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Today's News

  • LARC joins forces with Plum Creek, school district

    By Toni C. Collins

        It is no surprise that Levy ARC has faced some critical financial challenges lately.  However, Executive Director, Betty Walker is determined to find ways to match up available resources to create a win-win situation for all involved.  Her latest challenge coupled LARC with the Plum Creek Foundation and the Exceptional Student Educational Program of the Levy County School District.

  • Feigin challenges Bembry for District 10 House Seat

    Republican Dave Feigin of Cedar Key began a campaign for House of Representatives, District 10, facing off against incumbent Leonard Bembry, a Democrat.
    Feigin said his everyday work experiences keep him more in touch with the working population than his opponent has been for the past two years. Feigin is a 24-year retired veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard, who owns a thriving small business with his wife, Cris, in Cedar Key. Before leaving the service, he attained a rank of E6, and had authority over eight USCG stations and two USCG Auxiliary Stations.

  • Hummingbird Presentation to the Cedar Key Garden Club by John Myers.

    John Myers is a Master Gardener, class of 2008. He spoke about hummingbirds, native plants, and the importance of soil testing before planting.

  • Jury finds for Citizen in Andrews’ suit

    A Levy County jury has unanimously decided the Chiefland Citizen did not
    damage Andy Dennis Andrews’ name, reputation and businesses in a 2007 editorial calling for fair, clean city elections, and a series of stories about a state investigation into 11 voters’ right to vote in Chiefland elections.
    The four women and two men who deliberated for an hour and 15 minutes on
    Friday also rejected Andrews’ claim for more than $17 million in monetary

  • Celebrate National Wildlife Refuge Week Free at Cedar Keys’ Light Station

    Special to the Beacon
    Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuges invite you to join in the celebration of
    National Wildlife Refuge Week. Refuge staff will open the doors of the historic
    Cedar Keys Light Station on Seahorse Key Saturday and Sunday, October 16-17 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Conservation Corner

    When you’re strolling the Seafood Festival this weekend
    don’t be surprised if you’re approached by one of “The
    Recyclables”, a recycled costume creation by local artist and
    Energy Advisory Panel member, Connie Nelson. “The
    Recyclables” in conjunction with the Cedar Key School are
    again working towards the goal of asking as many American
    citizens as possible to renew for the coming year their personal
    commitment to protect the environment by signing a

  • Sometimes I Wonder……

    By BEV Ringenberg
    ‘Don’t know about you, but sometimes I wonder if the
    little bit I try to do to “reduce, reuse, & recycle” can really
    make a difference. With so many of us in this world can we
    really stop the drain on our natural resources? Is there really
    any hope?
    But then, something little happens and my optimism
    returns. This time it happened when I was paging through
    my new 2011 “At-A Glance” Calendar (yep, I’m still stuck

  • Social Security covers every season of life

    By Paul D. Barnes
    Social Security Regional Commissioner, Atlanta, Ga
    The cool winds and changing leaves are telltale signs:
    another autumn has arrived. Sometimes it’s hard to believe
    how quickly the seasons change and the years pass by.
    Whatever season of life you happen to be in, it may be a
    good time to reflect on the protection you have through
    Social Security.
    Each stage of life — from the spring of youth to the summer
    of middle age to the autumn of retirement — comes with

  • Social Security Questions

    By Alice Moses-Turner
    Social Security District Manager, Gainesville, Fl
    Question: What is the earliest age that I can apply for
    Social Security retirement benefits?
    Answer:

    If you want benefits to begin at age 62 — the earliest age
    you can receive reduced retirement benefits, you must be at
    least 61 years and 9 months of age to apply. Keep in mind
    your benefits will be reduced so evaluate your options carefully
    before you decide when to retire, Even if you are not

  • CK celebrates fishing heritage with Annual Seafood Festival

    Special to the Beacon
    The 41st Annual Cedar Key Seafood
    Festival, sponsored by the Cedar Key
    Lions Club,, which kicks off Saturday
    morning with a parade, celebrates the
    area's fishing heritage with two days of
    seafood, music, and fun.
    The festival's events are centered
    around the fishing town's charming beachfront
    City Park. It will be filled with
    booths selling local seafood. Cedar Key
    church groups, school clubs, non-profit
    organizations, and oyster and clamming