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Today's News

  • Antique Beetle Cat at "small boat weekend"

    Lonnie Black, of Avon Park, took his antique 12-foot fiberglass Beetle Cat to the “small boat weekend” May 6 in Cedar Key though he opted not to put it in the water because of the high wind and his sail was getting old.

    “This boat was built in 1947. This is [one of] the first production fiberglass sailboats ever built,” he said. “This boat is out of the first run of boats built by Carl Beetle. He called it a Beetle Boat Swan.”

  • Cedar Key FFA collecting bottles of water or eye drops to benefit firefighters.

    The Cedar Key FFA is hosting a bottled water and eye drop drive for the firefighters that have been tirelessly working on our wildfires in both south and north Florida. If you are interested in donating bottled water or eye drops to the men and women putting their lives on the line to protect homes, property, and families please drop off goods at Cedar Key School and the FFA will pick them up.

  • Setting sail in Cedar Key

    There has never been an organization, no plans or no program for the annual “small boat weekend” in Cedar Key, but this past weekend marked 33 years that small boat sailors have trailered their boats to Cedar Key for a weekend of sailing on the Gulf.

    Hugh Horton, of Cedar Key, said it is never clear how many boats show up, but there were 130 people at the dinner Saturday evening. He estimated about 80 boats were under sail this weekend, which is slightly less than previous estimates of 100.

  • Cedar Key produces trio of medalists at track state championships

    Cedar Key senior Ashlyn Allen slightly bettered her shot put throw that won her a regional championship to finish third in the state in Class 1A last Friday in the Florida High School Track and Field Finals at IMG Academy in Bradenton.

    The school record-holder, who has signed to play softball at St. Petersburg College, posted a 36-foot, ¾-inch toss, beating out the fourth-place throw by fractions of a quarter inch to earn the bronze medal.

  • Cedar Key Lions Club inducts new members

    The April 25 Lions Club meeting was a milestone in Club history when five new members, all from the community, were inducted as members of Lions Clubs International.

    Lions Frank Wellinger, Maureen Dragonetti, Greg Harrington, Marsha Harrington and Gini Barss joined more than 1.4 million members in 46,000 Lions Clubs around the world.

  • Allen wins regional championship in shot put

    A pair of area track and field athletes followed up their district championships with wins at the Class 1A, Region 2 meet at Indian Rocks Christian School in Largo last Thursday.

    Cedar Key senior Ashlyn Allen had a top throw of 36 feet, ¼ inch to prevail in the girls shot put event, comfortably edging out second place’s Thalia Jackson, a junior from Trenton who posted a 34-7.5.

    Allen’s performance was even significantly improved from her district-winning throw of 34-9.5, which tied Jackson’s best at the district meet in Gainesville.

  • Help needed to continue dolphin research

    Molly Jubitz

    Cedar Key Librarian

    The “slow” season is beginning at the Cedar Key Public Library and we are seeing light at the end of the tunnel.

    Cedar Key Librarian Molly Jubitz said she expects the library will look and feel different and be the comfortable, warm, inviting learning environment people have come to enjoy in Cedar Key.

    Meanwhile, a friend who has been part of the lecture series for many years has asked for help that would allow her to continue her research in Cedar Key.

  • Tourist Council to meet

    The Levy County Tourist Development Council will meet May 4 at 6 p.m. for its regular bi-monthly meeting in the Levy County Road Department Office Building at 620 N. Hathaway Ave., Bronson. The meeting is open to the public. Please call 352-486-3396 for any questions concerning the meeting or go to www.visitnaturecoast.com.

  • Cedar Key School ranked as one of the best schools in U.S. News & World Report

    Cedar Key School is among the high schools that have been recognized nationally by U.S. News & World Report as one of the 2017 Best High Schools in the United States.

    In total, U.S. News ranked the 6,041 highest-scoring U.S. schools (out of the 20,487 evaluated). Many Florida schools were included in the rankings; 39 received gold medals, 137 received silver medals and 63 received bronze medals.

    Cedar Key received a Bronze ranking even though it’s graduation rate tied that of Chiefland High School, which received a Silver ranking.

  • Set sail

    Friday through Sunday May 5th, 6th and 7th. This big gathering of traditional small craft will include sailboats, canoes, kayaks, and more. The event is organized by the West Coast Trailer Sailing Squadron and is a regular event twice yearly in Cedar Key.

    Be prepared to see the island city packed with lots of interesting small craft sailboats and the accompanying sailors. You will see day-sailors, canoes, kayaks and other small sailing vessels.