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Today's News

  • Work on Sabal Trail natural gas transmission project gearing up

    By Michael D. Bates

    The $3-billion natural gas pipeline that will span 515 miles, cross three states and run right through Citrus County, has begun in earnest.

    That much is evident if anyone has driven around Marion County, where much of the construction of the Sabal Trail pipeline is currently going on. Expect it to reach Citrus County soon.

  • New commissioner Brooks takes office

    Three Levy County Commissioners were sworn into office by Levy County Judge James “Tim” Browning and 8th Circuit Senior Judge Joseph Smith, but only one was a fresh face on the commission.

    Matt Brooks, a Williston City Councilman, took his seat on the commission. He won election in the Aug. 30 primary unseating longtime Commissioner Danny Stevens.

  • Fanning Springs lights up holiday

    Saturday, Dec. 3 is the day Santa Claus will be arriving in Fanning Springs after a day and night of family-oriented activities sponsored by the Fanning Springs Chamber of Commerce.

    Events start at 10 a.m. at Fort Fanning Park on the Suwannee River. There will be a rock climbing wall, children’s activities, craft and food vendors and a rubber duck race with cash prizes.

    In addition there will be a car, truck and bike show, live music and a magician.

  • CMHS football players honored with superlative awards at banquet

    The standing ovation Pat Telgen received at the Chiefland Middle High School football and cheer banquet was a fitting encapsulation of what the senior linebacker and offensive lineman has meant to the Indians football program.

    At Monday’s award event, he was presented the night’s top honor, the ‘Heart of an Indian’ award, which head coach Aaron Richardson described as the team’s “overall MVP.”

  • CK teen dies in hunting accident

    The Cedar Key community lost its holiday joy on Wednesday morning when word spread that prayers were needed for a family.

    Authorities confirmed that Jacob Solano, 18, a senior at Cedar Key School, died when his gun discharged while he was hog hunting on Black Point Island off Shell Mound.

    The loss is devastating to the school which has only 14 students in the Class of 2017 and Solano was one of four young men in the class. When students, who are on Thanksgiving break,, return to school on Monday, there will be grief counselors available. 

  • Getting up to speed

    The Chiefland girls’ basketball team is equipped with some favorable pieces this season, with its impressive athleticism and height, as well as the return of a majority of its scoring from a season ago.

    But that firepower might take a minute to flourish, as the Lady Indians (0-3), many of whom are coming off volleyball, find their legs enough to push their up-tempo, attacking style of basketball for four quarters.

  • Oysters given $8.3M to make a comeback

    Special to the Cedar Key Beacon

    In less than 30 years, 3,000-year-old oyster reefs off Florida’s Big Bend coastline have declined by 88 percent, according to University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers.

    For residents who depend on the fishing grounds and other coastal resources protected by these reefs, it’s a worrying trend.

  • CES principal injured in wreck in Gilchrist

    Chiefland Elementary School Principal Lacy Redd is resting at home after an accident on Thursday, Nov. 10, at 6:45 p.m. in Gilchrist County caused injuries that left her bruised and hurting.

    Redd’s car was so badly damaged she had to be cut out of it.

    The other driver in the accident, K-Lee Samantha Hayes, 21, of Trenton sustained minor injuries.

  • A deal made for life

    Chiefland Fire Chief James Harris, center, and Capt. Cal Morgan, right, stand at the end of a line of the city’s new LifePak Automatic External Defibrillators.

    Harris and Morgan were praised by the City Commission on Monday for making a deal to buy nine units for under $3,000 when nine new ones would have cost more than $27,000.

    Five units will go to the police department, and the rest will go to the fire department and city.

  • CMHS 25th Annual Pie Auction tonight

    The 25th Annual Pie Auction, sponsored by the Chiefland Middle High School Student Government is tonight (Thursday, Nov. 17) in the school cafeteria.

    This is an opportunity to stock up on goodies for the holiday week coming up.

    It's also an opportunity to have fun bidding as the auctioneer usually provides an entertaining call out to those lagging in making sufficient bids.

    Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with bidding starting at 6 p.m.

    Donations of sweets and desserts will be accepted. Proceeds benefit the Student Government activities.