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Today's News

  • Lady Sharks seeking first playoff berth since 1989

    Cedar Key girls’ basketball coach David Tomlin sees the second playoff berth in District 1A-7 as wide open for the taking.

    Trenton is the overwhelming favorite to win the district, after a couple of regional finals appearances and a state finals appearance the last two seasons, but Tomlin sees several schools as possessing reasonable hopes of claiming the runner-up spot, and he includes his Lady Sharks in that group.

  • Free throw misses sink Lady Sharks

    After pulling itself out of multiple deficits throughout the game against Chiefland, the Cedar Key girls’ basketball team trailed 30-29 in the waning minutes of play.

    But another comeback effort wasn’t in the cards for the Lady Sharks, as the Lady Indians made enough of their free throws to stave off the visitors for a 39-31 win in the CMHS gym Nov. 30.

    While Chiefland finished at 50 percent on 20 foul shot attempts, CKS converted just four of its 16 attempts (25 percent).

  • Miller looks to build foundation for CKS hoops

    There was a time when Cedar Key’s boys’ basketball was a fixture in the state playoffs.

    From 1961 to 1969, the Sharks made the playoffs seven times, winning a state championship in 1965. During that era, they advanced to the state semifinals four times: 1952, 1961, 1962 and 1965.

    The goals for first-year CKS head coach John Miller aren’t quite that lofty, as the Sharks have made the playoffs twice (1976, 1995) in the 48 years since. But he hopes to restore some of that winning aura to CKS hoops.

  • Sharks fall short in overtime thriller

    An exhausted first-year Cedar Key coach John Miller took a seat on the bench before loading his team on the bus, taking a moment to reflect on his team’s upset-minded performance in Chiefland Nov. 30.

    Despite ultimately coming up short in overtime, Miller couldn’t have asked anymore from his team.

    “Cedar Key fought, they fought as hard as they could possibly fight and it just didn’t happen tonight,” Miller said.

  • County recasts qualifications for tourism director job

    Time is running out for the county to fill its soon-to-be-vacant executive position for Levy County Tourist Development.

    In a last-minute bid to net more ideal candidates, the county, behind a recommendation from outgoing director Carol McQueen, is recasting its description of the position to focus more on marketing skills and experience.

  • County approves spay, neuter trial program for ‘community cats’

    Levy County Animal Services euthanizes around half of the feral cats that are brought in.

    After department officials recently met with animal rescue groups at a no-kill summit in Gainesville, the county may have a solution that could help tackle the high rate of cat euthanasias.

  • Asbell assumes chairmanship on School Board; Etheridge picked as vice chairman

    Cameron Asbell was unanimously voted the new chairman of the School Board of Levy County Nov. 28.

    Rick Turner offered the nomination of Asbell.

    “Mr. Superintendent (Jeff Edison),” Turner said, “it is with honor and a great privilege I offer to you in the form of a nomination the most honorable and admirable Cameron Asbell to serve as chair of the Levy County School Board.”

  • County extends moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries; seeks ban ordinance

    The Levy County Commission voted unanimously Nov. 21 to extend by three months its moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries in unincorporated areas of the county.

    The motion for the extended moratorium was offered by Rock Meeks and seconded by Matt Brooks. It passed 5-0.

  • CKS students share poems at School Board

    A group of three Cedar Key School students joined Principal Joshua Slemp at the School Board of Levy County meeting Nov. 14 to discuss recent school projects, including the 28th Annual Young Author’s Conference.

    Sophomores Michele Debari, Michael Smith and Zander Stanley each read poems they authored and submitted for the conference. The templates for the poems by the middle and high school students were inspired by ‘Where I’m From’ by George Ella Lyon.

  • Outstanding CKS educators recognized

    By Burlynne Mejeris, Shark correspondent

    Congratulations to Cedar Key School Teacher of the Year Carrie Tomlin and Educational Support Personnel of the Year Sue Penny!

    Ms. Carrie and Ms. Sue were selected for their honors by the faculty and staff at CKS.