Today's News

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Volunteers needed for annual tree lighting

    This is a call out to all members of the community for any help that can be given for the Tree Lighting on Nov. 28.
    The following items and volunteers are needed to RSVP as volunteers as soon as possible:
    – (3) 12-14-foot extension ladders;
    – (2-3) sets of loppers;
    – 3-6 agile volunteers that can climb the ladders and use the loppers to clean up the tree before lights are put on;
    – 3-6 agile volunteers to help with putting on the lights;

  • Levy County stays red

    There may not be a lever on the electronic voting machines to pull to vote a “straight” party ticket, but that did not deter Levy County voters as they cast votes for Republican candidates in every office on the ballot in Tuesday's general election.

  • Coast Guard searches for missing boater

    As of Tuesday, The Coast Guard is searching for a 77-year-old man aboard the sailing vessel Mariah between Boca Grande and Panama City.
    Missing is Craig Neus from Panama City.
    Last contact with Neus was Nov. 4 when he made a purchase at South Seas Plantation, Captiva.
    Since June, Neus had been sailing a 32-foot beige two-masted Bristol from Baltimore, Maryland, with the intention of finishing his voyage in Panama City.