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Today's News

  • Clamming 101

     While preparing for my first-ever CLAMerica experience, gathering material for the Beacon’s Special Section and learning all I could about clamming, I realized how little I really knew about the industry that encompasses so much of this community of islands.

    I immediately went in search of a clam farmer who would teach me. Just my luck, the first clammer I approached happened to mention that he would be out on the water the very next morning – on a Saturday.

  • Best in the state

    Staff report

    Levy County readers enjoy some of the best newspapers in the state of Florida. Staffers and contributors to the Cedar Key Beacon, Chiefland Citizen, and Williston Pioneer received five individual awards from this year's Better Weekly Newspapers contest, sponsored by Florida Press Association.

  • 'Super green' project conserves water, saves money

    The Community Redevelopment Agency’s Reclaimed Water Project, which will use treated water to irrigate the City Park and Marina landscape beds, will be completed this week.

    “The project is minor in size, scope and cost,” said CRA Director Greg Lang. “But it says so much about the values of our community and the direction of our Board.”

  • Movies in the Park continues successful showings

    More than 100 people brought blankets and chairs to enjoy the outdoors and watch Eragon, this month’s featured Movie in the Park Saturday night at City Park.

    The free event brought many visitors looking for family fun to the islands. Judging by the applause of the crowd prior to show time, a little less than half of the attendants came from out of town.

    Movies in the Park is a community effort to provide monthly year round family friendly entertainment. Bug spray is also provided to make the experience more comfortable for all.

  • Guest columns to the Beacon could score cash for teens

    AAA has announced a Safe Summer contest to run from July 1 through Sept 9, inviting high school and college students to produce effective communication campaigns that will help AAA spread the Buckle Up message and otherwise promote driving safety.

    The contest is a grassroots effort designed to engage teens and their peers in conversations that will improve driver safety, by encouraging them to create effective avenues and messages.

  • Letters to the Editor

    Dear Editor,

    In the article Warren Parkin wrote for the July 9 paper (Natures Landing Under New Management), he did not learn that more than half of the Natures Landing owners have been very pleased with the service that JD and Pam McCormick provide in renting the units and have stayed with them. Their office is now on C Street, next to the Drummond Bank and just around the corner from where your office was previously. Thought that you would like to know.

    Malcolm Cox

     

    Dear Editor,

  • Acknowledging Rosewood will lead to healing

    Editors note: The following letter was received Saturday, Aug. 1. The first day of its featured status, the Rosewood article was viewed 116,273 times.

    Several months ago, I began improving the Wikipedia article on Rosewood massacre (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosewood_massacre) with the intent of getting it promoted through rigorous peer review to featured article status. Featured articles on Wikipedia represent the site's finest and most comprehensive well-researched writing; only featured articles appear on the main page.

  • CK officer assaulted

    Cedar Key resident Randy Baggett was arrested Friday for allegedly assaulting a police officer and two paramedics, disorderly intoxication and resisting arrest with violence.

    Approximately 3 p.m. Friday, Cedar Key Police Officer Dave Reinstra responded to a disturbance at the Big Deck Raw Bar located on Dock Street, according Police Chief Virgil Sandlin.

  • El Nio brings high risk of extreme weather, tornado activity

    El Niño is here, and the National Weather Service and the Levy County Emergency Management are urging residents to prepare for potential severe weather caused by its impacts.

    El Niño, the periodic warming of central and eastern tropical Pacific waters, occurs on average every two to five years and typically lasts about 12 months, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

  • Noah teaches storm tide monitoring

    Dan Noah, Warning Coordination Meteorologist for the National Weather Service – Ruskin, visited Cedar Key Thursday afternoon to meet with officials and residents for Levy Tide Project training. Noah held a similar training for Yankeetown earlier in the day.

    New storm tide markers based on accurate Mean Sea Level readings have been placed around Cedar Key and Yankeetown, allowing municipal emergency responders to work closely with the NWS-Ruskin, and resulting in more accurate data to determine storm surge behavior.