http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Cedar Key runners improve times at district http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/cedar-key-runners-improve-times-district <img src="http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/sites/www.cedarkeybeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_0440.jpg" alt="Makalynn and Brandon Bowling." title="Makalynn and Brandon Bowling." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> The young Cedar Key boys&#39; and girls&#39; cross country squads didn&#39;t post any qualifiers for regionals, but did see across-the-board improvements from last season at the District 1A-5 5K championship meet Oct. 25 at St. Francis Catholic Academy in Gainesville, led by their sibling duo.</p> <p> Shark brother and sister Brandon (21:06.48) and Makalynn Bowling (26:53.80) were out in front for their respective teams, as the CKS boys defeated Bell and Trenton to take seventh place. The Lady Sharks were one short of enough competitors to receive an official team score.</p> Cedar Key Community Garden stands as tribute to City’s unique charm http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/cedar-key-community-garden-stands-tribute-city%E2%80%99s-unique-charm <p> The Cedar Key Community Garden, located on 2nd Street by the Island Hotel, recently had a Fall cleanup doing the usual garden maintenance activities.</p> <p> Things like renewing the mulch around the beds, pruning vegetation, putting more compost in beds that had settled. The communal transplant bed was planted with seed for cool weather crops like lettuce, spinach, kale, chard, beets, collards, etc.</p> <p> In about three weeks, all the garden members will then share the transplants, which will shorten the time to harvest. We got a lot done.</p> Levy to get air medical service in 2018 http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/levy-get-air-medical-service-2018 <p> PHI Air Medical, a medical air service company, was granted a certification by the Levy County Board of County Commissioners Nov. 7 to open an air ambulance service in Levy County.</p> <p> The BOCC approved a required Certification of Public Convenience and Necessity after hearing from PHI Air Medical regional director Sean O&rsquo;Neal and Levy County Department of Public Safety director Mitch Harrell as well as medical director Dr. Charles Wayne, of UF Shands.</p> Lady Sharks prep for season http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/lady-sharks-prep-season <img src="http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/sites/www.cedarkeybeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/cks_bball_schedule.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="52" height="85" /><p> The Cedar Key Lady Sharks basketball team began practice Oct. 30. The varsity team has put in a hard first week of practice as they look to build on last year&#39;s end-of-season successes. The Lady Sharks will play their first home game of the season Nov. 27 at 5:30 p.m. Come out and support the Lady Sharks!</p> CKS gym gets shiny touch-up http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/cks-gym-gets-shiny-touch <img src="http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/sites/www.cedarkeybeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/23116903_1686823098035810_1425395710374790118_o.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> By Anna Lavoie-Ingram, CKS journalism class</p> <p> David Sweet and George Douglas from the Levy County School Board were at Cedar Key School last week to repaint and touch-up the bright purple waves and shiny yellow pride on the gymnasium walls.</p> <p> While painting, these guys crack jokes, laughed, and clearly enjoyed what they are doing.</p> <p> David and George said they come to CKS every five years with three gallons of yellow paint and 10 gallons of purple, then spend six to seven days painting the gym.</p> Pumpkin pickup http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/pumpkin-pickup <img src="http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/sites/www.cedarkeybeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/class_church_photo.jpg" alt="Mrs. Shewey’s CKS first-graders were among the students who picked up pumpkins at the Cedar Key United Methodist Church for arts and crafts projects." title="Mrs. Shewey’s CKS first-graders were among the students who picked up pumpkins at the Cedar Key United Methodist Church for arts and crafts projects." align="left" hspace="6" width="79" height="85" /><p> CKS offers many thanks to the Cedar Key United Methodist Church for once again making the Pumpkin Patch happen for the little Sharks!</p> <p> Every year just before Halloween, volunteers at the church are waiting to help the elementary students select a pumpkin and complete an arts and crafts project.</p> <p> Mrs. Shewey&#39;s first graders &ndash; shown in the photo &ndash; were among those who made the trek this year.</p> CKS first-quarter honor roll http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/cks-first-quarter-honor-roll <img src="http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/sites/www.cedarkeybeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/honor_roll.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="151" height="85" /><p> Congratulations to the hardworking Shark scholars who made the All-A or All-A/B honor rolls for the first nine weeks of school.</p> <p> Grade 6, All A&rsquo;s &ndash; Kaylie Lauer; Alyssa McCain. Grade 6, A/B &ndash; Brianna Dolan; Adriana Girlder; Anna Keller; Lori Moser; Justice Winfield.</p> <p> Grade 7, All A&rsquo;s &ndash; Kendall Bailey; Alexis Crum. Grade 7, A/B &ndash; Garrett Campbell; Allie Collins; Audrey Collins; Alessio DiBari; Baylie Doty; Tori Fisher; Tamela Greenhaw; Tanner Parks; Haiden Simpson.</p> Register for fall workshops http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/register-fall-workshops <p> The Cedar Key Arts Center&rsquo;s Fall Workshops are now open for registration. Everyone is welcome to attend and you do not need to be a CKAC member. You can register at the Cedar Keyhole or by contacting the workshop instructor directly. For more information go to CedarKeyArtsCenter.org.</p> <p> November workshops include:</p>