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Today's News

  • Explorations in Art

    What happens when you combine art teachers, an assortment of art materials, and students for two hours a day for nine days? You get an explosion of creativity, learning, and exploration of art materials that generates inspired artwork.

  • 2018 Festival Design Contest

    Boats have always been an integral part of life in Cedar Key. Whether used for clamming, oystering, sport fishing, sailing the outer islands or kayaking through the mangroves, boats are an important feature of our island community. Share your take on boats in the 2018 Festival Design Contest. The theme is “What Floats Your Boat?”

    The winning artwork will be featured on t-shirts, posters, postcards and other promotional materials for the 54th Annual Spring Arts Festival in Cedar Key.

  • Gulf Hammock residents meet with county officials over EMS mapping, postal address concerns

    Citizens of the Gulf Hammock area feel like their area is falling through the cracks when it comes to locating homes for delivery or emergency services, and when it comes to the latter, they’re worried it could prove fatal.

    At the Gulf Hammock Church of God Thursday, July 13, around 30 Gulf Hammock residents met with a handful of county representatives to air out their worries over how the area is represented on mapping systems as well as how it’s handled through the postal system.

  • Caldwell courts locals in bid for Ag Commissioner

    State Rep. Matt Caldwell stopped in Chiefland Friday afternoon where he spent the day with Ken Griner on the cattle ranch, he worked with a logging crew and then went to the Suwannee Lumber in Cross City where he toured the mill to try to gain an understanding of issues they are dealing with.

    The day was part of his statewide campaign for Commissioner of Agriculture. The election is still 13 months away.

  • 31 Years and Still Sewing

    By JEAN GARDNER, Beacon Correspondent

    Cedar Key Canvas was started in 1986 by Carmen and Reed Proctor. It was first opened on Second Street in downtown Cedar Key. It has been in business for 31 years.

    The store is now located at 4051 D Street where Cedar Key Canvas offers variety of unique products that include purses, duffel bags and a bag for jumper cables.

  • What goes bump in the night in Cedar Key?

    By R. L. “Doc” Gardner

    “At low tide, along the sandy beaches of Seahorse Key, many sailors and fishermen have seen a headless figure astride a pale Palomino, keeping faithful patrol on a moonlit night.” – Debra Lyon-Dye

  • County sets preliminary rates

    Levy County set its Preliminary Annual Rate Resolutions for the Roadway Maintenance Service, Solid Waste Tax Assessments, EMS Tax Assessments and Fire Protection Services, capping the new rates at current levels or lower.

    The preliminary rates set a ceiling that the county cannot go above in the upcoming budget, which is finalized on Sept. 12.

  • Cedar Key School improves on school assessments

    The Florida Department of Education recently released its annual school grades, and Levy County’s are remarkably consistent with last year’s.

  • School Board lashes out at direction of state education

    A budget workshop held during the June 27 School Board of Levy County meeting became a catalyst for the venting of frustrations by Board members over trends in public education at the state level.

    As SBLC finance director Anna Kroll presented projections for the upcoming budget, highlighting changes under the controversial House Bill 7069, which was signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott in June, Schools Superintendent Jeff Edison and the Board recounted their objections to recent education policy.

  • Griner takes over as president of Florida Cattlemen’s Assoc.

    It’s been a bittersweet couple of months for Ken Griner.

    The Chiefland rancher recently underwent a cutting edge proton beam radiation treatment for prostate cancer, which saw him making daily trips to Jacksonville over an eight-week stretch.

    During that time, his wife, Lynetta Usher Griner, who with Ken owns and runs the family’s Usher Farm and Usher Land & Timber, Inc. in Chiefland, met with President Donald Trump and a small group of fellow agricultural leaders in Washington to discuss the state and future of the industry.