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Today's News

  • More trash talk: City garbage rates to go up again

    Just a few months ago, the city of Cedar Key raised its rates for residential refuse collection from $15/month to $16/month, the first residential rate increase in nearly a decade. Commissioner Gene Hodges gripped his wallet in mock outrage as he asked the other commissioners, "Another dollar?"

    Over the last few years, the city had absorbed several minor rate increases from its own portion of the fee, and commissioners felt that the city's own increase was both minor and timely.

  • Music. Rhythm. Tile?

    When you sit down to a meal, chances are, you look down at your plate and see a shiny pattern of leaves and flowers, grapevines in relief, a repeating motif in French blue. Before there's anything on the plate, there's something on the plate.

  • Big berries bloom in little CKS garden

    "I'm a strawberry fairy!" These were the words from Cedar Key Pre-K student, Annie McCain, as she took her first fresh-picked strawberry and popped it into her mouth. The eighth grade Ag class assisted members of Cedar Key's Pre-K class in picking their freshly grown strawberries. It all started when Mr. Bruce Wilson donated supplies, plants and guidance to Cedar Key School's Ag and FFA program. Thanks to Mr. Wilson's generosity, the middle school students built a hydroponics system to learn about this modern Ag method.

  • True Faith: Are all statues idols? Are all idols statues?

    "Dear children, keep yourselves from idols." (1 John 5:21 NIV)

    The leaders of Ukraine recently made another bold move to rid their beautiful capital city - Kiev, of all the many statues of Lenin and Stalin. Many citizens of the former Soviet Union spent their entire lives under the stare of these huge figures made of stone and/or iron. Most cities in the old USSR had one large Lenin statue situated in Lenin Square that was usually located in the heart of the city.

  • Reflections: Fly another day

    Airplanes are not go anytime, go anywhere vehicles.

    My airplane is a good example. If the weather is bad you cannot fly. Flying a small Cessna in severe weather can be extremely hazardous to your health.

    I remember one time when flying in bad weather, I got stuck in Clewiston, Florida for a couple of days. I was lucky. I landed at the airport before the weather got so bad I would have been forced down in the Glades. The Everglades is no place to be forced down, anytime, let alone in bad weather.

  • Good week for Shark basketball

    JV girls split two

    By Jessi Robinson and Caely Hibbits

    The Middle School Girl's Basketball teams scored a decisive 21-13 win against Creekside Christian, this past Tuesday, Jan. 14. The leading scorers were Savannah Beckham, with three two-pointers and one foul shot, and Molly Gordon with three two-pointers. Other scorers were Camryn Lumley, Bianca Spraggs, and Meikala Hunter.

  • Shark News

    Second Nine Weeks Honor Roll

    By Lindsay Edmunds

    Elementary School

    A Honor Roll

    First Grade

    Holly Bishop

    Hannah Brinkman

    Jolie Watson

    Second Grade

    Taylor Simpson

    Cason Smith

    Dawlton Tilley

    Third Grade

    Ariel Alexander

    Nathanael Brinkman

    Emily Smith

    Sarah Stephenson

    Patrick Telgen

    Fourth Grade

    Noah Webster

    Fifth Grade

    Heather Deaton

    Kira Telgen

    A and B Honor Roll

    First Grade

    Kayla Beckham

    Trace Epperson

    Nick Kaim

    Pete Stefani

  • Cedar Key Police Department Reports

    Hello everyone and welcome to the New Year. Your police department personnel certainly wishes everyone a very happy and healthy New Year, looking forward to serving each and every one of you in a professional and courteous manner. While meeting your needs and gaining your respect, we realize your contact with us is not always the most pleasant, but we will try to reduce any anxiety that these contacts may develop by being pleasant and understanding in these trying situations.

  • Beacon publisher reaffirms commitment to serve community

    To our readers and advertisers:

    The recent announcement by Landmark Communications Inc., the parent company of our newspaper, to consider strategic alternatives that might include the sale of this newspaper and others was made last week.

  • 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.