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Commission takes steps to make boating safer on Santa Fe River
By John M. Ayers
The Gilchrist County Commission
approved ordinance 2011-10 to begin
the process of identifying "No Wake
Zones" on areas of the Santa Fe Riv-
er that are congested. This ordinance
will be one of several guidelines that
will be enforced by the Florida Fish
and Wildlife Conservation Commis-
sion along the boundaries of Colum-
bia, Suwannee, Gilchrist and Lafay-
ette counties. All four counties will
first approve an ordinance before the
FWC will begin to install signs on the
FWC has identified the areas where
the Santa Fe and Suwannee Rivers
join as a No Wake Zone area. The
area approaching Guy Lemmon Park
boat ramp near US 129 on the Santa
Fe River will also be a no wake zone.
The area approaching Sandy Point
boat ramp will be a no wake zone.
The area leading up to Ellie Ray's
boat ramp will become a no wake
Commissioner D. Ray Harrison,
Jr. made a motion to approve the
ordinance which was seconded and
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3 local teens hurt in
golf cart accident
By Carrie A. Mizell of the incident. According to Harri-
Three teenagers were taken to the son, Ben Jones jumped from the golf
hospital on Sunday afternoon after a cart just before the crash, landing
golf cart collided with a motorcycle on the highway and rolling north on
on County Road 232. 232.
Andrew W. Martin, 18, of Trenton The golf cart and motorcycle
was reportedly driving'a 2003 E-Z- stayed connected after the initial im-
Go golf cart north on 232 along the pact, traveling in a northwesterly di-
bike lane portion of the highway. reaction before separating. Martin was
A 2007 Kawasaki motorcycle reportedly still on the golf cart when
driven by Lee P. Jones, 18, of Tren- it came to a final stop, but Lee Jones
ton was also traveling north on 232, was thrown from the motorcycle.
when it came upon the golf cart from Martin incurred minor injuries in
behind. Jones steered the motorcycle the accident, while his passenger, Ben
into the southbound lane, apparently Jones also reportedly suffered minor
trying to pass the golf.cart. injuries. Both teenagers were taken
According to Trooper Alan Har- to North Florida Regional where they
rison of the Florida Highway Patrol, were treated and released.
Martin beganto change lanes as well, Lee Jones, who was wearing a
crossing into the southbound lane as helmet at the time of the crash, suf-
the motorcycle was passing. As a fered serious injuries and was taken
result, the front of the motorcycle to Shands Hospital.
struck the left rear of the golf cart. Martin was charged with improper
Ben D. Jones, 18, of Bell, was a lane change, and improper operation
passenger in the golf cart at the time of a golf cart on a county road.
House fire leaves
without a home
By Carrie A. Mizell
A Waccasassa couple lost 90 per-
cent of their belongings last Wednes-
day afternoon when an electrical fire
started in the bedroom of the home
they were renting.
Alicia Lasnick and her boyfriend,
Randy Gorman, were not home when
the fire started just before 2 p.m.
According to Gilchrist County Fire
Chief Billy Careccia, a 911 call came.
in at 1:48 p.m. from a neighbor advis-
ing that smoke was coming from the
masonry style home, located at 8990
SE 68th Terrace.
At 2:02 p.m. the first fire truck
arrived on scene and reported light
smoke coming from the eaves, vents
on the roof and the chimney of the
1,000 sq. ft. home. Captain Kevin
Benson reported that mutual aia was
called for, before a team of firefight-
ers entered the home through the
front door.. Once inside, the firefight-
ers found heavy smoke coming from
a bedroom door. Once they opened
the door, firefighters found a smol-
during mattress and bed frame. After
removing the mattress and bed frame
from the home and extinguishing all
other embers with water, firefighters
advised that the fire was out.
An investigation into the cause of
the fire revealed that the fire started
as a result of an electrical problem
with the outlet beside the bed.
Losses from the fire were reported-
ly at $30,000 in property and $25,000
While the renters were thankful
to have not been home when the fire
started, Gorman said the fact remains
that he and Lasnick are now without
a home. For the time being, the cou-
ple is staying with his sister.
According to Gorman, the house
he and his girlfriend had called home
for the last two years will likely be
Property records obtained from'the
Gilchrist County Property Apprais-
er's Office show that Nicholas Fields
and Yhotzmine Smith have owned
the home since 2004.
m40 --A. of local e
By Carrie A. Mizell
When the Trenton Medical Center
opened on August 16, 1971, patients
were charged a flat rate of $6 for an
office visit that covered "practically
everything and if hospitalization was
necessary the patient had a choice,
but assistance would be given if re-
Times have certainly changed since
the Trenton Rotary Club took those
first steps in the early 1970s to bring
healthcare to the community.
"Dr. Jordan had closed his office
and left us without a doctor," said
W.O. "Bill" Clifton. "The Rotary
Club took it on as a project to find our
town a doctor, and the community re-
ally got behind the effort. I have to
say, I think it's one of the best proj-
ects the Trenton Rotary Club has ever
At age 91, Clifton recalls writing
the legislative bill that State Rep.
Howell Lancaster Sr. proposed to
create the Gilchrist County Medi-
cal Board. Lancaster also backed the
University of Florida's Physicians
Assistants program saying at the
time, "It's the answer to the need for
medical service in Gilchrist County."
"Everyone was surprised that we
were able to create a medical board
in Gilchrist County without even
having a doctor," Clifton recalls with
W.O. "Bill" Clifton served on the
first Gilchrist County Medical Board,
along with Hilda Kressman, Vernon
Layfield, and Jim Yelvington.
Weekend fundraisers planned
for Corbin Wiggins
Baseball Skills Competition is Friday night
By Carrie A. Mizell
Bats will be swinging Friday night
to raise funds for Corbin Wiggins.
The Trenton Rotary Club will
sponsor a baseball skills competition
beginning at 7 p.m. at.the Trenton
High School baseball field. All funds
raised will benefit the Trenton High
School junior, who was diagnosed
with four different types of cancer in
Corbin got good news last week;
chemotherapy will not be necessary,
but he is facing surgery on August 9,
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which will include a five-day stay in
The Wiggins family will benefit
from all proceeds raised at the base-
ball skills competition. According to
Todd Bryant, a Trenton Rotary Club
member and Tigers varsity baseball
coach, 14 area teams will send play-
ers to participate in the skills compe-
tition, including: Trenton,-Chiefland,
Bronson, Bell, Branford, Melody
Christian, PK Yonge, Buchholz,
Santa Fe, Hawthorne, St. Francis,
Newberry and Dixie County. Booster
clubs from each of the participating
schools have agreed to give $100 to
Contests will include a speed con-
test where players will be timed as
they run from second base to home
plate, an outfield throwing contest
and a home run derby. Bryant ex-
plained that two athletes from each
school can enter a single event.
Plaques, donated by Drummond
Community Bank, will be awarded
for each event.
There will be no.entry fee charged
at the gate, but all fans are encour-
aged to give a donation to Corbin's
fund. Volunteers will be selling ham-
burger and hot dog dinners, including
chips and a drink for $5 beginning at
According to Bryant, four base-
balls signed by Atlanta Braves play-
ers Chipper Jones, Brian McCann,
Dan Uggla and Matt LaPorta of the
Cleveland Indians, will be raffled
Walk, Run or Ride
Lace up those running shoes, or
climb on a bicycle Saturday morning
to raise funds for Corbin Wiggins.,
A walk, run or ride event will be-
gin at 9 a.m. at the Trenton Train De-
pot. Participants will have the chance
to choose between f6ur distances:
3 miles for $5, 5 miles for $10, 10
miles for $15 and 36 miles for $25.
Hamburgers, hot dogs, sweet tea
and sno-cones will be on sale and
there will be a bounce house for the
One hundred percent of the pro-
ceeds raised will benefit Corbin Wig-
The Gilchrist County Commission-
ers purchased Dr. Harry Jordan's old
medical office, which is located on
US 129 south, across the,street from
the former Trenton Church of Christ,
at an asking price of $20,000.
"The county commissioners bought
the building and gave us a budget of
$30,000," Clifton said. "We didn't
fuss with them about it. We just took
On August 16,'1971, Trenton Med-
ical Center opened its doors for the
first time, under the direction of Dr.
Richard A. Henry. The center opened
initially for Gilchrist County residents
only, but per an advertisement in the
newspaper, Dr. Henry said, "citizens
from outside the county would not
be denied treatment in case of emer-
In the early days of operation the
Trenton Medical Center was open
Monday, 'Wednesday and Friday
Howell Lancaster, Sr. W.O. "Bill" Clifton
from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. At the time, the
center provided patients with physi-
cal exams, x-rays, electrocardiogram
services, laboratory work, minor sur-
gery, emergency services, well baby
care, pediatric services and physical
A student at Duke University by
the name of Gary Rexroat began
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Christmas in July
at Trenton Rotary Club meeting
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Trenton Rotarians welcomed visitors on Monday. From left: Pat Arcadi, Rotary Club President Lowell
Chesborough, Maxine Cummings, Shirley Harrell and Bill Cummings.
By Carrie A. Mizell
Four local volunteers who help
bring Christmas to hundreds of Gil-
christ County children each year
attended the Trenton Rotary Club
meeting on Monday to talk about the
U.S. Marine Corps' Toys For Tots.
Pat Arcadi, co-coordinator for Tri-
County T6ys For Tots, told Rotar-
ians that 2,387 children in Gilchrist,
Levy and Dixie counties were given
toys for Christmas because of the ef-
forts of Toys For Tots volunteers. Of
those children, 497 live in Gilchrist
Bill Cummings, a Toys For Tots
volunteer and Trenton Rotary Club
member, introduced Arcadi and a
handful of other local volunteers in-
cluding Ted and Marjorie Henley,
who were unable to attend the meet-
ing, Maxine Cummings, Shirley and
While Bill Cummings distributes
collection cans and toy boxes in Bell,
Ted Henley covers Trenton, and Mar-
jorie Henley and Maxine Cummings,
along with Shirley Harrell work as
qualifiers. Beginning in October, a
group of volunteers puts out 250 to
300 blue collection cans at business-
es throughout the tri-county area.
According to Arcadi, the program
runs solely off donations and funds
raised through benefits like the Toys
For Tots Bike Run, or Breakfast with
Santa. She explained that between
$30,000 and $35,000 is needed each
year to provide toys for children in
Gilchrist, Levy and Dixie counties.
"The money raised in your county
stays in your county," Arcadi said. "I
try to buy toys locally; for example, I
go to Dollar General and buy what I
can because they support us."
Hundreds of applications are put
out each fall at local libraries, down-
town businesses, grocery stores and
churches encouraging families in
need to apply for the program. Orga-
nizers have had problems in the past
with people trying to scam Toys For
Tots by registering in all three coun-
ties, but Arcadi explained that is no
longer possible because a computer
program Toys For Tots uses alerts
organizers if a child's social security
number is used more than once at
"You have to have a heart to do
what we do," Arcadi said.
In December, the volunteers set
up distributions in each of the three
In years past, Gilchrist County's
site has been the Trenton United
Methodist Church. Aisles are set up
and stocked with toys, which are
broken down in sections based on
whether the child is a boy or girl and
what age gioup they fall into.
"It's just like a miniature toy store,"
Arcadi said. "We welcome anyone
who would like to come to just see
what's going on."
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I want to express my appreciation Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Fason
to J. Min Ayers for his work in pro-
viding the property for the facility to / / /
be located in Trenton. This facility
provides a great service to the people
of this area. Timothy Louis Fason and Victoria Machelle DeVrie
Thanks so much,
JT Beck and family
:s started their life to-
gether on July 9, 2011. They enjoyed a great honeymoon in Maggie Valley,
in rirnaagaacuae t h ope l married on August 6, Family and friends are invited to
Ronnie and Vivian Smith are proud 1961, at the First Baptist Church of drop by the home of Darrell and Faye
to announce that grandma and pop Newberry. The Smith family is very Smith in Bell on Sunday, August 7,
will be celebrating their 50th wed- proud of the example grandma and between I p.m. and 4 p.m. to cele-
ding anniversary. pop have set. brate. Please, no gifts.
Celebrating 40 years of healthcare
Continued from page 1
working at the Trenton Medical Cen-
ter in April 1972. When he graduated
in August as a physician assistant,
Rexroat stayed on at Trenton Medi-
cal Center, where he served as head
"Trenton Medical Center was re-
ally an experiment that worked,"
Rexroat said. "It was the first clinic
in the country where a PA was the
primary care provider."
At the time, Rexroat said there
were only about 200 PA's in the
country, and the University of Florida
used the Trenton Medical Center as
"We didn't know then if patients
would accept care from a PA rather
than a doctor, or the level of'quality
care that could be provided at such a
clinic," Rexroat said. "We also didn't
know if PA's would be up to the chal-
lenge of handling the level of respon-
sibilities." .. .: s ..
,;Today,; Rdxroat ;credits Trenton
Medical Center rwith.-playing, a huge
role in developing the PA profession.
"It was quite an experience back
then, we did everything!" Rexroat
Everything included round the
clock emergency service, which was
added in 1974 as Rexroat and Rich-
ard Isbell alternated calls on nights
By the 1980s, Trenton Medical
Center had also begun to offer pre-
ventative education throughout the
community on a wide range of top-
The 1990s brought much change
as the Trenton Medical Center built
a new 55,000 sq. ft. building in Octo-
ber 1994 to meet the growing needs
of the community. Built for just under
a half million dollars the new center
on US 129 '
welcomed 93 patients on its first day
of business. The first patient to sign
the roster at the new Trenton Medi-
cal Center was J. Min Ayers, editor
and publisher of the Gilchrist County
In 2002; the Gilchrist County
Medical Board oversaw the opening
:-6~e i Family Healthcare.
Under the direction of the late
C.E.O. DeWayne Yates, Trenton
Medical Center and Bell Fam-
ily Healthcare, along with Branford
Health and Wellness joined with ad-
ditional offices added in Gainesville,
Williston, and Chiefland in 2009.
According to the Palms Medical
Group website, this union served to
create a standardization of quality,
affordable care in a handful of com-
munities across the region under the
Today, Palms Medical Group pro-
vides a full range of healthcare ser-
vices in Trenton, Bell, Branford,
Starke, Williston, Gainesville and
According to Jim Miller, vice
president of facilities and purchasing
at Palms Medical Group, the Tren-
ton center treated an average of 100
patients each day during the month
of June. As a whole, Palms Medical
Group treated 5,500 patients each
day in June.
SLooking back, Clifton says, "I just
never would have believed it would
have grown like it has."
Palms Medical Group plans to cel-
ebrate the Trenton Medical Center's
40-year history September 19-24. Ei-
leen Senecal, vice president of devel-
opment and outreach at Palms Medi-
cal Group, explained that the Trenton
and Gainesville centers will be offer-
ing free pap clinics throughout the
week. Also, there will be free give-
aways each day at all the clinics. On
Friday. Sept. 23, the Trenton Rotary
Club will partner with Palms Medical
Group to host a barbecue reception
on the lawn of the Trenton center. A
live band will perform throughout
the catered dinner, which will in-
clude a slideshow featuring pictures
and newspaper clippings document-
ing the Trenton Medical Center's
history. The week of celebration will
conclude on Saturday, Sept. 24, with
a Health and Fun Fair.
North Central Florida Dog Hunters Association
* Dinner will be served at 6 pm
* Do not have to be a member to be present
SEveryone is invited to attend
* Door prizes to be given away
* Shotgun to be raffled off
Saturday, August 6
Trenton Elem. Cafeteria
(1350 SWState Road 26)
For more information contact Rock Meeks
Happy Birthday wishes to James
JohnsonP Patricia Haire, Christie Di-
ana Nguyen, Carl Coats, and Kenneth
Crosby on July 28; Wesley Belanger,
Angela Thrash, Lynette Langford,
Charles Harris, and Chad Brooks on
July 29; Jarrod Langford, Kermit Lee
Prime, Jr., Cassie Langford, Carrie
Langford, Wayne Lord, Billy Smith
and Mary Jo Jeske on July 30; Da-
phine Jenkins, Sylita Davis, Danny
Busby, Gary Ford, Madisson Blue
Jones, Barbara Hendrickson, Tim
Mahoney, Aleta Sheffield, Bill Bride-
son and Jarrett Cannon on July 31;
Amanda Brock, Clifton Bryant, Jen-
nifer Ward, and Jason Ward on August
1; Beth Ellis, Raymond Avery, Janie
Davis, Andrew Nguyen, Charles Fer-
ris and Becca Smith on August 2;
Carl Johnson, Rebecca Douglas, Jen-
nifer Manders, Johnny Parrish, Dawn
Wiggins, Megan Jones, Mildred
Beach, and Cason Rose on August 3.
Happy Anniversary wishes to Mr.
and Mrs. John Ayers, and Mr. and
Mrs. Clifton Mikell on July 28; and
Mr. and Mrs. Bruce McElroy on Au-
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Bill and Maxine Cummings celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a lunch at Bell Baptist Church Fellow-
ship Hall on June 26, 2011. They were married at Bell Baptist Church on June 24, 1961.
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GILCHRIST COUNTY JOURNAL
THURSDAY, JULY 28, 2011
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THURSDAY JULY 28 2011
GILCHRIST COUNTY JOURNAL
By John M. Ayers
My oh my how time flies when you children.
are having fun. Thursday, July 28, I look back on life now that we are
marks one of the most special days older, and I think of the decisions we
of my life. I also have to say that 32 made and yes I still think we were
,years ago it was one of the hottest wise in doing the things we have
days of my life. Yes, on that day in done. Time passes before us so fast
Cedar Key, Florida, I vowed to honor, that we often lose track of it. I often
,love and keep Cindy Jo Beauchamp wonder, is there enough time to do
as my beloved wife for the rest of my what we want to do.
life. "If I had only known then, what The joy of raising a family together
I know now." is a time of growth, understanding
If 1 remember correctly, my father and making good, responsible deci-
was standing to my right as I stood sions. That is what life is all about,
with Rev. Charles Pinkerton under having a partner that you love, enjoy
Sthe shade of pine trees in the Beau- and taking time to spend together.
Champs' front yard. It was a day of I admire people like Mr. J.T. and
joy as all of our families and friends Mrs. Dorothy Beck and the wonder-
were there together celebrating the ful years they have had together. Cin-
event. dy Jo's grandparents and the many
As I think of the many times over years they were able to enjoy a great
the years .we have enjoyed one an- family and life together. That is what
other's company, I think about our. it is all about.
family and how it has been a pleasure As we celebrate our 32 years of
watching our children'grow up. The being together and enjoy our family,
joys we have shared are too numer- I just hope that the Lord will bless
ous to detail, but they have multiplied others with their family relationships
as we now are enjoying our grand- like he has blessed ours.
i good 'ol Southern cooking that he
grew up eating and still prefers was
S/Vthe gift of choice. He would tell you
that spending time with his large fam-
Sily, including his four brothers,.four
sons, 11 grandchildren and 12 great-
grandchildren would be gift enough
By Carrie A. Mizell for him.
Never let it be said that the way I knew in my heart that a man who
to a man's heart is through anything would rather have soup made from
other than his stomach. everything in the refrigerator, instead
If you believe it, then you have of a fancy dinner at' Ruth's Chris
never had the pleasure of sitting down Steak. House, would just as soon re-
at the dinner table with a Mizell man. ceive cornbread for his birthday.
Mercy, can they eat; and every single Adam and his cousins, most of
meal is the best meal they have ever which are male, like to tell stories
had. of going to the fridge at grandpa's
On Sunday afternoon I took great house for a glass of milk and finding
joy in watching Adam's grandfather's it soured and long out of date. While
face light up as I walked through the they might try to be sneaky and pour
door of his house bearing a platter it down the drain, they had better not
piled high with my MeMa's famous let grandpa see them do it because
corbread. Okay, okay, so maybe it's he will say, "Oh fiddle, boy! There's
not quite famous, but it is very popu- nothing wrong with that!"
lar among the Ayers family, and my Then he would drink a glass and
husband, who never met a piece of insist that they have one too.
corbread he didn't like. After all, he grew up when times
Like many men his age, Dorman were tough and nothing got thrown
Mizell doesn't lack for much. If he away.
needs something, then he goes to the A hard worker who loves his fam-
store and buys it for himself, which ily, grandpa knows what's important
makes him a hard man to buy for, es- in life, a personal relationship with
pecially on the occasion of his 80th the Lord. Not to mention, a cake of
birthday. greasy corbread.
Notice, I didn't say he's a hard man It's a legacy of love passed down
to cook for. In fact. I didn't struggle from one generation to the next and
long over what to get him to com- one I am so thankful to have married
memorate his special day. Food, the into.
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Debt Ceiling Problems
Does anyone else feel like Presi-
dent Obama and the National Dem-
ocrats have been whipsawing, ma-
nipulating and plain lying to us about
the 'doomsday' debt ceiling prob-
lems. Remember the social security
'threat,' the military pay 'threat.' It
appears they were never in jeopardy
and either way the debt ceiling goes
we will be paid. Then the Medicare
problem. It was already scheduled
to be cut by present law. How?--
by 20 % reductions to hospitals and
doctors. People on 'Medicare and
Medicaid are already having trouble
finding doctors to take new patients.
Who can blame the doctors for not
wanting to work harder (see more
patients) take on more liability for
sicker people and get less money?
Then there is the confusion spread
by the media, by politicians and oth-
ers above what the basic problem is.
It's not raising the debt ceiling that's
.easy; it's reducing the debt. Obvi-
ously it's growing if we have to raise
the ceiling to allow more debt.
.Why is it growing? Because we are
spending far too much. And worse,
increasing the spending at the same
time interest amounts are increasing.
It's like refinancing your house peri-
odically and increasing the amount of
interest owed even as your principal
shrinks. Our gross domestic prod-
uct (GDP--a measure of National
economic activity--GDP) is grow-
ing slowly but our Federal budget
as a percentage of our total activity
is growing dangerously. The House
has passed several measures to cor-
rect the problem and each time the
democratically controlled Senate has
blocked or refused to consider them.
Are they now the party of no who
refused to recognize the danger ,of
national bankruptcy? They remind
me of a drunk who promised to quit
drinking tomorrow if you'll just give
hifi another bottle now. Another way
to look at their obstinate position is to'
consider what happens if you max out
your credit card, can't pay the mini-
mum payment and get the credit card
company to up your limit. Then you
don't use the money to pay off any of
the debt but just keep on spending.
I've been a registered Democrat
al my life and never have I seen
such irresponsible leadership. We
are ignoring the true answers--it's
cut spending, create more jobs with
more people to pay taxes, and social
Oh, as to the taxing the rich like
a single proprietor business who's
taxed on his business income even as
he takes a modest salary and cuts back
$100,000 or so to buy new equipment
or hire an employee or two. Just like
the bright idea of taking the mortgage
interest deduction and the charitable
deduction out of the tax code. It
won't be just the 'rich' paying the tax
Every week we read of scam artists
getting millions/billions from entitle-
ment programs, Medicare, defense,
education, research groups, etc. The
perps are always caught after they've
gotten away with the big amounts.
Mostly they are shut down with no
recoveries and little or no prosecu-
Stopping waste, fraud and stopping
some of our billions in overspending
would protect our vital programs. Of
course it means work and it's easier,
simpler to just pass more spending
Can God Change His Mind?
When we think of the character of God \ve are destruction planned a ainst the cit Jonah w d
reminded of His love, compassion, justice, purity;
holiness and myriad of other things that sum up the total
of His being. He never lies (Titus 1:2), His counsel is
immutable (Hebrews 6:18); His word forever settled
(Psalm 119:89); He is everlasting (Psalm 90:2). With all
of these overwhelming attributes of Jehovah God, is it
possible for Him to change His mind? The word given to
us by our Father declares that He is willing. .
At Mount Sinai (Exodus 32), the people become
impatient and tell Aaron to make them gods to go before
them. They gather gold together and fashion a molded
calf to which the next day they offer burnt offerings,
peace offerings and make merry before it in the
corruption of their wicked minds. Jehovah is wroth
because of the people and declares to Moses, "Now
.therefore let me alone, that my wrath may wax hot
against them, and that I may consume them: and I will
make of thee a great nation." (v10) Moses intercedes for
the people pleading with God "turn from Your fierce
wrath and relent from this harm to Your people ... So
the Lord relented from the harm which He said He
would do to His people. (v 12-14)
Hezekiah, King of Judah, was sick and near death.
Isaiah comes to him and tells him to "set your house in
order, for you shall die, and not live." Hezekiah turned
his face to the wall and prayed to'the Lord pleading with
him to spare his life. Before Isaiah had gone out into the
middle court, the Lord spoke to him and told him to go
tell Hezekiah that Jehovah had granted him fifteen more
years of life. God changed His mind about Hezekiah. (2
Jonah was sent to the city of Nineveh to preach doom
and destruction against the wickedness of the people.
(Book of Jonah) Jonah did not go the first time God
called Him' for fear that God would relent from the
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to destroy this heathen city but when the people turned
from their evil way, "God relented from the disaster He
.had said He would bring upon them, and He did not do
it." (3:10) God changed His mind.
Jeremiah writes, "If that nation against whom I have
spoken turns from its evil, I will relent of the disaster
that I thought to bring upon it." (18:8) Peter writes in 2
Peter 3:9, "The Lord is not slack concerning his
promise, as some. men count slackness; but is
longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should
perish, but that all should come to repentance." What
we learn from these two passages is that God is a fierce
God but He is a God that will relent when men turn from
their evil. This speaks to the heart of the compassion of
God and reminds us of His severity. Repentance, will
cause God to change His mind of the destruction He
plans. God is not willing that anyone should perish and
His desire is for all to be saved. He will punish if men do
not turn from their evil.
Jesus said, "He that believeth and is baptized shall be
saved. He .that believeth not shall be condemned."
Without obedience to the will of the Father,
condemnation awaits. God will change His mind about
the condemnation if we obey Him. There is no
condemnation to those who are in Christ. (Romans 8:1)
He is not willing that you should be lost but the decision
is up to you. What you decide will determine if God will
change His mind about your eternal destiny. The grace
and compassion of God is such that in our obedience to
the will of the Father (Matthew 7:21-23), salvation will
be given. "Behold therefore the goodness and severity
of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee,
goodness, if thou continue in his goodness." (Romans
Trenton Church of Christ
463-3793 502 Northeast 7th Street Trenton, Florida 32693
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God please save the United States
from our politicians.
/s/ Denis Riordan
Thank you Trenton
Chief of Police
I would like to express my gratifi-
cation and thanks to James V. Raven,
Trenton's Chief of Police.
My family and I have lived in Tren-
ton for four years. In the past year,
there have been several burglaries in
my area of the city.
About a month ago, I came home
to find my wife catching an individu-
al in the act of robbing my neighbor's
house. As I drove up, the suspect was
holding stolen goods in his hands
while my wife was confronting him.
She then informed me of the situa-
tion, so I took action and started to
question his reason for being on pri-
vate property. During this process,
I called the police. About a minute
later, Chief Raven was on the scene
reading the suspect his Miranda
Rights. After the Chief questioned
the suspect, it was obvious of his in-
tentions. Chief handled the situation
like a professional, and took the sus-
pect into custody.
Since Chief Raven has taken on the
job of Chief of Police, I often see him
making routine patrols on my street.
Chief not only patrols my street, but I
have seen him out of his car walking
around and physically checking the
dwellings that have been burglarized.
To me this is comforting to see and
know for the people of Trenton.
However, understand that the
Trenton Police Department cannot be
everywhere all the time, so I encour-
age all the citizens of Trenton to look
out for each other. Walk over to your
neighbor's house, introduce yourself,
or just say hi. It could be your neigh-
bor that you need and helps you one
The Travis Willis Family
We are working on many new ideas
that have put our Society on hot trails
of historical value for the county.
More and more we are receiving calls
and visits from people with wonder-
ful stories about Gilchrist County.
We are also being sent on new tasks
of locating old sites of interest. If
you or someone you know has in-
formation and or documentation of
historical people, places, and things,
please be willing to share. You can
contact us at 352-463-3188.
The Gilchrist County Historical
Society will hold a regular monthly
meeting on August 9, 2011, at 7:00
p.m. Our meeting location is the
Gilchrist County Commissioner's
Building located at 210 South Main
Street in Trenton. We would like to
invite you to join us on a quest for
To all planning committee mem-
bers, please be advised that we will
be conducting a committee meeting
one hour prior to our regularly sched-
uled monthly meeting to discuss the
Veterans Day Event. Please attend;
From the past: Did you know dur-
ing this time in Gilchrist County His-
tory....? The year was 1961, our lo-
cal Journal reports, that a 500 pound
black bear was killed just outside the
west city limits of Trenton.
We are giving another Free Day in
appreciation of your patronage!
In honor of National Recreation
and Parks Month, Otter Springs Park
& Campground and Hart Springs
.Park in Gilchrist County has waived
park admission two days this month
already, and now we are extending
the offer to a third day!
Come visit both parks on our final
free day, Wednesday, July 27.
Guests are invited to cool off in
the spring after playing a fun game
of volleyball on our sand court, enjoy
exploring the park trails, barbecue
on our grills and are encouraged to
bring a picnic during regular business
hours, which are 8:30 a.m.-8:00 p.m.
The park store will also be open
during the day with fun items, pic-
nic supplies and snacks. Camping,
rental facilities and the pool will be
We can now be found on Face-
book! For more information, contact
Otter Springs at 463-0800 or info@
ottersprings.com, or for Hart Springs,
463-3444 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
See you on Wednesday.
Back to School
The Gilchrist County Journal will
hold a Back to School coloring con-
test beginning next week, so check
the August 4 issue. The contest will
coincide with our school supply col-
COOKING AND CARRYING' ON
"Southern food is not just food
cooked south of the Mason-Dixon
line. It is a product of time and people
as well as place." Bill Neal
Listen...hear that poppin' and
snappin' as that fresh from the Gulf
slab of mullet slides into the hot hog
lard. Look...see that side of cornmeal
coated mullet turn golden brown and
crackin' open. Smell...that aroma
as the hot fish are forked from that
scalding grease. Step-back now, we
are gonna fry-up these fish gizzards
and some crusty hush puppies like
my grandma used to cook.
John brought home some mullet
from Suwannee, and we ate fried
mullet twice over the weekend. To be
honest I don't cook them in hog lard
anymore. We fry them in peanut oil
instead. There are members of my im-
mediate family who much prefer hog
lard for frying fish, but we haven't
cooked out any lard in years. We
keep threatening but haven't done it
yet. Come to think of it, where in the
world would you find a lard can?
Several months ago I pulled a
recipe for hush puppies from a maga-
zine and made several changes to it.
I decided this was the weekend to try
it because my momma, Doris Beau-
champ, was coming over on Saturday
to eat mullet and hush puppies with
Some of my fondest memories of
fried fish and hush puppies come
from the Friday night before open-
ing day of deer hunting season when
most of our family would gather
down at the camp for a big fish fry.
That was years ago, you know before
the net ban and good fresh mullet
were available from the fish houses
in Cedar Key. My grandmother made
the most wonderful hush puppy bat-
ter. I'm not sure how she did it, but
after one side of the puppies turned
brown they would turn over in the
hot grease just automatically. No one
had to turn them. My beloved grand-
mother Shannie is gone now but I
surely regret not, getting her hush
When I think of hush puppies,
I have to tell you some of the very
best were fried for many years at the
Cedar Key Seafood Festival by their
local Lion's Club members. Bubba
Castell and Mr. RH. Day were usually
always there cooking' up some of the
finest hush puppies I've ever eaten.
The had a narrow wooden board that
they would slide the hush puppy bat-
ter bff of with a butcher knife. This
method produced long narrow crispy
Passed. You By.
LEVY COOPERATIVE, INC.
NOMINATING COMMITTEE MEETS
The following committee members met on July 25,2011 to
select nominees to represent Districts 1,5 and 9.
L.C. Cannon V.C. Cannon
Charles W. Castell Kenneth Griffin
Jeffrey M. Hayes Robert G. Rankin
Charlene Schlemmer Jannie L. Williams
Those nominated to represent their respective districts on
the Board of Trustees of Central Florida Electric Cooperative.
Thelma McCain District 1
Donald Lane District
Barbara Townsend District 9
The Annual Meeting will be held on Saturday, October 1,
2011. Registration will begin at 8:00 a.m. and the business
meeting will follow at 10:00 a.m.
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hush puppies. I have fond memories
of being able to slip past the long line
of folks waiting to buy a hot mullet
dinner and make my way around to
the back of the picnic shelter in the
park where Mr. P.H. or Bubba would
slip me a few hush puppies.
I remember the late4anie Robinson
putting chopped onions and chopped
bell pepper as well as a can of mush-
room soup in the hush puppy batter
at Castell's Restaurant on the dock
in Cedar Key back when I -worked
there as a salad maker while in high
It seems there are many versions
to the original recipe which was once
called Corn Dodgers in the Appala-
chian Mountains as well as through-
out the South back in the eighteenth
century according to Joseph E. Dab-
ney's book Smokehouse Ham, Spoon
Bread & Scuppemong Wine. While
John and I prefer chipped up onions
and bell peppers in our hush puppy
batter, some people add Tabasco,
corn, cayenne, jalapeno or datil pep-
pers to their batter.
By the way, momma gave the fol-
lowing recipe the thumbs up sign.
1 4 cups cornmeal
(I used Alabama King fine ground
cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 extra large egg, beaten
3 cup buttermilk
i cup minced onion
.4 cup minced bell pepper (option-
Mix the dry ingredients together in
one bowl and then mix the wet ingre-
dients together in another bowl then
mix both together and let the batter sit
for 5 to 10 minutes before dropping
the batter into deep hot fish grease
by the tablespoon full. Fry until the
hush puppies are brown on one side
then turn them over and fry the other
side until brown. Remove to a paper
towel lined plate to drain. This'recipe
makes about 3 dozen hush puppies.
Note: If cooking for a crowd you
may want to transfer the batter to a
gallon size zip top bag. Trim off one
bottom corer of the bag and squirt
the batter into the hot oil squeezing
the cut hole closed between each 2 to
3 inch piece of batter.
Paee Four GILCHRIST COUNTY JOURNAL THURSDAY, JULY 28, 2011
Otter Springs Park and Hart Springs--To celebrate Recreation and Parks
Month, Gilchrist County parks are offering free admission on Wednesday,
Gift Card Drive and Benefit Account for Corbin Wiggins--Please help
Corbin and his family with the battle that lies ahead. Gas and food cards may
be dropped off at Drummond Community Bank in Bell and Trenton. An ac-
count to benefit the Wiggins family has been set up at Capital City Bank.
Trenton Rotary--will sponsor a 'Baseball Skills Competition' to benefit
the family of Corbin Wiggins on July 29 at THS field at 7 p.m. for a speed
contest, outfield throwing contest and a home run derby. Fourteen teams in
the surrounding area have committed to compete. There will be food, raffles
Fun 4 Kids--will sponsor a Walk, Run, or Ride on Saturday, July 30, at
9:00 a.m. at the Trenton Depot for the benefit of Corbin Wiggins. Three
miles--$5.00, Five mile--$10.00; Ten mile--$15.00, and 36 miles--$25.00.
Hot dogs, sweet tea, and sno-cones will be available for purchase. A bounce
house will also be on site.
FREE Sports Physicals!
July and August
- Accepting New Patients -
At all Palms locations:
. Trenton ,352-463-2374
Palms Pediatrics at Chiefland
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Call for same day appointments!
( Palms Medical Group
Your home for health, wellness, life
Bell Elementary's 21st Century Summer Camp
Left to right are Lacie Spears, Suvannah Harton Dani Baker, Meylin
Reyes, Melena Leatherman Emma Gurle, and Miranda Gartin.
The Grandpa Poley Home Reunion
will be held Sunday, August 7 at the
Levy County Quilt Museum. It will
be an all day gathering with music.
Bring food for the lunch buffet and
come enjoy the day. A drawing for
the Blue Star Quilt will be done that
Grandpa Poley (James Napoleon
Home) and Lewgenia M Keene have
many descendants in the surrounding
area. Come and meet new relatives
and catch up on what's happening
with all the family.
The Viola Crews Shepherd family
will be having a reunion on Saturday,
August 6, 2011, at the Bell Commu-
All family and friends are invited
to attend. A covered dish luncheon
will be served at 12 noon.
Hope to see you there!
Come join us as- we celebrate the
45th year of our annual Philman
Family and Friends reunion on Sat-
urday, August 6, 2011.
It will be held at Hart Springs
Park at Pavilions A and B. We will
welcome new family members, rec-
ognize those that attended the first
reunion and share old memories as
you help us carry on this valuable
family tradition. Be sure to bring
your old photos. Bring your favorite
dish, along with all the trimmings,
drinks, ice, etc. to share. Lunch will
be served following a short meeting
at 12:30 p.m.
Also, bring your instrument, songs
to sing, or story to tell, as we join the
Philman Band during a joyful eve-
ning of fellowship. Plans are to have
the Philman cookbook available for a
small donation. -
Help make this reunion a blessing
for everyone that attends and a me-
morial for those that have passed on.
If you have any questions, contact
Jerry Philman at (352)-546-5692 or
Marlene Roberts at (352)-463-3024.
IS III NGIIN:
"Please call us today tol~
to ge a p iceuoe:
By Jennifer Mason
Where can you go in the summer to
learn Spanish, cook a gourmet meal,
make fog ill a jar, create an edible
landfill, go on an adventure through
reading, explore a virtual coral reef,
go against your friend in a cowboy
relay, make a graph using your favor-
ite candy, and create a musical mas-
terpiece all in one day? If you didn't
already guess, it is BES 21st Century
This summer many BES students
are spending their summer at camp.
Luckily for these students they didn't
have to sleep ina tent or fight off gi-
ant mosquitoes. Over the past weeks
we have explored many science con-
Workday to be
held August 6
There will be a workday at Wayfair
and Townsend cemeteries on Satur-
day, August 6th.
Any families and interested per-
sons are asked to bring tools for the
occasion which begins at 8:00 a.m. at
Gilchrist County School District
FFufiCing Every Student's Potentiaf
Attention Parents and Students of Gilchrist County Schools
School Start Date for Students:
August 22, 2011
Enrollment is open for School Choice/Virtual School
Interested students need to register through the following link:
cepts by creating fog in ajar, learning
about polymers, and made ice cream
in a bag.
Students have also been flexing
their culinary know how. They have
created dishes that are popular all
over the country. These include won-
tons, lava cakes, Stromboli, monkey
bread, omelets, and cheesecake.
BES is now in its seventh week of
camp. This means we only have two
weeks left. Even though our time is
almost over we will still be using each
day to learn more exciting things. We
will also be celebrating our success-
ful summer camp by going on a trip
to the Kennedy Space Center and a
water day on the last day.
Glyn Wilbur Lovett, 3/27/1948,
and Rosemarie I. McNew, 8/21/1954,
both of Chiefland.
Benjamin Kit Warner, 1/19/1987,
and KellyAnn Richardson, 1/17/1985,
both of Irving, Texas.
Bradley Dale Donat, 11/29/1962,
and Greta Rainey Hosford, 1/31/1973,
both of Franklin, Tennessee.
Michael Harlan Brady, 118/1950,
and Carmen Lynn Mikawa, 4/1/1966,
both of Edmond, Oklahoma.
Recorded marriages will be printed in next week's issue of the Journal.
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Shown left to right are Branden DeMartino and Katie Roberts.
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GILCHRIST COUNTY JOURNAL
THURSDAY, JULY 28, 2011