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Today's News

  • $2M offer: Will Cedar Key Water District accept?

     The Cedar Key Water and Sewer District will meet in special session Tuesday to decide whether it will accept a combination grant/loan offer from the USDA to fund the Streets and Utilities Phase III project. 

  • Water District accepts $2M offer

    The Cedar Key Water and Sewer Board of Commissioners voted 4-1 Tuesday night to accept the $2 million grant/loan offer from USDA’s Rural Development agency. 

    “This is a very large step, and I’m very pleased to report it,” Community Redevelopment Agency Director Greg Lang told the CRA Board in a meeting held later that night.  “(Water District Chairwoman) Thelma McCain voted no, but publicly stated that she was in favor of the project.” 

  • City moves to once-weekly garbage service, curbside recycling

    Residents of Cedar Key are one step closer to once a week garbage pick up and curbside recycling.  During a packed special meeting Tuesday night, City Commissioners voted to accept Waste Pro’s bid for unit based-pricing, once a week residential garbage service, once a week curbside recycling, and bulk item pick up.  Commercial customers will continue to have the option of twice or three times a week garbage pick up in addition to once a week curbside recycling service.  Under the new agreement, Waste Pro will provide the garbage

  • Schooling the teacher

    I taught freshman composition in the morning at Central Florida Community College in Chiefland then attended middle school in Bronson Tuesday afternoon. And I was schooled.

    I know that sounds strange. But it’s the truth.

    I went back to middle school because my 10-year-old son, Taylor, who is in fifth grade spent 40 minutes talking to me the night before about a presentation on nicotine that he had seen by a “real scientist,” Dr. Victor DeNoble.

  • There’s something wrong with this picture

    I read an eye-opening book a few years ago called Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations on Race. Though our schools may be largely integrated now, thanks to the hard work and sacrifice of many during the Civil Rights Movement, segregation – in smaller forms – is alive and well.

  • I remember history: the Cedar Key High School burning in 1943

    I Jimmy Bishop was a part of Cedar Key History in the making.

    I remember when people entering into Cedar Key, the first thing they would see were docks with gill nets pulled onto the dock’s railing, the nets waving in the breeze. And that’s history.

  • Cedar Key, a real treat for Halloween

    I like Halloween. Always have. Always will. 

  • 30 is not old; It’s just a little more legit

     Phew. I finally made it. 

  • Cedar Key Junior FFA takes State

    Special to The Beacon

    The smallest school in Florida brought home a state championship in FFA forestry on Friday.

    The Cedar Key Middle School FFA Chapter won in spectacular fashion. Collectively the team placed first in four of the six categories and placed third in another. Each of the four team members was thewinnner of one of the categories and one team member, Kira Telgen, was named the middle school individual champion.

    This is the first state championship for the three year old FFA chapter.

  • Fake smiles only last so long

    Dear Editor,