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Today's News

  • Owls work the night shift

    The Friends and staff of the Lower Suwannee & Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuges held an Open House last Saturday at the Suwannee Community Center in the town of Suwannee.

    Normally held at the Cedar Key NWR, this was the first time the annual event took place in Dixie County.

    “We wanted to give people over here an opportunity to get to know the Refuge,” said Refuge Manager John Kasbohm. “Based on the turnout we’ll probably rotate years – one year in Cedar Key, one here in Suwannee.”

  • Canadian Vacationer brings logs to CK furniture maker

    Call it a working man’s respect for earning a living, call it a blue collar vacation, Jim Jackson of International Falls, Minnesota likes to spend vacations meeting new people and experiencing their professions. Jim spent the first six days of vacation hauling three poplar logs 1800 miles from the Canadian border to Cedar Key for a friend he made last year - local furniture maker Herman Wells.

    “I can‘t sit on the beach or anything like that,” Jim said of his taste in vacations.

  • Cedar Key Historical Museum is open again

    The Cedar Key Historical Museum, housed in the Lutterloh Building located on the corner of 2nd and D street in Downtown Cedar Key, re-opened its doors last week after months of renovations that stripped the original structure down to little more than its front façade.

    The Cedar Key Historical Society’s museum will operate as a working museum for the next several weeks as volunteers continue to complete some of the exhibits, according to volunteer Elizabeth Ehrbar.

  • Fire specialists burn to create historical habitat

    As the sun dries the final traces of moisture left from a damp night, 10 prescribed fire specialists make their way into the meeting room at the Cedar Key and Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge headquarters for the morning briefing.

  • Author releases book on Hurricane of 1896

    Alvin F. Oickle’s new book, The Cedar Keys Hurricane of 1896:Disaster at Dawn, gives a concise view of the late 19th century storm that changed lives and lifestyles on the islands. “(T)he disaster that befell the Cedar Keys helped it become a place apart from the mainland, both geographically and metaphysically,” Oickle contends.

  • Beating the garbage truck

    Resident Willie Brown is making his own recycling initiative happen. He’s been visiting many Cedar Key businesses up to four times a week to pick up cardboard and transport it to the recycling trailer on 3rd Street.

    “My wife and I have always recycled our stuff when the trailer was out at the laundry mat,” he said. “We just sort of fell into this.”

    “Sometimes she helps me out, too,” Willie added.

  • Remembering the Holocaust makes it less likely to happen again

    This past week Jews in Florida, across the United States, throughout Israel, and all around the world paused to remember the Six Million and the persecuted survivors. They mourned the loss of unique ways of life, progeny, and creativity. They vowed that the horrors of institutionalized exploitation of prejudice welded to planned, intentional, and organized genocide will never happen again. They honored Holocaust Remembrance Day.

  • Cedar Key grads clean up in scholarships

    CKS Scholarships

    Joseph Bishop

    Doug and Pam Bishop, $2,000

    Emily Pearl Rhodes Lawrence Memorial, $500

    Parent Teacher Organization, $500

    City of Cedar Key,

    Perkins Financial Group, $500

    Senior Beta, $100

    Florida Future Educators of America, $500

    Future Business Leaders of America, $50

    Bright Futures Florida Medallion

    Shealene Campbell

    Future Business Leaders of America, $50

    Jacob Crosby

    Rayson and Norah Salt, $1,000

  • UF Film Crew Recognizes Cedar Key Heritage Tree Inventory

    A film crew from the University of Florida came to Cedar Key Tuesday morning to document the success of the Cedar Key Heritage Tree Inventory, a project being recognized for its interagency cooperation.  Several agencies were involved in the tree inventory project: UF IFAS Extension Levy County, the Florida Division of Forestry-Levy County Forester, the Suwanee River Water Management District, the City of Cedar Key, the Cedar Key Community Redevolopment Agency, Cedar Key Public Works, Cedar Key Water and Sewer District, as well as countless volunteers.  The film crew will use the

  • Tony’s Cedar Key Clam Chowder is World Champion

    Tony's Cedar Key Clam Chowder won first place in the 28th Annual Schweppes Great Chowder Cook-off held in Newport, RI on Saturday.

    The international competition, featuring chefs from New England, Seattle, North Carolina, and Bermuda this year, awarded Tony's Cedar Key Clam Chowder with the title of “Clam Chowder World Champion.”