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  • CKS outgoing seniors garner scholarships, academic honors

    Members of the Cedar Key School Class of 2018 received scholarships and various academic recognitions at their graduation commencement ceremony May 26 in the CKS gym.

    To begin, outgoing Principal Josh Slemp applauded the community support behind those scholarships.

    “I just can’t tell you how fortunate this school is to get a tremendous amount of support that we get from the community and local businesses and all organizations,” Slemp said.

  • CKS needs support for multi-purpose athletics center

    By CKS Coach John Miller

    Please consider helping the Cedar Key School PTO with the updating in and around the CKS gymnasium.

    So far, donations and grants have covered the costs of replacing the windows and installing air conditioning. The next step is to refurbish the tennis court next to the school gym.

  • Donations needed for July 4th fireworks fund

    That is right friends – the Cedar Key Chamber of Commerce needs your help to fund a beautiful fireworks display for everyone. We’re planning to launch the fireworks off a barge between Dock Street and Atsenie Otie so everyone can see them from the coast or on a boat! We need to raise $12,000 to fund the fireworks show and need your help to make it happen!

  • Lawrence named new principal

    Cedar Key School is getting a new principal and she is already well known on campus – Mrs. Kathy Lawrence.

    Lawrence will replace Mr. Joshua Slemp, who served as CKS principal for two years after coming from Bronson. Lawrence has taught high school math and is the Reading Coach at CKS. She earned her bachelor’s degree in English and math, has a master’s degree in English, and holds endorsements in reading and administration.

    Lawrence’s 39 years in education include positions as both a teacher and as an administrator.

  • Senior Sharks prepare to seize the day

    See photos: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1919622078129689.1073741832.11...

    Brad Penney saved some of his best bits for his final act.

    The longtime Cedar Key School coach and educator gave his first commencement address before his final week on the job.

    “It’s a little scary and a little exciting that we’re both moving into the next phase of our life,” Penney said.

  • Seahorse Key offers numerous hands-on lessons on coastal environment, sea life

    The Cedar Key School fourth- and fifth-graders spent May 3 on Seahorse Key where the University of Florida operates the Nature Coast Biological Station and Seahorse Key Marine Lab.

    The first activity planned by the UF staff and CKS teachers was to simulate climate change and glacial melting. Students placed a miniature home on the model, trying to figure out where the safest place would be. Most of the homes were flooded or washed away by the warming climate and those that could be saved were moved to a safe zone.

  • New mural painted across from chamber office

    By C.L. Watson, Cedar Key Correspondent

    Students from Cedar Key fourth and fifth grade were chosen to help paint the mural, a plaque with each of the names is attached for recognition: Payton Campbell, Kayley Sloan, Isaac Custer, Micah Dehaven, Reese Solowski, Kaytie Bailey, Karlie Bailey, Rylee Slemp and Carlie Brown. Smith said the students are really proud of all their work and were elated to see it all come to life.

  • Coast Guard finds missing boater 35 miles west of Cedar Key

    The Coast Guard located a missing 53-year-old woman aboard her 22-foot boat 35 miles west of Cedar Key, Tuesday.

    Rescued was Doreen Bauer, 53.

    At 7:41 p.m. Monday, Sector St. Petersburg watchstanders received a call from Oliver Bauer, stating his wife left Cedar Key Marina aboard a 22-foot pontoon boat and had not returned. He reported she should have returned before†sunset. Watchstanders also received a call from Bauer’s friend reporting she called, said she was out of gas, and didn’t know where she was.

  • Small boat meet this weekend

    By C.L. Watson, Beacon Correspondent

    People, water, and small boats have been a combination for more than 10,000 years.

    The Pesse Canoe found in 1955 by a farmer in the Netherlands is the oldest known prehistoric vessel, carbon dated between 8040 and 7510 B.C. It’s a simple dugout canoe made from a scotch pine log in which the center was scraped out. The boat is on display at the Drents Museum in Assen, Netherlands, and is named after the village in which it was found.

  • Cedar Key Women's Club supports our troops

    The Cedar Key Woman’s Club recently donated $2,000 to the Fisher House of Gainesville. Presenting the donation at the Malcolm Randall VA Medical Center on behalf of the CKWC, Eileen Senecal proudly poses with Michelle Howard, the Fisher House Manager. Eileen Senecal represents and lives the spirit of giving to this worthy cause—a cause she initiated 7 years ago.