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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Lady Sharks' superb season comes to end in district opener

    The Cedar Key Lady Sharks enjoyed what was easily one of the best seasons in program history, going 12-12 and picking up four district wins.

    Their District 1A-7 tournament appearance Monday, Feb. 5, in Trenton – a 40-18 loss to Chiefland – might’ve been an anti-climactic finish to the year, but doesn’t erase the prior accomplishments.

    The Lady Sharks finished strong in the regular campaign, winning 4 of 5 down the stretch, including a couple of blowout victories against Union County.

  • Annual Empty Bowls Soup Supper

    Hand-crafted bowls by our local potters, Amy and Henry Gernhardt, with additional bowls by Dean Counselman and Tom Guirl, Wednesday, Feb. 7, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Cedar Key Community Center. Takeout orders are available. Every dollar raised goes to Cedar Key Community Food Pantry. Our local food pantry currently serves 61 families per week. Donations encouraged. Please dig deep and be generous with your donation. Come enjoy soup, salad and dessert. “Special” bowls by Amy, Henry, Dean and Tom will be available for silent auction.

  • CKS 2018 Royal Court

    Cedar Key School held announced its 2018 homecoming royal court Jan. 26, during halftime of the boys’ thrilling, last-minute win over Branford.

    Mackenzie Kirkbride was named Homecoming Queen, and Grayson Yearty was announced as King. Tyler Wynans and Hadley Williams joined the pair as Prince and Princess, respectively.

    The other Queen candidates included: Whitney Neal and Dakota Phillips. The remaining King candidates were: Trevor Ryan; Joey Lewandowski; Jacob Pitts; Terrence Doty; Devin Stottlemyre and Austin Minehart.

  • CKS boys get thrilling homecoming win on last-minute heroics

    As the Cedar Key boys’ basketball team has picked up steam and collected more victories than the program is generally accustomed to, the candidates for signature win have also begun to pile up.

    Two such examples were the Sharks’ recent intra-county wins over Bronson and Chiefland.

    But on Friday, Jan. 19, with the occasion of homecoming helping set the scene in the Shark Tank against visiting Branford, the final couple of minutes of action secured the game instant classic status.

  • Sharks avenge county foes

    What a difference a new year can make.

    In its first game of 2018, the Cedar Key boys’ basketball team looked like a remade team compared to the one that fell to Chiefland by 19 just two weeks prior during Christmas break.

    The Sharks fixed their transition turnover woes that hurt them so much against the Indians Dec. 21, which came after the county and district rivals locked into an overtime thriller in Chiefland at the end of November.