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Today's News

  • Cheer, cheer for the All-Stars!

    Three nights a week - on winter nights when you can almost see your breath indoors, as well as on summer nights when every breath condenses in a river of sweat - you'll find the girls - and a few boys - in the steel building on U.S. Highway 27 in Williston, twisting and twirling, flipping and flying.

  • Restoring mother's murals is her labor of love

    It's 1948. Bessie Gibbs and her husband "Gibb," new owners of the historic Island Hotel on Second Street, are stumbling around a large storage closet on the first floor. Bessie would like to turn the dark, dank space into a cozy bar.

    In walks a lively blond in her early forties, 18-year-old daughter in tow. They have driven up from Clearwater in a late-thirties International panel truck, colorfully painted with marine scenes from a previous business. Helen Tooker, an artist, and Bessie, both strong and outspoken, immediately hit it off.

  • Varsity girls eliminated in district squeaker

    It was that close.

    A rough start off the tip, any one of a dozen little things, and they might have had them.

    Cedar Key varsity girls got a dream date in the district tournament - a matchup with three-seed Seven Rivers to try to avenge their recent one-point loss.

    It was not to be. After getting down 19-6 in the first quarter, the Lady Sharks made an amazing comeback but just couldn't get over the hump, succumbing in the end by 34-29, after coming as close as 31-29.

  • Sharks bruise Bulldogs in Senior Night triumph

    Cedar Key varsity boys hosted Bell for their Senior Night, then went over and above the call of duty to make sure the visitors didn't spoil their special night, winning 51-46. The Sharks had lost to the Bulldogs at Bell earlier in the season, and did not want a repeat of that unhappy day.

  • Shark News

    Flutist Program

    By Zo Stuber

    A flutist is performing in Cedar Key School's auditorium today for students in kindergarten through second grade at 9 a.m. The title of the concert is "Musical Imagination." The flutist will also be playing a concert called "Myths, Legends, and Fables" at 10 a.m. for third through fifth grades. At 11 a.m., the flutist will be performing for middle school students in a concert called, "World Turned Upside Down," which features music from the Revolutionary War.

    Two Playgrounds, Two Fundraisers?

    By Lindsay Edmunds

  • True Faith: Inseparability of Politics and Religion

    "When the righteous triumph, there is great elation; but when the wicked rise to power, men go into hiding." (Proverbs 28:12 NIV)

    Right in the middle of a heated presidential election, it is not surprising that some folks want to revive the worn out debate over "separation of church and state." The phrase itself doesn't seem to accurately depict what was on the minds of the founders of the United States of America. The big issue on the minds of those early Americans was their intention that our government must not establish a state sponsored church.

  • Abort-Retry-Fail: Heeeee's Baaaaaacccckkk!

    It has been over eighteen months since I last wrote for the Beacon, but it is time to get "back in the saddle" again.

    As many of you know, I have not been away all of that eighteen months. My trips have been pretty sporadic, once to Denver, Colorado and once to Seattle, Washington. Not to mention all of the trips to Texas, New Orleans and North and South Carolina. (There was also the two trips to Deal's Gap in East Tennessee!)

    Although I am not finished with my travels, I plan to continue my writings as long as I can and as long as there is someone out there that reads them.

  • Reflections: And the new President will be...

    The new President will obviously be the one who caters to the elderly because seniors will dominate this year's elections.

    We are into the age of the baby-boomers. There are more baby-boomers voting than any other age. Their vote will be mighty and the one that will put the candidate they want in office.

    Many of us are curious about the newness of women and black candidates running for election, but it is the candidate who will do the best job for the seniors that will be elected. That person has little to do with race, color, or creed.

  • From the Kitchen: Interesting information gives 'food for thought'

    A friend of mine sent me the following information as she thought it would be of interest not only to me, but also to some of my readers. I do not know its origin, nor have I validated it as factual, but after reading it; I felt it had enough merit to share. My father believed in using foods to prevent, as well as to treat, deficiencies in the body; he did not rely on vitamins and pills of any kind for that purpose. I have always agreed with his philosophy, for the most part, and shall, therefore, leave you to research further and/or draw your own conclusions.

  • Boys work on chemistry as districts loom

    Cedar Key boys played one of their best quarters of the season in a 71-36 loss to Seven Rivers Friday.

    "We got beaten up, but at least you knew we were there," said head coach Aaron Haldeman.

    For much of the game, Seven Rivers played the dominant game for which they are well known, outscoring the Sharks by an average of 10 points a quarter. Starting in the second quarter, however, Cedar Key held them to 12-5 on the period, getting ready for a third quarter explosion that saw Cedar Key nearly match their host, scoring 17 points to Seven Rivers' 21 in those eight minutes.