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  • Leap Day fund-raiser lifts playground project

    The Cedar Key School PTO and the clammers and oystermen of Cedar Key hosted a fund-raising dinner Friday night in City Park to get the school a little closer to the much-needed new playground and exercise gym.

    Despite temperatures in the forties, the little gulfside park was packed with clammers, oystermen, parents, kids and visitors looking for a great meal.

    Organizers said more than 6,000 pounds of clams and 12 tubs of oysters were donated by local clam farmers, and steamed and served to the chilly, grateful multitudes.

  • Humane Society gets a boost for spay and neuter facility

    BRONSON - One couldn't blame the folks at the Humane Society of Levy County for being a little nervous late last week.

    With the prediction of rain on Saturday, the success of the inaugural Bark-N-Purr Festival hung in the balance.

    Wet stuff could put a serious dent in the big fund-raiser held at the Bronson Youth League Park.

  • Cagle rocks Bark-N-Purr

    The cats and dogs of Levy County got a big boost Saturday as country chart-topper Chris Cagle headlined the Bark-N-Purr Benefit in Bronson. The event, a fundraiser for the Humane Society of Levy County's planned spay, neuter and adoption facility, attracted more than 2,700 festivalgoers, according to organizers' first estimates.

    Cagle rocked the soccer field at Bronson Youth League as his stamping, chanting fans sang along to such hits as "What Kinda Gone" and "My Love Goes On and On and On" as well as a sleeper from the new album, "Change Me."

  • Sagging floors and a surprise at City Hall

    Like every other historic building in Cedar Key's downtown, City Hall needs a little TLC. A combination of additions and renovations, termites, hurricanes and flooding has made the floors sag in the tidy little building.

    Local Planning Agency (LPA) director and local builder Greg Lang had crawled under the building to make an informal report on damage to the building at this week's meeting of Cedar Key Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA). What he found was neither unexpected, nor particularly alarming - at least not for the future of the building.

  • 'One piece of paper' drives student art exhibit

    Recently Cedar Key School art teacher Debby Manansala saw some digital photos of a competition, purportedly held at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C.

    The name of the show was "One Sheet of Paper," and the competition rules were simple - artists could have one blank sheet of paper to say anything they wanted.

  • Teach them to fish ethically and they'll have fun (and food) for a lifetime

    Although it seems like Cedar Key's middle name is Fishing," (and first and last names, as well), there's a first time on the water for everyone. With a huge increase in the popularity of recreational fishing and water-based activities, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has an interest in making sure that people who fish Florida waters have a good time, but do it safely, and with the least possible impact on the state's fisheries.

    That's where Missy Jackson comes in.

  • Restoring mother's murals is her labor of love

    It's 1948. Bessie Gibbs and her husband "Gibb," new owners of the historic Island Hotel on Second Street, are stumbling around a large storage closet on the first floor. Bessie would like to turn the dark, dank space into a cozy bar.

    In walks a lively blond in her early forties, 18-year-old daughter in tow. They have driven up from Clearwater in a late-thirties International panel truck, colorfully painted with marine scenes from a previous business. Helen Tooker, an artist, and Bessie, both strong and outspoken, immediately hit it off.

  • More trash talk: City garbage rates to go up again

    Just a few months ago, the city of Cedar Key raised its rates for residential refuse collection from $15/month to $16/month, the first residential rate increase in nearly a decade. Commissioner Gene Hodges gripped his wallet in mock outrage as he asked the other commissioners, "Another dollar?"

    Over the last few years, the city had absorbed several minor rate increases from its own portion of the fee, and commissioners felt that the city's own increase was both minor and timely.

  • Music. Rhythm. Tile?

    When you sit down to a meal, chances are, you look down at your plate and see a shiny pattern of leaves and flowers, grapevines in relief, a repeating motif in French blue. Before there's anything on the plate, there's something on the plate.

  • Beacon publisher reaffirms commitment to serve community

    To our readers and advertisers:

    The recent announcement by Landmark Communications Inc., the parent company of our newspaper, to consider strategic alternatives that might include the sale of this newspaper and others was made last week.