Today's News

  • Yearty sentenced to federal prison

    Third-generation County Commissioner Sammy Yearty has ordered to serve 33 months in federal prison followed by three years probation and pay $10,300 in fines for soliciting and accepting a part of a $10,000 bribe from an undercover FBI agent posing as a developer and lying to the FBI about it. Yearty, who has held office since being appointed in 1978 by t

  • Run-off election set for May 25It's a tie!

  • Clam farming industry prepares for oil spill impacts

    The clam farming community met last week to begin preparing for potential oil spill impacts.  Following is a summary of topics discussed. 


    Shellfish is Safe

  • Cedar Key clams and oysters are safe

    Cedar Key's most imminent risk is not oil in the waters, Leslie Sturmer, University of Florida Aquaculture Extension Agent, said after a briefing Tuesday.

  • Oil Spill update

    Department of Environmental Protection, as the lead response agency for the state of Florida, is actively participating in the Deepwater Horizon response and provided the following summary on Saturday. 

  • May I have this dance?

    “You don’t act like you’re thirty, Mom.” I can’t quite tell if it’s embarrassment or amazement coming from my 12-year-old’s mouth. I take a shot in the dark: “You mean I’m acting too old?” I try to hide the worry in my voice. I was excited to hit my third decade last month, but the last thing I was looking for was to be OLD.

  • Food for thought

    As any responsible journalist would, I do my best never to pass up a free meal.  

    Most of us, after all, are not in this business to make money – as our meager salaries clearly indicate. Most of us regard our jobs as a kind of service – an important role within our community. 

  • It’s going to be hard

     “You know, it’s going to be hard when mother dies,” my mom confided to my big brother Roger recently. In the late stages of dementia, sometimes my mom thinks that Roger is her youngest brother Dexter, who died more than 25 years ago. Now in her 80s she still mourns for her mom and her little brother.

  • Our Beacon burns bright

    Some of you may have noticed, or heard by now, that the Beacon’s office is a little… different. 

  • Parker spared prison time

     Suspended Levy County Commissioner Tony Parker was sentenced to six months house arrest, five years probation and 500 hours of community service on Wednesday afternoon by Federal Chief District Judge Stephan P. Mickle.

    Parker, along with Commission Chair Sammy Yearty was convicted of soliciting and accepting a $10,000 bribe from an undercover FBI agent posing as a developer. Yearty was also convicted of lying to the FBI during an interview and will be sentenced  on May 5.