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  • Welcome to the 48th Seafood Festival
  • Taste of the Nature Coast raises funds for Resource Center

    The first-ever Taste of the Nature Coast fundraiser hosted by Tri-County Community Resources combined good food for a good cause with a strong dose of community spirit.

    Diana Child, chair of Tri-County Community Resources, who led the organization of the event, called the event a success, with hopes of expanding the event in the future. It was held at the Haven Hospice Community Building in Chiefland.

    All proceeds go toward the Tri-County Community Resource Center in Chiefland. The food and prizes were donated at no costs.

  • Two men rescued from Gulf waters

    By Buster Thompson

    Being stranded in a boat on the Gulf of Mexico for 12 hours will be a fishing trip Charles Scott won’t soon forget.

    Scott and his brother-in-law Jerry Newsome, both in their late 60s, went out the morning of Sept. 29 to go grouper fishing, Scott said Tuesday.

    The Marion County residents launched Newsome’s boat from a ramp near Yankeetown in Levy County, pushing their 17’ Starcraft vessel 27 miles out into the Gulf.

  • Climate change lecture discusses impact on local environment

    Deborah Goad, Beacon Correspondent

    The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences through the Levy County Agricultural Extension Service presented the facts of climate change Friday, Sept. 22 that are supported by documented geological evidence, and the potential impact on agriculture and horticulture.

    Levy County Extension Agent Anthony Drew began by asking the audience how many have planted dogwood trees recently and how were those trees doing?

  • Levy fossil site offers wealth of discoveries for volunteer diggers

    By NATALIE VAN HOOSE
    FL Museum of Natural History

    Volunteers can channel their inner paleontologist by digging alongside museum scientists at the Florida Museum of Natural History’s Montbrook fossil site south of Williston starting Thursday, Oct. 5.

    The excavation area includes an exposed riverbed close to an ancient coastline that has produced a wealth of fossils about 5 to 5.5 million years old, an age not commonly found in Florida.

  • Grant helps CKS purchase new microscopes

    High school science students at Cedar Key School stepped into the 21st century on Friday, thanks to a generous grant from the Levy County Schools Foundation.

    The Foundation, through its Grants For Great Ideas program, awarded $2,717 to the CKS science department.

  • CKS welcomes art teacher

    After several years without an artist regularly on campus, Cedar Key School will now have an art teacher a couple of days a week.

    Paula Willis, the new art instructor, arrived on campus Sept. 26.

    In addition to teaching art to elementary school grades, she will also be the ELP — or gifted — teacher at CKS and will be at the school on Tuesdays and Thursdays until January; she’ll be on campus on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays thereafter.

    CKS Principal Joshua Slemp is also working on including art for middle school students.

  • Potential Levy ag project still moving forward

    An agriculture-based business that would be among the five largest employers in Levy County is still part of discussions for a site in Levy County.

    Dave Pieklik, of the Nature Coast Business Development Council, reported at the County Commission meeting on Oct. 3 that the speculative establishment, which he refers to as a large-scale, agricultural project, is still moving forward in site evaluation.

  • CKS student gets top math recognition

    Cedar Key Student Emmy Lou Everidge was recognized Monday Sept. 25 as the top VMathLive student in the nation.

    VMath is an online math program (www.vmathlive.com) that allows students to move at their own pace through math topics, earning points as they progress.

    Emmy Lou accumulated 7,000 points over the course of the week for her efficiency and effectiveness in the program to lead all elementary, middle, and high school students who use the program.
     

  • Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Shellfish Trail

    The official opening of the Big Bend Shellfish Trail and ribbon cutting ceremony will be during the 48th Annual Cedar Key Seafood Festival, Oct. 21 at 1 p.m., Cedar Key City Park Pavilion. The public is invited to participate in this historic event.