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Today's News

  • CF timber program holds inaugural completion ceremony

    Six pioneering students were recognized at the College of Central Florida’s first-ever Timber Harvesting Equipment Program Completion Ceremony last Friday in Chiefland.

    The new non-credit program is aimed at preparing students for jobs in the field of logging and timber, an expanding industry in North Central Florida.

    Students went through five weeks of classroom instruction and three weeks of hands-on field experience. Upon completion, they received Master Logger Certification, OSHA 10-hour Certification and CPR Certification.

  • Griner takes over as president of Florida Cattlemen’s Assoc.

    It’s been a bittersweet couple of months for Ken Griner.

    The Chiefland rancher recently underwent a cutting edge proton beam radiation treatment for prostate cancer, which saw him making daily trips to Jacksonville over an eight-week stretch.

    During that time, his wife, Lynetta Usher Griner, who with Ken owns and runs the family’s Usher Farm and Usher Land & Timber, Inc. in Chiefland, met with President Donald Trump and a small group of fellow agricultural leaders in Washington to discuss the state and future of the industry.

  • School Board lashes out at direction of state education

    A budget workshop held during the June 27 School Board of Levy County meeting became a catalyst for the venting of frustrations by Board members over trends in public education at the state level.

    As SBLC finance director Anna Kroll presented projections for the upcoming budget, highlighting changes under the controversial House Bill 7069, which was signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott in June, Schools Superintendent Jeff Edison and the Board recounted their objections to recent education policy.

  • 31 Years and Still Sewing

    By JEAN GARDNER, Beacon Correspondent

    Cedar Key Canvas was started in 1986 by Carmen and Reed Proctor. It was first opened on Second Street in downtown Cedar Key. It has been in business for 31 years.

    The store is now located at 4051 D Street where Cedar Key Canvas offers variety of unique products that include purses, duffel bags and a bag for jumper cables.

  • Lady Sharks roll in summer hoops league win

    Jasmin Jackson penetrated the lane while Hannah Brinkman dropped a trio of 3-pointers in the second half to lift the Cedar Key girls’ basketball team to a convincing 34-23 win over Keystone Heights last Thursday in Trenton.

    The meeting was part of a June summer league featuring 12 area schools. CKS concludes its league play Thursday June 29 in Trenton against Branford at 4 p.m.

    The games are timed at 20 minutes per half. The clock only stops for timeouts.

  • Get to know local flora, fauna, history at Seahorse Key open house

    By Samantha Grenrock

    grenrosa@ufl.edu

    GAINESVILLE — Families who missed the last Seahorse Key open house have another chance to encounter history, wildlife and more on July 8 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visitors will get to see aquarium critters, tour the island’s pre-Civil War lighthouse and learn a bit of local lore.

  • Connecting trails could transform local communities

    When Dale Allen retired in 2010 and took to riding the state’s local trails, he quickly grew frustrated.

    For more than 30 years, Florida’s local and state authorities have been acquiring abandoned railroad corridors and converting them into recreational trails, in line with the national rails-to-trails trend.

    The process has led to a hodge-podge of disconnected pieces, undermining the potential of the trails to serve as long-distance carriers for bicyclists, and economic stimuli for the communities they run through.

  • Cedar Key, Bronson, Williston fireworks

    The Cedar Key Chamber of Commerce will have its fireworks show on the Fourth of July at dark on Dock Street.

    The Chamber sponsors the annual event through donations and donations are still short of the $12,000 needed to pay for the display and donations are still being accepted.

    For more information on the show or how to donate, please contact the Cedar Key Chamber of Commerce at 352-543-5600.

    The Town of Bronson and Williston will celebrate the Independence Day on July 1 and July 3, respectfully.

  • Lady Sharks fall just short in summer hoops

    The Cedar Key and Chiefland girls’ hoops squads met for a closely-fought game last Thursday in the CKS gym, as the Lady Indians eked out the Lady Sharks 28-27 in overtime as part of the local Summer League Basketball season. The league features teams made of players from 12 area schools, including Trenton, Williston and Newberry. Cedar Key borrowed some players from the Branford squad because a banquet scheduled that night left the Lady Sharks shorthanded.

  • Cedar Key School recognized again for outstanding sportsmanship

    Cedar Key School takes its sportsmanship seriously, and it’s been awarded again for its efforts.

    The school, which is the smallest public school by enrollment in Florida, received this month the Fred E. Rozelle Sportsmanship Award for Class 1A for the fourth time in six years.

    The award is issued by the FHSAA (Florida High School Athletic Association) to schools from each classification “whose total sports program best exemplifies the qualities of sportsmanship as demonstrated by its coaches, players and spectators.”