Today's News

  • Cedar Key City Gala raises $4,000 for Cedar Key Youth Program

    By Pat Bonish

    The Cedar Key Community Center was the spot to be March 6 on the quiet little island as the first Cedar Key City Gala was hosted to a sold-out crowd. With hope this will be the start of an annual event to help raise money for the Cedar Key Youth Program, a program that has been continuously running for more than 70 years.

    This first event raised $4,000 with ticket sales and more in donations from those in the audience. A silent auction only added to the youth programs.

  • 54th Annual Spring Arts Festival Old Florida Celebration of the Arts

    The hours are from 10 a.m. To 5 p.m, Saturday, March 24, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 24. The Cedar Key Arts Center is the coordinating sponsor of this event. This events was named one of the top ten arts festivals in America in 2016.

    For information visit cederkeyartscenter.org.

  • CF hosts Preview Night for future enrollees

    The College of Central Florida Levy Campus held its Preview Night March 1 for students looking to continue their education at the local campus.

    Attendees had their $30 admission fees waived for their participation.

    Workshops were available for prospective students, offering guidance on topics like financial aid, dual enrollment, CF student life and registration.

  • Gym makeover bolstered by Lowe’s donation

    Profound changes for the Cedar Key School gym began to take shape Feb. 28 when representatives from Lowe’s traveled to the campus to deliver a check for $24,945.15.

    That grant money will soon become new windows, a critical step in the process to install air conditioning in the historic building.

    Parent Teacher Organization President Lisa Custer, who applied for the Lowe’s grant, and city council woman Sue Colson, who worked on the project, accepted the check on behalf of the PTO, which will be financially responsible for the project.

  • CKS students complete boat training

    A team of volunteers from the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary gave up their day on Feb. 26 to help Cedar Key School students in the first S.A.L.T. course complete the comprehensive Boating Skills and Seamanship Course.

  • Cedar Key Arts Festival makes Top 10

    The Old Florida Celebration of the Arts was once again named one of the Top 10 Juried Art Fairs in America in the ArtFairCalendar.com annual survey. That’s top 10-squared, 100 more reasons to attend this year’s celebration March 24- 25. The OFCA has also received, for three times in the last four years, national recognition as one of the Top Five Small Town Art Shows. That about sums up traveling to the tiny Gulf Coast town of Cedar Key for the 54th Annual Spring Arts Festival a trip worth a 1000-times over.

    Experience Old World Florida in an intimate venue

  • CK open house educates on a range of environmental topics

    The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s open house Feb. 22, held at the UF/IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station, was a chance for residents to learn about the purpose and history behind the environmental regulations and restoration efforts that affect Cedar Key and the surrounding area.

    And while environmental regulations might not sound like sexiest of topics, the morning and midday event was a hit by all accounts, with around 80 attendees, proving again that Cedar Key citizen are passionate about its ecological standing.

  • Workout on Water

    By C.L. Watson, Beacon Correspondent

    The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences couldn’t have asked for better weather Saturday, Feb. 24 for the second annual Workout on the Waterfront in Cedar Key. The town bustled with plenty of visitors for UF/IFAS to raise awareness about the impact of plastic pollution, a type of marine debris affecting the gulf and all bodies of water.

  • CKS softball standout Ashlyn Allen adjusts to college ball

    Of all the skills it takes to succeed at college softball, Ashlyn Allen is learning that patience is the one that might serve her best during her freshman campaign.

    Allen, a school record-holder in shot put and the first student to enjoy an athletics signing ceremony at Cedar Key School, is one of the most accomplished athletes to ever come out of Cedar Key.

  • Sharks take on Trenton in district tourney

    The Cedar Key boys’ basketball team finished in a three-way tie in district wins with Bronson and Chiefland, but the tiebreaker process left the Sharks as the No. 6 seed, earning them a meeting with No. 3 seed Trenton in the quarterfinal round on Tuesday, Feb. 13.

    The seven-team District 1A-7 tournament, which tips off Monday, Feb. 12, with No. 5 Chiefland and No. 6 Bronson, is at Dixie County High School in Cross City.

    The semifinals will be held Friday, Feb. 16, and the championship game will be the following Saturday at 7:30 p.m.