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Today's Features

  • 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. 

  • Soon, historic downtown Cedar Key will transform into a celebration of fine art. Old Florida Celebration of the Arts is celebrating its 47th anniversary, and for the second consecutive year, the Cedar Key Arts Center proudly presents one of the premier outdoor fine arts festivals in the state. Three city blocks on Historic 2nd Street will be showcasing 125 fine artists who specialize in a variety of mediums. Festival visitors will have the opportunity to meet these artists, sample wonderful local cuisine, and enjoy live entertainment in City Park.

  • The Cedar Key Women’s Club held its Annual Luncheon and Fashion Show, Tuesday at the Community Center in Cedar Key and over 150 women came to enjoy it.

    Several vendors were on hand selling a variety of wares from ceramics to vintage jewelry to household decor items. Most of the clothing and accessories were supplied by Deja Vu on Second Street.

  • You may have walked or driven by a house on Fourth Street numerous times and barely noticed it was there - half hidden behind low limerock walls that terrace the sloping yard and overgrown cabbage palms.  Or, perhaps, you stopped to take a photo of the pair of adirondack chairs, swaths of ferns and pile of bleached out shells on each side of the stairs.

    It is one of those houses that could go either way - photo op or you might pass right by and not look up. 750 Fourth Street - home of Luz Beckham Kraujalis and her husband, Walter. 

  • By Jim Wright

    Here is a possible definition of love – “When people can be totally open with one another and feel totally safe at the same time.”

    I derived this definition from a passage in a book called Will the Real Me Please Stand Up, by John Powell.  It reminds me of a statement I heard many years ago by a member of a church in Tallahassee: “What I like about church is that I can be myself and it is OK.”