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Today's News

  • Lost message from past washes ashore couple’s Yankeetown island retreat

    In his 40 years of scuba diving, John Edwards has ran across some unbelievable finds.

    But he’s never found anything as strange as what he and his wife Rosa discovered in late January, washed up on one of their private islands on the mouth of the Withlacoochee River near Yankeetown.

    The pair were cleaning up the damage wrought by Hurricane Hermine when, among all of the unremarkable items and driftwood littered along the shore of their coastal retreat, an old bottle caught Mr. Edwards’ eye.

  • Be an Old Florida Celebration of the Arts Purchase Award Patron

    The 53rd Annual Spring Arts Festival in Cedar Key is just six weeks away and the Old Florida Celebration of the Arts Committee is hopeful you will become a patron this year. The festival is April 8, 9 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

    Here are some are answers to some frequently asked questions about the program.

  • Birdies for books

    Sue Wooley, the president of the Friends of the Cedar Key Library, was stunned last year at the size of the donation to the library from the first-ever Cedar Key Open charity golf event.

    Last Wednesday, the Chiefland Golf and Country Club and the Big Deck Raw Bar hosted the second edition of the Open, and the amount of funds raised was doubled from the previous year.

    “I was nearly speechless,” Wooley said. “And you can ask my husband, that’s a rarity.”

  • Bones found near site of missing plane

    DNA testing will be done on bones found in the area off Cedar Key where a single engine plane crashed.

    On Feb. 12, a single engine plane bound for Cedar Key crashed into the Gulf of Mexico approximately 6 miles south southeast of the island. The pilot, Jasper Jerrels, 65, passengers, Jerrels’ 17-year-old Dylan Jerrels and Hue Singletary perished.

  • Kids for K9s pays visit to Cedar Key School

    Kids for K9s recently presented a program to Cedar Key School second graders and students of Brooke Smith about service animals.

    The program included discussion of some of the many jobs that service animals do to help people, including a demonstration by Aric of how a dog can identify certain chemicals that might be used in explosives (no explosives were used). The children also learned what to do if they are ever lost and how a barking dog might be coming to find them so stay in one safe place until the search dog arrives.

  • CK historians present unique program

    Hannah Healey and Dr. John Andrews will be the featured presenters in March and April at the Cedar Key Historical Society Coffee. Both programs start at 10 a.m. in the Community Center.

  • Workout on Waterfront 'Repurpose It Regatta' is a first for Cedar Key

    Sailors with a knack for building their own seaworthy vessels will join in the fun March 18 in Cedar Key for the first “Workout on the Waterfront Repurpose-It-Regatta.”

  • New sculpture at the Cedar Key Arts Center

    Thanks to the generosity of longtime residents Earl and Dorothy Starnes the stairs to the new addition are now adorned with an inspiring sculpture depicting sea gulls in flight. This graceful 8-by-4 foot bronze sculpture was created by Rolf Carl Nyberg and purchased in the 1960s by the Starnes. 

  • Commissioners approve change order to Marina Improvements Project

    By Jennifer Davis

    Citizen Correspondent

    Cedar Key city commissioners approved a change order to the Marina Improvements Project during its Feb. 7 meeting.

    Commissioners approved a change order request by Gray Construction Services Inc., regarding the contract for the Marina Improvements Project. The change increased the cost from $222,550 to $235,669, a difference of $13,119.

  • Get in touch with science, history at Seahorse Key open house

    By SAMANTHA GRENROCK

    CEDAR KEY — Visitors of all ages will get up close and personal with local history and wildlife at the next Seahorse Key open house, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m on Feb. 25.

    A pop-up aquarium of ‘touch tanks’ will let families interact with living marine animals and reptiles collected from the Cedar Key area. Past aquariums have included seahorses, puffer fish and terrapin turtles.