Today's News

  • Happy Thanksgiving
  • $12.1 million in restoration funds sought for Levy, Dixie

    Levy and Dixie counties are listed among the 10 major watershed projects the state is seeking Gulf Coast restoration funds for, according to officials Thursday.
    The projects, meant to redress environmental and economic harm done during the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill, were selected as the result of numerous stakeholder meetings and more than 1,200 online project submissions to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

  • Study sheds light on red tide blooms

    Red tide is a natural occurrence, known to predate European settlement. But new research is further supporting the notion that humans, while not the cause of the blooms, can be a contributing factor in sustaining the harmful algae that, year by year, appears to becoming more of an issue.
    Research from five years of study shows that nutrient pollution is a contributing factor in the proliferation of the highly adaptable red tide organism Karenia brevis, according to the Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium.

  • Refuge 'belfry' to benefit Brazilian bats

    Thirteen years ago, near the headquarters of the Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge, staff built the refuge’s first bat house. Now, a new one has been built with the hopes that the Brazilian free tail bats that have occupied the first will move — before the old one collapses.
    Brazilian free tail bats, unlike some of their solitary cousins, are colonial, cramming into a space sometimes 40,000 to 60,000 bats strong.

  • Officials arrest two in Inglis arson case

    Special to the Beacon
    Two men wer­e arrested Tuesday on accusations of burglary and arson, which resulted in the destruction of an Inglis bar the day before.
    Jordan Michael Cooper, 21, and Travis Crabb, 32, were charged with arson, grand theft, burglary and two counts of arson causing the injury to firefighters after authorities connected the two men to the suspicious fire Monday morning at Rivals Bar off of West Levy County Road 40, Inglis.

  • Great Suwannee River Cleanup is Dec. 6

    The Great Suwannee River Clean-up, initiated and coordinated by Current Problems Executive Director Fritzi Olson, is nearing the end of the historic river.

  • Cell phone use cited in accident

    Staff Report
    A driver's cell phone use was cited as the cause of a chain-reaction three-vehicle collision at a construction zone on State Road 24 on Wednesday afternoon that left one person injured and blocked traffic for two hours, according to a Florida Highway Patrol press release.

  • Artists recognized

    Two local artists, Peter Klocksien and Russ Raethka, are  featured at the Cedar Key Arts Center this month. Please take a look at Klocksien’s collection of local art. In addition, Russ Raethka, of Chiefland, is featured in the Member’s Art Gallery with his paintings of local fish. This display will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day until Dec. 8. All items are for sale. The Cedar Key Arts Center is a non-profit organization whose goal is to educate and nurture local artists. The Arts Center is located at 457 Second Street.

  • Colson recognized, promoted

    Chelsea L. Colson, of Cedar Key, was recently recognized for her achievements in the United States Coast Guard. The award was given as a departing award from the USCG Station New Orleans, titled as an “Achievement Medal.” Colson was also promoted on Nov. 1 to “SK3” (Storekeeper Third Class) or E-4.

  • Five mayors

    Five Levy County mayors walked in the annual Levy County Veterans Day Parade. They are, from left to right, Glenda Kirkland of Inglis, Jessica Weiss of Yankeetown, Dale Register of Cedar Key, Gerald Hethcoat of Williston and Teal Pomeroy of Chiefland. More scenes from Veteran's Day can be found on Page 5.