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Today's News

  • 'We serve proudly'

    Jimmy and Patty Lawrence of Cedar Key received this letter from their son, Sgt. Jamie Lawrence, an MP in the U.S. Army serving in Iraq.

    Hey Pop.

    Sounds like you guys are having a real nice weekend. Unfortunately, we did not realize it was even Memorial Day until after we returned from a mission and we went to eat dinner at the chow hall after being out all day.

  • Cedar Key remembers the fallen

    Cedar Key remembered the soldiers lost in its defense in a stirring Memorial Day ceremony Sunday at the cemetery.

    Hosts Ivan Chubb, of the Tri-County Marine Corps League Post 1018, and Cedar Key's Patty Steve, mother of the late U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Brian Rory Buesing, killed in Iraq in 2003, addressed the 50-some attendees, asking them to always remember the cost of America's freedom.

    Afterward, Steve said misunderstanding the cost of freedom has grown worse over generations.

  • Fishing Lines: Fish by the rules, so we can all have some

    There are some new rules that you should know about. Starting June 1, all anglers who are fishing for any Gulf reef fish are required to use circle hooks, dehooking devices and venting tools. These rules cover all reef fish including grouper, snapper, triggerfish, porgies, sea bass, hogfish and tilefish. The rules cover both state and federal waters.

  • Trouble in Cedar Key: Decoration Day

    Think back over the years as to how Memorial Day has changed. When I was a kid, there was a national holiday at the end of May. We called it Decoration Day. It didn't matter what day of the week it came, it was still a national holiday. Schools were closed, people were off work, farmers left their fields. We all joined in the celebration.

  • Reflections: Dialectic

    There are days when I have great thoughts and I think to myself, "Hey, those things would make a great article!" Only trouble is, when I sit down to write an article I can't remember them.

    My writing coach, many years ago, told me, "Tom, you should carry a small recorder in your pocket and whenever you have a great thought, put it on tape."

    Today there are recorders that don't even have tapes. They work on memory chips instead. Well, I don't have either one and old age is setting in. I would probably buy a voice recorder when shopping if I could remember.

  • True Faith: When and how will wars end?

    "Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone." (Romans 12:17-18 NIV)

    One bumper sticker that has been appearing for a while proclaims the message, "Stop This Endless War!" Whenever we see something like that, we assume that the person is concerned about all the carnage and human degradation that goes along with armed conflicts. Exactly which war this bumper sticker is crying out to us about is a question that only the owner of the bumper knows.

  • Shark News

    Cedar Key goes virtual

    By Josh Berger

    As most of you know Cedar Key was recently visited by Rebekah Ray and Kaye Brynes for the young author's conference but this year there was a twist. Polly Werner from Florida Virtual Schools was here to set up a live feed so Florida virtual students could see and interact with the authors along with Cedar Key students.

  • LARC gets donations, just in time for cuts

    Just as they always do this time of year, Levy Association for Retarded Citizens (LARC) clients, staff and board members assembled in the dining room of the old Otter Creek School to receive the donation check from the host of the annual Wild Hog Canoe Race fund-raiser.

    For the last three years, that group has been AMVETS Post 88 of Bronson, and this year they brought a check for $6,800.

    The total was just a little over last year's contribution of $6,725, and post commander Clyde McGarva felt it keenly.

    "We wanted to do better by them," he said.

  • Castell out, city scrambles to replace chief

    Cedar Key City Commission voted 3-2 Tuesday against continuing its contract with police chief Bubba Castell.

    Island and area residents filled the City Hall commission room, overflowed the porch and packed the lawn on two sides of the building, trying to hear the proceedings in the first commission meeting since the May 6 election.

  • True Faith: Seniors, God's world is waiting for you!

    "If the LORD delights in a man's way, he makes his steps firm; though he stumble, he will not fall, for the LORD upholds him with his hand." (Psalm 37:23-24 NIV)