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Today's News

  • Higher learning

    The new College of Central Florida Jack Wilkinson Levy Campus isn’t quite ready for its closeup, to flip the words of Gloria Swanson’s character in the film noir classic Sunset Boulevard.

    But after 14 years of development, fundraising and construction, it’s getting close.

  • To DEET or not to DEET

    Deborah Goad, Beacon Correspondent

    How many people remember the mosquito spraying trucks of their youth? Were you one of the kids that, when hearing the distinctive sound made from the propulsion of fog emitted from the truck, ran out into the haze, running directly behind the truck to be engulfed in the white fog?

    It’s a memory many older Floridians share. Thankfully parents today are more aware of the chemicals in the environment and educate children to be aware of chemicals that may harm them.

  • Cedar Key ideal lab for dolphin research

    Cedar Key Dolphin Project

    Dr. Stefanie K. Gazda began researching Cedar Key bottlenose dolphins in 2001 for her master’s thesis. She came to the area to study bottlenose dolphins’ foraging behavior and over the years her research has led to the discovery of many aspects of dolphin behavior.

  • Caldwell courts locals in bid for Ag Commissioner

    State Rep. Matt Caldwell stopped in Chiefland Friday afternoon where he spent the day with Ken Griner on the cattle ranch, he worked with a logging crew and then went to the Suwannee Lumber in Cross City where he toured the mill to try to gain an understanding of issues they are dealing with.

    The day was part of his statewide campaign for Commissioner of Agriculture. The election is still 13 months away.

  • 2018 Festival Design Contest

    Boats have always been an integral part of life in Cedar Key. Whether used for clamming, oystering, sport fishing, sailing the outer islands or kayaking through the mangroves, boats are an important feature of our island community. Share your take on boats in the 2018 Festival Design Contest. The theme is “What Floats Your Boat?”

    The winning artwork will be featured on t-shirts, posters, postcards and other promotional materials for the 54th Annual Spring Arts Festival in Cedar Key.

  • Gulf Hammock residents meet with county officials over EMS mapping, postal address concerns

    Citizens of the Gulf Hammock area feel like their area is falling through the cracks when it comes to locating homes for delivery or emergency services, and when it comes to the latter, they’re worried it could prove fatal.

    At the Gulf Hammock Church of God Thursday, July 13, around 30 Gulf Hammock residents met with a handful of county representatives to air out their worries over how the area is represented on mapping systems as well as how it’s handled through the postal system.

  • Explorations in Art

    What happens when you combine art teachers, an assortment of art materials, and students for two hours a day for nine days? You get an explosion of creativity, learning, and exploration of art materials that generates inspired artwork.

  • What goes bump in the night in Cedar Key?

    By R. L. “Doc” Gardner

    “At low tide, along the sandy beaches of Seahorse Key, many sailors and fishermen have seen a headless figure astride a pale Palomino, keeping faithful patrol on a moonlit night.” – Debra Lyon-Dye

  • Cedar Key School improves on school assessments

    The Florida Department of Education recently released its annual school grades, and Levy County’s are remarkably consistent with last year’s.

  • County sets preliminary rates

    Levy County set its Preliminary Annual Rate Resolutions for the Roadway Maintenance Service, Solid Waste Tax Assessments, EMS Tax Assessments and Fire Protection Services, capping the new rates at current levels or lower.

    The preliminary rates set a ceiling that the county cannot go above in the upcoming budget, which is finalized on Sept. 12.