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  • Busy time for the coast guard on the gulf coast

    The Coast Guard rescued two people Saturday from a Sea Tow boat 26 miles west of Cedar Key. 

    At 11:04 p.m. Friday watch standers from Sector St. Petersburg received a mayday call via VHF-FM marine band radio channel 16 from a man aboard a Sea Tow boat stating he was beset by weather, his tow line to a 33-foot fishing boat broke, and he was in need of emergency assistance.

  • He is risen, risen indeed!

    Christians gathered Easter morning on the shore of the Gulf of Mexico at Cedar Key for a sunrise worship service. Pastors from the First Baptist Church, Christ Episcopal Church, Cedar Key United Methodist Church and Rosewood Baptist Church participated in the celebration.

  • $20 can go a long way

    The picture tells a remarkable story. Many Cedar Key residents believe all the food distributed through the local food pantry is donated, but that is not true. Most of the food is purchased through the Bread of the Mighty Food Bank in Gainesville, although at a greatly reduced price.

  • Local writer wins state competition

    Cedar Key writer Susan Roquemore placed first in the short story category for the General Federation of Woman’s Clubs-Florida creative writing contest for the year 2016.

    Her short story, “An Unholy Baptism” is a humorous look at a not-so-funny hiking experience in the north Florida woods. She and her hiking buddy, Joan Hobson, of Clermont, were mapping sections of the Florida Trail when they met an unexpected challenge crossing Econfina Creek. 

  • Old Florida Celebration of the Arts 2017 Award Winners

    Best of Show: Michael Everett, Drawing Booth 27, Palatka

    Best 2D: Bruce Ferguson, Painting Booth 24, Hernando Beach

    Best 3D: Jean Yao, Fiber Booth 84, Ft. Lauderdale

    Award of Excellence: Marc Aune, Jewelry Booth 18

    Award of Excellence: Susan Dauphinee, Painting Booth 72

    Award of Excellence: Adam Pourciau, Ceramics Booth 107A

    Award of Creativity: Greg Mangum, Jewelry Booth 59

  • Cedar Key native awarded prestigious honor in Coast Guard

    Cedar Key native Chelsea Colson was awarded Enlisted Person of the Year this month for the Eighth Coast Guard District in New Orleans.

    Colson, a Petty Officer Third Class, works as a storekeeper at Coast Guard Marine Safety and Security Team.

  • Birdies for books

    Sue Wooley, the president of the Friends of the Cedar Key Library, was stunned last year at the size of the donation to the library from the first-ever Cedar Key Open charity golf event.

    Last Wednesday, the Chiefland Golf and Country Club and the Big Deck Raw Bar hosted the second edition of the Open, and the amount of funds raised was doubled from the previous year.

    “I was nearly speechless,” Wooley said. “And you can ask my husband, that’s a rarity.”

  • Commissioners approve change order to Marina Improvements Project

    By Jennifer Davis

    Citizen Correspondent

    Cedar Key city commissioners approved a change order to the Marina Improvements Project during its Feb. 7 meeting.

    Commissioners approved a change order request by Gray Construction Services Inc., regarding the contract for the Marina Improvements Project. The change increased the cost from $222,550 to $235,669, a difference of $13,119.

  • Be an Old Florida Celebration of the Arts Purchase Award Patron

    The 53rd Annual Spring Arts Festival in Cedar Key is just six weeks away and the Old Florida Celebration of the Arts Committee is hopeful you will become a patron this year. The festival is April 8, 9 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

    Here are some are answers to some frequently asked questions about the program.

  • New sculpture at the Cedar Key Arts Center

    Thanks to the generosity of longtime residents Earl and Dorothy Starnes the stairs to the new addition are now adorned with an inspiring sculpture depicting sea gulls in flight. This graceful 8-by-4 foot bronze sculpture was created by Rolf Carl Nyberg and purchased in the 1960s by the Starnes.