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Today's News

  • Shark News

    Cedar Key School Island City Young Authors' Conference

    The annual Young Authors' Conference will take place on Friday morning, April 25.

    K-5 students will share their published works during the Authors' Chair. Our featured guest artists include author and illustrator, Rebekah Raye and storyteller Kaye Byrnes.

    The conference will include a book sale sponsored by Barnes and Noble.

  • Cedar Key Police Department Reports

    It appears the Arts Festival of 2008 was successful and the Chamber of Commerce did another great job of encouraging the most qualified artists to attend this annual event. Thanks to each and every one of you that gave so much of your time and the great effort contributed by all of you in making this weekend a success.

    Your Police Department was somewhat busy over the weekend but most of the crowd abided by the rules of the road. We, too, appreciate the cooperation of all those attending the festival, as you are part of the fun and relaxation enjoyed by every one in attendance.

  • Fishing Lines: Cold snap, wind combine to make trout touchy

    Cold has once again pushed the water temps down below the 70 degree mark, and is throwing the trout bite into a tailspin.

    Add to the equation the wind-blown water so dirty that you can't see an inch deep and it all adds up to some challenging fishing.

    My thinking is to use bright colors that make lots of noise. It is going to take a few days of steady weather for things to return to normal.

  • Reflections: Politics as usual: NOT!

    Well, I don't have to give any personal reasons but I think we are left holding the political bag with the Presidential candidates. Actually we really don't have any.

    What I'd like to see happen is a revamp of the whole primary mess. Throw those candidates out and let's start over. At least we would have a chance at something worthwhile.

    Right now as far as I'm concerned, we don't have any viable candidates.

    We are in changing times as evidenced by our economy, and it is the past regime that has put us there. So, for sure most of us do not want more of the same.

  • Abort-Retry-Fail: Using email attachments

    Email has been called the first "killer app," or killer application of the Internet, although we can actually trace its roots further back, to Local Area Networks. Email over the Internet has brought us the ability to send a message to anyone, anywhere in the world in seconds at practically no cost. It is, without a doubt, the single most-used feature of the Internet.

  • Trouble in Cedar Key: Here they come...

    It was April. The air was still cool. Winters here are only so cold and it seemed that was hanging around for a while. April came early that year. With Mom and Dad in Dunnellon, important holidays, were easy to plan. Do they come to the Cedar Keys? Do we go there? Easter was approaching. Mom usually left her pain and her health problems behind when she got out for a while. We asked them to our house. Easter was set.

  • True Faith: Let's love each other

    "Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us." (1 John 4:11-12 NIV)

  • Sunny smiles for Arts Festival

    The 44th Annual Old Florida Celebration of the Arts in Cedar Key got a break from the weather and welcomed delighted crowds once again.

    Anecdotal reports had crowd counts slightly below last year's monster turnout, but given the conflicts of UF spring football, the threat of inclement weather and the trying economy, attendance was very good.

    Food vendors in City Park reported sellout or near-sellout sales, as visitors elbowed their way down 2nd Street toward the grassy play area.

  • Arts Festival weekend: Letitia Lee's art shows electric life

    "There was never a time when I wasn't making art."

    Letitia Lee says she's been doing art professionally for five years, but she's been an artist "since my mom first fed me applesauce."

    The Hampton, Va. Native says she drew, sketched or painted at every opportunity growing up, using whatever tools were available with her family's limited budget. That method hasn't changed - in fact, Lee says she often lets her mood dictate the medium and theme of her work.

  • Arts Festival weekend: Palm flowers make Jean Yao's art bloom

    "First you should find something you really like to do. Then later you should work to refine your technique."

    Fiber weaving artist Jean Yao tells young artists that the most important thing they can do is find a form or expression they love to work with. Once they find something they love, they'll find a way to get good at the execution.

    Yao, born in Taiwan and trained in Japan in the art of ikebana - flower arranging - says she came to her present media of weaving palm fiber baskets out of the necessity of finding a medium she could work in.