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Today's News

  • Art festival makes top 10 for second time

    The Old Florida Celebration of the Arts was just named one of the Top 10 Juried Art Fairs in America in 2017. This is the second year in a row that the Cedar Key Spring Arts Festival has received this recognition in the ArtFairCalendar.com annual survey and the third time in the last 4 years that the event has received national recognition. The festival was also listed as one of the Top 5 Small Town Art Shows.

  • Grant supports efforts to extend mental health services in Levy

    There are efforts underway to bring a mental health court to Levy County, and a new grant approved by the county will support fact-finding and organizing that could help lead to its realization.

    At the Levy County Commission meeting Dec. 19, the Board approved 4-1 to offer a letter in support of a Department of Children and Families (DCF) planning grant that would assign an individual to determine mental health needs in the county for inmates. The program is ultimately aimed at improving jail diversion efforts through mental health treatment.

  • Sharks compete in FFA sub-districts

    Cedar Key FFA brought home a blue ribbon and lots of great memories Tuesday, Dec. 12, from the sub-district contests in Chiefland.

    Freshman Rylee Smith placed first in creed speaking and will advance to the district competition next month.

    Also participating at the sub-district level was the CKS Middle School FFA Opening and Closing Ceremonies team, which placed third. Team members, from left, included: Haiden Simpson; Rebecca King; Alexis Lipscomb; Burlynne Mejeris; Anna Lavoie-Ingram; Connor Slemp and Mikey Beckham.
     

  • School Board makes plans to strengthen voice in Tallahassee

    In the face of what it sees as an encroachment on local control – highlighted recently by favorable legislation for charter schools – the School Board of Levy County is seeking new ways to make its voice heard in Tallahassee.

    At the close of its regular meeting Dec. 12, the Board proposed strategies for strengthening its influence on state lawmakers for the legislative season, informally offering a plan to bus parents to Tallahassee with an aim to present with Board members specific concerns on issues to legislators.

  • Cedar Key hoops drop pair in Bronson

    The Cedar Key boys’ and girls’ varsity squads fell short in their respective games at Bronson in district and intra-county hoops action Dec. 12.

    Both teams fought to within single-digit margins in the fourth quarter, but discrepancies at the foul line proved tough to overcome.

    The Shark boys saw a balanced effort from its scorers, with five shooters notching at least eight points. CKS also found success late in the paint, and first-year coach John Miller applauded his team’s pressure defense.

  • Drummond Holiday Tournament returns to Cedar Key

    One of the staples of the holiday season are hoops tournaments.

    Cedar Key School is hosting its second Drummond Bank CKS Beach Ball Holiday Tournament Dec. 19 and Dec. 20.

    The tourney features six girls’ squads, including Branford, Chiefland and The Rock (Gainesville) in Pool A; and Fort White, Keystone Heights and the Lady Sharks constituting Pool B.

    Each school plays twice on Day 1 in pool play.

  • Sharks fall short in overtime thriller

    An exhausted first-year Cedar Key coach John Miller took a seat on the bench before loading his team on the bus, taking a moment to reflect on his team’s upset-minded performance in Chiefland Nov. 30.

    Despite ultimately coming up short in overtime, Miller couldn’t have asked anymore from his team.

    “Cedar Key fought, they fought as hard as they could possibly fight and it just didn’t happen tonight,” Miller said.

  • Christmas musical at Cedar Key First Baptist Church

    “Were You There on That Christmas Night,” a musical performed by the Cedar Key First Baptist Church Choir on Dec. 17 at 4 p.m. The church is located on Second Street in Cedar Key. Everyone is encouraged to come.

  • Miller looks to build foundation for CKS hoops

    There was a time when Cedar Key’s boys’ basketball was a fixture in the state playoffs.

    From 1961 to 1969, the Sharks made the playoffs seven times, winning a state championship in 1965. During that era, they advanced to the state semifinals four times: 1952, 1961, 1962 and 1965.

    The goals for first-year CKS head coach John Miller aren’t quite that lofty, as the Sharks have made the playoffs twice (1976, 1995) in the 48 years since. But he hopes to restore some of that winning aura to CKS hoops.

  • Free throw misses sink Lady Sharks

    After pulling itself out of multiple deficits throughout the game against Chiefland, the Cedar Key girls’ basketball team trailed 30-29 in the waning minutes of play.

    But another comeback effort wasn’t in the cards for the Lady Sharks, as the Lady Indians made enough of their free throws to stave off the visitors for a 39-31 win in the CMHS gym Nov. 30.

    While Chiefland finished at 50 percent on 20 foul shot attempts, CKS converted just four of its 16 attempts (25 percent).