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  • Commission keeps meeting short ‘n’ sweet

    About a dozen audience members attended a short, efficient
    meeting Tuesday evening. The format was slightly different
    — with Interim City Administrator Greg Lang taking
    the lead presenting agenda items. Commissioner Gene
    Hodges was absent due to a scheduling conflict.
    In the good news category, the Governor’s Office has
    finally signed the Energy Efficiency Conservation Block
    Grant, allowing the city to move forward with upgrading
    several city-owned buildings. Police Chief Virgil Sandlin

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  • Chad Johnson candidate for County Commissioner District 2

    Owen Chad Johnson announces his candidacy for Levy County Commission District 2.  Levy County has been his home since 1994, when he married Angela Quincey. They have four children Tyler, Quin, Bryden and Maddilyn.

  • LARC joins forces with Plum Creek, school district

    By Toni C. Collins

        It is no surprise that Levy ARC has faced some critical financial challenges lately.  However, Executive Director, Betty Walker is determined to find ways to match up available resources to create a win-win situation for all involved.  Her latest challenge coupled LARC with the Plum Creek Foundation and the Exceptional Student Educational Program of the Levy County School District.

  • Feigin challenges Bembry for District 10 House Seat

    Republican Dave Feigin of Cedar Key began a campaign for House of Representatives, District 10, facing off against incumbent Leonard Bembry, a Democrat.
    Feigin said his everyday work experiences keep him more in touch with the working population than his opponent has been for the past two years. Feigin is a 24-year retired veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard, who owns a thriving small business with his wife, Cris, in Cedar Key. Before leaving the service, he attained a rank of E6, and had authority over eight USCG stations and two USCG Auxiliary Stations.

  • Jury finds for Citizen in Andrews’ suit

    A Levy County jury has unanimously decided the Chiefland Citizen did not
    damage Andy Dennis Andrews’ name, reputation and businesses in a 2007 editorial calling for fair, clean city elections, and a series of stories about a state investigation into 11 voters’ right to vote in Chiefland elections.
    The four women and two men who deliberated for an hour and 15 minutes on
    Friday also rejected Andrews’ claim for more than $17 million in monetary

  • Celebrate National Wildlife Refuge Week Free at Cedar Keys’ Light Station

    Special to the Beacon
    Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuges invite you to join in the celebration of
    National Wildlife Refuge Week. Refuge staff will open the doors of the historic
    Cedar Keys Light Station on Seahorse Key Saturday and Sunday, October 16-17 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • CK celebrates fishing heritage with Annual Seafood Festival

    Special to the Beacon
    The 41st Annual Cedar Key Seafood
    Festival, sponsored by the Cedar Key
    Lions Club,, which kicks off Saturday
    morning with a parade, celebrates the
    area's fishing heritage with two days of
    seafood, music, and fun.
    The festival's events are centered
    around the fishing town's charming beachfront
    City Park. It will be filled with
    booths selling local seafood. Cedar Key
    church groups, school clubs, non-profit
    organizations, and oyster and clamming

  • Suwannee River League of Cities Dinnerheld in Cedar Key

    Approximately 135 hungry people from 10
    North Florida counties descended upon the
    Cedar Key Community Center to enjoy a dinner
    hosted by Mayor Pat O’Neal, Vice-Mayor
    Sue Colson and Commissioner Scott
    Dennison. This is the third year the group has
    met in Cedar Key for their fall quarterly board
    meeting.
    Thursday night’s feast included steamed
    clams donated and prepared by the Cedar Key
    Aquaculture Association. Mullet was freshly
    caught by Ken Daniels. The mullet and hush

  • Request for water denied by Water Board

    A request for services by Dennis and Roberta Andrews of 10650 S.W. State Road 24, just over the No. 4 bridge leaving Cedar Key, was denied by the Cedar Key Water and Sewer District Monday night.
    Although the item was not on the agenda, Ronnie Taylor presented the request for a water meter to service the home, since a new line will
    be running across the driveway in roughly one year.
    Taylor stated that the Andrews are elderly, in poor health
    and currently must carry water up to their home for cooking