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Today's News

  • 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.

  • True Faith: Be a booster

    "May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope." (2 Thessalonians 2:16 NIV)

  • Summer Shark: On the road again

    My family's annual road trip has begun, and the adventures and experiences that come with traveling into the unknown are cropping up accordingly.

  • Still committed to making the grade

    Even the best schools in Florida have hurdles to overcome. For the third year in a row, and the fourth year out of five, Cedar Key School earned an "A" for its FCAT results. Unlike last year, however, Florida's smallest public school did not make AYP, or Adequate Yearly Progress.

    AYP is a standard of the national No Child Left Behind program, Cedar Key Principal Sue Ice explained.

  • Serving our country: Philabaum is Maintenance Professional of the Month

    Cedar Key native Jeremy Philabaum has been commended by his superiors for his excellent performance on duty.

    Aviation Structural Mechanic (Safety Equipment) Third Class Petty Officer (AME3) Jeremy Philabaum, grandson of Cheryl Philabaum, of Cedar Key, has been awarded the "Maintenance Professional of the Month" Award for the exceptional efforts and performance of his duties.

    AME3 Philabaum is currently in the middle of a six month, multi-site, deployment with Patrol Squadron (VP) Four-Six and Maintenance Detachment Team Alpha (MDT-A) in the Persian Gulf region.