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Today's News

  • Gene Hodges dead at 77

    Cedar Key Mayor Eugene “Gene” Hodges, born into a politically connected family, was the heir to that way of knowing how to get things done for the island community and district that he represented in the Florida House from 1972 to 1988.
    Hodges'  father was a state senator from 1952-62, Senate President and later a lobbyist.
    The son, a lifelong Democrat, made his mark in politics by being smart and likable. He used his quick wit the way a carpenter uses a wood plane — smoothing and finely shaping the final debate.

  • Warm weather is a challenge

    Hello everyone. We have a big week here in lil' 'ole Cedar Key. Independence Day is always a good time in the key: lots of folk, lots of fish, lots of flashing lights and lots of family time – all great reasons to spend time near the Gulf Coast and with the key- life-way of thinking.

  • Giant lives on in Goethe

    Some say it sprang to life more than 900 years ago, gradually pushing its way up through the Levy County muck in a time when, on the European continent, people were still living in the Dark Ages and setting out on what would be the first of many attempts to reconquer the Holy Land.

  • Bay fish and scallops recommended for low mercury

     By PAT FAHERTY
     Special to the Beacon

        Two federal agencies are updating recommendations to women and young children to eat more seafood from varieties lower in mercury.
        And both federal and state guidelines show bay scallops and some other local freshwater and saltwater fish fall in that category. Scallops are currently in season.

  • Levy fireworks Friday

    Cedar Key

       Cedar Key will celebrate Independence Day with fireworks. Fireworks will be set off starting at dusk at Cemetery Point Park on Friday, July 4. For the best viewing, Cedar Key Police Chief Virgil Sandlin is advising visitors to park at the ball field behind the school. Signs will be posted with directions to the parking area.

  • Suwannee Cleanup needs volunteers, sponsors

    The 5th Annual Great Suwannee River Cleanup is fast approaching, and representatives with the organizations involved want people to come out and get involved.
    The cleanup, which has seen the removal of about 80,000 pounds of trash and debris from the river since 2010, consists of small cleanups during a three-month window from September through November. The year's first cleanup kicks off Saturday, Sept. 27, at 9 a.m., at the Joe Anderson Boat Ramp in Chiefland.

  • Community Calendar (week of 6-26-14)

    Today

    Volunteer training opportunities

  • School board looking to boost test scores

    By PAT FAHERTY

    Special to the Beacon

  • Trashy people hurt recycling program

    Cedar Key no longer has a recycling trailer on State Road 24 at County Road 347.
    The Raleigh Community, near Williston, lost its recycling trailer — again — after the property owner asked that it be removed.
    And the trailer at the Manatee Jiffy may be the next to disappear.

  • Republican primaries closed

    Republicans, who now hold sway in voter registration in Levy County, will have a huge voice in both County Commission seats up for grabs in the Aug. 26 primary.
    And in the county school board elections — which are nonpartisan races — all three incumbents were re-elected without opposition when candidate filing closed at noon Friday.
    Incumbents Cameron Asbell of District 1, Robert Philpot of District 3 and Rick Turner of District 5 will hold on to their seats.