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Sentencings 2A DNA Collected 2A Predator Alert 3A Vision for Schools 4A Bronson M/H Winners 6A Sports & FFA 1Bcontinued to page 3A continued to page 8ASheri’s Oce Requests Community Help to Locate Missing Predatore Levy County Sheri’s Oce is seeking the public’s assistance in locating absconded Sexual Predator Lamont Lewis Nelson, DOB 3/1/1980. Nelson is described as a black male, 5-6 to 5-7, between 150 and 175 pounds. Nelson has worn earrings in both ears. He was last seen with short cropped hair and a goatee. Nelson was convicted of Sexual Battery on a person under 12 in 1999 in Highlands County, Florida. On February 1, 2013, Nelson registered as a Sexual Predator with the Levy County Sheri's Oce. Nelson’s last address in this area was 12451 NE 108 Terrace, Archer, FL. Nelson has an active warrant for his arrest for failure to report 10 Commandments Monument Gets Final Chieand Approval By Terry WittSenior Staff Writere 10 Commandments monument is headed back to the front lawn of Chieand City Hall. Chieand City Commissioners voted unanimously Monday to approve the application of Harmony Baptist Association to place the granite monument where it stood previously along Park Ave. e only hitch connected with the application was overcome when Dr. Jerry Nash, director of missions for Harmony Baptist proved the organization is locally based and provides services in Levy County. Nash said it may take a week or two for the monument to arrive back in Chieand and be lifted into place Chieand Fire Dept. Founders Honored By Terry WittSenior Staff WriterTwo of the founding fathers of the Chieand Fire Department were honored Monday by Fire Chief James Harris. By Terry WittSenior Staff WriterChieand City Commissioner Betty Walker dropped her list of recommendations Monday aimed at molding Fire Chief James Harris into a dierent type of chief after he started to walk out of the meeting in protest, saying he was being treated unfairly Walker’s list of changes for the chief were written as ndings, goals and objectives and were part of a revised public evaluation process that has resulted in more intense scrutiny of Harris and how he functions as the city’s re chief and interacts with county ocials. Walker became the new re commissioner after replacing Commissioner Teresa Barron in a political shue last year. e change in leadership left Walker in a position of overseeing Harris and re department operations. Walker believes Harris should change the way he operates. But the recommendations drew re when Barron began to question what Walker was asking Harris to do. Barron disagreed with Walker’s comments that Harris doesn’t communicate eectively with the county and County Public Safety Director David Knowles. Walker responded that Harris has changed his ways and is talking with Knowles and having lunch with him. She said they are working together, but she said Harris previously wasn’t communicating with Knowles. Mayor Teal Pomeroy agreed. “I heard from the county side there was zero communication,” Pomeroy said. In her job as the director of the Levy Association of Retarded Citizens Walker said she accepts recommendations Lamont Lewis Nelson By Terry WittSenior Staff WriterChieand Middle High School is ocially an “A” school for the third consecutive year following an appeal by the school district. CMHS has been an “A” school four out of the past ve years. It is the only school in the county with an “A” grade this year. e school ran into a snag with its “A” rating this year despite earning 71 points more than was needed for the top grade, according to Superintendent Bob Hastings. e Florida Department of Education challenged the district’s claim that it had graduated enough “at risk” students to meet the state standard. DOE said the school graduated less than 65 percent. e district proved it had graduated 18 of 20 “at risk” students for a 90 percent graduation rate. By Terry WittSenior Staff WriterLevy County voters last November 4 gave the Levy County Commission authority to grant property tax breaks to new and existing businesses that create jobs, but the board is just now getting around to guring out how to implement something that no one seems to know much about. Commissioners will meet at 11 a.m. after the regularly scheduled county commission meeting on Tuesday, March 3 to discuss a draft tax abatement ordinance and how it should be implemented, as well as who will be By Terry WittSenior Staff Writere Levy County Commission last week approved a new commercial credit card agreement with Regions Bank that will give designated department heads and Commissioners credit cards to make purchases, pay monthly bills, travel and pull cash from the ATM. Spending limits will be implemented. Levy County has used a credit card account for many years with Bank of America, but the big change is that the county commission will receive cash rewards based on the amount of purchases for goods and services charged to the cards. Regions provided estimates of rewards based on how much it believes the county might charge to the account. e rst year’s charges could be as high as $2 million with the county By Terry WittSenior Staff Writer Williston City Manager Scott Lippmann received good grades recently when evaluated by the City Council regarding his performance as the city’s top administrator, but the way his contract is structured he can’t rest on his laurels. Lippmann requested a contract that requires a 4-1 vote of the council to terminate him, insulating him from sudden shifts in politics, but the tradeo is that the council can vote at any time to re him with a super majority vote. “I truly function at the will of the council,” he said. Anytime they have a 4-1 vote I’m on the road. e evaluation is a point every year where they provide feedback on how I’m doing.” By Terry WittSenior Staff WriterWilliston City Manager Scott Lippmann provided his council members with a detailed look at Williston’s economic future as he sees it in his self-evaluation, including news that the hotel project appears ready to go forward at a new property near the Winn Dixie. e self-evaluation was part of the council’s overall evaluation of Lippmann. He said hotel developers and the landowner were unable to reach a deal on the “top of the hill” property, site of a vacant motel. He said that deal fell through. But he said the hotel project remains active at a new location. “Our eorts to broker a deal between private property owners and the hotel developers appear to have borne fruit,” Lippmann wrote. “e target date for the hotel opening is August of 2016.”Evaluation of Chieand Fire Chief Explodes in Controversy continued to page 5A Chieand Middle High School Earns “A” grade After All Workshop to Focus on Mechanics of Proposed County Tax Abatement Lawcontinued to page 3A continued to page 3A continued to page 3A continued to page 3A continued to page 8A continued to page 5AWilliston City Manager Moves Hotel Project Forward at Dierent LocationWilliston Council Evaluates City Manager as an AssetCounty Inks Credit Card Agreement with Regions Bank Former Chieand remen Oma Harrison and Roman “Putch” Putchaven are honored by Fire Chief James Harris as two of the founders of the Chieand Fire Department. Photo by Terry Witt.


2A Jail Media Report from 02/16/2015 to 02/22/2015ADAMS. ERIC LEONARD, 40, OF INGLIS, FL: CNTRL SUB WO PRESCRIPTION. AHM, DOROTHY FRANCIS, 46, OF OLD TOWN, FL: PETIT THEFT; POSSESSION OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE WITHOUT PRESCRIPTION. BLUMENBERG III, CHARLES THEODORE, 29, FO CHIEFLAND, FL: DRIVE WHILE LIC SUSP 1ST OFF. BRYANT, JAKE J, 34, OF INGLIS, FL: PROB VIOLATION. CARTER, DAVID W, 47, OF GAINESVILLE, FL: DWLSRX3. CARTER, DENNORIS FRASHUN, 31, OF ARCHER, FL: OUT-OF-COUNTY WARRANT. CROMWELL, JOSEPH EDWARD, 55, OF WILLISTON, FL: BATTERY TOUCH OR STRIKE. CROSBY, STEPHANIE, 30, OF WILLISTON, FL: GRAND THEFT 300 LESS THAN 5K DOLS; STOLEN PROP-DEAL IN. CROWDER, MICHAEL BENJAMIN, 37, OF BRADENTON, FL: HOLD FOR OTHER AGENCY. GREENE, STANLEY, 50, OF WILLISTON, FL: SEX OFFENDER VIOLATION FAIL TO REPORT NAME OR RESIDENCE CHANGE. GUDGER, THEONDOE D: 32, OF BROOKSVILLE, FL: DELIVER METHAMPHETAMINE; DRUG EQUIP-POSSESS AND OR USE. HERNANDEZ, BRIAN, 23, OF WILLISTON, FL: FRAUD-IMPERSON FALSE ID GIVEN TO LEO. HOLDER, MATTHEW CHRISTOPHER, 23, OF TRENTON, FL: POSSESSING MAKE OR ATTEMPT TO MAKE DESTRUCTIVE DEVICE; DRUG EQUIP-POSSESS AND OR USE. LANDSIEDEL, JENNIFER MAE, 40, OF MORRISTON, FL: OUT-OF-COUNTY WARRANT.Levy County Sheri’s Oce Arrest Report Levy County’s Most WantedMACON, RAULNEY DAVARIS, 32, OF GAINESVILLE, FL: MARIJUANA-DISTRIB SCHEDULE I OR II SUBSQ VIOL. MYRICK, DESMOND A, 24, OF GAINESVILLE, FL: PROB VIOLATION. RODGERS, TIM EDWARD, 55, OF ARCHER, FL: DUI ALCOHOL OR DRUGS. SCHMITT, MARIS DENISE, 50, OF MORRISTON, FL: AGGRAV ASSLT WEAPON W DEADLY WEAPON WITHOUT INTENT TO KILL X 3. SKIDMORE III, LARRY JOE, 22, OF CRYSTAL RIVER, FL: OUT-OF-COUNTY WARRANT. SNYDER JR, JAMES LAWRENCE, 46, OF BRANDON, FL: PROB VIOLATION. STRICKLAND, ELLEN ELIZABETH, 45, OF ARCHER, FL: DRIVE WITH SUSPENDED REVOKED LICENSE; POSSESS CNTRL SUB WO PRESCRIPTION; POSSESS NOT MORE THAN 20 GRAMS; TRAFFIC OR METHAMPHETAMINE 14 GRAMS OR OVER; DRUG EQUIP-POSSESS AND OR USE. SUMMER, DAVID VINCENT, 38, OF DUNNELLON, FL: DRIVE WHILE LIC SUSP 1ST OFF; POSS METH W INTENT TO SELL MANUFACTURE DELIVER; DRUG EQUIP-POSSESS AND OR USE. THARP, STEVE D, 54, OF GULF HAMMOCK, FL: CURRY, LAURENFANNING SPRINGS FTA LARC/FRAUD BOND 30,000GARRETT, PRECIOUSCHIPLE Y FTA DRIVE WHILE LIC SUSPENDED BOND 2,000OVERSTREET, LINDSAYPERRY FTA DWLSR BOND 2,000SHIELDS, CHERYLINGLIS VOP DUI NO BONDDUI AND DAMAGE PROPERTY. TINDALE, NANCY WATERS, 62, OF INGLIS, FL: VOP-POSSESSION OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE. VALINSKI, RITA MARIE, 40, OF BROOKSVILLE, FL: POSS METH W INTENT TO SELL MANUFACTURE DELIVER; DRUG EQUIPPOSSESS AND OR USE. WHIGHAM, JAMES ROBERT, 42, OF WILLISTON, FL: DRIVE WHILE LIC SUSPENDED REVOKED; DRIVE WHILE LIC SUSP 1ST OFF. WILSON, RODNEY TERRANCE, 39, OF ORLANDO, FL: VOP GRAND THEFT X 2; VOP-UTTERING FORGED INSTRUMENT X 2.Of Levy County Call 1-877-349-Tips (8477) Sentencings from the Bench TYSON, DAVIDSTARKE VOP DUI NO BONDA 37-year-old Williston man was sentenced on Feb. 18 to 150 days in the Levy County Detention Center to be followed by ve years of drug oender probation after pleading no contest to battery on an ocer, driving under the inuenceimpairment and refusal to submit to a breathalyzer test. Circuit Judge William Davis gave Kevin Joseph Maillard credit for 67 days served in jail. Williston police found a truck parked in the road in the 200 block of NW 7th ST. on Dec. 14, 2014. e vehicle was running and the man later identied as Maillard was slumped over in the front seat. When they knocked on his window there was no response. When they did manage to get him out of the truck they said he smelled of alcohol. When asked for his driver’s license he pulled a handful of money out of his pocket. Ocer said he bowed up at that point and said he had had enough of this. He head butted an ocer. Two Williston ocers took him to the ground and handcued him. While being placed in a patrol car, he head butted the same ocer again. Maillard refused a breath test at Williston police headquarters. A check of his license history indicated he had refused to take a breath test on a previous occasion. Davis ordered his vehicle impounded for a year and his driver’s license suspended for a year. He must complete advanced DUI School and must install an ignition interlock device on any vehicle he has access to. Dorothy Frances Ahm , 46, Old Town, was sentenced to 60 days in the Levy County Detention Center and given 40 days credit for time served after pleading no contest to petty theft of less than $100 and possession of a controlled substance without a prescription. Ahm entered the Wal-Mart Supercenter in Chieand on Dec. 1, 2014 and collected cosmetics and clothing and then shoved the items into her sleeve before attempting to walk out of the store without paying. When Chieand police arrived they saw her place something in her mouth. ey told her to spit it out. e object turned out to be a Tramadol pill for which she had no prescription. David A. Sloan , 57, Williston, was sentenced to 180 days in the Levy County Detention Center to be followed by three years of probation after pleading no contest to driving with a revoked license. He was given credit for 85 days served in jail. Sloan ran into problems when a Levy County sheri’s corporeal observed him drive past a Florida Department of Transportation road work crew on U.S. 27A on Nov. 26, 2014 without moving over, a violation of state law. When stopped, Sloan told the ocer his license was suspended. A check with dispatch revealed his license had been suspended permanently in 2009 on a charge of DUI Manslaughter. He was given 108 days credit for time served in jail. Mario Antonio Watkins , 36, Fanning Springs, was sentenced to 180 days in the Levy County Detention Center after pleading no contest to domestic battery and criminal mischief. He was given 85 days credit for time served. Court records quoted the victim as saying her boyfriend, Watkins, returned home, woke her up, pulled her up to a seated position and hit her in the face. She was knocked to the oor. She blacked out when he placed her in a headlock. He was squeezing so hard she couldn’t speak. When sheri’s deputies were contacted they observed bruises on her face, neck, chest and bruises on her cheek and the left side of her face. ey found scratches on her neck consistent with being scratched by ngernails. A second case that factored into the sentence occurred on Oct. 4, 2014 when Watkins struck a woman outside Chieand Billiards. Two Chieand ocers took him to the ground and handcued him. Found in his shorts pocket was a small clear baggie containing crack cocaine. Rick Norman Hemenway , 42, Trenton, was sentenced to two years of probation and 100 hours of community service after pleading no contest to driving under the inuence (LIO) and failure to remain at the scene of a crash with injuries. His driver’s license was suspended for six months and he must complete a DUI School. He must install an interlock device on his vehicle for a year, according to court records. NOTICE OF PROPOSED ORDINANCE ENACTMENT Notice of proposed Ordinance enactment on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at 6:00 PM in the City Hall at 490 2nd Street, Cedar Key, Florida the City Commission of Cedar Key shall hold a PUBLIC HEARING to consider FINAL adoption of an Ordinance entitled: ORDINANCE NUMBER # 493 AN ORDINANCE TO PROVIDE FOR THE ANNEXING OF CERTAIN PROPERTY INTO THE CITY OF CEDAR KEY; PROVIDING THE DESCRIPTION OF T H E ANNEXED PROPERTY; PROVIDING T HAT THE ANNEXED AREA BE SUBJECT TO ALL LAWS AND REGULATIONS AND ENTITLED TO ALL BENEFITS AND PRIVILEGES; PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. 16791 SW 121 LANE The complete legal descrip tion by metes and bounds and the ordinance can be obtained from the Office of the City Clerk during regular business hours. If any person decides to appeal the decision of the City Commission with respect to any matter considered at said PUBLIC HEARING, he /she will need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made which includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. If any accommodations are needed for person with disabilities, please contact the Office of the City Clerk at 352-543 -5132. Pub.: Feb. 19, 26, 2015. PLANNING COMMISSION A public hearing on each petition as described below will be conducted by the Planning Commission on Monday, March 2, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. or as soon thereafter as the matter may be heard during the course of action. The hearing will be held in the Levy County Courthouse, 355 South Court Street, Bronson, Florida. The Planning Commission is not bound to consider the petitions in the order listed in this notice. Any of these petitions may be considered as soon as the meeting commences. FP 01-15 Steve McMillen of McSurveying representing Jessica Maass-Hudson, petitioning the board for a Final Plat of “Flint Rock Estates” a residential subdivision consisting of one 12 acre lot. Said parcel is located in Section 20, Township 13S, Range 19E, in Levy County. Said parcel has a zoning designation of “ARR” Agriculture/Rural Residential. Copies of said petition with complete legal descriptions and subsequent staff reports will be available for review at the Levy County Development Department. For Information call 352-486-5203. Interested parties may appear at the meeting and be heard regarding the proposed petitions. Any person requiring reasonable accommodations to participate in this meeting should contact the County Commissioners Administration Pub.: Feb. 19, 26, 2015. FHP Collects DNA from Vehicle in Chieand Hit and RunBy Terry Witt Senior Sta Writer e Florida Highway Patrol said Tuesday that DNA collected from a vehicle involved in a fatal hit and run accident in Chieand on Jan. 12 has been sent to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for processing. Sgt. Tracy Hisler Pace said the Marion County Sheri’s Oce processed the vehicle for FHP and was able to recover DNA that may help identify the driver of the vehicle. Pace conrmed that the driver of the hit and run vehicle ed the scene of the accident on U.S. 19 in south Chieand, but she said she can’t provide additional details due to the sensitivity of the investigation. Deshawn Roland, 20, former star athlete at Chieand High School was killed in the 1:30 a.m. crash. Roland was a passenger in a 2001 Crown Victoria car that hit a palm tree in the median strip. e median has raised concrete around it. Investigators said both vehicles were traveling south on U.S. 19 when the vehicles traveled across the median. At some point the rst vehicle with the unidentied driver struck the side of the vehicle in which Roland was a passenger. e driver of the hit and run vehicle hasn’t been identied, but Pace said FHP is being extremely thorough in its investigation. e collection of DNA from the hit and run vehicle was part of that eort. Pace said FHP isn’t certain when the results of the DNA tests will be available, but she said investigators are hopeful the testing will lead to an arrest that can help bring closure to the family.


3A Deputy’s Proactive Patrol Pays O with Arrest of Repeat Drug OenderOn Feb. 13, LCSO Deputy Keagon Weatherford noticed two suspicious vehicles and individuals outside a closed business in the Town of Bronson. Deputy Weatherford made contact with the individuals and was able to identify one of the subjects as 45-year-old Ellen Elizabeth Strickland. On further investigation, Deputy Weatherford learned that Strickland is currently on Felony Drug Probation for a prior Methamphetamine oense. Deputy Weatherford located and seized a signicant amount of methamphetamine, a smaller amount of prescription Oxycontin medication, cannabis, numerous syringes and other drug paraphernalia from a vehicle at the scene. Strickland denied ownership of all the contraband items. After further investigation, Deputy Weatherford obtained witness statements and documentary evidence which helped prove that the illegal items had recently been in Strickland’s possession. Based on this evidence, Deputy Weatherford obtained an arrest warrant for Strickland. e warrant was executed by LCSO Investigators on February 18, 2015. Strickland was arrested for numerous drug oenses including Tracking in Methamphetamine. She is currently being housed at the Levy County Detention Center. Her total bond is $142,000.00. —information provided by the Levy County Sheri’s Oce NOTICE OF ELECTION CITY OF CEDAR KEY And CEDAR KEY WATER & SEWER DISTRICT At Cedar Key City Hall May 5, 2015 And if Necessary a RUN OFF ELECTION on May 26.2015 From 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. THREE CITY COMMISSION SEATS: 1,3, & 5 (Two --Year Term) TWO CEDAR KEY WATER & SEWER DISTRICT COMMISSION GROUPS 2 &4 (Two --Year Term) Qualifying Period Monday, March 16, 2015 at 9 a.m. Until Friday, March 20, 2015 at 12 Noon REGISTRATION BOOKS CLOSE ON MONDAY APRIL 6, 2015 at 5 p.m. Pub.: Feb. 26, Mar. 5, 2015. Sexual Predator AlertOn February 24, 2015 Ronnie L Floyd, 5/16/79, registered as a Sexual Predator with the Levy County Sheri’s Oce. By Florida law Floyd is required to notify law enforcement whenever he changes addresses. Ronnie L Floyd was convicted in 2004 in Alachua County, Fla. for Lewd and Lascivious Molestation by an Adult on a child under 12; F.S. 800.04. Floyd has registered his change in address as: 21161 NE 35 Street, Williston, Fla. For a complete listing of all registered sexual predators and oenders residing in Levy County, or to search by zip code, please visit and go to the sexual oender data base. —submitted by the Levy County Sheri’s Oce Ronnie L Floyd10 Commandments Monument Gets Final Chieand Approval continued from page 1A by a crane. He said the paperwork for a $3 million liability insurance policy must clear corporate before the monument can be moved back to Chieand. Nash said the monument is the same one that was here before, but there will be some editing of the wording. He said the 10 Commandments will be written across the bottom of the black monument. Harmony Baptist Association has pledged to pay for a $3 million liability insurance policy that provides protection for the association and for the city if problems should arise. e city has set aside a 15 by 100 foot area on the lawn of Chieand City Hall as a zone for free speech monuments. e monument will be placed on the same concrete pad as before. Nash and Harmony Baptist were required to ll out an application agreeing to meet the requirements for placing the monument in the zone. e monument can’t be permanent and must be of a size that can be quickly removed and must reproduce the entire text of the 10 Commandments. Monuments placed in the zone must have a historical connection to the city, county or state. Supporters say the 10 Commandments established the foundation for many of the laws of the United States. ey say the commandments are historically signicant for the nation, the state and Levy County. City Manager Mary Ellzey brought the analysis of the application to the city commission and told commissioners the only questions that remained before the meeting concerned residency and location. Nash noted that Harmony Baptist Association consists of 28 Baptist Churches, of which 43 percent are located in Levy County, including First Baptist Church and Hardeetown Baptist Church in Chieand. He said 1,111 Harmony Baptist Association members live in Chieand, which amounts to 18 percent of the membership in the association. “We are here. We’re mostly Levy County,” he said. Mayor Teal Pomeroy said based on Nash’s comments the application met the requirements to place the 10 Commandments monument on the lawn of Chieand City Hall. Commissioner Teresa Barron’s motion to approve the application met no resistance, passing 5-0. Ellzey said the only remaining requirement is for the city to write an opinion within 14 days explaining that the monument met the city’s application requirements. Pomeroy said he wants to talk about the requirement for a $2 million liability insurance policy and whether the size of the policy can be reduced. He said the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5625 in Chieand has indicated it wants to place a monument at the same location, but the insurance policy is too expensive. Dr. Jerry Nash, missions director for Harmony Baptist Association requests approval of the 10 Commandments monument. Photo by Terry Witt.a change of address. is warrant has a nationwide extradition and has been assigned a $100,000.00 bond. He has been missing and on the run since April of 2014. LCSO has exhausted all leads which could result in his apprehension. Apparently this is not the rst time Nelson has moved without registering his new address. In Dec. 2009, the Leon County Sheri’s Oce released a notice that Nelson had registered his address as 1224 Epps Drive in Leon County but when a check was conducted it was discovered he had moved without registering his new address. Nelson has a few aliases: Lamont T. Nelson; ANKEY NELSON; NELSON LAMONT LEWIS; ANKY Nelson; POWER Nelson; Lamont Nelson and Lamont L. Nelson. Any person with information about Nelson is asked to contact the Levy County Sheri’s Oce at 352/486-5111 or Crime Stoppers at 1-877-349-8477. Roman “Putch” Putchaven and Oma Harrison received plaques from Harris at the start of the Chieand City Commission meeting. “is is about public service and public safety,” Harris said. e city’s rst re truck was built by F.T. Davidson. e city used a big siren atop the water tower to sound the alarm for the re truck. Harris showed a picture of the rst re truck. He said Putchaven was a reman at the time half of Chieand burned in the 1948 re. Harrison, who at one time was the assistant chief, was instrumental in Harris earning an Eagle Scout badge. He carried Harris and other boys to the re department to educate them about reghting. ey earned their re merit badge with Harrison’s help. Harris said he joined the Chieand Fire Department in 1979 and served under Uncle Ralph L. “Jack” Cheely. Today the re department is called Chieand Fire Rescue. Harris said he didn’t want two of the founders of the Chieand Fire Department to be forgotten. He said they were part of Chieand’s history and should be remembered for their contributions.Chieand Fire Dept. Founders Honored continued from page 1ASheri’s Oce Requests Community Help to Locate Missing Predator continued from page 1A DOE then changed the school’s grade to an “A.” Hastings was notied of the change on Feb. 18. “To win our appeal from the state is rare,” Hastings said. Hastings said the problem with the numbers may have resulted from a change in the way the school district adjusted its software, or the problem may have been caused by the DOE not picking up the right numbers. e “A” grade means Chieand High School will receive an additional $72,200 in A+ reward money for teachers and other sta because earned an “A” grade again. Bronson Elementary School raised its academic achievement from a “C” grade to a “B” grade, making it eligible for the $72,200 in A+ reward money. Cedar Key High School, Bronson High School, Williston High School and Bronson Elementary School earned a “B” grade this year. Yankeetown School and Williston Middle School earned a “C” grade. Williston Elementary School and Chieand Elementary School earned a “D” grade.Chieand Middle High School Earns “A” grade After All continued from page 1A in charge of administering the program. e ordinance as currently written would give the board the ability to grant qualifying new businesses, or existing businesses planning to expand, an exemption from ad valorem taxes of up to 100 percent for a period of up to 10 years. But the devil is in the details. Levy County Commissioners currently have no means of promoting economic development or creating new jobs through ad valorem tax exemptions. e county at one time may have operated with an ordinance that provided tax exemptions to job-creating rms, but the ordinance may have expired. County Coordinator Freddie Moody said nearly everyone in a position of authority in Levy County government has little or no knowledge about how these tax exemptions should work for promoting economic development. County Attorney Anne Bast Brown, apparently the author of the draft ordinance said in a Nov. 6 email to Moody, County Property Appraiser Osborne Barker and Dave Pieklik, the county’s economic development director, that she is no expert on the mechanics of tax abatement. Brown said she would be ready to address the legal issues in the workshop, but she encouraged all involved to read state statutes dealing with tax abatement and read the draft ordinance as well. “ere are operational/administrative aspects and terms that I do not understand, or do not understand how to analyze them, since I do not have any economics or market training,” she wrote in the email. “Other team members should be prepared to address those issues.” In a Feb. 5 email, Barker said he personally doesn’t see himself as a decision maker regarding the issue, but rather “just one of the tools that makes it function.” “When we are given instructions on how this works we will make our part work,” Barker said. “I’ll be glad to have my sta work with the group to work out the details of what is needed.” One of the challenges is the lack of experience on the county commission with tax abatement. At one point last year, four of the ve commissioners were freshmen board members. Moody is not sure how much Commissioner Danny Stevens knows about tax abatement. He has been on the board 14 years. Moody doesn’t claim any expertise on the subject of tax abatement. “I don’t understand the mechanics of all that,” he said. Moody is hoping Pieklik can round up an expert for the workshop who can give commissioners and sta solid background information on how the tax abatement ordinance should work. At some point in the near future, commissioners will have to adopt the ordinance and allow their sta to begin implementing it.Workshop to Focus on Mechanics of Proposed County Tax Abatement Law continued from page 1A


4A OPINION LEVY PUBLISHING, LLCThe Levy County Journal is published every Thursday by Levy Publishing, LLC 440 S. Court St., Bronson, FL. 32621. Periodicals postage paid at Bronson, FL. (USPS 310-780).POSTMASTER:Send address changes to:Levy County Journal P.O. Box 159 Bronson, FL 32621-0159CONTACT INFORMATION:A.D. Andrews – Publisher Linda Cooper – General Manager Kathy Hilliard – Editor Terry Witt – Senior Staff Writer Christina Cozart – Ad Design/ Graphics/Layout legals@levyjournal.comBronson: (352) 486-2312 Fax: (352) 486-5042Reproduction of the contents of this publication in whole or in part without written permission is prohibited. The paper cannot be responsible for any unsolicited manuscripts or photographs. The publisher’s liability for an error will not exceed the cost of the space occupied by the error. Deadline for all news and advertising copy deadline is noon Friday. LEVY COUNTY JOURNAL Your Locally-Owned County Paper of Record since 1923 Thomas SowellCreators Syndicatee restorm of denunciation of former New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani, for having said that he did not think Barack Obama loved America, is in one sense out of all proportion to that remark -especially at a time when there are much bigger issues, including wars raging, terrorist atrocities and a nuclear Iran on the horizon. Against that background of strife and dangers on the world stage, it may seem as if Barack Obama’s feelings, or Rudolph Giuliani’s opinion about those feelings, should not matter so much, especially when it is hard to know with certainty how anyone feels. Yet when someone is the leader of a great nation at a historic juncture, it is more than idle curiosity to know what drives him. It is not clear what the basis was for so much outrage at Mayor Giuliani’s opinion about President Obama. Was it that what Giuliani said was demonstrably false? Was it that Barack Obama is supposed to be considered innocent until proven guilty? Anyone who simply looks at the factual evidence as to whether Obama loves America, or does not, will nd remarkably little to suggest love and a large amount of evidence, over a long period of years, showing his constant close association with people ercely hostile to this country. Jeremiah Wright was just one in a long series of such people. Barack Obama’s campaign promise to “fundamentally change the United States of America” hardly suggests love. Nor did his international speaking tour in 2009, telling foreign audiences that America was to blame for problems on the world stage. President Obama’s record in the White House has been more of the same. Among his earliest acts were oending our oldest and closest allies, Britain and Israel, and betraying the country’s previous commitments to provide anti-missile defenses to Poland and the Czech Republic. Obama’s refusal to let Ukraine have weapons with which to defend itself from Russian invasion was consistent with this pattern, and consistent with his whispered statement -picked up by a microphone that was still on -to tell “Vladimir” that, after the 2012 election was over, he would be able to “have more ‘exibility.’” Conceivably, these might all have been simply blunders. But such a string of blunders would require someone very stupid, and Barack Obama is by no means stupid. e net eect is that in Europe, the Middle East and Asia, America’s allies and America’s interests face far more setbacks and dangers today than when Obama took oce. His policies have been publicly criticized by two of his own former Secretaries of Defense, by two retired four-star generals who served during his administration, and a retired fourstar admiral who also served in the Middle East during the Obama administration has called his policies “anti-American.” Some people who are denouncing former mayor Rudolph Giuliani seem to be saying that it is just not right to accuse a President of the United States of being unpatriotic. But when Barack Obama was a Senator, that is precisely what he said about President George W. Bush. Where was the outrage then? If all else fails, critics of Mayor Giuliani can say that a man is entitled to be considered “innocent until proven guilty.” But that principle applies in a court of law. Outside a court of law, there is no reason to presume anyone innocent until proven guilty. It is especially dangerous to presume a President of the United States -any president -innocent until proven guilty. Whoever is president has the lives of hundreds of millions of Americans, and the fate of a nation, in his hands. It is those millions of people and that nation who deserve the benet of the doubt. We need to err on the side of safety for the people and the country. Squeamish politeness to an individual cannot outweigh that. We need to keep that in mind for the next president, and for all future presidents. We might have been better o if the question of Obama’s patriotism had been raised before he was rst elected. Never should we ignore so many red ag warnings again. ere is little that can be done about President Obama now, no matter what he does. Impeachment, even if it succeeded, would mean Joe Biden as president and riots across the country. It is hard to know which would be worse. omas Sowell is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305. His website is To nd out more about omas Sowell and read features by other Creators Syndicate columnists and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at COPYRIGHT 2015 CREATORS.COM Michele MalkinCreators SyndicateAt the White House Summit on Extremism at Shall Remain Unspecied Because Violent Followers Belonging To Unnamed Extremist Movement Might Take Extreme Oense And Act Extremely, the feds are touting a groundbreaking new strategy to ght terrorists. Just kidding. It’s actually the same old futile strategy that big-government liberals use to cure everything: mo’ money, mo’ money, mo’ money. Instead of killing jihadists, keeping them o of our soil, locking up their poisonous spiritual agitators and shutting o their terror-funding pipelines, President Obama called on America and the world to “invest” in unnamed immigrant “communities” vulnerable to unnamed extremism. Some of the most generous welfare states on the planet have suered horric jihad attacks this year. Liberal Denmark’s soft-onjihad rehab program has been a disaster. But that hasn’t stopped State Department spokes-babbler Marie Harf from mewling incessantly about “combating poverty” to combat ISIS. Vice President Joe Biden opened the convention of jihadcoddlers on Tuesday by emphasizing the need for “respect” (cha-ching) and “a sense of community.” White House senior aides spoke generically about terrorists of “all shapes and sizes,” as they studiously avoided the precise nature and identity of the perpetrators of evil that precipitated the meeting. Screw that. Muslim jihadists chopped o the heads of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians in Libya this weekend. Muslim jihadists launched deadly shooting sprees in Copenhagen at a cartoonists free-speech event and a synagogue. Muslim jihadists murdered Jews at a kosher deli in Paris and slaughtered the entire sta of Charlie Hebdo over their drawings. Muslim jihadists caged and burned alive Jordanian pilot Moaz al-Kasasbeh. Muslim jihadists threw gays o of buildings in Iraq. Muslim jihadists beheaded journalists James Foley and Steven Sotlo, humanitarian workers Alan Henning and Peter Kassig, and Japanese nationals Haruna Yukawa and Kenji Goto Jogo. Muslim jihadists have kidnapped and slaughtered thousands of innocent men, women and children in Nigeria. e solution, the Obama administration wants 60 nations to D.C. to learn, is a super-sized community organizing campaign. It’s Jobs for Jihad Delinquents! No, this is not a “Saturday Night Live” anniversary skit. Politically correct public ocials from L.A., Boston and Minnesota are holding seminars on their “outreach” eorts to disaected yoots as shining counterterrorism models. In Minneapolis, where al-Shabaab recruiters have metastasized, the U.S. attorney has bought into Muslim grievance-mongers’ complaints that “immigrant youngsters remain marginalized, without access to adequate education, employment and other opportunities.” Social justice warriors are united: Less “marginalization.” More midnight basketball. What a bloody crock. States like Minnesota and Maine have bent over backward to resettle thousands upon thousands of Somali refugees -putting their demands for halal food freebies, taxpayer-funded footbaths and “cultural sensitivity” over the safety and well-being of native-born citizens and taxpayers struggling to make ends meet. While grandmothers and disabled soldiers and breastfeeding moms must submit to invasive TSA screening, Muslim leaders in Minneapolis have the feds groveling in apology over increased scrutiny of some Somalis. I mean, it’s not like dozens of young male members of their “community” are ying o to the Horn of Africa and the Middle East to take up arms for jihad after beneting from America’s blind generosity. Oh, wait. ey are. e persistent leftwing myth of the poor, oppressed jihadist is absolute madness. How many times do we have to remind the clueless kumbaya crowd that al-Qaida mastermind Ayman al-Zawahiri had a medical degree, as did Hamas bigwig Abdel al-Rantisi and the seven uppercrust doctors who helped plan the 2007 London/Glasgow bombings? Or that al-Qaida scientist Aaa Siddiqui studied microbiology at MIT and did graduate work in neurology at Brandeis. Terror architect Khalid Sheikh Mohammed earned a mechanical engineering degree at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. 9/11 lead hijacker Mohamed Atta majored in urban planning at a German technical university. Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh attended the London School of Economics before abducting and murdering American journalist Daniel Pearl. And Osama bin Laden and Sayyid Qutb (Colorado State Teachers College) had plenty of exposure to wealth and Western studies. e “root cause” of their evildoing is not a lack of employment, education, community centers, iftar dinners at the White House or publicly funded “opportunities.” When will these fools in high oce learn that you can’t bribe these adherents of Stone Age ideology to behave? ey don’t want jobs. ey want blood. Revenge. Islamist dominance. Ruthless extermination of Jews, gays, Coptic Christians, Christian aid workers, cartoonists, journalists, apostates and indels of all shapes and sizes. e M****m j*******s are not victims of Islamophobic intolerance and Western callousness. We are the victims of our own leaders’ bleeding-heart overindulgence and reckless refusal to deal with reality. Michelle Malkin is the author of “Culture of Corruption: Obama and his Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks and Cronies” (Regnery 2010). Her e-mail address is COPYRIGHT 2015 CREATORS.COM Giuliani Versus Obama The “Jobs for Jihad Delinquents” Programcontinued on page 6AA Vision for ExcellenceIn Governor Rick Scott’s press release dated February 18, 2015, he said, “A quality education prepares students to succeed in college or a career so they can pursue their dreams. It’s important to measure students’ progress and achievements, but we must not lose sight of our goal to provide every student with the very best education.” As I reect on the Governor’s goal “to provide every student with the very best education,” I sincerely believe that the following ideas will go a long way toward providing the students of Levy County with the education that they deserve: Ten ideas to help move education forward in Levy County. If we keep doing the same thing the same way, we will continue to get the same results. Coming up with solutions has to be Priority #1. 1. We need a vision for excellence. Instead of Levy County Public Schools being in the bottom 25% of school districts in the State of Florida, we should be in the top 25%. ere are not any harder-working, caring, intelligent, good-hearted and capable people than the employees of the School Board of Levy County. When comparing apples to apples, all Florida school districts deal with the same outside challenges. All Florida school districts are faced with additional challenges placed on educators by federal and state legislatures, including past reductions in state education budgets, changes in evaluation systems, changes in pay scale structures, changes in state standardized testing, more testing of students, curriculum changes, and many largely unfunded mandates. If the School Board of Levy County was a Division I college football team, and if the other teams we competed against were the 67 school districts in the State of Florida, we would have had a losing season for the last ten years. For this last school year, 2013-2014, we rank in the lowest 25% of Florida school districts. 2. Involve people on the frontline in everything. From bus drivers, maintenance, cafeteria workers, custodians, and oce sta to teachers and administrators – they know


5A Acres Agent Anchor Apron Argue Ashes Barked Believe Boxer Centimeters Cloudy Delicate Dense Escape Except Exist Extraordinary Fault Fetch Forth Gathered Hospital Invest Irish Knelt Lakes Lanes Learns Loyalty Opens Outt Panic Precise Razor Relationships Sands Score Skull Space Spite Swiss Tanks Teeth Tower Unions Waste Yacht Word Search Evaluation of Chieand Fire Chief Explodes in Controversy continued from page 1Afrom the state when inspectors visit. ey give her 30 days to make corrections and she follows through by making changes. She believes Harris should do the same. But Harris said the criticism he was receiving was unfair and the recommendations Walker was making were too vague to understand. He pointed out he had worked with Barron previously as re commissioner and she gave him the highest grades on his evaluation this year, but under the new re commissioner, Betty Walker, he received poor grades. He wondered what he was to think and who he should listen to. Walker said commissioners have dierent opinions and points of view. She said that’s nothing unusual. She said the city wants to bring Advanced Life Support non-transport to the city and is working toward the goal by requiring the chief to do advanced short and long term planning for his department. “It’s not putting him down,” she said. Harris pointed out that the City of Gainesville where he previously worked doesn’t do public evaluations of its department heads and supervisors. He said the media can only get the results of the evaluations by making public records requests. “ere is always going to be contention with anybody unless you say they are doing a great job,” Harris said. “You are the only place that does this. It’s very stressful.” Harris also told commissioners that prior to the previous city commission meeting where he was rst publicly evaluated he had received calls suggesting he retire rather than get red by the city commission. He asked what he was to think when he gets calls like that. Commissioner Chris Jones responded that he told Harris to his face ahead of the meeting that he had no plans to vote to re him. Harris responded that he was glad Jones kept his word and said that he was a man of his word. Walker said she agreed with Harris about the impact of public evaluations, but she had no idea where the rumors came from about Harris being red. City Attorney Norm Fugate reminded commissioners they are required to discuss Harris’s contract every year in a public meeting along with the salary he is to receive. Harris said Walker never sat down and talked with him about the recommendations she made in writing, a charge Walker denied. She said she had discussed the issues with him. “I don’t think I’m being done fair,” Harris said. Walker’s recommendations were rst discussed at the previous commission meeting and then reduced to writing for Monday’s meeting. e following are her recommendations as written on the evaluation form. In some cases Walker made no ndings or recommended corrective action and occasionally didn’t ask Harris what she felt were signs of improvement. 1. Goal: Work with other government agencies. Finding: Not working with other agencies in a manner that represents the City of Chieand. Since 2-2-15 the Chief has started to communicate with other agencies and training. Corrective Action: Is to continue working with other agencies. Time to be completed: 6 months. 2. Goal: Plan and organize for future programs (long and short). Finding: Did not nd one. Corrective Action : Put one in place. Time to be completed: 3 months. Evidence of improvement: Policy in place. 3. Goal: Analyze and organize problems and issues and identify the cause without getting upset and work on a solution. Finding: Write up from other agencies. Corrective Action: Time to be completed: 6 months. 4. Goal: Be more eective with unanticipated conditions that you do not have any control over. Findings: Corrective action: Time to be completed: 6 months. Evidence of improvement: No write ups from other agencies. 5. Goal: Chief needs to be more self-motivated and have self-condence. He has a lot of knowledge but lacks the selfcondence to put an action into place. Finding: Corrective Action: Time to be completed: 6 months. Evidence of improvement: Actions will show for themselves. 6. Goal: Chief has knowledge of health and safety but needs to focus more on county and city. Finding: Corrective action: Time to be completed: 6 months. Evidence of improvement: 7. Goal: Start doing Florida Department of Law Enforcement checks on part-time employees and volunteers. Findings: Corrective Action: Time to be completed: As Soon As Possible (ASAP). Evidence of improvement: 8. Goal: Update re department policies. Findings: Corrective action: Time to be completed: 6 months. Evidence of improvement: 9. Goal: Needs to work on new ideas and changes – meaning fundraising. Findings: Corrective Action: Time to be completed: 3 months. Evidence of improvement: 10. Goal: Keep up the morale of your employees. Findings: Corrective Action: Time to be completed: ASAP and continuing. Evidence of improvement: Walker said she was dropping all the recommendations and rubbed her hands together as if washing her hands of the situation, making the recommendations no longer valid. Fire Chief James Harris tells commissioners he isn’t being treated fairly. Photo by Terry Witt. Commissioners Teresa Barron, Rollin Hudson, Mayor-Commissioner Teal Pomeroy and Commissioner Betty Walker discuss the evaluation of the re chief. Photo by Terry Witt.Williston City Manager Moves Hotel Project Forward at Dierent Location continued from page 1ALippmann said the process of bringing a new hotel to Williston has been “signicantly more dicult” than he anticipated, requiring a great deal more time and eort. He said the hotel is the key to his plan for advancing economic development within the city. Once the city secures a commitment for a hotel, other elements of the plan can be developed including marketing eorts aimed at: Bull Gators who y into Gainesville for home football games -potential fuel sales at the airport and increased awareness of the airport and industrial park. People traveling to Kirby Farms for events. Divers coming to Blue Grotto and Devils’ Den. People coming to participate in, or watch events at Horseman’s Park. Business travelers transacting business with local companies. Lippmann said the city is seeking a grant to make improvements and additions to Horseman’s Park with the intention of attracting larger shows and events to the facility and creating a more stable, higher revenue stream for the park. Other plan elements include: Covering the existing show ring. Building a horse stall building which can be expanded at a later time. Building a second covered show ring with full amenities to support a medium to large sized event. Seeking to expand the number and types of events held at the park, to include livestock shows, car shows, a wide variety of horse-related events, dog shows and the like. “We already have some entre with organizations looking for a venue such as I have described.” “All the above will have a positive eect on the City’s economy. In the process, the increased demand for goods and services should spur the business community to develop new business to support the increase, and the downtown business district should reap the benet,” he said. Lippmann cited numerous improvements to the Williston airport as being among his achievements. In the coming year he anticipates advancing the hotel project; he expects to see construction of the new Williston Middle High School; the city will obtain and deploy new utility meters citywide; and complete and re-occupy the police and re building. The FCC versus Internet Freedomby Dr. Mark HendricksonEarlier this month, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler announced that its ve commissioners will conduct a vote on February 26 to decide whether to grant itself the authority to regulate the Internet under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934. It’s highly likely the FCC will give itself this new power. Lawsuits are certain to follow. e Wall Street Journal’s L. Gordon Crovitz denounced FCC Chairman Wheeler’s decision to apply outdated regulations designed to manage the erstwhile Ma Bell telephone monopoly to today’s rapidly evolving Internet. He warned that these “reactionary regulations” will mark “the end of the permissionless innovation that built today’s Internet.” Mr. Crovitz is correct. Here are some of the far-reaching implications and negative consequences of the FCC’s new policy: 1) Innovation will be squelched. Crovitz’ phrase, “permissionless innovation” gets right to the heart of the problem. He notes, “In 2005, the U.S. Supreme Court warned that if the FCC treated the Internet as a telecommunications service, it ‘would subject to mandatory common carrier regulation all information service providers that use telecommunications as an input to provide information service to the public’—in other words, almost all websites and apps would be subject to regulation.” Chilling. If this were to happen, and it’s not unreasonable to suspect that it could if not challenged, the FCC would have a chokehold on entrepreneurial innovation and technical creativity. Even if the FCC consisted of nonpartisan experts (which it doesn’t and probably never will) the entrepreneurial process of creative destruction would be diminished. e problem with experts sitting in judgment and deciding which breakthroughs and entrepreneurial visions will be given the green light is that experts are only experts about the past, while entrepreneurs are the ones who invent the future. Today’s “experts” are spectacularly unqualied to sit in judgment about how the future should evolve. To believe otherwise is to fall for the oft-discredited myth of government economic planning. 2) Cronyism and special interest politics will be strengthened. By adopting the highly subjective language banning “practices” that the FCC decides are “unjust or unreasonable,” the FCC is inviting lawsuits from large corporations with deep pockets designed to cripple less-wellcapitalized newcomers. us, the FCC continues the current president’s pattern of favoring large entrenched corporations (e.g., the ACA and Dodd-Frank Act—see Timothy Carney’s 2009 book, “Obamanomics”). In addition to favoring established big businesses, the new regulations create yet another government make-work program for lawyers. 3 Consumers will pay more. Government regulatory control almost invariably makes things more expensive by raising prices higher than free-market prices. is happened with trucking under the Interstate Commerce Commission, airlines under the Civil Aeronautics Board, and long distance telephony under this very same FCC. In fact, this new FCC rule will encourage and empower existing businesses that are falling behind to petition the FCC to hamstring and even shut down emerging competitors that are outperforming them. is is exactly how antitrust law has been abused throughout our history—penalizing ecient competitors to protect inecient competitors at considerable cost to the American consumer. 4) e constitution will be weakened. e FCC’s action is another step away from the hallowed principle of representative government and toward bureaucratic tyranny. It is simply the latest in a long series of executive branch usurpations of Congress’ constitutionally mandated legislative prerogative. For a few unelected political appointees to break decades of precedent and unilaterally decide to regulate the Internet is abhorrent—especially since, once the process gets underway, these same unelected ocials will act as judge, jury and executioner in the cases that come before them. Chairman Wheeler is trying to reassure us by promising to “forbear” from actually exercising full regulatory power, but of course, he is vague about what powers he and his colleagues wouldn’t exercise. Once the sought-after powers have been conceded to the FCC, they will have vast discretionary and arbitrary powers. 5) Free speech will be compromised. e First Amendment itself would be at risk under this new FCC regime. If you think that the IRS discrimination against conservative tax-exempt organizations was oensive, imagine what the FCC could do to stie communication by not approving select websites. If you need government permission to disseminate ideas, speech can hardly be said to be free. Congress needs to wake up and decisively halt this unwarranted expansion of executive branch power. In previous cases of bureaucratic overreach (IRS, NLRB, NSA, etc.) some members of Congress have made lots of noise, but the consequences to the perpetrators have been pathetically weak. It’s time to move beyond giving indignant speeches and an occasional slap on the wrist. Why not abolish the FCC, update federal communication law, and then let individual cases be litigated in common law courts? -Dr. Mark W. Hendrickson is an adjunct faculty member, economist, and fellow for economic and social policy with e Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College ( )


6A IT PAYS TO ADVERTISEAnd there’s no better place than the Levy County Journal . Contact us today for advertising rates and monthly specials at advertising@ or call 352-486-2312 JournalYour Locally-Owned County Paper of Record since 1923Levy County 760 Hathaway Ave. (AIt 27) www.BronsonPrinter.comMon Fri 9am 3pm (or by appointment) Fax: 486-9054 486-9057 Document ServicesCopy Fax Scan Notary Public Printing Signs Rubber StampsShipping & DROP & SHIP Notary Available 9:15 AM 2:45PM Wesley, John, Mike and Debbie best what needs to be done in their areas of work. Ask them their opinions and respect their knowledge and experience. Have them represented in the interview process: when administrators are to be hired at a school, have teachers and other school sta at the table as part of the interview team. A man in a hot air balloon realized he was lost. He reduced altitude and spotted a woman below. He descended a bit more and shouted, “Excuse me, can you help me? I promised a friend I would meet him an hour ago, but I don’t know where I am.” e woman below replied, “You’re in a hot air balloon hovering approximately 30 feet above the ground. You’re between 40 and 41 north latitude and between 59 and 60 west longitude.” “You must be an engineer,” said the balloonist. “I am,” replied the woman. “How did you know?” “Well,” answered the balloonist, “everything you told me is technically correct, but I’ve no idea what to make of your information, and the fact is, I’m still lost. Frankly, you’ve not been much help at all. If anything, you’ve delayed my trip.” e woman below responded, “You must be in management.” “I am,” replied the balloonist, “but how did you know?” “Well,” said the woman, “you don’t even know where you are or where you’re going. You have risen to where you are due to a large quantity of hot air. You made a promise, which you’ve no idea how to keep, and you expect people beneath you to solve your problems. e fact is, you are in exactly the same position you were in before we met, but now, somehow, you’ve managed to make it my fault.” ~ John Maxwell 3. Have one set of rules for everyone. Simply put: get rid of favoritism. 4. View complaints as canaries in a coal mine. Complaints are early warning indicators that all may not be well in Camelot. View complaints as an opportunity to engage in constructive conversations that ultimately result in better solutions for all involved. Complaints are not signs of disloyalty; instead, they are the rst means to eect positive change. 5. Analyze data in a transparent and clear way that compels people to action. Since 2004 (for the past ten years), the School Board of Levy County has ranked in the lower 50% of all 67 Florida school districts on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test. Since 2008 (for the last six years), the downward trend has steepened. SBLC has gone from an initial ranking of 40% in 2008 down to a ranking of 21% in 2014, compared with the other 67 Florida counties. See chart below. (Of the 67 Florida school districts, only the trend data of the 17 North East Florida Education Consortium districts, including Levy County, is included below. e School Board of Levy County is represented by the bold, red jagged line. e dotted line represents the direction of SBLC performance on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test.) 6. Elected school board members need to develop the same level of critical inquiry that we expect from our students. 7. Elected school board ocials should be visible in schools during the school day. ey should have their nger on the pulse of what is going on in their schools. Ninety percent of their school knowledge should be rst hand – from people on the frontline. Go to the horse’s mouth. Get out and about. 8. Measure what’s important. If we keep doing the same thing the same way, we will continue to get the same results. For example: for many years now, a “climate survey” has been administered to a broad spectrum of shareholders, yet the School Board of Levy County continues to perform poorly when compared to the other 67 Florida school districts. Let’s either revamp the survey questions, do something dierent with the results, or throw it out altogether. 9. Allow the voice of all school board employees to be heard today. Give approval for all school board employees to take the Culture Survey. is annual survey would provide feedback on how the employees rate the eectiveness of the superintendent and board members. e Culture Survey would be lled out by all school board employees yearly to evaluate the performance of school board members and the superintendent. is annual feedback would give our elected school ocials the long overdue critical feedback they need to adjust what they are doing in order to best meet the needs of our students. e future of our children is too important to wait on a four-year election cycle to make adjustments to how we do business. Rather than being divisive, the survey would be revealing. We would be looking at “hard data” as opposed to speculation about the culture of SBLC. 10. Demand Total Integrity. All people should be treated with equal respect and dignity. What, you might ask, can you do to ensure that our students are provided with “the very best education”? Get involved. Attend the next evening SBLC Board meeting: Tuesday, March 10 at 6 p.m. Respectfully submitted, Jerry Lawrence Educator Jerry Lawrence has twenty-ve years in education. He has taught Language Arts in grades nine through twelve, including Advanced Placement, and he has served as a principal, viceprincipal, and assistant principal. He currently teaches 8th grade United States History at Chieand Middle High School. c: (352) 949-5110; FB @ Jerry Lawrence; Twitter @Jerry_ Lawrence_; Instagram @jerry_lawrence_A Vision for Excellence continued from page 4A Destany McCullors and Samantha Bechtold from Bronson Middle/High School participated in the Florida Bandmaster Association Auxiliary Solo and Ensemble Festival held at Buchholz High School on Friday, February 20th. Samantha received a score of excellent and Destany received a score of Superior. Due to her superior score, Destany will compete at Buchholz in March at the state level competition. Destany shared that she has been in color guard for four years. In this year's Winter Guard competition she performed a ag solo which she choreographed herself. She chose the song "When will my life begin" from the Disney movie "Tangled". Destany is grateful to have had the chance to compete and is looking forward to the state competition. She wishes to thank band director Michelle Barber and Samantha for their unstinting support. Destany said "I'm grateful to have had the chance to compete this year and I am excited to perform at the state level." Samantha said she has been in Winter Guard for two years. She chose "Rue's Whistle Song" because it is an elegant piece of music. Samantha shared that "being a part of Guard has taught me how to be dedicated to something I love and never give up." Bronson M/H School Florida Bandmaster Participants Score High Destany McCullors Samantha Bechtold


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8A Log Cabin Quilterse Log Cabin Quilters met ursday, February 19th at the Levy County Quilt Museum. Quilting was done on both of the quilts in the frames. e small quilt should be nished in another week or so. Others were busy with their own projects. Greg and the boys were out from Lancaster. e yard was in need of a little work as the weeds are growing in spite of the cold weather. anks Lancaster. ere wasn’t much going on at the Museum this week. e cold weather kept us indoors. We’re looking forward to warm days so we can sit in the swings or rocking chairs and enjoy the fresh air. Come out for a visit when it gets warmer. By Terry WittSenior Staff Writerere are no county, state or federal elections this year, but Supervisor of Elections Tammy Jones said she and her sta are making use of their time by visiting schools to educate students about voting. Speaking to the Chieand Rotary Club, Jones said her oce handles all the homecoming elections at high schools in the county in an eort to expose young people to voting and to demonstrate the operation of voting machines. She reached out to all the 7th grade class civic teachers at Chieand Middle Schools to acquaint the young people with voting machines and the importance of voting. Teacher Kimberly Baker hosted the elections sta. Jones and the elections oce sta visited Creekside Christian School in Otter Creek where even kindergartners were allowed to vote for the rst time in the school-wide homecoming election. Her oce hosted Williston Christian Home School Group at the Bronson elections oce and taught the students about the importance of voting. ey visited Williston High School Friday to speak to government classes about the importance of voting. Teacher Emily Lovely was the host. e election sta visited three or four government classes at Bronson High School to talk about the same subject. e elections sta held the Cedar Key High School Homecoming Election and preregistered students to vote. Students can be pre-registered as early as 16-years old to vote in adult elections when they turn 18. Jones acknowledged that voter turnout in adult elections is low in Levy County with about 30 percent of registered voters casting ballots in primaries and 50 percent in general elections. “ere are adults who don’t know what a primary is,” Jones said. She believes by reaching children and young adults in schools and emphasizing the importance of voting that she will raise awareness of voting among members of the younger generation. Jones visited the College of Central Florida to speak about voting. She said one student said she came from the family that doesn’t vote, but by the end of the class period she had registered to vote. She said she talks to students about the importance of educating themselves about the issues they will see on the ballot. Jones said she doesn’t conduct city elections, but she and her sta provide the equipment for municipal elections. ey are on-site when city elections occur. Yankeetown just held an election on Feb. 24 and upcoming elections include the Bronson Special Election on March 10 and the March 17 Inglis election. Jones said people need to be aware that they must have a current signature on le at the elections oce. When absentee or provisional ballots are cast, the canvassing board checks the signature on the ballot against the signature on le with her oce to determine if the ballot will count. Absentee ballots are called mail ballots in the modern era. “It’s our desire that every vote should count,” she said. She said her sta will also be present at the Celebration of the Arts Festival in Cedar Key in the spring, the Williston July 3rd Celebration, the Chieand Watermelon festival and the Williston Peanut Festival to hand out educational materials and register people to vote. “We’re trying to do outreach,” Jones said. Her plan next year is to contact businesses to ask if they would post signs announcing the upcoming elections. “So many people surprise me; they didn’t know it was Election Day,” Jones said. “It’s important to forge partnerships and get the word out about voting.” e voting dates in 2016 are March 1 for the presidential primary, Aug. 30 for the primary and Nov. 8 for the general election.Elections Supervisor Reaching Out to Future Voters in Schools Supervisor of Elections Tammy Jones is seen with Chieand Rotary Club President Rob Alexander following her speech to the club last week. Photo by Terry Witt. Without Pain Relief at the End of Life, There is No Quality of Life. 800-HOSPICE (467-7423) | Ask for Haven Hospice.At Haven, we believe no one should suffer.State Benchmark: 50%Percent of patients reporting pain relief that meets or exceeds 94% 96%Haven Hospice 2014 Haven Hospice 2013 Cheri’s working on a new tote bag. B J made the log cabin squares with a star and Ailien added a little to them and made a table runner.receiving an annual reward of $14,200. By the third year the charges could rise to $5 million and the rebate to the county would be $45,500. County Coordinator Freddie Moody said another change is that the county’s nancial and budget ocer in the clerk’s oce, Sheila Rees, will be able to pay expenses like power bills for the rst time using the credit card. Moody said a committee will meet soon to begin working out the details, including spending limits for the various department heads. “It’s a reduced cost to the county by not having to write all those checks,” he said. “We will be able to eliminate a lot of the checks. A good many will be paid by credit card.” Moody said the county hasn’t worked out all the details. e commercial card agreement was eective on Feb. 17, but the county hasn’t been issued any cards and is not ready to circulate the physical credit cards to employees.County Inks Credit Card Agreement with Regions Bank continued from page 1ALippmann said all the council members know they can walk into his oce at any time and tell him exactly what is on their mind. He likes the idea of having open communications with council members. His openness seems to have paid o. “e one councilman that I thought would be the most demanding in terms of rating me gave me the highest marks,” he said. His overall grade point average from the evaluations was about a 3.75 on a scale of 1 to 5. Mayor Gerald Hethcoat gave Lippmann mostly 3s with a few 4s thrown in for good measure. Hethcoat said he likes the fact that Lippmann goes to county commission meetings and meets with all legislators or state agencies when they area in this area, and attends regional meetings. “Overall he has done a great job,” Hethcoat said. Hethcoat said he would like to see Lippmann work toward bringing a big box store in Williston and would like to see one new business at the airport. Councilman Cal Bryd gave Lippmann a lot of 3s but gave him 4s on projecting a positive image, being courteous to the public at all times, maintaining good media relations, delegating appropriate responsibilities and controlling spending “in accordance with approved budget.” “Overall Mr. Lippmann is doing a good job. I think he is an asset to his position and the City of Williston,” Bryd said. Councilman Elihu Ross gave Lippmann many 4s, indicating he likes Lippmann’s work in nearly all areas. He graded him as “exceeding job standards.” Councilman Charles Goodman gave Lippmann some of the highest grades, ranging from 5s in most areas to 4s in others. He ranked him as “exceeding job standards.” But Goodman noted that many issues are coming to him as a surprise and he would like Lippmann to provide an outlook of what is headed to the council. He also suggested “better communications with council members.” President Jason Cason gave Lippmann many 3s, but he also gave him 4s in many of the same areas cited by Byrd projecting a positive image, being courteous to the public at all times, maintaining eective relations with the media, preparing a realistic annual budget and controlling spending in accordance with approved budget. “Scott continues to work well with Stephen Bloom (city’s nancial analyst). His nancial background is still one of his biggest assets as the City Manager, in my opinion,” Cason said. He said Scott recognizes the challenges of working with other local governing bodies “and I appreciate his willingness to improve communications.” Cason added, “I recently commented on the public record that the City was fortunate to have not had any “crisis” matter to resolve in the past 6-12 months. It is my opinion that Scott Lippmann is a big reason for that and I am greatly appreciative of his eorts.” Councilman Matt Brooks, like Goodman, gave Lippmann many 5s and 4s in his evaluation, ranking him as “exceeding job expectations.” Brooks said he would like to see a vision plan for the next ve and ten year periods “for the city to attract new industry and businesses. What do we want to look like 10 years from now?” He described Lippmann as well-liked, visible in community activities, always available, according to the media. He said Lippmann has done a great job with the airport. Brooks wondered how the city could lead with the chamber.Williston Council Evaluates City Manager as an Asset continued from page 1A rfntbt n nnrfntb tntn bnrr


We would like to recognize those Chieand FFA members who have succeeded in recent District and State contests and the State Fair. State Fair winners – Chieand Senior FFA Chapter won Grand Champion for the Chapter Angus in the Cow/Calf Pair in the Open Youth Show, Reserve Champion Angus Heifer in the Open Show, and Champion Angus Heifer in the Youth Show. Caleigh Robinson placed rst in the 10th grade Showmanship and she was in the top 10 in Senior Swine Showmanship as well as winning her class with her 233 pound barrow. e Chieand Senior FFA also placed third in Food Science and will be receiving their award at the annual FFA State Convention; the team members were Andrea Tolentino, Jacob Edison, Jessica Ivey, and Alana Wilkerson. District Contest winners – Caleigh Robinson who placed 1st in High School Extemporaneous Public Speaking; Dakota Horlocker who placed 2nd in Tractor Driving; and Riley Beauchamp who placed 2nd in Middle School Extemporaneous Public Speaking. By Terry Witt Senior Staff WriterBronson’s varsity softball team lost 15-0 to Trenton last week and 8-4 to Cedar Key on a frosty night on the Lady Sharks home eld Friday night. e Cedar Key game was close with the score tied in the fth inning, but then the dam burst. Bronson Coach Robert Patterson said the Lady Eagles have a habit of relaxing against teams they think they can beat, and it worked against them Friday. “It was another one of those games we relaxed when we got ahead,” he said. “Cedar Key is a pretty good team. ey pulled together some hits when they needed it, and we didn’t.” Patterson said his girls loaded the bases more than once but couldn’t drive in the runs. He said the Lady Eagles also left runners stranded on second and third base. “I’m not putting the team down. We just got to work harder as a team,” Patterson said. He acknowledged the frosty air temperature was a factor, but he said Cedar Key played in the same weather conditions. Crystal Short was the starting pitcher for Bronson and Faith Hyde pitched in relief. e Journal was unable to obtain statistics for Bronson. Cedar Key pitcher Ashlyn Allen pitched seven innings, throwing eight strikeouts, giving up one hit, walking six and giving up four runs, one of them earned. On the oensive side, Allen hit a triple and a single and knocked in two RBI’s; Abby O’steen had two doubles and three RBI’s; Jasmine Kish had one hit, two RBI’s and one stolen base; Taylor Simpson had one hit and one RBI. e teams were tied at 4-4 in the fth inning, but the Lady Sharks broke open the game in the sixth, scoring four runs. “It was a walk o win,” said Coach Lisa Smith. “We were leading going into the bottom of the sixth, so we didn’t have to bat.” e game ended. “ey did what we knew they could do,” Smith said.Bronson Girls Lose to Trenton and Cedar Key By Terry Witt Senior Staff WriterBronson’s varsity baseball team cruised to a 14-1 win over the Cedar Key Sharks on a frigid Friday night on the Sharks home turf. e game was called in the fourth inning by the Cedar Key coach. e temperature dipped to 41 by the end of the game with a cold breeze adding to the problem of numb ngers. Emory Lake got the win for Bronson pitching 2 innings and giving up 3 hits. He had one strike out and gave up the only run. Donny Clifton pitched two innings in relief, striking out three, giving up one hit and no runs. Ty Barber was three for three hitting and scored four runs. He had a double and three stolen bases. Tyler Sullivan went two for three with a double and two RBIs. David Dees went one for four and hit a two-run homer that drive in two runs. Donny Clifton was three for four with two runs, three RBIs, two stolen bases and a double. As a team, the Eagles stole nine bases. Bronson Coach Jim Smith said he was never told why the Cedar Key coach called in the game in the fourth. Smith wanted to put more people in the game, but he said they would take the win. “Overall I am pleased with the way they played the game,” Smith said. “ey handled it real well. ey are starting to mature as a baseball team.” Bronson executed the short game well and kept their focus in spite of the cold weather and the lead they took early in the game. “We’ve been changing their hitting style. Every day they seem to get better,” Smith said.Bronson Boys Take 14-1 Victory over Cedar Key in Four Innings Dajiah Donald safely steals second base as the ball Bronson’s Abby Fallender holds a Trenton player at rst base as a Trenton coach looks on. Photo by Terry Witt. In keeping with tradition, Bronson shortstop David Dees (center) is congratulated by teammates after hitting a home run against Cedar Key. Photo by Terry Witt. Cedar Key rst baseman Logan Rooks attempts to prevent Bronson runner Donny Clifton from scoring. Photo by Terry Witt.Bronson’s Dusty Landgraver steals home as the Cedar Key catcher leaps to catch the ball. Photo by Terry Witt. Chieand FFA Takes the Prizes at District & State Fair Congratulations to those FFA members in all their accomplishment and good luck to your future years in the FFA. Emily Hallman Chieand Senior FFA Chapter Reporter


2B Levy County Saltwater and Freshwater Tides DAY HIGH TIDE HEIGHT SUNRISE MOON % MOON /LOW TIME /FEET SUNSET TIME VISIBLECedar KeyTh 26 Low 1:52 AM 0.2 7:01 AM Set 1:43 AM 51 26 High 8:24 AM 2.1 6:29 PM Rise 12:43 PM 26 Low 1:10 PM 1.5 26 High 7:24 PM 3.1 F 27 Low 3:19 AM 0.2 7:00 AM Set 2:35 AM 61 27 High 10:08 AM 2.2 6:30 PM Rise 1:34 PM 27 Low 2:38 PM 1.6 27 High 8:45 PM 3.0 Sa 28 Low 4:38 AM 0.1 6:59 AM Set 3:24 AM 71 28 High 11:21 AM 2.4 6:31 PM Rise 2:25 PM 28 Low 4:10 PM 1.5 28 High 10:04 PM 3.1 Su 1 Low 5:34 AM -0.1 6:58 AM Set 4:09 AM 79 1 High 12:05 PM 2.6 6:31 PM Rise 3:17 PM 1 Low 5:18 PM 1.2 1 High 11:08 PM 3.2 M 2 Low 6:17 AM -0.2 6:57 AM Set 4:50 AM 86 2 High 12:38 PM 2.8 6:32 PM Rise 4:09 PM 2 Low 6:08 PM 1.0 2 High 11:58 PM 3.3 Tu 3 Low 6:52 AM -0.2 6:55 AM Set 5:29 AM 92 3 High 1:06 PM 3.0 6:33 PM Rise 5:01 PM 3 Low 6:49 PM 0.7 W 4 High 12:41 AM 3.4 6:54 AM Set 6:05 AM 96 4 Low 7:23 AM -0.2 6:33 PM Rise 5:52 PM 4 High 1:32 PM 3.2 4 Low 7:26 PM 0.5Th 26 Low 2:10 AM 0.2 7:01 AM Set 1:44 AM 51 26 High 8:30 AM 1.8 6:30 PM Rise 12:43 PM 26 Low 1:28 PM 1.4 26 High 7:30 PM 2.7 F 27 Low 3:37 AM 0.2 7:00 AM Set 2:36 AM 61 27 High 10:14 AM 1.9 6:30 PM Rise 1:34 PM 27 Low 2:56 PM 1.5 27 High 8:51 PM 2.6 Sa 28 Low 4:56 AM 0.1 6:59 AM Set 3:25 AM 71 28 High 11:27 AM 2.1 6:31 PM Rise 2:25 PM 28 Low 4:28 PM 1.4 28 High 10:10 PM 2.7 Su 1 Low 5:52 AM -0.1 6:58 AM Set 4:10 AM 79 1 High 12:11 PM 2.3 6:32 PM Rise 3:17 PM 1 Low 5:36 PM 1.1 1 High 11:14 PM 2.8 M 2 Low 6:35 AM -0.2 6:57 AM Set 4:51 AM 86 2 High 12:44 PM 2.5 6:33 PM Rise 4:09 PM 2 Low 6:26 PM 0.9 Tu 3 High 12:04 AM 2.9 6:56 AM Set 5:29 AM 92 3 Low 7:10 AM -0.2 6:33 PM Rise 5:01 PM 3 High 1:12 PM 2.6 3 Low 7:07 PM 0.7 W 4 High 12:47 AM 3.0 6:55 AM Set 6:05 AM 96 4 Low 7:41 AM -0.2 6:34 PM Rise 5:52 PM 4 High 1:38 PM 2.8 4 Low 7:44 PM 0.5Th 26 Low 2:47 AM 0.2 6:59 AM Set 1:41 AM 51 26 High 8:31 AM 1.9 6:28 PM Rise 12:42 PM 26 Low 2:05 PM 1.4 26 High 7:31 PM 2.8 F 27 Low 4:14 AM 0.2 6:58 AM Set 2:34 AM 61 27 High 10:15 AM 2.0 6:29 PM Rise 1:33 PM 27 Low 3:33 PM 1.5 27 High 8:52 PM 2.7 Sa 28 Low 5:33 AM 0.1 6:57 AM Set 3:23 AM 71 28 High 11:28 AM 2.2 6:30 PM Rise 2:24 PM 28 Low 5:05 PM 1.4 28 High 10:11 PM 2.8 Su 1 Low 6:29 AM -0.1 6:56 AM Set 4:08 AM 79 1 High 12:12 PM 2.4 6:30 PM Rise 3:16 PM 1 Low 6:13 PM 1.1 1 High 11:15 PM 2.9 M 2 Low 7:12 AM -0.2 6:55 AM Set 4:49 AM 86 2 High 12:45 PM 2.5 6:31 PM Rise 4:08 PM 2 Low 7:03 PM 0.9 Tu 3 High 12:05 AM 3.0 6:54 AM Set 5:27 AM 92 3 Low 7:47 AM -0.2 6:32 PM Rise 5:00 PM 3 High 1:13 PM 2.7 3 Low 7:44 PM 0.7 W 4 High 12:48 AM 3.1 6:53 AM Set 6:03 AM 96 4 Low 8:18 AM -0.2 6:32 PM Rise 5:51 PM 4 High 1:39 PM 2.9 4 Low 8:21 PM 0.5Weather Forecast Levy County Community Calendar BRONSONe Bronson FFA Alumni will hold their annual Food Fest on Friday, Feb. 27 at the First Baptist Church in Bronson with Entertainment at 5:00 p.m. and dinner starting at 5:30 p.m. featuring all the local favorites, including fried mullet, hush puppies, barbecue, sausage, swamp cabbage and much more. A cake auction and door prizes also. All proceeds go to the Bronson FFA Alumni Scholarship program. Come enjoy the food and entertainment and support our local youth.e next meeting of the Bronson Town Council will be March 2 at 7:00 PM at the Dogan S. Cobb Municipal Building. City Hall – 352/486-2354. AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary 88 in Bronson is hosting a Basic Gun Class to benet Relay for Life. is event will be held on March 9 from 6PM till 10PM. For more information please call Anna Elkins at 352/ 222-9453. e School Board of Levy County Board Meeting will be held on March 10 at 6:00PM. e public is always welcome to attend all Board Meetings which are held in the Board Room of the School Board of Levy County, 480 Marshburn Drive, Bronson, Florida.CEDAR KEYe next Cedar Key City Council is March 3 at 6 PM. at the Cedar Key City Hall. City Hall is located at 490 2nd Street – 352/543-5132. Meetings are held the rst and third Tuesday of the month at 6 PM.CHIEFLANDHelp Stop Elder Abuse by attending the Save Our Seniors event for Awareness, Education, and Protection at First United Methodist Church, 707 Main St., Chieand, FL 32626 on urs. Feb. 26 from 10 AM to 12 PM. Free Admission. Light Refreshments and Door prizes. Sponsored by Suwannee River Economic Council, Modern Woodmen Fraternal Financial and e United Methodist Church. Please RSVP at 352/490-7055 ext. 1e next Chieand City Commission meeting will be on Mon. March 9 at 6 PM. Meetings are held on the second and fourth Monday of the month at 6 PM at 214 East Park Avenue. Chieand City Hall & Maintenance is CLOSED ON FRIDAYS. City Hall is open Mon. through urs. from 7:30 AM to 5 PM. Utility payments can be dropped in the box. e Suwannee Valley Players meet on the second Monday of the month now with the next meeting being Mon., March 9 at 7 PM at the Chief eater at 25 E. Park Street in Chieand. Please join us to discuss current topics with the theatre and upcoming shows. For more information, leave a message at call 352/493-ARTS; or email us at SuwanneeValleyPlayers@; visit our website:; or follow us on Facebook.e Chieand Crochet Club meets every second Monday of the month at the Luther Callaway Public Library at 5 PM. If you are interested in crochet and needlework you are welcome to join us.FANNING SPRINGSA Seniors Safety Luncheon and Seminar will be held at Fanning Springs Community Church on urs. Feb 26at 12:00 PM. Guest speaker is Gilchrist County Sheri Bobby Schultz. is FREE event and FREE BBQ lunch is open to all local senior citizens but space is limited so you must call to reserve your spot to 352/463-2602. e event is at Fanning Springs Community Church, 17930 NW 90th Court, Fanning Springs, FL 32693 For more information, please contact: Pastors David Jones or Alan Harmon at number above or pastor_aharmon@yahoo.comNEWBERRY e 2015 National Archery in the Schools Program state tournament for Florida will be held in Newberry on Feb. 28. e tournament will be conducted in two formats: a live tournament competition that will take place at the EastonNewberry Sports Complex, 24880 NW 16th Ave., and a virtual tournament for schools whose students cannot travel. For additional information on the tournament, visit ages 5 to 12 will have the opportunity to receive free preventative dental care and emergency care at e Dentist Place of Ocala on Fri., Feb. 27. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 352/867-7797 or visit CREEKe Otter Creek Town Council conducts their regular meetings on the third Monday of the month. e next meeting is Mon. March 16 at 7 p.m. at the Town Hall. For more information please call 352/486-4766.TRENTONe Trenton’s Suwannee Valley Quilt Festival will be held on Sat., March 21. e eighth annual Trenton’s Suwannee Valley Quilt Festival, is Florida’s only outdoor quilt show and sale and will be open from 9 AM to 3 PM on Mar. 21 in the picturesque town of Trenton. For more information about the festival, visit us on Facebook, go to the Festival website www., or contact the Suwannee Valley Quilt Shoppe, 352/463-3842.WILLISTONe 2015 Levy County Fair Adult Karaoke competition is for ages 15 and over. Contestants will sing two songs for the preliminary competition and may use their own karaoke disc or select one from the on-site karaoke provider. Only original karaoke CDs may be used, no copies. ere is a $5.00 entry fee. ree winners from each preliminary contest will move forward to the Finals at the Fair. Preliminary Competitions February 27th;e Junction ;Williston; 8:00 PM Check for more competitions as they are added. Final Competition Karaoke Finals will be held on Sun., April 12 at 6:00 PM on the Main Stage at the Levy County North Florida Livestock MarketWEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 18, 2015#1 STEERS LOW HIGH AVG 150-199 lb 310.00 46500 380.00 200-249 lb 350.00 47000 410.00 250-299 lb 350.00 36500 353.75 300-349 lb 180.00 340.00 297.00 350-399 lb 300.00 315.00 310.00 400-449 lb 227.50 247.50 236.25 450-499 lb 177.50 245.00 215.83 500-549 lb 212.50 245.00 234.17 550-599 lb 222.00 255.00 238.50 800-649 lb 222.50 225.00 223.75 #1 1/2 #2 STEERS LOW HIGH AVG 150-199 lb 250.00 310.00 280.00 200-249 lb 175.00 350.00 275.83 250-299 lb 160.00 350.00 296.88 300-349 lb 110.00 180.00 145.63 350-399 lb 140.00 300.00 206.00 400-449 lb 125.00 227.50 155.00 450-499 lb 147.50 177.50 159.58 500-549 lb 150.00 212.50 193.00 550-599 lb 142.50 222.00 186.50 600-649 lb 100.00 222.50 160.63 #1 HEIFERS 150-199 lb 330.00 445.00 387.50 200-249 lb 325.00 330.00 236.67 250-299 lb 335.00 34500 341.67 300-349 lb 320.00 330.00 323.33 350-399 lb 285.00 290.00 287.50 400-449 lb 270.00 270.00 270.00 450-499 lb 160.00 232.50 196.25 500-549 lb 225.00 235.00 230.00 550-599 lb 217.50 217.50 217.50 800-649 lb 190.00 197 50 192.50 #1 1/2-#2 HEIFERS 150-199 230.00 330.00 280.00 200-249 255.00 325.00 287.50 250-299 310.00 335.00 325.00 300-349 285.00 320.00 307.50 350-399 175.00 285.00 222.50 400-449 100.00 270.00 225.00 450-499 130.00 160.00 145.00 500-549 152.00 225.00 181.50 550-599 217.50 217.50 217.50 600-649 125.00 190.00 162.50 COWS 600-800 lb 74.00 15000 103.96 800-1000 lb 102.50 177.50 123 .. 27 1000-1200 lb 109.00 18000 124.20 1200-1400 lb 110.00 129.00 120.48 1400-1600 lb 106.00 130.00 116.47 1600-1800 lb 114.00 128.00 123.20 BULLS 800-1000 125.00 126.00 125.50 1000-1200 120.00 120.00 120.00 1200-1400 129.00 137.00 133.00 1400-1600 128.00 134.00 130.80 1600-1800 131 .00 142.00 136.50 1800-2000 133.00 157.00 142.00 PAIRS 1750.00 2180 00 1950.00 TOTAL HEAD COUNT 376 With cattle numbers being low all across the state, cattle prices are still holding strong. We’re not seeing a lot of good quality calves. I believe most of them have already been sold since prices have stayed strong for so long. Good quality calves were still strong and maybe even a couple dollars higher this week. Slaughter and replacement cattle are still in high demand. Slaughter cattle were $1-2 stronger this week. Don’t forget about our 40+ head of longhorn cattle that will be here next week. Usher Land & Timber topped the slaughter bull market this week with $157.00 bought by Central Beef. Kenneth O. Dicks Farm sold the top slaughter cow this week at $130.00 bought by Cenltal Beef. Register Farms sold the highest price replacement cow at $180.00 bought by Roland Cope. Anna Coroin sold the highest price replacement bull at $130.00 bought by Blake Hand. Chad Campbel sold the high price pair this week at $2180.00 bought by John Ward and the high price yearling went to Foy Reynolds Cattle at $470.00 sold by Sarah Wilkerson. Check us out on the web at www.northoridalivestock. com for our market report, news and upcoming events or drop us a line at nm@


Around the Nature Coast is event will be held on Feb. 28 from 9:00 AM till 3:15 PM. is meeting will be held at the Refuge Headquarters, located at 16450 NW 31 Pl, Chieand, Florida. For more information please call 813/215-0050.e Levy County Board of County Commissioners will meet on Tues. March 3 at 9 AM in the meeting room in the courthouse located at 355 S. Court Street in Bronson. e BoCC meets on the rst Tuesday after the rst Monday of the month and again in two weeks.Congressman Ted S. Yoho (FL-3) will be hosting a congressional town hall discussion to address local and national issues of importance with constituents from the 3rd district on Sat. Mar. 7 from 10:30 to 11:20 a.m. (doors open at 9:30 a.m.) at Oak View Middle School, 1203 SW 250 St., Newberry, FL 32669. Open to the public.World War II Vets and Proud of It will meet March 12 at 11:00AM at ABC Pizza in Chieand. If you have any questions please call, Virginia Lewis, 352/528-2310.e Kirby Family Farm is very proud to present the Nature Coast Civil War Reenactment again this year. One of the largest reenactments in the Sunshine State, the Battle features a full size historical locomotive on Florida`s largest private railroad. Before the Battle there`s a whole day of fun including period music, daily artillery or mortar demonstrations, Union and Confederate camps, sutlers, optional historic tram ride, authentic artifacts, and more. Enjoy a train ride through the battleeld and camps. Gates open at 10:00 AM and features battles at 2:00 PM on Saturday and Sunday. For more information please visit Due to constraints of space in print the complete Community Calendar is available at our website at: for your convenience.Fair. Trophies and three cash prizes will be awarded: $150 for First Place, $75 for Second Place and $25 for ird Place. Be there to cheer on your favorite contestant and listen to Levy County’s best. e next regular City Council meeting is Tues., March 3 at 7 PM in the Williston City Council Room. City Hall is at 50 NW Main Street, Williston, for more information please call 352/528-3060. According to the City of Williston oce (not the website) regular council meetings are held on the rst Tuesday after the rst Monday of the month and then again in two weeks.4th Annual Williston on Wheels event will be held on March 7 from 9AM to 3Pm at Heritage Park, located at 100 Block N. Main Street, Williston. For more information please call 352/ 816-0408. Williston Animal Group’s “Party For e Pups” Mar. 10 e 3rd Annual “Party For e Pups” to benet Williston Animal Group will be held March 10th, from 7 PM until 10 PM at e Beach Ocala located on Hwy 27 at Hwy 326, 9 miles south of Williston. e event promises to be a fun lled evening, with guests enjoying cocktails, heavy hors d’oeuvres as well as a silent auction, live auction, karaoke and more! To become a sponsor, donate an item to the auctions, or purchase tickets please contact WAG President, Susan Benson via email at or call 352/5284763 or cell 352/529-7409. e Williston Community eater proudly presents Knowing Cairo. is event will be held at Williston Middle School, located at 20550 NR 42nd Pl, Williston. Performance dates are March 14-15& March21-22 at 3:00PM.YANKEETOWN-INGLISBluegrass Gospel Sing & Jam Ministries will host a week of Jammin’, Eatin, and Campin’ at the Village Pines Campground Chapel, seven miles North of Inglis, on US 19. Scheduled Events include: urs., March 5 an organized Jam at 7 PM in the Rec. Hall, then Fri., March 6, at 1 PM, a Pot Luck Lunch with Open Stage. 2 PM on Fri. Jam Band Performance, and Saturday will have a park wide Yard Sale with more Jammin’. Sunday Morning Worship Service at 10AM. Come join us & bring your instruments & lawn chairs. For more information call Bob at 352/ 2390415.e Town of Inglis’ next regular Commission meeting will be on March 10 at 6 PM in the Commission Room. City Hall, 135 Hwy. 40 West, Inglis – 352/447-2203. Meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month.Commissioner Ann Morin will host a Community meeting each month. is meeting will be held the 2nd Saturday of each month 4:00 PM. And is open for residents of Inglis to come together to discuss area needs and views.On Sat., March 14 (the Saturday before the Inglis election) there will be a candidate forum from 1 5 pm in the Inglis Commissioners room (Inglis Town Hall). If you are a candidate, you should be receiving an invitation soon. If you are part of the Inglis electorate, or just want some answers from the candidates, get your questions ready. ere will be questions for the panel and individuals.In case you haven’t heard, we have resumed Bingo. Every urs. Night at 7 PM the games begin. Stop in at 5pm and shop in the Second to None Shoppe. At 6pm you can eat before the games start. You don’t have to play to eat, we have take out! ere are always sandwiches and hot dogs available. And by this time we should be doing specials!! Looking forward to seeing you there!! For more information call: 352/4472057Community Calendar continued from page 2B CHIEFLAND MEDICAL CENTER 1113 N.W. 23rd Ave. Chie and(Across the parking lot from Wal-Mart)OPENMon.-Fri. 8:00 a.m.5 p.m.Sat. 8:30 a.m. NoonWalk-ins Welcome!Call for an appointment: 493-9500 Levy Animal ClinicM Th 7:30 a.m 6 p.m. Fri. 7:30 a.m 5 p.m. Sat. 9 a.m 1 p.m.352-528-4840505 Southwest 7th Street, Williston, FL Dr. Wade Bullock, DVMHouse Calls Available Quality Medicine Friendly Service Competitive Chieand FFA Takes the Prizes at District & State Fair JournalYour Locally-Owned Paper of Record since 1923Levy County $25/year in Levy County $30/year in Florida $35/year Outside FloridaSubscribe!Seahorse Key Seasonal Closure Announcede US Fish and Wildlife Service announces the seasonal closure of Seahorse Key, the site of the rookery of approximately 20,000 birds. When the Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge says, “Wildlife Comes First!” they’re serious. Seahorse Key, its beaches, and the 300 foot perimeter are posted CLOSED from March 1, 2014 through the last day of June. e beaches will be accessible July 1, 2015, once again. e parent birds, after breeding, building the nest, and incubating the eggs, then have to travel across the Gulf to freshwater in order to gather food for their young. is is a time the birds need refuge from human intrusion, therefore, charged with the care of our nation’s wildlife, the federal agency closes Seahorse Key, a part of the Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge, for the nesting period. e next Seahorse Key Open House will be soon after the island opens, July 11, from 9:003:00. Some young birds will remain for everyone’s viewing, so plan on bringing your camera and the family. For more information, call 352/493-0238.Snook to Reopen in Gulf State Waters e recreational harvest season for one of Florida’s premier sh, snook, reopens on March 1 in Florida’s Gulf of Mexico state and adjacent federal waters, including Everglades National Park and Monroe County. e season will remain open through April 30. In the Gulf, anglers may keep one snook per day that is not less than 28 or more than 33 inches total length, which is measured from the most forward point of the head with the mouth closed to the farthest tip of the tail with the tail compressed or squeezed while the sh is lying on its side. A snook permit is required to keep snook, along with a saltwater shing license unless exempt from the license requirements. Only hook-and-line gear is allowed when targeting or harvesting snook. It is illegal to buy or sell snook. Snook are one of the many reasons Florida is the Fishing Capital of the World. e FWC encourages anglers to use moderation when determining whether or not to take a snook home during the open season. When choosing to release a sh, the FWC encourages anglers to handle it carefully to help the sh survive upon release. Proper handling methods can help ensure the species’ abundance for anglers today and generations to come. To learn more about sh handling, visit and click on “Saltwater,” “Recreational Regulations” and “Fish Handling.” Researchers ask anglers who harvest the sh to save the carcasses after the meat is lleted and provide the carcasses to the FWC by dropping them o at a participating bait and tackle store. ese donations allow researchers to better determine the age groups that are being harvested, which makes stock assessments more precise. For a county-by-county list, go to and click on “Saltwater,” “Saltwater Fish,” “Snook” and “Snook Anglers Asked to Help with Research.”


Obituaries Worship Directory Come and Worship 8:30 a.m. Free Breakfast/Devotion 9:30 a.m. Sunday Morning Worship 7:00 p.m. Wednesday Bible Study (except 3rd Wednesday)Reverend Priscilla Scherrah, PastorTel. 352-486-2281 Bronson United Methodist Church235 Court Street Bronson, Florida “Serving God & Loving People” Sunday:Sunday School 9:15 am Morning Worship 10:30 am Evening Worship 6:00 pmTuesday:Sr. Adult Bible Study 10:00amWednesday:RA/GA Children’s Program 6:30pm Full Throttle Youth 6:30pm Prayer Hour 6:30pmPastor Je Buchanan451 S. Court Street Bronson, FL 32621352.486.2282of Bronson Pine Grove Baptist Church16655 N. W. CR-339 Trenton, Florida Sunday School ............................................................ 9:15 a.m. Morning Worship ...................................................... 10:30 a.m. Evening Worship ......................................................... 6:00 p.m. Wednesday Night Services: Prayer Meeting, Youth, College & Career ..................... 7:00 p.m.~ Nursery provided for all services ~Dr. Greg Douglas, Senior Pastor Pastor Rickey Whitley, Assoc. Pastor/Youth Pastor Emanuel Harris, Education/Children Pastor Jared Douglas, Collegiate/Missions Ellzey UnitedMethodist ChurchCorner of 336 & Hwy 24 Worship Service ............ 11 a.m. Sunday School. ...............10 a.m.Pastor Doug Fleming Manatee Springs Church of Christ Sunday 10 a.m ..................... Bible Study 11 a.m ............. Worship Period 5 p.m .............. Worship Period Wednesday 6 p.m ....................... Bible Studyrfnf rftbrf fnt Minister Gene Dumas 352-542-0657 or 352-493-7775 11450 NW 76th Terr., Chieand First United Methodist Church 09:00 a.m. Sunday School 10:15 a.m. WorshipTuesdays -10:00 a.m. Sunshine Disciples (Crafts) 01:30 p.m. Adult Bible Study Saturday 08:00 a.m. 1st Sat of Month , Methodist Men’s Group (breakfast) 707 N. Main St., – We are on Facebook! Otter Creek Baptist ChurchBro. Wayne Butler, PastorServices ... SundaySunday School 9:00 am Worship 10:00 am WednesdayDinner 5:30 pm Awanas 6:00 pm Worship 7:00 pm171 SW 3rd Street Otter Creek 352-486-2112 Church CalendarHelp Stop Elder Abuse by attending the Save Our Seniors event for Awareness, Education, and Protection at First United Methodist Church, 707 Main St., Chieand, FL 32626 on urs. Feb. 26 from 10 AM to 12 PM. Free Admission. Light Refreshments and Door prizes. Sponsored by Suwannee River Economic Council, Modern Woodmen Fraternal Financial and e United Methodist Church. Please RSVP at 352/490-7055 ext. 1 e Old Town Church of God will host a community cook-out on Sat. Mar. 7 that is free to all the public/ community of the Tri-county area. We will begin serving mullet dinners, smoked chicken dinners, drinks and various side dishes as well as dessert at 12 noon and continue throughout the afternoon. Our Church will also accept ANY donations willingly oered to help in completing the construction of our new Church building/sanctuary. e cook-out will take place at the Church on CR 346-A (Hinton Landing Rd.) in Old Town. Come by and allow our Church family to bless your family with wonderful fellowship, food and encouragement. For further info or more directions, please call 352/542-8222.Fish Dinner on Fri., Mar. 13 at Holy Family Catholic Church Parish Hall. Fried or baked sh, fries, hushpuppies, drinks, dessert and choice of two sides of baked beans, coleslaw, or grits. Adults $7, Senior Citizen smaller Meal $6 and Children $4 (Under 12). Take out orders welcome; from 5 to 7 p.m. NO Lite Lunch in February, 2015. Zumba on ursdays at 6:30 p.m. Angel House rift Store is open Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. every weekend. Holy Family is located at 17353 NW Hwy. 27 Alt, 3 miles from Williston on North Hwy 27A; 352/528-2893.Turning Point Ministry will hold a two-day Yard Sale on Mar. 6 and 7 from 8 AM till 2 PM. e sale will be held at the home of a member at 135 NE 173 Ave, Old Town, FL. Watch for signs!! Lots of great stu and treasures will be available as will food and drinks. Please call the Ministry at 352/463-1882 for further information or directions. PAUL GRIFFINPaul Grin passed away on Saturday, February 7, 2015 on his 64th birthday at Retama Manor West in Laredo, Texas. Mr. Grin was preceded in death by his parents, Jack R. Grin and Anna A. Grin; son, Michael J. Grin and a niece, Carrie H. Grin. He is survived by his ex-wife, Debra (Robert) Lairson; ve children: Timothy J. Grin, Rachel (Benjamin) Garcia, Esther (Ricky) De Los Santos and Stephen A. Grin; daughter-in-law, Marien S. Grin; 12 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and also by a good friend and sister in Christ, Martha Taylor. Paul worked many jobs and was a missionary/pastor. He was well-known in Zapata for providing transportation for the needy. He had a lot of musical talent and played the guitar, bass, keyboard/piano, harmonica and accordion. He spent a lot of his time writing, singing and recording gospel songs. Before he became ill, his late son Michael and Paul would make trips to Laredo and feed the homeless with their own nancial means. He will be laid to rest with his parents in Chieand, Florida. A Grin Family Reunion will take place at a later date in Florida to honor his life/memory here on earth. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Rose Garden Funeral Home, Zapata, Texas and Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services, Chieand, FL.SANDRA FAY LONGMrs. Sandra Fay Long of Williston, Florida passed away at the age of 65 on February 13, 2015. Mrs. Long was born in Klamath Falls, Oregon but had lived in the Williston area since 1991 after moving here from Ocala. Mrs. Long grew up in Summereld, Fla. and graduated from Lake Weir High School. Mrs. Long worked the past 27 years for Publix. Mrs. Long is survived by her husband of 24 years Lewis “Skip” Long, III; her son, omas M. Jinkins of Memphis, Tenn.; her daughters, Dossella F. Elder (Steve) of Summereld and Sandra Marlaine Jinkins of Ocala; her brothers, Rex Paramore (Annette) of Bronson and Michael Paramore (Leslie) of Ocala; her siste,r Patti Pinley (Billy) of Wildwood;, seven grandchildren, and four great grandchildren. A memorial service was held for Mrs. Long at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 21, 2015 at the Knau Funeral Home Chapel in Williston. Arrangements were under the direction of Knau Funeral Home, Williston, FL 32696; 352/5283481. Please sign the guestbook at knufuneralhomes.comDAVID DOYLE ROBERTSDecember 11, 1932 – February 16, 2015 David Doyle Roberts went to be with the Lord on February 16, 2015. David was born in Cross City, Florida on December 11, Confession, a New Lease on Life “Quit dragging your shing pole,” I barked, and swatted my seven-year-old little brother across his cotton top. “What are you moping about anyhow?” Obviously something was eating little Heath. He usually gabbed the whole way to the shing hole. When he nally looked up from between those slumped shoulders his lips were curled like he’d ate our tube of crickets. I thought he was going to spew. “You promise you won’t tell momma?” he gasped, ghting back tears. What kind of question was that??? I immediately took it upon myself to explain how big brothers should always be trusted, and how he should be ashamed to ask such a thing. “Kin folk are thicker than Mississippi gumbo,” I pointed out. His little eyes were searching me, and he was about to go for it, until I pushed a little too far, “Have I ever tolt on you before?” With that, he threw the poles down and gritted his little silver front teeth at me. “I ain’t telling you nothing,” he hued. “Now wait a minute,” I argued, “What I meant was I ain’t told on you lately.” Lickety split he was spouting o a list of things I’d blabbed, and I admit, for a little squirt, he had a pretty detailed memory. I was relegated to pouting and pretending to have my feelings hurt. Heath remained tight lipped for at least another block before he nally blurted out, “I got ve dollars out of momma’s purse and spent it playing Pac Man!” My eyes got real big. His started watering. Five dollars was big money for us back then. “Don’t tell momma,” he pleaded, “Promise you won’t tell” I was tempted to whirl around and pretend I was heading back to snitch, but he looked so sad, I couldn’t bring myself to do it. Instead, I talked it over with him like a good big brother. Once I’d made him feel real bad, I just left it at that. We shed the whole day and had a great time. Little Heath seemed so relieved he’d gotten the weight of that sin o of his chest. It was like he had a new lease on life. We talked and cut up all day. Before we’d made it home that afternoon I reckon little Heath had told me most all his secrets. We were still laughing when the screen door slammed behind me and I yelled, “Momma, Heath stole ve dollars out of your purse!” Heath’s jaw ung open. I thought I saw smoke coming out of his ears. As usual he began looking around for something to throw. I was lling momma in on the details when I felt the sting of an empty tube of crickets against my skull. I was still rubbing the knot as I watched him get one of the worst whippings he’d had since the day he spraypainted our pet rabbit. It took almost a week before I could get him to trust me again. But anyway At rst I thought I might use this illustration to explain how we need to use wisdom in deciding who to conde in. Yet, as I began to meditate on the subject, I began to realize, someone who airs his dirty laundry in the newspaper each week might not be the best one to speak on the subject. However, I would like to say a little with regards to confession. If you tired of moping around, dragging a heavy burden of sin, the rst confession you should make is to confess Jesus as your Lord and Savior. ( at if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved . Romans 10:9 KJV). Apart from Jesus’ redemptive work on the cross, there is no forgiveness of sins. Jesus paid your debt in full, but you must reach out to receive it, along with His Lordship. When you do, He’ll cast your sins as far as the east is from the West. He’ll hurl them into the Sea of Forgetfulness! His blood will wash them completely away. en you can stand righteous before God, as a completely new creature in Him! “Well,” you might say, “What if I sin again after that?” I’m glad you asked. Jesus is also the High Priest of our confession and our advocate. ( Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them. Hebrews 7:25 KJV) If you sin I mean when you sin, rush back to Jesus and confess it. Call on the mercy He promised to believers in 1 John 1:9, ( If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness . KJV) I’m telling you it’s a pretty good deal. It truly gives you a new lease on life. Whoever else you confess to is your business. A risky business I might add. Guy Sheeld continued on page 6B r fnt bb nr b fntr rrfntbnwww.fghconline.comntt rrt nnnt Pray For Our Soldiers


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, number 1632-08 of the sale issued thereon. The name(s) of assessed are as follows: NAME(S) OF CERTIFICATE BOCC THE PROPERTY: LOT 9, BLOCK 19, J.B. EPPERSON NAME(S) IN WHICH -ESTATE Florida. to the highest bidder in the the hours of 11:00 A.M. and 2:00 P.M. Pub.: Feb 05, 2015, Feb 12, 2015, Feb 19, 2015, Feb 26, 2015. --------NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, number 1674-08 of the sale issued thereon. The name(s) of assessed are as follows: NAME(S) OF CERTIFICATE BOCC THE PROPERTY: COMMENCE AT THE NORTHEAST CORNER OF LOT 34, BLOCK 8, EAST WILLISTON, A IN PLAT BOOK 1, PAGE 19, FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING OF THE TRACT 132.66 FEET TO A POINT ON THE NORTH RIGHT OF 65.05 FEET TO A POINT ON OF 15.30 FEET TO A POINT IN THE WESTERLY RIGHT OF WAY LINE OF A 30.00 FOOT THENCE NORTH ALONG THE WESTERLY RIGHT NORTH 40.5 FEET TO A POINT IN THE NORTH 47.00 FEET TO THE POINT OF NAME(S) IN WHICH Florida. to the highest bidder in the the hours of 11:00 A.M. and 2:00 P.M. Pub.: Feb 05, 2015, Feb 12, 2015, Feb 19, 2015, Feb 26, 2015. --------NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, number 1829-08 of the sale issued thereon. The name(s) of assessed are as follows: NAME(S) OF CERTIFICATE BOCC OF THE PROPERTY: LOT 10, BLOCK 7, BRONSON NAME(S) IN WHICH Florida. to the highest bidder in the the hours of 11:00 A.M. and 2:00 P.M. Pub.: Feb 05, 2015, Feb 12, 2015, Feb 19, 2015, Feb 26, 2015. --------NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, number 3233-08 of the sale issued thereon. The name(s) of assessed are as follows: NAME(S) OF CERTIFICATE BOCC OF THE PROPERTY: LOT IN PLAT BOOK 3, PAGES MOBILE HOME, BEARING IN O.R BOOK 469, PAGE 126, NAME(S) IN WHICH Florida. to the highest bidder in the the hours of 11:00 A.M. and 2:00 P.M. Pub.: Feb 05, 2015, Feb 12, 2015, Feb 19, 2015, Feb 26, 2015. --------NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, number 325-09 of the sale issued thereon. The name(s) of assessed are as follows: NAME(S) OF CERTIFICATE THE PROPERTY: TRACT THE NW 1/4 OF SECTION RANGE 14 EAST, LEVY FOR A POINT OF REFERENCE, COMMENCE AT THE NE CORNER OF SECTION 17, TOWNSHIP 14 TO THE EAST RIGHT-OFWAY, 346.21 FEET, TO THE 360.77 FEET, TO THE POINT WHICH POINT PASSES A FEET, TO CLOSE ON THE POINT OF BEGINNING. TOGETHER WITH AN FOLLOWS: FOR A POINT OF BEGINNING, COMMENCE AT OF BEGINNING FOR TRACT THE NORTH LINE OF THE THENCE WEST, PARALLEL MORE OR LESS, TO THE EAST RIGHT OF WAY LINE LINE, 30 FEET, MORE OR LESS, TO CLOSE ON THE POINT O F BEGINNING. NAME(S) IN WHICH Florida. to the highest bidder in the the hours of 11:00 A.M. and 2:00 P.M. Pub.: Feb 05, 2015, Feb 12, 2015, Feb 19, 2015, Feb 26, 2015. --------NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, number 4683-10 of the sale issued thereon. The name(s) of assessed are as follows: NAME(S) OF CERTIFICATE OF THE PROPERTY: LOT 6, BLOCK 11, WILLISTON NAME(S) IN WHICH Florida. to the highest bidder in the the hours of 11:00 A.M. and 2:00 P.M. Pub.: Feb 05, 2015, Feb 12, 2015, Feb 19, 2015, Feb 26, 2015. --------NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, number 4895-10 of the sale issued thereon. The name(s) of assessed are as follows: NAME(S) OF CERTIFICATE LLC THE PROPERTY: LOT 3, PLAT BOOK 4, PAGE 30, NAME(S) IN WHICH FLORY, BARBARA JEAN Florida. to the highest bidder in the the hours of 11:00 A.M. and 2:00 P.M. Pub.: Feb 05, 2015, Feb 12, 2015, Feb 19, 2015, Feb 26, 2015. --------NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, number 4969-10 of the sale issued thereon. The name(s) of assessed are as follows: NAME(S) OF CERTIFICATE LLC OF THE PROPERTY: THE EAST 1/2 OF LOT 6, BLOCK PLAT BOOK 4, PAGE 57, OF NAME(S) IN WHICH Florida. to the highest bidder in the the hours of 11:00 A.M. and 2:00 P.M. Pub.: Feb 05, 2015, Feb 12, 2015, Feb 19, 2015, Feb 26, 2015. --------NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, number 4971-10 of the sale issued thereon. The name(s) of assessed are as follows: NAME(S) OF CERTIFICATE LLC THE PROPERTY: LOT 8, PLAT BOOK 4, PAGE 54, OF NAME(S) IN WHICH Florida. to the highest bidder in the the hours of 11:00 A.M. and 2:00 P.M. Pub.: Feb 05, 2015, Feb 12, 2015, Feb 19, 2015, Feb 26, 2015. --------NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, number 2438-11 of the sale issued thereon. The name(s) of assessed are as follows: NAME(S) OF CERTIFICATE LLC OF THE PROPERTY: THE EAST 1/2 OF LOT 21, 264 FEET, IN BLOCK E. OF BOOK 1M PAGE 48, OF THE NAME(S) IN WHICH CLARK, GARY MALLORY Florida. to the highest bidder in the the hours of 11:00 A.M. and 2:00 P.M. Pub.: Feb 05, 2015, Feb 12, 2015, Feb 19, 2015, Feb 26, 2015. --------NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, number 3896-11 of the sale issued thereon. The name(s) of assessed are as follows: NAME(S) OF CERTIFICATE LLC OF THE PROPERTY: LOT 8, BLOCK 28, WILLISTON IN PLAT BOOK 4, PAGE 4, NAME(S) IN WHICH Florida. to the highest bidder in the the hours of 11:00 A.M. and 2:00 P.M. Pub.: Feb 05, 2015, Feb 12, 2015, Feb 19, 2015, Feb 26, 2015. --------NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, number 4059-11 of the sale issued thereon. The name(s) of assessed are as follows: NAME(S) OF CERTIFICATE LLC OF THE PROPERTY: LOT IN PLAT BOOK 4, PAGE 15, NAME(S) IN WHICH Florida. to the highest bidder in the the hours of 11:00 A.M. and 2:00 P.M. Pub.: Feb 05, 2015, Feb 12, 2015, Feb 19, 2015, Feb 26, 2015. --------CASE NO. 2015 CA 000023 THOMAS ALBERT MAHONEY, III and CAROL WHITMAN MAHONEY, Plaintiffs, v. et al., TO: GRANTEES, ASSIGNEES, PARTIES CLAIMING AN CLAIMING INTERESTS OR ALIVE, WHETHER MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST ALL PARTIES HAVING OR CLAIMING TO HAVE ANY RIGHT, TITLE, OR INTEREST IN THE PROPERTY HEREIN


Obituaries continued from page 4Bof the SE 1/4 of SE 1/4 of NW 17 South, Range 17 East, line of said SE 1/4 of SE 1/4 along said north line a line of the SW 1/4 of SE 1/4 to the Point of Curvature of a 165.20 feet to the Point of Beginning. Suite 104, Clearwater, Florida for the relief demanded in the CLERK OF THE LaQuanda Latson Pub.: Feb. 12, 19, 26, Mar. 5, 2015. -------CASE NO.: 2013 CA 000868 JPMORGAN CHASE BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION Plaintiff, Vs. MICHAEL L. BROGAN, II, et al RE-NOTICE IS HEREBY entered in Case No, 2013 CA Florida, wherein JPMORGAN CHASE BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, is Plaintiff, and MICHAEL L. BROGAN, Meeting Room, 355 S. Court Street, Bronson, FL 32621, in in said Lis Pendens, to wit: Together with a 2002 Mert FLHML3F167025655A and FLHML3F167025655B, sale. LaQuanda Latson Jones, PLLC Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33309 954-462-7000 Avenue, Room 410, Gainesville, FL 32601 at (352) 337-6237 711. at Pub.: Feb. 26, Mar. 5, 2015 . --------Case No.: 2014 CA 000338 Plaintiff, vs. OWNERS, ESTATES, LEGALLY 1/4 OF THE NORTHEAST 1/4 OF THE NORTHEAST 1/4 OF SECTION 3, TOWNSHIP 12 10931 NE 97TH PL, S. Court Street, Bronson, FL, LaQuanda Latson Kass Shuler, P.A. 1505 N. Florida Ave. Pub.: Feb. 26, Mar. 5, 2015. ----------Case No. 2014-CA-000349 ALLSTATE SERVICING, INC., Plaintiff, vs. OF KAREN F. STEEVES N.A.NORTH STAR CAPITAL 1932 to John Richard (Jack) Roberts and Ruby Lee Hicks Roberts. David is survived by his loving wife of 60 years Martha Jean (Willis) Roberts; daughters, Diane Lewis (Allen) and Donna Melnick (Pete); grandchildren: Jack Melnick (Stacie), Lance Lewis (Ashley), Lacy Melnick Fillyaw (Robert), Sarah Lewis Vierra (Derek), Rachel Lewis and Hannah Lewis; greagrandchildren: Andrew, Gage, Annalise Lewis. Liberty, Reagan Fillyaw. Bryce Vierra and awaiting the birth of baby girl Melnick; sister, Anna Margaret McMeekin, also several nephews and nieces. e family would like to express their sincere gratitude to David’s friends who blessed him with friendship, love and care during his long illness. A private family service will be held at a later date. In lieu of owers the family requests donations be sent to Hospice of Nature Coast, 150 North Main Street, High Springs FL 32643. Arrangements were placed under the direction of Knau Funeral Home, Chieand, FL 32626; 352/493-4777. Please sign the guestbook at JIMMY DEAN SHINALLMr. Jimmy Dean Shinall of Cross City, Florida passed away at the age of 55 on Monday, February, 16, 2015. Mr. Shinall was a truck driver in the logging industry and a Baptist. Mr. Shinall was preceded in death by brothers, Buddy Johnson, Danny Shinall and Randall Shinall and sister, Etta Jane Johnson. He is survived by son, Kenneth Shinall of Raleigh, NC; daughter, Vanessa L. Shinall of Goldsboro, NC; brothers: Ricky Shinall of Cross City, Jerry Sullivan of High Springs, and Tommy Gibson of Valdosta, Ga.; sisters, Brenda Cannon of Old Town, Gail Shinall of Covington, Ga., Judy Dale Lott of Chula, Ga. and Marie Howard of Wellford, SC; and six grandchildren. A memorial service was held at the Suwannee River Baptist Church on Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. with Rev. Bobby Lindsey ociating. Arrangements were placed under the care of the Rick Gooding Funeral Home, Cross City, Florida; 352/498-5400.BETTY LOU MARTINJuly 13, 1932 – February 17, 2015 Betty Lou Martin of Fanning Springs, Florida passed away at the age of 82 with her loving family by her side on February 17, 2015. Mrs. Martin was born in Bell, Fla. on July 13, 1932 to William F. and Bertie Bryant. Betty worked as a secretary for the University of Florida for 24 years. She enjoyed shing, crafts, taking her family on mountain vacations, and making walking sticks. Her most enjoyment in life, came from her family and the treasured Mountain Trips. Betty was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Paul A. Martin; her parents William and Bertie Bryant; and two brothers, Edward and Billy Bryant. She is survived by her children, Johnny P. Martin of Newberry, Suzann and Dean Stanley of Bell and omas and Karen Martin of Bell; sisters, Patsy Mathis of Bell and Nannette and Charles Wilkerson; 11 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren. Visitation was held Friday, February 20, 2015 at HiersBaxley Funeral Services from 6 p.m.8 p.m. Funeral Services were held at 12 Noon on Saturday, February 21, 2015, at Priscilla Baptist Church in Bell followed by burial at Priscilla Baptist Church Cemetery. Online condolences can be made at Arrangements were placed under the care of Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services, Chieand, FL; 352/493-0050.JESSE HERBERT THOMPSONMr. Jesse Herbert ompson of Old Town, Florida passed away at the age of 71 on Wednesday, February 18, 2015. Mr. ompson was born in Tampa, Florida and moved to Old Town from Kissimmee in 1973. He served his country in the United States Army during the Vietnam Conict and then spent 36 years with the Florida Department of Corrections, retiring in 1998. He loved to ride motorcycles and rode with the Southern Cruisers in Steinhatchee. He also enjoyed listening to old country music, picking his guitar and playing jokes on anyone he could. Mr. ompson was a Baptist. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Ellen ompson of Old Town; daughters, Tina (Kenny) Wester of Cross City and Tara (Charlie) Turner of Cross City; brothers, Dean ompson and Ricky ompson, both of Williston, Fla.; sisters, Nita Hardaway and Pamela Giddens, both of Cross City; and 5 grandchildren. Funeral services were held on Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. at the Rick Gooding Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Dale “Flash” Riels ociating. Interment followed at Lee Cemetery. A visitation was held Friday evening, February 20, 2015 at the funeral home between the hours of 6 and 8 p.m. Arrangements were placed under the care of the Rick Gooding Funeral Home, Cross City, Florida; 352/498-5400.HERMAN LLOYD ALLENHerman Lloyd Allen of Cedar Key, Florida passed away at his home on Sunday, February 22, 2015 after a long struggle of declining health. Herman grew up in Lindale, Georgia excelling in both baseball and football. Herman was an excellent athlete as he played both football and baseball in High School and played baseball on dierent mill teams in the Rome area. He served as a football referee and baseball umpire for many leagues at many levels. Having 5 sons and 1 daughter, he coached numerous Little League teams and was active in his church softball team while his children were growing up. Herman moved to the Levy County area in 1968 and worked for a year with the Liberty National Insurance Company. He learned the skill of oystering and he loved it! Herman oystered for years on Corrigan’s Reef. A portion of the Reef, to this day, is still referred to as the Herman Allen Gap. Herman decided he needed a back-up job. He had become a close friend Bubba Castell of Cedar Key. Bubba was the Chief Deputy with the Levy County Sheri Department under Sheri Pat Hartley. Herman loved working for the Sheri Department and was given the job of dispatch and operating the County jail. He met many Levy County residents and enjoyed helping them. Herman would oyster in the early morning, then go home to get ready for work and drive to Bronson to work at the Sheri Department getting o at midnight. Herman thrived in the Sheri’s Department and dutifully served under Sheris Horace Moody, Ted Glass, Johnny Smith and the current Sheri, Bobby McCallum. During his tenure, he served papers, ran the dispatch and the jail, transported prisoners and served as baili in the court system. He loved all the dierent jobs he had over the years and was very proud of his service to the people of Levy County and to the Sheris. Herman retired from the Sheri’s Department in 2013 after 40 years of dedicated loyalty. Soon after moving to Cedar Key, Herman met Jan Johnson, whom he married in 1969, and was the love of his life having been married for 45 years. Jan survives Herman and will keep his memory alive in the years to come. Herman is also survived by sons, Greg Allen (Nancy) of Rome, Ga. and Andy Allen (Shirlene) of Cedar Key; daughter, Jana Cathey (Graham) of Charlotte, NC; sisters, Marge Smith (Benjamin) of Silver Creek, Ga. and Carol Edwards (Hugh) of Rome, Ga.; sisters-in-law, Rosemary Cooke and Nickie Rucker (Bill). Herman will be missed by his 7 grandchildren and 8 greatgrandchildren, 3 nieces, 2 nephews and many family and friends. Preceding Herman in death were his parents, Earnest and Eva Allen; brother, Lewis Allen; sisters, Nancy Jo Allen and Beatrix Jones; sons: John Eric Allen in1970, Craig Lamar Allen in 2011, and Russell Allen in 2011. Herman was a caring and loving husband and he deeply loved his children. He had a positive inuence on all those that knew him and he will be missed by many. Visitation is ursday, Feb. 26th, 2015 from 6-8pm at Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services and Funeral Services will be Friday, Feb. 27, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at Cedar Key United Methodist Church following a burial at Cedar Key Cemetery. Arrangements are under the care of Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services1301 N. Young Blvd. Chieand, Florida; 352/4930050.JAMES WESLEY KEENMr. James Wesley “J.W.” Keen of Old Town, Florida passed away at the age of 60 on Friday, February 20, 2015. Mr. Keen was a lifelong resident of Dixie County. He retired with the rank of Sergeant from Cross City Corrections after 27 years of service. He was the caretaker of Hinton Landing Boat Ramp and enjoyed shing, riding motorcycles, riding in the woods and listening to dogs running. Mr. Keen was a member of the Cross City Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Mr. Keen was preceded in death by his parents, James Randall and Ella Mae Keen; brothers, Raymond Keen and Lawton Keen and sisters, Hazel Woodham and Georgia Lewis. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Kay Keen of Old Town; son, James Edgar Keen of Old Town; daughters, Kimberly Diane Keen of Cross City, Lesley (Zakery) Clifton of Fanning Springs and Kayla Keen of Old Town; granddaughter, Katelynn Keen; brother, Tony Freeman (Shirley) Keen of Vero Beach; and sister, Delores Decker of Cross City Funeral services were held at the Rick Gooding Funeral Home Chapel on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. with President Russell Akers ociating. Interment followed at Summerville Cemetery at New Prospect Baptist Church. A visitation was held at the funeral home on Monday, February 23, 2015 between the hours of 6 and 8 p.m. Arrangements were placed under the care of the Rick Gooding Funeral Home, Cross City, Florida, 352/498-5400.INGA SELPH HATCHApril 13, 1957 – February 22, 2015 With the setting of the sun, Sunday February 22, 2015 Inga Selph Hatch was transported by her Savior and Lord, Jesus into eternal glory. Inga was born into this world as the second child of Cleveland and Sudie Selph on April 13, 1957 in Jennings, Florida. Inga was a farmer’s daughter by birth, a pastor’s wife by choice, a Levy County 4-H Leader for 11 years, a mother to many besides her two and a friend to all. Above all, her life was a testimony to her faith in Christ. Inga is survived by her mother, Sudie; her husband, Eddie; daughter, Marie; son, Johnathan; brother, Cleavie; sister, Leisha; and aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews. Her father, Cleveland preceded her in eternal life. A visitation of thanks and a service for her role in life was at Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services from 6:30pm to 8:30pm on Wednesday, February 25, 2015. Service will be ursday, February 26, 2015 at Burnham Christian Church in Jennings, Fla. at 12 noon. e location of the church is 4520 NW CR 146 Jennings, Fla. Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services, 1301 N. Young Blvd. Chieand, FL; 352/493-0050 is honored to serve the Hatch Family. Online condolences can be made at our website www.heirs-baxl


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Lasagna Soup3 teaspoons olive oil 1 pound lean ground round 1 medium onion, chopped 1 small bell pepper, chopped 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 (32-ounce) container chicken broth 1 (15-ounce) can tomato sauce 1 (14 1/2-ounce) can petite diced tomatoes teaspoon salt 1/3 teaspoon crushed red pepper 4 oz. broken lasagna noodles (about 5 noodles) cup chopped fresh basil ( cup dried basil) 3 Tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese cup reduced-fat shredded mozzarella (or Italian mix) cheese Heat the oil over medium-high heat in a large nonstick sauce-pot or Dutch oven. Add the ground round, onion, bell pepper, and garlic. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until the meat is crumbled and browned, 8 – 10 minutes. Add the broth, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, salt, and crushed red pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the avors are blended, about 20 minutes. Add the broken noodles; bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the soup thickens slightly and the noodles are tender, 10 – 12 minutes. Remove from the heat; stir in mozzarella, basil, and the Parmesan.Caramel Apple Cobbler with Hot Buttered Rum SauceApple Mixture 12 cups of apples, peeled and sliced 1/2 cup all-purpose our 1/3 cup granulated sugar 2 tablespoons butter, melted 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 2 teaspoons apple pie spice 1/2 cup apple juice or water 3/4 cup caramel syrup (ice cream caramel sauce works great!) Topping 2 cups all-purpose our 1/3 cup granulated sugar 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon apple pie spice 1/4 cup cold butter 1 cup milk 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Hot Rum Sauce 3 teaspoons cornstarch 3/4 cup Apple Juice 3 Tablespoon butter 2-3 teaspoons rum extract (depending on your taste) Preheat oven to 375 For apple mixture: combine apples, our, sugar, butter, vanilla, and apple pie spice, in a large bowl. Toss well. Spoon into a large baking dish. Add the 1/2 cup apple juice or water. Drizzle caramel syrup over top. For Topping: combine our, sugar, baking powder, salt, and apple pie spice in a medium bowl; cut in butter with a pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add milk and vanilla; stir until just moist. Drop batter by tablespoonfuls over apple mixture. Bake for 1 hour in preheated oven, or until cobbler is bubbly and browned. In a small saucepan, blend the sugar, cornstarch, apple juice and butter over medium heat until thickened, stirring constantly; stir in rum extract. Pour and spread evenly over hot cobbler. Save some for extra drizzle when served. Serve warm garnished with whipped topping, if desired.Penny’s DIY TIP of the WeekSparkling DishesWhite vinegar is an inexpensive way to keep your dishes sparkling, just pour white vinegar in the compartment of your dishwasher instead of a liquid rinse product. e Levy County Department of Public Safety hosted a Mobile Training Lab from the College of Central Florida at the Safety Complex in Bronson on Feb. 17, 17 and 18. e mobile lab houses a Sim-Man 3G which is a state-of-the-art patient simulator with the capability of imitating medical conditions in people such as heart attack, stroke, and seizures. It reacts to student procedures with realistic responses and collects data to help students learn from the experience. is training was available to all LCDPS personnel as well as all municipal re department personnel. All on-duty EMS personnel were required to attend the training where they were faced with a simple lift-assist scenario that evolved into cardiac arrest. Members from LCDPS and Chieand Fire completed the scenario and reviewed their treatment responses via audio/visual playback. is proved to be an excellent opportunity for ongoing training for all First Responders. On February 17, the Levy County Board of County Commissioners approved a grant application requesting funding from the State for training items similar to those on the College’s Mobile training lab. If approved for these funds, high-delity simulator training would be available on a regular basis to all First Responders in Levy County. If you are interested in serving your community and learning these life-saving skills or volunteering contact: Levy County Department of Public Safety; 352/486-5209. LCDPS Hosts Simulation Training Lab at Complex in BronsonSpringhouse Quilter’s NewsSpringhouse Quilters, day quilters, held their monthly business meeting on February 10 in the morning, with Elaine Zahn, president, leading the meeting. e room was full of 50 happy, fun-lled quilters waiting for an exciting time together. e Night group followed the day group later in the day with 33 in attendance, enjoying a Valentine social and sharing time. Stephanie Metts from the Suwannee Valley Quilt Shop presented ideas and an update of quilting events scheduled for the quilt shop and local quilters including the March 21 Trenton Quilt Festival. On March 4, Pat Knoechel, a sister to Eleanor Burns, will present a lecture-workshop on the newest Quilt-In-A-Day projects at the shop. e new membership books were given out by Karen Alberts listing all the members of Springhouse. Springhouse membership is holding strong at 112 members with 10 new members. For these new members, Springhouse will provide a beginner quilting series over an 8-10 week period. e community project for Springhouse members this year will be to make and give pillow cases to a group of 6-19 year old children in a special handicapped unit at Shands at UF. Each member is requested to make at least one pillow case. e show and tell at the end of the meeting gives members a time to show and share their latest quilting project. For more information on Springhouse Quilters view their Facebook page, or contact 352/463-2207. Lois Scott, Publicity A strip quilt made by Loretta Lyell and displayed during the February Show and Tell.Charles King to be Honored at Birthday CelebrationCharles P. King, a well-known Chieand realtor and former chairman of the Levy County Democratic Executive Committee, will be honored at his 80th birthday celebration on Saturday, March 7 at the Shriners Club in Fanning Springs. e celebration begins at 12 noon. Lunch will be served at 1 p.m. No gifts please. Strawberry Goo in the Ag RoomElani Hudson, Shark Correspondent Last week in agricultural class with Mr. Voyles, we extracted DNA from strawberries. First we put our strawberries in a ziplock baggie and squished them up gently. We were provided another clear plastic party cup which contained Dawn dish soap and salt water to use as an extraction liquid. We poured our extraction liquid into the baggie of strawberries and squished it around for a moment. en in another clear party cup with more of the extraction liquid, we ltered some of the strawberry-goo into the extraction liquid. Once we had a decent amount of strawberry-goo in our new cup, we gently poured rubbing alcohol into the side of our extraction-liquid-cup. en—we waited. You could watch each of the little strawberry DNA rising to the surface and collecting, slowly but surely. We were given popsicle sticks to move our DNA around and attempt to cluster it. Some of us made a big blob, while others made a big mess. But we all had fun and learned something which achieves the big intention of the activity. Jump Rope for HeartBen Miller, Shark Correspondent On Friday, February 27, Cedar Key Elementary School will have its annual Jump Rope for Heart event. e event comes at the end of a month of fundraising for heart health. Students received donations in February. Now they will jump rope in the gymnasium for the last hour of the school day on Friday. e event is sponsored at many schools by the American Heart Association to spread awareness about heart health. Coach Chris Beckham, who coordinates the annual event for Cedar Key School, said the event is “A fun activity and gives kids a chance to get good exercise. It also allows kids to get involved with getting donations for a good cause.”Upcoming Events for the SharksTESTING – Monday, 3/2 and Tuesday 3/3 Students in 4th through 10th grade will be taking the new statewide writing assessments. (Juniors were initially scheduled to be tested as well, but were told on Tuesday morning that the governor’s oce has issued an executive order exempting all Florida juniors from the test.) FIELD TRIP – Wednesday, 3/5 Marine Science students will take a trip to Seahorse Key where they will be applying their classroom lessons in the eld. SPORTS Monday 3/2, 6 p.m. – Home softball and baseball games against Ocala Christian Academy Tuesday 3/3, 7 p.m. – Softball and baseball games in Bell ursday 3/5, 5 p.m. – Home softball and baseball games against Countryside ChristianSHARK NEWSfor Cedar Key School Cedar Key Senior Michael Shewey works to extract DNA from strawberries as part of a hands-on experiment in Mr. Voyles’ agriculture class.

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