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Today's News

  • Fishing Lines: When all hope is lost, Reds come through

    Still not many reports from offshore as strong east winds have made offshore fishing uncomfortable. My best guess is that as the days get shorter the fish come in closer, especially down by Crystal River and Homosassa. The King mackerel fishing has been so poor all year that I do not expect any kind of a run this fall. I would love to be wrong however.

  • Trouble in Cedar Key: The crack of dusk

    It was almost evening, the air was cool. A light rain had settled in after lunch. It had rained for about three hours, puddles had formed here and there. The soil was dampened enough to knock down the dust, allowing the green to come up from the soil.

    The breeze dropped down and swung around from the northeast. A chop with small waves was on the water, to the south and west; the tide was on the wane. Odors from the exposed flats wafted in from behind. That familiar, pungent, almost sweet smell of the marshes at low tide.

  • Fall sports calendar

    Tuesday, Oct. 14

    Volleyball home vs Dunnellon Christian, MS 5 p.m., Var. 6 p.m.

    Thursday, Oct. 16

    Cross country at Williston for Levy County Meet, MS and Var. 4:30 p.m.

    Friday, Oct. 17

    Volleyball home vs. Meadowbrook, MS 5 p.m., Var. 6 p.m.

    Thursday, Oct. 23

    Volleyball at Bronson, Var. time TBA

    Friday, Oct. 24

    Cross country at UF for Gator Gallop, MS and Var. 11 a.m.

    Oct. 27, 28, 30

    Volleyball District tournament at St. John, times TBA

    Monday, Oct. 27

  • Road Sharks get tuned up at first meet

    Cedar Key girls' cross country hosted Branford in a dual meet Monday that served both as a shakedown for today's bigger race at Williston and a first race ever for the Buccaneers, in their first year with a team.

    Branford head coach Eric Rodriguez said his team was a little tentative about the unfamiliar route, particularly the hill by the cemetery, but didn't think the heat would be a factor.

  • Shark News

    Journalism class updates

    Cedar Key School's Journalism class is hard at work, and is already beginning the 2008-2009 yearbook, which is in full color, much to the excitement of the student body.

    The color yearbook is available to CKS due to the school's small size and the fact that the Journalism class will be using a new yearbook design program.

    Carmen Doyle, the Journalism class adviser, along with Tina Berger, technical adviser, went to the Herff's Up!Yearbook Connection Conference last Saturday.

  • City may look to acquire some private roads

    The last item on Tuesday's City Commission agenda was, as Mayor Heath Davis pointed out, technically a CRA matter - paving of roads. What the commission needed to decide, however, was how to proceed with the planned paving of several segments of private road that intersect and impact city-owned and maintained property.

    Commissioner Pat O'Neal was immediately against it, saying it was unreasonable for the city to commit to paving roads that the owners had undertaken to build on their own.

  • 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.