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  • 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.

  • Browning seeking election

    To all my Levy County friends and family:

  • Scott Dennison announces his candidacy

    To the voters of Cedar Key, I want to express my sincere thanks to allow me to represent you on the Cedar Key City Commission the last four years. I ask for your consideration if you vote early, ballots are available now, or when you vote on May 8 at Cedar Key City Hall.

  • Gopher tortoises move slowly through ‘spring training’

    Like a baseball player stretching muscles and practicing skills during spring training, the gopher tortoise is emerging from winter dormancy and moving slowly and steadily through the landscape in search of greenery to eat and a new place to dig its burrow.

  • Community sheds blood to save lives

    The LifeSouth bloodmobile visited Cedar Key on Friday, April 13, and it was a lucky trip as the staff kept busy taking donations at Cedar Key School and City Hall.
    Bloodmobile staffer Marc Cooper tells frequent donor Jim Taylor of Cedar Key to be careful in the hours following his gift of a pint. This was Taylor's 70th donation, equivalent to 8.75 gallons.