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  • 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

  • Bell seeks re-election to commission

     Nancy Bell, the incumbent County Commissioner for District 2, has announced her candidacy for re-election as a Democrat in the Nov. 2 general election. Bell has been chair of the Levy County Board of County Commissioners since November 2008 and was re-elected in 2009 and 2010.

  • Commissioner Lilly Rooks announces candidacy for District 4

     Lilly Rooks will be the first to tell you that she welcomes the challenges she faces every day serving as the “Voice” for the people of Levy County.  Her job as a County Commissioner involve long hours, frequent telephone calls, and many meetings.

    Rooks makes herself available to the people.  She appreciates your phone calls, your ideas, and your opinions.  Rooks is grateful for the warm reception she has received as you have welcomed her into your homes.  Your input has guided her in making the right decisions for our county.

  • Final City Budget Hearing Held

    The Cedar Key City Commission meeting on Monday had a short agenda and was fairly uneventful - for a change. The proposed millage rate of 3.6548 was announced and adopted by a 3 to 2 vote, with Commissioners Scott Dennison and Heath Davis casting opposing votes.

  • Candidate forum draws big crowd

    More than 100 people turned out for the Cedar Key Lions Club Candidates Forum on Tuesday to hear the folks running for local and federal office pledge to be fiscal conservatives dedicated to downsizing government and government spending.
    Lions Club President Dale Register read the two questions the club members devised before opening the questioning to the audience, moderated the event and kept strict track of the time allotment for answers. Candidates were limited to 90 seconds.

  • Man doesn’t want Levy nuke plant as neighbor Nuclear Regulatory Commission takes public comments

     By CHRIS VAN ORMER

    Special to the Beacon