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Today's News

  • 1830: first Florida census

    By Toni C. Collins
    Levy County Historian
    The Federal government has conducted a census or account of its population every year since 1790. In that year the census takers, who were U.S. Marshals on horseback, counted 3.9 million inhabitants.
    Why did the government undertake such a huge project? As America expanded, the nation’s interests grew more complex and the government needed to plan for that new growth.

  • Conservation Corner: We’re our children’s first teachers

    By Eileen Bowers
    As parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles and other childhood mentors, we are our children’s first teachers.  The question is, what lessons do we want them to learn about living more earth-friendly lives?

    CONNECT WITH NATURE

  • Cedar Key Everlasting event Saturday

    By LESLIE STURMER

    Special to the Beacon

  • Community Calendar for the week of March 29

    Thursday

    Tourist board meets
    The Levy County Tourist Development Council will have its bi-monthly meeting Thursday, March 29, at 6 p.m.
    at the  Levy County Visitors Bureau, 620 N. Hathaway Ave., Bronson. The meeting is open to the public.

    Saturday

    Annual yard sale at CK Museum
    The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Cedar Key Museum State Park will host the Friends of Cedar Key State Park’s annual fundraising yard sale on Saturday, March 31 and Sunday, April 1.

  • No April’s fool - recycling to return

    Levy County Coordinator Fred Moody says he is looking to restart the county's recycling program next week.
    County officials have been waiting on the contract from the state Department of Corrections officials that will allow the county to use 14 women inmates from Lowell Correctional Institution.
    In an email on Tuesday afternoon Moody said, “We are in hopes of getting back up to speed next week as they had indicated earlier the first of April, and that still looks good.”

  • Sidewalks, Shell Pile and Halloween top city’s actions

    FFA member on her way
    to state competition

  • Attempt to rescue pelican proves futile

    After a young couple sitting on the deck of the Black Dog noticed the injured Brown Pelican sitting on the ruins behind Seabreeze restaurant, there have been several attempts the past couple of days to catch the bird in order to bring it to a rehabilitation clinic.
    Among the rescuers is Cedar Key Public Works Director Josh Wilson, Tidewater Tours, FWC Officer Andrew, John Fields and others. So far, the pelican has eluded capture.

  • Springtime brings freshwater fishing, boat access

    March is prime freshwater fishing season for many species of fish, because bass and bream are getting geared up to hit the shallows. During spring, sunfish such as bass and bluegill move close to shore to find suitable spawning habitat. Shallow areas (ideally 2 to 6 feet deep) with sandy or firm soils and nearby vegetation tend to attract sunfish. Often the same areas are used year after year, because sunfish do best when they construct beds in sheltered areas without too much current and away from prevailing winds (often coves or the north shores of lakes).

  • Good weather = good fishing

    Hey folks, sorry I was absent last week, between life and fishing and building our house,  most of all my mental strength was a lil’ low.

  • CKAC offerings

    Each Wednesday morning, the Boat Builders meet at 9 a.m.
    Also on Wednesday mornings, Chris Harkness is in the photo lab. The next few sessions Chris will be teaching pinhole camera techniques.
    • Ann Kamzelski has extended her Photoshop elements class through March 27, when she will show how to change images to black and white, how to add a watermark and will work on editing images brought to class. The fee is $20 for members - $25 for nonmembers.  Ann’s number is (352) 543-9660.