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Local News

  • Pastel skies

    Two of the many things you can count on finding in Cedar Key are breathtaking sunrises and sunsets. This particular sunset was captured over Seahorse Key recently.

  • Man kills daughter, 6 grandchildren

    By Lou Elliott Jones

    and Mark Scohier

  • Man kills kills daughter, 6 grandchildren then himself

    By Lou Elliott Jones
    and Mark Scohier

    Sarah Lorraine Spirit and her six children were laid to rest in a private funeral service on Monday, but what may not rest are the questions of what motivated her father, Don C. Spirit, to shoot them on Thursday, then calmly call the Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office to tell them what he had done and how he planned to kill himself as well.

  • Red tide halts Cedar Key clam harvesting

     For the first time in about 10 years, clam leases have been shut down in Cedar Key due to red tide.

    The western portion of Cedar Key's leases, including Gulf Jackson and Pelican Reef, was closed Sept. 6 after officials found low to background quantities of dangerous microorganism Karenia brevis, known to produce a neurotoxin that affects vertebrates, including humans.

  • Pirates invade Cedar Key

    Cedar Key hosted its Second Annual Pirate Invasion last weekend.
    Coordinator Joe Catalono, of Bard Productions LLC. out of St. Augustine, said the event was about twice the size it was last year, with about a dozen different pirate crews from Georgia and all over Florida staging reenactments and pirate dramas throughout town.
    Catalono coordinated the event with the Cedar Key Chamber of Commerce and the Levy County Visitors Bureau.

  • Cedar Key's McCain honored with award

    Recent retiree from the US Fish and Wildlife Service Ken McCain was honored with a formal ceremony last week, receiving the National Wildlife Refuge Employee of the Year Award for 2014.  Dignitaries from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, its Refuge System, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, as well as friends and family were in attendance for the celebration.

  • Red tide organism found in Cedar Key

    A dangerous toxin-producing organism known as Karenia brevis from a red tide bloom first spotted in the Gulf of Mexico near the end of July has made it to Cedar Key, according to officials.
    In early August, the bloom was 50 to 80 miles offshore, and testing for the organism, which can affect the nervous system of people and animals, confirmed that it had only reached areas near Pinellas County.
    But the bloom, over recent months, has migrated with the wind, coming as close to shore as 5 to 30 miles between Dixie and Pinellas counties.

  • Florida continues effort to control invasive lionfish

    State officials are cracking down on lionfish cultivation.
    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation moved Wednesday to prohibit the harvest and possession of eggs (other than for destruction) from the fish and have made it illegal to intentionally breed the animals, which are recognized as an invasive species that  is bad for habitat and native Florida fish.

  • Pirate invasion this weekend

    Celebrate the past with historical re-enactors this weekend in Cedar Key. See how pirates lived on land when ashore. Watch the epic battle that is certain to be played out on the shores of Cedar Key. Learn from some of the finest re-enactors on the East Coast.

  • Brotherly advice