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  • Lions prepping for 46th Annual Seafood Festival

    Come out to Cedar Key Oct. 17 and Oct. 18 for the best in seafood, arts and crafts, a Seafood Festival parade and live music on the Gulf as the Cedar Key Lions Club celebrates the essence of the island community. The event will open at 9 a.m. and close at 5 p.m. both days.

  • The case of the missing birds

    A.B. Sidibe

    Staff writer

    Summer may be over, but in this corner of the state, scientists and avid birders spent our warmest months trying to figure out what caused 10,000 to 20,000 birds to hurriedly abandon the Florida Gulf Coast's largest rookery in the middle of nesting season.

  • Fire performers bring music to life with flames, fanfare — a touch of danger

    The heat of moving fire in the dusk hours makes for an exciting and dangerous performance – one of the highlights of the Cedar Key Pirate Invasion.

    Fire performer Ryan Murphy of Clearwater, who goes by the pirate name McFly, said he travels around the state to perform his craft.

    "It's just a lot of fun," Murphy said.

    The most dangerous part, he said, is breathing fire.

  • Celebrate World Heart Day on Sept. 29 Learn Hands-Only CPR

    Bronson – In celebration of World Heart Day, on Tuesday, Sept. 29, the Florida Department of Health in Levy County is promoting heart health by hosting Hands-Only™ CPR training. World Heart Day is an annual event created by the World Heart Foundation to remind everyone that heart disease and stroke are the world’s leading causes of death. The theme for 2015 is creating heart healthy environments.

  • Cedar Key School earns prestigious athletic awards

    Emily Smith

    Shark Correspondent

    Once again, it’s time for a well-deserved celebration over at Cedar Key School! Last year, due to the integrity shown by the hardworking athletes, CKS was presented the Fred E. Rozelle Sportsmanship Award by the Florida High School Athletic Association. This marks the fourth time in the last nine years that the school has received this honor and, as always, it wouldn’t have been achieved without the many helping hands of supportive parents and dedicated fans.

  • Living the dream

    Alicia Neal

    Shark Correspondent

    Mrs. Terri Wisdom has always wanted to be a teacher, and when she and her husband spotted the opening, she gave Cedar Key a shot.

  • It’s Mathematical

    Heather Sikes

    Shark Correspondent

    Mrs. Marissa DeHaven may be new to teaching high school but she is no stranger to Cedar Key. As a high school graduate of Cedar Key, DeHaven went on to Central Florida Community College where she obtained her Associate's degree. Despite her childhood aspirations of becoming a dolphin trainer at SeaWorld, she ultimately decided to become a math teacher.

  • Helen Denham grant request rejected

    Bad news for fans of the sternwheeler-steamboat Helen Denham ship sitting on the bottom near the No. 4 Channel in Cedar Key the state has turned down a request for money to survey the site.

    Toni Collins, president of the Levy County Historical Preservation Society, informed the Levy County Commission at its regular meeting on Tuesday that the state Historical Commission and Review Panel considered the grant request “too broad” and lacking in local support.

    “They felt the support was not there in Cedar Key,” Collins said.

  • Winner named for 2016 arts festival logo

    Dianna Tonnessen is the winning artists in the 2016 Design Contest for the Old Florida Celebration of the Arts Festival in Cedar Key with her limited edition linoleum block print, "Sunset Isle Motel & RV Park."

  • Pirate fest is bigger than ever

    For its third year returning to Cedar Key, the Pirate Invasion was bigger than ever.

    This year there were quite a few more vendors, a larger turn out for the parade and a historic period encampment twice as big as last year, all there to cater to the estimated 5,000 to 6,000 people who turned out over the weekend. Yet, there's more to the story than the economic boost the event offers to Cedar Key and areas nearby and the family fun it offers to visitors.