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Today's News

  • Abort-Retry-Fail: Heeeee's Baaaaaacccckkk!

    It has been over eighteen months since I last wrote for the Beacon, but it is time to get "back in the saddle" again.

    As many of you know, I have not been away all of that eighteen months. My trips have been pretty sporadic, once to Denver, Colorado and once to Seattle, Washington. Not to mention all of the trips to Texas, New Orleans and North and South Carolina. (There was also the two trips to Deal's Gap in East Tennessee!)

    Although I am not finished with my travels, I plan to continue my writings as long as I can and as long as there is someone out there that reads them.

  • Reflections: And the new President will be...

    The new President will obviously be the one who caters to the elderly because seniors will dominate this year's elections.

    We are into the age of the baby-boomers. There are more baby-boomers voting than any other age. Their vote will be mighty and the one that will put the candidate they want in office.

    Many of us are curious about the newness of women and black candidates running for election, but it is the candidate who will do the best job for the seniors that will be elected. That person has little to do with race, color, or creed.

  • From the Kitchen: Interesting information gives 'food for thought'

    A friend of mine sent me the following information as she thought it would be of interest not only to me, but also to some of my readers. I do not know its origin, nor have I validated it as factual, but after reading it; I felt it had enough merit to share. My father believed in using foods to prevent, as well as to treat, deficiencies in the body; he did not rely on vitamins and pills of any kind for that purpose. I have always agreed with his philosophy, for the most part, and shall, therefore, leave you to research further and/or draw your own conclusions.

  • Boys work on chemistry as districts loom

    Cedar Key boys played one of their best quarters of the season in a 71-36 loss to Seven Rivers Friday.

    "We got beaten up, but at least you knew we were there," said head coach Aaron Haldeman.

    For much of the game, Seven Rivers played the dominant game for which they are well known, outscoring the Sharks by an average of 10 points a quarter. Starting in the second quarter, however, Cedar Key held them to 12-5 on the period, getting ready for a third quarter explosion that saw Cedar Key nearly match their host, scoring 17 points to Seven Rivers' 21 in those eight minutes.

  • Girls to get another crack at Seven Rivers

    It was a heartbreaking loss Friday at host Seven Rivers Christian, when the Lady Sharks led until the last seconds before losing 37-36. Head Coach Chris Cowart and his team feared the loss would be enough to knock them down from the fifth seed in the district tournament, denying them the opportunity to take on a beatable Seven Rivers team and perhaps advance to the semifinal.

  • Shark News

    Girls, boys fall to Hernando

    By Josh Berger and Jessi Robinson

    Cedar Key girls were defeated by Hernando Christian last Thursday, 54-23. Kacey Miller scored 21 points for the Sharks, including two free throws. Hernando Christian's balanced scoring and our ability to stop their offense were major factors.

  • Cedar Key Police Department Reports

    It appears the Grinch is a little late in coming this year as burglaries of several local residences have occurred since our previous press release of Jan. 9. One home owner lost an end table, two potted, six-foot-tall palm trees, four glass flower vases and a hand dolly from the side porch of his home. Total value of the loss was approximately $970.

  • 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.