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  • Barber retires after 5.7 million meals

    When Candy Barber started working as a substitute in the  Chiefland schools lunchroom she only wanted to have a job that allowed her to be home with her children, Royce and Janet, when they were not in school.
    On Jan. 4 Barber, who estimates she has served or overseen the serving of over 5 million meals, will retire from her post as coordinator of food service for the county’s 13 schools. She is also president of the Florida School Nutrition Association.

  • Community Calendar for the week of Dec. 22


    Through December

    Cedar Key Museum State Park
    The third annual Festival of Trees event will feature a beautiful display of holiday greenery displayed by local non-profit organizations. The trees will be on display during museum hours of Thursday through Monday, 10 a.m. through 5 p.m. This event is free and visitors can vote for the favorite decorated tree. Please note there is a separate fee of $2 per person (free for children under six) to view the museum exhibits and the Whitman House. For more information, call (352) 543-5350.

  • County approves new district lines

    By LOU ELLIOTT JONES
    editor@cedarkeybeacon.com
    The municipalities of Bronson and Fanning Springs, which faced being split under a proposed redistricting plan for Levy County Commission and School Board districts, have been made whole under boundaries approved by the commission on Tuesday.

  • An apology for late delivery of CK Beacon

    Due to printing problems the Cedar Key Beacon is late reaching post boxes and news racks.

    The Post Office will be delivering the Beacon on Friday. The staff of the Beacon would like to thank the Post Office staff for their help this week.

    The newsracks will be delivered today.

    To our readers, we apologize for the inconvenience coming during Christmas week. You have our promise this will not be happening in the future.

    May you have a Joyous Christmas.

  • Merry Christmas

    Children wait eagerly on the dock for Santa Clam and his helpers to disembark from the airboat that delivered him to the City Dock in Cedar Key on Saturday during the island town’s Christmas celebration. Once his clammer’s boots touched land, Santa Clam proceeded to a specially decorated picnic pavilion in City Park to hear children's wish lists.

  • Conservation Corner: Grants for weatherization assistance still available

    For the past two years the Energy Advisory Panel has been promoting the Weatherization Assistance Program. The mission of the program is to reduce the monthly energy burden on low-income households by improving the energy efficiency of their home. The program is funded by the U. S. Department of Energy and is administered by the Central Florida Community Action Agency, Inc. This is a really good program for several reasons; energy savings, pollution reduction and it helps our neighbors that are economically challenged.

  • Cedar Key FFA has strong showing in leadership contest

    By MacKenzie Kirkbride
    FFA Middle School Reporter

    Levy County’s four powerhouse FFA schools met last Tuesday, Dec. 6 at the First United Methodist Church in Williston to compete in the first level of the FFA leadership contests.
    The contests were Prepared Public Speaking, Extemporaneous Public Speaking, Opening and Closing Ceremonies, Creed Speaking and Parliamentary Procedure. These contests are considered by many as the most prestigious contests in FFA.

  • Lighthouse to get facelift

       A check from the Florida Lighthouse Association was presented to the University of Florida Seahorse Key Marine Laboratory for repairs and maintenance of the historic Cedar Key Light Station on Seahorse Key on Dec. 9 in Gainesville. The check will be matched by the University of Florida, providing a total of $30,786 for the work. The lighthouse is used by the University of Florida for lodging in connection with its research and education programs at the Seahorse Key Marine Laboratory. 

  • Light station opens for holiday season

    It took about half an hour for the small fiberglass tour boat to make it from the oyster-encrusted dock at Cedar Key to the small island known as Seahorse Key.
    About a dozen passengers, clad in windbreakers and lap blankets, sat quietly, bobbing in unison with the gray waves of low tide. An osprey, clutching a fish in its talons, watched the boat from the channel marker it was using as a perch.

  • Services for CK soldier Saturday

    Funeral services for Spc. Ryan Lumley, 21, who died Dec. 3 in Mosul, Afghanistan,  will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at Heath Funeral Chapel in Lakeland with burial to follow at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell.
    He was one of three soldiers who died of injuries caused by the blast of an improvised explosive device.  All — Lumley, Sgt. First Class Clark A. Corley Jr., and Spc. Thomas J. Mayberry — were assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division.