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Today's News

  • Fishing Lines: Grouper and mackerel and reds, oh my!

    Finally the wind subsided and the boat ramp was busy with offshore vessels during the pre-dawn hours this past weekend. I didn't get a chance to talk, but I saw The "Sandy Gail" unload a lot of gag and red grouper Saturday and Sunday. So my bet is that the fall grouper bite is in full gear. Many of our offshore guides have openings in their schedule so give them a call and get in on the good weather and good fishing.

  • Trouble in Cedar Key: Wild Bill is back in town

    A few days past, Wild Bill came back to town. We've talked of Wild Bill before though that's been many years back. His boat is the Creek Runner out of Inglis where Bill and Katie live. Bill's had the boat about twenty years. The Creek Runner was a shrimper that Bill converted to a sponger. And later, he reconverted it to a shrimper that could be used for sponging, or maybe the other way around. No matter. It's now used only as a sponge boat.

  • Reflections: Rebuild the government from the ground up

    My work companions and I do it every day. We talk about the world's problems and then we solve them. Our conclusions are very convincing if those who count, would only listen.

  • As writer, as friend, Lewis will be missed

    From the time he was a youngster growing up in Trenton, N.J., Claude Lewis knew two things with certainty.

    First, he was going to live in Florida and second, he was going to write for a newspaper.

    Those two dreams came to fruition, but not in that order.

    But dreams often end, and last Friday on his way to cover an Indian football game in his role as sports editor for the Chiefland Citizen, Claude died at the age of 54, apparently after suffering an asthma attack.

  • Bishop is second at Williston cross country

    Upstarts and veterans alike took home hardware from Williston's cross country meet, featuring teams from Williston, Chiefland, Cedar Key, Bradford and Fort White. Chiefland varsity girls, in only their second year as a team, took home the girls' crown. Amie Biehl, who paced off Allie Wheeler last year (Wheeler has since transferred), grabbed a new pacer in JaRobyn Rome and won the girls' race in 26:06. Rome had 26:58 as her final; April Geiger was third with 28:31 and Mariah Mather was fifth with 29:11.

  • Shark News

    Freshmen receive mentors

    By Jessi Robinson

    This year's freshman class recently received their high school mentors. Each student received a survey on Monday that they were required to complete and turn in to their mentor.

    Every mentor, chosen from the school faculty, must chose a student whom they are willing to support for the rest of the students' high school career. This includes remembering their birthday, and sending cards and words of encouragement their way when needed.

  • Candidates: County will change, no matter what

    When things happen in Cedar Key, they inevitably happen at the same time. Despite occurring the same Tuesday evening as the City Commission Comprehensive Plan Review, the Candidate Forum co-sponsored by the Lion's Club and Cedar Key News, was well attended by both candidates and citizens.

  • Coastal Cleanup nets big haul

    Saturday's Coastal Cleanup of the area around Cedar Key and the Lower Suwannee Refuge was a big success. Toxic and entangling debris that kills seabirds, fouls fishing grounds and pollutes shellfish beds was hauled from various tender spots around the Levy County coastline.

    Co-organizer Sue Colson was cautiously thrilled, saying that this year's numbers were almost equal to last year's, after a very slow start in the morning.

    "I was so down early Saturday," she said. "I didn't think anybody was going to show up, it was so slow. But they did, and look how much we got done!"

  • More Comp Plan elements ready to go

    Cedar Key City Commission had to tread some old ground on the way to clearing the rest of the Conservation and Coastal Element and Future Land Use Element for transmittal to DCA.

    The commission had examined those two contentions elements line-by-line, starting at a meeting two weeks ago, in the presence of a very few fiercely interested citizens.

  • Cedar Key bids farewell to pastor David (

    David Binkley, the Cedar Key Church of Christ's pastor, and his wife Galina are moving away after living and serving in Cedar Key for seven years. Members of the church organized a farewell reception for the Binkleys where locals gathered to say goodbye to the couple who has done so much for the Cedar Key community. While working with the Church of Christ, the Binkleys initiated several new outreach programs, one of which was a daily morning bible study.