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Today's News

  • Cedar Key girls boast promising youth on court

    Cedar Key girls’ basketball coach David Tomlin says this year’s varsity team might be more talented than last year’s, but the new crop of young players don’t have the experience to prove it quite yet.

    With seven girls gone from last year’s squad, a handful of promising newcomers are filling important roles for the Lady Sharks, especially on defense and on the boards, where eighth-grader Rylee Smith and freshman Niya Jones are two of the top team’s top rebounders.

  • Young Cedar Key boys hoops squad building for future

    The Cedar Key boys’ varsity basketball team needs that one thing that only time can deliver: experience.

    Most of this year’s roster, which doesn’t include a single senior, offers little returning experience, which means a steep learning curve is ahead for its players.

    First-year Sharks head coach Vance Dickey recognizes some strengths his team has to build on, particularly in the post, but the mental side of the game and the fundamentals will take time.

  • Prayers for teen in fatal hunting accident

    The Cedar Key community lost its holiday joy on Wednesday morning when word spread that prayers were needed for a family.

    Authorities confirmed that Jacob Solano, 18, a senior at Cedar Key School, died when his gun discharged while he was hog hunting on Black Point Island off Shell Mound.

    The loss is devastating to the school which has only 14 students in the Class of 2017 and Solano was one of four young men in the class. When students, who are on Thanksgiving break,, return to school on Monday, there will be grief counselors available. 

  • Woman’s Club 2017 calendar released

    The Cedar Key Calendar, which has become a tradition in four years, arrives in Cedar Key this week. “This year we have been offered pictures from over 25 photographers, and the results are better than ever!” says Calendar Coordinator Vicki Crumpley, of the Cedar Key Woman’s Club.

  • Lion-size gift for library's children

    Cedar Key Librarian Molly Jubitz, left, participates in the presentation of a $10,000 check by Larry Masters, Lions District Governo to Sue Wooley, President of the Friends of the Cedar Key Library. The money is part of the Lions Club International's celebration of the civic organization's Centennial.

  • Opening reception for Leland Williams at Arts Center

    An opening reception for the Cedar Key Arts Center Gallery opening of an exhibit — Time & Tide — will be hosted by the center’s patrons on Saturday, Nov. 19 from 5 to 7 p.m.

    The event is free to the public and appetizers, drinks and conversation will be available to all. Come share a little time with the art community at the Cedar Key Arts Center season opener.

  • FWC awarded BP spill money

    Special to the Cedar Key Beacon

    The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation today announced the award of more than $370 million from its Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund for 25 projects in five Gulf states, including four critical conservation projects in Florida. 

  • Oysters given $8.3M to make a comeback

    Special to the Cedar Key Beacon

    In less than 30 years, 3,000-year-old oyster reefs off Florida’s Big Bend coastline have declined by 88 percent, according to University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers.

    For residents who depend on the fishing grounds and other coastal resources protected by these reefs, it’s a worrying trend.

  • Special meeting for council

    The Cedar Key City Council will have a special meeting on Tuesday November 15that 6 p.m. at the Cedar Key Community Center

  • Spaghetti dinner Thursday at school

    By John Pelham

    Shark Correspondent    

    Cedar Key School’s Student Government Association will host a spaghetti dinner fundraiser on Thursday evening.

    The dinner will take place at 6:00 p.m. in the CKS auditorium. It will include spaghetti, garlic bread, beverages, and dessert for $5 per person.