http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Sharks avenge county foes http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/sharks-avenge-county-foes <img src="http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/sites/www.cedarkeybeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_2605_filtered.jpg" alt="Sophomore Michael Smith unleashes a hook shot against Chiefland Jan. 2." title="Sophomore Michael Smith unleashes a hook shot against Chiefland Jan. 2." align="left" hspace="6" width="57" height="85" /><p> What a difference a new year can make.</p> <p> In its first game of 2018, the Cedar Key boys&rsquo; basketball team looked like a remade team compared to the one that fell to Chiefland by 19 just two weeks prior during Christmas break.</p> <p> The Sharks fixed their transition turnover woes that hurt them so much against the Indians Dec. 21, which came after the county and district rivals locked into an overtime thriller in Chiefland at the end of November.</p> Lady Sharks split county tilts, win three straight http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/lady-sharks-split-county-tilts-win-three-straight <img src="http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/sites/www.cedarkeybeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/kirkbride.jpg" alt="Cedar Key senior Mackenzie Kirkbride unleashes a jump shot Jan. 2 against Chiefland as eighth-grader Makalynn Bowling looks on. " title="Cedar Key senior Mackenzie Kirkbride unleashes a jump shot Jan. 2 against Chiefland as eighth-grader Makalynn Bowling looks on. " align="left" hspace="6" width="56" height="85" /><p> The Cedar Key girls&rsquo; basketball team stumbled out of the gate in its return from the holiday break, but quickly returned to its recent winning ways, establishing an overall upward trend as it enters the key part of the season.</p> <p> Free throws and rebounds were trouble areas for the Lady Shark in their Jan. 2 home meeting against Chiefland, as the Lady Indians prevailed 55-43.</p> Workout on the Waterfront to raise awareness to pollution http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/workout-waterfront-raise-awareness-pollution <p> Cedar Key&rsquo;s Workout on the Waterfront (WoW) is an exciting day packed full of fun and active events, scheduled this year for Feb. 24.</p> <p> The WoW event aims to raise awareness about plastic pollution along our coasts.</p> <p> Proceeds from the 2018 races and silent auction will benefit the public aquarium at NCBS, Cedar Key School and the annual Cedar Key International Coastal Cleanup.</p> Proposed seasonal closure of waters surrounding Snake Key http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/proposed-seasonal-closure-waters-surrounding-snake-key <p> The Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge is exploring a seasonal closure of Snake Key&rsquo;s near-shore waters out to 100 yards to protect nesting birds from March 1 to June 30, mirroring the former closure at Seahorse Key.</p> <p> A public notification process will gather input on the proposed closure for 2018.</p> Stanley honored as Certified Agricultural Associate http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/stanley-honored-certified-agricultural-associate <img src="http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/sites/www.cedarkeybeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/ck_zander_stanley.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Cedar Key tenth-grade ag student Zander Stanley has recently become a Certified Agricultural Associate through the Agricultural Education Services and Technology program. This certification will help Zander in college readiness and in his career. He is the first student from CK School to take this exam. This spring, 24 eighth- and ninth-grade ag students will take this exam at Cedar Key and hope to have as much success as Zander.</p> Superintendent warns of amendment proposals threatening local control http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/superintendent-warns-amendment-proposals-threatening-local-control <img src="http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/sites/www.cedarkeybeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/edison2.jpg" alt="Superintendent of Levy Schools Jeff Edison" title="Superintendent of Levy Schools Jeff Edison" align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Levy County Superintendent of Schools Jeff Edison is weary of state amendment proposals that are in the pipeline that would limit local control for school boards, and he cautioned the Levy County Commission that those measures are part of an overall trend from state leadership that is likely to affect local government.</p> Tix on sale for Feb. 17 STARS Gala fundraiser http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/tix-sale-feb-17-stars-gala-fundraiser <p> The annual Levy County Schools Foundation STARS Gala event is scheduled for Saturday, February 17th at the Bronson Middle High School. The semiformal evening will start with mingling and hors d&rsquo;oeuvres at 5 pm with dinner and program starting at 6 pm.</p> Cedar Key celebrates New Year http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/cedar-key-celebrates-new-year <img src="http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/sites/www.cedarkeybeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_4345.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="151" height="85" /><p> Enjoy another fun gathering with friends in Cedar Key. Second Street shops stay open late, so gather in the street for the New Year&rsquo;s Eve Ball Drop in Cedar Key.</p>