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Today's News

  • 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.

  • CRA: Festival budget is slim

    “I can see that what I’ve been worrying about has happened,” said Commissioner Gene Hodges, sitting as a board member for the Community Redevelopment Agency. “Our budget’s been cut.”

    News at the CRA budget workshop was grim for festivals seeking grants. CRA Director Greg Lang presented a drafted budget to the board Monday night, and due to financial restraints, the line item for festivals was left blank.

  • State OKs site for Levy nuclear plant

        The Florida Cabinet has given its blessing to locating a two-unit nuclear power plant in Levy County about two miles from the town of Inglis.

        Gov. Charlie Crist, Attorney General Bill McCollum and Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink, serving as the Siting Board, unanimously approved Progress Energy Florida’s request for construction of a nuclear facility on a 3,105-acre location. The Levy Nuclear Plant is the first nuclear facility approved in Florida since 1976.

  • Capt. Danny's Fishing report

    Hello my name is Capt. Danny Allen I'm owner and operator of Southern Salt Charters, and hopefully your new provider of reports, stories, and photos for Cedar Keys backcountry and flats fishing.

  • SBA Disaster Loans Available in Levy

    The U. S. Small Business Administration has federal economic injury disaster loans available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives and most private non-profit organizations in Florida due to a drought that occurred from March 15, 2009 to May 26, 2009.