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Today's News

  • School board looking to boost test scores

    By PAT FAHERTY

    Special to the Beacon

  • Trashy people hurt recycling program

    Cedar Key no longer has a recycling trailer on State Road 24 at County Road 347.
    The Raleigh Community, near Williston, lost its recycling trailer — again — after the property owner asked that it be removed.
    And the trailer at the Manatee Jiffy may be the next to disappear.

  • Republican primaries closed

    Republicans, who now hold sway in voter registration in Levy County, will have a huge voice in both County Commission seats up for grabs in the Aug. 26 primary.
    And in the county school board elections — which are nonpartisan races — all three incumbents were re-elected without opposition when candidate filing closed at noon Friday.
    Incumbents Cameron Asbell of District 1, Robert Philpot of District 3 and Rick Turner of District 5 will hold on to their seats.

  • Dealing with that difficult person

    By Bob Denny
    My friend’s blood pressure jumped to 160/110! He told me he thought he was going to explode! It was a serious clash with a dominating supervisor. That was one of the most painful and challenging times of his life! It hurt so bad that he took a month off of work. With some helpful counseling, he worked out a good solution with the employer, and was able to return to his job and stay on until a happy and successful retirement. (His supervisor was transferred and given appropriate training on “management skills.”)

  • CRACKER COWBOY: The Guy Thompson Affair (Part 1)

    A couple of years into my cowboying in Marion County I got a call from a man who was living on the Castro farms, northwest of Ocala on Highway 27. He told me he managed the cattle operation for Bernard Castro and he had heard that I was day working and had some good dogs. He had a similar arrangement with Castro that I had with the Double F Ranch out at Moss Bluff - we could day work on the side on our own time.

  • Lions' Flag Day highway cleanup
  • Community Calendar (week of 6-19-14)

    Coming in June

    Raku party planning under way
    This summer, the Cedar Key Art Center is going to try something a little different. If you would like to participate, send an e-mail to amyjojones4@gmail.com.
    Participants will make a piece of pottery from raku clay which can be picked up from Cedar Key Pottery. A class will be planned in June, once a group is put together who will make their pieces and have them bisque fired in time for the party.
    The center is then planning a raku party for the Arts Center backyard.

  • There will be fireworks on Fourth

    Staff Report

    It took a village, but the village of Cedar Key and its friends would not allow the traditional July 4th celebration to go without a fireworks show.
    Cindy Bonish at Low Key Hideaway and Jamie Griffith of Seabreeze Restaurant among scores of other folks had $7,995 in hand by Tuesday morning, barely enough to assure that the sparklers, roman candles, chrysanthemums, stars and palms will light up the night sky.

  • Duke sets open house on gas plant

    By PAT FAHERTY
    Special to the Beacon

    Duke Energy Florida has scheduled a public open house on its proposed $1.5 billion combined-cycle natural gas plant in Citrus County.
    The event will be held from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday, July 10 at the Plantation on Crystal River, 9301 W. Fort Island Trail, Crystal River.

  • County waives impact fee for CK store

    The Levy County Commission agreed with a plea made by the owner of an RV park on State Road 24 and unanimously agreed to waive payment of $11,277 in impact fees for the construction of the Cedar Key General Store at the RV park.
    Joe Florentine, of Spring Lake, N.J., owner of Florentine Recreation LLC and Cedar Key General Store LLC, made the request in a public hearing held during Tuesday's commission meeting. The store will be built in front of the park at 7690 S.W. State Road 24.