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  • By Frank Molitor

    The following is a  tribute to Jack’s 90th birthday and deals with his military history.  

    On Dec. 7, 1941 Jack was attending an Albany, GA high school and, along with most teenagers, at that time, wanted to be in the service - specifically the U. S. Army Air Corp.  But to get there he had to first have two years of college to qualify for officer candidacy.

  • When Candy Barber started working as a substitute in the  Chiefland schools lunchroom she only wanted to have a job that allowed her to be home with her children, Royce and Janet, when they were not in school.
    On Jan. 4 Barber, who estimates she has served or overseen the serving of over 5 million meals, will retire from her post as coordinator of food service for the county’s 13 schools. She is also president of the Florida School Nutrition Association.

  • It took about half an hour for the small fiberglass tour boat to make it from the oyster-encrusted dock at Cedar Key to the small island known as Seahorse Key.
    About a dozen passengers, clad in windbreakers and lap blankets, sat quietly, bobbing in unison with the gray waves of low tide. An osprey, clutching a fish in its talons, watched the boat from the channel marker it was using as a perch.

  • Six thousand years ago, Native Americans living in Cedar Key began piling up shells to form manmade islands. 

  •  By EILEEN BOWERS

  •  The Cedar Key Arts Center hosted Libby Cagle in the Member's Gallery, and Bill Roberts in the Main Gallery on Saturday. The opening was well attended. 

  •  Artist of the Month for November: 

  •    Do you have old photos of Cedar Key Festivals or City Commissioners? 

       The Cedar Key Historic Society would like to scan them into their archives for future reference or will accept them as donations for their resource files. 

       Contact the Museum at 352-543-5549 to share any items.

  • You probably don’t want to run into a gang in a dark alley but if you do, you will want  this gang to be your side:  Savannah Howard, Nicholas Kaim, and Levi, Nathaniel and Hannah Brinkman are an imposing group as they pose in their Dojo (training studio) Tuesday night. 

  • State Attorney General Pam Bondi was in Cedar Key recently with her fiancé, Greg Henderson. They stopped by Kona Joe’s Island Café on State Road 24 for something to eat and a chance to be photographed with Joe Sterople and Edie Zaprir on the wrap around porch of their new location. When she is not working in Tallahassee, Bondi commutes to Tampa and the couple flew up to Cedar Key for the day for a few hours of rest and relaxation. 

  •  By MOLLY COWART

  • The Cedar Key Lighthouse on Seahorse Key is situated on the top of a steep hill looking out over the Gulf of Mexico with a view that is nothing short of breathtaking. The lighthouse is only open to the public three days during the year: the Saturday following July 4 and the two days of the annual Cedar Key Seafood Festival. The weather this past Saturday was beautiful; the short boat trip to the island quite pleasant.

  •  “...And bring a flannel shirt.” Those were the words of Anne’s son earlier this week.

  • The Cedar Lions Club is inviting all residents to participate in October Vision Awareness Month by bringing in used eyeglasses for recycling to the Lions Club Sweet Corn and Soda booth at the Oct. 15 and 16 Seafood Festival. Proceeds from sale of corn and sodas will be in support of our vision program which helps those in need obtain eye exams and glasses, while assisting with eye surgeries for qualified applicants.

  • Most people have a list of things they would like to do before they die, but few people actually do items on that list three times. Peg and Russ Hall are two of those rare people. 

  • The Sawgrass Club of Cedar Key presents school supplies and a check to Cedar Key School totaling approximately $350. From left: Sawgrass member Eileen Senecal, CKS Principal Sue Ice, CKS Student Government President Claire Brown, Sawgrass members Pam Oakley and Judy Duvall.

  • September 11, 2001

    That fateful day in September, ten years past, Anne and I were on a trip up the coast. The plan was to spend two weeks at our leisure on a journey, sight seeing, exploring, thinking, writing, doing our art.

    Not much went toward our intentions. As the days unfolded, I recorded them and published some of the thoughts and observations in the Cedar Key Beacon. Much of what follows was printed there:

    A Transition From Positive Expectations

  • Cedar Key may be the “Clam Capital of the World.” However, Homer, Alaska, is the official halibut capital of the world. In fact, like Cedar Key’s clam claim, there’s a sign at the city limits that says so.

  • As a youngster growing up in Canada, Susan Coffin was well aware of the Inuit custom of carving animals. It was something she learned about at the age of nine, when she received a carved stone duck.

  • Eva Marie Everson knew she had come to the right place when she crossed the No. 4 bridge and her cell phone service promptly stopped working.