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  • Inglis, Yankeetown prepare for expected flooding

    By Mike Wright

    Yankeetown Town Hall had a little bit of redecorating take place Thursday.

  • Missing plane recovered

    A missing single-engine plane en route to Cedar Key from Brooksville on Feb. 12 was recovered Sunday afternoon, a week after it went missing, approximately seven miles south of Cedar Key.

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office, private boating service Sea Tow, and Florida Air Recovery, LLC were searching the waters Sunday during the discovery, near where the body of the pilot, Jasper Jerrels, 65, was found Tuesday.

  • CK historians present unique program

    Hannah Healey and Dr. John Andrews will be the featured presenters in March and April at the Cedar Key Historical Society Coffee. Both programs start at 10 a.m. in the Community Center.

  • Businesses remain open while Dock Street closed

    Businesses located along Dock Street will remain open while the street is closed to repair hurricane damage beginning Monday, March 13. The Levy County Road Department estimates repairs to be completed within seven business days, however, the length of time could be longer or shorter.

     The road will be closed to motor vehicle traffic on each end of Dock Street.

  • To DEET or not to DEET

    Deborah Goad, Beacon Correspondent

    How many people remember the mosquito spraying trucks of their youth? Were you one of the kids that, when hearing the distinctive sound made from the propulsion of fog emitted from the truck, ran out into the haze, running directly behind the truck to be engulfed in the white fog?

    It’s a memory many older Floridians share. Thankfully parents today are more aware of the chemicals in the environment and educate children to be aware of chemicals that may harm them.

  • Cedar Key ideal lab for dolphin research

    Cedar Key Dolphin Project

    Dr. Stefanie K. Gazda began researching Cedar Key bottlenose dolphins in 2001 for her master’s thesis. She came to the area to study bottlenose dolphins’ foraging behavior and over the years her research has led to the discovery of many aspects of dolphin behavior.

  • Caldwell courts locals in bid for Ag Commissioner

    State Rep. Matt Caldwell stopped in Chiefland Friday afternoon where he spent the day with Ken Griner on the cattle ranch, he worked with a logging crew and then went to the Suwannee Lumber in Cross City where he toured the mill to try to gain an understanding of issues they are dealing with.

    The day was part of his statewide campaign for Commissioner of Agriculture. The election is still 13 months away.

  • 2018 Festival Design Contest

    Boats have always been an integral part of life in Cedar Key. Whether used for clamming, oystering, sport fishing, sailing the outer islands or kayaking through the mangroves, boats are an important feature of our island community. Share your take on boats in the 2018 Festival Design Contest. The theme is “What Floats Your Boat?”

    The winning artwork will be featured on t-shirts, posters, postcards and other promotional materials for the 54th Annual Spring Arts Festival in Cedar Key.

  • Gulf Hammock residents meet with county officials over EMS mapping, postal address concerns

    Citizens of the Gulf Hammock area feel like their area is falling through the cracks when it comes to locating homes for delivery or emergency services, and when it comes to the latter, they’re worried it could prove fatal.

    At the Gulf Hammock Church of God Thursday, July 13, around 30 Gulf Hammock residents met with a handful of county representatives to air out their worries over how the area is represented on mapping systems as well as how it’s handled through the postal system.

  • Explorations in Art

    What happens when you combine art teachers, an assortment of art materials, and students for two hours a day for nine days? You get an explosion of creativity, learning, and exploration of art materials that generates inspired artwork.