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  • March events at the library

    Pre-school Storytime
    These programs use books and music to present the young children with the concept that books, reading and libraries are fun and enjoyed at all ages.  The programs last 30 minutes.
     • A.F. Knotts Public Library - Yankeetown: March 20 @ 3 p.m. - The Color Green Theme
     • Bronson Public Library: March 26 @ 10:30 a.m. - The Color Green
     • Luther Callaway Public Library - Chiefland: March 19 @ 11 a.m. - St. Patrick’s Day Theme

  • Cedar Key Girl Scouts celebrate 100th anniversary

    By Molly Beckham-Cowart
    Girl Scouts across the nation have much to celebrate this week. March 11-17 is National Girl Scout Week.
    This year is not any regular anniversary though, March 12 marks the 100th anniversary of the official birth of Girl Scouting in the United States. The Girl Scouts of America organization was founded in 1912, in Savannah, GA by Juliette Gordan Low, or “Crazy Daisy” as she was affectionately called by friends.

  • Building a bridge to peace

    Three dozen Cedar Key participants along with visitors from as far away as Nepal, observed International Women's Day on March 8 at the Dock in Cedar Key. The event was held to raise awareness about women for Women International and International Women’s Day,  and Cedar Key women joined others worldwide to create a Bridge to Peace. In support of women whose daily acts of valor counteract daily acts of violence, the group made its stand for peace and equality.

  • Author charms audience

    “Did someone tell you there was free liquor and guns here?”
    It’s not a bad question to be posed to an overflow crowd by a man who has spent his life living and chronicling the Florida way of life.
    With that opening, Jeff Klinkenberg had the audience hooked. Klinkenburg, whose work appears most Sundays in the Tampa Bay Times (formerly St. Pete Times) newspaper, has published several books on Florida’s interesting, unique and weird characters , animals and places.

  • Watch your step, new sidewalks coming

    Residents and visitors are advised by the Cedar Key Public Works Department to be aware that construction of new sidewalks is underway in the following areas:
    • At the intersection of 1st Street and D Street heading west along the south side of the right-of-way (ROW) of 1st Street to the intersection of 1st Street and G Street
    • At the intersection of 1st Street and G Street heading north along the west side ROW of G Street to the intersection of 4th Street and G Street

  • Woman’s Club Fashion Show set

    The Cedar Key Woman’s Club will present its Fashion Show and Luncheon on Thursday, March 15. This annual event has become the hit of the town in the past few seasons. Featuring Cedar Key models with fashions coordinated by Nancy Stephens from Déjà Vu on Second Street, the entertainment value is worth the price of the ticket.

  • Community Calendar for the week of March 8

    Saturday
    Annual Spring Plant Sale
    The Cedar Key Garden Club’s Annual Spring Plant Sale will be held by City Hall on C Street on March 10 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will have a large variety of native plants to choose from.

    Auditions held for SVP

  • Hunt to head new sheriff’s Ag/Marine unit

    Levy County Sheriff’s Lt. Shawn Hunt has been named to the first Agriculture/Marine Unit in the department.
    Citizens have never had a full-time Ag/Marine Investigator to work with farmers, timber business owners and clam farms in Cedar Key.  The duties will consist of investigating any Ag-related crimes, educating the farmers by giving crime prevention tips and community policing

  • Wild about wildlife

    By Patty Roesch
    Special to the Beacon
    The Cedar Key Arts Center held a Salute to Wildlife March 3. From 5-7 p.m. guests explored the exhibit sipping happily on wine and enjoying the food.
    In appreciation of the Suwanne Refuge, the art was to feature the area. Ann Kamzelski and Jack Murphy were among the artists with work on display.
    Kamzalski is a digital photographer. Armed with her camera and Photoshop, she creates images that keep the viewer wondering.

  • Update on Ellzey wildfire: contained

        A wildfire that started yesterday, burning 225 acres near Ellzey has been about 60 percent contained, according to Florida Forest Service Fire Mitigation Specialist Ludie Bond.
        Bond said nobody was hurt in the blaze that started at about 3 p.m. on the west side of C.R. 336, about halfway between S.R. 24 and C.R. 330.  No homes were threatened by the fire, now named the Cannon Road Fire, she said, though a farmer's tractor was destroyed.