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Today's News

  • Shark News

    Parents aren't the only ones Christmas shopping this season!

    By Claire Brown

    Cedar Key Elementary students are getting into the holiday spirit, too, by picking up gifts for Mom and Dad.

    On Wednesday, Jan. 19, the Eagles Club made a visit to Cedar Key School's auditorium with lots of goodies that children could purchase for their parents for Christmas.

    All presents were priced at just 25 cents each.

    Kindergartener Luke Reidy said, "I got my dad a keychain and my mom some towels that had a Christmas tree on them."

  • Tax reform could save money for some

    Using an average of 18 mills as a typical amount for Levy County taxpayers in the current tax year, Property Appraiser Francis Akins said property tax legislation on the Jan. 29, 2008 ballot could save some individual taxpayers $188.50 each.

    About 40 percent of the people in Levy County who are qualified for Homestead Exemption will see no change in their tax bill from this legislation, Akins added.

    The proposed legislation will mean zero additional savings for people who are qualified for Homestead Exemption, but who have an appraised property value of less than $50,000.

  • Merry Christmas Cedar Key

    In Cedar Key School's production of "The Littlest Christmas Tree," the littlest tree, played by Chloe Brown, sings of her hope to be chosen by Santa Claus to be this year's special Christmas tree.

  • Reflections: Christmas Gifts

    A radio commercial I like is the one where the guy practices being excited about receiving Christmas gifts that he really doesn't want. I listened to it and laughed, but then I realized I find myself in the same situation every holiday.

    What I really don't understand is how some of these gifts have remained on the market for years.

    My favorite useless gift that has been given for decades is the fruitcake. No one really eats fruitcake. I think they just pass them on. The fruitcake you got five years ago may be the same one you got this year.

  • True Faith: Take it back!

    "Blessed is he whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered." (Psalm 32:1 NIV)

    Along with my brothers and several other sometimes-rowdy boys, we would walk along the banks, wade in the long creek that runs from behind the abattoir and parallels several of the long holes on the front, and back nine of the High Point Municipal Golf Course.

  • From the Kitchen: Celebrating New Year's Eve at home with family and friends

    Growing up in the northern part of our country usually meant snow and ice on New Year's Eve. This also meant that we rang in the New Year from our own living room on many of those years. Of course, there was no shortage of celebration complete with streamers, noisemakers and party hats! For the most part the evening was spent with our immediate family and a few friends who lived close enough to walk (or snow-shoe, if necessary) over to our house for the traditional counting down of the minutes until the New Year arrived.

  • Security fears prompt sad misunderstanding at base

    A British visitor who has visited Cedar Key several times a year for the past nine years recently told The Beacon of a bizarre incident, which may result in him being unable to visit here again.

    Peter White, a widower from England, loves to fish from the Big Dock when he visits Cedar Key. However, he says his attempt to show hospitality to U.S. troops stationed overseas may postpone his next fishing trip, perhaps indefinitely.

  • For a better life, communicate

    Have you ever had a great idea you wanted to share, but didn't know how to start? Have you ever wanted to ask for something, but didn't know how to do it? Do you think you could be a lot more successful if you could just act on some of your plans?

    There's a link between the inside world of the mind and the outside world of other people. That link is communication. Some people are really good at it; others less so. The good news is, with practice, anyone can get better at it.

  • Girls battle in brawling loss to Hernando

    Lady Sharks play to win every night, even when totally overwhelmed. A 51-15 loss to Hernando Christian Academy didn't start out like a loss when Cedar Key girls fought the Hernando Christian reserve players to a standstill, forcing an 8-8 tie in the first quarter.

    HCA head coach Jim Bragg sent in the starters as the second quarter began, but they, too, struggled against the hungry Lady Sharks.

  • Boys drop heartbreaker to Hernando Christian

    A great loss isn't quite an oxymoron. It's the one where you did pretty much everything right.

    Cedar Key boys played Hernando Christian almost perfectly Thursday night, playing good defense, keeping turnovers low and free throw shooting high.

    It wasn't quite enough to avoid the last-second, 55-53 loss.

    HCA had a couple of pieces that were just unstoppable, in can't-miss shooter Martin George and big man Clay Kessler. Both of them dogged the Sharks shot for shot, and Kessler was both the irresistible force and the immovable object around the basket.