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Today's News

  • Dustin Berger lives life to the fullest

    Twenty-two-year-old Dustin Burger, an active volunteer in the community, is the new assistant basketball coach for Cedar Key Middle School boys. He works under the direction of head coach Norman “Biz” Paeth.

    “I love it,” Dustin said of his new responsibilities.

    Dustin brings 4 years of competitive ball experience and unbridled enthusiasm to the team. He played for Cedar Key Middle from 2003-2007. Joshua, his younger brother, plays for the team.

  • Perfect soil is not as critical as some may think

    The three major elements for plant growth are food, water, and sunlight. Of these water is the most dominant – with the exception perhaps of the fungi of mushrooms, which grow in dark caves and possibly your closet. Notice, of these three major elements, soil is not mentioned!

  • Artist thrives with multimedia paintings

    Island local Linda Cook Flynn is the feature artist this month at the Cedar Key Arts Center Members’ Gallery.

    “This is joy,” said the multimedia artist regarding the opportunity to show at the Center.

    Flynn, a native Floridian, found her calling with acrylic paints just two years ago, after studying watercolor for two years. She often uses mediums, a glue-like substance, to add texture and shape to her creations. Other texturizers she is fond of include burlap and linen cloth.

  • Shell Mound gets new signs from Refuge Hunters

    The Shell Mound Unit of the Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge, just minutes away from Cedar Key, has a new entrance kiosk as well as new trailhead kiosks, thanks to the volunteerism of long-time Refuge sportsmen. A bulletin board with fishing information will be installed at the pier in 2009. Just up County Road 347 more educational signs are posted on the Refuge Nature Drive.

  • Letter to the Editor

    Dear Editor:

    Congratulations to your appointment as Editor of the Cedar Key Beacon. We had been coming to Cedar Key for 50 years and many times spend more time there than we do at our home in St. Pete. We have subscribed to your excellent paper for many years.

  • CKS makes nation’s top high schools list

    For the second year in a row Cedar Key School was named one of the best high schools in the nation. The US News and World Report placed CKS in the bronze category for academic performance.

    “Our faculty and staff work very hard to be conscientious about providing an excellent education covering the Sunshine State Standards, and beyond that, providing enrichment,” Principal Sue Ice said.

  • Cedar Key Garden Club works to eliminate Brazilian Pepper

    Last week marked the Cedar Key Garden Club’s season kick off for eradicating Brazilian Pepper on the islands, a project entering its 11th year.

    Since 1998, club members have been striving to rid Cedar Key of the noxious plant by meeting once a week December through April to pull, cut, and treat it with herbicide.

  • Hastings proposes layoff alternative

    In the effort to reduce the operating budget by more than $1 million by the end of the current school year, Superintendent Bob Hastings is asking for the School Board’s and the union’s approval to take an unusual approach.

    Rather than eliminating approximately 50 jobs district-wide, as previously proposed, Hastings has found a more creative means.

    “We’re going to ask all employees to take three days off without pay,” Hastings told the Board.

  • City streetlight survey nears completion

    A survey of Cedar Key’s 158 streetlights is 75 percent complete, Public Works Coordinator Josh Wilson reported at Tuesday evening’s City Commission meeting.

    The survey is looking at three factors: whether or not each light works, supplies appropriate illumination, and hangs at an effective height. Twelve to 15 percent of the lights surveyed so far require repair.

    The commission discussed lumen footprints, and the negative effects of light pollution.

  • Is a cell phone tower in store for Cedar Key?

    A representative from Skyway Towers visited the Cedar Key Commission last week to propose the addition of a cell phone tower.

    Scott Behuniak focused on several key reasons why the Commissioners should partner with Skyway Towers, including the obvious improvement to community wireless coverage, the enhancement to current municipal communications such as emergency responders, and the revenue generated for the City.