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Today's News

  • City prepares for 45th annual Old Florida Celebration of the Arts

    Excitement is in the air once again as Cedar Key prepares to transform into an open air gallery of art on April 18th and 19th when the Chamber of Commerce presents the 45th annual Old Florida Celebration of the Arts. Artists will line Historic Second Street from 10am to 5pm Saturday and Sunday. These fine artists and fine craftsmen will show off their paintings, jewelry, pottery, sculptures, photography, and much more! Over $10,000 will be awarded to artists and their ribbons will be on display Sunday.

  • River Levels, Crest Predictions, Flood Warnings for Thursday

    LIVE OAK, FL, April 9, 2009 12:00– Following is a summary of all the latest flood reports and crest predictions issued by the National Weather Service for stations along local rivers. 

    WITHLACOOCHEE 

  • Cedar Key Beacon Readers' Photo Galleries - Last call for Architecture

    The Beacon is creating readers' photo galleries of Cedar Key character and beauty. Next month we'll look at structures, landmarks and buildings, so send us your photographs of your favorite Cedar Key architecture. New or old, fancy or run-down, small or large, the possibilities are endless. 

    Deadline is noon March 30 for publication in the April 2 edition. Email photos should be a minimum of 150 dpi (resolution) and in jpeg format.

    For more information or questions, call Kellie at 543-5701, or email her at editor@cedarkeybeacon.com.  

  • Teachers’ personal laptops, cell phones subject to confiscation

    With the unanimous passage of new Anti-Fraud policy 7.23 last week, Bob Clemons, Director of Finance for the School Board of Levy County, has been given the additional duty of Fraud Investigator, authorized to confiscate both district and personal employee property.

    “Any irregularity, that is detected or suspected . . . shall be reported immediately to the Director of Finance” who will decide “whether pursuit of an investigation is warranted,” the policy states.

  • Coffee now available on 2nd Street

    Coffee now available on 2nd Street

    Java lovers can now enjoy a cup of fresh ground coffee at the Barefoot Artist Gallery located on historic 2nd Street.

    “Customers can get coffee-to-go or sit at tables and enjoy the art,” said Carmen Day, artist, owner, and operator of the gallery. Those who prefer to sip outdoors will find themselves well accommodated in the garden area. “When the weather’s good (it) should be nice to sit out there,” Day said.

  • Qualifying period starts Monday

    Anyone wishing to campaign for the City of Cedar Key Commission or the Cedar Key Water and Sewer District Board must complete the necessary paperwork next week during the qualifying period Monday, March 16 at 9 a.m. until Friday, March 20 at 12 p.m.

    Each candidate is required to submit a form designating a treasurer, open a campaign bank account, sign a loyalty oath, provide a statement of financial intent, and read chapter 106 of the Florida statutes. Qualified individuals will be given two handbooks, one for the candidate, one for the appointed treasurer.

  • Ask a Lawyer

    R.P. of Old Town asks, “My wife of 14 years has run off with another man, leaving me with all of the bills and all of the kids. She took everything with her, except for a retirement account she had from where she last worked. How can I prevent her from closing that account and taking all the money out? I’m entitled to half of that, aren’t I? She is no longer a resident of the state of Florida and now lives in another state.”

    Dear R.P.;

  • Conservation Corner - March 19

    Some additional tips for REDUCING as the first step in Recycling

  • growing tomatoes in eco-friendly containers

    Many of us here in Cedar Key do not have garden space as such and naturally turn to container gardening. The most talked about vegetable grown in containers here in the gardens is the tomato. Most of us go to a transplant supply outlet and purchase what is available, place them in a container and care for them, not knowing exactly what to expect except fresh red tomatoes.

  • Cheerleaders take first

    In their first-ever competition, the Cedar Key School Varsity Cheer Squad proved themselves ready by winning first place in their class nationally. The squad’s two-and-a-half minute routine featured cheering, tumbling, jumping and dance.

    “We are the Contest of Champions Small High School National Champions,” said coach Kim Bishop.

    The awards were presented Saturday night at the Wide World of Disney Sports Complex. The girls received a trophy, banner, and plaque that are all on display at the school.