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Today's News

  • The one that didn't get away

    Tom Fazackerley of Lancashire, England recently spent several days on Cedar Key with his friend Dave Lumpkin fishing and enjoying the Gulf Coast. For several days, the pair fished but only caught fish that were too small to keep. On the last day, Lumpkin bought a crab and shared half of it with him. At the end of the expedition, Fazackerley had caught 40 black drum. The two had a difficult time hoisting the fish aboard and had to get assistance from two men in a boat who had a basket. After the photo session, the pair released the fish so they could become breeders.

  • Suwannee Basin gets standards for Clean Water Act

    Back in 1972, the Federal Clean Water Act was passed by Congress and President Nixon, setting guidelines to ensure that our nation's rivers remain healthy and clean.

    It has taken most states a long time to take action.

    Some like New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and Kansas, got their acts together quicker than others by drawing up widespread measures.

    Many others, including Florida, dragged their feet - waiting until their backs were against the wall.

  • Trouble in Cedar Key: Crossing Number Four

    Crossing Number Four Bridge, that's what this is about. Number Four Bridge means lots of things to many people. Crossing Number Four to most locals means going to the mainland, leaving the Cedar Keys. Reasons locals cross Number Four Bridge vary. Florida is on the other side. The Cedar Keys are here.

  • True Faith: Lost and Found

    "And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, 'Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.'" (Luke 15:5-6 NIV)

  • Reflections: The whole ordeal still weighs very heavy on my mind.

    My last column mentioned my ordeal with renting an airplane in Hawaii but I did not go into much detail. Because the incident is so unbelievable I thought I would fill you in on more of the details.

    On June 16, around 8:30 a.m., I rented an airplane, a Cessna 172 from one of the airplane rental agencies in Kona, Hawaii. They required a checkout ride which took less than an hour. Shortly afterwards I departed the Kona Airport with my wife and daughter for a tour around the big island.

  • CK's Haldeman succeeds Beckham at Bronson

    As happy as he is to be chosen to succeed Bronson basketball head coach Kelly Beckham, Cedar Key boys' basketball head coach Aaron Haldeman hates to leave Cedar Key.

    "I told Mrs. Ice, 'I've got tears of sorrow in one eye and tears of joy in the other,'" he said.

    Haldeman, who graduated from Cedar Key in 1993, started as assistant coach in 2002 under then head coach Biz Paeth before ascending to the head coach position. His teams are well-regarded in the area for playing over their heads, despite being small in number.

  • Urban Legends: Are you spreading the menace?

    Many of you can relate to having your inbox full of emails, the greater part of which are usually junk. Others are chain emails that sometimes contain compelling facts and information. But how are we to know if these facts are true? Because all too often, they are not.

    Take for instance the widely spread email that depicts the similarities between the lives and deaths of John F. Kennedy and Abraham Lincoln. This particular email is made up of numerous interesting "factual" coincidences, of which only a few are actually true.

  • True Faith: What kind of people are we to be?

    "I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends." (John 15:11-13 NIV)

  • Fishing Lines: Go where fish are, but watch the lightning

    Scallop season is now in full swing and reports from both the north and south of us sound good. Homasassa and Crystal River both reportedly are having a banner year with scallops plentiful in many popular areas. To the north reports of scallop limits in just an hour or two are common. With inshore fishing waning this time of the year, scalloping is a great alternative to fishing in Florida's July heat. I have never really understood why this area is so good for raising clams, but the main scallop run always seems to avoid us. I guess you can't have it all.

  • Trouble in Cedar Key: They get in your blood

    You know these Cedar Keys, they get in your blood. I sit, as I write, at the Sandspit where G and 1st streets join. There are a couple signs here, the yellow kind with arrows to point the way. Every time a storm comes through, the arrows point out into the Gulf rather than where the road goes. Woe be it for the driver not familiar with the roads or the Spit. The Sandspit. That's where I am. That's where I write.