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Today's News

  • Summer Shark: Olympic History

    Every other year, the world's eyes turn to a single chosen city, wherein lie the most talented athletes from around the world who have come to compete with the best of the best. The Olympic Games are a part of a centuries old tradition. The games are most definitely inspiring, and are also a source of national unity. But where did the Olympics come from?

    According to the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archeology and Anthropology, the Olympic Games were first launched in the form of a religious festival in honor of the father of the Greek gods and godesses, Zeus.

  • LARC Softball Challenge hits one out

    "We can hit," said Betty Walker, executive director of Levy Assocation for Retarded Citizens. "We just can't run."

    Before Saturday's classic showdown featuring LARC staff and clients against the polical candidates of Levy County, Walker was explaining her strategy for a LARC victory.

    "We got to hit the ball out."

    LARC won the two-inning tilt by a bare 4-3 margin, but aggressive baserunning, pitching and defense were as much a factor as power at the plate.

  • True Faith: The world's greatest treasure

    "For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the heart. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God's sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account." (Hebrews 4:12-13 NIV)

  • Trouble in Cedar Key: Under our noses

    As a change of pace, I thought we might try the shorts that follow for this week's conversation.

    As you passed through the intersection at the school, you may have noticed the grit on the sidewalks and the roadways. Look up and you'll see what has been happening. A crew has been at work blasting and repainting the water tower. Frequent painting of metallic structures is a necessary part of corrosion control. The color is the same. The only thing you notice is the absence of the rusty spots on the structure and the tank above. Good job, guys.

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  • Reflections: Adopting a furry child

    My wife and I are excited about the potential of an adoption. This Friday a woman from the agency is coming to our house for an interview and inspection of our home. We are frantically trying to get everything in order.

  • Fishing Lines: Strange, welcome visitors arrive

    Strange things happen in the summer once the water warms up. Some fish just don't know where they should be, but you know, there aren't any fences out there so fish can do what they want.

    Several years ago Captain Bill Roberts was fishing cutbait for redfish and hooked a very strong fish. The fight was unusual and he wondered what it was. Once in the landing net he saw that he had caught a bonefish. Now that fish was really out of its territory.

  • Summer Shark: There and back again

    In my previous article, I wrote about my family's journey to Pennsylvania, and all the places inbetween. Now you will find out about the journey home.

  • Trouble in Cedar Key: 'Oh well, that's okay...'

    Some years past, not that long back, there were three guys that enjoyed tripping together, Charles, Ed, and I. We all lived in the greater Atlanta area. Charles worked on his own under the auspices of a property insurance sales organization. He had the look of a professional and he dressed the part. Except at play, he wore a business smile, a white shirt and tie, well groomed, a hair cut once a week, with an expensive looking pair of glasses without which he couldn't see. When at play, his casual clothes were a cut above the norm. He seemed always to have a wad of cash in his pocket.

  • Reflections: An ode to O.C.: an outside, inside cat

    Some cats are indoor cats and some are outside cats. O.C. was both. Let me explain:

    My wife found O.C. in the back yard at our home in North Central Florida. No one really knows how old he was back then. He was already full grown - and wouldn't leave our backyard.

    My wife tried to ignore the cat but he would have nothing of it and meowed constantly at the back patio door. Soon he was sleeping on the hot tub cover, and being the warm-hearted person my wife is, she eventually fed him. He was very skinny.

  • Fishing Lines: New fishing rules

    Oh the times they are a changin...and you need to be aware of what's going on.

    First off, the season for recreational red snapper fishing is now closed (as of August 5) and apparently will remain closed until June 1 of 2009. Wow, that is a long time for a fishery to be closed. It seems that the Red Snapper fishing season is less than 3 months long. Our area is not really known for our Red Snapper fishing, but some of our guides do come across a few now and then.