch tall lens.

  • Tassels to the left

    By Suzette Cook/Reporter

    On May 25 at 9 a.m. the graduation ceremony began.

    Thirteen Cedar Key School seniors entered the same gymnasium where they competed in sports or took part in PE class throughout their time spent as Sharks.

    With a white rose or a sunflower in hand they each proceeded down the center aisle flanked by 7 benches on each side, one for each student’s family members and then some.

  • County to auction off 42 properties

    By Suzette Cook, Reporter

    Investors looking to buy property in Levy County can show up at the Levy County Court House on June 17 at 10 a.m. to bid on 42 parcels.

    The properties have been escheated or reverted back to belonging to Levy County. The County researches escheated properties and decides on which parcels to keep as investments and which parcels to offer up to the public to enter them back on County property tax rolls.

  • Wortham, Davis win elections

    Jim Wortham defeated incumbent A. Nickie Rucker and Mayor Heath Davis won reelection in the Cedar Key City Commission races on May 7.
    Wortham, a wildlife ecologist and pilot, beat out Rucker for Seat 3 by a margin of 197-100.

    "I'm hoping to do my best to try to do everything I campaigned on,” Wortham said. “I feel like I'm representing, so I want to find out what people rank as priorities and try to continue the good work the commission has already started."

  • County upgrades ambulance fleet

    Suzette Cook, Reporter

    With the approval of Levy County Public Safety Director Mitch Harrell’s request to transfer of $140,000 from reserves to the equipment fund, three new ambulances will be headed to Levy County.

    The Levy County Board of County Commissioners’ approval went toward the total $653,000 price tag for three Ford-550s.

    Harrell said changes in ambulance specifications in 2016, which added weight to the trucks, is prompting the change from Mercedes to Ford, along with a switch from diesel fuel to gasoline motors.

  • Professional UF athletic trainers will continue to serve Levy County athletes

    By Suzette Cook, Reporter

    The School Board of Levy County will renew its contract with the University of Florida’s College of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation starting in July for the 2019-2020 school year.

    Williston High School will have a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) on duty for 20 hours a week, Chiefland Middle High School will have one for 25 hours a week, and Bronson/Cedar Key schools will have a ATC on duty for 25 hours per week.

  • Record number of artists apply for booths at Old Florida Celebration of the Arts in Cedar Key

    Suzette Cook, Reporter

    “Ice cold water, a dollar,” Cedar Key Safety Patrol members chanted as they got a ride on a wagon being pulled by Cedar Key School student and Safety Patrol member Exio Vargas. The students weaved in and out of the crowd while raising money for a trip to Washington, D.C.

    By 10 a.m. on Saturday, visitors filled the streets and artists had their masterpieces staged and on full display.

  • Governor-appointed chief science officer has strong ties to Nature Coast

    Governor Ron DeSantis on April 1 announced the appointment of Dr. Thomas K. Frazer as the State of Florida’s first Chief Science Officer.