Local News

  • Men will take back commission

    It was time to say farewell to the first female-dominated Cedar Key City Commission when it met on April 21 when it took note of the departure of two female members.

    Commissioners Nettie Hodges and Tina Ryan, who misssed the meeting, are not seeking election to their seats and the new members will take office immediately after the May 7 city elections.

    Hodges, who was named to her late husband Gene Hodges' seat, was teary eyed after her fellow commissioners saluted her service.

  • Donations needed for July 4 fireworks

    The city has agreed to be a collection point for donations to the July 4 fireworks show which will need $12,000.

    Lisa Valen, executive director of the Greater Cedar Key Chamber of Commerce, said Cindy Bonish has decided the Chamber should take the lead in obtaining donations. Bonish, co-owner of the Low Key Hideway and Tiki Bar, has led the drives to collect enough money for the city to put on the annual show after the Chamber and the City bowed out of the job and the annual July 4 Clamerica celebration ended.

  • Rotary reels in big fish

    The Chiefland Rotary Club held its 11th Annual Fishing Tournament in Cedar Key on Saturday, May 2, and according to club President Rob Alexander it may be the best one yet for the club.

    The tournament was held earlier than usual to take advantage of good tides and the effects of the full moon. No one counted on the cool, windy weather that showed up uninvited.

    There were 29 boats registered to sail out at first light after undergoing safety inspections by FWC officers. And 17 vessels checked in with fish by 4 p.m.

  • Colson, Topping take council seats

    Incumbent City Commissioner Sue Colson won re-election by a landslide in Tuesday’s city elections, and political newcomer Diana Beckham Topping won her first political run.

    Colson, a health care worker and environmentalist, received 206 votes while her opponent businessman John Blouse received 70 in their race. Topping, a businesswoman whose family has deep roots in the community, received 154 votes to restauranter Jamie Griffin’s 116. 

  • Shining a light on volunteers

    Of all the natural beauty of the nature coast, the Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge is one of the most striking. Its thirteen islands, the bird rookeries, the lavender sunsets, and the highest point in the Gulf, the Pleistocene dune shaped like a seahorse, all intrigue us.

  • We can only hope to be like them

    Each fall our community grows leaps and bounds from the arrival of snowbirds from cold, snowy states to the sunny skies offered by the nature coast. So many visitors come to discover this lovely old Florida setting and end up not being able to move on, they move in.

  • Rotary fishing tournament Saturday

    The Chiefland Rotary Club's 11th Annual Fishing Tournament in Cedar Key is happening a few weeks earlier than usual, but that does not mean that the event is not better than ever.

    The event is one of the biggest fundraisers for the Rotarians, providing money for two college scholarships for graduating Chiefland seniors and funds for the service club's projects at the local, state and international levels.

    Anglers have the opportunity to hook a big cash prize from the pot that can go up to $7,500 if 100 boats and crews enter.

  • Candidate forum well attended

    A candidates forum at the Cedar Key Pubic Library on April 23 was well attended and drew three of four candidates running in two races in the May 7 city elections.

    It was a well mannered event with each candidate stating their case to be chosen to lead the island as Molly Jublitz, moderrator for the event sponsored by the Cedar Key News , posed questions provided by the non-profit group and members of the audience.

  • McDaniels named Volunteer of the Year

    April is Volunteer Appreciation Month for federal land management agencies across the nation. Lower Suwannee and Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge want to draw attention to the inspiring citizens who “give back” out of the goodness of their hearts.

  • Survivor: How one bank weathered the Cedar Key storms

    The survival of the Cedar Key State Bank, now a branch of Drummond Community Bank, has been threatened many times throughout its 103 year history.

    That history and the survival of the bank was the subject of an “off the cuff” discussion by Dr. Johnny Andrews and Luther Drummond, CEO and Chairman of Drummond Community Bank, last Thursday at the Cedar Key Historical Society's last morning coffee meeting of the year.