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  • Dr. Francis "Jack" Putz, Dr. Jane Brockman to present lectures at CK Library

    Dr. Francis "Jack" Putz is scheduled to speak Thursday at 5 p.m. The topic of his lecture "Coastal Ecosystem Change in Florida.”

    Dr. Putz is a professor of conservation biology at the University of Florida. He was mentioned by environmental writer Heather Dewar in her talk in January. She talked about Dr. Putz's work near our coastline, specifically about the receding forests along the coastline near Yankeetown, as described in a short article available for reading at the library circulation desk.

  • Winners of the Wings Open Art Show Judging

    Feb. 4, was a big night for the local art community in Cedar Key as they came together to celebrate all the wonderful creations on display for the Wings Open Art Show.

    The big winner of the night the photograph titled: “Wing Preen,” by local nature photographer, Frank Morgan. The photo of a brilliant white Great Egret emerging out of near blackness is stunning. Frank was awarded first place for this photo. He also was awarded an Honorable Mention for another photograph of two “complaining” bluebirds.

  • Search continues off Cedar Key for missing plane, passengers

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) continue to search for a missing plane and two of its passengers south of Cedar Key after the body of the pilot, 65-year-old Jasper Jerrels, was found Tuesday.

    Jerrels, his fiancé Hue Singletary, and Jerrels' 17-year-old son were aboard a single-engine plane that left Brooksville Sunday morning headed for Cedar Key.

  • Artist of the month Virginia Stevenson dazzles with fabric

    The February Artist of the Month at the Cedar Keyhole is Virginia Stevenson. Virginia is a textile artist who specializes in colorful dyed and painted silk. She makes scarves, tunics, skirts and blouses from her dyed and painted silk.

    Additionally, Virginia makes both large and humongous banners of silk and her silk quilts are works of art.

  • Straight from the horse's mouth

    The Cedar Key Middle FFA Chapter is making a statement in the horse-judging world. For the second year in a row the middle school chapter placed in the top 10 in the state, tying for 9th place.

    This year’s contest had close to 40 competing teams, judging two classes
    of standard bred horses, one class of Morgan horses, a warm blood class and completing a 100 item skill-a-thon.

  • Cedar Key Publc Library lecture series

    There will be several short closures of the building between now and the end of our "season," due to construction aspects of the rebuilding process and for our scheduled inventory. These closures will be announced as soon as definite dates are established. We have no phone service into the library at present, but we're working on getting this fixed. Please feel free to email me if you have questions or concerns. All library programs are free and open to the public.

    Cedar Key Public Library Winter lecture series 2017

  • The magic behind the mural

    Last summer, Darlene & Bryon Skarupski, owners of The Market at Cedar Key, decided it was time to redo the historic Native Indian mural that had been welcoming visitors there for over 15 years.

    They hired Travis Parks, who had done a number of recent murals in Cedar Key, in addition to being one of the artists that painted the existing mural, and prep-work began.

  • Arts Center to open new show Feb. 4

    A public art opening for Wings and Lois Benninghoff’s Mixed Mediums Show opens Feb. 4, with a reception from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public. Appetizers, drinks and conversation will be available to all.

    Come share a little time with the art community of Cedar Key and enjoy all of the art produced by the community for the annual Open Art Show.

    This year the theme is “Wings.” It is fun to see what people create that shows their personal interpretation of the theme.

  • Davis begins role as editor of newspaper

    David Davis is the new editor for the Chiefland Citizen and the Cedar Key Beacon. Citizen General Manager Dale Bowen made the announcement Feb. 2.

    “David has vast experience in the journalism field and an excellent understanding of community newspapers,” Bowen said. “We are excited to have David on the team, I know the community will appreciate his improvements to the newspapers.”

  • 1842 Daily Grind reopens in Cedar Key

    Terry Williams and Martin Kemp were emotionally devastated. Their business was just simply devastated in late September 2015 by Hurricane Hermine, but with the passage of time and hard work, the two men healed their damaged emotions and their destroyed business.

    So, it was with a shared sense of excitement on the morning of Jan. 26, when they left home to open their small coffee shop and restaurant for what was essentially, their third grand opening within the past six months.