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  • Cedar Key FFA has strong showing in leadership contest

    By MacKenzie Kirkbride
    FFA Middle School Reporter

    Levy County’s four powerhouse FFA schools met last Tuesday, Dec. 6 at the First United Methodist Church in Williston to compete in the first level of the FFA leadership contests.
    The contests were Prepared Public Speaking, Extemporaneous Public Speaking, Opening and Closing Ceremonies, Creed Speaking and Parliamentary Procedure. These contests are considered by many as the most prestigious contests in FFA.

  • Lighthouse to get facelift

       A check from the Florida Lighthouse Association was presented to the University of Florida Seahorse Key Marine Laboratory for repairs and maintenance of the historic Cedar Key Light Station on Seahorse Key on Dec. 9 in Gainesville. The check will be matched by the University of Florida, providing a total of $30,786 for the work. The lighthouse is used by the University of Florida for lodging in connection with its research and education programs at the Seahorse Key Marine Laboratory. 

  • Light station opens for holiday season

    It took about half an hour for the small fiberglass tour boat to make it from the oyster-encrusted dock at Cedar Key to the small island known as Seahorse Key.
    About a dozen passengers, clad in windbreakers and lap blankets, sat quietly, bobbing in unison with the gray waves of low tide. An osprey, clutching a fish in its talons, watched the boat from the channel marker it was using as a perch.

  • Services for CK soldier Saturday

    Funeral services for Spc. Ryan Lumley, 21, who died Dec. 3 in Mosul, Afghanistan,  will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at Heath Funeral Chapel in Lakeland with burial to follow at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell.
    He was one of three soldiers who died of injuries caused by the blast of an improvised explosive device.  All — Lumley, Sgt. First Class Clark A. Corley Jr., and Spc. Thomas J. Mayberry — were assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division.

  • Donate blood on Friday

     

  • 15 bags of garbage collected

     The Cedar Key Lions Club recently conducted a highway trash pick-up along two miles of Rt 24 leading into Cedar Key. The club had a record 13 members and volunteers participate, collecting 15 bags of trash, construction debris and stray styrofoam coolers. Pictured from left are: Ralph Selby, Joan Selby, George Sresovich, Dale Register, Sarah Cardona, Judy Duvall, Paula Wescott, Teri Brennan, Lannie Cardona, Frank Molitor and Susan Hollandsworth.  Not pictured are Pete Petrie and Rory Brennan.

  • Locals volunteer to keep Suwannee clean

     By TONI COLLINS

  • Chamber honors citizens, members

     The Cedar Key Chamber of Commerce held its 2011 Annual meeting, presented annual awards and installed a new slate of officers for next year at a gathering of more than 40 members and guests at the Cedar Key Library Conference Room on Dec. 1.

  • Cedar Key soldier dies in Afghanistan

    Army Pfc. Ryan Lumley, of Cedar Key,  has reportedly died this weekend as the result of a roadside bomb in Afghanistan.

  • Couple rescued from sailboat taking on water

    CLEARWATER — A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk rescue helicopter crew rescued an elderly couple and their dog off their vessel while it was taking on water approximately 50-miles west of Cedar Key, Fla., Friday afternoon.

    Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg watchstanders were notified at 7:20 a.m. Friday by the Captain of the Splash of Lime, 59-foot pleasure craft, reporting his vessel was taking on water and he was unable to control it.