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  • County approves spay, neuter trial program for ‘community cats’

    Levy County Animal Services euthanizes around half of the feral cats that are brought in.

    After department officials recently met with animal rescue groups at a no-kill summit in Gainesville, the county may have a solution that could help tackle the high rate of cat euthanasias.

  • County extends moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries; seeks ban ordinance

    The Levy County Commission voted unanimously Nov. 21 to extend by three months its moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries in unincorporated areas of the county.

    The motion for the extended moratorium was offered by Rock Meeks and seconded by Matt Brooks. It passed 5-0.

  • Levy to get air medical service in 2018

    PHI Air Medical, a medical air service company, was granted a certification by the Levy County Board of County Commissioners Nov. 7 to open an air ambulance service in Levy County.

    The BOCC approved a required Certification of Public Convenience and Necessity after hearing from PHI Air Medical regional director Sean O’Neal and Levy County Department of Public Safety director Mitch Harrell as well as medical director Dr. Charles Wayne, of UF Shands.

  • CKS gym gets shiny touch-up

    By Anna Lavoie-Ingram, CKS journalism class

    David Sweet and George Douglas from the Levy County School Board were at Cedar Key School last week to repaint and touch-up the bright purple waves and shiny yellow pride on the gymnasium walls.

    While painting, these guys crack jokes, laughed, and clearly enjoyed what they are doing.

    David and George said they come to CKS every five years with three gallons of yellow paint and 10 gallons of purple, then spend six to seven days painting the gym.

  • Pumpkin pickup

    CKS offers many thanks to the Cedar Key United Methodist Church for once again making the Pumpkin Patch happen for the little Sharks!

    Every year just before Halloween, volunteers at the church are waiting to help the elementary students select a pumpkin and complete an arts and crafts project.

    Mrs. Shewey's first graders – shown in the photo – were among those who made the trek this year.

  • Cedar Key Community Garden stands as tribute to City’s unique charm

    The Cedar Key Community Garden, located on 2nd Street by the Island Hotel, recently had a Fall cleanup doing the usual garden maintenance activities.

    Things like renewing the mulch around the beds, pruning vegetation, putting more compost in beds that had settled. The communal transplant bed was planted with seed for cool weather crops like lettuce, spinach, kale, chard, beets, collards, etc.

    In about three weeks, all the garden members will then share the transplants, which will shorten the time to harvest. We got a lot done.

  • CKS first-quarter honor roll

    Congratulations to the hardworking Shark scholars who made the All-A or All-A/B honor rolls for the first nine weeks of school.

    Grade 6, All A’s – Kaylie Lauer; Alyssa McCain. Grade 6, A/B – Brianna Dolan; Adriana Girlder; Anna Keller; Lori Moser; Justice Winfield.

    Grade 7, All A’s – Kendall Bailey; Alexis Crum. Grade 7, A/B – Garrett Campbell; Allie Collins; Audrey Collins; Alessio DiBari; Baylie Doty; Tori Fisher; Tamela Greenhaw; Tanner Parks; Haiden Simpson.

  • Register for fall workshops

    The Cedar Key Arts Center’s Fall Workshops are now open for registration. Everyone is welcome to attend and you do not need to be a CKAC member. You can register at the Cedar Keyhole or by contacting the workshop instructor directly. For more information go to CedarKeyArtsCenter.org.

    November workshops include:

  • Lone Cabbage Key restoration planned

    By Rebecca Gallagher
    Beacon Correspondent

    UF/IFAS held a forum Oct. 26 to discuss a project to restore an oyster reef known as Lone Cabbage Key. The project is a collaborative effort with U.S. Fish and Wildlife, Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the University of Florida.

  • 2017 Seafood Festival Parade Provides Fun for All

    By Lion Steve Rosenthal, Parade Committee Chairman

    The 2017 Cedar Key Seafood Festival kicked off Saturday morning with one of its perennial favorites - the Parade down First Street and Dock Street.