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Today's News

  • Still working to be part of the solution

    Last July, the Cedar Key Beacon's then-editor Jenna McKenna's mom passed away. She had donated her body to science. Here are some thoughts on that donation in a column that ran a week after her death.

    While her family and friends were celebrating her life and mourning her death last week, Mom was nowhere nearby.

    She was on her way (back) to college. Sometime around her third cancer surgery, Mom and her husband decided to will their bodies to science.

  • Beckham files suit against city, chiefs, officers

    A Tasing incident that took place in Cedar Key on Dock Street last year has resulted in a lawsuit filed in the United States District Court, Northern District of Florida, Gainesville Division. The lawsuit filed July 22 demands damages and a jury trial.

    The suit alleges violations of civil rights, battery and false arrest.

  • Not dangerous after all?

    Following a recommendation of city attorney David Coffey, Cedar Key City Commission agreed last week to reopen a dangerous dog hearing that took place in May.

    Coffey sent a letter dated July 16 to Mayor Colson and City Commissioners giving notice that the dangerous dog hearing that took place on May 19 may not have complied with Florida law.

  • Tax notices hit mailboxes next week

    The U.S. Postal Service will begin delivering TRIM — Truth in Millage — notices to Levy County property owners next week.

        And the news in those 48,776 notices might not be what some folks expect, Oz Barker, Levy County Property Appraiser said.

        But before picking up the telephone or heading to Barker's office in a lather, he would like you to sit down with the tax bill, read a letter he has written explaining the property tax notice and any changes.

  • Dock Master talks to boaters about Clean Marina

    “We want to keep our Clean Marina flag,” said Chuck Asbury, Cedar Key’s Dock Master. “We’re the only DEP certified Clean Marina in the entire Big Bend Area.”

    The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Clean Marina program addresses issues concerning emergencies, boat cleaning, storm water, waste water, hazardous waste, as well as habitats and species.

    Asbury spent last Saturday handing out important information and useful items to boaters to help spread the word about clean and safe boating.

  • Tropical Storm Claudette forms in Gulf; TS Ana, TS Bill form in Atlantic Ocean

    Tropical Storm Claudette is located approximately 100 miles west-southwest of Levy County and is moving north-northwest at approximately 16 mph.

    The Storm is a relatively small system, said Charlie Paxton of the National Weather Service-Ruskin. Cedar Key can expect only a half to one foot above normal tide, he said.

    There is a 40 to 50 percent chance of rain and thunderstorms this afternoon for the Levy County coastal areas.

    “All the rain is off shore right now,” Paxton said. “As for this afternoon, nothing is certain right now.”

  • Breaking News Crist names Johnson to Parker's seat

     Owen Chad “Cracker” Johnson has been named to the Levy County Board of Commissioners District 1 seat, nine months after Gov. Charlie Crist suspended Tony Parker for being indicted on federal charges.

    He will take the oath of office at the start of the commission's regular meeting at 9 a.n. Tuesday in the commission meeting room at the Levy County Courthouse on Court Street in Bronson. County Judge Joseph Smith will administer the oath.

  • Levy teachers rally with thousands

    Four Levy County teachers traveled to Orlando Saturday to join efforts with about 6,000 other educators, parents, and students from all over the state eager to get the attention of Florida lawmakers preparing to convene the 2009 legislative session. The message: Make Our Schools a Priority.

  • Photographing butterflies with Ann

    Approximately 35 people gathered at the Library for the Garden Club's presentation of Ann Kamzelski's lecture, "Photographing Butterflies and Other Insects." Kamzelski's love of photography and nature was clearly evident in her presentation. This passion first began when she read a book on macro photography, after being inspired by her mother's photography of wildflowers. As an award-winning photographer, Kamzelski often does presentations pertaining to photography, some of which take place in Pennsylvania where she spends her summers.

  • Fashion Show luncheon offers fun and shopping for a good cause

    The Cedar Key Woman’s Club will host a fashion show luncheon and shopping event Wednesday March 18 at 11:30 at the Community Center.

    “It’s turned out to be serious fashion with a comical side. Partly serious, partly fun,” said Ways and Means Chair Jane Moore who coordinates fundraising. “It isn’t just for women.” Everyone is invited to come and enjoy the fun for a good cause, she said.