http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Old Florida Celebration of the Arts is April 8-9 http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/old-florida-celebration-arts-april-8-9 <img src="http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/sites/www.cedarkeybeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/donna_leewarddestinction_painting.jpg" alt="Donna Leeward is among the popular artists who call Cedar Key their artistic home. " title="Donna Leeward is among the popular artists who call Cedar Key their artistic home. " align="left" hspace="6" /><p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; text-align: justify; text-indent: 10px; font-size: 10px; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Times New Roman';"> <span style="font-kerning: none">The 2017 Old Florida Celebration of the arts is planned for April 8 &ndash; 9 and this week continues the countdown of the&nbsp;Top 10 reasons to attend the celebration of the arts, one of the Top 10 art fairs in America, according to the 2016&nbsp;artfaircalendar.com survey.</span></p> Cedar Key seeks to extend city limit http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/cedar-key-seeks-extend-city-limit <img src="http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/sites/www.cedarkeybeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/dave_pieklik.jpg" alt="Dave Pieklik of the Nature Coast Business Development presented an optimistic outlook in his quarterly economic report before the Levy County Board of Commissioners. " title="Dave Pieklik of the Nature Coast Business Development presented an optimistic outlook in his quarterly economic report before the Levy County Board of Commissioners. " align="left" hspace="6" /><p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; text-align: justify; text-indent: 10px; font-size: 10px; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Times New Roman';"> <span style="font-kerning: none">In a move aimed at consolidating&nbsp; unincorporated land around Cedar Key, Mayor Heath Davis sought consent Tuesday from the Levy County Commission to annex pieces of land located south of the No. 4 Channel, which borders the mainland where Highway 24 passes over.</span></p> Cedar Key native awarded prestigious honor in Coast Guard http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/cedar-key-native-awarded-prestigious-honor-coast-guard <img src="http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/sites/www.cedarkeybeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/colson1_original.jpeg" alt="Cedar Key native Chelsea Colson is presented the Enlisted Person of the Year for the Eighth Coast Guard District by Rear Adm. Dave Callahan, commander, Eighth Coast Guard District and Master Chief Petty Officer Ryan Fahlenkamp, command master chief of the Eighth Coast Guard District." title="Cedar Key native Chelsea Colson is presented the Enlisted Person of the Year for the Eighth Coast Guard District by Rear Adm. Dave Callahan, commander, Eighth Coast Guard District and Master Chief Petty Officer Ryan Fahlenkamp, command master chief of the Eighth Coast Guard District." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Cedar Key native Chelsea Colson was awarded Enlisted Person of the Year this month for the Eighth Coast Guard District in New Orleans.</p> <p> Colson, a Petty Officer Third Class, works as a storekeeper at Coast Guard Marine Safety and Security Team.</p> Cedar Key scores high marks in pole vault, shot put http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/cedar-key-scores-high-marks-pole-vault-shot-put <img src="http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/sites/www.cedarkeybeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_4719.jpg" alt="Wade Gore" title="Wade Gore" align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; font-size: 10px; line-height: normal; font-family: Tahoma;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; text-indent: 13.5px; font-size: 10px; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Times New Roman';"> The Cedar Key girls scored a win in the pole vault event while the school&rsquo;s competitors captured top-three finishes in four other categories at the Cedar Key School Relays in Rosewood last Thursday.</p> Lost message from past washes ashore couple’s Yankeetown island retreat http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/lost-message-past-washes-ashore-couple%E2%80%99s-yankeetown-island-retreat <img src="http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/sites/www.cedarkeybeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/john_and_rosa_edwards_with_message_and_message_1.jpeg" alt="Chiefland couple John and Rosa Edwards found a 47-year-old message in a bottle in late January at one of their private islands at the mouth of the Withlacoochee River while cleaning up the wreckage from Hurricane Hermine. " title="Chiefland couple John and Rosa Edwards found a 47-year-old message in a bottle in late January at one of their private islands at the mouth of the Withlacoochee River while cleaning up the wreckage from Hurricane Hermine. " align="left" hspace="6" /><p> In his 40 years of scuba diving, John Edwards has ran across some unbelievable finds.</p> <p> But he&rsquo;s never found anything as strange as what he and his wife Rosa discovered in late January, washed up on one of their private islands on the mouth of the Withlacoochee River near Yankeetown.</p> <p> The pair were cleaning up the damage wrought by Hurricane Hermine when, among all of the unremarkable items and driftwood littered along the shore of their coastal retreat, an old bottle caught Mr. Edwards&rsquo; eye.</p> Be an Old Florida Celebration of the Arts Purchase Award Patron http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/be-old-florida-celebration-arts-purchase-award-patron <img src="http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/sites/www.cedarkeybeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/jean_yao.jpg" alt="Jean Yao, Fiber Artist, Winner of 2016 Cedar Key Arts Center Creativity Award." title="Jean Yao, Fiber Artist, Winner of 2016 Cedar Key Arts Center Creativity Award." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> The 53<sup>rd</sup> Annual Spring Arts Festival in Cedar Key is just six weeks away and the Old Florida Celebration of the Arts Committee is hopeful you will become a patron this year. The festival is April 8, 9 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.</p> <p> Here are some are answers to some frequently asked questions about the program.</p> Birdies for books http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/birdies-books <img src="http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/sites/www.cedarkeybeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_4403.jpg" alt="Betty Costello tees off on No. 16 at the Cedar Key Open." title="Betty Costello tees off on No. 16 at the Cedar Key Open." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Sue Wooley, the president of the Friends of the Cedar Key Library, was stunned last year at the size of the donation to the library from the first-ever Cedar Key Open charity golf event.</p> <p> Last Wednesday, the Chiefland Golf and Country Club and the Big Deck Raw Bar hosted the second edition of the Open, and the amount of funds raised was doubled from the previous year.</p> <p> &ldquo;I was nearly speechless,&rdquo; Wooley said. &ldquo;And you can ask my husband, that&rsquo;s a rarity.&rdquo;</p> Bones found near site of missing plane http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/bones-found-near-site-missing-plane <img src="http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/sites/www.cedarkeybeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/boat_joey_cannon_0.jpg" alt="A Sea Tow boat driven by Joey Cannon pulls in the wreckage of a single-engine plane in Cedar Key. The missing plane headed from Brooksville to Cedar Key on Feb. 12 was recovered late Sunday afternoon, Feb. 19, around seven miles south of Cedar Key, and brought to shore Monday. The body of Hue Singletary was found in the fuselage. The body of the pilot, Jasper Jerrels, was recovered on Tuesday, Feb. 14." title="A Sea Tow boat driven by Joey Cannon pulls in the wreckage of a single-engine plane in Cedar Key. The missing plane headed from Brooksville to Cedar Key on Feb. 12 was recovered late Sunday afternoon, Feb. 19, around seven miles south of Cedar Key, and brought to shore Monday. The body of Hue Singletary was found in the fuselage. The body of the pilot, Jasper Jerrels, was recovered on Tuesday, Feb. 14." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p style="margin-right: 4px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial, Verdana, sans-serif;"> DNA testing will be done on bones found in the area off Cedar Key where a single engine plane crashed.</p> <p style="margin-right: 4px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial, Verdana, sans-serif;"> On Feb. 12, a single engine plane bound for Cedar Key crashed into the Gulf of Mexico approximately 6 miles south southeast of the island. The pilot, Jasper Jerrels, 65, passengers, Jerrels&rsquo; 17-year-old Dylan Jerrels and Hue Singletary perished.</p>