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Local News

  • Swallow-tailed Kite comes out for the latest research

    By Pam Darty
    Refuge Ranger
    When the crowd gathered at the Cedar Key Library Thursday evening, they didn’t expect a great surprise. The Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge was hosting a talk on the latest research on swallow-tailed Kites.  As birders were arriving for Dr. Ken Meyer’s presentation, Dr. Dawn Miller, Gainesville veterinarian and certified wildlife rehabilitator, came in the door carrying a magnificent swallow-tail.

  • Beachgoers asked to help monitor horseshoe crabs

    As spring arrives, horseshoe crabs converge along sandy beaches throughout the state to mate. Biologists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) are asking the public for help pinpointing the sites where these horseshoe crabs spawn.
    Beachgoers are likely to have the best luck spotting mating horseshoe crabs around high tide, just before, during or after a full or new moon. The conditions around the new moon tonight and the full moon on April 6 will create ideal opportunities to view the spawning behavior of horseshoe crabs.

  • Cedar Key School honored for its recycling efforts

    Cedar Key School was recognized Friday by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection for outstanding efforts in 2011 to promote recycling.
    Cedar Key students, collecting about 550 pledges to recycle in FDEP’s staterwide K-12 Recycling Pledge Card Contest, pushed their school to the top three in the state.

  • Spring break frolic

    Spring break is in the air – at least for these vactioners at the Cedar Key Beach last Thursday. Levy County schools are on spring break starting Monday so the beach should be busy all week.

  • Cedar Key takes fourth at meet

    The Cedar Key School track team was among teams from seven schools that participated in the 21st Suwannee Invitational Track Meet in Live Oak on March 10.  Host Suwannee High took first place while Branford High came in second, Columbia High was third and Cedar Key was fourth.
    Brooke Allen, a 10th grade student, took first place in the high jump with 1.5 meters, while Jemima Cahours came in 7th with 1.27 meters.
    Lauren Batholemy took second place in pole vault with 2.13 meters. Chloe Reynolds took second in the triple jump with 8.68 meters.

  • CONSERVATION CORNER: Petroleum and us

    Petroleum has been in the news lately, oil spills, new lands being leased for oil exploration and what effects all of us the most - the price of gasoline.

  • Unlock mysteries of the past during Florida Archaeology Month

    By PAM DARTY
    Special to the Beacon
    To celebrate Florida Archaeology Month the Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) will host four distinguished archaeologists and two Ranger-led walks at the Shell Mound archaeological site near Cedar Key.
    All activities are free.

  • March events at the library

    Pre-school Storytime
    These programs use books and music to present the young children with the concept that books, reading and libraries are fun and enjoyed at all ages.  The programs last 30 minutes.
     • A.F. Knotts Public Library - Yankeetown: March 20 @ 3 p.m. - The Color Green Theme
     • Bronson Public Library: March 26 @ 10:30 a.m. - The Color Green
     • Luther Callaway Public Library - Chiefland: March 19 @ 11 a.m. - St. Patrick’s Day Theme

  • Cedar Key Girl Scouts celebrate 100th anniversary

    By Molly Beckham-Cowart
    Girl Scouts across the nation have much to celebrate this week. March 11-17 is National Girl Scout Week.
    This year is not any regular anniversary though, March 12 marks the 100th anniversary of the official birth of Girl Scouting in the United States. The Girl Scouts of America organization was founded in 1912, in Savannah, GA by Juliette Gordan Low, or “Crazy Daisy” as she was affectionately called by friends.

  • Building a bridge to peace

    Three dozen Cedar Key participants along with visitors from as far away as Nepal, observed International Women's Day on March 8 at the Dock in Cedar Key. The event was held to raise awareness about women for Women International and International Women’s Day,  and Cedar Key women joined others worldwide to create a Bridge to Peace. In support of women whose daily acts of valor counteract daily acts of violence, the group made its stand for peace and equality.