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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Sharks place in Gainesville meet
  • Lady Sharks softball cruises to victory

    By CKS softball coach Lisa Fine

    It was a big win for the Lady Sharks softball team March 6 in Trenton. It defeated the Riverside Christian School Wranglers 21-6! The offense was lead by Audrey Collins and her four RBIs, Baylie Doty's home run and two RBIs, and Alyssa Beckham and Tori Fisher each contributed a pair of RBIs. Baylie also rang up six strikeouts and combined with Haiden Simpson and Allie Collins on a double play.

    Next Tuesday, March 13, the Lady Sharks will travel to Meadowbrook Academy in Ocala for a 5 p.m. game. Go Sharks!

  • Workout on Water

    By C.L. Watson, Beacon Correspondent

    The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences couldn’t have asked for better weather Saturday, Feb. 24 for the second annual Workout on the Waterfront in Cedar Key. The town bustled with plenty of visitors for UF/IFAS to raise awareness about the impact of plastic pollution, a type of marine debris affecting the gulf and all bodies of water.

  • CK open house educates on a range of environmental topics

    The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s open house Feb. 22, held at the UF/IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station, was a chance for residents to learn about the purpose and history behind the environmental regulations and restoration efforts that affect Cedar Key and the surrounding area.

    And while environmental regulations might not sound like sexiest of topics, the morning and midday event was a hit by all accounts, with around 80 attendees, proving again that Cedar Key citizen are passionate about its ecological standing.

  • On the cusp

    There was a palpable feeling in the Dixie County High School gym that Cedar Key might pull off the improbable.

    The Shark boys, looking for their first tournament win in more than two decades, had fallen behind 13-3 in the first quarter, but came storming back to take leads in the second and third quarters of the District 1A-7 quarterfinal Feb. 13 in Cross City. With four minutes remaining, on the heels of a Kris Burns layup, CKS was knotted with the Tigers at 45-45.

  • CKS softball standout Ashlyn Allen adjusts to college ball

    Of all the skills it takes to succeed at college softball, Ashlyn Allen is learning that patience is the one that might serve her best during her freshman campaign.

    Allen, a school record-holder in shot put and the first student to enjoy an athletics signing ceremony at Cedar Key School, is one of the most accomplished athletes to ever come out of Cedar Key.

  • Sharks take on Trenton in district tourney

    The Cedar Key boys’ basketball team finished in a three-way tie in district wins with Bronson and Chiefland, but the tiebreaker process left the Sharks as the No. 6 seed, earning them a meeting with No. 3 seed Trenton in the quarterfinal round on Tuesday, Feb. 13.

    The seven-team District 1A-7 tournament, which tips off Monday, Feb. 12, with No. 5 Chiefland and No. 6 Bronson, is at Dixie County High School in Cross City.

    The semifinals will be held Friday, Feb. 16, and the championship game will be the following Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

  • Lady Sharks' superb season comes to end in district opener

    The Cedar Key Lady Sharks enjoyed what was easily one of the best seasons in program history, going 12-12 and picking up four district wins.

    Their District 1A-7 tournament appearance Monday, Feb. 5, in Trenton – a 40-18 loss to Chiefland – might’ve been an anti-climactic finish to the year, but doesn’t erase the prior accomplishments.

    The Lady Sharks finished strong in the regular campaign, winning 4 of 5 down the stretch, including a couple of blowout victories against Union County.

  • Girls’ hoops tourney tips off Feb. 5 in Trenton

    The Cedar Key girls (12-8) are the No. 6 seed in next week's District 1A-7 tournament in Trenton. They face third-seeded Chiefland Monday, Feb. 5, at 6. The Lady Indians defeated the Lady Sharks twice in the regular season, 39-31 and 55-43. The winner plays Thursday, Feb. 8, at 6 p.m. versus No. 2 seed Branford or No. 7-seeded Bell. Bronson kicks off the tournament at 4:30 Monday against Dixie County. The championship game will be held Feb. 9 at 7:30 p.m.