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Today's News

  • Once in a blue moon, a purple pearl

    Once in a blue moon, in between lightning strikes, as reliably as a lottery, you find a purple pearl in a plate of clams.

    Cedar Key clams, to be specific.

    Everyone's probably heard the beginning of the story. On Dec. 28, a Royal Palm Beach couple, George and Leslie Brock, were vacationing in Lake Worth. They went to Dave's Last Resort and Raw Bar and, on a whim, ordered a plate of clams.

  • True Faith: Your church doesn't have music

    "When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives." (Matthew 26:30 NIV)

  • From the Kitchen: Post-holiday healthy eating and exercise requires commitment for success

    In selecting a topic for this week I did some soul searching about how and why I, as a senior citizen, find it difficult to stick to any New Year's resolution regarding a diet plan or new healthy eating habits and exercise. Any nutritionist or doctor will tell you that dieting is pretty much a "quick fix," most of the time, and then the pounds return once you reach your goal weight and slowly slip back into your old eating habits. Changing your eating habits and developing a reasonable exercise program are the keys to successful weight loss and keeping it off.

  • Fishing Lines: Take me to the river!

    It's official now...time to head to the river!

    Any time we have two cold fronts within a few days of each other the fish head for the rivers. Water temps in our area even have the clam farmers shivering (the ultimate indicator). Another indicator is when Captain Bill Roberts wears long pants! He is one tough bird, and when he wears long britches it's cold out!

    "What river?" you say.

  • Reflections: Flying a Hawaiian honeymoon

    My wife and I are excited because we are going back to Hawaii soon. We were married in Hawaii you see, or should I say we were mauwied in Maui four years ago. Going back will be like our second honeymoon and we are looking forward to it.

    What will really be exciting is we will be flying in Hawaii. Yes, we have arranged to fly a Cessna similar to my own around the big island.

  • Mandatory water use restrictions start April 7

    The Suwannee River Water Management District governing board today issued the agency's first-ever Phase II Water Shortage Order which includes mandatory water-use restrictions that will become effective Districtwide on April 7.

    The order includes restrictions, and some exemptions, for all water-use categories including residential, commercial, industrial and agricultural.

  • Saving the centerpiece: Endangered Lutterloh Building is a treasury of local history

    Dr. John Andrews, vice president of the Cedar Key Historical Society, has been actively pursuing public engagements to talk about saving the Lutterloh Building for at least a year.

    Last March he addressed the Cedar Key City Commission to ask about a joint effort with the historical society, and since that time he has pursued state grants and interrogated engineers. At that meeting, commissioners asked Andrews how soon the building might fall down if no action was taken.

    "Not for at least 12 months," he told them, barring catastrophic storms. Ten months have gone by.

  • True Faith: America is better with Christianity

    Once, while browsing through a bookstore, I came across a book with a very catchy title and beautiful book cover. That was enough to pique my interest, and then I recalled seeing an interview with author David Aikman about his newest book: Jesus in Beijing: How Christianity is transforming China and changing the global balance of power. David Aikman wrote from his experiences as Time Magazine’s bureau chief in Beijing. The book reveals much about the history and dramatic rise of Christianity in modern China, even under extreme persecution.

  • From the Kitchen: Homemade soups satisfy cold weather appetites

    Whether you are at home all day, as Jim and I now are, or are still a part of the working force; nothing is more satisfying or comforting than to sit down to a simple supper of a bowl of steaming hot soup (this includes chili) with muffins, cornbread or homemade bread.

    It seems that since Jim retired last June we have been on a campaign to do all the things that we never had time or energy to get to before then. First it was to get the 5th wheel ready and up to Indiana, where we spent September and October. Once home it was time to begin holiday preparations.

  • Fishing Lines: Good fishing in the cold, but have a plan

    What a roller coaster ride the weather has been lately!

    Just a week ago we hit the teens one morning, and here we go back into the upper seventies again. Now, I am not complaining about the mild temps - I prefer them a gazillion to one over the cold.

    These frigid blasts do play havoc, though, with inshore fishing, sending these sensitive seatrout into the area rivers and deep holes, far back into the creeks.