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Today's News

  • Visit to old Depot Key shows history slipping away

    Atsena Otie, formerly Depot Key, is one of thirteen islands managed by the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service as part of the Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge.

    The purpose of the Refuge is to protect the habitat for a variety of wildlife species, especially wading birds and shorebirds.

  • Joel Benefiel plays pretty for the people

    Funky bar, gifted jazz keyboardist, quiet night, regulars nodding approval. No crowd, no loudmouths, just music. It doesn't get any better.

    Since 2003 Joel Benefiel has held court at the Island Hotel's King Neptune Lounge on Friday evenings. He has brought jazz greats from around the world, organizing Jazz & Blues concerts for local jazz aficionados.

    Joel - solo, duet or trio - sharing a lifetime of musical experience.

  • Reflections: Preparing for the worst

    We have had two close calls so far this year and hurricane season is not over yet. My wife said it's time to get hurricane shutters.

    We made it through Hurricane Charley last year but I think she is right: We should be counting our blessings. We did not have a single window broken during that hurricane, though the wind took our roof off. That's not to say the next hurricane won't knock out our windows.

  • Fishing Lines: Fishing tips from Ol' Zed's brother

    My typing finger is healed and I am once again able to knock out a fishing report.

    I didn't get a chance to read Zed's article, but I hope his wife Angel (rightly named for putting up with Zed) did the typing because Zed's spelling is well, I would call it unique. He is certainly one of a kind...in many ways.

    The redfish that came here last fall as real runts seem to have grown up, if they are the same group of fish.

  • Trouble in Cedar Key: Red maples, yellow daisies and green, green grass

    Next week heralds the official start of fall, of autumn. You can't tell that by the air temperatures yet, but you do notice the shorter days and the longer nights. And as the sun is lower in the daylight sky, the moon is higher in the nighttime.

    We are about half way through the season of spring tides with the highs being unusually high, the lows, low.

    We are half way through our hurricane season along the eastern Gulf. After nearly a month of storms and hurricanes plaguing the Cedar Keys with rain and wind, the skies are clearer and the noontime temperatures are hot.

  • Shark News

    Progress Reports

    By Dylan Webster

    Progress reports will be coming out Wednesday, Sept. 17. Report cards come out at the end of a grading period, but for those students and parents who like to know how they are doing, Cedar Key School calculates the grades and sends them home after four weeks. This gives the students a chance to improve their grades before the end of the grading period in hopes of having higher grade-point averages.

    Home cross country meet

    By Josh Berger

  • True Faith:The Gospel must go through!

    "Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, 'Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?' Jesus answered, 'I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.'" (Matthew 18:21-22 NIV)

  • Reflections: Dogs, eat your vegetables

    Max is not happy with his diet and told me...

    "Daddy, if you don't feed me more, I'm calling the SPCA."

    Our dogs are overweight. Even our new rescue sheltie, Nikki, is fat, so we have put all of them on a diet. It's a good thing the phone is up high where Max cannot reach it.

    But, oh well. Max needs to lose some weight. If he gets any fatter we will have to roll him into the car when we go for a ride.

    Funny, all our dogs are eating broccoli and green beans now. Pumpkin for filler seems to be one of their favorites, too.

  • Fishing Lines: Homespun fishing tips from Ol'Zed

    To my readers: I have a paper cut on my typing finger so I have asked my brother Zed to take my place this week.

  • Trouble in Cedar Key: Patriot Day - Lest we forget

    It was September in 2001. It had been a hard year. I'd had my first major bout with the disease that nearly took my life. Dad had had a couple major surgeries on his circulatory system. He had been a smoker for about sixty years and his arteries were plugged with deposits once known as hardening of the arteries. Mom had been sick for several years partly due to smoking half her life. It was complicated by Temporal arteritis, a rare disease, that left her with large wounds on her head, blinded in one eye with poor vision in the other. Then she contracted shingles leading to more suffering.