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Today's News

  • Reflections: Rambling on

    Someone told me as a writer you are best to write about what you know best. If you adlib, the readers will know you're a phony. That kind of narrows things down for me, because as a writer what I know best is limited - limited, that is, to education and aviation. Most of my years have been spent in that area of expertise.

    Oh, I have done a lot of things in my lifetime other than education and aviation. I guess you could say I'm somewhat experienced in raising children. I've had four children, but so has everyone else, so who wants to know about rearing children? Boring.

  • Racers go Hog Wild for LARC

    Saturday morning, Tara Mace got an unwelcome phone call. Her partner for the Wild Hog Canoe Race, the 31st Annual adventure to benefit Levy Association for Retarded Citizens (LARC) couldn't make it.

    Tara was stuck - where to find a partner at 6 a.m. on race day? She called her mom.

    Theresa McFarland answered her daughter's call and agreed to give it a whirl.

    "I hung up the phone and thought, 'I don't have any idea what I'm doing,'" she said.

    "I kind of twisted her arm," Mace admitted.

  • Shark News

    LASC meets Senior Beta

    By Caely Hibbits

    A Levy Advisory Student Council (LASC) meeting was held in Chiefland Tuesday, April 22. A few school board members showed up as well as a few students from Cedar Key Student Government: President Jaclyn Stefani, Vice President Michelle DiMaggio, Jordan Watson, and Caely Hibbits. Williston, Bronson, and of course Chiefland also attended. This meeting is held four times a year. The representatives get together and decide on things to improve the schools.

  • Cedar Key Police Department Reports

    It appears all media outlets continue to influence the "oil market" and I am sure if they quit giving them this notoriety prices of crude oil would drop sharply. They are constantly promoting big business which apparently enhances their price gouging techniques. They do well enough without the media assistance, for sure. I am sure if you looked up greed in the dictionary you would see faces of all the "oil barons" throughout the world. Also, some of the nation's biggest retailers would definitely be among those "rich and famous" photographs.

  • Sam Beckham brings home state hardware

    Mark it in the book. Cedar Key School junior Samantha Beckham capped her first state final appearance in the girls' pole vault with a third place finish, nailing a 10-foot vault for the bronze medal.

    Beckham had also qualified in the triple jump, but finished 12th, well out of the medals, with a best jump of 32' 7 1/2".

    Coach Brad Penney said he was proud of his team and their efforts this year.

  • Trouble in Cedar Key: Mullberries, sheepshead, the Big Dock and Bernie

    Mulberry trees grow hereabouts. Trimmed a certain way, you might even call them bushes. Right now, the mulberries are ripening. The fruit is dark colored, nearly black, clustered much as blackberries. The flavor is gentle and sweet unlike blackberries, which are strong and tart. As with most fruits, there are many ways to serve them, most generally mixed with other fruits, over cereal, over ice cream, or baked in pies and pastries.

  • Reflections: Speaking one's words

    One of the great things about writing this column, is I am not held to any one subject or theme. I can write about anything I want as long as it is tasteful and generally entertaining. And, I try to be entertaining but the words don't always come out that way. I do get some negative mail once in a while.

    You know the "ole cliché, "You can please most of the people most of the time, but you can't please all the people all the time." This is usually the case with writing publicly.

  • Fishing Lines? Muddy water? Give fish something to sniff

    I get a lot of fishing lures given to me to "try out." Some of them are so far out I have to force myself to tie them on and give them a few feeble casts.

    About two years ago someone gave me a big bag of soft plastic grubs that were cream colored with a chartreuse flipper tail. To top it off, they smelled like garlic. They were kind of nice looking but the fish that year had no interest in them whatsoever. So I put them in the "special" drawer of my filing cabinet and pretty much forgot about them.

    Yes, I am a pack rat of sorts...so what?

  • Skarupski withdraws, endorses Davis

    On Tuesday, City Commission candidates Heath Davis and Bryan Skarupski called a press conference to announce their positions in the upcoming election. Davis is the former commissioner who did not seek reelection last spring when his term expired. Skarupski, opposing him for the vacant seat left by Commissioner Vanessa Edmunds, who also decided not to seek reelection, has never held a commission seat before.

  • Election Day looms: Two city commission seats and one water district seat at stake

    Cedar Key will go to the polls Tuesday, May 6 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. City Hall, located at Second and C Streets, will be the polling location. The Cedar Key Beacon asked candidates to respond to the questions below so that voters and citizens may gain a more complete view of the commission.