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Today's News

  • Water district says road was built illegally

    About a year ago, the Suwannee River Water Management District said it discovered an illegal road built across sensitive wetlands near Cedar Key.

    The District sent a letter to the alleged offender, Scott McNulty. A month later, McNulty’s attorney sent a letter to the District claiming the road was exempt from any required permitting, claiming it to have been “grandfathered in” because of when it was built.

  • Tony’s Cedar Key Clam Chowder is Three-Time World Championship

    Special to the Beacon

    Tony’s Seafood Restaurant, took its third consecutive championship at the 30th annual Great Chowder Cook-Off, Saturday in Newport, R.I. The competition is considered to be the ultimate international chowder contest, and is often referred to as the “Super Bowl” of cook-offs. Event organizers said attendance was the highest they’ve seen in years, as more than 10,000 people turned out to judge the best of the best.

  • Tony's Seafood is the three time world champion at the 30th Annual Great Chowder Cook-off in Newport, R.I.
  • Meet the Class of 2011

    Cedar Key School's 2011 Graduation

    Jessi Robinson, Editor & Shark Correspondent

  • GTO Airboat Tournament - a local success story

    The GTO Airboat 13th Annual Fishing Tournament was held in Cedar Key last Saturday, May 21 and three local men won as the third place redfish team.They were the renowned fishing guide, Lloyd Collins and his novice fishing partners, Greg Lang and Bob Hudson.

    It was a fun event and the GTO folks did a nice job. There were many nice prizes and lots of good food and fellowship. Most impressive was the GTO’s insistence that boaters idle their airboats when close to the public beach and shore, so as not to disturb people.

  • Having great family fun

    Hope everybody had a great and safe Memorial Day.

    My weekend started off kinda busy but slid right into some really needed family fun with the boys and my wife. I have been doing nothing but working lately, so the time was a must and it was awesome. Being from the walk of life that I'm from work during holiday weekends just kinda always happens.  This time I had a fall through deal and Sunday was fun day. Ha ha.

  • Earthly Desires

    A common misconception of Buddhism is that of denying earthly desires and that to practice Buddhism, one must live an austere life by giving up possessions and spending a lot of time meditating. While that may be true of some sects of Buddhists, it is not of Mahayana Buddhists. Followers of Nicherin Daishonin fall into this group.

  • FFA Banquet honors local students and benefits FFA

    Surprise donations of $1,000 fell into the coffers of Cedar Key School’s FFA program at their banquet on May 26.

    A year of hard work ended in a celebration of students, teachers, families and friends as the school's cafeteria and auditorium was filled with great food and roaring applause.

  • Chief cleans up on Drug Amnesty Day

    Tuesday morning, Cedar Key Police Chief Virgil Sandlin displayed the heavy bag of drugs that were surrendered May 25 as part of Hazardous Waste Day.

    Residents were able to drop off un-needed or expired prescription and over-thecounter medications — no questions asked. The goal was to prevent improper disposal of drugs to prevent them from getting into the water supply.

  • Weekend proves jail has revolving door for Otter Creek teen

    Some folks might say Brian Smetana, 19,  just had a bad weekend. The Otter Creek resident is in Levy County Jail after being arrested twice — once on a charge of shooting into an occupied dwelling and, the second time after being found naked in the bedroom of a 15-year-old — in less than 24 hours.