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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Sharks battle in extra-inning loss at districts

    "Except for the fact that we lost, I think it was the best game we played all season."

    Sharks' baseball head coach Joe Bishop said his team played like there was no tomorrow in their district tournament matchup Monday. Unfortunately, this time there wasn't. Cedar Key lost 7-6 in eight innings to Seven Rivers in the Class A District 6 tournament.

    The Sharks got off to a good start, putting up one run in their first at bat to take an early lead. Seven Rivers tied the score with a run in the bottom of the first, though.

  • Beckham and Hibbits to state track final

    Two members of the Cedar Key Sharks' track and field squad are headed to the state championship this Friday at Winter Park High School. At last Wednesday's regional meet at Bolles High School in Jacksonville, Junior Samantha Beckham qualified in girls' pole vault with a 9' 6" vault, good for second place. She finished behind Lindsey Enders of Holy Trinity, who reached 10 feet. Beckham also turned in a qualifying third place finish in the triple jump, with a best of 32' 7 3/4".

  • Shark News

    Sharks' baseball season ends with close game

    By Josh Berger

    The season ended with a heartbreaker against Seven Rivers. The game went into an extra eighth inning and ended with the score at 7 to 6. Coach Joe said "it was the best game of the season." The game went back and forth, first with the Sharks ahead, then tied, until in the eighth inning. With the game knotted at 6-all, Cedar Key didn't score in the top half of the inning and the Warriors put up the go-ahead run for the win.

    Second- and third-graders visited by pen pals

    By Claire Brown

  • Why race: Looking LARC in the face

    Paul Roesch used to work at McDonald's in Williston, but he struggled there. Going out to tidy up in the dining room, he wasn't sure when to stop wiping one table so he could move on to the next.

    James O'Sullivan wants to work at Hitchcock's, bagging groceries and rounding up carts. So far, though, the only shift that's open is in the evening, and he and his mother prefer that he work during the day.

    David Estep has a talent for folding clothes perfectly.

  • True Faith: Who will take your place?

    "I myself am convinced, my brothers, that you yourselves are full of goodness, complete in knowledge and competent to instruct one another." (Romans 15:14 NIV)