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  • CK teen dies in hunting accident

    The Cedar Key community lost its holiday joy on Wednesday morning when word spread that prayers were needed for a family.

    Authorities confirmed that Jacob Solano, 18, a senior at Cedar Key School, died when his gun discharged while he was hog hunting on Black Point Island off Shell Mound.

    The loss is devastating to the school which has only 14 students in the Class of 2017 and Solano was one of four young men in the class. When students, who are on Thanksgiving break,, return to school on Monday, there will be grief counselors available. 

  • Oysters given $8.3M to make a comeback

    Special to the Cedar Key Beacon

    In less than 30 years, 3,000-year-old oyster reefs off Florida’s Big Bend coastline have declined by 88 percent, according to University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers.

    For residents who depend on the fishing grounds and other coastal resources protected by these reefs, it’s a worrying trend.

  • CES principal injured in wreck in Gilchrist

    Chiefland Elementary School Principal Lacy Redd is resting at home after an accident on Thursday, Nov. 10, at 6:45 p.m. in Gilchrist County caused injuries that left her bruised and hurting.

    Redd’s car was so badly damaged she had to be cut out of it.

    The other driver in the accident, K-Lee Samantha Hayes, 21, of Trenton sustained minor injuries.

  • A deal made for life

    Chiefland Fire Chief James Harris, center, and Capt. Cal Morgan, right, stand at the end of a line of the city’s new LifePak Automatic External Defibrillators.

    Harris and Morgan were praised by the City Commission on Monday for making a deal to buy nine units for under $3,000 when nine new ones would have cost more than $27,000.

    Five units will go to the police department, and the rest will go to the fire department and city.

  • Chiefland losing police chief

    Chiefland Police Department Chief Robert Douglas teared up Monday evening as he publicly announced his resignation from the job he has held for 11 years to take a job as chief deputy in the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.

    Douglas, who came to work in Chiefland after losing a bid for Marion County Sheriff said he is looking forward to working with incoming Sheriff Billy Woods.

    Douglas’ last day on the job is Dec. 13.

  • Missing man found

    A missing man being sought after his car was found beside U.S. Highway 27A near Levyville has been found safe.

    Deputies reported the man came up looking for his vehicle which had been towed.

    EARLIER:

    If you have seen a lot of deputies working an accident south of Chiefland on U.S. Highway 27A, here is the reason:

  • Mine permit denied

    A proposed limerock mine in Montbrook was denied a recommendation to receive a special exception permit by the Levy County Planning Commission, almost seven years after the first proposal faced a smilar fate.

  • County to bid out legals, tax rolls

     

    The demise the Levy County Journal, which held a four-year contract to publish the county’s delinquent tax rolls has left the county pondering its next step.

    The second lowest bidder for the work, the Chiefland Citizen, is the only countywide publication in Levy and Citizen General Manager Dale Bowen indicated he would prefer to negotiate the price to print the rolls for three weeks in May.

  • Man arrested in deadly home invasion robbery

    A home invasion in Morriston that turned deadly when a man died defending his family has been solved with the arrest of the suspected shooter in New Jersey. 

    News of the home invasion on May 1 at 2:22 a.m. on S.E. 75th Place in Morriston had been withheld by the Levy County Sheriff's Office until the suspect's arrest was revealed on Thursdsay, Nov. 3.

  • Commission welcomes newest member

    The Chiefand City Commission welcomed its newest member on Monday with a swearing in ceremony officiated by Levy County Judge James "Tim" Browning.

    Donald Lawrence, second from right, takes over the Group 2 seat once held by the late Teal Pomeroy, who also served as mayor.

    The commission members, from left to right, are Teresa Barron, Rollin Hudson, Mayor Betty Walker, seated, Lawrence and Chris Jones.