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Today's News

  • Fishing in discolored water has its benefits

    Ok folks, it’s nice to see the rain. Man, it’s nice.
    Things to expect after the rain: the inside waters will most likely have a red tint. This happens when the roots of the woods drain into the gulf. Tanic acids change the color of the water. If the rain lets up to a normal amount, the water will settle pretty quick. Now I know most think this is a bad thing. Well, if you use it to your advantage, it can be a good thing.

  • Chiefland man arrested in Cedar Key burglaries

    Cedar Key police were kept on the run Memorial Day weekend when two people — an 18-year-old man and a juvenile — from Chiefland broke into several cars and at least one, possibly two homes in the Paroda, Whiddon and Shellcrest avenues area.
    But the thefts are on the way to being solved with the arrest of one person and the search for a second person — a juvenile, said Police Chief Virgil Sandlin.

  • Shark News for the week of June 7

    Kindergarten graduation: Class of 2024

    By Lauren Bartholemy
    Shark Correspondent

  • Cedar Key: food for thought

    By Eileen Bowers
    I was settin’ at this restaurant
    When the waiter came up and said, “What do you want?”
    I looked at the menu — it looked so nice.
    Till he said, “Let me give you some advice.”
    He said, “Spaghetti and potatoes got too much starch,
    Pork chops and sausage are bad for your heart.
    There’s hormones in chicken and beef and veal,
    Bowl of ravioli is a dead man’s meal.
    Bread’s got preservatives, there’s nitrates in ham,

  • Today in Levy Lounty History: The Spanish moss industry in Florida

    Some people do not care for Spanish moss. However, as early as 1773, the value of the plant was recognized as cattle feed and a cheap packing for crates of fruits and vegetables.
    The processed product also was well adapted for the purpose of stuffing mattresses, chairs, saddles and collars.
    The plant is not a parasite, nor is it a moss. Instead it is a member of the pineapple family and one of the many epiphytes or “air plants” to be found in Florida.

  • Political forum introduces voters to candidates

    By LOU ELLIOTT JONES
    editor@cedarkeybeacon.com
    Four candidates — two for Levy County Court judge and two for Levy County Supervisor of Elections — made their introductions to about 35 Cedar Key residents at a political forum sponsored by the Cedar Key Lions Club last week at the Cedar Key Community Center.
    Dale Register, president of the Lions, introduced the candidates — incumbent James T. “Tim” Browning and challenger Cyndee Munkittrick for Levy County Court judge, and Tammy Jones and Brooke Ward for supervisor of elections.

  • Dolphin Project session set at Cedar Key library

    The Cedar Key Dolphin Research Project team will be hosting an informative session titled, “Past, Present, Future” at the Cedar Key Library on Thursday, June 14 at 5 p.m.
    Open to the public, those attending will meet Stefanie Gazda and the Dolphin Project Team as they talk about their past findings, goals for this research season and plans for the future.
    Light refreshments will be served.
     

  • Community Calendar for the week of June 7

    Saturday

    BACK Fighting Cancer golf tourney
    The Swinging for a Cure golf tournament is being replaced by a new tournament,  the BACK Fighting Cancer golf tournament to be held at the Chiefland Golf and Country Club.
    Proceeds will benefit BACK Fighting Cancer which in turn supports families in the Tri-County area who have a child who has been diagnosed with cancer.

    Wednesday

    Grief Support Group

  • Allen, Kirkbride bring home state FFA award

    Ashlyn Allen and MacKenzie Kirkbride are the newest members of the Cedar Key FFA chapter to bring home a state champion FFA trophy.
    The dynamic duo earned first place state honors in the Marketing Division of the FFA Ornamental Horticulture Demonstration contest. The state OH Demo contest was held at the University of Florida last month.

  • CK dolphins noted for feeding behavior

    Researchers from the University of Massachusetts say there’s something special about Cedar Key dolphins.
    “They have unique feeding behaviors not seen anywhere else in the world,” said PhD candidate Stefanie Gazda in a phone interview Friday.
    Gazda heads up the Cedar Key Dolphin Project, a program that operates in the area for a few short weeks each year aimed at a better understanding the creatures and the environment they live in.