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Today's News

  • Commission gives retiring Eller nice bonus

    Cedar Key's City Commissioners were in a charitable mood at Tuesday night's meeting, as they voted to OK money to a devoted longtime worker who just retired plus a local church that needs help rebuilding a sidewalk.

    Jimmy Eller, who worked in maintenance for 20 years, recently retired. As a thank you for his hard work and service, the commissioners broke new ground by awarding him a bonus topping $1,300.

    Folks in the audience gave the commissioners an ovation for their thoughtfulness.

  • When emergency strikes, can responders find you?

    There's an old joke about how to find a burning home or other fires.

    The fire chief says "What's the address?" and the people say, "Just drive down the road until you see smoke," according to Cedar Key VFD Fire Chief Robert Robinson.

    But to Robinson and other firefighters in the area, finding a home quickly during an emergency is no laughing matter. That's why the Cedar Key Fire Department and several others started distributing reflective metal plates with house numbers.

  • Big Dock to open for anglers July 4

    "It'll be here when Cedar Key's gone," said Louis Diotte of Lucas Marine Construction, overseer of the project. "You're talking about solid concrete. This is what the intentions were when they designed it."

    "It's on schedule. We're going to open it for fishing the 4th of July, unless something dramatic changes that," said Diotte. "They're having a problem getting the tile needed for the restrooms. That could hold it up if the city says people can't fish on the pier without having a restroom to use."

  • True Faith: Getting ready for the journey

    "Some time later Paul said to Barnabas, 'Let us go back and visit the brothers in all the towns where we preached the word of the Lord and see how they are doing.'" (Acts 15:36 NIV)

  • Trouble in Cedar Key: One more time

    I sat there quietly, deep in my thoughts. Alone in my thoughts. Alone in the midst of a crowd, all seated, all in their own thoughts. Time disappeared, seemed not to matter, not to exist. "Amazing grace, how sweet the sound..." Forming a background, then gaining in intensity. The crowd united in chorus, me still deep in my thoughts. That song usually ended these gatherings, this time, beginning. "When we've been there ten thousand years, bright shining as the sun, we've no less days to sing God's praise..."

    How great it'd be to talk to Cindy one more time.

  • Reflections: Imminent Foreclosures, Imminent Situations

    As everyone knows real-estate has been reeling with problems lately. Property values have dropped significantly, making foreclosures for many homeowners immanent. Home foreclosures in fact are at an all time high.

    Well, there is more to impending foreclosures than meets-the-eye. Devalued property values are not the only problem. Rapidly rising fuel costs and layoffs have added to and made the situation even worse. For those who made variable interest rate mortgages, that doesn't help, either.

  • Abort-Retry-Fail: Less is more?

    Remember back in the late 80s and the early 90s when buying a computer got you almost as much weight in paper (manuals) as in the hardware? If you have purchased a computer recently you might have noticed the absence of all that paper. And what about those "recovery" CDs? You never see them any more either!

    As early as 1997, when you bought a computer you got a reasonable amount of manuals, enough information to get you started with most of your programs. But the "recovery" CDs were missing. As I recall, HP/Compaq were right at the forefront of this change.

  • FWC holding children's summer fishing clinics in Cedar Key

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) announces a series of summer inshore fishing clinics for children at the Senator George Kirkpatrick Marine Lab in Cedar Key. This program is open to youths between the ages of 6 and 16.

    The one day clinics will take place in June and July. Participants will learn about fish identification, knot tying, casting, bait types, habitat types, gear care and more. The clinic will end with catch-and-release pier fishing.

  • Lions adopt a portion of SR 24

    You may have noticed the new Cedar Key Lions Club Adopt-A-Highway signs on Route 24 posted at the #4 bridge going out of town and two miles out coming into Cedar Key.

    The Cedar Key Lions Club members have committed to pick up the litter four times a year along that two-mile stretch highway heading into town, ending at the #4 bridge.

    The community beautification project is the inspiration of Lion Gina Montgomery whose diligent work and coordination with the Florida State Department of Transportation has made the project possible.

  • Three die in crash of small plane

    CEDAR KEY - An impromptu, short, late night sightseeing air tour of the Cedar Keys turned out to be a disastrous affair for three people early Saturday morning, as they perished when the single engine Cessna 206 they were riding in plunged into the Gulf of Mexico.

    Pilot Frank Gonzalez, 48, of Plant City; plane owner John Borchard, 43, of Dover; and tourist Julia Kelly, 49, of Solon, Iowa; died in the accident. There were no survivors.