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Today's News

  • Fishing Lines: Best winter fun is offshore

    Happy Holidays, everyone.

    The recent cold front brought in some much-needed rain, but blew into town like a named storm.

    This front will likely be the final straw for flats fishing out front, which is good news for those with go-devils, jet foot propulsion and, of course, airboats.

    The deeper creeks in the backcountry can really hold a good mix of fish in the winter. Often times, from one anchor you can catch reds, trout, sheepshead, flounder and black drum, often in impressive numbers.

  • Shark News for Dec. 13, 2007

    Mark your calenders!

    By Claire Brown

    Monday, Dec. 17 - Spelling bees will be held in the fourth and fifth grade classrooms at 8:30 a.m.

    Tuesday, Dec. 18 - The fourth and fifth grade spelling bee will be held in the auditorium; the AR Prize Store will be open; Varsity basketball hosts Meadowbrook - girls play at 5 p.m., boys play at 6:30.

    Wednesday, Dec. 19 - Early release, high school and middle school exams. The Cedar Key Eagles Club will be here from 8 a.m.- noon for elementary students' Christmas shopping.

  • Cedar Key Police Department Reports

    Corporal Eddie Merritt and Officer David Perry extend their personal gratitude to the volunteer firemen, their wives and other individuals who assisted them in the fingerprinting of our children during the annual Santa Claus gathering at the city Community Center on Dec. 3. Approximately 78 children had their fingerprints, photographs and information completed during the extravaganza, with approximately 25 more cards completed, but time did not permit all of them to be fingerprinted that evening.

  • From the Kitchen: Appetizers share the holiday buffet table or pair with your favorite bottle of wine

    This is the time of year when we are attending functions celebrating the holiday season. This usually means sampling many different kinds of foods set out on a buffet table including appetizers. These are best described as a variety of tasty finger foods.

    For more intimate settings, such as your own living room in front of a warm glowing fire, something as simple as a plate of sliced cheese (or container of cheese spread) and a few tasty crackers and a glass of your favorite wine (or non-alcoholic beverage) and a good book will make for a cozy and entertaining evening.

  • Reflections: Christmas and the art of giving

    It's the same thing every year. My wife and I heatedly discuss what we will buy everyone for Christmas, and in the end we buy what she wants. At Christmas, it seems, I am just a laborer elf. Well, this year it will be much different because most everyone will be getting gift certificates. That will take a whole lot less effort and time.

  • Fishing Lines: Stave off winter 'til spring arrives

    Is this October or December?

    The sun sets like it is December, but the daytime highs feel much more like fall than midwinter.

    And it seems as though the fish are confused as well. Normally by this time, the trout and redfish have become well established in the area rivers and deeper tidal creeks, but many trout are still out front on the edge of the flats as if it were march already.

    My guess is that the next cold front (which has not been forecast at this writing) will be the "coupe de grace" that finally persuades them to head for their usual winter haunts.

  • True Faith: Little Drummer Boy and Baby Jesus

    "When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, 'Let's go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.'" (Luke 2:15 NIV)

  • When Sharks ruled the gridiron

    Editor's Note: This week, in celebration of the Heisman Award and high school state championships, the Beacon is looking back to the days when Cedar Key School still played football.

    Did Cedar Key ever have a football team?

    Now, during the exciting postseason playoff games for state high school titles, college conference title games, bowl season announcements, Heisman Trophy presentations and National Championship aspirations, the answer reminds me of the response to a young girl's question regarding the existence of jolly old St. Nick.

  • U.S. News: Cedar Key ranks among top schools nationwide

    Most people with schoolchildren in the house are familiar with the annual college rankings published by the newsmagazine U.S. News & World Report. Many students study the college rankings for years, planning their school applications on the outcome of the current issue.

  • Girls come close in hard-fought loss to Lady Bucs

    "They almost beat us. I told my girls, they ought to have beaten us."

    So said Branford head coach Wade Cashwell, after a fast-improving Cedar Key girls' team held his Lady Bucs to 23 points in a defense-heavy, 23-13 Branford win.

    Branford's Kristin Lynch still dominated, scoring almost half of her team's points with her game-high 10. But Cedar Key's Kacey Miller was almost Lynch's match, with 8 points on the night.