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  • Anglers: FWC needs data on red snapper

    By filling out a survey card or making a phone call, anglers can provide Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) biologists valuable information about red snapper and other reef fish.
    Biologists distribute survey cards year-round to anglers along the Gulf coast, to gather information about fishing trips targeting red snapper.

  • Chiefland man arrested in Cedar Key burglaries

    Cedar Key police were kept on the run Memorial Day weekend when two people — an 18-year-old man and a juvenile — from Chiefland broke into several cars and at least one, possibly two homes in the Paroda, Whiddon and Shellcrest avenues area.
    But the thefts are on the way to being solved with the arrest of one person and the search for a second person — a juvenile, said Police Chief Virgil Sandlin.

  • Shark News for the week of June 7

    Kindergarten graduation: Class of 2024

    By Lauren Bartholemy
    Shark Correspondent

  • Cedar Key: food for thought

    By Eileen Bowers
    I was settin’ at this restaurant
    When the waiter came up and said, “What do you want?”
    I looked at the menu — it looked so nice.
    Till he said, “Let me give you some advice.”
    He said, “Spaghetti and potatoes got too much starch,
    Pork chops and sausage are bad for your heart.
    There’s hormones in chicken and beef and veal,
    Bowl of ravioli is a dead man’s meal.
    Bread’s got preservatives, there’s nitrates in ham,

  • Political forum introduces voters to candidates

    By LOU ELLIOTT JONES
    editor@cedarkeybeacon.com
    Four candidates — two for Levy County Court judge and two for Levy County Supervisor of Elections — made their introductions to about 35 Cedar Key residents at a political forum sponsored by the Cedar Key Lions Club last week at the Cedar Key Community Center.
    Dale Register, president of the Lions, introduced the candidates — incumbent James T. “Tim” Browning and challenger Cyndee Munkittrick for Levy County Court judge, and Tammy Jones and Brooke Ward for supervisor of elections.

  • Allen, Kirkbride bring home state FFA award

    Ashlyn Allen and MacKenzie Kirkbride are the newest members of the Cedar Key FFA chapter to bring home a state champion FFA trophy.
    The dynamic duo earned first place state honors in the Marketing Division of the FFA Ornamental Horticulture Demonstration contest. The state OH Demo contest was held at the University of Florida last month.

  • CK dolphins noted for feeding behavior

    Researchers from the University of Massachusetts say there’s something special about Cedar Key dolphins.
    “They have unique feeding behaviors not seen anywhere else in the world,” said PhD candidate Stefanie Gazda in a phone interview Friday.
    Gazda heads up the Cedar Key Dolphin Project, a program that operates in the area for a few short weeks each year aimed at a better understanding the creatures and the environment they live in.

  • Cedar Key School’s Class of 2012

    Front row, from left: Jessi Robinson, Claire Brown, Courtney Daniel, Miranda Fanelli, Caroline George, Jenny Bierman and Miranda Haire. Back row, from left: Stephen Bainbridge, Gary Spain-McIntyre, Brandon Register and Steven Smith. More scenes from Cedar Key’s graduation can be found on Pages 8 & 9.

  • Cedar Key and community praised in hurricane exercise

    At 55 miles per hour, the wind is strong enough to tear down power lines, tree branches and material from homes and businesses. The debris is blocking access along key roads into the city. Homes have flooded. Power and utilities are out. People are taking shelter in schools. Looters have hit several homes, and emergency workers— police, fire and EMS—even if they could get inside the city, are not allowed to be out in such high winds.
    This was the scenario presented at the Cedar Key Community Center May 24 as part of a hurricane tabletop exercise.

  • Shark News for May 31

    Farewell banquet brings
    fond memories

    By Sarah Bartholemy
    Shark Correspondent
    “The Junior/Senior Banquet went out with a bang!” said Junior Class Vice President, Chloe Reynolds. The event took place at Cedar Key’s very own Island Room, beginning with a house salad followed by the main course of shrimp scampi, pork or chicken and vegetables.