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Today's News

  • CRA agrees on lender for bond

    Cedar Key Community Redevelopment Association member Gene Hodges had one last try at getting his fellow members to see reason, as he saw it, before the CRA adopted a resolution to accept a bid from SunTrust Bank to be the lender on the CRA's long-awaited, long-debated $9.2 million redevelopment revenue bond issue.

  • From the Kitchen: When it's time to let the younger generation take the reins

    I prepared and served my first complete holiday meal for Thanksgiving, 1961 when I was a mere 19 years old. I had the help of a couple of my younger sisters but, for the most part, I could take credit, or blame, for most of it.

    Fortunately, it turned out to be a delicious dinner. The only thing missing were our parents who had both passed away earlier that year. I was among those fortunate enough to have been taught the basics of cooking, baking and setting a pretty table, as my mother called it.

  • Reflections: New words, new feelings to ponder

    Never before have so many new words been introduced to the American public. Since September 11, we have been bombarded with words that we seemingly have never heard before.

    Of course, most of the new words came to us come from the Far East, words like "Al Qaeda, Hezbollah, and Taliban." But, some have come from right here in our own country - words like "anthrax," "Cipro," and "Doxycycline."

  • True Faith: Jesus was neither a Democrat nor a Republican

    My own father was never involved with politics, so whatever impressions I had as a boy were made by my grandfathers.

    Before my parents met each other, granddaddy Binkley met granddaddy Frazier when he called up a tobacco company in Winston-Salem to order a box of Days Work. This was before my parents had met each other, and didn't learn this little secret until years later.

    Granddaddy Binkley was a car salesman most of his adult life, and always had a small farm near Mocksville. He described himself in later years as a Roosevelt Democrat.

  • Fishing Lines: Whatever the weather, fish say, 'Bring it!'

    With the temperatures teasing 80 in the last week or so, carolers might be singing "It's beginning to look a lot like 'springtime.'" The weather has however set the stage for above average inshore fishing and some awesome offshore fishing.

    Inshore, most of the pinfish have left the flats and can be found just a few miles offshore, but the trout are still holding onto some of the areas of grass flats in our area.

  • Santa visits Cedar Key, brings presents to all good boys and girls

    Santa Claus visited Cedar Key Monday night, stopping at the Cedar Key Community Center for the city's Christmas party.

    The Cedar Key Police fingerprinted children for the Child Safety database, and four of the 78 children who were fingerprinted won bicycles that had been donated to the police department.

    Parents and children enjoyed dinners of hot dogs and hamburgers, and every child who came to the party received a gift from Santa's Workshop.

  • Good words on storm drains

    Nobody ever thinks about storm drains, but in Cedar Key, those stormwater collectors literally protect the lifeblood of the economy.

    When it rains, storm drains collect and filter the at least the first inch of water running off the streets before it can run into the Gulf. The first inch of stormwater contains the majority of chemical and biological pollutants, including oil, antifreeze and gasoline, fertilizer, and animal feces, definitely substances that should be kept out of the waters that nourish sport and subsistence fishing, boating, swimming and aquaculture.

  • Boys fight 'til bitter end against Seven Rivers

    Cedar Key boys basketball played hard in Monday's matchup against district opponent Seven Rivers, but fell 74-26 to the Warriors.

    Seven Rives, always a talented and threatening team, has already notched its belt against strong area teams, including a win against Williston and a good scare against Bronson. The Sharks came out strong against the visitors, keeping it close in the first half, but the addition of the Warriors' three-point shooting was too much to overcome.

  • Both teams learn in district matchup

    Lady Sharks basketball played tough against visitor Seven Rivers, surprising the Lady Warriors before retiring in a 38-22 loss.

    "One of our goals every game is to shoot more free throws than the opposing team," Sharks head coach Chris Cowart said. "This time, we did it in the first half, and beat them 11-6."

    With Cedar Key's young team, Cowart is teaching the game even as they run the floor.

    "We work on these little goals, and as we achieve them, we try to move up to bigger ones."

  • Cedar Key Police Department Reports

    I sincerely hope that everyone's Thanksgiving was as enjoyable as mine was. Fortunately I was able to spend time with my family, as well as taking a day to visit with friends in Valdosta, Ga. They were visiting family members, who are also personal friends of mine, there. Although the trip was long and the visit was short, the time was well spent. They are also an exceptional group of people. Also, they are mostly Gators.