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Local News

  • Save the Helen Denham

    By Toni C. Collins
    Special to the Pioneer

        One of Cedar Key’s best kept secrets is about to be revealed.  For a number of years, this secret was kept under wraps by a hand-full of local historians who now feel this segment of Cedar Key’s maritime history should be shared with the world.

  • Owen ‘Chad’ Johnson vies for BOCC District 2 seat

       Owen Chad Johnson announces his candidacy for Levy County Commission District 2.  Levy County has been his home since 1994, when he married Angela Quincey. They have four children Tyler, Quin, Bryden and Maddilyn.

  • LARC teams with Plum Creek, school district to enhance services

    By Toni C. Collins
    Special to the Pioneer

       It is no surprise that Levy ARC has faced some critical financial challenges lately.  However, Executive Director, Betty Walker is determined to find ways to match up available resources to create a win-win situation for all involved.  Her latest challenge coupled LARC with the Plum Creek Foundation and the Exceptional Student Educational Program of the Levy County School District.

  • Relay for Life Kickoff set for Monday

    By Dedee MacLeod
    Special to the Pioneer

       American Cancer Society is a nationwide organization dedicated to both eliminating cancer and diminishing the suffering which it causes.  The money raised through events, such as Relay for Life, is used to fund cancer research, create programs for health education, and provide advocacy and services for those currently fighting cancer.

  • Seafood Festival, lighthouse tour highlight weekend events

       The 41st Annual Cedar Key Seafood Festival takes place this Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m until 5 p.m. each day.
       This major event features well over 200 arts and crafts exhibits, and great local seafood in City Park.
       There will be live musical entertainment at several places around town during the days and nights, and a parade on Saturday morning.
       Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuges participates in  the celebration by commemorating  National Wildlife Refuge Week.  

  • Soldier’s memorial service Saturday

    Army Sgt. Karl A Campbell, 34, of Chiefland only had a short time left in Afghanistan before returning home on holiday leave to see his son Carl, 4, his wife and their children who were at Fort Campbell, Ky.

    He had already been told that when his tour in the combat zone ended he would be assigned to Special Forces training. It was an opportunity the man trained as a Ranger in his first Army stint lobbied hard to win.

    On Oct. 4 his dreams and service to this country ended in Babur Afghanistan.

  • Bronson makes new run at flood plan

    The Town of Bronson is taking a new tack in its fight to keep residents from having to buy flood insurance and the Levy County Board of Commissioners is joining the fight.

    FEMA is taking public comment on its proposed maps that put a section of Bronson in a flood plain due to two drainage ditches constructed during the Depression to divert standing waters into Chunky Pond to deter mosquito breeding. As a result, FEMA has determined there is a risk of flooding and homeowners need to purchase flood insurance.

  • County budget approved

    The Levy County Commission has a workable budget on the table, but they are not yet finished with it and the margin for error – handling emergencies — is only $500,000. 

    Deputy Clerk Sheila Rees, who handles county finances, said the budget document drawn up by her, County Coordinator Freddie Moody and Clerk of Courts Danny Shipp uses $4.5 million in reserves to balance the county’s accounts and has only $500,000 to cover emergency expenditures in the $53 million budget.

  • Confederate veteran to be honored Oct. 3

    A memorial service for James Simon Bailey 1939-1908 of Company G, 60th Regiment Georgia CSA will be held Sunday, Oct. 3 at 3 p.m. at Jennings Lake Cemetery.

  • County starts food bank

    William Brown stood up at Tuesday’s Levy County Commission meeting and by the time he yielded the floor he had three accomplishments to his book.

    Brown, co-founder of The Children’s Table, first introduced the commission to Tyler Beauchamp, son of Mickey and Cheryl Beauchamp of Bronson.

    Young Beauchamp is a member of the Future Farmers of America and as a project planted and harvested seven acres of peas for Children’s Table to be distributed to feed families in need. Brown presented Beauchamp with a plaque honoring his gift.