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Today's News

  • Senior Sharks prepare to seize the day

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    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.

  • Outstanding Shark athletes take home hardware

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    A couple of state medalists, a group behind the funding of critical gym concession upgrades, and an outgoing coach with more than 25 years of proud service at Cedar Key were among those recognized in a packed Cedar Key Community Center May 10 at the Cedar Key School Sports Banquet.

  • 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.

  • CKS track and field duo bring home handful of medals

    Cedar Key sophomores Wade Gore and Sam Parks didn’t just make an appearance at the Florida High School Track & Field State Championships in Jacksonville.

    The Sharks’ track-and-field duo collected multiple medals on their trip to the state meet hosted by the University of North Florida on May 4 and May 5.

    Gore matched his 1.82-meter jump at regionals to finish fifth in the state in Class 1A in the boys’ high jump. Parks, meanwhile, nabbed a trio of state championship medals in adaptive events, including the 200 meter, 800 meter and shot put.

  • 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.

  • Scouts help clean up the Cedar Key Cemetery

    By Deborah Goad, Beacon Correspondent

    Cedar Key Cemetery has endured many storms. Cedar Key Cub Scout Pack 114 and St. Petersburg Boy Scout Troop 209 joined to clean up the cemetery Saturday, April 15.

    St. Petersburg assistant scoutmaster Rob Hudson recently visited his father, Bob Hudson, who lives in Cedar Key. After a stroll through the cemetery, Rob noted the downed trees and debris scattered about and came up with an idea.

  • Tale of a whale

    By C L Watson, Beacon Correspondent

    Charity and David Hyatt experienced one of the most amazing sights Sunday, Feb. 18, while fishing southwest of Seahorse Key when a 2-year-old juvenile male North Atlantic right whale breached the water very close to their boat. They photographed and took videos of the whale that caused a stir in Cedar Key.

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  • 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.