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Today's News

  • Migration exhausting for birds

    A good day for the birder is usually NOT a good day for the bird; so explained Dr. Doug Levey, ornithologist from the University of Florida, a Keynote Speaker for the Nature Coast Bird & Wildlife Experience.

  • Trouble in Cedar Key: Our friend Mack

    Mr. Mack was a lot of things to a lot of people. We all knew him as a mainstay of the Cedar Keys.

    His works are all over the Keys; his abilities, many; his heart, stern, though warm.

    He leaves a legacy for the archives of the town. You can't help but note the heavy yellow equipment that speckled the land on which he worked, the place he called his shop, to your right on your way out of town.

    His living went a long way toward building what we now know as Cedar Key. And his passing leaves a hole, a void, not soon to be filled.

  • Reflections: Who's the best choice for the job?

    Everyone's eyes are on the candidates. What is it going to be, the Republicans or the Democrats?

    I have no qualms about saying I'm a Democrat but I am also not beneath voting Republican if I thought a Republican candidate was better. However, in this case I emphatically favor the Democrats for both President and Vice President.

    I am a little worried, though. My neighborhood is riddled with McCain - Palin posters. It seems where I live most people are registered Republicans.

  • Shark News

    Future Florida Educators Induct New Members

    By Lindsay Edmunds

    Members of Cedar Key School's Future Florida Educators of America (FFEA) club warmly welcomed new members in their induction recently. After reading their oaths, new members listened to a motivational speech by Coach Mark Jackson, the new physical education teacher at CKS.

  • The unkindest cuts of all

    Harold McCain is lucky. A re-evaluation of his handicap and cuts to his Medicaid-funded services almost resulted in his being denied daily transportation to the LARC (Levy Association for Retarded Citizens) adult day training center in Otter Creek.

    "Oh, that would have been terrible," said Harold's mother, Thelma McCain of Cedar Key. "He hardly ever skips a day, even when he's sick, because he's afraid he'll miss something."

  • Break-in at Cypress Station

    According to Lt. Evan Sullivan with the Levy County Sheriff's Office, the Sheriff's Office received a call on Sept. 29 after midnight at 7690 State Rd. 24, at a business known as the Cypress Station.

    Upon arrival, they found that the business had been forcibly entered by unknown suspects and an undisclosed amount of currency taken.

  • 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.