Local News

  • Grant helps CKS purchase new microscopes

    High school science students at Cedar Key School stepped into the 21st century on Friday, thanks to a generous grant from the Levy County Schools Foundation.

    The Foundation, through its Grants For Great Ideas program, awarded $2,717 to the CKS science department.

  • CKS welcomes art teacher

    After several years without an artist regularly on campus, Cedar Key School will now have an art teacher a couple of days a week.

    Paula Willis, the new art instructor, arrived on campus Sept. 26.

    In addition to teaching art to elementary school grades, she will also be the ELP — or gifted — teacher at CKS and will be at the school on Tuesdays and Thursdays until January; she’ll be on campus on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays thereafter.

    CKS Principal Joshua Slemp is also working on including art for middle school students.

  • Potential Levy ag project still moving forward

    An agriculture-based business that would be among the five largest employers in Levy County is still part of discussions for a site in Levy County.

    Dave Pieklik, of the Nature Coast Business Development Council, reported at the County Commission meeting on Oct. 3 that the speculative establishment, which he refers to as a large-scale, agricultural project, is still moving forward in site evaluation.

  • CKS student gets top math recognition

    Cedar Key Student Emmy Lou Everidge was recognized Monday Sept. 25 as the top VMathLive student in the nation.

    VMath is an online math program (www.vmathlive.com) that allows students to move at their own pace through math topics, earning points as they progress.

    Emmy Lou accumulated 7,000 points over the course of the week for her efficiency and effectiveness in the program to lead all elementary, middle, and high school students who use the program.

  • Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Shellfish Trail

    The official opening of the Big Bend Shellfish Trail and ribbon cutting ceremony will be during the 48th Annual Cedar Key Seafood Festival, Oct. 21 at 1 p.m., Cedar Key City Park Pavilion. The public is invited to participate in this historic event.

  • NCBS opens in Cedar Key

    Citizen Correspondent

    The long-awaited opening of the new Nature Coast Biological Station has arrived. Residents of Cedar Key and surrounding areas turned out en masse to get a view of the new building.

    Dr. Michael Allen, director of the NCBS, said that the University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences has been active in Cedar Key with research, teaching and extension programs along the nature coast in for about 30 years and yet never had an office.

  • County stays at 9 mills

    The Levy County Commission on Sept. 19 unanimously agreed to adopt a final millage rate of 9.0.

    The rate is the same as last year, but is a 3.1 percent increase over the rollback rate of 8.7297, thanks to an uptick in property values. The rollback rate represents the rate at which the same amount of revenue could be generated as the previous year.

  • Cedar Key joins worldwide Coastal Cleanup

    The 32nd International Coastal Cleanup is a thing of the past, but like the tide, the event and marine debris will return until people change their behavior. The cleanup is always on the third Saturday of September.

    Cedar Key joined hundreds of thousands of volunteers worldwide to combat marine debris during International Coastal Cleanup, the world’s largest single-day volunteer effort to remove trash from our beaches, waterways, lakes, rivers and parks. The cleanup took place Sept. 16 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Volunteers received a free lunch and a t-shirt.

  • Levy escapes worst from Irma

    The worst-case projections for Irma predicted a potential Category 2 – even 3 – barreling through the area, with sustained winds of more than 100 miles per hour, and a storm surge around 15 or 20 feet, leaving parts of Cedar Key and Yankeetown inaccessible for the foreseeable future.

    Thankfully, the county was spared from that scenario.

  • Cedar Key Pirate Invasion rescheduled for December

    The Cedar Key Pirate Invasion was originally scheduled for the weekend of Sept. 15 through Sept. 17.

    But Hurricane Irma, which arrived the Monday before the festival, spoiled those plans. Event organizers decided to postpone the event while millions around Florida remained without power and fuel and dealt with the storm’s aftermath.

    The festival now has a new date, and it fall after hurricane season. The Fifth Annual Cedar Key Pirate Invasion will be held Dec. 1 through Dec. 3.