Today's News

  • Rotary reels in big fish

    The Chiefland Rotary Club held its 11th Annual Fishing Tournament in Cedar Key on Saturday, May 2, and according to club President Rob Alexander it may be the best one yet for the club.

    The tournament was held earlier than usual to take advantage of good tides and the effects of the full moon. No one counted on the cool, windy weather that showed up uninvited.

    There were 29 boats registered to sail out at first light after undergoing safety inspections by FWC officers. And 17 vessels checked in with fish by 4 p.m.

  • Colson, Topping take council seats

    Incumbent City Commissioner Sue Colson won re-election by a landslide in Tuesday’s city elections, and political newcomer Diana Beckham Topping won her first political run.

    Colson, a health care worker and environmentalist, received 206 votes while her opponent businessman John Blouse received 70 in their race. Topping, a businesswoman whose family has deep roots in the community, received 154 votes to restauranter Jamie Griffin’s 116. 

  • Shining a light on volunteers

    Of all the natural beauty of the nature coast, the Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge is one of the most striking. Its thirteen islands, the bird rookeries, the lavender sunsets, and the highest point in the Gulf, the Pleistocene dune shaped like a seahorse, all intrigue us.

  • We can only hope to be like them

    Each fall our community grows leaps and bounds from the arrival of snowbirds from cold, snowy states to the sunny skies offered by the nature coast. So many visitors come to discover this lovely old Florida setting and end up not being able to move on, they move in.

  • Rotary fishing tournament Saturday

    The Chiefland Rotary Club's 11th Annual Fishing Tournament in Cedar Key is happening a few weeks earlier than usual, but that does not mean that the event is not better than ever.

    The event is one of the biggest fundraisers for the Rotarians, providing money for two college scholarships for graduating Chiefland seniors and funds for the service club's projects at the local, state and international levels.

    Anglers have the opportunity to hook a big cash prize from the pot that can go up to $7,500 if 100 boats and crews enter.

  • Cedar Key FFA earns state title

    The Cedar Key FFA has another state champion. Freshmen FFA members Emilie Lavoie and Mackenzie Kirkbride are the state champion Ornamental horticulture demonstrstion team for 2015. Their demo entitled E&M Terrific Terrariums demonstrated how to make and arrange a terrarium. The team topped twelve other district champions from around the state to earn the title of 2015 state champions.

  • Candidate forum well attended

    A candidates forum at the Cedar Key Pubic Library on April 23 was well attended and drew three of four candidates running in two races in the May 7 city elections.

    It was a well mannered event with each candidate stating their case to be chosen to lead the island as Molly Jublitz, moderrator for the event sponsored by the Cedar Key News , posed questions provided by the non-profit group and members of the audience.

  • Cedar Key Sharks dominate at track and field districts

    Last Wednesday the Cedar Key Sharks Track and Field team traveled to Oak Hall School to participate in the FHSAA Track and Field District Finals. The results are as follows:

    Varsity Girls:

    1st Place, Shot-put: Ashlyn Allen

    1st Place, Adaptive Shot-put: Annie McCain

    1st Place, Adaptive Wheel Chair 200 Dash: Annie McCain

    1st Place, Adaptive Wheel Chair 800 Dash: Annie McCain

    2nd Place, Pole Vault: Amanda Robinson

    3rd Place, 100 High Hurdles: Sarah Bartholemy

    3rd Place, Pole Vault: Jadyn Beckham

  • McDaniels named Volunteer of the Year

    April is Volunteer Appreciation Month for federal land management agencies across the nation. Lower Suwannee and Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge want to draw attention to the inspiring citizens who “give back” out of the goodness of their hearts.

  • Cedar Key FFA headed to finals