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Local News

  • Shark News for March 22

    Students and Healthy Eating

    Taryn Epperson and Montana Beckham
    Shark Correspondents
    The Florida Department of Agriculture has asked students to participate in the annual poster decorating project.

  • Cedar Key Woman’s Club does it again

    By Eileen Senecal
    The Cedar Key Woman’s Club held its Annual Luncheon & Fashion Show on March 15, entertaining over 150 women.  The ladies just can’t be beat with their efforts to support local charities and raise funds for the scholarship for a Cedar Key young lady graduate.  

  • Shell cities of the Gulf

    By Pam Darty
    Refuge Ranger
    Colorful flyers seen all over town brought a record crowd to the Cedar Key Library for the third presentation by Dr. Kenneth Sassaman.
    The University of Florida archaeologist has been working on the 30 coastal miles of the Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge and the thirteen islands of the Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge for the past three years, so nearly half of the standing-room-only audience had returned for the most recent findings.

  • Swallow-tailed Kite comes out for the latest research

    By Pam Darty
    Refuge Ranger
    When the crowd gathered at the Cedar Key Library Thursday evening, they didn’t expect a great surprise. The Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge was hosting a talk on the latest research on swallow-tailed Kites.  As birders were arriving for Dr. Ken Meyer’s presentation, Dr. Dawn Miller, Gainesville veterinarian and certified wildlife rehabilitator, came in the door carrying a magnificent swallow-tail.

  • Beachgoers asked to help monitor horseshoe crabs

    As spring arrives, horseshoe crabs converge along sandy beaches throughout the state to mate. Biologists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) are asking the public for help pinpointing the sites where these horseshoe crabs spawn.
    Beachgoers are likely to have the best luck spotting mating horseshoe crabs around high tide, just before, during or after a full or new moon. The conditions around the new moon tonight and the full moon on April 6 will create ideal opportunities to view the spawning behavior of horseshoe crabs.

  • Cedar Key School honored for its recycling efforts

    Cedar Key School was recognized Friday by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection for outstanding efforts in 2011 to promote recycling.
    Cedar Key students, collecting about 550 pledges to recycle in FDEP’s staterwide K-12 Recycling Pledge Card Contest, pushed their school to the top three in the state.

  • Spring break frolic

    Spring break is in the air – at least for these vactioners at the Cedar Key Beach last Thursday. Levy County schools are on spring break starting Monday so the beach should be busy all week.

  • Cedar Key takes fourth at meet

    The Cedar Key School track team was among teams from seven schools that participated in the 21st Suwannee Invitational Track Meet in Live Oak on March 10.  Host Suwannee High took first place while Branford High came in second, Columbia High was third and Cedar Key was fourth.
    Brooke Allen, a 10th grade student, took first place in the high jump with 1.5 meters, while Jemima Cahours came in 7th with 1.27 meters.
    Lauren Batholemy took second place in pole vault with 2.13 meters. Chloe Reynolds took second in the triple jump with 8.68 meters.

  • CONSERVATION CORNER: Petroleum and us

    Petroleum has been in the news lately, oil spills, new lands being leased for oil exploration and what effects all of us the most - the price of gasoline.

  • Unlock mysteries of the past during Florida Archaeology Month

    By PAM DARTY
    Special to the Beacon
    To celebrate Florida Archaeology Month the Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) will host four distinguished archaeologists and two Ranger-led walks at the Shell Mound archaeological site near Cedar Key.
    All activities are free.