Today's News

  • Cedar Key FFA has strong showing in leadership contest

    By MacKenzie Kirkbride
    FFA Middle School Reporter

    Levy County’s four powerhouse FFA schools met last Tuesday, Dec. 6 at the First United Methodist Church in Williston to compete in the first level of the FFA leadership contests.
    The contests were Prepared Public Speaking, Extemporaneous Public Speaking, Opening and Closing Ceremonies, Creed Speaking and Parliamentary Procedure. These contests are considered by many as the most prestigious contests in FFA.

  • Musicians return for arts festival benefit

    The 2nd Annual Acoustical Afternoon for the Arts featuring Joe Peters and Friends, Linda Hicks and singer/songwriter duo Bishop-Davidson and artist Susan Dauphine return Sunday, Jan. 15, to help rainse money for the Old Florida Celebration of the Arts.
       Dauphine will paint an artwork for the silent auction during the event that begins at 2:30 at the Island Room at the Cove in Cedar Key.

  • Community Calendar for the week of Dec. 15


    Community Night in Cedar Key
    Spend the evening out by watching the boats of Cedar Key decorated and lit as they follow a water course around the back of Dock Street. When the parade ends at City Park, visit with Santa Clam and enjoy a community-wide potluck. Bring a covered dish if you can. Please call Rose if you are interested in having your boat in the parade at 543-6346.
    Other events that evening include:

  • Lighthouse to get facelift

       A check from the Florida Lighthouse Association was presented to the University of Florida Seahorse Key Marine Laboratory for repairs and maintenance of the historic Cedar Key Light Station on Seahorse Key on Dec. 9 in Gainesville. The check will be matched by the University of Florida, providing a total of $30,786 for the work. The lighthouse is used by the University of Florida for lodging in connection with its research and education programs at the Seahorse Key Marine Laboratory. 

  • Light station opens for holiday season

    It took about half an hour for the small fiberglass tour boat to make it from the oyster-encrusted dock at Cedar Key to the small island known as Seahorse Key.
    About a dozen passengers, clad in windbreakers and lap blankets, sat quietly, bobbing in unison with the gray waves of low tide. An osprey, clutching a fish in its talons, watched the boat from the channel marker it was using as a perch.

  • Services for CK soldier Saturday

    Funeral services for Spc. Ryan Lumley, 21, who died Dec. 3 in Mosul, Afghanistan,  will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at Heath Funeral Chapel in Lakeland with burial to follow at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell.
    He was one of three soldiers who died of injuries caused by the blast of an improvised explosive device.  All — Lumley, Sgt. First Class Clark A. Corley Jr., and Spc. Thomas J. Mayberry — were assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division.

  • Donate blood on Friday


  • Today in Levy County History for Dec. 8


  • Tides for the week of Dec. 8

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  • Capt’n Danny on leave

    Capt’n Danny Allen’s fishing report is on military leave as the Allen Family spends time with his daughter who is home recuperating from serving her country.

    The Cedar Key Beacon staff thanks her for her service and her family’s sacrifice.