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22009 Dixie County Advocate


Publishing News and events for Dixie County, Every Week, Without Fall, Since July 1, 1921
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Home of the Worlds Only Four Headed Swamp Cabbage ol. 87. No. 31 12 pages- 1 Section


A Message from your
Tax Collector,
Michelle F. Cannon


All registered vehicle
owners with registration
renewals due in July, Au-
gust, September October,
and November: Fees are
increasing more than
50% on September 1,
2009. you can take ad-
vantage of the current
rate and renew your reg-
istration by August 31.

Example of price
increase for. an
average motor vehicle:


Current $46.10
Sept 1 $71.15
Increase $25.05

To save even more you
may renew your registra-
tion for two years at the
current rate, for $92.20.

For information, contact
the Tax Collector's Office
at 352-498-1213. You
may visit www.flbsmv.gov
for a complete fee
schedule and additional
information.



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Man drowns in Suwannee River


The Dixie County Dive Team searching for the drowned man near Fanning Springs


The Dixie County Dive team
recovered the remains
Wednesday of Kerry Bois-
son, a 34 year old man who
was vacationing on the riv-


er. Boisson let his fiancee at
Fanning Springs and told
her he was going to swim
back to their rental boat, but
he never made it. After a


long search, his body was
found a hundred and fifty
yards downriver from the
boat. The boat was only 100'
from shore.


Cross City Home Burns: Teen saves family


It's not obvious from the ex- and reportedly, thousands of thinking in an emergency, a
Sterior, but the Cross City dollars of civil war memo- simple case of property
home of Joe Sparacino rabilia were destroyed, damage might have become
caught fire in the early a tragedy.
morning hours Sunday. Jennifer, 13, awoke to
The fire apparently started flames, and was able to The family's three dogs also
Sin the area of a window be- wake Mrs. Sparacino and escaped, although their
tween Joe Sparacino's bed- help her outside, and then asthmatic pug "Major," suf-
room and that of his grand- returned to wake her grand- fered a bit from smoke in-
daughter, Jennifer. Both father. Without her quick halation. The cause of the
bedrooms were badly burnt, action and level-headed fire is under investigation.

Teens charged with armed robbery

Brandon Elliot and Lorenzo anyone had entered the called into to assist in locat-
George were arrested and store. While she was on the ing the suspects. After an
charged with robbing the front porch she observed to extensive search during the
Oasis Store in Cross City. males exiting the store and night, the K-9 was unable to
On Tuesday morning, July at that time, one of the sus- locate the suspects, but did
21st at approximately pects pulled a however provide an
2:00AM, the Sheriff's handgun on her- area for investigators
Office received a call and told her not with the Cross City
reporting an armed to move. As they Police and Sheriff's
robbery at the Oasis were fleeing the Office to begin con-
Convenience Store in property she ducting their investi- .
Cross City. As the then saw a third gation. By late Tues-
first officers on scene Elliot male running Seorge day afternoon, offi-
secured the area, they with them to- cers had identified
notified investigators with ward the high school. Ini- and arrested three suspects
the Cross City Police De- tial investigations at the in connection with the rob-
partment and Dixie County scene revealed that the sus- bery Brandon T. Elliott, 19,
Sheriff's Office. pects had stolen in excess of of Cross City and Lorenzo
$300.00 dollars and ciga- George, 19, of Cross City
According to the clerk on rettes. are currently being held in
duty, she had just completed the Dixie County Jail under
carrying out the night's The K-9 Team with Cross a $100,000:00 bohd.
.trash and did not realize City Correctional was then


Crab Trap Cleanup Underway

The FWCC Trap Retrieval Program was
held during the weekend of July 24th in
Dixie County Workers from Capo Crab
Ranch, David Capo, Aneudy Dia2,
William Peterson, Gene Travis, and
Mike Osteen, traveled the flats between
East Pass and Pepperfish Key to pick up
derelict traps that had been lost and
abandoned over the past years. Hun-
dreds of traps were collected and will be K
disposed of by Osteen Salvage.

New rules established by the FWCC
mandated a ten-day bluecrab closure to
allow for the cleanup of state waters in '
the different regions around the state.


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Car vs. Motorcycle


Two people were transport-
ed to the hospital with in-
juries after a motorcycle
crashed into a 4-door Buick
that was turning left onto
US 19 on Tuesday afternoon.
The accident occurred at the
intersection of US 19 and
CR 317, near the Old Town
BE The man on the motor-
cycle was not wearing a hel-


met at the time of the crash
and was flown to Shands via
helicopter with critical head
injuries. The grey Buick and
the motorcycle had minor
damage. The driver of the
car, was also transported.
Names have been released
but family notification has
not been made. An investi-
gation is pending.


Gilchrist County Health Department

Announces

Swine Flu found at Lancaster


Gilchrist County Health De-
partment Administrator,
Sable Bolling, announced
today the laboratory confir-
mation of three (3) H1N1
cases in Gilchrist County.
The cases are in three in-
mates currently housed at
Lancaster Correctional In-
stitute near Trenton.
The Gilchrist County
Health Department contin-
ues to monitor the presence
of disease activity in the
community and is working
closely with the facility on
infection control measures
for both staff and inmates.
"We know that in a small
community people are con-
cerned when they hear of
illness and we want the
Community to know that we
are working with the facili-
ty as well as in the commu-
nity to increase awareness
and inform the public of
precautions that need to be
taken," said Bolling.

"Lancaster Correctional In-
stitute is taking all neces-
sary steps to prevent the
spread of this flu and will
continue to work with the
Department of Health,"
said Warden Gerald
Roberts. "Inmates with this
illness are receiving appro-
priate medical care and
those who may have been
exposed are being isolated
and monitored."

The Gilchrist County
Health Department along
with the Florida Depart-
ment of Health is Working
diligently to stay abreast of
disease activity in the com-
munity and the state. The"
Department of Health con-
tinues its enhanced surveil-
lance with a network of
sentinel physician
providers. These providers


send selected samples of
laboratory specimens to
state laboratories for test-
ing. "We know that this
virus is out there and circu-
lating in our state as well as
our community," Bolling
said. "To date, Florida has
listed 2,915 cases of Swine
Flu or H1N1."

The Gilchrist County
Health Department and The
Florida Department of
Health offer the following
recommendations to help
decrease the spread of this
illness and flu-like illnesses:
S People with respi-
ratory illness'should stay
home from work or school
to avoid spreading infec-
tions, including influenza,
to others.
* Avoid close contact
with people who are cough-
ing or otherwise appear ill.
* Avoid touching
your eyes, nose, and mouth.
S Wash hands fre-
quently to lessen the spread
of respiratory illness.

People experiencing couch,
fever and fatigue, and possi-
bly along with diarrhea and
vomiting, should contact
their physician.

If you think you have in-
fluenza, please call your
health care provider to dis-
cuss whether you need to be
seen in their office or the
emergency department or
stay home.

For more information you
may call the Gilchrist Coun-
ty Health Department at
352-463-3120. For informa-
tion regarding Lancaster
Correctional Institute,
please contact Gretl
Plessinger at 850-488-0420 or
850-778-6758.


This past May, officials with
the Dixie County Sheriff's
Office notified the Florida
Department of Law Enforce-
ment and requested assis-
tance. It was suspected that
a Sheriff's Correctional Of-
ficer was in involved with
the introduction of. various
items of contraband into the
Dixie County Jail and that
these items were being in-
troduced into the inmate
population.

As a result of this
investigation, a controlled
delivery was made and as a
result of this delivery and


the investigation, an arrest
warrant was obtained for
Darrin Carr, 22.

Carr was arrested on Thurs-
day July 23rd at the Dixie
County Courthouse and
transported to the jail where
he was booked on the charge
of Introduction of Contra-
band into a County Jail.
Carr's bond was set at
$10,000 and he has since
posted bonded. Carr who
was employed with the
Sheriff's Office in March
2008 has since been termi-
nated from his position with
the Sheriff's Office.


DCSO Employee Arrested


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Taxes and unintended consequences

While listening to the complaints of some frustrated cigarette
smokers the other day, I heard one mention that a pack of
butts can now set you back as much as five dollars for a name
brand, and the off-brands ain't too cheap, either.

When I was a kid, cigarettes cost 15 cents a pack. Ten years
later, at an overseas Army base, they were a dollar a carton.
And for Christmas, 1954, the Red Cross gave me a carton of
Camels.

Back then, you were perceived as some kind of a Neanderthal
if you objected to someone lighting up in your house or your
car. I grew up with parents who were essentially chain smok-'
ers, as were most of their friends. So was our family doctor,
who couldn't figure out why I had bronchial asthma.: i

I say this only to establish that I am not particularly sympa-
thetic with the travails of smokers who now have to pay
through the nose for the privilege of going outdoors to pursue
their habit. However, the price factor concerns me nonethe-
less.

Two things have caused the astronomical increase in the price
of cigarettes: taxes and lawsuits. Fifty years ago, the only time
a tobacco company got sued was if one of its delivery trucks
ran over someone. As for taxes, tobacco companies have al-
ways paid a higher rate than purveyors of essential items
such as food and clothing, even back when cigarettes were
considered a necessity by half the population.

Now, however, tobacco companies are forking over big bucks
to pay off multi-million dollar lawsuits filed by people who
find themselves spending their golden years having heart op-
erations to offset nicotine damage and carrying oxygen bottles
around to compensate for the damage done to their lungs by
tobacco tar. And like all costs of doing business, these expens-
es are passed along to consumers of their products in the
form of higher retail prices.

A belated awareness of the damage smoking can do has result-
ed in a shift in the public's perception, to the point where
smoking is no longer considered one of the social graces. In
fact, it's not even "cool," at least not in the sense that it once
was. As a result, the lure of the habit has abated somewhat
among young people, who have always been (and still are) the
tobacco companies' target market. In fact, it has even gotten a
bit more difficult for 11 year-olds to obtain cigarettes!

This development has been viewed as an invitation to raise
taxes on tobacco products in general, and cigarettes in partic-
ular. The rationale here is that smoking-related health prob-
lems create a financial burden on "society,'' a debatable point
considering the fact that smokers die younger as a rule and
thus collect less Social Security and Medicare benefits. But
why pass up any opportunity to inflict an additional lien on
the consumer's paycheck?

Now for the unintended consequences of punitive taxation
and litigation: The more these costs inflate the price of the
product, the more people kick the habit. Last I heard, theper-
centage of Americans who smoke has been reduced from 50%
to 25%.

What could be wrong with that? Simple. The price goes up, the
number of customers goes down. More money per pack, but
from a rapidly diminishing consumer base. Net profit to the
tax collectors? They'll do well to break even. Of course, the
lawyers still do all right, but that's to be expected.

Otherwise, the working class smokers who are thoroughly
hooked on the habit will continue to buy cigarettes for as long
as they possibly can. And that often means cutting back on
everything but the barest necessities. There don't seem to be
any available statistics on how much the increasing tax/litiga-
tion costs have resulted in poorer diet, neglect of health-
care/medication, and even new shoes for the kids, but the
probability factor here comes across as just one more indica-
tion that you can't tax your way out of a bad situation, and it's
mainly the lawyers who benefit from the multi-million dollar
class action suits.

Conclusion? The only problems government seems to solve
are the ones they stay out of.


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s Letters to Camp


Kathy McKinney


\~- Dear Georgia:

How is camp? Are you having fun yet? There's not much
happening at home. Mitchell and Katie are bored without you
here and are pestering me to death. Write soon and don't
forget to take a shower, everyday. Yes, I mean EVERYDAY
And no, swimming doesn't count. Bye! -Mom

The weird thing is, I haven't dropped her off at camp yet;
that's not until tomorrow. She's only going to be at camp for
a week, though, so I have to write all the letters in advance
and drop them off with the camp office so that she can get
the all-important mail while she's there.


With every licked envelope, I decide to change "Being a cl
my mind and keep her home. Too many things In the sum
can happen...she's too little...what if some kid
is mean to her...what if she gets snake-bit or occupati
breaks an ankle? I won't be there! All you mother
moms out there know what I mean. That little
nagging voice that always runs through your
head, grimly reciting "what ifs" and that con-
stantly replays every horrible "kid killed on a
roller coaster/eaten by a bear/kidnapped and
raised by a family of unusually large spiders"
story you've ever heard in your entire life.

I keep telling the voice to shut up, that she's been to camp
before, that it's the same camp that Casey went to every year
for a decade, and that she'll have a wonderful time. It
doesn't matter, the little voice drones on, reciting the odds of
getting swine flu from sharing water canteens and just go-
ing on and on about lyme disease and malaria and mad cow
disease. I smack it around a little and threaten it, which
only serves to change the channel a bit. It sounds much like
MSNBC's Keith Olbermann, with that same malevolent glee
he saves up for the latest Sarah Palin dirt. The voice rants
on about wildfires, tornadoes, wild hog attacks and heat-
stroke. Good grief.

We've got to get started packing. I spent hours pouring over
the internet, getting her a flashlight, canteen, mess kit and
pretty much an entire new wardrobe. Georgia has been
busy knitting outfits for her doll, "Krysta." She knitted the
little doll herself, from a pattern that she found in a book,
and we stuffed it with wool. She then decided that the doll
must have clothes. I've lost track of how many little halter
tops and skirts she's knitted for this doll to take to camp, but
I suspect that the doll is going to be better dressed at camp
than Georgia is.

Back in the paleozoic era, when I was a kid, I loved summer
camp. I remember the first camp I went to was a G.A. camp


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Dear Editor

I want to settle a question
that I know has been on
Robbie Lee's mind for some
time now.

That answer is yes -- Super-
man does wear Tim Tebow
pajamas.

Norris McKinney,
Cross City

lam SO not getting in the
middle of that one! You're
on your own, Robbie. --Ed


Dear Editor:

I'm writing this from my
room at North Florida re-
gional Medical Center
where my treatment will be
long and difficult.

Watching my caregivers per-
'form duties 24-7 as a team of
coordinated professionals is
amazing, the compassion
and dedication to patients
and fellow workers is a mar-
vel to watch. They work in
the most difficult situations
on the cancer floor, cancer
does not discriminate, it af-
fects young, old, married,
single, all races and origins.
The nurses and doctors on
this floor must treat pa-
tients with severe physical
and deep emotional prob-
lems on a daily basis.

A Mr. Starr recently wrote
The Sun regarding some
negative experiences he
had. We are all human be-
ings, not robots, and as
such, each of us will make


A special thanks to all
the people that voted of
me in the most recent
Horseshoe Beach City
Election.

I will strive to do my
best for the benefit of
the town. The trust you
have placed in me is
greatly appreciated.

Thank You,
Frances Cherry


mistakes but we must learn
from them to better our-
selves. As majestic and
beautiful as the Grand
Canyon is,'if viewed
through negative eyes it is
just,another hole in the
ground. If you had a bad
experience just don't go
back there.

If a loved one must call an
EMT/ambulance to assist
you in the future you will be
taken to the nearest emer-
gency room while the tech-
nicians do their work. The
nearest emergency room
might not be the newest,
bright and shiny facility but
the team of human beings
inside will do everything
possible to save your life.

God Bless all caregivers at
all facilities in our area.
They are a magnificent fra-
ternity of people pledged to
assist. They do a tremen-
dous job.

George Steele
Greenfield Farms
Dixie County


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with the First Baptist Church and my buddy Sheila Engers.
We had a great time, and I learned how to sing the "Way
down yonder on the banks of the hanky panky, the bullfrogs
jump from bank to banky" song. I still remember all the
words. It's funny what your brain decides to hang on to for
years and years. The song served me well at other summer
camps I got sent to: Camp Kanuga in North Carplina, anoth-
er summer with Sheila at some sort of camp at Lake City
Community College, horse camp at Camp Dovewood over in
O'Brien, and even a computer camp in Atlanta at Oglethor-
pe University where I learned what "Jewish" meant. (I was
the only kid who wasn't, apparently.) I had a blast. Aside
from a spider bite at Camp Kanuga and a case of some sort
of weird pneumonia that you get from chickens that I picked
up at Camp Dovewood, I never got hurt. I rode horses. I
Sdrank "bug juice." I made new friends,
d at home alone and I learned how to navigate the world
I, i hunk i.h k on.my (carefully supervised) own.


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ir at work thirteen
times an hour,
she can hurt you."

Enna Bombeck


I learned stuff that was less pleasant, too.
I learned that just because you can spend
the day at Fanning Springs and never
touch bottom, it doesn't mean you know
how to really swim, especially when
you're in a group of kids who go to big-
city schools with fancy indoor pools and
competitive swim teams. I learned that
sleeping without air conditioning is miser-


able, and that ponies are really, really mean. I was exposed
for the first time in my life to people who actually cared
where you bought your clothes, which designer name was
on your butt and who didn't buy their back-to-school clothes
at TG&Y. I was astonished to learn that when I talk, people
think that everybody thinks I'm from Alabama because I
have an accent. That was amazing to me, because I knew lots
of people here in Dixie County, and they didn't think I talked
funny I learned to check toilet seats for little green tree
frogs before sitting down. (Yikes!) I learned that making
hospital corners on the top bunk is hard.

But overall, it was a good thing, as Martha Stewart would
say. So I send my kids to camp, too. Casey went to Camp
Wildwood so much that the ended up as a camp counsellor
and then in her last year as the head of camp. Now Georgia
is following in her footsteps, and hopefully Boo Bunny will,
too. I'm having a harder time finding an affordable camp for
boys for Mitchell, but I'm still looking. Hopefully, the Boy
Scouts have a resident camp that I haven't found yet.

So I'll drop Georgia off tomorrow, and leave her alone for a
week, knowing she'll come home with new friends and bub-
bling over with stories to tell about swimming and lanyards
and cookouts. The little droning voice in my head, though,
can't help but wonder if the campfires and s'mores will help
repel those unusually large spiders.


Dear Editor:


I don't know if the Citizens
of Dixie county are aware of
this or not but the County
wants to start charging a
users' fee to use the Com-
munity Centers around the
county

This is fine but who will
control who uses it, estab-
lish and collect the fees and
keep up with the schedul-
ing, etc. We here in Suwan-
nee do all of the clean-up
and house- keeping of the
community center and we
even take turns mowing and
cleaning up the grounds
around the community cen-
ter.

It was mentioned that there
are fees for boat ramps but I
would guess that these are
used by more folks from out-
sied Dixie County than in
the County I was also told
that there were user fees for
the ball parks and parks in
the county, I wasn't aware of
this.

The last out of town group
that used the Communuity
Center here in Suwannee
were retired firefighters,
they left the place spotless


and donated $1050.00 to the
Fire Department plus they '
spent three days fishing,
that helped all the business-
es here. Other times it's
used for charity events like
the fund raiser we have for
the Dixie Education Foun-
dation the Chamber of Com-
merce and SAVA, that does
the 4th of July fireworks
here.

Hopefully something can be
worked out but I feel that
with the taxes that come out
of Suwannee, the last I.
heard was 31% of the coun-
ty budget, should off set any
fee's for the two or three a
month the Community Cen-
ter is used here.

I'm sure that folks that have
Community Centers in the
other part of the county
would like some input on
this as well.

All of the working people in
Dixie County have to have a
budget and live with in their
means. I think the county
should do the same thing
and stop looking for ways to
get more money out of it's
citizens.

Ben West
Suwannee Fl.


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Thursday July 30, 2009


Outdoors & Law


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7/20/2009
BELL, LATORIA SHANESE,21
CLARK, HOLD FOR CHAR-
LOTE COUNTY
BATTERY

SWOPE-COBB, CYNTHIA
GAIL, 31, SUTTON
VOP- AGG BATTERY/ DEAD-
LY WEAPON

ROBERTS, MICHAEL S, 34
.CHEWNING, VOP- POSS OF
LISTED CHEM

OSTEEN, JOHN T, 27
PHILLIPS
FTA- IMPROP EXHIB OF A
DANGER WEAPON
FTA- RESIST W/OUT VIO-
LENCE

LARA, PEGGY MAE, 28
SIMMONS
BURGLARY OF A DWELLING
GRAND THEFT
MANUFACTURING METHAM-
PHETMINE
EVIDENCE TAMPERING
CHILD ABUSE

7/21/2009
FOX, TIMOTHY AARON, 22
GANUS,VOP- CRIMINAL MIS-
CHIEF,VOP- GRANDTHEFT 3
BURGLARY OF STRUCTURE
VOP- BURGLARY OF STRUC-
TURE GRAND THEFT 3

BARBANELL, STEVEN S, 41
D KING, FTA- POSS LESS
THAN 20GRAMS OF MARI-
JUANA

GEATHERS, KENJUANA TY-
RONE, 28, J. KING
HOME INV/ ROBBERY
ARMED TRESPASS

BARNETTE, STEVEN ERIC, 19
SULLIVAN, WARRANT- AT-
TEMPTED HOME INVASION
ROBBERY

ELLIOTT, BRANDON TRAE,
19, BOBBY OWENS
ROBBERY, THEFT

SOLIS- GOVEA, JOSE ALFRE-
DO, 23, CLARK, DWLSR

GEORGE, LORENZO JR, 19


INV OWENS, ROBBERY
THEFT


7/22/2009
MARTIN,RUSSELL MORGAN,
SULLIVAN,DEALING STOLEN
PROPERTY
WARRANT FTA MARION
COUNTY

WILLIAMS, SHARYL DENISA,
25, ONEAL, VOP

ROLLISON, TROY EUGENE, 39
SULLIVAN, TRESSPASS AF-
TER WARNING,POSS OF
DRUG EQUIP

MARTIN, AUDREY HEATHER,
33, J. CHEWNING, DEALING
IN STOLEN PROPERTY

7/23/2009
JASZTAL, JERID EDWARD, 20
LAMAR CCPD,
ASSAULT/AGG

JUVENILE, 16
SUTTON
WRT- HILLSBOROUGH CO.

CARR, DARRIN KERBY, 23
APRIL GLOVER,INTRODUCE
CONTRABAND INTO DIXIE
COUNTY JAIL

CRABTREE, KRISTY MARIE,
25, TAYLOR, HOUSED FOR
TAYLOR

7/24/2009
MILLER, JONATHAN W, 26
SUTTON,VOP- POSS -20
GRAMS CANNABIS

7/25/2009
JUVENILE ,16
SIMMONS, BURG OF STRUC-
TURE, GRAND THEFT 3
ATTEMPT BURGLARY,CRIM
MISCH

CANO, YOVANNI, 31
CLARK,DRIVING W/CAN-
CELED LIC

7/26/2009
GIESE, BRAD A, 32, HILL
FTA- 5CTS PASSING WORTH-
LESS BANK CHECK
FTA- POSS -20 GRAMS MARI-
JUANA


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own tropical getaway by do-
nating blood during the
Donors in Paradise summer
drives on Saturday, August
8.

The bloodmobile will be at
Hitchcock's Foodway in Old
Town between the hours of
10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. The
bloodmobile then moves to
the town of Suwannee.
They will be at Suwannee
Baptist Church between the
hours of 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Please note these are new
blood drive hours.

All donors will be entered to
win a $500 travel voucher
from Cruise Planners.
Donors will also receive a
special recognition T-shirt
and a complimentary cho-
lesterol screening. Donors
must be at least 16 years old,
weigh 110 pounds or more,
and show.a photo I.D. at the
time of donation. Sixteen-
year-old donors require
written parental consent.
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please call (352) 334-1000 or
visit www.lifesouth.org.
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And So It Begins!

Band camp begins Monday August 3, at 9am., in the Dixie County High
School Band Roaon Camp is August 3" 7', and August 10' 14'.
Please remember to wear light, comfortable cloths (NO BLACIQ, along with
tennis shoes (NO FLIP-FLOPS OR SKATER SHOES)
Camp runs from 9a.mf 5pm., with lunch from 12- p.m We have a
permission slip for anyone wanting to leave the school grounds for lunch. You will
not be able to leave without this form signed.
Parents
At the end of the day on Monday. there will be a short meeting for all
parents. There will be important information, and forms for you, so please make
time to attend this meeting.
Any questions please calle-mail:
Mr. Will arrett at 352-210-6958 garrettracin hotmail.com
WWW.DIXIECOUNTYBAND.COM

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T3ral Niers

By Bonnie Wilson

Summer continues to sizzle
as Dusty my faithful, blue-
eyed wonder horse and I
manage to handle the heat.
Sneezing, as the hay dust
goes up my nose, I tell Dusty
that we are now at the end
of July and August is on its
way to a halfway mark of
the summer. I can tell by the
way he shakes his head, that
he thinks I'm delusional.
But I remind him about that
ride we had at Inglis Island
a while back.

Stretching from the Gulf of
Mexico to the St. Johns Riv-
er, the Marjorie Harris Carr
Cross Florida Greenway oc-
cupies much of the land for-
merly known as the Cross
Florida Barge Canal. This
110-mile corridor encom-
passes a variety of natural
habitats and offers an array
of trails and recreation ar-
eas where visitors can expe-
rience Florida's premier
greenway.

The Inglis Island Trails are
located in the Cross Florida
Greenway's West Region. In-
glis Island was developed as
part of the construction of
the Inglis Lock and Barge
Canal during the 1960's.
This island, approximately
1200 acres, is situated be-
tween Inglis Lock and Dam.
The recreation area at the
dam provides access to the
trails. The trails offer views
of the island's natural com-
munities, which include cy-
press swamp, pine flatwoods
and mixed hardwood ham-
mocks.


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From Crystal River, head
north on US 19/98 approxi-
mately 5 miles until you
reach W Riverwood Drive.
Take a right and follow W
Riverwood Drive to the In-
glis Dam Recreation Area.
For equestrian access you
must contact the West Re-
gion Field Office to make
prior arrangements for the
gate combination to the
trailhead. Contact Office of
Greenways and Trails Mar-
jorie Harris Carr Cross
Florida Greenway West
Region Field Office (Inglis)
352-447-1720.
http://www.floridagreen-
waysandtrails.org/cfg
It's a terrific place to ride,
one that is both enjoyable
and very beautiful. You can
choose a path of wooded
trails or open trails. All are
well marked trails. They
also have several concrete
mounting blocks for those of
us who need a little boost
into the saddle. A very nice
covered picnic area to relax
and have lunch. However
there are no bathroom facil-
ities or water, you must car-
ry your own as it is consid-
ered a primitive trailhead.
I love the ride down by the
dam in the cooler months.
It's a sunny ride that Dusty
and I enjoy at a good pace.
We have often seen cute lit-
tle bunnies that scatter
quickly across our path and
a tortoise too. Some of our
members have seen a fox or
two but as of yet I have not.
Maybe this fall I will. If
you're interested in trail
riding you can contact us at
www.flahorse.com/lchc.

Until next time, Happy
Trails!


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Old Town Man Charged
with Racketeering,
Dealing in Stolen
Property

As part of
the con-
tinuing
investiga-
tion into
the multi-
county
burglar- 1
ies and
thefts
that have
occurred
through-
out the
Third Cir-
cuit, addi-, -
tional "
charges
were filed
today in
Dixie
County

In early June of
this year, Cody Pridgeon,
Michael Hackle and
Dwayne Mertz were arrest-
ed as a result of this investi-
gation where Pridgeon and
Hackle are facing multiple


FWC offers

gator-hunting classes

The Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Com-
mission (FWC) is offering
alligator hunters no-cost,
three-hour classes to help
them prepare for the Aug. 15
Nov. 1 statewide alligator
harvest. Reservations are
not required to attend a
class.

Attendance is not mandato-
ry for licensed hunters, but
the FWC recommends that
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Class topics include prepar-
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All hunt permits have been
sold for this year; however,
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permit holders to assist a li-
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counts of burglary and
theft. As the investigation
has continued to unfold, ad-
ditional charges have been
filed against Dwayne D.
Mertz of Old Town.


Mertz
was ar-
rested
on the
morning
of July
28,2009,
S and
booked
into the
Dixie
County
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Mertz
was
charged
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of:
Racketeering count, Deal-
ing in Stolen Property 11
counts and Conspiracy to
Commit Offense.

Mertz is currently being
held in the Dixie County
Jail pending first appear-
ance.


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Announcements


In Loving Memory of "Smokedogg"
Hey Ya'll it my Homie Birthday

As I lay here on my bunk in prison at Liberty CI

Asking God why you had to go with tears coming from my
eyes and one of the official ask what's wrong I said it been 2
year & 10 month since my brother from another mother left
us it hurt all I do is think about you looking back at the
wonderful time we shared and all the good times we had
me, you, & trick you will never ever leave from our hearts
are never be forgotten you will always be love and miss we
know you are up there in the Gold Kingdom watch over us
so be easy we will see you at the cross road your loyalty
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Mr. Bobby Ray Davis
Mr. Tank Lee Mrs. Dana Johnson Mr. Casey Chesser,
Mr. Robbie Lee Capital City Bank and
Mr. Marty Sanchez

for sponsoring pins and awards for our yearly banquet. It is people like you that make a difference in our community and in
the lives of our children. We truly appreciate everything you do!
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Burmese python Thursday
(July 23, 2009) at Dickinson
Hall on the University of
Florida campus. The
python, an invasive species
in Florida, was a female
preparing to lay 23 eggs
when it was captured in the
Everglades. The Florida
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Local


Editor's Note:
This story was chopped off last week
due to a computer error and is being
run again in it's entirety. Sorry!

On July 20, 1969, Neil Arm-
strong and Buzz Aldren be-
came the first Americans to
walk on the moon. It
seemed to be a fitting date
for the United Sons of the
Confederacy
to reopen the "All Veteran's
Memorial". Repairs were
made after the last act of
vandalism and theft.
Thanks to the generous do-
nations of Wal-Mart for re-
placing the fountain, Paul
and Pam Johnson and an
anonymous donor for the
new, brighter security light
(including the wiring).
Hopefully, the sheriffs de-
partment will be able to see
better, and not so hopefully,
the vandals will see better!
Ha!
We felt with all of these new
precautions, it was safe to
reopen the monument.

The United Sons of the Con-
federacy, along with the Dix-
ie County Color Guard, and
certain members of the
American Legion, Post 383,
family raised the colors at
approximately 1:00 p.m. on
Monday to the tune of "To


the Colors". As the flags
were raised, one individual
stopped his vehicle in the
median of Hwy 19, stepped
out and saluted the colors.
Bless you, Mr. American!!!

Robert May and Marshall
Durocher (also a member of
American Legion Post 383)
as members of the United
Sons of the Confederacy,
Swish to thank William
Bierce, William Filmon, De-
sarce Greene, David David-
son, Michelle Johnston,
Adrianna Alcorn, and Mr.
Larry Bierce of the Dixie
County Color Guard.
Thanks, also go out to Kris
Durocher, member of the
American Legion Post 383
and a 2 1/2 year worker on
our monument, George Pel-
letier, American Legion
member, and Heinz Finke,
American Legion S.A.L.
member.

We wish to express our
thanks to Edwin Brody Lath-
rop, Lance Corporal, USMC
active duty, being deployed
Aug. 1, 2009 to Afghanistan.
He happened to see our cere-
mony going on, and stopped
to pay his respects! We pray
for his safe return.


WOTM Chapter 494


WOTM Chapter 494 Fanning Springs FL, hosted a May
birthday party for the residents at Medic Ayers Nursing
home in Trenton.

Six ladies celebrated their birthdays. They were given pre-
sents and had a special birthday cake in their honor. The
WOTM chapter 494 plays Bingo with the residents once a
month and provides the prizes. WOTM 494 is involved in
many community services.

Representing women of the Moose Chapter 494 are Carol
McMullen, Betty Wilson, Loucille Krus, and Margie Barts


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Veteran's Memorial Re-Opens


Stroke and
Osteoporosis
Screening Coming to
Cross City August
11th

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. Res-
idents living in and around
the Cross City, Fla. commu-
nity can be screened to re-
duce their risk of having a
stroke or bone fracture. The
Disabled American Veter-
ans Chapter #63 will host
Life Line Screening on Au-
gust 11th. The site is locat-
ed at Highway 19 in Cross
City Appointments will be-
gin at 10:00 a.m.

Four key points every per-
son needs to know:
1. Stroke is the third
leading cause of death and a
leading cause of permanent
disability'
2. 80% of stroke vic-
thus had no apparent warn-
ing signs prior to their
stroke
3. Preventive ultra-
sound screenings can help
you avoid a stroke


POST 91 UPDATE

Post 91 of the American Legion will NOT have their Flea
Market the Month of Aug. It will be held on the 12th of
Sept.. The regular membership meeting will take place on
the 20th of Aug starting at 5:30 pm with dinner and the Post
and Aux. meeting soon thereafter. All Legionnaires are in-
vited to attend and help the Post carry out the responsibili-
ties of the Legion. All Auxiliary members are encouraged
to attend, they also need your support. The Post is only as
good as it's members.
FOR GOD AND COUNTRY
Leeman White, Commander


Biologists see
.spawning fish in
Marine Protected Area

Biologists recently wit-
nessed an extraordinary
sight while conducting an
underwater study of mutton
snapper in the Florida Keys.
For the first time in Florida
waters, scientists with the
Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission's
(FWC) Fish and Wildlife Re-
search Institute, the Nation-
al Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration and the Uni-
versity of South Florida ob-
served this species spawn-
ing in a Marine Protected
Area in the Florida Keys.
The site was established, in
part, to protect spawning
schools of snapper and
grouper in the Tortugas
Ecological Reserve.


Mutton snapper is an impor-
tant species to both recre-
ational and commercial
fisheries. When fish group
together in large numbers
to spawn, they are more vul-.
nerable to fishing pressure.
Allowing the fish to spawn
without angler pressure will
help sustain the fishery The
data collected from this
study will help biologists
understand the effectiveness
of creating no-take Marine


Protected Areas to protect a
variety of sea life, including
fish and coral reefs.


Biologists spotted the large
school of spawning snapper
while working on an
acoustic tagging project.
The purpose of this re-
search is to obtain informa-
tion regarding the move-
ment, spawning and migra-
tory habits of snappers and
groupers.


They conducted surgeries
underwater at depths of up
to 120 feet to implant
acoustic tags inside the fish.
Conducting the tagging at
this ground-breaking depth
causes less stress to the fish
than bringing them to the
surface by conventional
hook-and-line methods to
complete the surgeries.

Biologists will continue to
receive data from the tagged
fish for the next few years.
This information will help
them learn more about the
movement, spawning and
migratory habits of these
fish.

For more information on
FWRI's marine fisheries
research, visit
http://research.MyFWC.com.


An old big fish story


The fishermen shown above, left to right, are Norris
McKinney, Mike Gooding (brother of Pat Gooding) and Bert
McCaskill (Kay Harden's father, now deceased.)

They're standing in the driveway of what is now the home
of Clay and Elizabeth Locklear on CR 351 North, across
from the new day care center.

Note the boat on top of the Jeep. That was the only way to
get a boat into California Swamp back then.


Be a "Blood Donor in
Paradise"
at the Steinhatchee
Community Drive

Steinhatchee, Fla. Every
day LifeSouth Community
Blood Centers needs over
1000 units of blood for the
hospitals we serve. This
summer, bring paradise to
those in need and get a
chance at your own tropical
getaway by donating blood
during the Donors in Par-
adise summer drive on Fri-
day, August 7.

The bloodmobile will he at
Mason's Market between the
hours of 11 a.m. and 6 p.m,

All donors will be entered to
win a $500 travel voucher
from Cruise Planners.


Donors will also receive a
special recognition T-shirt
and a complimentary cho-
lesterol screening. Donors
must be at least 16 years old,
weigh 110 pounds or more,
and show a photo I.D. at the
time of donation. Sixteen-
year-old donors require
written parental consent.
For more information,
please call (352) 334-1000 or
visit www.lifesouth.org.

So come unwind and experi-
ence the relaxation of sav-
ing lives at LifeSouth's
Donors in Paradise blood
drive. "Thirty minutes of
your time today, can give
someone a lifetime of to-
morrows," said Joyce Hig-
gins, donor consultant for
LifeSouth. "Please donate
blood and help save a life."


CENTRAL FLORIDA ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE
NOMINATING COMMITTEE MEETS


The following Coriittce members met on July 27, 2009 to select nominees to representDistricts
2,3 and,
Attendees:
H.E. Colson, Herbert E. Corbin, Roy Dyer, Loula C. Gilbert
William P. Gess, Ernest L. Green, Ernest A. Halle,
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The Log Cabin Quil-
ters met Thursday
July 23 at the Levy
County Quilt Museum.
It was another great
day. We had quilters
inside and 6 Lancaster
boys with Nick Turner
outside. I believe the
boys got the most work
down and there is so
much to do. L
The boys were mow-
ing, pruning, watering,
cleaning flowerbeds, clean-
ing the kitchen and using
the dust mop in the Great
room. But everyone had a
great day.
Toni Collins came by and
visited with us. Maria got


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away some. There is also so
much to do here.
Lunch was great with Fried
chicken, Chicken Alfredo,
lots of salads, rice, butter
beans,.pear co2bler, peach
cobbler, tw jj pf choco-
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FCAT this year...earning them a trip to Kennedy Sphce Cen-
ter on Monday, July 27, 2009. In fact, more than 70 students
earned this trip, but because of students' busy summer
schedules, 52 students made the trip this year.
Students experienced space exploration, participated in a
launch simulation, and learned what it takes to become an
astronaut.
AES would like to congratulate students on a job well done
and thank all parents/grandparents and teachers (Mr. Lar-
ry Taylor, Mrs. Danielle Rosson, Mrs. Jean Driggers) and
school administrators for taking time to celebrate our stu-
dents' accomplishments.


Old Town Elementary School took over 70 students to
Camp Kulaqua on Friday, July 24th. Students earned this
trip by scoring a 5 or 6 on Florida Writes or a 4 or 5 on
FCAT reading, math,
and science tests. The
students had a great
time! A big thanks to
parents and students for
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The American Legion Post t383. of Old Town. officially pre-
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arship on June 30th. The presentation was made by Comr
mander, Dennis Hardin and Area Boys State Chairman,
Gary Burnett, at the School Board facility in Old Town.
Congratulations John Kelly


Mission Accomplished

Loyal Advocate .
readers may re-
member Tony
Thompson, the
British man who
was bicycling
from Celebration,
Florida to Cali-
fornia and
stopped in Dixie
County and spoke
to us on his way
He was trying to a
raise money to
buy a specialized
bicycle for his lit-
tle friend Gus,
who is handi-
capped. He fin-
ished his long ride, and Gus got to try out his bike. Mr.
Thompson sent us an update from Gus' mom:
"Well what a successful bike viewing. Gus LOVED the fun
to go. He got on really happily and giggled his way up and
down the street. A few of the neighbours were out and we
were all watching him enjoying it.
I have attached all the photos I took. Unfortunately Gus
had a nose bleed half. way through(!) and i didn't take any
when the feet straps had been put on and gus was getting
the feel of peddling which he also found very funny.
Yes i think this is definitely the one. He LOVED it!! They
are getting back to us with a definite price because it all de-
pends on exchange rates etc! But on his basic info for the
bike Wviith power assist it came out at 7700!
Wish you had been here to see him,
lots of love--Tania"
Congratulations, Mr. Thompson, on yoUT and
your mission accomplished!


Cub Scout Pack 24 had a great time on Monday evening
with their home-made rockets. Boys brought in plastic bot-
tles and then built rockets with fins...they even added water
for ballast. Then, with a little help from Mr. Dieter and an
air compressor, they sent their rockets to the moon! (Well,
as high as the church roof, anyway.)
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STRAIGHT TALK
By Dixie District School
Superintendent Mark
Rains

Summer projects are in
progress and will soon be
completed as we welcome
our students back to school
on August 24th. We have
worked this summer to ex-
pand our educational cur-
riculum and improve facili-
ties at all schools.

I write this article with a
heavy heart, as I think of
beginning the school year
with the absence of a long
time employee and friend,
Mr. David Sheppard. As
many of you know, he was
involved
in a tragic
accident
recently
while scal-
loping in
Stein-
hatchee.
Mr. Shep-
pard was a
teacher,
coach, and
friend to
many of
us. He
was em-
ployed by
Dixie District Schools for 36
years. Mike Whittington
and Dolphus Peppers will
also be greatly missed as we
begin another school year.
We ask that you continue to
pray for the complete recov-
ery of Matt Cravey

A new program implement-
ed in the Dixie School Dis-
trict is the mentor/mentee
program for first year teach-
ers. The North East Florida
Educational Consortium
will assist principals with
classroom observations and
tools to help evaluate and
assist first year teachers.
The goal of this program is
to assist teachers as they be-
gin their career and provide
the best instructional strate-
gies for Dixie County stu-
dents.

The school district is cur-
rently reviewing options for
random drug testing for stu-
dents who participate in ex-
tra curricular activities.
Random drug testing is be-
ing done in seven other
counties statewide and the
district goal is to prevent
drug use among our stu-


dents.

To assist in the student in-
structional process, each
school will be equipped with
a new technology lab when
students return on August
24th. These labs will assist
in the new reading assess-
ment mandated by the state
and also avail students of
other computer based in-
structional technology

There will be four Advanced
Placement classes offered at
Dixie County High School
this year, along with ex-
panded offerings in Dual
Enrollment. Industry Stan-
dard Certifications for voca-
tional programs are expand-
ing this year to include up
to twelve additional certifi-


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by Brandi Barber
Trina and Joe Giles have
opened a new restaurant
next to Charlie's Bar and
Package. They have a well
rounded menu from 12'
Steak Hoagies to Pulled
Pork Sandwiches.

Joe has been cooking for a
few months on Sunday's be-


cates in a variety of areas.

Our Back To School Guides
will be available in your
community during the week
of August 10th, These infor-
mative guides will contain
helpful information for the
entire school year. They
will be available, free of
charge throughout your
community

This summer, I have visited
the outlying areas and have
heard your input for our
schools. My goal is for
these to be more convenient
locations for our residents
in the Suwannee, Jena, and
Horseshoe Beach areas to
communicate with the Su-
perintendent of Schools.

For current Dixie District
Schools information, visit
our website at
http://www.dixie.kl2.fl.us.
We welcome your sugges- '
tions in making this a user
friendly website for stu-
dents, parents, and the com-
munity
Mark A. Rains, Superinten-
dent, Dixie District Schools


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know that Joe is a great
cook, and together Trina
and Joe are a great team.

They are open Tuesday thru
Saturday from 11am till
llpm. Dine in or Take out
Call them at 352-498-8003.


FIRST BAPTIST OF STEINHATCHEE NEWS
Hey youth, come join us as we go to Victory Baptist
Church in Milton, Fl. for a Youth Conference! You will have
an awesome time with pppp...preaching, praising, praying,
playing games plus singing, eating, meeting new friends,
skits, visiting, sharing and staying over-night! Pre-adults:
ages 12-18 yrs. Call the church (352-210-1956) now for July
30th & 31st for a great time of fellowship with kids your age!
We will be having an appreciation fellowship after church
this Sunday for a precious man of GOD, Grady Hires! He has
taught Sunday School classes since he was 24 years old! He
has been a leader in our church for years! Praise GOD for Mr.
Grady! He and Ms. Freddie are an inspiration to our church,
this community, the Garden Club and everywhere they go!
They are called our "little energizer bunnies!" We dearly love
and appreciate both of them! Ladies please bring lots of fin-
ger foods and desserts to celebrate this special man of GOD,
friend, husband, leader, Dad and Grand-daddy!
Thank you to Pastor Curtis White from North Carolina,
for a powerful sermon Sunday night: "Are you really putting
your whole heart in it?" What some "food for thought" for all
of us! We all needed that sermon of love!!
We pray for THE LORD will put a hedge of love and
peace around these folks: The entire David Sheppard family,
Wayne and Marcia Craig, Britany Holden, Sam Gaston, Ila
Harris, Davy Hoffman, Bear Bergg, Kyle Welsh's request, our
church, Pastor Leon and his family, all the world's financial
situation, and this entire nation! JUST A THOUGHT: Prayer
is the best wireless connection we can ever have!
Don't forget friends.. put "IN GOD WE TRUST" on all
your mail! Put a note by your stamps, on your check book, by
your computer or your refrigerator (ha ha we eat all day) Re-
gardless of your age, even your children can print, on your
envelopes or a senior that will have the time to write 'IN GOD
WE TRUST" Just take time to let the world know the motto
for which our United States was founded!! This is something
you can do to testify for THE LORD! Just put GOD'S precious
name on all your mail! Write it in between the address label
and stamp, or down in the lower right corner! Get some 4-line
address labels printed, from these inexpensive gift catalogs
for $ 3.99 (250 peel & stick labels) like Miles Kimball, Harriet
Carter, Lillian Vernon, Carol.Wright and others. Friends
don't complain tomorrow (about loosing our rights and free-
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some of our folks who had
been out sick were back and
many of our folks were able to
be taken off the prayer list.
God has been working among
our people and we are so
thankful for that.
The special music was done
by Sis. Debbie Phillips and she
did her usual great job. In the
evening service, Bro. Tommy
McQueen sang and Sis. Debbie
signed the song. How beautiful
it was. Our evening service
was quite different tonight and
we plan to do this at lest once
a month. Bro. Jackie jus'] id, ,
very short praise servicef~aid
then everyone went into the
fellowship hall for hot dogs,
chips and "homemade" ice
cream. A great time was had
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Wednesday night to join in the
fun for the children and they
will have wonderful teachers to
teach them about Jesus. It
may be the only opportunity
they have to learn about Him.
Maybe through the little chil-
dren, the parents will take an
interest and come too. Would-
n't it be wonderful if adults got
saved because of their little
ones and because of your invi-
tation.
Time is coming up before too
long to start signing up for a
church office for the coming
year. If God is leading you to
do anything for Him, pray
about it and a sign-up sheet
will be put on the bulletin
board in the near future.
There are lots of committees,
etc., and God can always use
you in one of the offices.
Remember this week to pray
for the sick, bereaved and espe-
cially the lost. God will bless
you for it. Invite someone to
come to Siunday School and
Church with you, and if you've
been missing Sunday School,
we've been missing you, so
come out and join in one of the
classes and learn more about
our God: Until we meet again,
we will be praying for you and
we pray that God will keep you
healthy, happy and safe in the
coming week.


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Sponsored by: DIXIE SR. FFA


Friday, August 21st, 2009
10:00 2:00 p.m.
Dixie County High School Cafeteria
$5.00 plate donation


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Amazing bible adventures, cool crafts, great games, awesome
music and snacks. Grab your friends so everyone can rock
this dock!

Cross City Church of Christ
August 1, 2009 from 10:00 am to 3:30 pm
Contact Darbi Chaires: VBS Director, 352-246-5163

Bounce House *Cotton Candy**Lunch will be served


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'Ihe Levy County Horse Club
Presents the 9" Annual
Breast Cancer Awareness Trailride
At
Tidewater Trallhead in Goethe Forest


Located at the south end of CR 337
In conjunction with ForestAwareness Month and
Greenways and Tral Month


Date: Saturday, October 24th, 2009
Time: All day, ride at your own pace
Cost: $20.00 Registratio n fee per rider, includes t
free ticket for lunch.
Fun: Fun raffles will be held during the lunch break
around I p.m.. Poker run Saturday a.m. for
$10 donation with a $50 winner. Bonfire
Friday night and possible entertainment!
Food: Sat. morning 8 to 10am Pancakes & Stuff
breakfast for minimum $5 donation. Lunch
free with registration, or available for $5 each.
Overnight camping is available for those wto "sul d like to cgme nl on
Friday or stayver till Sunday. Water for horses and bathroom fcllJtles
will be available. This i a NO hunting date, Trail use and camp fees waived
for this benefit vent. Current cQgchtecked at registration.
Come join us for a great time to benefit a great cause!
All Donations go to benefit local breast caner patint t.
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FREE ChildbirtkElducation
Newborn Care &
Breastfeeding Classes




The Dixie County Health Department, Healthy Start and The March of Dimes
sponsor classes every other month. These classes are held at the Health
Department and make having and caring for a new baby a little easier. The next
class will be:

Thursday July 30th
1:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m.
Childbirth Education/ Smoking Cessation/SIDS

Friday July 31st
1:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m.
Breastfeeding/Newborn Care/Parenting

The class is open to any pregnant women in the community and her support
person. To sign-up, please call Healthy Start at (352)498-1360 x 138.
The goal is to have all Dixie County babies born healthy




All participants will be registered to win a free Baby Monitor!


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DIXIE DAYS FESTIVAL

SEPT. 26, 2009

BALLFIELD/TRAILRIDERS COMPLEX

PRESENTED BY

THE DIXIE COUNTY CHAMBER OF
COMMERCE


Truck Contest
Entertainment
Food Vendors
Craft Vendors
Contest


EXHIBITIONS BY
D C SOCCER LEAGUE
D C LITTLE LEAGUE
D C FOOTBALL LEAGUE
DIXIE HORSEMAN ASSOC.
LARRY TAYLOR'S MARTIAL ARTS


DRAWINGS FOR PRIZES ALL DAY

COME SUPPORT DIXIE COUNTY

LOOK FOR MORE INFORMATION IN THE
FOLLOWING WEEKS AND MARK YOUR CALENDARS
WITH THE DATE


Join us for some FUN!
Ice Cream & Book Swap
&
Kids Show and Tell Time
Need Homeschool Info?
We have it!
Come make some friends on
August 8,2009 10am-4pm
@ Faith Baptist Church
(church not associated)
Highway 55 A
Old Town, Fl 32680
Call for more info or
directions-
Autumn Elmore
352-210-0324
SIGN UP and CAMP for Dixie Youth
Football League:

July 31, 2009 4:00-6:00 p.m. Sign Up
July 31, 2009 6:00-8:00 Camp
August 1, 2009 9:00-12:00 Camp

Where: Dixie County High School

Ages Football 7-12 Must be 7 by
September 1, 2009
Football players age 12- as long as
they do not turn 13 before
September 1, 2009 can play as
a 12 year old.
Ages Cheerleading 7-12
Cheerleading Mascots 8-6
$75.00 First Child $66.00 each
additional child
Must have current physical and copy
of birth certificate.
*If cheered or football last year with
this league you will not need another
copy of birth certificate, BUT WILL
NEED NEW PHYSICAL

Questions call
Mark Hatch 498-2886
Julie Corbin 542-9319
Tracy Locke 642-3453


THE AMERICAN CANCER
SOCIETY HAS URGENT
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CFCC CPR CLASS
CPR classes will be held at.:
the Levy Center. -;
Classes will be held from 6(
10pm.:
Deadline for enrollment is'
one week prior to the start"
date.
August 17th
September 21st
October 19th
November 16th
December 14th
The course fee is $70.00.


CUB
SCOUTS
Meet at the First United
Methodist Churoh of Cross
City on Monday nights at
6:30 to 7:30.
Boys First to Fifth Grade
For questions call Joseph
Dieter
352-542-8773


DIIE COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT




SERVING YOU AT FIVE LOCATIONS


CROSS CITY HIGHWAY 19
OLD tOQWELEMENTARY SCHOOL
RUTH RAIS MDDLE SCHOOL
ANDERSON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
fOWIE COUNTYHIGH SCHOOL

Acute & Chronic Disease Care Minor Surgical Procedures
SLaceration Repair Employment Physicals
SWell Child & Newborn Care Family Planning OB Care
School & Sports Physicals School Health Services
STreatment for Asthma PrentativeHealth Care
WIC Counons Dental Services


SLaboratory & XRay


* HIV Aonymous & Confiential Testing


Child and Adult Immunizations
Attention Deficit Disorder Evaluation & treatment
SKiddy Comer Play Ara for Children

FREE PREGNANCY TESTS
Board CertiWedPediaici aran T e For Your Chidn
Boar CwtfiedFami Mcine Pracfionr to Car For Addif
Mdcalf Provfiers To See YoUr Ch ifre At School


TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT CALL: (352) 498-1360

MOST MAJOR INSURANCES ACCEPTED


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Sunday, Aug 9 3:00p
at Morningside Nature Center,
Gainesville, FL

Morningside Nature Center has a farm, ee i ee I:
oh! On this farm youngsters and their parents :
can meet and greet animals by helping staff witlY
the afternoon feeding, and learn more about out
heritage breeds.


Every 1st and 3rd Saturday at the
Suwannee River Shrine Club
1/2 mile north of Fanning Springs on Hwy 26


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Timbers Apartments
Available immediately a 3 bed-
room handicap accessible apart-
nient. HUD vouchers accepted.
H-VWy 351A, Timber Lane, Cross
City FL Call 352-498-3175,
Tod/TTY 711. Equal Housing Op-
pobtunity.
UFN

STEINHATCHEE PLACE RE-
SORT: Furnished 1 and 2 bed-
rdom Condo's for Rent $600 to
$750.Included in price-Cable, In-
ternet, Local calls, Hot Tub.Call
352-498-7740 or 813-677-9640
UFN

3 BR 1 Bath, on 2 acres, central
heat and air, quite neighborhood
2BR 1 Bath, on 2 acres call for
more information
578-4461
30,31

3 BR 1 Bath mobile home on 55 A,
New carpet & paint, no pets or
smoking $425 month, 200 security
deposit. References required 498-
3273 or 356-2252
30,31


WANTED
Part Time Housekeeper
Steinhatchee River Inn
Steinhatchee, FL
(352) 498-4049
UFN


YARD SALE Saturday 8 am-12

Furniture, infant to toddler
clothing, toys and accessories on
49th by RRMS

2 FAMILY YARD SALE 9am-2pm
Sat August 1, 41 NE 682 Ave, Old
Town, Follow signs, 2 snapper
riding lawn mowers, full sized
headboard, Twin, size head-
board, box spring,& mattress
AM/FM Radio/ 8 track tape play-
,er, w/ Turn table in console, plus
much more


SHOWERS OF BLESSINGS
CUSTOM WATER TREAT-
MENT NOW LEASING EQUI-
MENT! Get rid of that iron,
odor, and hard water! WATTS
has the water treatment that will
give you clean healthy water to
cook with and to drink for the
entire family I guarantee our
systems to remove the iron,
odors and give you pure clean
water. No more iron spots or
dingy clothes. Financing avail-
able with little or no money
down and low payments. We
have systems for every budget
including buying or renting
your equipment. For all of your
water problems call your-local
WATTS dealer DAVID. B.
DOWNING (352) 356-0474 or (352)
498-2449. We service what we
sell! A member of the Florida
Quality Water.
uth


DIXIE TILE AND MARBLE.
Owner Billy Cothron, licensed
and insured, 30 years exp. tile
wood, marble, rock, glass
blocks and more. Free esti-
mates and fair prices. Call
352-210-9219
UFN

Christian home schooling
available for pre k-1 experi-
enced certified teacher, En-
riched curriculum
352-493-1719
30,31

Current verifiable experience
in custom cabinetry, $8-$12 de-
pending upon experience 498-
3352 or 356-2252
30,31


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FREE KITTENS.. Wormed, 9
weeks old. 498-0236 after 6:00 pm.

4 SALE BLACK MALE
POMERANIAN puppy 10 weeks
old all shots given 300.00 352-542-
9784

92 CHEVY VAN 1100.00 Goats
40.00 & up Hog 4001b 130.00
Chickens $4.00 T.V 50 $ up
and so much other stuff
call 498-9186 352-356-1332, 352-578-
4252
3031

95EFORD F150 Auton Fully
LoNded No Rips or Tears in the
seats or upholstry tow package
including gooseneck, ball in bed
2800.00 OBO 542-7124
31 ;

20qtr TRIPLE AXLE TRAILER
bumper pull 6ft 800.00
16fI duel axle 6xl0ft wide metal
gate let down back 1100.00 352-
542,7124
31Z:

TOOL SALE
1 HP Skil Router with bits-
$10i.00--2 '% Hp Skilsaw 7 % -
$30)0--10 "Ryobi table saw- $75.00
18,"Poulan Chainsaw (wildthing)
$75h00--Call 352-542-6457
31,2

199 MERCURY SABLE, power
windows/ locks, cold AC brand
new tires 2500.00 352-356-3681
31,32

COLEMAN INFLATABLE BOAT.
6x4 foot, like new. $40. Holds 3-4
people or 650 pounds. Includes
oars, two life vests and rope. 352-
54-0129. 31,32


Hay For Sale
Iast year hay (2008), $20.00
,per round bale. This year,
hay, (2009), $35.00 per round
bale. 352 222-5405.
UFN



HAY FOR SALE
large rolls, Highly' Feritl-
iz d, net wrapped weed free,
Coastal Bermuda 45.00
Pensicola Bahia 35.00
352-949-0222
30,31

8', BUFF ORPINGTON LAY-
ING HENS buy all 8 get free
rooster, 8- Road Island reds
laying hens, 10.00 each 352-
542-8905

Troy, Built Tiller 7 HP less
than lOhr usage 700.00 352-
542-8905
31,32


SW MH 09 Fleetwood Weston,
2BR2B almost 1200 sq ft. nice
big rooms single owner, went
into nursing home, lived in 4
days, immaculate condition,
must see to appreciate, vinyl
siding, w/ shingle roof, wind 2,
large eat in kitchen with center
isle, appliances, washable wall
paper, vinyl flooring and carpet
throughout, garden tub ceiling
fans, AC/Heat, skirting and
stairs included, Buyer must
move from Old Town location,
25,900.00 Call 352-542-1528 Be-
tween 9 am to 7pm
28,29,30,31

HOUSE FOR SALE HORSE-
SHOE BEACH like New 2BR 1
Bath still needs Kitchen Cabi-
nets,. 10,000 Down Take over
Mortgage Payments Approx
595.00 a month,
321-288-7873
30,31

2BR 1 Bath MH w/ central heat
and air, 100x100 lot 2300.00 542-
7124
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HEAT oven to 3500F Beat
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vanilla in large bowl with
mixer until well blended.
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each just until blended.
I PLACE 1 cookie on bottom I
of each of 12 paper-lined
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IRefrigerate 3 hours. Peel
kiwi; cut into 6 slices, then
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1 kiwi piece on each cheese- I
cake. Top with berries.
Kraft Kitchens Tips
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MARTIAL ARTS- Self Defense
Classes Kids/Adults. Gain con-
fidence. Respect. Fitness. $40.00
Registration fee, then only
$5.00/class. Larry Taylor's
Karate Training Center, Cross
City. 498-0048 Ufh

HOMEBUILDER. Quality
homes built on your lot. Visit our
sales and design center at 26761
SE Hwy 19, Old Town; open Mon-
Fri'10am-5pm. Lifetime Homes
(CBC017140) 352-542-8416.
UFN

Jim's Pressure Washing/
Exterior Painting
Serving our area for over 20
yrs. Call today for a ee esti-
mate. Pastor Jim Hurst 352-
498-3023 or 352-356-3831

DIXIE MONUMENTS serving
North Central Florida for 16
years. Open Tuesday-Friday 8-4.
Saturday 8-12 or call for appoint-
ment anytime. located on 512 Av-
enue (behind McCrabb Church) 7
miles North of Old Town on Hwy
349. 542-3432 or toll free 1-877-542-
3232
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BABYSITTING. IN MY HOME,
anytime. Last minute arrange-
ments can be made. Call 352-498-
0164.
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WANTED POP UP CAMPER or
any camper. Good condition, air
conditioned. 542-7963.
UFN

WANTED TO BUY GUNS of any
kind up to $250.00 each Also Buy-
ing Dish Network Receivers and
DVRs 352-498-1568
31




"Babies don't need
a vacation but I
still see them at
the beach. I'll go
over to them and
say, 'What are you
doing here, you've
never worked a
day in your life!'."


Stephen Wright


THE CIo


Doiun iLHP:


Speeding violation dash-
es Montoya dream run

by Alan Ross

Over the in-car radio the
sorrowful sound of Juan
Pablo Montoya's insistent
yet plaintive defense of his
pit-row speeding violation
could be heard. The blunder
had cost the former Fl dri-
ver and Indy 500 winner his
first Sprint Cup victory on
an oval. That it came at the
SBrickyard 400, the scene of
one of his supreme racing
accomplishments, was all
.the more painful.

For 116 of the race's 160
laps, Montoya toyed with
the field after starting sec-
ond behind pole-sitter Mark
Martin. But on his fateful fi-
nal pit stop with just 34 laps
to go, with victory all but a
certainty, Montoya failed to
amp it down below g 5f :
mph pit-lane speed mliit"--
caught in two of the seven
timed sectors along the lane.
That relinquished the lead
to Martin, who failed to
hold it on a restart following
the race's third caution, sur-
rendering to teammate Jim-
mie Johnson, who went on
to post his third career
Brickyard 400 in what had
to be an afterthought follow-
ing the stunning Montoya
demise.

. No one sweated more at the
start of the race than series
tire manufacturer Goodyear,
whose pitiful performance
at last year's Brickyard 400,
with tires shredding after
only 10 to 12 laps of wear,
was on everyone's mind. I've
solidly waxed the tire com-
pany's engineers over the
past 12 months following
that abomination, but I
salute them with a Roadside
Rave for turning it around.
The seven test sessions con-
ducted at the facility over
the past year clearly bore
positive results.


INDYCARS AT DAYTONA?:


Serving the best interests of
inter-series cooperation,
NASCAR runs a stock car
race at the most famous mo-
torsports oval in the world,
Indianapolis, the beehive for
IndyCars. Why not a major
IndyCar race-a la the
Brickyard 400-at venerable
Daytona International
Speedway? It would seem a
logical and respectful ex-
change: each racing series'
premier venue, one for the
other. Perhaps that inter-
play could help both of
America's two top racing se-
ries....Speaking of the Indy-
Cars, they were out of the
country Sunday, in Edmon-
ton, Manitoba, where part-
time Penske.driver Will
Power-no exaggeration-
ran off handily with the
Rexall Edmonton Indy, con-
ducted on the street circuit
rework of the town's old
City Centre Airport.


With six races left, stand-
ings leader Dario Franchitti
vacated the top spot, yield-
ing to third-place Edmonton
finisher Scott Dixon....In
Formula One, defending
champion Lewis Hamilton
scored his and McLaren
Mercedes' first win of the
year, after a deplorable first-
half 2009 start. Ferrari's Fe-
lipe Massa suffered serious
head injuries in Saturday
qualifying after a spring
coil that had torn loose from
the car of Rubens Barrichel-
lo flew into Massa's helmet
with the force of 1600
pounds. Brawn GP's Jenson
Button still heads the Fl
standings by nearly 20
points, despite Brawn's dra-
matic failings over the past
three races.


Read Alan Ross' article
"Leaping Lords," on re-
ceivers Larry Fitzgerald and
R. C. Owens in the current
issue of Lindy's Pro Foot-
ball 2009 Preview at news-
stands everywhere. E-mail:
alanross_sports@yahoo.com
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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
THIRD JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND
FOR DIXIE COUNTY, FLORIDA
CASE NO 2009-89-CA

F. NORRIS MCKINNEY, PLAINTIFF,
VS.
STEPHEN A. VALENTINE, II AND
CHERYL R. VALENTINE, HIS
WIFE, DEFENDANTS.


NOTICE OF ACTION

TO STEPHEN A. VALENTINE II
658 SW 659 AVENUE, HORSE-
SHOE BEACH, FLORIDA 32648

YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action
of Foreclosure of Contract for Deed
Complaint on the following property
in Dixie County, FLorida:

Begin at the NW Corner of Section
29, Township 10 South, Range 13
East for a Point of Commencement;
then run South 89 deg. 54'32" East
along the Section line a distance of
40.01'; then S 00 Deg 20'59" W a
distance of 40.01' to the S ROW
line of County Road #55A; then S
89 deg. 55'14" E along said ROW
line a distance of 2,160.49' to a
concrete monument for the POINT
OF BEGINNING. From said POB
run S 89 deg.54'32" E along.said
ROW line a distance of 449.39 ft to
a concrete monument; thence S 00
deg 19'10" W a distance of 583.28'
to a concrete monument; then S 80
deg 53'09" W a distance of 323.34'
to a concrete monument; thence S
37 deg 39'09" W a distance of
16.77 ft.; then N 09 deg.27'26" W a
distance of 126.51' to a concrete
monument; then continue N 09 deg
27'26" W a distance of 207.14' to a
concrete monument; then N 54 deg
34'09" W a distance of 67.11' to a
concrete monument; then N 01 deg
27'24" W a distance of 280.55 ft
and back to the POB and containing
5.65 acres, more or less

has been filed against you and you
are required to serve a copy of your
written defenses, if any, to it on
John R. Weed, the plaintiff's attor-
ney, whose address is 605 South
Jefferson Street, Perry, FLorida
32347 on or before August 21, 2009
and file the original with the clerk of
this court either before service on
the plaintiff's attorney or immediate-
ly thereafter; otherwise a default will
be entered against you for the relief
demanded int he complaint or peti-
tion.

Dated on this 13th day of July, 2009
DANA JOHNSON, As Clerk of the
Circuit Court
By: Karen Leverett, Deputy Clerk
29,30,31,32
NOTICE OF APPLICATION
FOR TAX DEED

GEORGE C. CAMPBELL
PO BOX 1821
CROSS CITY, FL 32628

The holder of the following certifi-
cate has filed said certificate for a
tax deed to be issued thereon.
The certificate number and year of
issuance, the description of the
property and the names in which it
was assessed are as follows

Certificate No: 068
JUNE 1,2005

Description of Property:


SEE EXHIBIT "A"

NAME IN WHICH ASSESSED

CHARLIE MANN SR, C/O
GEORGE CAMPBELL, PO BOX
1821, CROSS CITY, FL 32680

WARNING: Said property being in
the County of Dixie, State of Flori-
da. Unless such certificate shall
be redeemed according to law the
property described in such certifi-
cate shall be sold to the highest
bidder at the Dixie County Court-
house on AUGUST 18, 2009 at
11:00 A.M.

July 21, 2009

Dana D. Johnson, Clerk of Court
Dixie County, Florida 32628

Candace L. Corbin, Deputy Clerk

EXHIBIT A
Description of Property:

Parcel No. 04-10-12-0000-1700-
0000

4 10 12 BG SW CR NW 1% OF SE
14 RUN E 209 FT N 117 FT FOR
POB RN W 80 FT N 50 FT E 80
FT S 50 FT ORB 248 P 733 (DC)
(NURSING HOME)

Subject to the restrictions of
record.
30,31,32,33

Special Meeting

Please take notice Suwannee
Water & Sewer District will be
holding a Special Meeting on


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
THIRD JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN
AND FOR DIXIE COUNTY,
FLORIDA
CASE NO 09-75-CA

FIDELITY BANK OF FLORIDA,
NA, PLAINTIFF, VS.
KYLE HENDERSHOT AKA KYLE
LEE HENDERSHOT, ETAL., DE-
FENDANTS.

NOTICE OF SALE

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that
pursuant to a Final Summary
Judgment of Foreclosure dated
July 15, 2009 and entered in Civil
Action No. 09-75-CA in the Circuit
Court in and for Dixie County,
FLorida, wherein FIDELITY BANK
OF FLORIDA, NA, is the Plaintiff
and KYLE HENDERSHOT AKA
KYLE LEE HENDERSHOT et. al
are the defendants, I will sell to the
highest and best bidder for cash at
the front;steps of the Dixie County
Courthouse, 214 NE 351 Hwy,
Cross City, FL at 11:00 am on the
18th da of August, 2009, the fol-
lowing described property as set-
forth int he Final Summary Judg-
ment of Foreclosure, to wit:

The West 1/2 of the South 1/2 of
Government Lot 4 of Section 25,
Township 9 South, Range 13 East,
Dixie County, FLorida. Less and
except road right of ways, together
with a 1986 CATL Doublewide Mo-
bile home bearing ID#7271A and
7271B. Title #42303760 and
42319766.

Dated this 15th day of July, 2009.
Any person claiming an interest in
the surplus from the sale, if any,
other than the property owner as
of the date of the Lis Pendens
must file a claim within 60 days af-
ter the sale.

If you are a person with disabilities
needing a special accommodation
to participate in this proceeding,
contact the ADA Coordinator,
Jacquetta Bradley, PO Box 1569,
Lake City, FL 32056, 386-719-
7428 within 2 working days of your
receipt of this Notice, if you are
hearing or voice impaired, Hearing
1-800-955-8771, Voice 1-800-955-
8770.
Dana D. Johnson, Clerk of the Cir-
cuit Court by Karen Leverett,
Deputy Clerk.
30,31



NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR
TAX DEED

ROBERT W. NELSON JR.
PO BOX 28
BARRYVILLE, NY 12719

The holder of the following certifi-
cate has filed said certificate for a
tax deed to be issued thereon. The
certificate number and year of is-
suance, the description of the prop-
erty and the names in which it was
assessed are as follows

Certificate No: 1046
JUNE 1, 2007

Description of Property:


SEE EXHIBIT "A"

NAME IN WHICH ASSESSED

CHARLES W. LANZER, 174
PENNLEAR DR, MONROEVILLE;
PA 15146-0000

WARNING: Said property being in
the County of Dixie, State of Flori-
da. Unless such certificate shall be
redeemed according to law the
property described in such certifi-
cate shall be sold to the highest
bidder at the Dixie County Court-
house on AUGUST 18, 2009 at
11:00 A.M.

July 21, 2009


Dana D. Johnson, Clerk of Court
WigHYpty, Florida 32628
I d lC '? no IP"
Oandace L. Cbrbin, Deputy Clerk


EXHIBIT A
Description of Property:.

Parcel No. 36-10-13-5665-0006-
0430

36 10 13 LOT 43 BLK 6 SUWAN-
NEE GARDENS SUB DIV DB 1 P
571 OR BK 65 PG 406



Subject to the restrictions of record.
30,31,32,33


The Early Learning Coalition of
the Nature Coast will be facilitat-
ing the BI-Monthly Board of Direc-
tor's Meeting on Wednesday, Au-
gust 5, 2009. The meeting will
begin at 9::00a.m. at the Early
Learning Coalition of the Nature
Coast, Inc. 1564 N. Meadowcrest


Blvd, Crystal River, FL. 34429.
Please contact Coalition Staff at
352-563-9939 if you have any
questions. Public participation is
welcome.

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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF
THE THIRD JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR DIXIE COUNTY,
FLORIDA

CASE NO. 09-173-DR
DIVISION: CIVIL

CHRIS ANN OSTEEN, PETI-
TIONER AND
NICOLE WALKER, RESPON-
DENT.

NOTICE OF ACTION FOR STEP-
PARENT ADOPTION

TO NICOLE WALKER, LAST AD-
DRESS UNKNOWN

YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an ac-
tion has been filed against you
and that you are required to serve
a copy of your written defenses, if
any, to it on Chris Ann Osteen,
whose address is PO Box 2555,
Cross City, FL 32628 on or before
August 23, 2009, and file the orig-
inal with the clerk of this Court at
PO Box 1206, 214 NE 351 Hwy,
Cross City, FL 32628 before ser-
vice on Petitioner or immediately
thereafter. If you fail to do so, a
default may be entered against
you for the relief demanded in the
petition.

Copies of all court documents in
this case, including orders, are
available at the Clerk of the Cir-
cuit Court's office. You may re-
view those documents upon re-
quest. You must keep the Clerk
of the Circuit Court's office noti-
fied of your current address. Fu-
ture papers in this lawsuit will be
mailed to the address on record
at the clerk's office. You may file
Notice of Current Address, Florida
Supereme Court Approved Family
Law Form 12.915.
WARNING: Rule 12.285, Florida
Family Law Rules of Procedure
requires certain automatic disclo-
sure of documents and informa-
tion. Failure to comply can result
in sanctions, including dismissal
or striking of pleadings.
Dated: July 16, 2009
Dana D. Johnson, Clerk of the
Circuit Court,
By: Kim Wade, Deputy Clerk
30.31.32.33

Workshop Notice

Please take notice Suwannee
Water & Sewer District will be
holding a Workshop on July 31,
2009 at 6:00pm at the Community
Center located on CR 349 in
Suwannee. Items to be ad-
dressed at the workshop are:

1. Contract & Fee Schedule
for Bailey, Bishop & Lane.

2. Budget for fiscal year
2009/2010

3. Review Staffing Model for
Suwannee Water & Sewer District

30

PSC Customer Service Hearing Set
for Progress Rate Request in
Apalachicola

TALLAHASSEE The Flori-
da Public Service Commis-
sion (PSC) will conduct a cus-
tomer service hearing on
Thursday, July 30, 2009, for
customers of Progress Ener-
gy Florida, Inc. (Progress).
In March, Progress filed a pe-
tition with the PSC for an in-
crease to its base rates.

This month, a 1,000 kwh
monthly bill for residential
customers is $122.79. Using
Progress' proposal, a typical
1,000 kwh monthly bill for
residential customers would
increase to $135.79 in 2010.
Progress provides electric
service to approximately 1.6
million retail customers in 35
Florida counties.

The hearing allows cus-
tomers to comment on the
proposed rates and any quali-
ty-of-service issues relevant
to the utility. Customers are
invited to attend the hearing
at the following time and lo-
cation:

Thursday, July 30, 2009
1:00 p.m.
Apalachicola Community
Center
1 Bay Drive
Apalachicola, Florida

The PSC is committed to
making sure that Florida's
consumers receive their elec-
tric, natural gas, telephone,
water,' and wastewater ser-
vices in a safe, affordable,
and reliable manner. The PSC


exercises regulatory authori-
ty over utilities in the areas
of rate base/economic regu-
lation; competitive market
oversight; and monitoring of
safety, reliability,and service.

For additional information,
visit www.floridapsc.com.


IF
THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 3RD
JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR
DIXIE COUNTY, FLORIDA
GENERAL JURISDICTION DIVISION
CASE NO 15-2009-CA-000068

BANK OF AMERICA, NA, PLAIN-
TIFF VS.
LUC JEAN, ET AL, DEFENDANTSS.

NOTICE OF ACTION
CONSTRUCTIVE SERVICE

TO: ENELLE JEAN
whose residence is unknown if
he/shethey be living; and if
helshelthey be dead, the unknown
defendants who may be spouses,
heirs, devisees, grantees, assignees,
lienors, creditors, trustees, and all
parties claiming an interest by,
through, under or against the Defen-
dants, who are not known to be dead
or alive, and all parties having or
claiming to have any right, title or in-
terest in the.property described in the
mortgage being foreclosed herein.
YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that
an action to foreclose a mortgage on
the following property:

PARCEL #47, A PARCEL OF LAND
IN GOVERNMENT LOT #1, SEC-
TION 36, TOWNSHIP 10 SOUTH,
RANGE 13 EAST, DIXIE COUNTY,
FLORIDA, BEING MORE PARTICU-
LARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS:
FOR A POINT OF REFERENCE
COMMENCE AT THE SW CORNER
OF GOVERNMENT LOT #1, SEC-
TION 26, TOWNSHIP 10 SOUTH,
RANGE 13 EAST; THENCE RUN N
00 DEG24'39" W., ALONG THE
WEST LINE OF GOVERNMENT
LOT 1, A DISTANCE OF 1590';
THENCE N 89 DEG 55'13" E A DIS-
TANCE OF 1680' TO THE POINT OF
BEGINNING; THENCE CONTINUE
N 89 DEG 55'13" E 459.76'; TO THE
WESTERLY ROW OF SR S 317,
THENCE S 03DEG 57'00" E ALONG
THE WESTERLY ROW OF SR S-
317, 385.51' TO THE PC OF A
CURVE, CONCAVE TO THE WEST,
HAVING A RADIUS OF 1105.92';
THENCE SOUTHERLY ALONG THE
ARC OF SAID CURVE THROUGH A
CENTRAL OF 01 DEG 50'05" A DIS-
TANCE OF 35.41'; THENCE DE-
PARTING FROM SAID CURVE AND
THE WESTERLY ROW OF SR S-
317, S 89 DEG 55'13" W
485.17';THENCE N 00DEG 24'39" W
420.00' TO CLOSE ON THE POB.

has been filed against you and you
are required to serve a copy of your
written defenses, if any, to it on David
J. Stem, Esq. Plaitniff's attomey,
whose address is 900 South Pine Is-
land Road#400, Plantation, FL
333324-3920 on or before August 21,
2009 (no later than 30 days from the
date of the first publication of this no-
tice of action) and file the original
with the clerk of this court either be-
fore service on Plaintiff's attorney or
Immediately thereafter, otherwise a
default will be entered against you for
the relief demanded int he complaint
or petition filed herein.

WITNESS my and and the seal of
this Court at DIXIE County, FLorida,
this 14th day of July, 2009.
Clerk of the Circuit Court, Dana D.
Johnson
By: Karen Leverett, Deputy Clerk.

In accordance with the Americans
with Disabilities act, persons with dis-
abilities needing a special accommo-
dation should contact court adminis-
tration at the Dixie County Court-
house at 352-498-1200; 1-800-955-
8771 or 1-800-955-8770 via Florida
Relay Service
30,31
FSA funding

The 2008 Farm Bill reauthorized
the Farm Service Agency's (FSA)
Farm Storage Facility Loan Pro-
gram (FSFL). The program pro-
vides low-interest financing for
producers to build or upgrade
farm storage and handling facili-
ties.

To expedite the FSFL approval
process, producers planning to
submit an FSFL application to
FSA, may request an environ-
mental evaluation of their pro-
posed project at their county
FSA office.

To comply with the provisions of
the National Environmnental Poli-
cy Act (NEPA), FSA must evalu-
ate the potential impacts the pro-
posed structure could have on
the environment for FSFL appli-
cations. An FSA-850 form must
be completed for each FSFL ap-
plication before the application
can be approved.

Producers requesting an envi-
ronmental compliance determi-
nation are advised that the FSFL
application must be submitted
and approved before site prepara-
tion and construction can begin
on the facility.

Applicants will be required to
identify the:
type of structure they
wish to construct
proposed site by mark-
ing the location on an aerial pho-
to.

County Offices will not accept re-
quests to complete FSA-850 via
telephone. If a producer is un-


able to visit the office, there-
quest must be submitted in writ-
ing and include the necessary in-
formation to complete FSA-850.

Additional information about
initiating a Farm Storage Facili-
ty Loan is available at FSA coun-
ty offices.


Cabinet Highlights from WWJD Lawsuit
the Attorney General's Dismissed With Prejudice


Office-
July 28, 2009

Item: Cabinet Resolutions
recognizing Stop Internet
Predators

The Attorney General spon-
sored a Cabinet resolution
honoring the Stop
Internet Predators initia-
tive, created by the national
non-profit organization Stop
Child Predators. The goal of
the initiative is to provide
educational resources and
information on ways to keep
children safe online,
as well as advocating for
programs and legislation
that promote resources
and awareness of online
safety and education. The
Attorney General's Cyber-
Crime Unit and Stop Inter-
net Predators have also part-
nered to increase awareness
and educate these audiences
on these technologies and
provide
them with safeguards to pro-
tect their children.

Item: Administration Com-
mission Department of
Community Affairs Miami
Growth Issue

The Governor and Cabinet
authorized the Secretary of
the Department of
Community Affairs to enter
an Administrative Law
Judge's order approving
one amendment to Miami-
Dade County's Urban Devel-
opment Boundary and
disallowing a second amend-
ment. The approved amend-
ment'changes a parcel of
land from an "Agriculture"
designation to a "Business
and Office"
designation. The Cabinet
and the Governor approved
the order by a 3 to 1
vote, based on the findings
of the Administrative Law
Judge.

Item: State Board of Admin-
istration (SBA) Addition of
new companies to
the list of "Scrutinized Com-
panies" with activities in
Sudan and Iran

The Governor, Attorney
General McCollum and CFO
Sink voted to approve the
SBA's quarterly report, re-
quired by the Protecting
Florida's Investments
Act, which included lists of
"Scrutinized Companies"
with activities in
Sudan and Iran. The act pro-
hibits the SBA, acting on be-
half of the Florida
Retirement System Trust
Fund, from investing in
companies involved in
certain types of business ac-
tivities with Sudan and Iran
and requires
divestment from these com-
panies if applicable. New
companies have been
recently added to the list of
"Scrutinized Companies."

The Attorney General noted
during the discussion of
these items that the
activities of these terrorist
nations Could clearly jeopar-
dize Florida's investments
and the original decision to
implement the Protecting
Florida's Investments Act
reinforces the Trustees'
fiduciary responsibility to
the people of Florida. The
Attorney General strongly
supported the vote to
formally sever ties between
the Florida Retirement Sys-
tem Trust Fund and
companies that have certain
business relationships with
the countries of Sudan and
Iran. Florida was the first
state in the nation to target
both countries for divest-
ment.





Bachelors know more
about women than
married men; if they
didn't they'd be
married too.


H. L. Menoken


www.LC.org

Minneapolis, MN A federal
class action lawsuit against
Bullseye Collection Agency
(Bullseye), which challenged
Bullseye's "WWJD" busi-
ness motto, has now been
dismissed with prejudice.
The Plaintiffs in that suit,
Mark and Sara Neill,
claimed they were harassed
and oppressed when they re-
ceived a collection letter
from Bullseye that con-
tained the same "WWJD"
motto that Bullseye includes
on all of its business com-
munications. Of course, far
from being oppressive,
WWJD is an acronym that
sometimes means "What
Would Jesus Do?" Bullseye,
a small, family-owned busi-
ness, uses the motto as a re-
minder to act with diligence
and respect in an industry
traditionally characterized
by ruthlessness and incivili-
ty.

Instead of abandoning its
motto or giving up its consti-
tutional rights, Bullseye
fought back with Liberty
Counsel's assistance. Bulls-
eye argued that "WWJD" is
not oppressive as a matter of
law and cannot violate the
law. Bullseye also argued
that if any law actually pro-
hibits the benign and cour-
teous use of "WWJD" as a
business motto, then such
law is unconstitutional, be-
cause it violates Bullseye's
freedom of speech, freedom
of religion and equal protec-
tion rights.

In addition to vigorously de-
fending Bullseye, Liberty
Counsel also filed a compre-
hensive counterclaim
against the Neills and anoth-
er company, Bureau of Col-
lection Recovers LLC (BCR).
Bullseye discovered that Mr.
Neill was no stranger to the
collection business but was
the president of BCR, a gi-
ant competitor collection
company with offices in the
United States and India.
Bullseye alleged that the
Neills and BCR abused the
legal process and engaged in
a conspiracy to harm Bulls-
eye competitively and to de-
prive Bullseye of its consti-
tutional rights.

Upon receiving Bullseye's
counterclaim, the Neills de-
cided to abandon their frivo-
lous crusade against Bulls-
eye. They dismissed with
prejudice each of their
claims, such that they can
never bring them again in
any court. As a result, Bulls-
eye remains free to use
"WWJD" on its stationery,
and its constitutional rights
remain intact.

Horatio Mihet, Senior Liti-
gation Counsel for Liberty
Counsel, stated, "Neither
the law nor the courtroom
provides refuge for those
wishing to harm others with
their intolerance of Christ-
ian viewpoints. Christian
men and women in business
need not check their faith at
the door of the market-
place."
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July 31, 2009 at 7:30pm at the
Community Center located on
CR 349 in Suwannee to address
the following item:

1. Contract & Fee Schedule
for Bailey, Bishop & Lane

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Obituaries and Faith


L. C. Harris


MR. L. C. HARRIS of Jena passed away Tuesday, July
21, 2009 at Hospice of the Tri-Counties. He was 75.

Mr. Harris was born in MacClenny, Florida on May 13,
1934 to parents Lacy and Wealthy Ann Harris. He
served in the United States Army during the Korean
Conflict. He was a heavy equipment mechanic em-
ployed by Anderson Columbia and owned his own small
business repairing heavy equipment. Mr. Harris moved
to Jena a year ago.

He is survived by his wife Ila Harris of Jena; sons,
Nathan Scott Harris of MacClenny and W. C. Mills of
Old Town; daughter Robin Mills Livingston of
Chokoloskee, Florida; brothers Cecil Harris and Earl
Harris of MacClenny; sister, Reatha Mae Harris of Mac-
Clenny; 10 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Thursday, July 23, 2009 at
4:00 PM at the Rick Gooding Funeral Home Chapel with
Rev. Bobby Joe Hires officiating. Interment followed at
Mt. Olive Cemetery in Jena. A visitation was held at
the funeral home one hour prior to the service.

Arrangements were placed under the care of the Rick
Gooding Funeral Home, Cross City, Florida, 352-498-
540.


I have fought a good fight, I havefinished my course,
I have kept the faith.
2 Timothy 47



Pearlie Mae Simpson

Mother Pearlie Mae Simpson was born August 4, 1926 in
Webster, Florida to Mr. Watts &
Winnie Mae Morgan. .

"Mama Pearlie" (praise the /.~ -.
Lord) as she was called by / .
many came to Cross City
in 1955. She was a home-
maker for many families ,
in Dixie County.

She received salvation
under the leadership of
Apostle Joe L. Payge.
She was presently as
mother of More Sure
Word Church under the
leadership of her ..
Grandson Pastor Tony, ,. .. ..
Harris.

Mama Pearlie is preceded in
death by her mother, father,
brother and a son.

Memories of Mama Pearlie will live on in e hearts of
five sons, Mr Willie Ray Simpson (Vivian), Mr. James Hat-
ten (Janice), Mr. Edward Lee Hatten, Mr. Joe Hatten (An-
gel) all of Cross City, FL, Mr. Johnnie Lee Hatten (Kathy)
of Vidalia GA, two daughters Ms. Healn Harris, and Mrs.
Betty Hartsfield (Grady) of Cross City Florida.

She is survived by eighteen grandchildren: Mrs. Benetha
Lake(Charles), Mr. Lynard Simps6n (Angela) Mr. Tony.
Harris (Bobbie), Mr. Omar Harris (Gladys), Mrs. Char-
maine Carter (Eugene) Ms. Felicia Simpson (Willie), Mr.
Willie Simpson III, Ms. Chana Simpson', Ms. Latoya Hat-
ten, Mr. Jamie Hatten, Mr. Micheal Hatten, Ms. Micheal
Monds, Tasha, Tonya,,Thec Hatten of Vidalia, GA, Ms.
Shenika Hatten, Mr. Joey Miller, and fifteen great grand's,
one sister-in-law, Ms. Emma Lee Morgan of Bushnell, FL,
two devoted cousins, Ms. Barbara Jean Williams of Orlan-
do, FL, Ms. Willie Mae Mobley of Wildwood FL, Special
Niece Ms. Evonne Morgan of Bushnell, FL, two Godsons
Mr. Albert Lee Yarrell, Mr. Joe Prie -Ruth both of Cross
City FL, two Goddaughters, sister. Bettie Holmes, Ms.
Natashia Lawrence, Special Friends Mr. J.D Hatten,
Mother Lille Mae Spencer, and a host of Nieces, Nephews,
Cousins & Friends.

The funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. at Miracle De-
liverance Center in Cross City There will be a visitation
one hour before, services on Saturday.

Professional arrangements are under the direction of
Carnegie Funeral Home, 217 SE 4th Avenue, Chielfand,
(352) 493-1857 or 1-806-493-1855.


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Hebrews 5:9,11:6
Romans 1:16
1 Corinthians 15:1-4
Romans 10:9-10
Matthew 28:18-19
Romans 6:3-7
Acts 2:36-41
Mark 16:15-16
Colossians 2:11-13, 1:13-14
Galations 1:6-9
Hebrews 4:12
2 Corinthians 5:10


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"The opposite of
love
is not hate,
it's indifference.
The opposite of
art is not
ugliness,
it's indifference.
The opposite of
faith is not
heresy,
it's indifference.
And the

opposite of life is
not death, it's
indifference."


Elie Wiesel


Please study the plan of


SALVATION


John 14:6
Acts 4:12

Matthew 10:32-33

John 3:1-5
Acts 8:30-39
1 Peter 3:21

2 Thessalonians 1:7-9
John 12:48
Romans 16:16


First.Baptist Church of Old Town ,
'WeklcomeTo God sHouse -Won'tYou ComeOn In"
Sunday School 10A Moming Worship 11A
Evening Worship 6P
Wednesday Bible Study- 7P
Knock & thedoor wil open, seek &you wlllask & you wlEbe
given -Be eternally
Pastor Royce Hanshew
S (352) 542-7050
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First Baptist Church of Stelnhatchee
Riverside Drive Steinhatchee
*Lighthouse On The GuIf
Sunday School 10A Moming Worship 11A
Evening Worship 6P
Wednesday Prayer Meeting 7P Aana 6:30
Pastor Leon Holdeh
(352) 498-2108


Patricia Gail Keen


FMary Ann Rain Graham

Mary Ann Rain Graham, age 76, was born September 9,
1932 to J.C. "Bill" and Ila Dee Etheredge Rain. After Dr.
W.C. Young delivered the younger sister of Theron Eu-
gene and Evelyn Elizabeth, he selected a young cow as
payment for his services. Mary Ann grew up in.Chiefland
and attended Chiefland High School. She loved the out-
doors and enjoyed playing basketball. She especially
loved diving from a rope swing and swim-
ming in the boil at Manatee Springs. At
age 15, Mary Ann fell in love with
handsome, 19 year-old, Kenneth Gra-
ham. Married on the 4th of July.
1948, their marriage of 61 years '
was blessed with six children;
Melanie, Andrea, Jack and Jill
(twins), Jann and June.

Mary Ann was a dedicated' wife,
mother, grandmother and aunt. and
devoted her life to the care of others.
Famous for her country cooking and
biscuits, she was also an Avon representati
for over thirty years, loved to travel and was given the
nickname, "Mary Go". Extremely patriotic she attended
all political rallies, served as second foreman on the first
woman jury selected in Levy Countynever missed voting,
and once held the record as longest serving poll worker.
She had a flag on her car, a flagpole in her yard, decorated
her home with patriotic symbols, and often wore red,
white and blue. She was a former member of Hardee-
town Baptist Church where she served as VBS "cookie
lady" and was on the church wide hospitality committee.
She was a current member of First Baptist Church of
Chiefland.

Mary Ann was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor
in November of 2008. Given only a short life expectancy,
she returned home where she remained under the con-
stant love and care of her family, Suwannee River Eco-
nomic Council and Haven Hospice. She passed from this
life on July 26, 2009.

Mary Ann was preceded in death by her husband, Ken-
neth Graham; brother, Theron Rain and sister, Evelyn
Graham. She is survived by her children, Melanie and
David Allen, Andrea and Dale Knuckles, Jack Graham,
Jill and Don May, Jann and Stan Underwood, and June
Greenlee, 20 grandchildren, 34 great grandchildren, two
sisters-in-law, Ida Mae Watson and Ruth Rain, many
nieces, nephews, extended family and close friends.

Visitation will be Tuesday July 28, 2009 from 5-8 pm at Hi-
ers-Baxley Funeral Services of Chiefland. Funeral Ser-
vices will be Wednesday July, 29, 2009 at 4pm at Hardee-
town Baptist Church in Chiefland, with Dr. Ed Johnson
and Rev. Travis Hudson officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to Harmony
Pregnancy and Resource Center PQOBox 2557 Chiefland,.
'Ft32644'and/or Haven Hospice of the Tri Counties 311
N.E. 9th Street Chiefland, FL. 32626

Arrangements are under the care of Hiers-Baxley Funer-
al Services 1301 N. Young Blvd. Chiefland, Florida 32626
(352)493-0050.


Calvary Temple Assembly of God
Suwannee Lumber Road Cross City
*Join Us ForAVisM. Say ForAUfai'e.
Sunday Wohip- t0:S0A
Wednesday Ever Seve 7P
Kid Churh-Ages3-5 & 612
Pastor Jim Hurst
(352) 498-3023


Old Town United Methodist Church
SUS 19 Old Town
Food Pantry Open 8am -11am Mon Thurs.
"Come Let Us Worship & Adore Him'
Sunday Worship 9:30A
Church School 11A
Wednesday Choir Practice 7P
Pastor Rev. Carl Rainear
(352) 542-7954


Old Town Church of God
Welcomes You To Come & Worship With Us
Sunday School 10:00A
Sunday Morning Worship 11:00A
Sunday Evening Worship 6:00P
Wednesday Evening Worship 7:00P
Pastor- Troy Hare
(352) 542-8222


Cross City Church of Christ
5237 52 NE 147th St (McAthurSt.)
Sunday Bible Study 10:00 A
Morning Worship 1:00 A
Wednesday Evening Bible Study 7.00 P


S Refuge Church of God Scrub Creek BWIs1t fu'rth Cross City Church of God
P. O. Box 1511, Cross City, FL 32628 Located 6 Miles East on CR 351 Kenneth Street Cross City
Pastor Ruby L. Graham "A Friendly Church Wlth A Wqknry dt "*Proclaiming The Full Gospel ForAll People'
352-498-2892 Children's Church 10:30A- Morning Worship 10:30A
Bible Study Tus7:30 Bible Study -9:45A- Worship Service 11A Evening Worship 6:SOP
Bible Study .Tue 7:30 Church Training 6P Evening Worship 7P Wednesday Family Training HourAdult & Teen Ministry,
Pralse/Worshp Thursday 7:30 Wednesday Prayer Meeting 7P Boys Brigade & G l's Club 7,00P
Noon Day Sevice starts at Noon Pastor Archie Knowles Rev. Ed & Sylvia Ivey, Pastor
ona(352) 498-5535 (352)498-3280

First United Methodist Church Seventh-Day Adventist Church Cross City Pentecostal Holiness Church
22 NE 138th St 'Cross City Cross City 100 Parker Street -Cross City
"Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors" In the Heart o Dixie Co., with Dixi Co at Heert
The People of The United Methodist Church "Welcomes You Where Jesus is Lord" Sunday School 10A Morning Worship 11A
Sabbath School 9:30A Morning Worship- 11A Children's Church -Ages 3-7
Sunday School 9:45A Morning Worship- 11A Wednesday Prayer Meeting 6:30P Sunday Evening 7:00 pm
Wednesday Adult Choir 7:30P Wed. Family Night 7:30P Youthquake & Kid's Club
Pastor Rev. Glenda Brayman Pastor Bil8 Schnorbus Pastor Paul & Louise Tyson
(352) 498-3420 H (352) 498-3258 C (352) 498-5674 (352) 498-0736
Faith Baptist Church
Grow your congregationCR (Betwee Crs Cy & OldTo
'The Church WithAn Open Door'
Sunday School -9:45A Morning Worship 11A
Your church caribe here Evening Worship -7P
;for $6.5 pr we Mid-Week Bible Study- Wednesday 7P
or $6.25 per eekRev. Jackie Pettrey, Pastor
S .. .(352) 542-7103
Lydia Baptist Church Sho proper respect tO First Assembly of God
2 Miles West of Cross City on US 19 y S Love the brot Hwy 351 &Camp Two Rd, Cross City
"A Church You Can Call Home" everyone: Love the brother-
Sunday-Moring Prayer 9:15A Sunday School 9:45A Sunday Sch ola Mo nngWo p 11A
Bible Study, Mission Friends. RA's, GA's honor the king. a n a e a
Pastor Wayne Alien 1 Peter 2:17 Rev. Marvin 8Janlce pariy
(352)498-5617 (352)498.3366'
SIlcCrlabBa itlst Churc Holy Cross Catholic Mission [Ro 1 81 LA no" d bt remain
7391 NE 349 Hwy--Comer of 349N/351A Hwy 19 South of Cross City
Bruce Sullivan, Pastor, Mass- Sundays- 11:30 am outstanding, except the
Old Town: 542-2207 Confessions-Sundys 10:45-11:15am continuing debt to love one
CCD Every Wednesday 6:00 7:15 pm
Sunday School 9:45 AM; Church l11:00am At St. John'the Evangelstl n Chiefland another, for he who loves his
Sunday night 6:00 P Discipleship Training 7.W pm Svc. Grades PrprK thw High School
Wednesday t Rosary Every Tuesday 3:00 p fellowman has fulfilled the law.
Wednesday Night 7:00 PM Bible StudyR r -300p
Van Ministry Bro. Foy Cell 350-2294 (352) 493-9723


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MRS. PATRICIA GAIL KEEN of Cross City passed away
Tuesday, July 21, 2009 at North Florida Regional Hospital.
She was 57.

Mrs. Keen was born in Picking, South Carolina and
moved to Cross City at the age of 17. She was a home-
maker and a mother and attended New Prospect Baptist
Church. She enjoyed her family and doing cross stitch.

She is survived by her husband Gaston Keen of Cross
City; sons, James Keen and John Paul Keen, both of Cross
City; daughter, Becky Evans of Cross City; brothers, Don-
nie McCall of Liberty, SC, Ed McCall of Hart, GA and Lee
McCall of Liberty, SC; sister, Sue Willis of SC; 4 grand-
children and 1 great grandchild.

She is preceded in death by a brother Harold McCall and
a sister Judy Davis.
>auori1uo;
A memorial se' 4P6 as held at New Prospect Baptist
Church Friday, July '4, 2009 at 2:00 PM with Rev. Billy
Robson officiating.

Arrangements were placed under the care of the Rick
oding Funeral Home, Cross City, Florida, 352-498-5400.



r-MarthaJerlene Rollison


MRS. MARTHA JERLENE ROLLISON of Cross City
passed away Friday, July 24, 2009 at North Florida Re-
gional Hospital. She was 71.

Mrs. Rollison was born on February 5, 1938 in Maulk,
Georgia to Albert and Reba Singleton but has lived here
most of her life. She was a homemaker and a mother
who enjoyed her family, reading, doing jigsaw puzzles
and collecting dolls. She was a member of the Pente-
costal Holiness Church of Cross City

She is survived by her husband of 55 years J. W "Ned"
Rollison of Cross City; sons, Dennis (Tammy) Rollison
of Old Town and Troy Rollison of Cross City; daughter-
in-law, Jennie Rollison of Lake Butler; brother, Jimmy
Singleton of St. Petersburg, FL; sisters, Peggy Coker of
St. Petersburg, FL and Mary Rollison of Cross City; 7
grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. She was pre-
ceded in death by a son Danny Joe Rollison.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, July 26, 2009 at
11:00 AM at the Pentecostal Holiness Church in Cross
City with Rev. Paul Tyson officiating. Interment fol-
:lowed at Cross City Cemetery A visitation was held at
the church one prior to the service.:

Arrangements were placed under the care of the Rick
Gooding Funeral Home, Cross City, Florida, 352-498-
5400.


Countrysidle Chapel Pentecostal New Prospect Baptist Church
Church US 19 Between Cross City & Old Town
10093 NE 349 Hwy Jesus s iThe Answer For Your Ufe
Rev. Calvin Conner, Pastor Sunday School 10A- Morning Worship 11A
Children's Church'11A Evening Worship 7P
Sunday Morning Worship 10:45Am Pastor- Billy Robson
Evening 6PM, Wed. 9:45 Sun.School (352) 498-3711


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By FWC Staff

The swallow-tailed kite is a snack-
food junkie if ever there was one. It
spends most of the day aloft, eating on
the run catching bugs and eating them
in one swoop, then circling and diving to
devour another.
Elanoidesforficatus is also an energy
miser. The kite uses thermal uplifts and
winds to spend the day gliding, merely
flipping one side of its forked tail to
change direction. From its nest in the
top of tall pines and cypress trees, it
spies arboreal vertebrates reptiles,
amphibians and sometimes a fledg-
ling from another nest and can seize
that prey mid-flight.
The black-and-white beauty's pic-
ture is everywhere. The Florida Fish
and Wildlife Conservation Commis-
sion (FWC) features the kite, a white-
tailed deer and spotted seatrout on its
logo. Motorists probably have noticed p
an image of the kite on signs through-
out the state designating the 489 Great
Florida Birding Trail sites.
Swallow-tailed kites make a perfect
symbol for Florida and for bird enthusi-
asts for many reasons. "Florida has more
swallow-tailed kites than the rest of the
nation combined," said Mark Kiser, a
biological scientist with the FWC's Of-
fice of Recreation Services, Wildlife
Viewing Section. "It is easily identifi-
able by color and shape. Its underside
is snow white with long, narrow wings
edged in black feathers. Its opposite col-
ors are clearly defined. In addition, not
many birds share its unique silhouette -
a deeply forked, black tail."
Although beautiful and graceful, the
kite represents a species that can use
people's help. One reason is its own


housing crisis due to habitat loss.
Development residential, agricul-
tural and industrial continues to drain
wetlands. The Australian pine, an in-
vasive species, also changed the kite's
habitat, replacing the bird's preferred
cypresses and native pines. Think of
the three little pigs, one of whom built
a straw house. The big, bad wolf blew
it down. The Australian pine does not
make a good house either. According to


'hoto courtesy of Steve Matherly


Audubon of Florida, the nonnative tree,
although offering good height, "often
fails to support nests." Big, bad winds
frequently topple Australian pines be-
cause of their shallow roots.
Many agencies recognize that wet-
land preservation and restoration, as
well as eradication of the Australian
pine, are solutions to the kites' housing
crisis during nesting season.
Swallow-tailed kites form loose col-
onies when they nest. Dr. Kenneth D.
Meyer received a grant from the FWC
to study the kite's roosting needs. In his
1989 report, Meyer noted that the kite
formed groups of 10 to 40 birds when
nesting.
After nesting is completed, the kites


migrate southward and form large
communal roosts, often clustered in
isolated South Florida sites.
"Some of these communal roosts,
particularly in Everglades National
Park, were active until late August or
early September," Meyer wrote.
By September, swallow-tailed kites
lift off and head for Brazil, hopping
across the Caribbean islands to the
Yucatan Peninsula to reach the Cen-
tral America flyway.
Come spring, they return to North
America. The swallow-tailed kite
used to have a larger distribution (up
to 21 states), Kiser said, but now its
U.S. breeding range is confined to
Florida and pockets of suitable habi-
tat from Texas to South Carolina.
"Interestingly, you rarely see them
perched during the day," Kiser said.
"They're nearly always flying. They
circle overhead like any bird of prey.
And I've seen them make an inverted,
backward dive to catch an insect."
Nature writer and activist Susan
Cerulean, in "Tracking Desire: A
Journey After Swallow-tailed Kites"
(University of Georgia Press), roamed
the kite's fragmented habitat to learn
about this captivating bird and the
threats it faces.
"My journeys after kites have led
me to understand that the power of
our longings is placing the integrity of
life on our tender emerald planet ... at
risk. What are the fractured places in
our hearts and minds and spirits that
have allowed us to stand by and watch,
and even to participate in, the destruc-
tion of so much of life?"
The swallow-tailed kite is declin-
ing, Kiser said. "That is another rea-
son people cherish it so much."


Do your


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What can you do to ensure
the continuation of the swal-
low -lailed kite?
1. Get out there and watch.
Birding and outdoor recre-
ation generate (a.) interest in
preserving diverse wildlife
and habitats and (b.) money
that funds their preservation.
That keeps more wildlife
\icers coming. Ecotourism
is green
2. Donate to the Great
Flonda Birding Trail to
pay for sign
maintenance, R E
birding pub-
I i c ons
(including
the biannual
"Kite Tales"
newsletter) or
to support the
Wings Over
Florida pro- R iI
gram. Make
checks pay-
able to Wildlife Foundation
of Florida and send them to
P.O. Box 6181, Tallahassee,
FL 32314-6181. Be sure to
write "GFBT" on the "for"
line of the check.
3. Help a citizen-science
bird project. Participate in
the Great Backyard Bird
Count or Project Feeder-
Watch, or submit your bird
sightings to eBird.org. Your
efforts help science, and you
get outdoors to enjoy nature.
After tallying your checklist,


?art to help

send it to the Florida Fish
and Wildlife Conservation
Commission's Wings Over
Florida (WOF) program to
earn full-color certificates.
The program is for all ages
and levels of birder compe-
tence. In addition, kids can
learn to identify native birds
through WOF's Junior Bird-
er Program. See: http://flor-
idabirdingtrail.com/WOF/
index.htm.
4. Help your children col-
lect federal
Sduck stamps
or enter the
Junior Duck
Stamp con-





land habit duck stamp
sales -ihelps
pay for the
purchase or lease of wet-

Wildlife Refuge System.
Helping all migratory birds
is as simple as making a trip
to a post office, shopping
online or visiting a favorite
sporting goods store and
buying the $15 collector's
items. In addition, Duck
Stamp purchases entitle
buyers to free admission to
all National Wildlife Ref-
uges. Visit: www.fws.gov/
duckstamps/.


HOW to: recognize, spot

swallpw-tailed kites.

its. cry Is faint but
:. '.shrill. Some say it
I oUhds, like, ee-ee-
::.. or peet-peet-

', U L ,gth, 24-Inches;
; ,wingspan, 4 feet.
A kite may bring
an'.,.entire wasp
nest, to its own
nest. Kite chicks
feed on the wasp
larvae.
Kite feet are small :
S-and : weak, corn-.
p.. pred with thoseof other.rapto ".
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'. bird)hg and wildlife at bird bw o"r pamphlet,-a
pafirQf bioculars.fi; l .a a 'camera.
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i* We.k iod Wyheoh u cat iFow binoculars. Visit
floridabirdingtrail.com/optics.htm.


Birds of a feather work together


When Mark Kiser came to work
for the Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission (FWC)
in the summer of 2005, he helped
complete the last of four sections
of the agency's Great Florida Bird-
ing Trail. Luckily, Kiser had made
birding trips to this state before go-
ing to work for it.
The Great Florida Birding Trail,
which he coordinates, is a compila-
tion of 489 sites known for quality


Mark Kiser, rlorida Fish and Wildlife Conserva
trail coordinator, watches for birds in a Tallaha


bird watching. The South Section
that he completed that summer hap-
pened to offer prime swallow-tailed
kite habitat.
The kite used to have a larger
range, Kiser said, but it mostly
spends its summers confined to the
southeastern United States.
"There is nothing like seeing a
group of swallow-tailed kites soar-
ing overhead," Kiser said recently.
You could say the biological sci-
entist with
FWC 's
Office of
Recreation
Services,
Wildlife
Viewing
Section is
married to
his work.
Besides
dedication'
to promot-
ing the
nation Commission birding trail, Mark
rssee park.


often spends weekends birding, and
he is married to an equally enthu-
siastic scientist-birder, Selena Kiser.
Both have master's degrees in re-
lated fields.
Selena also works for FWC's
Wildlife Viewing Section and as-
sists with the GFBT. She produces
the "Kite Tales" newsletter, man-
ages the Great Florida Birding Trail
Web site and oversees the Wings
Over Florida program.
Mark coordinates site improve-
ments and additions, sign installa-
tions and birding publications, and
he promotes the trail through lec-
tures, articles, workshops, field trips
and festivals.
Both worked with bats for almost
a decade in Austin, Texas, before
moving to Florida. "We're glad so
many of our favorite places are now
much closer to home!" Mark said
after moving to the Sunshine Slate.
Florida offers some of the best
bird watching in the Western Hemi-
sphere. Its Innd forms a migra-


tory pathway that
songbirds, rap-
tors, waterfowl
and shorebirds
can follow be-
tween their win-
tering and breed-
ing grounds.
Bird diversity
translates into
dollars.
"Bird watch-
ers and wildlife
viewers spend
$3.1 billion per
year in Florida. Selena Kiser, birding trail assistant, staffs a booth at the Space
They support Coast Birding Festival, n7tusville.
roughly 35,000 jobs," Mark said. Selena looks forward to the day
"More people travel to Florida to when she and her husband can travel
see wildlife than to any other state, to Fisheating Creek Wildlife Man-
and the number is increasing." agement Area in Glades County to
Half of the 800 bird species in this watch the big liftoff of swallow-
country stay in Florida at least some tailed kites getting ready to head to
time during the year. Swallow-tailed South America for the winter.
kites, for instance, are congregating
now in South Florida for their mass
hop to South America.


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