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  • CKS 2018 Royal Court

    Cedar Key School held announced its 2018 homecoming royal court Jan. 26, during halftime of the boys’ thrilling, last-minute win over Branford.

    Mackenzie Kirkbride was named Homecoming Queen, and Grayson Yearty was announced as King. Tyler Wynans and Hadley Williams joined the pair as Prince and Princess, respectively.

    The other Queen candidates included: Whitney Neal and Dakota Phillips. The remaining King candidates were: Trevor Ryan; Joey Lewandowski; Jacob Pitts; Terrence Doty; Devin Stottlemyre and Austin Minehart.

  • City of Cedar Key CRA, LPA and Commission updates

    Community Redevelopment Agency

    Chairperson Royce Nelson provided confirmation of the city of Cedar Key’s payment of $395,060 to SunTrust Bank, the principal due for April 15, 2017 was $226,538 and the interest of $168,522 due as of Jan. 12.

    The county Tax Increment Financing payment to Cedar Key due Jan. 1 was late by four days. The Florida statute stating the penalty and interest for late payment was reviewed. A motion was made to request payment for the penalty. It was also agreed that these funds would be applied to April’s payment as principal.

  • Stanley honored as Certified Agricultural Associate

    Cedar Key tenth-grade ag student Zander Stanley has recently become a Certified Agricultural Associate through the Agricultural Education Services and Technology program. This certification will help Zander in college readiness and in his career. He is the first student from CK School to take this exam. This spring, 24 eighth- and ninth-grade ag students will take this exam at Cedar Key and hope to have as much success as Zander.

  • Workout on the Waterfront to raise awareness to pollution

    Cedar Key’s Workout on the Waterfront (WoW) is an exciting day packed full of fun and active events, scheduled this year for Feb. 24.

    The WoW event aims to raise awareness about plastic pollution along our coasts.

    Proceeds from the 2018 races and silent auction will benefit the public aquarium at NCBS, Cedar Key School and the annual Cedar Key International Coastal Cleanup.

  • Proposed seasonal closure of waters surrounding Snake Key

    The Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge is exploring a seasonal closure of Snake Key’s near-shore waters out to 100 yards to protect nesting birds from March 1 to June 30, mirroring the former closure at Seahorse Key.

    A public notification process will gather input on the proposed closure for 2018.

  • Tix on sale for Feb. 17 STARS Gala fundraiser

    The annual Levy County Schools Foundation STARS Gala event is scheduled for Saturday, February 17th at the Bronson Middle High School. The semiformal evening will start with mingling and hors d’oeuvres at 5 pm with dinner and program starting at 6 pm.

  • Superintendent warns of amendment proposals threatening local control

    Levy County Superintendent of Schools Jeff Edison is weary of state amendment proposals that are in the pipeline that would limit local control for school boards, and he cautioned the Levy County Commission that those measures are part of an overall trend from state leadership that is likely to affect local government.

  • Cedar Key celebrates New Year

    Enjoy another fun gathering with friends in Cedar Key. Second Street shops stay open late, so gather in the street for the New Year’s Eve Ball Drop in Cedar Key.

  • Cedar Key Historical Society to host Florida Humanities Speaker Series

    Don’t miss our 2018 Florida Humanities Speaker Series, featuring fascinating programs about Florida’s historic lighthouses, culture, people, and ecology.

    Presented by the Florida Humanities Council in partnership with the Cedar Key Historical Society, this series will showcase four engaging talks and performances, starting in January and ending in April.

    Admission to each is free. All programs will be hosted at the Cedar Key Community Center, 6th and F Street, Cedar Key, FL.

  • Grant supports efforts to extend mental health services in Levy

    There are efforts underway to bring a mental health court to Levy County, and a new grant approved by the county will support fact-finding and organizing that could help lead to its realization.

    At the Levy County Commission meeting Dec. 19, the Board approved 4-1 to offer a letter in support of a Department of Children and Families (DCF) planning grant that would assign an individual to determine mental health needs in the county for inmates. The program is ultimately aimed at improving jail diversion efforts through mental health treatment.