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Local News

  • County, regional unemployment drops

    The news on local employment has not been this good for more than three years: Unemployment for the three-county region of Levy, Marion and Citrus was 10.1 percent in March.
    Last time it was that low was December 2008 when it was 10 percent.
    For Levy County the news is especially sweet as unemployment dropped from 10.1 percent in February to 9.4 percent in March. Neighboring Marion was at 10.3 and Citrus was 10.1.

  • Recycling remains on hold

    Levy County officials are still in a holding pattern waiting for the state Department of Corrections to sign off on a contract to provide inmate labor for the recycling program at the county landfill.
    County Coordinator Fred Moody said he he still waiting on the contract to come from the state to restart the inmate work crew program and the recycling program.

  • Dire year ahead for city budget

    The message out of a political forum held on Friday is that the city budget is facing a dire situation next year and the commission may have to consider cuts.
    But the question is where — will it be in jobs or services.

  • Arts Fest: Official 2012 posters, T-shirts for sale

    Make sure to get the official Old Florida Celebration of the Arts Festival poster, featuring the contest winning painting, “Sunfire”, by Robert Goodlett, available for purchase at the Old Florida Celebration of the Arts, this week.
    The limited edition poster provides residents and visitors with a special remembrance of our area and are available for $10 unframed or $20 framed all weekend at the Information Booth. T-Shirts will also be available for $18 each at the information booth and the Cedar Keyhole Co-Op, both located on Historic 2nd Street.
     

  • Winners! State FFA champs

    The Cedar Key Middle School brought home its third consecutive state FFA Aquaculture Championship on April 21 and one team member was singled out as the top finisher overall.
    Eighth grader Cheyenne Clanton led the team in overall points to become the individual state champion. Sixth grade FFA member MacKenzie Kirkbride ranked third individually in the state, just one point behind Cheyenne. A young man from Gray Middle School took home second place individual honors.

  • 2nd Street closing

       Art Festival set-up will begin at 7 p.m. Friday, April 27 along 2nd Street between State Road 24 and B Street. Please be aware this area will be closed to traffic and parking. Cars will be subject to towing at that time. The festival committee thanks the community for its support as we prepare for this annual event.

  • Look for the Arts Festival Special Section in this week's Beacon

    This week's usse of the Cedar Key Beacon has a special section inside with all the details on the Old Florida Celebration of the Arts including a listing of artists', entertainment, food and refreshment booths.

    The section is sponsored by local advertisers.

    Check it out and tell folks you "Saw it in the Cedar Key Beacon."

  • 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.