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  • Old Florida Celebration of the Arts

    This weekend, historic downtown Cedar Key will transform into a celebration of fine art. Old Florida Celebration of the Arts is marking its 48th anniversary and is one of the premier outdoor fine arts festivals in the state. Three city blocks on Historic 2nd Street will be showcasing 118 artists who specialize in a variety of mediums. Festival visitors will have the opportunity to meet these artists, sample wonderful local cuisine and enjoy live entertainment in City Park.

  • Two big outdoor events Saturday

    There are two big events Saturday that should draw Chiefland residents to the outdoors and show off our best resources.
    At 8 a.m. the Cycle for Education bicycle ride registers riders for a leisurely trip on the Greenway trail to raise money for classroom needs for the Levy County Schools Foundation. The ride ends in time for a quick lunch.

  • Desmond running for sheriff

    My name is Noel Desmond and I am a candidate for the Levy County Sheriff. Everyone would like to see a positive, upbeat campaign from candidates but a candidate must also be truthful to the voting public. With that thought in mind, allow me to say, I have been a Levy County resident for the past 32 years.
    In that time I have seen four hold this sheriff’s seat. None of them have honored the true nature of that post. Drastic changes are needed in the way our Sheriff’s Department conducts itself and its operations.

  • Browning seeking election

    To all my Levy County friends and family:

  • Scott Dennison announces his candidacy

    To the voters of Cedar Key, I want to express my sincere thanks to allow me to represent you on the Cedar Key City Commission the last four years. I ask for your consideration if you vote early, ballots are available now, or when you vote on May 8 at Cedar Key City Hall.

  • Gopher tortoises move slowly through ‘spring training’

    Like a baseball player stretching muscles and practicing skills during spring training, the gopher tortoise is emerging from winter dormancy and moving slowly and steadily through the landscape in search of greenery to eat and a new place to dig its burrow.

  • Community sheds blood to save lives

    The LifeSouth bloodmobile visited Cedar Key on Friday, April 13, and it was a lucky trip as the staff kept busy taking donations at Cedar Key School and City Hall.
    Bloodmobile staffer Marc Cooper tells frequent donor Jim Taylor of Cedar Key to be careful in the hours following his gift of a pint. This was Taylor's 70th donation, equivalent to 8.75 gallons.

  • EVERLASTING: a look at Cedar Key’s aquaculture

    On the evening of Saturday, April 14, Cedar Key had a elegant affair called “Cedar Key Everlasting”. The focus of the program was the new Cedar Key Everlasting: The Story of Shellfish and Aquaculture in Cedar Key, which is a well planned out and attractive publication.

  • Scott signs road bill

    Gov. Rick Scott signed a bill April 6 that will name three different sections of Levy County roads for residents who died in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. Now the state Department of Transportation will be creating the signs to designate the roads and setting official dedication dates.
    The bill, sponsored by state Rep. Leonard Bembry (D-Madison), was unanimously approved  by the Florida Legislature during the session that ended on March 9.
    To be honored with road designations are:

  • Novel about pain pill addiction hits home

    By MELISSA WATERS
    Special to the Beacon
    Roxy Blues is a fictional story based upon the lives of real people.  It is the story of two ordinary people who live in Cedar Key and the impact that an extremely effective pain killing medication has upon their lives. 
    Roxy Contin overtakes a husband and wife's life and becomes an addiction.  This is a novel about what could happen to any of us, writes Pierce Kelley the author, an attorney in Cedar Key.