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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Communuty Calendar (week of 5-1-2014)

    Month of May

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

  • Gov. Scott includes Levy in emergency declaration

    Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday morning included Levy County in a long list of Panhandle and Big Bend counties in an emergency declaration. 

    Scott's action came as a storm front that dumped up to 13 inches of rain and caused high winds in the Panhandle moved toward the area bringing with it lightning, high winds and rain. According to National Weather Service, the front is slow moving and will bring rain to the area which is already experiencing high water levels. 

  • Fire department gets by with a little help

    By Carolyn Ten Broeck
    editor@willistonpioneer.com

    Williston Fire Department has again stepped up to the plate to help a neighbor out.
    Last Tuesday night, under the terms of a one-year interlocal agreement whenever Cedar Key is lacking someone to cover its fire station, Williston Fire Department will help fill the void.
    Williston Fire Chief Lamar Stegall told the city council that like neighboring Bronson, Cedar Key also needs some support and he has the manpower to help.

  • New training required for shellfish harvesters

    A series of workshops is being provided by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS), University of Florida  IFAS and Florida Sea Grant to assist the molluscan shellfish industry in Florida attain the harvester education training required for certification, recertification or licensing.
     As of January, the federal government modified the National Sanitation Shellfish Program’s (NSSP) Model Ordinance to include new food safety training requirements.

  • Helping them on their way

    Susan Rosenthal, Cedar Key Woman’s Club President, presented a check to Janeice Smith and CKS Principal Darby Allen surrounded by the 5th grade students.

    The donation will help offset the cost of the Cedar Key Safety Patrol’s trip to Washington, D.C.