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Today's News

  • Only a test: Fire department gets alarms

    Cedar Key Fire Department Assistant Chief Robert Robinson said the department recently got three alarm sirens and control panels, donated by Progress Energy Florida through the Florida Department of Emergency Management. Robinson said the fire department would begin testing its three new sirens at various locations throughout Cedar Key to determine the best permanent locations for them.

  • Budget cuts hit Levy Schools

    BRONSON - The storm clouds that were on the horizon are now here for the School Board of Levy County.

    Financial officer Robert Clemons believes that with proper precautions, Levy will be able to survive the spring state budget cut storm.

    The 2008-09 school year is another story.

    With additional state funding cuts estimated at more than a half million dollars, Levy is preparing to make moves that could shave a big chunk of money.

    These moves revealed at Tuesday's school board meeting would hopefully prevent faculty and other staff casualties.

  • Abort-Retry-Fail: More freebies from the Web

    Now that you have your "productivity software" (Open Office), your antivirus and your firewall set up, all for free, let's look at some other freebies available online.

  • Fishing Lines: Upside to global warming?

    I am absolutely certain without a doubt that the global warming stuff is true. Here is my scientific, can't-be-wrong evidence. For the past seven years (or seems so) my whip-poor-will has returned to the woods next to me on EXACTLY March 21, a.k.a. the first day of spring. But this year he returned on St. Patrick's Day (March 17), which is a full four days early. I can also add an extra day for leap year, which means that he actually returned five days early. No doubt now, the icebergs will be melting, and those of us who live toward Otter Creek will soon have ocean-front property.

  • Reflections: Automotive trivia: Did you know?

    Today's standard passenger vehicle is the most important source of transportation in the world. Over 300 million cars are registered worldwide. Without the automobile, millions of people would not get to work.

    So common is today's automobile, there is a gas station in every town in the United States no matter how small. But this was not always the case. In the 1890's, cars were so rare they were often displayed in circuses.

  • Arts Festival Countdown: After a career, a second chance at art

    "I realized I had a chance to do what I really wanted."

    Atlanta-area water-colorist Jim Wilshire, one of the artists coming to this year's Old Florida Celebration of the Arts, double-majored in archaeology and anthropology at Georgia State University, but after graduation he took a corporate job in sales.

    "I had a family to support, so although those were my interests, I really wasn't able to pursue a career," he said.

  • Abort-Retry-Fail: Keeping your computer secure

    We have all read, or heard, the horror stories from people that have had a major virus infection on their computer. Today, with easy access to the Internet from anywhere in the world, the virus threat continues to increase. But there are steps you can take to keep your computer (and your data) secure.

  • True Faith: How many sins will condemn us?

    “Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness.” (1 John 3:4 NIV)

    Is there a sin gene? Will DNA researchers someday discover that sin consists of a molecular structure and is scientifically observable so that a new professional endeavor will be devoted to eradicating this blight from humanity utilizing sophisticated treatments? Will these treatments be considered a violation of human rights, because they destroy an individual’s unique personality?

  • Fishing Lines: Be patient - grouper are coming

    I remember an old saying that March comes in like a lion and leaves like a lamb. Well that is certainly true for this March so far. High winds and bitter cold (for Florida) dominated much of the first half of March, so I am expecting very mild temps to escort the second half of this month out like a lamb.

  • Reflections: Musings on the Tree City

    Out of town for a little while.

    This past week I have been in Tallahassee, Florida taking in some educational courses for my new job. Tallahassee is a beautiful place - except it is just dog gone cold here.

    Living on the west coast of Florida makes you take for granted the usually mild winters we have. It gets considerably colder towards the interior of the State, especially further north, and northwest like in Tallahassee.