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Local News

  • Boat parade: bigger and brighter

    By LESLIE STURMER
    Special to the Citizen

    This was the third year the Cedar Key Aquaculture Association hosted a Christmas boat parade held in conjunction with Community Night in the Park on December 17.
    “Although the number of entries was the same as last year, the crowds more than doubled,” reported Rose Cantwell, who organized the event.  

  • Medicare answers available

    If you have questions about options for Medicare, Medicare/Medicaid, Disability, Supplemental Insurance, Part D Prescription Drug Plans, or Medicare billings, there is a place to go for answers.
    Visit a SHINE volunteer and get the answers. SHINE is a program with the Florida Department of Elder Affairs for one-on-one counseling.  SHINE provides free, unbiased and confidential assistance by trained volunteers.  If you cannot come to a site call the Elder Helpline at 1-800-262-2243.
    SHINE volunteers will be available:

  • Cedar Key Welcome Center announces holiday hours

    The Cedar Key Chamber of Commerce Welcome Center will be closed during the Christmas holiday from Friday, Dec. 23 through Sunday, Dec. 25.
    We will resume normal business hours on Monday Dec. 26.
     

  • Schools foundation gala moves to January

    The Levy County Schools Foundation will host its annual STARS Gala on Saturday, Jan. 28 at 6 p.m., doors open at 5:30 p.m. at Chiefland Elementary School.   
    STARS — Students, Teachers, and Respected Supporters - Gala was formerly known as the Superintendent’s Gala and is the non-profit Foundation’s premier fundraising event.  

  • Barber retires after 5.7 million meals

    When Candy Barber started working as a substitute in the  Chiefland schools lunchroom she only wanted to have a job that allowed her to be home with her children, Royce and Janet, when they were not in school.
    On Jan. 4 Barber, who estimates she has served or overseen the serving of over 5 million meals, will retire from her post as coordinator of food service for the county’s 13 schools. She is also president of the Florida School Nutrition Association.

  • Community Calendar for the week of Dec. 22


    Through December

    Cedar Key Museum State Park
    The third annual Festival of Trees event will feature a beautiful display of holiday greenery displayed by local non-profit organizations. The trees will be on display during museum hours of Thursday through Monday, 10 a.m. through 5 p.m. This event is free and visitors can vote for the favorite decorated tree. Please note there is a separate fee of $2 per person (free for children under six) to view the museum exhibits and the Whitman House. For more information, call (352) 543-5350.

  • County approves new district lines

    By LOU ELLIOTT JONES
    editor@cedarkeybeacon.com
    The municipalities of Bronson and Fanning Springs, which faced being split under a proposed redistricting plan for Levy County Commission and School Board districts, have been made whole under boundaries approved by the commission on Tuesday.

  • An apology for late delivery of CK Beacon

    Due to printing problems the Cedar Key Beacon is late reaching post boxes and news racks.

    The Post Office will be delivering the Beacon on Friday. The staff of the Beacon would like to thank the Post Office staff for their help this week.

    The newsracks will be delivered today.

    To our readers, we apologize for the inconvenience coming during Christmas week. You have our promise this will not be happening in the future.

    May you have a Joyous Christmas.

  • Merry Christmas

    Children wait eagerly on the dock for Santa Clam and his helpers to disembark from the airboat that delivered him to the City Dock in Cedar Key on Saturday during the island town’s Christmas celebration. Once his clammer’s boots touched land, Santa Clam proceeded to a specially decorated picnic pavilion in City Park to hear children's wish lists.

  • Conservation Corner: Grants for weatherization assistance still available

    For the past two years the Energy Advisory Panel has been promoting the Weatherization Assistance Program. The mission of the program is to reduce the monthly energy burden on low-income households by improving the energy efficiency of their home. The program is funded by the U. S. Department of Energy and is administered by the Central Florida Community Action Agency, Inc. This is a really good program for several reasons; energy savings, pollution reduction and it helps our neighbors that are economically challenged.