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Today's News

  • Fishing Lines: Whatever the weather, fish say, 'Bring it!'

    With the temperatures teasing 80 in the last week or so, carolers might be singing "It's beginning to look a lot like 'springtime.'" The weather has however set the stage for above average inshore fishing and some awesome offshore fishing.

    Inshore, most of the pinfish have left the flats and can be found just a few miles offshore, but the trout are still holding onto some of the areas of grass flats in our area.

  • Santa visits Cedar Key, brings presents to all good boys and girls

    Santa Claus visited Cedar Key Monday night, stopping at the Cedar Key Community Center for the city's Christmas party.

    The Cedar Key Police fingerprinted children for the Child Safety database, and four of the 78 children who were fingerprinted won bicycles that had been donated to the police department.

    Parents and children enjoyed dinners of hot dogs and hamburgers, and every child who came to the party received a gift from Santa's Workshop.

  • Good words on storm drains

    Nobody ever thinks about storm drains, but in Cedar Key, those stormwater collectors literally protect the lifeblood of the economy.

    When it rains, storm drains collect and filter the at least the first inch of water running off the streets before it can run into the Gulf. The first inch of stormwater contains the majority of chemical and biological pollutants, including oil, antifreeze and gasoline, fertilizer, and animal feces, definitely substances that should be kept out of the waters that nourish sport and subsistence fishing, boating, swimming and aquaculture.

  • Boys fight 'til bitter end against Seven Rivers

    Cedar Key boys basketball played hard in Monday's matchup against district opponent Seven Rivers, but fell 74-26 to the Warriors.

    Seven Rives, always a talented and threatening team, has already notched its belt against strong area teams, including a win against Williston and a good scare against Bronson. The Sharks came out strong against the visitors, keeping it close in the first half, but the addition of the Warriors' three-point shooting was too much to overcome.

  • Both teams learn in district matchup

    Lady Sharks basketball played tough against visitor Seven Rivers, surprising the Lady Warriors before retiring in a 38-22 loss.

    "One of our goals every game is to shoot more free throws than the opposing team," Sharks head coach Chris Cowart said. "This time, we did it in the first half, and beat them 11-6."

    With Cedar Key's young team, Cowart is teaching the game even as they run the floor.

    "We work on these little goals, and as we achieve them, we try to move up to bigger ones."

  • Cedar Key Police Department Reports

    I sincerely hope that everyone's Thanksgiving was as enjoyable as mine was. Fortunately I was able to spend time with my family, as well as taking a day to visit with friends in Valdosta, Ga. They were visiting family members, who are also personal friends of mine, there. Although the trip was long and the visit was short, the time was well spent. They are also an exceptional group of people. Also, they are mostly Gators.

  • Getting the Big Dock ship-shape

    The Big Dock is getting fixed.

    The day the world - the Cedar Key world - awaited has come at last. Recently Lucas Marine Construction (LMC) moved into its new locations on - and off - Dock Street, with several barges, a crane, a tug and a variety of land and marine heavy equipment.

    "They moved in quietly, and haven't been disruptive at all, so far," said City Commissioner Sue Colson. "Although I'm sure the day is coming when there will be disruptions, though not their fault."

  • From the Kitchen: Winning potluck and party meat dishes

    We are officially into the holiday party season now that Thanksgiving has come and gone. Groups, families and employers everywhere are planning their annual gatherings and celebrations. Every such event will have one central theme - food. As far back as time goes, a feast has always been the way to fellowship and celebrate with those around us.

  • True Faith: Warning: Alcohol and drugs may kill you!

    "What shall we say then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?" (Romans 6:1-2 NIV)

  • Reflections: Turkeys are still around

    I'll bet you thought after Thanksgiving you wouldn't see any more turkey. Well, guess what? The department stores are full of them.

    Turkeys are especially prevalent during the Christmas Holidays. They lurk in every department store in America and go under the guise of "part-time help."

    Yes, they are the ones who know absolutely nothing about retail sales, and, why should they? They only work a couple months a year! That seems to be the only time they can get a job.