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  • Commission gives retiring Eller nice bonus

    Cedar Key's City Commissioners were in a charitable mood at Tuesday night's meeting, as they voted to OK money to a devoted longtime worker who just retired plus a local church that needs help rebuilding a sidewalk.

    Jimmy Eller, who worked in maintenance for 20 years, recently retired. As a thank you for his hard work and service, the commissioners broke new ground by awarding him a bonus topping $1,300.

    Folks in the audience gave the commissioners an ovation for their thoughtfulness.

  • When emergency strikes, can responders find you?

    There's an old joke about how to find a burning home or other fires.

    The fire chief says "What's the address?" and the people say, "Just drive down the road until you see smoke," according to Cedar Key VFD Fire Chief Robert Robinson.

    But to Robinson and other firefighters in the area, finding a home quickly during an emergency is no laughing matter. That's why the Cedar Key Fire Department and several others started distributing reflective metal plates with house numbers.

  • Big Dock to open for anglers July 4

    "It'll be here when Cedar Key's gone," said Louis Diotte of Lucas Marine Construction, overseer of the project. "You're talking about solid concrete. This is what the intentions were when they designed it."

    "It's on schedule. We're going to open it for fishing the 4th of July, unless something dramatic changes that," said Diotte. "They're having a problem getting the tile needed for the restrooms. That could hold it up if the city says people can't fish on the pier without having a restroom to use."

  • Lions adopt a portion of SR 24

    You may have noticed the new Cedar Key Lions Club Adopt-A-Highway signs on Route 24 posted at the #4 bridge going out of town and two miles out coming into Cedar Key.

    The Cedar Key Lions Club members have committed to pick up the litter four times a year along that two-mile stretch highway heading into town, ending at the #4 bridge.

    The community beautification project is the inspiration of Lion Gina Montgomery whose diligent work and coordination with the Florida State Department of Transportation has made the project possible.

  • Three die in crash of small plane

    CEDAR KEY - An impromptu, short, late night sightseeing air tour of the Cedar Keys turned out to be a disastrous affair for three people early Saturday morning, as they perished when the single engine Cessna 206 they were riding in plunged into the Gulf of Mexico.

    Pilot Frank Gonzalez, 48, of Plant City; plane owner John Borchard, 43, of Dover; and tourist Julia Kelly, 49, of Solon, Iowa; died in the accident. There were no survivors.

  • 'We serve proudly'

    Jimmy and Patty Lawrence of Cedar Key received this letter from their son, Sgt. Jamie Lawrence, an MP in the U.S. Army serving in Iraq.

    Hey Pop.

    Sounds like you guys are having a real nice weekend. Unfortunately, we did not realize it was even Memorial Day until after we returned from a mission and we went to eat dinner at the chow hall after being out all day.

  • Cedar Key remembers the fallen

    Cedar Key remembered the soldiers lost in its defense in a stirring Memorial Day ceremony Sunday at the cemetery.

    Hosts Ivan Chubb, of the Tri-County Marine Corps League Post 1018, and Cedar Key's Patty Steve, mother of the late U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Brian Rory Buesing, killed in Iraq in 2003, addressed the 50-some attendees, asking them to always remember the cost of America's freedom.

    Afterward, Steve said misunderstanding the cost of freedom has grown worse over generations.

  • LARC gets donations, just in time for cuts

    Just as they always do this time of year, Levy Association for Retarded Citizens (LARC) clients, staff and board members assembled in the dining room of the old Otter Creek School to receive the donation check from the host of the annual Wild Hog Canoe Race fund-raiser.

    For the last three years, that group has been AMVETS Post 88 of Bronson, and this year they brought a check for $6,800.

    The total was just a little over last year's contribution of $6,725, and post commander Clyde McGarva felt it keenly.

    "We wanted to do better by them," he said.

  • Castell out, city scrambles to replace chief

    Cedar Key City Commission voted 3-2 Tuesday against continuing its contract with police chief Bubba Castell.

    Island and area residents filled the City Hall commission room, overflowed the porch and packed the lawn on two sides of the building, trying to hear the proceedings in the first commission meeting since the May 6 election.

  • Cops, residents grow more estranged

    In the wake of the April 28 Taser incident on Dock Street, police admit that residents are talking amongst themselves. They for their part, are waiting to see if complaints roll in.

    Since the night two weeks ago when area fisherman Danny Beckham was subdued with a Taser in an altercation about a friend's traffic stop, police chief Bubba Castell says he has waited for phone calls and complaints about his officers, but so far has received none.

    No formal ones, anyway.