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Today's News

  • Low-key revelry rings in Cedar Key's 2008

    No rain pelted the heads of revelers. Except at Coconuts, no heavy amps battered their ears. Unlike on the eve of 2007, Cedar Key welcomed in 2008 with a quieter revelry.

    Some things stayed the same. As it had last year, Joel Benefiel's group reined at the Island Hotel. Local Traffic rocked the swamp at Coconuts.

    Local rockers Dock Street brought their Bob Seger-style stomp to the Seabreeze downstairs, and the up-and-coming duo of T.J. Brown and Josh Calvert were joined at the Raw Bar by Gulf Hammock songbird Naomi Cahours.

  • Landmark explores possibility of sale

    Landmark Communications Inc., parent of Landmark Community Newspapers, Inc. (LCNI), owner of the Williston Pioneer Sun News, has hired national investment firms to explore selling the Norfolk, Va.-based company.

    "I can confirm that Landmark Communications has retained investment banks JPMorgan and Lehman Brothers to assist in exploring strategic alternatives, including the possible sale of the company's businesses," said Richard F. Barry III, vice chairman of the company.

  • From the Kitchen: Post-holiday still good time to share with family and friends

    Christmas and even New Year's is past for another year. We have all somehow survived one more year of trying some new recipes and making the traditional ones. It seemed like I would never be done; there was always one more recipe to prepare. But then, a few days before Christmas, everything was made and stored so that gift plates could be made and Jim and I would have goodies throughout the remainder of the season.

  • True Faith: Out with the old, in with the new

    "You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires." (Ephesians 4:22 NIV)

  • Reflections: This upcoming year

    This is the time of year when most make New Year's resolutions, but I'm not going to write about that. Most people don't keep them anyway.

    Instead I will write about what to expect in the New Year:

    Prices will continue to go up on just about everything that is of importance. Sooner or later, though, the ceiling will drop out of our economy because of inflation.

  • Cedar Key Police Department Reports

    Yes, I know I stated there would not be another release until after the New Year, but my plans went awry, as most of mine do, and I had to postpone my out of state trip until a later date. It will be fun when I do get away and I plan on doing that in the vey near future.

    Well, I hope everyone had an exciting and very Merry Christmas, as mine was very enjoyable. My family had our annual gathering at my nephew's home outside of Chiefland and as always everyone overindulged in our most favorite topic: Food!

  • Shark News

    Parents aren't the only ones Christmas shopping this season!

    By Claire Brown

    Cedar Key Elementary students are getting into the holiday spirit, too, by picking up gifts for Mom and Dad.

    On Wednesday, Jan. 19, the Eagles Club made a visit to Cedar Key School's auditorium with lots of goodies that children could purchase for their parents for Christmas.

    All presents were priced at just 25 cents each.

    Kindergartener Luke Reidy said, "I got my dad a keychain and my mom some towels that had a Christmas tree on them."

  • Tax reform could save money for some

    Using an average of 18 mills as a typical amount for Levy County taxpayers in the current tax year, Property Appraiser Francis Akins said property tax legislation on the Jan. 29, 2008 ballot could save some individual taxpayers $188.50 each.

    About 40 percent of the people in Levy County who are qualified for Homestead Exemption will see no change in their tax bill from this legislation, Akins added.

    The proposed legislation will mean zero additional savings for people who are qualified for Homestead Exemption, but who have an appraised property value of less than $50,000.

  • Merry Christmas Cedar Key

    In Cedar Key School's production of "The Littlest Christmas Tree," the littlest tree, played by Chloe Brown, sings of her hope to be chosen by Santa Claus to be this year's special Christmas tree.

  • Reflections: Christmas Gifts

    A radio commercial I like is the one where the guy practices being excited about receiving Christmas gifts that he really doesn't want. I listened to it and laughed, but then I realized I find myself in the same situation every holiday.

    What I really don't understand is how some of these gifts have remained on the market for years.

    My favorite useless gift that has been given for decades is the fruitcake. No one really eats fruitcake. I think they just pass them on. The fruitcake you got five years ago may be the same one you got this year.