Local News

  • Senecal named Volunteer of the Year

    Eileen Senecal, from the Cedar Key Woman’s Club, has been named Volunteer of the Year by District 5 of the Florida Federation of Woman’s Clubs.
    This prestigious award was presented at the District Arts and Crafts Luncheon held in Gainesville on Saturday, Feb. 18.

  • Jenny Biermen is named Cedar Key School’s 2012 valedictorian

    By Taryn Epperson and Montana Beckham
    Shark Correspondents

    2012 Senior Jenny Biermen is the valedictorian; she has gone to Cedar Key School since 6th grade. In her years at CKS she has taken all the required classes to graduate as well as marine science, teacher’s aid and the work program - and while doing all this managed an almost a perfect GPA.

  • Coast Guard rescues three off Atsena Otie Key

    The Coast Guard rescued three sailboaters who were capsized and adrift two miles southeast of Atsena Otie Key on Monday.
    The Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg received a call forwarded by the Levy County Sheriff's Dispatch Center at 7 p.m., Sunday, from a concerned family member. The caller said three men; ages 53, 40, and 16, were overdue from a sailing trip. The trio departed from Cedar Key on Sunday to sail their 16-foot fiberglass catamaran around Atsena Otie Key, approximately one mile offshore.

  • Summer Arts benefit dinner

    The 2012 Children’s Summer Art Program Benefit Dinner, sponsored by The Cedar Key Arts Center, will be held Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 6 p.m., upstairs at the Art Center.

    The dinner will be a three course gourmet dinner created by The Island Room. The cost is $25 per person and includes beverage, tax and tip.

    There will also be a raffle of original art and other fun items.

    Call 543-6520 to make reservations.

  • Oysters on the decline in Cedar Key and Big Bend

     Reduced freshwater flow from the Suwannee River into the Gulf is responsible for a 66-percent decline in oyster populations in Cedar Key and the Big Bend area, according to scientists from the University of Florida.

  • Better fishing with electronics


  • Why composting goes hand in hand with recycling

     A couple of years ago, when I first joined the Energy Advisory Group, one of the other volunteers  suggested that we promote composting along with other initiatives like curbside recycling with unit based pricing, electric/water conservation  and the weatherization program.  My response at that time was – OMG, that’s way over the top --- only the most dedicated “tree huggers” would ever do THAT!  And, anyway, I thought to myself, “I don’t have a garden and I hate yard work, why would I compost?”

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  • Between the river and deep blue Gulf: The past and future of oysters in Florida’s Big Bend

    The University of Florida IFAS Shellfish Extension Program and Florida Sea Grant invite you to a presentation at the Cedar Key Library on Saturday, Feb. 18 from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

    The talk, by Dr. Jennifer Seavey, a landscape ecologist with the Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation at the University of Florida (UF) in Gainesville, will focus on the analysis of oyster reef changes over time in the Big Bend.

  • Teacher of the Year

     Cedar Key School’s Teacher of the Year Rebecca Linan (third from left) and ESP of the Year Elaine Rains (fourth from left). Also pictured are, from left: School Board member Beth Davis, Cedar Key School Principal Sue Ice, Linan, Rains and Superintendent Bob Hastings.