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  • UF Scientists share research project activities, results with NCBS visitors

    By Suzette Cook, Staff writer

    Approachable University of Florida experts stood behind their efforts with detailed graphics, and hands-on samples of equipment and specimens related to Nature Coast environmental studies in areas including sea grass ecology, hard clam aquaculture, oyster clusters and reef restoration during a display at the Nature Coast Biological Station in Cedar Key.

  • Evacuation ordered for coastal residents in Levy County

    An evacuation has been ordered for Levy County residents and visitors in the coastal areas of Levy County. This includes, but is not limited to Cedar Key, Yankeetown, Fowlers Bluff, Fanning Springs, and any other area that is prone to storm surge. Please start your preparations for evacuations as soon as you can and be completed by 8pm on Tuesday. Residents and visitors of Cedar Key need to be off the island before the storm surge arrives.

  • Bridges to close ahead of Hurricane Michael

    Levy County Sheriff Bobby McCallum announced that in preparation for the significant tidal surge anticipated for our coastal areas in Levy County, SR 24 at the Number 4 Bridge will be closed to traffic going onto the island of Cedar Key at 5 PM Tuesday, October 9, 2018. Only residents and business owners with proper re-entry credentials after the closure is posted will be allowed onto the island to make any final preparations.

    SR 40 west at the Yankeetown General Store will be closed to all traffic at 5 PM tomorrow.

  • Monday afternoon update on Hurricane Michael

    Levy County residents and visitors along the coast are urged to finish their preparations for Hurricane Michael. Hurricane Michael is expected to make landfall as a possible Category 3 Hurricane in the panhandle of Florida. Even though the storm is not expected to hit us directly, dangerous storm surge flooding along the Coast of Levy County is expected. Residents and visitors must make preparations now in order to make sure they are safe.

  • Tropical Storm Michael update
  • Fee increases for Waste, Fire Protection

    With the setting of annual assessment rates on the docket, the Board of County Commissioners held a four-hour public hearing Sept. 6 with approximately 30 Levy citizens in attendance.

    After receiving feedback from numerous attendees, the Board passed a new rate for Solid Waste that shifts the burden of costs from user tipping fees to a $116 assessment fee. Fire Protection Services and EMS assessments also saw an increase in their respective rates.

    Fire Protection was first on the agenda.

  • Deadline approaching for Old Florida Celebration of the Arts design contest
  • Cedar Key School receives fifth straight B

    Cedar Key School maintained its B grade in the latest release of accountability reports from the Florida Department of Education.

    The school has scored a B for five straight years, and has enjoyed an A or a B for all but one year since the grades were first issued in 1999.

    The grades represent an amalgam of factors, including end-of-course achievement scores by students, student gains on assessments, graduation rates and middle school acceleration.

  • Meet the candidates

    By Carolyn Ten Broeck, Pioneer Editor

    Wishing for an easy way to meet candidates for office and ask about issues that matter to you? If so, mark your calendar for the 2018 Candidates Forum. This free nonpartisan event will be Saturday, July 28 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Williston Middle/High School cafetorium.

    Doors open at 9:30 a.m. and all voters are welcome to fill out question cards for county, state and federal candidates.

  • County candidates set for August elections

    A pair of Levy County Commission races and a School Board race highlight the county election season, which could be completely determined by the end of the primary on Aug. 30.

    The qualifying deadline for county-wide offices was June 22.

    The two County Commission seats both feature a pair of Republicans squaring off, so the races will be decided in the primary, which will be open to voters of all affiliations.