Today's News

  • Celebrate Earth Day, explore Florida

    On a glorious sunny Florida day this past weekend, as a gentle breeze swayed the pines and a swallow-tailed kite glided overhead, I watched my seven-year-old son and his close friend ignore me at every opportunity. We were visiting a Nature Conservancy preserve and I was telling them, in my best child-friendly professorial voice, all about the importance to the ecosystem of gopher tortoise burrows and how prescribed fire had prepared the land for the reintroduction of red-cockaded woodpeckers.

  • Cedar Key Family celebrates generations

    Lillian Kathleen Bishop Baker, known simply as “Great” by her many descendents, celebrated her 85th birthday last weekend, surrounded by generations of family at the Cedar Key City Park.

    Kathleen greeted well-wishers sporting a name tag that read, “Great.”

    “All the grandchildren call her that,” said her daughter Rita Bishop. “Great” seems an appropriate word to describe the octogenarian: great grandmother Kathleen is the matriarch of a great big family that traces its ties to Cedar Key for a great many generations.

  • Smoke and video testing of pipes to begin soon

    As part of the planning for the proposed Phase II Streets and Utilities program the Cedar Key Water & Sewer District and Cedar Key Community Redevelopment Agency are cooperating to perform inspections and testing of the downtown sewer system.

    A detailed video inspection and smoke testing of the sewer system in the downtown area of Cedar Key is scheduled to start on March 9. Technicians from Altair Environmental Group of Longwood Florida will be working in Cedar Key approximately three to four weeks performing various inspections and tests to the sewer system.

  • Shark news

    Fourth Grade Living Science Projects

    By Sarah Martin

    Fourth grade has been preoccupied with raising and studying animals such as fiddler crabs, African dwarf frogs, and millipedes. The students are studying the creature's adaptations and environment.

  • News from Cedar Key High School

    Upcoming Games and Dates

    By Claire Brown

    Friday, March 13: Baseball game against Seven Rivers at 6:00 p.m.

    Thursday, March 19: Beta Induction

    Friday, March 20: Softball and baseball games against Meadowbrook at 4:30 p.m.

    Monday, March 23: Baseball game against St. John at 4:30 p.m. Softball game against Bronson at 5:00.

    Tuesday, March 24: Softball game against Seven Rivers at 5:30 p.m.

    Friday, March 27: No school due to a teacher workday

    Monday, March 30: No school due to Suwannee River Fair Day

  • Pipe exploration will tell Water District which areas need most work

    You may have seen a small trailer in the streets of Cedar Key with the name Altair Environmental Group on the side, and wondered why it’s moving all around the island.

    The trailer is home base to a crew that is going street to street, manhole to manhole, to inspect every sewer pipe in the downtown and surrounding areas looking for cracks and damage.

    “We’re looking for holes in the side of the pipe, cracked pipe, anything that might cause a problem down the road,” said project superintendent Bill Kirk.

  • Shark News

    Beta Week

    Zoë Stuber

    Cedar Key High School’s Senior Beta Club is inducting a new member today--Jenny Bierman, a freshman. The club is celebrating with an event coined “Beta Week.” Senior Beta centered every day of this week around a theme for the school. 

  • 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. 


  • 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.