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Today's News

  • Fishing Lines: Careful with those big fish

    The big fish are here and they are hungry.

  • Trouble in Cedar Key: Time for a field Trip

    It was time for a field trip. Some days past, not that many, I set out over Number Four Bridge. It had been a couple days since the rains of recent weeks had passed and the onslaught of more rain was some time in the future. This was in the in-between time. The weather was nice, bordering on hot, and were it not for the midday breeze, it would have been tepid. It was perfect for a ride through the countryside and the woods.

  • Levy County millage rate stays same

    Levy County's property tax millage rate will remain at its current rate - 7.4212 mills - for the fiscal year starting Oct. 1

    That's good news for property tax owners. But the bad news for Levy County is that employees won't get a raise and it will have to spend its entire emergency reserve fund, to balance a reduced budget at that tax rate.

  • Summer Shark: Tons of trash

    The amount of trash produced by each American per day is astounding, not to mention the amount generated throughout a lifetime. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, as of 2006, Americans toss out trash at the incredible rate of 4.6 pounds per day per person! If you do the math, that leads to 251.3 million tons each year. And even though this trash is conveniently taken out of your hands every few days, you can't help but wonder what actually happens to the trash.

  • Former Mayor Roy Sills mourned at commisison meeting

    There was a somber spell cast over Tuesday night's Cedar Key City Commissioners monthly meeting, as all folks attending bowed their heads for a moment of silence in memory of Roy Sills.

    Sills, a former city commissioner and mayor in 2002, died unexpectedly over the weekend at his home off the Cedar Keys in rural Levy County.

    Current Mayor Heath Davis said Sills was a close friend of his and was too emotional to talk much about his death.

    "He was loved and he will be missed," he said.

    Commissioner Sue Colson asked for the moment of silence.

  • 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.