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Today's News

  • Wild Hog coming, racers and sponsors needed

    Whatever the economy, some needs never go away.

    The 31st Annual Wild Hog Canoe and Kayak race is mere weeks away, but organizers - Bronson's AmVets Post 88 - say they are far behind needed numbers of both racers and sponsors.

    They don't mind so much for the race and themselves, but Levy County's venerable river adventure race benefits Levy Association for Retarded Citizens. Budget cuts and a falling economy have LARC headed for hard times, according to Executive Director Betty Walker.

    Not that they've ever been easy.

  • Clean Marina a feather in city's cap

    The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), together with the Clean Boating Partnership, today recognized Cedar Key Marina as a designated member of the Florida Clean Marina Program. The facility is the 149th in the state to become a member of the Florida Clean Marina Program.

  • Trouble in Cedar Key: A timely trip down roads, trails and waterways

    Some days past, not that long back, Terry and I embarked on a long-talked-about field trip. We left Cedar Key before daybreak. Terry drove the jeep.

    I was his passenger. It was an early spring morning. No one, save school busses, was about.

    Terry, of Sundance Studios, is a naturalist with a penchant for wildlife photography. He spent his boyhood in the Carolina backwoods.

    As for me, my grandparents were my mentors. My grandmother hailed from the Blackfoot Nation. I inherited my love of nature.

  • Abort-Retry-Fail: Just a few more freebies and tools

    I want to throw out just a few last free utilities and applications that might be of interest to some of you readers.

    Windows has a lot of settings that most users are unaware of. They are unaware because in many cases Microsoft has made it difficult or impossible to find how to adjust those settings.

    FreshUI makes it easy. (FreshUI works on Windows 98 through XP; it does not work on Vista.)

    I found that many of the Windows settings that are available in FreshUI are easy to find and manipulate in Windows while others are not.

  • Fishing Lines: Start 'em young with good fish stories

    My two great-nephews left Ohio on Good Friday with snow in the forecast and sub-freezing temps. They had no idea they were headed for sunny Florida and some great flats fishing aboard the "Reel Therapy." They were about to celebrate their 8th and 11th birthdays. When asked how many fish they had caught prior to today, one said "one" and the other replied "a few, not many."

    Well, we were about to change that!

    We had a bit of a long ride to "The Spot," but it was worth it. The first cast produced a trout for each of my Ohio anglers.

  • Reflections: One more time in March

    Don't count on the dogwood and redbud flowers just yet. Even though some of them are popping out, they won't last. Another freeze is scheduled for this week.

    Every few years we manage to have one more March hard freeze in North Central Florida, just enough to kill off any blossoms that have formed on fruit trees and other flowering fauna. And, that's not to mention the vegetables that will be wilting unless they're covered. You planted your garden early this year, right? I did.

  • Countdown to the Arts Festival: Harriet Huss, wild about color

    Beneath the bright and cheerful colors is an urgent feeling - a need to preserve wild Florida before it's gone.

    Harriet Huss started her art career as a potter. Graduating from Eckerd College's storied art program in 1973, "It was a great time to be an artist."

    She was a professional potter for 15 years, but at one point, found herself starting to do more and more two-dimensional work - platters, tiles - mostly to have a surface on which to paint pictures.

    "I realized I really wanted to start painting," she says.

  • Track Sharks shine as first-time hosts

    Sharks track and field tasted success at their inaugural home meet Monday, hosting Branford, Seven Rivers, St. John Lutheran and Bronson at the first Cedar Key Relays.

    Branford was the overall winner, with the girls' team scoring 80 total points and boys' team scoring 84. Cedar Key girls were runners-up with 68 points, and Cedar Key boys placed third with 46 points.

  • Shark News

    Senior Spotlight on Jaclyn Stefani

    By Justin Esposito

    This week's Senior Spotlight shines on Jaclyn Elisa Nicole Stefani. Jaclyn's parents are Peter and Gina Stefani, and she has one brother, Pete Stefani. Jaclyn's favorite subject in school is pretty much anything science. Her favorite teacher is Mr. Whitman "because he makes everything interesting," says Jaclyn.

    Her most memorable moment was "the Keys trip because we were able to relax and go snorkeling, fishing, and swimming in the freezing cold water!"

  • Cedar Key Police Department Reports

    Friday, March 21, there will be no school, so please use caution when traveling on SR24 and the streets of our wonderful little city, due to the children walking, riding bicycles, or playing near their respective homes. We never know when a loose ball will cross the street followed by an unsuspecting child, so please be fully aware during your travel time around the community. Always respect our older generation and children, as we love and appreciate all of them very much.