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Today's News

  • Summer Shark: On the road again

    My family's annual road trip has begun, and the adventures and experiences that come with traveling into the unknown are cropping up accordingly.

  • Still committed to making the grade

    Even the best schools in Florida have hurdles to overcome. For the third year in a row, and the fourth year out of five, Cedar Key School earned an "A" for its FCAT results. Unlike last year, however, Florida's smallest public school did not make AYP, or Adequate Yearly Progress.

    AYP is a standard of the national No Child Left Behind program, Cedar Key Principal Sue Ice explained.

  • Serving our country: Philabaum is Maintenance Professional of the Month

    Cedar Key native Jeremy Philabaum has been commended by his superiors for his excellent performance on duty.

    Aviation Structural Mechanic (Safety Equipment) Third Class Petty Officer (AME3) Jeremy Philabaum, grandson of Cheryl Philabaum, of Cedar Key, has been awarded the "Maintenance Professional of the Month" Award for the exceptional efforts and performance of his duties.

    AME3 Philabaum is currently in the middle of a six month, multi-site, deployment with Patrol Squadron (VP) Four-Six and Maintenance Detachment Team Alpha (MDT-A) in the Persian Gulf region.

  • Oh, those 'Cedar Key Sunsets'

    Alabama, Johnny Nash, Bertie Higgins, Dennis Yost, Starbuck, Artimus Pyle and Bo Diddley are just a few of a diverse group of stars that Irwin has worked with in his long and storied career.

    Seeing the music industry eat up a lot of his friends, Irwin chose to take the low road some 20 years ago, moving to rural Levy County to chill out, spend time with the family, collect some royalty money and play a little music.

    It's worked out well in some respects.

  • True Faith: Welcome Home!

    "So he got up and went to his father. But while he was still a great way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him." (Luke 15:20 NIV)

  • Trouble in Cedar Key: Thoughts on the written word

    Have you ever thought about thinking? Have you ever thought about experiencing? How do you think and experience? Do you do it in words? Thoughts and experiences don't come in words. You can be illiterate yet you think and experience. You don't need to be able to read and write to enjoy a meaningful life.

  • Fishing Lines: Timely rains

    In spite of searing heat the recent timely rains are keeping our inshore water temperatures from rising. Last year at this time the water temps were nearly five degrees higher. An old timer once told me, "Heavy rain sweetens the water and improves the bite." Well I am sure that it improves the mosquito bite as well as the fish.Seems to be true this year as the trout and redfish bite seems to be above average for early August.

  • Reflections: The Apple iPhone's competition

    There are a whole new category of cell phones hitting the market lately. The most recent and innovative is the Apple iPhone. It is probably the closest thing to a hand held, portable computer there is yet.

    There are other new innovative cell phones, too, that have nearly the capabilities of the iPhone but none really match up as equal. For one, the iPhone is 3G. That's nearly as good as your desktop computer on DSL. Yes, the iPhone is full Internet capable and does not even need a keyboard.

  • Summer Shark: A waterlogged weekend

    Even though I have spent my whole life in Cedar Key and live only minutes away from a beach, as well as dozens of publicly accessible islands, I hardly ever take advantage of these blessings. But when I do, I have nothing but a fun, great time. One recent weekend I did just that! To start things off, I celebrated my cousin's thirteenth birthday. This was when the waterlogged weekend began. My whole family got together for a big birthday pool party, complete with pizza and cake, a universal favorite. The following day, we all caravanned up to Ichetucknee Springs to go tubing.

  • Cedar Key Lions clean up SR 24

    They gathered by dawn's early light. Armed with gloves, grippers, trash bags, Swamp Buddy and Deet, Cedar Key Lions and volunteers Debbie and Marvin Franks, Sara and Lannie Cardona, Jennie Pinto, Susan Hollandsworth, Judy Duvall, Rory Brennan (not pictured), and Adopt-a-Road project coordinator Gina Montgomery collected 14 bags weighing over 150 lbs of trash from alongside the Lions Club's adopted 2 mile stretch of Rt 24 approaching Cedar Key's #4 bridge. "With two Lions per mile on each side of the road , it took no time at all," said Lions President Rory Brennan.