http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Dogs have their day in Cedar Key http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/dogs-have-their-day-cedar-key <img src="http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/sites/www.cedarkeybeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/1_37.jpg" alt="A great time was had by both the dogs and their owners." title="A great time was had by both the dogs and their owners." align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> Cedar Key went to the dogs Thursday, Feb. 26, and everyone was just delighted about it because the pups were doing their community service raising money for the Canine Companions for Wounded Warriors, which provides trained service animals at no charge to recovering veterans.</p> <p> The pups, many dressed in creative costumes, brought their owners to City Park at 4 p.m. to line up for a parade. Some dogs, whose humans knew better, did not dress up their canine companions.</p> Fried chicken supports scholarship http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/fried-chicken-supports-scholarship <img src="http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/sites/www.cedarkeybeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/1_36.jpg" alt="Kenny McCain, left, kept the fry pot busy with the help of his wife, Rose McCain, as they provided hot fried chicken for 141 meals. " title="Kenny McCain, left, kept the fry pot busy with the help of his wife, Rose McCain, as they provided hot fried chicken for 141 meals. " align="left" hspace="6" width="105" height="85" /><p> It may have been a dreary, drizzly evening on Cedar Key on Saturday, Feb. 21, but that did not deter folks from turning out for the Fraternal Order of Eagles scholarship dinner.</p> <p> There was a line stretching from the cook shack behind the club, through the club and to the front door as folks waited for the fried chicken to come out of the bubbling oil and for the cook shack workers to quickly assemble it.</p> <p> All told, the club sold 141 dinners at $8 each to help raise funds for a scholarship for a Cedar Key student. &nbsp;</p> Bridges meeting March 30 http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/bridges-meeting-march-30-0 <img src="http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/sites/www.cedarkeybeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/1_35.jpg" alt="Nelson Bedenbaugh of the Florida Department of Transportation is overseeing the bridge replacement projects. " title="Nelson Bedenbaugh of the Florida Department of Transportation is overseeing the bridge replacement projects. " align="left" hspace="6" width="115" height="85" /><p> The Florida Department of Transportation is returning to Cedar Key on March 30 to show residents the final plans being made to replace three bridges on the island. The bridges have been a hot topic since the initial open house FDOT hosted in October 2014.</p> <p> The open house will be at the Cedar Key Community Center from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m., and will be followed by a public comment period beginning at 6:30 p.m.</p> <p> The department is proposing to replace the following bridges:</p> Woman's Club dinner a success http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/womans-club-dinner-success <img src="http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/sites/www.cedarkeybeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_1601.jpg" alt="Jan Hendrix was chairwoman for the Cedar Key Woman&#039;s Club 29th annual spaghetti dinner. " title="Jan Hendrix was chairwoman for the Cedar Key Woman&#039;s Club 29th annual spaghetti dinner. " align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> One of the big social events on the island during the winter months is the Cedar Key Woman&#39;s Club spaghetti dinner held annually at the Community Center. Folks turn out in droves for a down home meal of spaghetti, marinara sauce, salad, garlic toast and dessert provided by the island&#39;s finest bakers.</p> <p> But it is much more than a meal that brings them in the door, it&#39;s the social atmosphere as folks linger beyond the meal to catch up on what has been happening in the lives of the snowbird (winter) residents and locals&#39; lives.</p> Seahorse Key is closed http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/seahorse-key-closed <img src="http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/sites/www.cedarkeybeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/photo31.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="60" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-align: justify; text-indent: 9.0px; line-height: 11.5px; font: 11.0px Weiss"> The US Fish and Wildlife Service announces the seasonal closure of Seahorse Key, the site of the rookery of approximately 20,000 birds.&nbsp; When the Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge says, &ldquo;Wildlife Comes First!&rdquo; they&rsquo;re serious.&nbsp; Seahorse Key, its beaches, and the 300 foot perimeter are posted CLOSED from March 1, through the last day of June.&nbsp; The beaches will be accessible July 1 once again. &nbsp;</p> Hospital construction beginning in fall http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/hospital-construction-beginning-fall <img src="http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/sites/www.cedarkeybeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/hospital_sign.jpg" alt="There is a new sign announcing the Suwannee River Community Hospital&#039;s anticipated opening next year. " title="There is a new sign announcing the Suwannee River Community Hospital&#039;s anticipated opening next year. " align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> The field of dreams behind Walmart will be bustling with activity by the end of summer as construction will be under way for the 30-bed facility.</p> <p> The 20 acres that was set aside years ago for a 64-bed facility is due to be evaluated with a site survey and soil borings in the next month.</p> <p> Frank Schupp, Ameris senior vice president for business development, was in town last week and presented city officials with a proposed timeline for work.</p> Conservation Corner: Fortunately for us http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/conservation-corner-fortunately-us <p> <em>Submitted by the Energy Advisory Panel Communications Workgroup</em></p> <p> In 1872, President Grant established Yellowstone as the first National Park in the U. S. and the world. Yellowstone, which comprises almost 3,500 square miles was first patrolled by the Army. The National Park Service took responsibility for the park in 1917.</p> Community Calendar for the week of March 5 http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/community-calendar-week-march-5 <p> March</p> <p> Bluegrass at Manatee</p> <p> Folk and bluegrass vocal duet&nbsp; Dick Staber and Judith Chasnoff. will perform March 7 from 6-7:30 p.m. at the amphitheater in Manatee Springs State Park, which is located near the canoe launch. Bring a comfortable lawn chair or use the wooden benches.</p> <p> This event is free with regular park admission of $6 per vehicle. The gate closes at 6 p.m. so please arrive early.&nbsp; After exiting there is no re-entry.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Plant Sale</p>