http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Unwanted and lost animals crushing shelter http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/unwanted-and-lost-animals-crushing-shelter <img src="http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/sites/www.cedarkeybeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/animal_pic.jpeg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="88" height="85" /><p> Levy County&rsquo;s human population was 40,801 in 2010 according to the U.S. Census. And while no census is taken of our pets, according to a calculator on the American Veterinary Association website, that means an estimated 5,728 households own 9,165 dogs and 4,771 households own 10,012 cats.</p> Eagle Scout award http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/eagle-scout-award <img src="http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/sites/www.cedarkeybeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_0519crop.jpg" alt="Joan Hathcox, Patrick H. Hathcox Jr., Patrick H. Hathcox Sr." title="Joan Hathcox, Patrick H. Hathcox Jr., Patrick H. Hathcox Sr." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Patrick H. Hathcox Jr. Was awarded Eagle Scout on August 1st at Manatee Springs State Park.&nbsp;</p> Gone Fishing http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/gone-fishing <img src="http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/sites/www.cedarkeybeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_6786edit.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="131" height="85" /><p> Fishing in Cedar Key is a good way to spend the summer.</p> <p> These fishermen gear up to cast their lines off the pier.</p> Keep up your guard for West Nile virus http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/keep-your-guard-west-nile-virus <img src="http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/sites/www.cedarkeybeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/mosquitoes_culex-mosquito-white-background.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="163" height="85" /><p> By Brad Buck</p> <p> UF/IFAS</p> <p> While Florida has never experienced a serious West Nile virus epidemic, UF/IFAS scientists caution the public to remain vigilant about this dangerous mosquito-borne illness.</p> CFEC declares ‘dividend’ for members http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/cfec-declares-%E2%80%98dividend%E2%80%99-members <p> For the first time since the recession hit in 2008, Central Florida Electric Cooperative will be paying its member owners Capital Credits for the year 1987. Basically, the money represents the net margin &mdash; difference between the cost of operating the system and debt payments and revenues it has collected.</p> Cedar Key Welcome Center cuts hours http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/cedar-key-welcome-center-cuts-hours <p> The Greater Cedar Key Chamber of Commerce has announced that the Welcome Center will now be open fewer days.</p> <p> The new Welcome Center hours are Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Mondays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Center will be closed on Sundays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.</p> <p> Leslie Valen, chamber executive director, said in the notice, &ldquo;We may resume more days open once the busy season gets going.&rdquo; &nbsp;</p> Don't forget to stay hydrated on the water http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/dont-forget-stay-hydrated-water <img src="http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/sites/www.cedarkeybeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/dn.asp__1.jpg" alt="Melissa with her over slot redfish with Capt. Danny Allen." title="Melissa with her over slot redfish with Capt. Danny Allen." align="left" hspace="6" width="151" height="85" /><p> Hello fellow island and fishing folks. Today we are gonna talk about some serious situation that can and may happen while fishing in the summer in Cedar key or any other body of water.</p> <p> As I started my trip at daylight last Saturday it was super hot as I started gathering bait I started to sweat immediately. There was no wind at all and which caused my skin to leak ALOT!</p> Near-world-record Suwannee bass caught http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/near-world-record-suwannee-bass-caught <p> By Bob Wattendorf</p> <p> Fishbusters</p> <p> Ferrol &ldquo;Roscoe&rdquo; Holley, Jr. (52) from Telogia had the honor of releasing a near-world-record Suwannee bass into the 9,200-gallon aquarium at Bass Pro Shops&rsquo; Tallahassee store. On June 26, Holley caught the Suwannee bass while fishing with his new Bass Pro Shops Pro Qualifier rod/reel combo on the Ochlockonee River. The fish initially hung up on a snag. When he saw it, Holley knew it was a huge Suwannee and not a more common largemouth bass.</p>