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Today's News

  • Cedar Key middle, high school teams take state titles

    Seventy-one teams in Florida attempted to earn a spot in the state finals this year in the FFA Aqua-culture CDE by taking a written exam about the many aspects of Florida aquaculture.
    Ten high school teams and 10 middle school teams earned the right to compete for the state title in Ruskin at the Tropical Aquaculture Lab.

  • Project VENUS underway in Cedar Key

    During the last seven years, researchers at the University of Florida IFAS and Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute at Florida Atlantic University with Florida Sea Grant funding have evaluated the culture and market potential of the sunray venus clam, an attractive native clam.

  • Community Calendar (week of 5-22-14)

    Month of May

    Artist of the Month
    The Cedar Keyhole’s Artist of the Month for May is Carol Seidman.

  • At 37, it's bigger, better and more exciting than ever

    By ASHLEY THORNTON
    Staff Writer

     
    The 37th annual Wild Hog Canoe and Kayak Race grew by leaps and bounds this year with 103 participants compared to last year’s 72 and 49 in 2012.
    “It’ll be a record year, I guarantee ya'. We’ve already got what we had last year,” Keith Maynard, coordinator for the event, told the Chiefland Citizen in interview during the race.

  • Bill Roberts' CRACKER COWBOY: The Heather Island Bull

    By Bill Roberts
    I was day-working in Marion County for a group of cattlemen that had cattle in several pastures, including the Ocala National Forest, where the cattle, more or less, roamed over a large area.
    This was the end of the open range, as encounters with automobiles became more frequent, especially of Highway 40 from Ocala to the East Coast.

  • Smithsonian to focus on Cedar Key

    In a few months, Cedar Key will be one of six cities in the state to host a traveling exhibit from the nation’s premier museum, the Smithsonian Institution.

    “The Way We Worked,” part of the Smithsonian’s “Museum on Main Street” program, will be in Cedar Key from September through October.

    “It’s just fabulous,” said Cedar Key Historical Society President Ken Young, adding that the historical society, in conjunction with other groups, has been trying to get the exhibit in the area for a couple of years.

  • Cedar Key artist gaining international mosaic acclaim

    Cedar Key artist Valerie Bretl is one of 40 mosaic artists selected for the 2014 Mosaic Arts International exhibition.
    Three jurors chose Bretl’s mosaic titled, “Festivity,” out of hundreds of entries from countries including Canada, England, Israel, Mexico, Brazil, Italy, Australia, Japan and the United States.
    Bretl’s mosaics have been selected for the annual Mosaic Arts International exhibition three times in the last five years, causing her mosaics to grow in both acclaim and value.

  • Community calendar (week of 5-15-2014)

     Month of May

     

    Artist of the Month

    The Cedar Keyhole’s Artist of the Month for May is Carol Seidman.

  • Pen pals meet up in Cedar Key for Friendship Day

    By ASHLEY THORNTON
    Special to the Beacon

    After nearly a full school year of writing back and forth, first and second grade students from Cedar Key and Chiefland Elementary School finally got to meet up.
    Friendship Day was a culminating event for these students, according to CKS second grade teacher Rebecca Lloyd. Her class writes to Patty Shewey’s 2nd grade class in Chiefland.

  • All bark and no bite

    By LOU ELLIOTT JONES
    editor@cedarkeybeacon.com

    Kay Gaither just winces every time she hears a parent telling their child that her husband’s service dog, Honey, is going to bite.
    “They say watch out, he’s going to bite you. He’s going to attack,” Gaither told the Greater Chiefland Chamber of Commerce at the group’s April 25 meeting.