Local News

  • Community sheds blood to save lives

    The LifeSouth bloodmobile visited Cedar Key on Friday, April 13, and it was a lucky trip as the staff kept busy taking donations at Cedar Key School and City Hall.
    Bloodmobile staffer Marc Cooper tells frequent donor Jim Taylor of Cedar Key to be careful in the hours following his gift of a pint. This was Taylor's 70th donation, equivalent to 8.75 gallons.

  • EVERLASTING: a look at Cedar Key’s aquaculture

    On the evening of Saturday, April 14, Cedar Key had a elegant affair called “Cedar Key Everlasting”. The focus of the program was the new Cedar Key Everlasting: The Story of Shellfish and Aquaculture in Cedar Key, which is a well planned out and attractive publication.

  • Scott signs road bill

    Gov. Rick Scott signed a bill April 6 that will name three different sections of Levy County roads for residents who died in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. Now the state Department of Transportation will be creating the signs to designate the roads and setting official dedication dates.
    The bill, sponsored by state Rep. Leonard Bembry (D-Madison), was unanimously approved  by the Florida Legislature during the session that ended on March 9.
    To be honored with road designations are:

  • Novel about pain pill addiction hits home

    Special to the Beacon
    Roxy Blues is a fictional story based upon the lives of real people.  It is the story of two ordinary people who live in Cedar Key and the impact that an extremely effective pain killing medication has upon their lives. 
    Roxy Contin overtakes a husband and wife's life and becomes an addiction.  This is a novel about what could happen to any of us, writes Pierce Kelley the author, an attorney in Cedar Key.

  • Conservation Corner: For the love of composting

    By Donna Thalacher
    Wintertime Cedar Key resident
    I probably got started into composting for the wrong reason. In Iowa, John and I live on the Des Moines River and I love to garden.  As the years have passed, my flower beds have both grown in size and number, including a rather large wildflower bank meadow.  And if that isn’t enough, once the grandchildren started arriving, our fruit and vegetable gardens started growing as well.

  • Cedar Key and UF marina workshop set

    The City of Cedar Key will hold a public workshop on April 26 at 6 p.m. at the Cedar Key Community Center, 809 6th Street, to review and hear presentations from the University of Florida (UF) Marine Construction graduate students. All Cedar Key residents and businesses are invited and encouraged to attend.
    The UF students and faculty invite everyone to an early “meet & greet” reception starting at 5 p.m. at the Cedar Key Community Center.

  • Panhandle Lighthouse Challenge: 5 lighthouses, 2 days

    On Saturday and Sunday, April 21-22, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., Florida’s coastline from Pensacola to St. Mark’s will step back into maritime history by staging the second Lighthouse Challenge.
    Five lighthouse: Pensacola Lighthouse, Cape San Blas Lighthouse, Cape St. George Light, Crooked River Lighthouse and St. Mark’s Lighthouse will be open to visitors.

  • Community Calendar for the week of April 12


    Community blood drive at CKS
     LifeSouth, Cedar Key School and Cedar Key Community invite you to be a part of saving lives when they team up to host a blood drive on Friday, April 13.  After the high school drive from 9 a.m. until noon, look for the bloodmobile at City Hall between the hours of 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.

  • Cedar Key FFA to send five teams to state finals

    Three months of work, dozens of after-school pizzas and showing up at 4:30 a.m. to cut up fresh fruit all paid off this past week for the Cedar Key FFA chapters.
    The FFA will be sending five teams to the state Ornamental Horticulture finals later this month at the University of Florida.

  • Be a Celebration of the Arts patron

    Cedar Key’s 48th Annual Spring Fine Arts Festival is just two weeks away.  If you  plan to be here and enjoy browsing and shopping at the festival, why not consider becoming a Purchase Award Patron this year?