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Today's News

  • Ongoing Activities

    Al Anon
    Al Anon meets every Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the Christ Episcopal Church on the corner of SR 24 and 5th Streets. The meeting is non-smoking and open to the public.

    Chamber of Commerce
    Cedar Key Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors meets monthly on the third Thursday at 8:30 a.m. All Chamber members and those interested in becoming members are encouraged to attend. Please call 543-5600 to confirm the location.

    City Commission

  • Renewable energy or nuclear power a matter of choice

    At a recent party, I met a nuclear physicist. The summation of our discourse was that, in theory, nuclear power is the perfect energy source but there is a big problem when you factor in Mother Nature and humans.  
    As we have seen with Japan’s recent disaster, Mother Nature and humans can muck up that perfect theory. But there is more to it than just that. There are several reasons that nuclear power is a poor choice for our nation’s energy future. Here are some of those reasons.

  • Where’s the money?

    Butch, the City Cat, looks over the budget during Tuesday’s City Commision meeting and wonders, “Where is the line item for cat food?”
     

  • Cedar Key graduate

    Savannah Beckham Clark graduated from the College of Central Florida Adult Education Program on July 14.  She was one of 21 who received their Florida High School Diploma in ceremonies at Usher Center in Chiefland.
    Her instructors said she is a fast-track student who took the GED almost immediately upon entering.  
    She hopes to attend college soon.
     

  • Gulf Cart Co. offers carefree rentals

    Notice some sleek looking golf carts driving around with solar panels on their roofs? Well, you certainly won’t see one on the side of the road with a dead battery. That’s because the Gulf Kart Company, located across the street from City Park, is now sporting state of the art trickle chargers powered by the panels.
    Owner George Oakley has been in the business for about 16 months and every time a customer would leave with a cart, he would worry that their battery might die and, that did happen once or twice. But, no more.

  • Salaries highest percentage of school board budget

        Concerns were raised last week by a Levy County School Board member regarding a high percentage of the budget going to salaries but the explanation seemed to satisfy the board.
        Robert Philpot, a former Williston Ag teacher and the newest member, said that almost 70 percent for salaries seemed disproportionate to him and asked for an explanation of that line item in the 2011/2012 proposed budget.

  • Bronson Speedway gets ready to rumble

    Special to the Beacon
    Bronson Speedway gets a new lease on life Saturday when the track opens for the 2011 racing season after sitting dormant for more than a year.
    Open Wheel Modifieds, Sportsman cars, INEX Legend Cars, Pure Stocks and Hornets will be in action on opening night. These classes will run almost every week at the speedway, and the five divisions will be the core of racing at Bronson.

  • Newman relishes rare Sprint double

    By MONTE DUTTON
    King Features

    When Ryan Newman crossed the finish line at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, having won for the 15th time in his Sprint Cup career, he enjoyed a pleasing, but rare, overlap.
    Newman also started on the pole in the Lenox Industrial Tools 301. It was the 47th pole of Newman's career. Only nine drivers have ever won more. But it was only the fourth time Newman won after starting out front.

  • Cedar Key’s ‘Secret’ garden

        There is secret garden at the corner of 6th and E Streets and you are welcome to drop in any time. Tonya Sprong has reestablished her business, “Beauty By The Yard” at her home, after a short stint on 2nd Street.
        She is not a fan of four walls and loves the opportunity and inspiration for creativity that her back yard provides under the sheltering branches of a giant oak tree.

  • Host families needed in Cedar Key

    Academic Year in America (AYA) is looking for Cedar Key families to host high school exchange students from all over the world.    
    Who can host a student through AYA? According to AYA Director Melanie French, an important aspect of the AYA program is that there are many types of people who can host.