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  • Watermelon Festival Schedule

    Please plan on attending the 62nd Annual Chiefland Watermelon Festival to be held in historic downtown Chiefland centered at the Trailhead/Old Train Depot Park, on Saturday, June 4. This will be a wonderful day of family, fun and fanfare. We will have scores of vendors offering crafts, food and information. There will be a parade featuring businesses, organizations and even Watermelon Pageant winners from our local Tri-County community of Levy, Gilchrist and Dixie counties.

    All events are scheduled to take place in the Chiefland Train Depot park unless otherwise noted.

  • Levy County STEM initiative and Sharks at Seahorse Programs

    The UF Seahorse Key Marine Lab is partnering with the Levy County Public Schools to offer discounted programs for Levy County schools and free programs to the Cedar Key School.  Several classes have already visited.

    On June 2-3 – Bronson Middle-High School – Stacy Drummond teacher

    On June 13 – Cedar Key school professional Development day at Seahorse Key – teachers from Cedar Key school out to seahorse for training 

  • Open House at Seahorse Key

    After taking a four-month hiatus to allow for the bird nesting season on Seahorse Key, the island and its lighthouse will be open to visitors on Saturday, July 2, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Access to the island and its beaches has been restricted since March 1 of this year, as it is annually, to protect against any interruption to the breeding and nesting activities of the rookery.

    Visitors will have to use private boats, kayaks or canoes or tour boats from Cedar Key to reach the island that is a refuge for wildlife.

  • School events this week

    The school year is winding down and the number of events at Cedar Key School are picking up. Here's a few to mark on your calendar:

    • Thursday, June 2, 9 a.m., kindergarten graduation, auditorium

    • Friday, June 3, 9 a,m., middle school awards, auditorium

    • Friday, June 3, 10:30 a.m., high school awards, auditorium

    • Saturday, June 4, 9 a.m., high school graduation, school gym

    • Tuesday, June 7, 9 a.m., elementary awards, auditorium.

  • Congratulations to the Class of 2016

    A new tradition arose this year as the senior class took a walk around the campus in their cap and gowns.

    The seniors walked into the elementary building which erupted with applause and cheering. The walk around campus brings excitement to the seniors as well as the underclassman. 

  • UF President visits Shell Mound

    Pictured, left to right, are Dr. Jack Payne UF/IFAS vice president, Dr. Mike Allen, director of NCBS, Dr. Kent Fuchs, president of University of Florida and Dr. Ken Sassaman, professor of Florida Archaeology Department of Anthropology visiting Shell Mound.

  • Bringing biological station to school

    Staff from the Nature Coast Biological Station visited Cedar Key School on Monday, May 23, sharing with students a unique species of Alligator Snapping Turtle found in the Suwannee River. 

    Students were inquisitive and interested in the talk from biologist Travis Thomas, who works with NCBS.  Thomas received his masters in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Florida and previously worked for Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation.

  • Cedar Key clams at Leonardo's 706

    Leonardo's 706 on University Avenue in Gainesville is proudly touting on their menu that they serve fresh Cedar Key clams to their customers. They are in an appetizer and in seafood dishes like this boubaisse entree.

    Where have you seen our local clams making an appearance? Drop us a note along with a photo of how they were used to editor@cedarkeybeacon.com.

  • Memorial Day Ceremonies in Levy County

    CEDAR KEY

    Ceremonies have moved this year from the Cedar Key Cemetery to City Park on Saturday, May 28, at 1 p.m. Levy County Commissioner Mike Joyner is the speaker at the ceremony. Ivan Chubb, veterans representative and a chaplain at the VA Medical Center in Gainesville, is organizing the event. The honor guard from AMVETS 444 in Williston will participate.

    WILLISTON

  • FWC continues search for missing boater

    Staff Report

    The search for the boater missing near Cedar Key continues on after the Coast Guard suspended their search Sunday morning and handed recovery efforts over to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).

    According to a press release, Gilbert Valdes, 54, from Eldersburg, Md. was reported missing Friday night, along with his brother, Garrick Valdes, 50, from Locust Grove, Va. and friend Bruce Smith from Alachua. The Coast Guard rescued Garrick Valdes and Smith from their capsized 23-foot boat Saturday morning.