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  • Merry Christmas Cedar Key

    In Cedar Key School's production of "The Littlest Christmas Tree," the littlest tree, played by Chloe Brown, sings of her hope to be chosen by Santa Claus to be this year's special Christmas tree.

  • Security fears prompt sad misunderstanding at base

    A British visitor who has visited Cedar Key several times a year for the past nine years recently told The Beacon of a bizarre incident, which may result in him being unable to visit here again.

    Peter White, a widower from England, loves to fish from the Big Dock when he visits Cedar Key. However, he says his attempt to show hospitality to U.S. troops stationed overseas may postpone his next fishing trip, perhaps indefinitely.

  • Schools to face more funding cuts

    This past summer, the Florida Department of Education warned school districts across the state that a general revenue shortfall could lead to a 4 percent cut in funding.

    Deterioration of the housing market was fingered as the main culprit.

    Lo and behold, they were right, as each district had their take shaved by 4 percent.

    In Levy County, that added up to slightly more than $634,000.

    Now just three months later, more storm clouds are on the horizon.

  • When Sharks ruled the gridiron

    Editor's Note: This week, in celebration of the Heisman Award and high school state championships, the Beacon is looking back to the days when Cedar Key School still played football.

    Did Cedar Key ever have a football team?

    Now, during the exciting postseason playoff games for state high school titles, college conference title games, bowl season announcements, Heisman Trophy presentations and National Championship aspirations, the answer reminds me of the response to a young girl's question regarding the existence of jolly old St. Nick.

  • CRA agrees on lender for bond

    Cedar Key Community Redevelopment Association member Gene Hodges had one last try at getting his fellow members to see reason, as he saw it, before the CRA adopted a resolution to accept a bid from SunTrust Bank to be the lender on the CRA's long-awaited, long-debated $9.2 million redevelopment revenue bond issue.

  • Santa visits Cedar Key, brings presents to all good boys and girls

    Santa Claus visited Cedar Key Monday night, stopping at the Cedar Key Community Center for the city's Christmas party.

    The Cedar Key Police fingerprinted children for the Child Safety database, and four of the 78 children who were fingerprinted won bicycles that had been donated to the police department.

    Parents and children enjoyed dinners of hot dogs and hamburgers, and every child who came to the party received a gift from Santa's Workshop.

  • Good words on storm drains

    Nobody ever thinks about storm drains, but in Cedar Key, those stormwater collectors literally protect the lifeblood of the economy.

    When it rains, storm drains collect and filter the at least the first inch of water running off the streets before it can run into the Gulf. The first inch of stormwater contains the majority of chemical and biological pollutants, including oil, antifreeze and gasoline, fertilizer, and animal feces, definitely substances that should be kept out of the waters that nourish sport and subsistence fishing, boating, swimming and aquaculture.

  • Getting the Big Dock ship-shape

    The Big Dock is getting fixed.

    The day the world - the Cedar Key world - awaited has come at last. Recently Lucas Marine Construction (LMC) moved into its new locations on - and off - Dock Street, with several barges, a crane, a tug and a variety of land and marine heavy equipment.

    "They moved in quietly, and haven't been disruptive at all, so far," said City Commissioner Sue Colson. "Although I'm sure the day is coming when there will be disruptions, though not their fault."

  • Levy County schools borrow $5 million to cover expenses

    BRONSON -- The School Board of Levy County needs a quick $5 million.

    With no sympathetic philanthropists in sight, the next best thing to do was to see which bank offered the best loan deal.

    Board members OK'd borrowing the large sum of money from Sun Trust Bank out of Jacksonville at its Nov. 20 meeting.

    The money is needed to cover overall operating costs -- including payroll -- for county schools for at least the next couple of months.

  • Local 'Idols' wow crowds at Fair

    Time was, if a singer didn't have a band, the only possible venue for his talents was the church choir, or the shower. In the 80s, a miraculous export from Japan changed everything. Karaoke democratized singing as public performance, allowing anyone with good pipes and the discipline to learn a song to perfection to get up on stage and sing, no faking, no a capella, with the real backing track.