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Today's News

  • 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

  • Suwannee River League of Cities Dinnerheld in Cedar Key

    Approximately 135 hungry people from 10
    North Florida counties descended upon the
    Cedar Key Community Center to enjoy a dinner
    hosted by Mayor Pat O’Neal, Vice-Mayor
    Sue Colson and Commissioner Scott
    Dennison. This is the third year the group has
    met in Cedar Key for their fall quarterly board
    meeting.
    Thursday night’s feast included steamed
    clams donated and prepared by the Cedar Key
    Aquaculture Association. Mullet was freshly
    caught by Ken Daniels. The mullet and hush

  • Request for water denied by Water Board

    A request for services by Dennis and Roberta Andrews of 10650 S.W. State Road 24, just over the No. 4 bridge leaving Cedar Key, was denied by the Cedar Key Water and Sewer District Monday night.
    Although the item was not on the agenda, Ronnie Taylor presented the request for a water meter to service the home, since a new line will
    be running across the driveway in roughly one year.
    Taylor stated that the Andrews are elderly, in poor health
    and currently must carry water up to their home for cooking

  • Bell seeks re-election to commission

     Nancy Bell, the incumbent County Commissioner for District 2, has announced her candidacy for re-election as a Democrat in the Nov. 2 general election. Bell has been chair of the Levy County Board of County Commissioners since November 2008 and was re-elected in 2009 and 2010.

  • Commissioner Lilly Rooks announces candidacy for District 4

     Lilly Rooks will be the first to tell you that she welcomes the challenges she faces every day serving as the “Voice” for the people of Levy County.  Her job as a County Commissioner involve long hours, frequent telephone calls, and many meetings.

    Rooks makes herself available to the people.  She appreciates your phone calls, your ideas, and your opinions.  Rooks is grateful for the warm reception she has received as you have welcomed her into your homes.  Your input has guided her in making the right decisions for our county.

  • Final City Budget Hearing Held

    The Cedar Key City Commission meeting on Monday had a short agenda and was fairly uneventful - for a change. The proposed millage rate of 3.6548 was announced and adopted by a 3 to 2 vote, with Commissioners Scott Dennison and Heath Davis casting opposing votes.