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Today's News

  • Science students get lessons in the field

    By Lita Weingart, CMHS Science Teacher

    On April 13th, Chiefland Middle High School science students from Stacy Drummond and Lita Weingart’s classes went on a field trip to visit the new University of Florida Nature Coast Biological Station in Cedar Key.

    Our schools superintendent, Jeff Edison, took time out of his busy schedule to help chaperone our trip. We were given a tour of the new research facility and students got to talk with scientists about the research they are conducting.

    Students also visited Joe Rains Beach and, with the assistance of UF scientist Hannah Healy and educational specialist Katherine Hellgren, collected and identified local marine life using a seine net.

    In addition, the students conducted a transect study to determine the amount of biodiversity found on the shoreline.

    We would like to thank Mr. Edison for spending the day with us and the UF personnel for sharing their expertise. A great time was had by all!

  • Storm damaged trees to be removed from cemetery

    By C.L. Watson

    An emotional thank you was heard by all at the recent commission meeting held April 3rd. Beth Dieveney expressed sincere gratitude to the City of Cedar Key staff, Fire Department and volunteers for their actions following a 911 call May 25, 2017. Mrs. Dieveney was dining at 83 West when her father suffered a heart attack. She felt the quick coordination and knowledgeable response was a contributor to her father being alive and well.

    George Oakley requested placing a directional sign for Cedar Key Bed & Breakfast at the corner of D and 3rd Street. Unfortunately the city ordinance does not allow erected private signs on public property. Police Chief Virgil Sandlin read the Laws of Cedar Key citing the ordinance. The overall concern was if one business is allowed to add signage others will follow.

  • Lady Indians excelling in college softball

    Former Chiefland Lady Indian softball players continue to make their mark in the college ranks.

    College of Central Florida freshman Takiya London is a slugging machine for the Lady Patriots out of Ocala, with team highs in home runs (15), doubles (12), slugging (.797) RBI (57) and stolen bases (13). The first-year shortstop has boasted a five-game home run streak this season as well as a 12-game hitting streak, and currently carries a .412 batting average.

    CF (40-8) is ranked No. 8 in the nation in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division I, and is on top of the Mid-Florida Conference behind a 13-1 mark in conference play. London is second in runs, 10th in home runs and seventh in total bases in NJCAA Division I.

  • Security coming to schools; funding still a question

    Levy County Sheriff Bobby McCallum says all 15 public and charter schools in the county will have a deputy on campus for the remainder of the school year, but he’s concerned about the financial viability of the program going forward.

    At the Levy County Commission meeting April 2, McCallum announced the plans his Office finalized the previous day to send deputies to each campus. The move was in response to the state law passed in March that includes provisions for increasing school safety and security in the wake of the mass shooting that killed 17 and injured 17 more at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

  • NRA suit vs. Florida continues

    By Lori Prevatt, Citizen Correspondent

    A Palatka goat farmer's request to intervene in the lawsuit filed March 9 by the NRA against Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi was denied.

    The National Rifle Association filed suit against Bondi in response to legislation signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott. The new law was in response to the shooting Feb. 14 at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. The new statute increases the age limit of individuals allowed to buy rifles and shotguns from age 18 to 21.

    Mitchell Williams, 26, a goat farmer attempted to intervene in the lawsuit, but the judge ruled he had no standing in the case. Williams stated in a letter to the federal court that Florida had been experiencing issues with neighbors shooting to close to his home and goats. He suggested the courts limit the purchase of ammunition and also include microchips on ammo to make it traceable.

  • Panhandling could be costly in Chiefland

    By C.L. Watson, Citizen Correspondent

    Panhandling within the city limits of Chiefland could end up costing the panhandler money.

    Ordinance 18-02 to prohibit aggressive solicitation was introduced at the March 26 meeting with the first reading winning a unanimous vote by city commissioners. The ordinance is not limited to persons scouring parking lots asking for a financial handout. The ordinance further defines aggressive solicitation as approaching or speaking to a person and solicit, or attempt to solicit, in such manner the person feels an imminent threat. Peddlers of merchandise, offers of employment and donations for charitable groups could be in violation of the proposed ordinance if the panhandler acts aggressively. The ordinance carries a maximum fine of $500 and or imprisonment for violators. The ordinance must pass a second reading April 9 before it is enforceable.

  • Christians celebrate the resurrection

    Christians in Cedar Key celebrated Easter Sunday enjoying God’s creation on the beach on a beautiful morning knowing their lord has risen.

    “Where else would you want to be,” Rev. Susie Horner, pastor of Cedar Key United Methodist Church asked. The imagery water represents in the Bible is vital to the message in the Bible. “Water is renewed life. We’re baptized in water. We are given new life through our baptism in water. It’s a continuous part of our faith walk. Water is just life giving.”

    The never ceasing wave action of the Gulf waters lapping at the shore is a reminder of that continuum of life.

    “We’re baptized in water. You go down unclean and you rise clean and from that moment, you have the promise of eternal life,” she said.

    All four of the churches in Cedar Key participated in the sunrise service: Church of Christ, Christ Episcopal Church, Cedar Key Baptist Church and the Methodist Church.

  • 2018 legislative session: some wins, some losses for the environment

    By Save the Manatee Club

    As in years past, the Florida Legislature considered but failed to pass a ban on hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”).

    The bipartisan Senate bill, SB 462, had unanimous support in the Senate Committee on Environmental Preservation and Conservation and the Appropriations Subcommittee on the Environment and Natural Resources before stalling in its final committee. The House version of the bill was never scheduled for hearing.

    Fracking is of particular concern in Florida because of the state’s karst geology and the enhanced risk that contaminants from the extraction process could migrate into ground and surface water, threatening both natural ecosystems and public drinking water supplies.

    Two bills that did pass pose potentially significant risks to Florida’s springs and wetlands.

    The first, HB 7043, authorizes DEP to assume responsibility for the federal Clean Water Act “dredge and fill” permitting program. On its face, this proposal sounds sensible, with the laudable goal of reducing duplicative application requirements.

  • Easter morning in Cedar Key feels serene

    Serenity surrounds me.

    It is Easter Sunday in Cedar Key.

    I gaze across the Gulf.

    It is pre-dawn.

    It is those minutes between the dark of night and sunrise.

    The moments are precious.

    Fleeting.

    Like life itself — finite.

    The soul enters the body.

    The soul leaves the body.

    Everything beyond — eternal.

    The sun rises in the East

    On Easter morning in Cedar Key.

    I gaze across the Gulf.

    My eyes look on.

    There is nothing to see except in my mind’s own eye.

    A small fishing vessel.

    Like life itself.

    The boat leaves shore.

    The boat returns.

    Everything beyond — eternal.

    The Bible is filled with references to water beginning with Gen. 1:2 (KJV), “And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.”

  • CMHS track standouts compete at prestigious Florida Relays

    The athletes of the Chiefland track and field team that competed at the 2018 Pepsi Florida Relays in Gainesville over spring break faced an uphill challenge, as they ran and hurdled against some of the top competition from around the state.

    But the Indians’ appearance – and effort – was impressive in itself, as they boasted what was likely the youngest group of runners at the University of Florida-hosted three-day meet from March 29 to March 31. And the experience was invaluable for Coach Lee Bell’s teams, as they turned in performances on a state-of-the-art track against fields of competitors that rivaled those at the state championships. The runners had to deal with long breaks between events, up to five or six hours in some cases, and rainy conditions on Friday.