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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Reflections: Dog maintenance

    Just when Max was about dry from his bath, he had to go out to go potty. He only took ten minutes but in that time he covered himself in dirt and sand spurs. You can imagine what a Sheltie looks like with black dirt and sandspurs in his fur.

    Not only does he get stickers in his fur regularly, he also gets his paws dirty, too, when he rakes dirt up with his front feet acting macho.

    Then there's Molly. She gets ice cream on her chest when she eats ice cream. Such a messy dog, and her mane is nearly six inches long. She gets knots behind her ears, too.

  • Girls look good at Branford Tournament

    Lady Sharks made the most out of the long road trips as they went up to Branford Tournament and played very well. The girls lost both matches, 44-26 to Branford and 46-34 to Bronson, but both finals were a major improvement over prior meetings.

    "Cedar Key's gotten so much better since the last time we played them," said Bronson head coach Greg Hamilton.

    "You can really tell they're putting in the work."

  • 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.