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Today's News

  • Ron Black named Volunteer of the Tear

      Once again, after donating over 500 hours during the calendar year, Ron Black, volunteer caretaker of Shell Mound, is Volunteer of the Year at Lower Suwannee and Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuges for the third year in a row. You could say Black is a workaholic, because he can’t just kick-back and enjoy retirement.  

  • 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.

  • Fishing report: Cap'n Danny

    Hello everyone, hope all is well and y’all are getting to enjoy the weather this week –  it’s darn close to perfection. The fishing wasn’t far from the same.
The conditions haven’t changed much over the past few weeks – the water temps have risen to high 70s. But, the brown water is still here and not going anywhere soon.

  • Shark news

    Blood Drive back at CKS

    By Robert Kint
    Shark Correspondent
    Friday, May 9, the bloodmobile will be back at CKS! Students must be 16 years old with a signed permission form to donate. The bloodmobile will be here from 9 a.m. to noon. Giving blood is the best way to help save lives, so come on down and donate.

    SGA clean-up

    By Robert Kint
    Shark Correspondent

  • Community Calendar (week of 5-8-14)

    Month of May

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.