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Today's News

  • From the Kitchen: Appetizers share the holiday buffet table or pair with your favorite bottle of wine

    This is the time of year when we are attending functions celebrating the holiday season. This usually means sampling many different kinds of foods set out on a buffet table including appetizers. These are best described as a variety of tasty finger foods.

    For more intimate settings, such as your own living room in front of a warm glowing fire, something as simple as a plate of sliced cheese (or container of cheese spread) and a few tasty crackers and a glass of your favorite wine (or non-alcoholic beverage) and a good book will make for a cozy and entertaining evening.

  • Reflections: Christmas and the art of giving

    It's the same thing every year. My wife and I heatedly discuss what we will buy everyone for Christmas, and in the end we buy what she wants. At Christmas, it seems, I am just a laborer elf. Well, this year it will be much different because most everyone will be getting gift certificates. That will take a whole lot less effort and time.

  • Fishing Lines: Stave off winter 'til spring arrives

    Is this October or December?

    The sun sets like it is December, but the daytime highs feel much more like fall than midwinter.

    And it seems as though the fish are confused as well. Normally by this time, the trout and redfish have become well established in the area rivers and deeper tidal creeks, but many trout are still out front on the edge of the flats as if it were march already.

    My guess is that the next cold front (which has not been forecast at this writing) will be the "coupe de grace" that finally persuades them to head for their usual winter haunts.

  • True Faith: Little Drummer Boy and Baby Jesus

    "When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, 'Let's go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.'" (Luke 2:15 NIV)

  • When Sharks ruled the gridiron

    Editor's Note: This week, in celebration of the Heisman Award and high school state championships, the Beacon is looking back to the days when Cedar Key School still played football.

    Did Cedar Key ever have a football team?

    Now, during the exciting postseason playoff games for state high school titles, college conference title games, bowl season announcements, Heisman Trophy presentations and National Championship aspirations, the answer reminds me of the response to a young girl's question regarding the existence of jolly old St. Nick.

  • U.S. News: Cedar Key ranks among top schools nationwide

    Most people with schoolchildren in the house are familiar with the annual college rankings published by the newsmagazine U.S. News & World Report. Many students study the college rankings for years, planning their school applications on the outcome of the current issue.

  • Girls come close in hard-fought loss to Lady Bucs

    "They almost beat us. I told my girls, they ought to have beaten us."

    So said Branford head coach Wade Cashwell, after a fast-improving Cedar Key girls' team held his Lady Bucs to 23 points in a defense-heavy, 23-13 Branford win.

    Branford's Kristin Lynch still dominated, scoring almost half of her team's points with her game-high 10. But Cedar Key's Kacey Miller was almost Lynch's match, with 8 points on the night.

  • Boys jump to .500 with gritty win over Branford

    Cedar Key boys improved to 2-2 when they gutted out a white-knuckle 43-41 win over visiting Branford.

    David Bishop and Joseph Bishop led Cedar Key scorers with 12 points each, and John Perry had 12 points for Branford.

    The Sharks jumped out to a 12-7 lead in the first quarter, but let the Buccaneers chisel their way back in on the back of heavy defense and attentive shooting.

  • School needs help in fitness effort

    Cedar Key School might be the best private public school in Florida, to quote Levy Schools Superintendent Cliff Norris, but even the best schools need help sometimes.

    Due to an unfunded mandate from the state of Florida that went into effect this school year, all schools serving grades K-5 are required to provide 150 minutes of physical education per week.

    Cedar Key already provides students with 90 minutes a week, but lone PE teacher Aaron Haldeman is responsible for all of those minutes, plus high school PE classes, and he can't do any more.

  • Shark News

    Scholastic Book Fair coming to CKS

    By Jessi Robinson

    The Scholastic Book Fair is coming to the Cedar Key School library starting this Friday, Dec. 7 and ending next Friday, Dec. 14. It'll be open from 8:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. daily.

    On Thursday, Dec. 13, the book fair will be open after the elementary Christmas program, so parents will be able to get the chance to scope out all of the books and other merchandise too.