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Today's Features

  • There was once a real estate appraiser in a large city on the west coast of Florida getting pressured by banks to “help us make the numbers work.” 

    So he decided after many years in the business to close shop, mail his license back to Tallahassee and instead, become a police officer. Nine years ago, at the age of 55, that man was Officer John McMullen. 

  • Remember the smell of caps when you were growing up? You know, the paper strand that you unrolled and then whacked with a hammer? It made a pop and had a cool smell? Now, multiply that smell by 100 and that sound by 10,000.  That is what happens when the fireworks are going off - up close and personal.  

    Starting Sunday afternoon, Cedar Key Fire Chief Robert Robinson unpacked the fireworks that were delivered earlier in the week and sorted them by size into several metal garbage cans.

  • Next time you flush your toilet, give a silent thank-you to the men who work at the Cedar Key Sewage Treatment Plant and be glad it is them, and not you, who work there.

    Then, thank them again when you see them around town.

    A tour of the plant on Tuesday by the proud manager, Jack Hotalling, revealed more than any resident would ever want to know, see or smell about the facility.

  • Back in mid-winter, when the FFA Aquaculture team was beginning to practice for the state contest, the team asked me, “If we win the state, will you take us charter fishing?”

  • Memorial Day, which was originally called Decoration Day, a time when flowers were placed on the graves of soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery to remember those who had died serving their country. The first Decoration Day was proclaimer in May 1868.  

  • Kit Riley and Ridley Reynolds, both 8th graders; and Ariel Alexander, along with Nathanial Brinkman, fellow 6th graders, proved to the judges that their knowledge of aqua- culture surpassed that of any other team - thanks to being raised near the water on Cedar Key and to the dedication of their coach and teacher, Denny Voyles.

  • Carol Frost’s latest book, Honeycomb, was recently honored at the Florida Heritage Awards Ceremony in Tallahassee.

    The poet, writer and avid kayak fisherman - when she is not a Professor of English at Rollins College - was part of a group of talented Floridians who received this year’s accolades. They include writers Carl Hiaasen, Mark Mustian, Jose Alvarez, William Culver Hall, Jan Godown Annino, Christina Diaz Gonzalez and Margaret Ross Tolbert.

  • The weather could not have been more perfect for the Art Center’s “Paint Out” last Saturday. You may have noticed some of the 13 artists who were working diligently to complete their work — from blank canvas to finished and framed composition — in three hours.

  • Chunky Pond, Levyville, Bronson–no matter what it was called, it was always the center-piece of Levy County. That was but one of the hundreds of historical snippets shared Saturday as Levy County celebrated the 150th anniversary of the Atlantic to the Gulf Railroad that connected Fernadina Beach to Cedar Key.

    The brainchild of David Levy Yulee, Florida senator and the first Jewish member of Congress, the railroad began in 1856 and after several starts-stops, at last reached Cedar Key in 1861.