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Today's News

  • Hurricane Ida Officials: Take this storm seriously

    Emergency management officials are urging residents to closely monitor Hurricane Ida as it heads into the Gulf of Mexico and makes its way toward the Florida Panhandle.

    “All Floridians should take this storm seriously and not be caught off-guard over the next few days,” said Ruben D. Almaguer, Interim Director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management. “Residents across Florida are urged follow the progress of Ida and be prepared to implement their family disaster plans and heed local advisories."

  • $2 million bond set for Newlywed charged in wife's death, man's kidnapping

    Less than two weeks ago Felicia Fine, 22, married Charles Edwin Duke, 23.

    Wednesday night they argued at their home in Cedar Key.

    It ended when he shot her several times, dumped her body at a hunting camp, and took their roommate hostage for more than six hours in a standoff with deputies and Florida Wildlife Commission officers, according to a Levy County Sheriff's Office press release.

  • Now I remember for her

    When I was growing up my mom stayed home. She worked, and worked, and worked. At home. She had 10 children. Twins were born at the end, myself and my sister Wendy. My mom was a master of talking on the phone, cooking, and carrying on multiple conversations with me or one or two of my siblings and looking out for us at the same time.

    Before computers and the internet, she was the original multi-tasker.

  • Seafood Festival promises good food and fun

    Tons of delicious seafood, a parade, live music on the Gulf and shopping in historic downtown Cedar Key – What more could anyone want? The 40th Annual Cedar Key Seafood Festival takes place this weekend Saturday Oct. 17 and Sunday Oct. 18 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Now's your chance - Cedar Keys Lighthouse is open this weekend

    Seahorse Key gets its name from the shape of the island but its rich history is complex: a detention camp for displaced Seminole Indians, an outpost with a lighthouse built in 1854 to guide ships into the port of Cedar Key, and a prison during the Civil War.

  • No good deed goes undone

    Well, what can I say? I had a couple of drinks too many so I decided to stay in Cedar Key and fish. (As good a reason as any.)

    Alas, 3:30 in the morning approached and I was tired of letting the catfish off my hook. I threw out the poles anyway and stuck them out the window of my vehicle, kicked the seat back and waited for the drag to sing. I would doze for a few and check the bait again later.

  • Conservation Corner: National Parks PBS documentary announcement

     Connie Nelson’s recent Conservation Corner story mentioned that John Muir – who walked from Jeffersonville, Indiana, to Cedar Key in 1867 – worked with President Theodore Roosevelt to establish America’s National Park Service.  

  • LARC visits Cedar Key for luncheon, learning, and dance

    More than 40 participants from the Levy Association for Retarded Citizens Work Activity Center located in Otter Creek visited the Cedar Key Community Center last Thursday for a luncheon, informational presentations by local officials and a dance.

    “Mrs. Thelma McCain made us a fish dinner, grits, coleslaw, hush puppies and cake,” said Trainer Kathy Eschbach. McCain’s son Harold is a LARC participant. “Mrs. McCain fed everybody – anyone who walked through the front door,” Eschbach said.

  • Fishing Report - Sept. 10

    Hey everyone I hope that the long weekend was full of busy cool fun or very laid back an relaxing, which ever one you were shooting for.

    I was out 2 days this week an’ man let me say this: I can't remember a full moon lock jaw like I saw this weekend. Our 100 percent full phase moon came Friday night and it seemed to put the brakes on ‘em. Most stories had over sized redfish and some small ones but what I noticed based on the stories and my trips, is the quantity and the quality fell off a bit. But we had a cool snap with a full moon.

  • Lions Host Toastmasters International Presentation on Tuesday, Sept. 22

    The public is invited to the Cedar Key Lions Club Speakers Night on Tuesday, Sept 22 at 7 pm.