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Thursday, January 16, 2014 Vol 32 No. 11 75 cents WHATS HAPPENING MLK Day celebration planned MondayThe 2014 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Planning Commission and Christians United in Christ will host a pre-Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. musical program at 2 p.m. Sunday at First Bethel Missionary Baptist Church of Dunnellon. The Rev. Alec Richardson, pastor of Greater Dimensions Christian Assembly, Dunnellon will be the main speaker. Pastor Eddie Fulford of First United Methodist Church will be the alternate speaker. In addition to their messages, the song service will be rendered by the Dunnellon Community Choir. Those who are 90 and older will be recognized during the service. On Monday, the organizations will host an honorary walk/parade at 9 a.m., starting from the McDonalds on U.S. 41. Parade lineup begins at 8. All participants will make the trek to Ernie Mills Park on Bostick Street. A wreath-laying ceremony will be at 9:45. Following that ceremony, there will be several guest speakers as well as music, entertainment and recreation such as basketball games and a bounce house for children. Klowns for Christ will also be in attendance and food will be served. Participation is sought from all churches and organizations in the community.Paper seeks stories of wedded couplesThe Riverland News is seeking couples who have been married 60 or more years for a Valentines Day feature. Couples, or their children, are asked to submit a photo to editor@riverland news.com or bring one to our office at 20441 E. Pennsylvania Ave. Deadline to submit information is Feb. 5. In addition to the photo(s), wed like the couple to answer the following questions: where did you meet?; What did you do for your first date?; was there a special moment when you knew they were the one?; and, where did you marry? Florida Cable remains on the hook for $1.3 million for purchasing Greenlight, as the city of Dunnellon awaits payment for selling Greenlight Dunnellon Communications. The privately owned telecommunications system was originally supposed to make payment at the end of business Dec. 23, placing the funds in an escrow account. Eddie Esch, interim city manager, and Virginia Cassidy, the recently appointed city attorney, learned about the situation Jan. 7; however, neither divulged the information to the City Council at its Jan. 8 workshop. That all changed Monday night at its regular City Council meeting after both Cassidy and Esch delivered their respective reports without sharing the information. However, Pierpont of Pierpont Consulting LLC broke Eddie Esch Virgina Cassidy Parties await ruling, again Developments future hinges on decisionOCALA Judge Steven Rogers assured one certainty Monday afternoon as Conservation Land Group LLC, the city of Dunnellon and Rainbow River Conservation Inc. and numerous other individual interveners awaited his ruling. One side or the other is not going to agree with, my ruling, he said. The parties held their breath in anticipation for the judges ruling about the settlement agreement reached between Conservation Land Group LLC, led by property owner Gerald Dodd, the city of Dunnellon as well as state agencies, the Department of Economic Opportunities (DEO) and the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). The problem, though, is they wont be able to hold their breath for long as Judge Rogers told those involved with the agreement and those opposed to the deal, theyll have to wait. I cannot give you the ruling today, he Special to the Riverland NewsGlenn Munyan, author, playwright and pharmacist, reads Max City Dog, to Max. Munyan turned the book into a short play titled, Rescuing Max, which can be seen Friday, Saturday or Sunday at the Dunnellon Historic Depot. When Glenn Munyan entered college, he was like most students at the time. Unsure of what his future held; uncertain of what he wanted to be when he grew up. And despite his musical talents, which he mixed with his love of writing, the Boston, Mass.-native opted for a completely different career path, neither of which involved music or writing. I was stumbling through college without knowing what I wanted to do with my life, he explained. I liked chemistry, but opted for studying pharmacy over chemistry. I had never stepped behind the pharmacy counter until the summer internship after my second year of pharmacy school. It was while he was in pharmacy school he would often find himself writing stories when he should have been studying for pharmacy exams. Prior to graduation from pharmacy school, I knew I wanted to study creative writing, he said, noting he played rhythm guitar and wrote songs in various bands prior to entering college. So looking back I do not know why I never considered writing as a career when entering college. After he completed Local playwright, author will direct own piece JEFF BRYAN Riverland News See STAGE page 2 See RULING page 6 Associated PressFlorida States Terrence Brooks breaks up a pass intended for Auburns Melvin Ray during second-half action of the NCAA BCS National Championship college football game Jan. 6 in Pasadena, Calif. Brooks will compete in the annual Senior Bowl on Jan. 25 in Mobile, Ala. Florida State Universitys return to national prominence is complete, and for one Dunnellon native hell forever be a part of the Seminoles rise as one of the elite NCAA Division I programs. And now Terrence Brooks, a former two-way standout for the Dunnellon High School football program, can call himself a national champion after Florida State overcame a 21-10 halftime deficit to capture the BCS crown with a thrilling last-seconds victory against Auburn, 34-31. Its all surreal, I definitely feel like we deserve it. Its a blessing, said Brooks, a 2010 Dunnellon High graduate who was the starting strong safety for the Noles during his final season. It didnt come without challenges in his final collegiate game with Florida State. The second-ranked Tigers picked apart the Seminoles defense for 21 first-half points as top-ranked FSU found itself trailing 21-10 at the half. But as Brooks pointed out, the Seminole defense made several key second-half adjustments in limiting the powerful Auburn offense to 10 points. Dunnellon native helps FSU capture national title JEFF BRYAN Riverland News See SEMINOLE page 14 JEFF BRYAN Riverland News Gerald Dodd Ralf Brookes City manager, city attorney knew money was not placed into escrow JEFF BRYAN Riverland News See CABLE page 7


pharmacy school, Munyan returned to college where he pursued a degree in creative writing at the University of North Florida. So being a pharmacist with the ability to mix the right ingredients, he put that experience to use with his writing abilities and love for dogs. Together, he came up with Max City Dog as well as a play Rescuing Max, both of which are loosely based on his mothers real-life experiences. As a youth, his mother was supposed to receive a female puppy, Maxine. When she arrived at Logan Airport in Boston, Munyans mother discovered the breeder had intentionally sent a skittish male instead. The dog was too afraid to come out of the crate, so my mother crawled into the crate with him for approximately an hour until he calmed down, he said, explaining his reason for not including that part about his mother in either the story or the play. I did not include my mother crawling inside the crate in the story as sometimes truth is stranger than fiction and I felt that it did not seem believable that someone would crawl inside a crate, but thats the way it happened. Initially, the dog breeder told her to return the pooch, with his mother even planning to take him to the pound, because he did not look like his particular breed. But she had a change of mind and heart. My mother accepted the puppy, said Munyan, who noted the dog became known as Max, a loving and devoted companion and friend for eight years. Now Munyan will see his play come to life this weekend at the Historic Dunnellon Depot. The play Rescuing Max based on the book Max City Dog. Max is different from his sibling, but receives unconditional love and acceptance from his owner, Munyan said. Maxs journey is to accept himself because he views himself as different. Proceeds from the event will benefit Herrys Kids Pediatric Services, a program of Hospice of Citrus County/ Hospice of the Nature Coast. Munyan said it seemed like a natural fit to partner with the nonprofit organization, especially after speaking with Linda Baker, the development director for the hospice. Baker had read his book, Munyan said, and he told her he had adapted the book into a play. I asked her if she thought that it would be a good idea to perform the play as a fundraising event for Hospice, he said. Linda was very receptive. Munyan, who has worked as a pharmacist for the past 2 1/2 years at the Winn-Dixie in Dunnellon and recently moved here four months ago, approached the Greater Dunnellon Historical Society about staging the play there. He said the group was very receptive to allowing the groups to use the venue to host the play. Munyan, who will serve as director, recruited the assistance of Diane Sellner, the faculty adviser for the DHS Drama Club and Troupe No. 845, as well as several students from the group to take on a role in the play. Munyan, though not entirely new to Dunnellon, said he and his girlfriend, Sharon, enjoy the area with their four dogs and recently adopted a lop rabbit. One of their dogs was rescued from a raid on Whisperings Oaks Puppy Mill in West Virginia, where 973 dogs and puppies were rescued. Sharon and I enjoy kayaking on the beautiful Rainbow River and taking our dogs to the Rainbow Springs State Park, Munyan said, noting he and his girlfriend make their own dog food. We also find the residents here extremely friendly and community orientated. 2 Riverland News, Thursday, January 16, 2014 000H2C6 There really is a difference in salons . Sonia Has Relocated 854-6531 Walk-Ins Welcome 6160 SW Hwy. 200, Ocala, Suite 99 in the Jasmine Plaza Se habla Espanol Come See Her at 000H4RV STAGEcontinued from page 1 TICKET INFO Rescuing Max will be at 7 p.m. F riday at 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Dunnellon Historic Depot. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students 18 and younger. Tickets can be purchased at Pets Plus at 20372 E. Pennsylvania Ave. or contact Linda Baker at 352-527-2020 or email lbaker@ hospiceofcitrus county.org. DHS Drama Club captures accolades Sports teams arent the only ones who can advance to district and state competition. Dunnellon High School students in the drama club competed at their district competition Dec. 6 and 7 at the College of Central Florida. Usually in the drama districts, students have opportunities to compete in many categories. More categories mean more chances of earning more awards. Yet, the drama club chose to take it a little easy as it was their first year competing in several years. They chose to enter one piece: a one-act play, Next. For this, they earned three trophies: one for All-Star Cast as well as awards for Chris Reed and Christina Bauer for Cameo Actor and Actress performance. They also earned an excellent in performance and a superior in tech support. When the students returned Monday after their successful weekend at districts, their exuberance could not be contained. All of them wore the T-shirts they got at the competition, and as they arrived in the journalism room for a photo shoot, they all bounced and skipped into the room. They will also attend the state event in late spring. In the foreground, Kayla Reed, Christina Bauer and Chris Reed hold the trophies the DHS Drama Club earned Dec. 6 and 7 at the district competition. Behind them are Gabe McMahan, Shawn Bennett, Abbey Long, Allyson Wedlick and Justin Heath. Also attending was Christina Calvert, not pictured. JULIE MANCINI/For the Riverland News The AARP Driver Safety Program is the first and most recognized comprehensive course offered nationwide that is designed especially for older drivers. Since its inception in 1979, it has reached millions. The Smart Driver course is the latest edition of this program. This is one of AARPs hallmark programs and helps fulfill its key social impact goal of helping Americans age 50-plus sustain mobility as they age. The cost of the course is $15 for AARP members and $20 for nonmembers. The course offers participants an important opportunity to learn how to drive more efficiently and safely. The course contains up-todate researched-based information about changes over time in ourselves, vehicles, roads and the rules and regulations we must be aware of in order to be a competent driver. The content of this course can help you boost safety awareness, refresh and improve driving skills, minimize crash risk, increase confidence, prolong mobility and maintain independence. Completion of this course may qualify you for a discount on your auto insurance. The next Smart Driver Program will be from 1 to 4 p.m. March 6 and 7 at the Dunnellon Sheriffs Office Substation on U.S. 41. For information or to register, call 465-6359. AARP driver safety class slated Special to the Riverland News High Twelve Club to host meetingThe Greater Ocala Masonic High Twelve Club No. 665 will host its monthly meeting at 11 a.m. Friday at 702 NE 25th Ave., Ocala. The program will include a singing duet, featuring Sue Koppler and Mary Mahoney. There will be a buffet lunch available for $12 per person. All Master Masons in good standing in a Masonic Lodge, recognized by the Grand Lodge of Florida, and their guests, are invited to attend. Reservations are required. For information or to RSVP, call Bob Brady at 352-854-9612.Garden Club slates meetingThe Rainbow Springs Garden Club will meet at 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, at the American Legion Hall, 10730 U.S. 41. Ed Bugbee from Orchids by Featherstone will be the guest speaker and will dicuss how growing orchids is easy for anyone who is interested in growing them. For those of us who prefer to admire the success of others, this program will provide tempting eyecandy from this talented orchid grower. Rainbow Springs Garden Club is open to everyone in the surrounding areas. Annual membership, September through May, is $10. Visitor fee is $5 applicable toward annual membership. Grow and Share plants will be sold. 50-25-25 tickets will be sold and door prizes will be awarded. For information, call Alice Kennedy at 465-3002.State Park to host bird walk Jan. 25Rainbow Springs State Park will host a bird walk at 8 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 25. Bird walks will be conducted by Fred Hileman, a Rainbow Springs volunteer and president of the Citrus County Audubon, along with assistance from other birding enthusiasts. All participants are asked to meet in the parking lot at the headsprings entrance. Beginners are welcome. Bring binoculars or other birding tools, comfortable shoes, sunscreen, bug spray and water. A few pairs of binoculars may be available for use. Admission is $2 per person. For information about the walk, email president@citrus countyaudubon society.com.Food-4-Kids plans eventDunnellon Food-4Kids will have a table at the American Legions Flea Market, beginning at 7 a.m. Saturday. All our proceeds will be used to help feed hungry school kids on school weekends. The American Legion WallRives Post No. 58 Flea Market is at 10730 U.S. 41, Dunnellon.Author to speak at public libraryKathryn Taubert will provide a PowerPoint presentation about the five weeks she spent living with members of the Ewe Tribe in West Africa in 2009, which was the subject of her 2012 book, Yevu (White Woman): My Five Weeks With The Ewe Tribe in Ghana, West Africa, at 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, at the Dunnellon Public Library. The event is free. For information, call 438-2520. COMMUNITY BRIEFS


State park to host Cracker DaysRainbow Springs State Park will host Cracker Days from 9 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 22 and 23. The park is 1 1/2 miles north of Dunnellon on U.S. 41. Admission is $2 per person; children 5 and younger are free. Cracker Days features people whose skills echo pioneer life in 1800s frontier Florida, from an authentic Cracker Camp where fire, soap, butter, candles and biscuits are made, trappers and traders tell stories, spinning wheels turn to the weaver, potter, wood carver, wood turner and corn grinder and to basket, rug and broom makers and more. Various foods and drinks will be available. For information, call Jo Ann at 465-8246. Habitat for Humanity seeks volunteers Habitat for Humanity of Marion County is looking for volunteers to help in construction, fundraising, the ReStore and the upcoming Strawberry and Craft Festival. For information about volunteering with Habitat for Humanity of Marion County Inc., visit habitatocala.org/volunteer or call Brittney Fish, volunteer coordinator, at 352-351-4663. Habitat for Humanity of Marion County is a donor/volunteer-driven organization.United Way offers free tax preparationUnited Way of Marion County will offer free income tax preparation through a variety of VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) locations. Marion County residents are encouraged to get 100 percent of their return back. Call 211 to make an appointment. All volunteers providing tax assistance are trained by the Internal Revenue Service. Residents will need to bring the following information with them: Government issues photo ID. Valid Social Security cards, ITN numbers, and birth dates for taxpayer, spouse, and all dependents. All wage and income statements (example: W2, W-2G, 1099R forms). Interest and dividend statements from financial institutions (Form 1099), if applicable. A copy of last years federal tax return. Proof of day care expenses including: providers name, address and federal identification number. For direct deposit of refund bring checking/ savings account and routing numbers. If married and filing a joint return, both spouses must come to the VITA site. Volunteers will not prepare Schedule D (complex), Schedule E, request for Social Security Numbers, Employee Business Expenses, Moving Expenses, Nondeductible IRA or minor investment income. For information, call Marhsa Holloway at 352-732-9696, ext. 215.Agency in need of volunteersThe Annie W. Johnson Service Center and the Annie W. Johnson Thrift Store are in need of volunteers, who should have an understanding and a passion for the causes supported by the agency. Volunteers should be flexible. For information, call 489-8021.Kiwanis changes meeting placeThe Kiwanis Club of Dunnellon will begin meeting at Carmelas Restaurant at 8 a.m. Wednesdays for its weekly meetings and breakfast. However, on the third Wednesday monthly, the club will continue meeting at 5:30 p.m. at the Rainbow Springs Golf & Country Club. For information, contact Ellie Pollock at 4656803 for a reservation by the previous Tuesday weekly.Norms Clean Cuts accepting toys, foodNorms Clean Cuts Barber Shop at 11941 Bostick St, Dunnellon is a drop-off point for the U.S. Marine Corps annual Toys for Tots drive as well as a drop-off location for food donations for Food 4 Kids Inc., which provides back packs full of food on the weekends for needy children in the area. For information, call 465-3666.Police collecting used cell phonesThe Dunnellon Police Department is collecting cellular phones with chargers for victims of Domestic Violence. The collected phones are turned over to domestic violence shelters and provided to victims to use to call 911 for any emergency. Please drop off all unused cellular phones along with the chargers to the police department, 12014 S. Williams St. Dunnellon or at Repeat Boutique. Riverland News, Thursday, January 16, 2014 3 000GYZO 000H3WQ NEW PATIENTS & WALK-INS WELCOME Taking Care Of Our Patients Since 1992 Bellam Medical Clinic Rajendra P. Bellam MD Board Certified Internal Medicine Internal & General Medicine Crystal Van Leeuwen, ARNP-C EKG, Lab, Pap Test Done MEDICARE, MEDICAID & MOST INSURANCE ACCEPTED www.BellamMedical.com 000H0J7 Monday-Friday 447-3031 41 N. Inglis Ave., Inglis Monday-Saturday (352) 465-1199 11011 N. 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CALL888-852-2340or352-563-5655 7a.m.to4p.m.MondaythroughFriday, or7to10a.m.Sundays ForInformationOnSubscriptions TOSUBMITNEWSITEMSEMAILTO: editor@riverlandnews.com NEWSDEADLINEISNOONFRIDAY. Newsitemsabouthappeningsatareachurchesandclubs,schooland sportingactivities,militarypromotions,announcementofbirths, anniversaries,engagements,weddings,firstand90+birthdays,and similarcommunitynewsitemsareacceptedforpublication.PERIODICALPOSTAGEPAIDATDUNNELLON,FL. SECONDCLASSPERMIT#681-730POSTMASTER:Sendaddresschangesto: RIVERLANDNEWS,20441E.PENNSYLVANIAAVE.,DUNNELLON,FL34432-6035 Chamber hosts annual banquet JEFF BRYAN/Riverland NewsSue Lavac, right, verifies Gary Mocks name on the guest list Saturday night at the annual Dunnellon Area Chamber of Commerce awards banquet at the Rainbow River Club. Not only were awards presented to various community leaders, business owners and citizens, the Chambers 2014 Board of Directors was sworn-in during the evenings festivies. For pictures of award winners, see Page 9 of todays edition of the Riverland News. COMMUNITY BRIEFS The Marion County Sheriffs Citizens Academy and Partnership (CAP) program, a free 12-week educational course about the operations of the Sheriffs Office, is accepting applications for the winter course. The class will be offered at three locations. The Marion County Sheriffs Office will host a class from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays beginning Jan. 28. The class will be at the MCSO Central Operations, 3300 NW 10 St. in Ocala in the Multipurpose Conference Room. To register for this class, email Jenifer Lowe at JLowe@ marionso.com or call 352-368-3598. The Belleview Public Library, 13145 SE County Road 484 in Belleview, will host a class from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays beginning Jan. 29. To register for this class, email Jenifer Lowe at JLowe@ marionso.com or call 352-368-3598. On Top of the World will host a class from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Thursdays beginning Jan. 30 at its Master the Possibilities learning center. Registration for the OTOW class is open to the public but must be done through Master the Possibilities by calling 8543699 or online at MasterThePossibilities. com. All students must complete the application form found on marionso.com. During the program, MCSO staff will highlight all units within the Sheriffs Office, giving citizens an in-depth understanding of what the agency is doing for the community. Each week will focus on a different aspect of the agency, personnel, equipment, policies, procedures and overall function. Students will have an opportunity to view specialty unit equipment, hear from experts in the field of law enforcement, investigations, corrections and prosecution. After graduation, students will be offered an exclusive chance to obtain their concealed weapons license through a firearms safety course instructed by Sheriff Chris Blair. Sheriff plans Citizens Academy Special to the Riverland News


4 Riverland News, Thursday, January 16, 2014 RIVER VIEWS The Newspaper built on Community Pride. Publisher Gerry Mulligan Regional Manager John Murphy Editor Jeff Bryan Member of the Florida Press Association RIVERLAND NEWS Hows the citys pirate crew faring?Has anyone heard from the pirate ship city of Dunnellon lately? Is it still sinking? The captain and his dastardly crew were so busy looting the peaceful residents of Rainbow Springs that they didnt notice the massive hole in their own boat. Bon Voyage.Duke Stoetzer,Dunnellon Community made Childrens Christmas party possibleDunnellon Fire Rescue owes many thanks to not only all the businesses in Dunnellon, but also all the residents that supported our Needy Childrens Christmas Party with numerous donations. A very special thanks goes to Frank King at the Dunnellon Bingo Hall for not only giving us the bingo hall for a couple of days, but also for supplying the meals for all the children and their parents; Garys Nuts for finding Santa at the North Pole; Tri-County RC Fly Club for helping to sponsor this event; Personal Mini Storage/U-Haul, all the volunteers who helped to wrap all the gifts; and, finally, Ocala Clown Express from On Top of the World for doing their face paintings and balloon animals. They were a great addition for entertaining the children this year. It seems like each year we do this event it gets better and better. Its always for a good cause and if it wasnt for the support from all of Dunnellon, many children would probably go without having a Christmas at all. We were expecting from 250 to 300 children, but were pleasantly surprised when 350 children came to meet Santa. Santa arrived again this year, not in his traditional sled, but in a big red fire engine with the lights flashing and sirens wailing. Oh what a sight. Santa greeted all the children before handing each one of them their gifts. All had a wonderful time. Dunnellon Fire Rescue would like to recognize all the businesses that gave their time and support for this most worthwhile event: Angus Wholesale Meats; American Legion Post No. 58; A-Z Beverage; Anglers Resort; Blue Gator; Capt. Bobs Airboat Tour; Avonelle Mackerell, attorney; Always Something; Blue Run Bicycles; Butler Multi-Service; Bentleys Restaurant; Crocks Pub; Coast to Coast Heating & Air; Curt Bond Signs; Community Builders; CJ Transmission; China Wok; China House; Coldwell Banker/Riverland Realty; Chuck-E Cheese; Dunnellon Garden Club; Don Pepe Restaurant; Dunnellon Square Residents Association; Dunnellon Community Thrift Shop; Dunnellon Moose Lodge No. 2308; Dunnellon Bingo Hall; Dunnellon Dry Cleaner; Dunnellon Marine; Dunnellon Rowdies; Dunnellon Turner House; Dunnellon Pawn; You get to know a person pretty good when youve been with them for 22 years. Like I know that my husband always wakes up from his naps grouchy and hungry. I know hed rather have beef hot dogs and macaroni and cheese than almost anything else in the world. I also know he needs to stay busy and active in order to be happy. I dont think Ive ever told the story about how Russell and I met. I was a waitress at The Pizza Pub in the 1980s and 1990s. My manager, at the time, was Russells sister, Gannie, and we grew to be best friends. She frequently talked about her brother, but every time she said he was coming to town he never did. We started teasing her she was making him up and he only existed in her head. In December 1990, we were having our Christmas party at the restaurant and in he walked, totally unannounced and completely unexpected. Gannie was thrilled to see him. I thought he was the best looking thing Id ever seen. Russell and I didnt hit it off at first. He was arrogant and rude. I was cautious and awkward. Shortly after that first meeting, he decided to move to Dunnellon and we became friends. We always flirted with each other, but neither of us took it seriously. We were both seeing other people. Two years into our friendship, I sent him a sweet birthday card and four days later he asked me out. Our courtship was the kind you see in movies, like Johnny Castle and Baby from Dirty Dancing. We were crazy about each other and couldnt stand to be apart. From that first date, we were both hooked. Two weeks later, he told me he loved me. Four weeks later, he halfway moved in. Well, lets just say I made him some drawer space. I wish we knew how to bottle those feelings and take them out whenever we want. It was a magical time. There were a few sure signs Russell was the right man for me. He called me Audge on our first date, which is a nickname only my brothers use. He had the big, huge man hands, which reminded me of my dads. And he was the first guy I could actually pig out in front of without embarrassment. I felt totally at ease around him, almost like wed known each other forever. When he would come over, I never wanted him to leave. We may not have that same crazy passion now, but we have settled into a routine that works well for both of us. The things I like best about our relationship are he lets me OPINIONS INVITEDThe opinions expressed in Riverland News editorials are the opinions of the editorial board of the newspaper.Viewpoints depicted in political cartoons, columns or letters do not necessarily represent the opinion of the editorial board.All letters must be signed and include a phone number and hometown, including letters sent via email, Phone numbers will not be printed or given out. We reserve the right to edit letters for length, libel, fairness and good taste.Letters to the editor must be no longer than 550 words, and writers will be limited to two letters per month. OUR VOICE LETTERS JERSEY GIRL SOCIAL SECURITY Wise taxpayers may want to take advantage of winter months indoors to prepare for tax filing season this spring. Whether you are a small business owner, a retiree, or a new parent, here are some Social Security tax tips that may help you. Are Social Security benefits taxable? Yes, for some people with higher incomes. About one third of those receiving Social Security benefits must pay taxes on some of their Social Security benefits, depending on the amount of their taxable income. Learn more at www. socialsecurity.gov/planners/taxes.htm. Will I get a tax form for my Social Security benefits? Yes. Beneficiaries should receive their Social Security Benefit Statements (Form SSA-1099) for tax year 2013 on or before Jan. 31. If you receive Social Security and dont receive your 1099 by the end of January, you can request one online at www.social security.gov/1099. We had a baby in 2013. Does our child need a Social Security number? Yes. Most people apply for their babys Social Security number while theyre still in the hospital at the same time they register for the birth certificate. But if you didnt, youll need to apply for your childs Social Security number before you file your tax return in order to claim the child as a dependent. Youll also need it if you ever apply for government benefits on behalf of your child or your family. Learn more about Social Security cards and numbers at www.socialsecurity. gov/ssnumber. I changed my name when I got married last year. Do I need to report it to Social Security? Yes. If youve legally changed your name due to marriage, divorce, court order, or for any other reason, make sure you change your name with Social Security, as well as with your employer. If you change with one source but not the other, it could cause your earnings to be improperly recorded and you may not get all the benefits you are entitled to when you become eligible for Social Security in the future. Failing to change your name on your Social Security record could also cause a delay in your receipt of any federal income tax refund. You can learn more about your Social Security number and how to change your name at www. socialsecurity.gov/ssnumber. I own a small business. Can I report my employees W-2s to Social Security electronically? Yes, and we encourage you to do just that at www.socialsecurity.gov/bso. Filing your W-2s electronically is free, fast, and secure! Plus theres an added bonus: when you file electronically, you receive an extra month to file because electronically filed W-2s arent due until March 31. Youll also receive an electronic receipt. And when you enter your W-2 information online, you can simultaneously print out the W-2s for your employees. Learn more at www.socialsecurity.gov/employer. Does Social Security have any tips at this time of year for those filing their taxes? Yes. We encourage you to carefully check: your name, Social Security number, and all Prepare for tax season now Signs were there for couple We know, all too well, the great divide that exists when it comes to loyalty regarding college football. Seminole fans despise Gators and Hurricanes. Gator fans loathe the Noles and Canes. Miami fans bristle at the mention of either Florida or Florida State being refrred to as the best football program in the state, or the nation. Our college football allegiances run deep, and typically are passed down from generation to generation. Its as if that one team is a member of the family. When times are great everyone is thrilled and when times are tough, we want heads to roll. Regardless of your current college football affiliation, we should all be proud of Terrence Brooks and the accomplishments and accolades hes garnered throughout the past four years suiting up for the Garnett and Gold. The former two-way standout for the Dunnellon High football program could proudly boost about being a national champion, as hes been a part of two ACC Championship teams. Perhaps he could brag about being a two-year starter or how he earned playing time on special teams as a true freshman. Then again, he could discuss a few of his favorite memorable moments including a critical interception against Notre Dame two years ago, which sealed a victory against the Irish in the Champ Sports Bowl. Then again, with an appearance pending in the Senior Bowl and a likely invitation awaiting him to participate in the annual NFL Combine, he could tout those impressive accolades at us. But Brooks wont, because thats neither the type of person he is or the young man hes developed into since stepping foot onto the FSU campus four years ago. Brooks apprciates where hes come from; those who have helped pave the way for him throughout the years, whether it was in Pop Warner football or his storied prep career; and, most important, how many youth football players consider him a role model and look up to him. The same could certainly be said about former Tiger greats Lerentee McCray, Ernie Mills and several other notable players whove made an impact throughout the past 30 years. The community, most notably the city and its officials, need to make plans to recognize Brooks for putting a positive spotlight on our community. A ticker tape parade might be too much to ask for but we see no reason why some sort of ceremony cannot be pieced together. See LETTERS page 5 See JERSEY page 5 Audrey Beem Adon Williams See SOCIAL page 5


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Bill Wetmore, Dunnellon Fire Rescue be myself and doesnt try to change me. He never gets between me and my grandkids, and he always says the right thing when Im feeling down. He always tells me, dont sweat it; everything will be OK, and when he says it, I believe it. His favorite things about me would probably be my cooking, my huge support and a subject I cant write about in a family newspaper. Our relationship is far from perfect. Were both extremely stubborn and always want to be right. I dont like to start fights, but I sure love to finish them. And Im better at making my point than he is. If we never went to bed angry with one another, wed be awake for days at a time. But we always have each others back. I realize our relationship would not work for many. We love our time together, but we also love our alone time. We do things apart and enjoy doing them. But our tastes and interests are very diverse. He wouldnt enjoy sitting through a romantic comedy at the theatre any more than I would enjoy spending hours at Harbor Freight. So why torture each other? I like shopping, musicals and the beach. He likes tools, action movies, and fishing in the gulf. But we both like being outdoors, entertaining, eating out and any time spent with the grandkids. Hey, if it aint broke, dont fix it. Happy anniversary (22) to us. Riverland News, Thursday, January 16, 2014 5 922 N. Citrus Ave., Crystal River 352-795-9200 Dunnellon Open MRI 11371 N. Williams St. Dunnellon, FL 34432 Officially closed as of 11/22/13 If patients or doctors need copies of records or would like to schedule appointments in our Crystal River office, please contact us at: 000H1KM www.fdsdisposalinc.com Drug screens & background checks done. Wages based on experience. Apply by resume only to: fdsdisposalinchr @ aol.com or Fax to: 352-527-1829 FDS Disposal Inc. 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Diners supported children served by Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast and one anonymous family unable to attend presented a significant donation to Don Parsons to benefit hospice. The special event offered a five-course meal with a complementing wine served with each course and featured festive music and door prizes. For information about Bentlys Restaurant, call 465-5810 or visit www.dineatbentleys.com. data on your W-2s; your online Social Security Statement; and your Social Security card to make sure they all match. If you dont have access to your card or Statement but know your Social Security number, make sure the number and information is correct on your W-2s. A mismatch could delay your tax refund and cause problems with your Social Security benefits in the future. Such errors are much easier to fix early on. If you do notice an error, contact Social Security at 800-772-1213 (TTY 800-325-0778), or if the information on the W-2 is incorrect, notify your employer. 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said. I cannot have everybody leave here happy; someone is going to disagree with what I decide. Judge Rogers did let it be known, he wont likely send the parties back to mediation, noting its been attempted not just once, but twice. I have everything I need, I have plenty of notes from the arguments presented, he said. I dont need anything new. Im going to take my time to read through everything before making my decision. Then Im going to issue my ruling. But he did not indicate how long it will be before he issues his ruling after hearing approximately two hours of arguments, mostly from the attorneys of the interveners in the case. If Judge Rogers rules in favor of the agreement, it would mark an end to the long-drawn out legal battle, wrangling, objections and interventions regarding Rainbow River Ranch, a proposed subdivision on a 250-acre parcel of property abutting the east shoreline of the Rainbow River. The deal, negotiated by Marsha Segal-George, the former assistant city attorney, was approved in September 2012 by the Dunnellon City Council. RRC and the then-Department of Community Affairs (DCA) intervened in an initial 2010 agreement to which the city and Dodd agreed. However, that agreement was denied by now retired Judge Frances King, who ordered all parties to come together to come up with an accord each could agree upon. Those parties, including the DEO, the city, RRC and DEP met in the fall of 2012 to come to an agreement. The city, Dodd and the state agencies signed off on a new agreement; however, RRC did not approve the latest deal and has continued to pursue its status as interveners in the pact, citing both environmental and financial concerns for the river and the city of Dunnellon. According to the deal, the agreement does not become final until: (A) the plat is recorded, and (B) the settlement agreement is approved by the Circuit Court as provided in 70.001, F.S., and the time to appeal has run, or, if appealed, when a decision is rendered which affirms the legality of the agreement. When the agreement becomes final, the property owners and the city will file voluntary dismissals of all pending claims against each other. The deal, if approved by a judge, stated the site design properly reflects the importance of the protection of the critical environmental and natural habitat areas of the property. Some of these environmentally friendly design features include large, contiguous greenway trails, neighborhoods traversable by foot, a variety of housing choices and a protective buffer along the Rainbow River. According to the deal, the property owners will place a protective buffer along the riverfront of the Rainbow River. As used in this agreement, the term protective buffer means the area along the riverfront measured landward 100 feet from the ordinary high-water line or to the landward extent of the existing railroad berm, whichever distance is greater. Plat approval will require the protective buffer setback as noted above and a 25-foot setback from a jurisdictional wetland delineation line for the primary residential structure on each waterfront residential lot. All residential structures on non-riverfront lots will also be set back 25 feet from any jurisdictional wetland delineation lines. Within the protective buffer, the only structures permitted shall be docks, walkways, footpaths and gazebo-type structures. No residential structures may be located within the protective buffer and no gazebo may be converted to a residential structure. The agreement states the development of this project shall be subject to the requirement that all structures shall be connected to a central sewer system and an approved public or private central water system as to be outlined in a future Utility Services Agreement. The agreement also stipulates the property owner shall either donate a site, which would accommodate a 6,000to 8,000-square-foot public facility, or pay the city $50,000 for the acquisition or construction of a facility within 12 months of the start of construction on any phase of the project. According to the agreement, the property owner does not waive any rights or claims under the Bert Harris Act for government actions taken by the city after the date of this settlement agreement, if the city denies or files any action agreed upon in the pact. In the agreement, the DEO, through its Division of Community Development, has reviewed this agreement and negotiated the conditions of this agreement in consultation with the DEP in order to assure the agreement protects the public interests, advanced by F.S. 163. However, Ralf Brookes and Thomas Pelham, attorneys representing RRC and the individual interveners, called the agreement a sweetheart deal for the developer. This agreement is an aggressive deal between the city and the property owner to circumvent statutory requirements, argued Pelham, who once worked for the now defunct DCA. Added Brooks during his agreement: This is the best deal the city and developer could come up without considering public interest in mind. Our position is this is a sweetheart deal. Dodd, who bought the property 10 years ago, has watched his proposed plans be tied up in the court system for the past seven years. 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the news to the City Council and the sparse public in attendance. Pierpont was pointed with his comments, especially with Cassidy who had sent the independent consultant an email requesting he return his $39,000 payment, because his work wasnt completed. It was Pierponts firm that helped city officials navigate their way through the financial disaster caused by the failure of the citys fiber to the home program to take hold like officials had expected when they secured $7.3 million in November 2010 from Regions Bank. I felt it necessary to come up and talk with the Council, Pierpont said, giving the background about the Dec. 23 closing with Florida Cable. As of Jan. 7, after speaking with Virginia Cassidy and Eddie Esch, the deal has not been funded in escrow. Over the weekend, I was trying to get this thing resolved. The attorneys decided to put the funds in escrow. To this date, the sale has yet to be funded. Pierpont submitted a bill as requested by Mike Markham, the citys special legal counsel for their ongoing financial emergency with the state as well as issues with Regions Bank for failure to make payments on the $7.3 million in bonds. The city, at the request of Esch, issued Pierpont a check; however, the funds to pay Pierpont were supposed to come from the escrow account. Instead, they came from the citys general funds. The problem for Pierpont and the city though is, because Florida Cable has yet to pay, the deal hasnt officially closed. But the payment to Pierpont was moot, because the Council, particularly Mayor Nathan Whitt and Councilman Erik Collop, were none too pleased about hearing Florida Cable had yet to pay and that both Esch and Cassidy knew about it prior to last weeks workshop. Its been three weeks, its not like its been a day, its been three weeks, Collop said. What are we going to do about this? Both Esch and Cassidy explained they had discussions with both Pierpont and David Suarze, the president/CEO of Florida Cable, on Jan. 7. They explained Suarze was shocked to hear the funds had not been placed in escrow and assured both of them the money would be there within 24 to 48 hours. That time has come and gone, come and gone, Esch said. We thought this was all going to be taken care of, explained Cassidy, who manages the escrow. Added Esch: We didnt want to fire off false alarms. Collop, for one, wasnt buying it. Its almost like youre hiding something, he said, noting he wanted an update by noon Tuesday. I want to know what the deal is. Mayor Whitt asked that no one make this a personal blame game, but even he wanted answers as to how the problem was going to be corrected with Florida Cable. This is a nightmare, Mayor Whitt said. Those folks are playing with fire. Pierpont chided Cassidy for not informing the Council about the situation when she knew the funds had not been placed in escrow. Im shocked the city attorney would let it go this long without it being funded, he said. Im not privileged to (the escrow) being funded, but youve got to force your cash; it needs to be funded immediately. You truly have to make a decision. This has been the most unique situation in the world. Pierpont told the Council he had gotten a verbal agreement from Suarze, who said hed pay a daily fine, so to speak, of $2,330 for the sale payment not being placed into escrow. City officials said they wanted those funds by 2 p.m. Tuesday as a sign of good faith with the full $1.3 million being placed into escrow by the end of business Wednesday. The City Council was tentatively planning for a special meeting tonight if the funds were not placed in escrow by Wednesday. As of press time Wednesday morning, neither the fine had been paid, nor had the $1.3 million payment been placed into escrow. Were going off blind promises, Esch said. Vice Mayor Dennis Evans said city officials need to be careful about how they proceed if the payment is not received. Do we have a contract and how hard would it be for him to get out of the contract? Evans asked. Does it legally let him out of the contract? I just want us to be careful before we say were going to do this, that or the other. City Clerk Dawn Bowne pointed out to the Council at the Dec. 23 closing, titles, equipment and trucks were all turned over to Florida Cable. Its a bitter pill to swallow, Mayor Whitt said, adding officials needed to get through Tuesday before moving ahead with any plans about what to do next. This is a tragedy at this point. One thing the Council did agree upon was paying Pierpont for the 500-plus hours he and his partner, Ed Reagan, put into helping negotiate the sale of Greenlight as well as helping the city resolve the financial woes plagued by the citys venture into the telecommunications business. God knows, we all know, hes worked his ever-loving butt off on this, Esch said. For more news from Mondays City Council meeting, see the Jan. 23 edition of theRiverland News.Riverland News, Thursday, January 16, 2014 7 Electric Beach Salon Electric Beach Salon ( 352 ) 465-6505 19140 E. Pennsylvania Avenue (AKA Hwy. 484) Dunnellon For appointment call MM26514 000H4EG Stop in and experience our hidden treasure over the Rainbow River on Pennsylvania Ave./Rt. 484 Melissa, Kristina, Lindi ALL our services are performed in a professional, friendly and clean environment. We are a fullservice salon that is second to none in customer satisfaction! 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Memory is a beautiful thing, that is, when it is working. I must confess there are many times in which my memory is on some kind of a vacation. What I want to know is simply this, how do you know you have forgotten something if you have forgotten it? I do many things I cannot remember exactly why I do them. Behind everything I do is a reason for why I do it or those things that I do not do. I must confess I am quite a reasonable person along this line. Without memory, we can take many things for granted. We go through motions we do not know why we are going through them, we just go through them. Everybody says that when you get older your memory rather takes a backseat. That may be the case with me, I am not quite sure. I cannot remember. I must confess it is a great asset at times to have a memory failure. For instance, when the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage accosts me and says, Did you remember ...? She may have sent me to the grocery store to fetch something or she James Berger, 81James A. Berger, 81, of Citrus Springs, Fla., died Jan. 2, 2014, suddenly in Philadelphia, Pa., due to heart complications. James was preceded in death by his parents the late Arthur & Mary Berger (Long). James is survived by his wife of 51 years, Margot; daughter, Donna OBrien; sons, Robert and Keith Berger; and a granddaughter, Daphne Berger. A memorial Service will take place at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 439 E. Norvell Bryant Highway (Rt. 486), Hernando, FL 34442. A light lunch will follow. Donations in remembrance of James may be sent to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Memorial Fund, 439 E. Norvell Bryant Highway, Hernando, FL 34442 or Alzheimer Association, Memorial Donation, P. O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011. Mary Williamson Kerr, 82Mary Williamson Kerr, 82 of Dunnellon, Fla., died Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014. Survivors include her son, Robert A. Lopeck; daughters, Margaret A. Langworthy and Deborah Winters. A memorial will be 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17, 2014, at the First Baptist Church of Rainbow Lakes Estates with Pastor David Goodroe officiating. Knauff Funeral HomeWilliston is in charge of arrangements. 8 Riverland News, Thursday, January 16, 2014 Attend the worship service of your choice... Calvary Baptist Temple 21841 S.W. Marine Blvd. Rainbow Lakes Estates Sunday Sunday School.............9:45 a.m. Worship Service.........11:00 a.m. Evening Service..........5:00 p.m. Wednesday Prayer Meeting............7:00 p.m. Every 4th Sunday......5:00 p.m Share, Praise & Fellowship Pastor Jamie Parker 352-489-8962 Please Join Us As We Worship In His Name 000G4H4 000GK64 7525 S. Highway 41, Dunnellon 352-489-3166 Saturday Reconciliation . . 3:30 PM Saturday Vigil . . . . . . . . . . 4:30 PM Sunday . . . . 8:00 AM and 10:30 AM Sunday Spanish............ . . . Noon Mon. 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McKee, Pastor Sunday School & Adult Bible Class 9:00 A.M Sunday Worship Service 10:00 A.M Wednesday Bible Study 10:00 A.M Wednesday potluck & Bible Study 6:30 PM 000FZWA The Church On The Hill 5 miles North of Dunnellon US Hwy 41 at Highway 40 489-5881 www.PeaceLutheranOnline.com Romeo Baptist Church Sunday School 9:30 AM Worship 11:00 AM Disciple Training 5:00 PM Pastor R.D. Hess (352) 489-1788 Sunday (Nursery & Childrens Church Provided) Wednesday AWANA 6:30 PM Youth Group 6:30 PM Bible Study 7:00 PM 8 1 / 2 Miles North of Dunnellon Off of Highway 41, Left at Church Sign on SW 5 th Place 000FZWT Dunnellon Seventh-day Adventist Church Welcome To Our Services Hwy. 41 & Hwy. 40 Saturday Sabbath School 9:30 AM Sermon . . . . . 11:00 AM Tuesday Bible Study . . . 4:30 PM For more information: 352-489-3455 www.dunnellonsdachurch.com 000FZW4 GATHERINGS A D IRECTORY OF A REA C HURCHES For where two or three gather together in My name, there am I with them. Matthew 18:20 711180 000H448 OBITUARIES First Birthdays Special to the Riverland NewsGarrick and Gavin Robertson celebrated their first birthday Jan. 4. Their parents are Steve and Rebekah Robertson of Chapin, S.C.; their grandparents are Ron and Anita Robertson of Taylors, S.C.; and their great-grandparents are Jim and Augie Salzer of Dunnellon. Photos, stories wanted of Holy FaithParishioners of Holy Faith Episcopal Church in Blue Cove will celebrate its 50th anniversary Sept. 20 and 21. As part of the celebration, the 50th Anniversary Committee is working to compile a history of the church in the community. All past and present members of the church, friends, neighbors and families can help by searching their memories and scrapbooks for stories and photos related to Holy Faith. Photos would be promptly copied and returned. The goal by September is to share the past and continuing relationship of Holy Faith with the Dunnellon community. Committee members will be happy to do athome interviews. Interviews can be arranged by calling 489-2685.Church schedules informational seriesPeace Lutheran Church will host a series titled, Get in Touch With Your Faith, a Christian information class, starting at 6 p.m. today. Pastor Terry McKee will conduct the class for each week, for 12 to 16 weeks, depending on the questions and desires of the group. The public is welcome. Participants level of participation is optional, and there will be no tests. There is no fee or obligation for the class. Register by calling the church office at 489-5881. Peace Lutheran Church is at 7201 U.S. 41. For information, visit www.Peace LutheranOnline.com.Church to host baked ziti dinerHoly Faith Episcopal Church will host a baked ziti dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17, at Holy Faith Episcopal Church at 19924 W. Blue Cove Drive. Donation is $7 for adults; $3 for children, 12 and younger. Take out dinners are available. For information, call 489-2685.Church slates Saturday SupperThe Third Saturday Supper will be from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, at the Community Congregational Christian Church at 9220 N. Citrus Springs Blvd., Citrus Springs in the Dewain Farris Fellowship Hall. Adult tickets are $10 and children are $5. Tickets can be purchased at the door. Takeout is available. For information, call 489-1260.Church schedules spaghetti dinnerThe United Methodist Women of the First United Methodist Church of Dunnellon will host its annual spaghetti dinner at 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, in the Friendship Hall at the church at 21501 West State Road 40. Adult tickets are $6 in advance; children 10 and younger are $3. Adult tickets at the door are $7. For information or advance tickets, call the church office at 489-4026.Church plans hot dog, chili dinner Jan. 24The Men of First United Methodist Church will host their annual hot dog and chili dinner at 4 and 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, in the churchs Fellowship Hall. Advance tickets are $7; tickets at the door are $8. For information or advance tickets, call the church office at 489-4026. CHURCH NEWS Pastors memory finally kicks inOUT TO PASTOR Rev. James Snyder See PASTOR page 12


Riverland News, Thursday, January 16, 2014 9 The Community Youth Service Award was presented to the Dunnellon High School Journalism Class. Accepting the award on behalf of the class and teacher Julie Mancini were students Laura Riley and Emily Romero. Jeff Bryan, editor of the Riverland News, presented the award. The Community Service Award was presented to Charlene Williams, center, by Chief Joanne Black and Lt. Sue Webb of the Dunnellon Police Department. The Dunnellon Area Chamber of Commerce rolled out its welcome mat Saturday night at the Rainbow River Club as local dignitaries, business owners and individuals were recognized and honored by the Chamber for their achievements and contributions in 2013. We got a boatload of nominations this year. We had so many to choose from, it was tough to select just one, said Viola Soffe, incoming president for 2014. The food was fabulous. We really appreciate Bentleys going above and beyond. We thank the Rainbow River Club for making this event so wonderful and prosperous. The Chamber is going to be working closely with the city and CEP in this coming year. Weve got some ideas that are revolving around getting other people involved this year. I feel this is a strong board coming in, we'd love to listen to any new ideas. Nancy Myers, who was not present, was chosen as the Community Ambassador of the Year. The Service Above Self Award was presented to Augie Salzer, a correspondent for the Riverland News, by Jeff Bryan, editor of the newspaper. The Chamber Booster Award was presented to Bentley's Restaurant owner Don Parsons and Rainbow River Club, represented by Annabelle Dobbs. The Business Beautification Award was presented to Dunnellon Presbyterian Church. Accepting on behalf of the church was Bob Brady. Janie Keele presented the award. The Community Involvement Service Award was presented to Police Chief Joanne Black by Charlene Williams. The Business Leader Award was presented to Wilbur Van Wyck, of Coldwell Banker Realty, by Janie Keele. The Service Above Self Award was presented to Tonya DeRose, a local businesser owner, by Police Chief Joanne Black. The Community Youth Service Award was also presented by Viola Soffe to the Dunnellon Little League, which was accepted on behalf of the league by Gary Sonneberger. The Making A Difference Award was presented to Nathan Whitt, the first-term mayor of the city of Dunnellon by Jeff Bryan, editor of the Riverland News. The Business Beautification Award was presented to the Blue Gator and its owners Bob and Dallise Jewett. The Director of the Year Awards were presented to Annabelle Dobbs, left, and Janie Keele, right, by Viola Soffe.


000H0JJ DUNNELLON PODIATRY CENTER, P.A Medical and Surgical Treatment of Foot and Ankle Bunions Hammertoes Fractures Infections Heel Pain Arthroscopic and Endoscopic Procedures Diagnostic Ultrasound and X-ray on Premises Stacy Lynn Witfill D.P.M. Board Certified by American Board of Podiatric Surgery 11786 Cedar Street (CR 40) (Next to the Womens Club) 489-6621 Most Insurance Accepted RIVERLANDEDUCATION/SPORTS 10 Riverland News, Thursday, January 16, 2014 Cole Fagan, wrestlingThe junior had a stellar week, posting a 13-0 mark, including 12 wins by pin. During the Nature Coast Duals Tournament Friday and Saturday, Fagan went 10-0 with nine pins and was voted Most Outstanding Wrestler of the tournament. Tyra Thomas, girls basketballThe sophomore standout had a great week for the Lady Tigers, averaging 19.2 points, 4 assists, 4.8 rebounds and 5.8 steals over the last two games which Dunnellon split. The Lady Tigers beat Belleview, 45-41, but lost to Citrus, 54-30. Tyra Thomas Cole Fagan DHS ATHLETES OF THE WEEKPRESENTED BY DUNNELLON PODIATRY CENTER Church mens club plays horseshoesThe Mens Club of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church will play horseshoes at 9 a.m. Wednesdays at the church. Horseshoes will be provided to anyone needing them and instructions in pitching, scoring and court maintenance will be provided. The public is welcome. For information, call 489-5954.Registrations open for youth soccerJoy Evangelical Lutheran Church is now ready for spring soccer and children, from kindergarten through sixth grade, are eligible to register. Players may register at the church office from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29 through Saturday, Feb. 1. Registration fee is $65 per child, which includes a reversible jersey, water bottle, socks, car magnet and an end-of-season reward. Scholarships are available. All players must attend one soccer evaluation that promotes equal and competitive teams as well as a substitution system, to complete the registration process Practice begins Tuesday, Feb. 18. The first game will be Saturday, March 1. All events are played at Hope Field at Joy Lutheran Church, which is at 7045 SW 83rd Place at State Road 200, Ocala. Volunteers are needed to help with coaching, registering the participants and organizing the players. For information, call Pastor Ed Holloway at 854-4509, ext. 223, or Fran Johnson at 854-4509, ext. 221.County youth tennis program set to startMarion County Parks and Recreation is serving a volley of basic beginner and advanced beginner tennis lessons this winter. The eight-week program will teach students ages 7 to 14 basic strokes (groundstroke, volleys, overheads and serves), as well as light exercises and footwork drills to build stamina and agility. The class dates and locations are as follows: Tuesdays, beginning Jan. 21, Belleview Sportsplex at 6501 SE 107th St. Fridays, beginning Jan. 24, Coehadjoe Park at 4225 NE 35th St., Ocala. Basic beginner classes will run at both locations from 3:15 to 4 p.m. and advanced beginner classes will be from 4:15 to 5. Interested residents may register onsite or online at www.marion countyfl.org/parks.htm. The registration fee is $16 per child and includes use of tennis rackets and balls. For information, contact Marion County Parks and Recreation at 352-671-8560 or email parks@marion countyfl.org. NEWS NOTES District plans annual Magnet EXPO What is a magnet school? Whats a magnet program? Can your child attend one in Marion County? What are the qualifications? Why do they even exist? If youve ever wondered about or considered such a program or school for your child, come learn whats so attractive about these highlycompetitive programs at a special Magnet Expo from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, at Marion Technical Institute (MTI) at 1614 SE Fort King St. in Ocala. See exhibits from Dr. N.H. Jones Elementary and Madison Street Academy, Oakcrest Elementarys International Baccalaureate (IB) Program, Reddick-Collier Elementarys Cambridge Program, Howard Middles AAIT (Advanced Academics Integrated Technologies) and IB Programs, North Marion Middles Cambridge Checkpoint Program, Belleview and North Marion Highs AICE (Advanced International Certificate of Education) Program, Forest Highs EMIT (Engineering, Manufacturing Institute of Technology) Program, Lake Weir and Vanguard High schools IB Programs, Dunnellon Highs Power Generation Academy, and West Port Highs MCCA (Marion County Center for the Arts) and Early College Programs. These are all magnet schools or programs in Marion County. MTI will also display its by-application-only programs to potential students and parents. No advance registration is required, and anyone from the public is invited to attend. For information, call Julie Shealy, expo coordinator, at 352-671-7720. Special to the Riverland News Event scheduled to start 5 p.m. at MTI There will be no school today and Friday for teacher in-service days as the faculty finalizes grades for the end of the second quarter. Also, there will be no school Monday in recognition of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. We would like our students to make note your teachers are attending academic classes, which strengthens the point that learning is a lifelong process no matter what profession you may enter. On Monday, the Dunnellon Middle School SAVE Club, (Students Against Violence Everywhere) will actively participate in the celebration of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday and sharing the message of peace and finding solutions to issues without violence. SAVE Club members will join either the Ocala or Dunnellon celebration of this great man and his message of nonviolence. Daily, our SAVE Club members promote the positive message to our students to stand up against violence, drugs and the use of alcohol. Members continue relaying the message, A Healthy me is a drug free me, which the club shared during Red Ribbon week. The Dunnellon Middle School SAVE members are collecting trial-sized toiletries for their annual community project for the Arnett House. As you may know, the Arnett House is a temporary housing facility for children who have to be removed from homes of domestic violence or abuse, either sexually or physically. Many of these children, SAVE Club to join in MLK festivies Casey Brasseaux and Jessica Nieman have both joined the teaching staff at Romeo Elementary School. Brasseaux is a second-grade teacher. She graduated from Saint Leos University, majoring in Elementary Education. Shes no stranger to our campus as she did her internship here in Mrs. Hytovicks class. Nieman comes to us from Michigan City, Ind. Nieman is the new intervention teacher, remediating students in math. Nieman is a graduate from Purdue University with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education.Title 1 Van to visitThe Title 1 Van will be available to our Romeo families from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, in the side parking lot. The Title 1 Van is an excellent resource center for parents to obtain a wealth of information, along with useful tools and ideas needed in helping to reinforce the skills at home that are being taught in the classroom. For information, call Jackie Landreth at 465-6700.Box Tops for EducationBox Tops for Education is an easy way to help Romeo raise funds year round. Box tops are on many products you use daily and purchase weekly from the local grocery stores. Visit the Box Tops for Education program website to find out how your contributions benefit our school. We invite you to drop off your box tops at the front desk in Building No. 1.Schedule of Events Today and Friday Teacher in-Service days, no school. Monday No School, Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Romeo welcomes two new teachersPRINCIPALS OFFICE Go team, go! BECCA FRECHETTE/For the Riverland NewsSavannah Joiner, Dunnellon High cheerleader and team captain, accepts the squads third-place trophy Saturday at West Port High School after the Lady Tigers competed in the annual MCIAC Cheer Competition. Jane Ashman Romeo Principal Delbert Smallridge DMS Principal See SAVE page 12 DES student gets special letter Brittani Lourys second-grade enrichment class at Dunnellon Elementary School recently read, Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown. Stanley is a boy who gets flattened accidently to 1/2-inch thick. The book describes the many adventures Stanley has due to his thin status. One of the adventures Stanley has is when he travels to California for a vacation through the postal system in an envelope. Lourys class decided to create their own Flat Stanleys and send them in the mail to a relative or friend of their choice. Aniya McFadden decided to send her Flat Stanley to the White House. She was so excited when she received a letter back from President Obama. Along with the letter, was a picture of the president, a picture of his dog, Bo Obama, information about the White House and President Obama, and some fun sticker sheets from Mrs. Obama about eating healthy. Lourys class read the letter in which the president stated he was very pleased with Stanleys cooperation in the White House and encouraged students to continue to work hard in school. Needless to say, it was an exciting day in Room 203. Special to the Riverland NewsAniya McFadden mailed her Flat Stanley to the White House. In return, she received a letter back from President Obama. Along with the letter, was a picture of the president, a picture of his dog and other various tidbits. Special to the Riverland News


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when they arrive at Arnett House, have nothing and our SAVE members want to provide these children with a few personal hygiene items to assist them during a traumatic time. With this in mind, if you have any trialsized soaps, creams, shampoo, toothpaste, etc., that you dont need, the DMS SAVE Club would love to have them. Drop off these items either at Building No. 1 at the front desk or Building No. 10, discipline/attendance office. Thank you for any items you may be able to donate to this wonderful group of young people as they help their community. We are extremely proud of our SAVE Club members and we would like to share with you that our members are focusing on self-evaluation and personal conflict management style and conflict resolution. These are skills of personal growth that will serve them well throughout their lifetimes. The DMS basketball teams will play two away games, the first on Wednesday, Jan. 22, when the Tigers visit Liberty Middle School and again Thursday, Jan. 23, when they travel to Howard Middle School. The girls games begin at 4:30 p.m. and the boys games will begin at 5:30 p.m. Come out and cheer our teams on. These young people and their coaches are spending many afterschool hours away from their families to be at their best as they represent DMS in a positive way. We wish our teams best of luck, but most of all, have fun! Report Cards will be distributed Friday, Jan. 24. Please review this important report on your childs academic performance. Dunnellon Middle School, as a Title 1 school, has been allotted funds to enable us to offer students free tutoring. Any student is welcome and encouraged to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to work oneon-one with our highly qualified teachers. We hope any student who would like to learn, or is in need of assistance with any core subject, will sign up for morning or afternoon tutoring. You can even attend both sessions if you want to. Parents, complete the parent permission form for your student to come to tutoring. For information or a copy of the form, call 465-6720. We would like to remind our students that attendance does matter. Every day you are in school, you are building your skill-set you need to be successful now, in high school and in your adult life. Make sure you come to school every day. Dont miss out on this opportunity to prepare for your future earning power. may have sent me, God forbid, to the mall to pick up something she ordered online. When she asked this question, I always respond by saying, I forgot, you know my memory is not what it used to be. It is an easy way to slither out of something I have forgotten to do. The older I get the more plausible this excuse is, I just cannot remember why. However, on those occasions when she is a little more exasperated than others at me she will say, Your memory never was what it used to be! What that means exactly I do not know. She probably told me sometime in the past, but right now, I simply cannot recall. I am perfectly happy just forgetting that for the time. Why is it I can remember things I do not want to remember and I cannot remember the things that I need to remember? For instance, I can remember the year my wife was born, but I can never recall the month or the day. As a good husband, I should reverse that, not remember the year and positively remember the month and day. Why is it when my wife is giving me a piece of her mind, all I can remember at the time is a funny incident that happened to me earlier that morning? Smiling at a time like that is not advantageous to a happy life of the husband. When she asks, What is so funny? I cannot tell her I was not listening to her but thinking about something else. My memory was jogged earlier this week when a certain incident happened at the post office. Anybody who knows me knows that I am not in any way shape or form a hugger. I am a firm believer in what the Bible says, the right hands of fellowship (Galatians 2:9). I am vigorous in this handshaking ceremony. That is about as far as it goes. I had quite forgotten my position along this line, or rather; I should say why I came to this position. Standing in a very long line at the post office at which time I was in somewhat of a hurry to get through a lady walked in. She looked at me and says, Oh, its so nice to see you. I havent seen you for a long time. Then she caught me off guard and gave me a hug. I did not know who this woman was; I could not remember ever seeing her before. With the way my memory is these days, I pretended as if she was a long-lost friend of mine. She chatted about stuff that really did not make any sense to me at the time. I smiled and nodded my head and chatted away to her about things I am sure did not mean anything to her. I was not really paying attention and as the line moved forward, something dawned on me. You know how it is when all of a sudden something hits you. Your vacationing memory comes home and unpacks. Well, that happened to me standing there in line. By the time I had figured out what had happened, it was too late to do anything about it. When she hugged me, she stepped in front of me and therefore was ahead of me in line. I had one of those aha moments, but there was nothing I could do about it at the time. I had to swallow my pride, display a contagious smile across my face and take it like a man. A man who has been outwitted by some lady he had no idea who she was. I now remember why I do not do any hugging. I know all hugs are not equal but with the memory I have I do not remember the difference and I am not taking any more chances. Driving home from the post office, I remembered the wise words of King Solomon. The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun (Ecclesiastes 1:9). If I could just remember that, I certainly would be OK.The Rev. James L. Snyder is pastor of the Family of God Fellowship in Ocala. Call him at 866-552-2543 or email jamessnyder2@att.net. His website is www. jamessnyder ministries.com. 12 Riverland News, Thursday, January 16, 2014 SPRINKLERS ACCURATE SPRINKLERS (352) 445-1403 Licensed #10719 & Insured C HECK -U P Complete check-up of entire sprinkler system! $ 30 000GE74 000GE74 000FY21 IRRIGATION LLC. SPRINKLERS IRRIGATION 3398 S.W. 74th Ave., Bay 101, Ocala Comp #7085 Call for details 352-237-5731 Serving Marion County Since 1982 Seasonal Special Licensed Fully Insured Certified Irrigation Auditor We will beat any written estimate on irrigation repairs or installation. 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Tuesday 3:45 to 4:30 p.m. Chorus practice. 3:40 to 4:55 p.m. Brain Bowl practice. 3:40 to 5 p.m. Boys and girls basketball practice. Wednesday, Jan. 22 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. DMS girls and boys basketball at Liberty Middle School. 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. MathCounts team practice, Building No. 8, Room No. 4 Thursday, Jan. 23 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. DMS girls and boys basketball at Howard Middle School. 3:45 to 4:30 p.m. Chorus practice. 3:40 to 4:45 p.m. Girls Bible study club. SAVE continued from page 10 Public and private educators wishing to teach their students about stormwater quality topics may benefit from a Marion County Office of the County Engineer grant program. Through April 4, educators serving students who live in unincorporated Marion County may receive funds under the 2013-2014 Stormwater Education Grants Program. Grantees may receive up to $750 to use for stormwater/ water resource education and up to $1,000 to purchase equipment related to these projects. Interested applicants may visit www.marioncountyfl. org/stormwater.htm to download grant application instructions and forms. The Office of the County Engineer launched the Stormwater Education Grants Program in 2010 to help students who live in unincorporated Marion County learn about stormwater pollution prevention, karst topography and what the water quality of the Floridan aquifer and other water bodies mean to them. For information about the grants program, call Gail Mowry at 352-671-8686. Stormwater education grants available


Church schedules concert seriesDunnellon Presbyterian Church will host its annual concert series on the following days. Concerts are free and open to the public. All love offerings received are gifted to the performers. Dunnellon Presbyterian Church is at 20641 Chestnut St. 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26 Helton-Thomas Saxophone & Cello Duo. The duo consists of Dr. Jonathan Helton on saxophone and Dr. Steven Thomas on Violoncello. The UF professors have presented more than 90 concerts, master classes, workshops and lectures to diverse audiences. 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9 The Dunnellon Community Chorale will present Broadway Memories directed by Jeanne Wolfanger. Connie Hart will be the accompanist. 3 p.m. Sunday, March 17 University of Florida cello students under the direction of Dr. Steven Thomas. Baptist church slates Bible studyRomeo Baptist Church will host a New Year Family Bible study from 6 to 7:45 p.m. Jan. 26 to 29 at its church at 20545 SW 5th Place, Dunnellon. There will be classes available for both adults and children. The topic is Embracing Jesus and the world.Church to host tailgate party Dunnellon Community Church will host the second annual Super Bowl Tailgate Party at 11 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 2, after its service. The church meets at American Legion Post No. 58 in Dunnellon. Among the activities planned, include a bounce house for children, flag football games and food. Those who come are asked to bring their own lawn chairs as seating may be limited. For information, contact Danielle Stevens at ds@boundlessdata.com.Church schedules Chinese auctionThe Altar and Rosary Society of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church will host a Chinese auction from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, in Father Stegeman Hall. The church is at the corner of U.S. 41 and State Road 40 in Dunnellon. Drawings for the items will begin at 1. An envelope of 20 tickets is $5 and can be purchased at the door. Also included is a free ticket for coffee and dessert. For information, call Pat at 489-1984.Church to host Sunday Afternoon MusicaleThe annual Sunday Afternoon Musicale variety show at First Congregational Church, 7171 SW State Road 200, will be at 3 p.m. Feb. 2. Admission is free, but an offering will be taken to help support the music program. A variety of solos, duets and instrumentals will be performed. Light refreshments will be served following the program. Riverland News, Thursday, January 16, 2014 13 Riverland NewsMONDAY, 2:00 P.M. CLASSIFIED DEADLINE CANCELLATIONS CHARGE IT!! ERRORSTO PLACE ACLASSIFIED AD, CALLToll Free 1-877-676-1403MONDAYTHROUGH FRIDAY, 8 A.M. TO 5 P.M. Advertisements may be cancelled as soon as results are obtained. You will be billed only for the dates the ad actually appears in the paper. Deadlines for cancellations are the same as the deadlines for placing ads, except for specials.Be sure to check your advertisement the first day it appears. We will not be responsible for more than one incorrect insertion. 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CallTollFree1-877-676-1403 CLASSIFIEDAD RLN_CLASS_AD_FORM_3_9_11 432-0123 RIV vs. Santamaria, Maria 42-2011-CA-002633-AXXX-XX Notice of Sale PUBLIC NOTICE IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE FIFTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR MARION COUNTY, FLORIDA GENERAL JURISDICTION DIVISION Case No. 42-2011-CA-002633-AXXX-XX The Bank of New York Mellon Trust Company, National Association fka The Bank of New York Trust Company, N.A. as Successor to JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. as Trustee for RAMP 2006RS4 Plaintiff, vs.Maria Santamaria; et al,Defendants. NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated November 5, 2013, entered in Case No. 42-2011-CA-002633-AXXX-XX of the Circuit Court of the Fifth Judicial Circuit, in and for Marion County, Florida, wherein The Bank of New York Mellon Trust Company, National Association fka The Bank of New York Trust Company, N.A. as Successor to JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. as Trustee for RAMP 2006RS4 is the Plaintiff and Maria Santamaria; The Unknown Spouse of Maria Santamaria; Refugio Santamaria; The Unknown Spouse of Refugio Santamaria; Any And All Unknown Parties Claiming By, Through, Under And Against The Herein Named Individual Defendant(S) Who Are Not Known To Be Dead Or Alive, Whether Said Unknown Parties May Claim An Interest As Spouses, Heirs, Devisees, Grantees Or Other Claimants; Tenant #1; Tenant #2; Tenant #3; and Tenant #4 the names being fictitious to account for parties in possession are the Defendants, that the Clerk of Courts will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash by electronic sale at www.marion.realforeclose.com, beginning at 11:00 AM on the 3rd day of February, 2014, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment, to wit: THE NORTH 1/2 OF LOT 9, BLOCK C, RIDGE MEADOWS, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK U, PAGE 70, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF MARION COUNTY, FLORIDA. Dated this 10th day of January, 2014. BROCK & SCOTT, PLLC Attorney for Plaintiff 1501 N.W. 49th Street, suite 200, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33309 Phone: (954) 618-6955, ext. 6209 Fax: (954) 618-6954 FLCourtDocs@brockandscott.com By: /s/ Jimmy Edwards, Esq. Florida Bar No. 81855 If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Tameka Gordon, the ADA Coordinator at the Office of the Trial Court Administrator, Marion County Judicial Center, 110 NW First Avenue, Ocala, Florida 34475, Telephone (352) 401-6758, at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving notification if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711 January 16 & 23, 2014. 13-F04106 420-0116 RIV Chamberlin, Robert D. 2013-CP-1954 Notice to Creditors PUBLIC NOTICE IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR MARION COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION File Number: 2013-CP-1954 IN RE: ESTATE OF ROBERT D. CHAMBERLIN a/k/a ROBERT DOUGLAS CHAMBERLIN, Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of ROBERT D. CHAMBERLIN a/k/a ROBERT DOUGLAS CHAMBERLIN, deceased, whose date of death was November 3, 2013, File Number 2013-CP-1954, is pending in the Circuit Court for Marion County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is P.O. Box 1030, Ocala, Florida 34478. The names and addresses of the Personal Representative and the Personal Representatives attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedents estate on whom a copy of this notice is served must file their claims with this Court WITHIN THE LATER OF THREE (3) MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR THIRTY (30) DAYS AFTER THE TIME OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedents estate must file their claims with this Court WITHIN THREE (3) MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT SO FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENTS DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED The date of the first publication of this Notice is January 9, 2014. Personal Representative: /s/ PHILIP JEFFREY CHAMBERLIN 4860 N.W. 83rd Terrace, Ocala, Florida 34482 Attorney for Personal Representative: /s/ ROBERT J. REYNOLDS Florida Bar No. 0021415 Primary E-Mail: br ettandr eynoldspa@gmail.com BRETT & REYNOLDS, P.A. 8810 S.W. Highway 200, Suite 122, Ocala, Florida 34481 January 9 & 16, 2014. 424-0116 RIV Granlund, Janet L. 2013-CP-1960 Notice To Creditors PUBLIC NOTICE IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR MARION COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION File No. 2013-CP-1960 Division Probate IN RE: ESTATE OF JANET L. GRANLUND Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of JANET L. GRANLUND, deceased, whose date of death was August 14, 2013, is pending in the Circuit Court for MARION County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 110 NW 1st Avenue, Ocala, Florida 34475. The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representatives attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedents estate on whom a copy of this notice is required to be served must file their claims with this court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedents estate must file their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENTS DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of first publication of this notice is January 9, 2014. Personal Representative: DEBORAH L. BROOKS 14090 SE 92nd Ave., Summerfield, Florida 34491 Attorney for Personal Representative: Melissa F. Williams, Attorney for DEBORAH L. BROOKS Florida Bar Number: 0100084 MARY F. TROTTER P.A., 541 Fieldcrest Drive, The Villages, FL 32162 Telephone: (352) 205-7245 Fax: (352) 205-7305 E-Mail: Melissa@trotterlaw.com January 9 & 16, 2014. 431-0116 RIV 1/22 Admin.Comm. PUBLIC NOTICE The Early Learning Coalition of the Nature Coast, a United Way supported organization, will be facilitating the Administrative Committees monthly meeting on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. The meeting will be held at the Early Learning Coalition of the Nature Coasts main office at 1560 N. Meadowcrest Blvd, Crystal River, FL. 34429. Please contact Coalition Staff at 352-563-9939, ext. 263 if you have any questions. Public participation is welcome. Jan. 16, 2014. 426-0116 RIV 1/30 sale PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE S M Duggan Towing L.L.C. gives Notice of foreclosure of Lien and intent to sell these vehicle(s) on 1/30/2014 at 10:00 A.M. at 1635 NE 32nd Ave, Ocala, FL 34470 pursuant to subsection 713.78 of the Florida Statutes. S.M. 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In the third quarter, we really started making some stands on defense, said Brooks, who recorded six total tackles against the Tigers, including a fourth-quarter pass breakup. We just kept maintaining our play throughout the second half, and I think that was the turning point of the game. More specifically, Brooks said, was the second-half interception by P .J. Williams, a Marion County native who played prep ball at Vanguard High School. The Seminoles offense, led by Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston capitalized on that turnover. (The interception) definitely helped us get back into it, Brooks said. There were a lot of critical moments for the most part, but just the whole defense coming back together was key. Brooks, who earned playing time on special teams as a true freshman, said there he and his teammates never hit the panic button when the team fell behind 21-3 on college footballs biggest stage in one of the most storied stadiums the Rose Bowl. We just had to keep fighting and we did, he explained. I knew our maturity level and work ethic was going to come out sooner or later. We just kept fighting and not getting down on ourselves. We all just really pulled it together. Nerves might have played a factor for he and his teammates, Brooks said, admitting he was nervous leading up to kickoff as well as the first couple of series of the game. It was definitely nervewracking at first, thinking about the magnitude of the game and just how many people were watching, he said. I was just waiting to get into the rhythm of the game. After a couple of series that all went away and I felt at ease. It certainly didnt hurt that of the six tackles Brooks recorded against Auburn, four of them were against the Tigers Tre Mason, a Heisman Trophy finalist, who finished with 195 yards and one touchdown on a 34 carries. Mason, a junior who declared for the NFL Draft in April, broke Bo Jacksons single-season record for rushing yards. Hes a dynamic player, he runs with so much authority. There was a reason he was up for the Heisman, Brooks said about Mason while applauding the efforts of Auburn signal-caller Nick Marshall. Hes great also, hes pretty fast. They have a really great team. They played very hard. It wont likely be the last time he competes against either one of them, especially Mason if all goes well in the coming months. According to FSUs Sports Information Department, several pro scouts have been in contact with the school about Brooks this past season. The senior who is majoring in sociology with a minor in psychology will get at least two, if not three more attempts, to make an impression on the scouting departments with NFL teams. Brooks has accepted an invitation to play in the Senior Bowl, college footballs annual senior allstar game, which is slated for 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala. The game will be televised by the NFL Network. Brooks will also compete in FSUs annual Pro Day in March while he awaits an invitation to the annual NFL Scouting Combine, which will be Feb. 19 to 25 in Indianapolis. Brooks said with a limited class load this semester, hes planning on doing as much as he can to prepare for the latter two events. I pretty much will take the standard FSU has instilled in me and take that to a whole other level, he explained about his preparation process for the NFL Scouting Combine and FSU Pro Day. I pretty much will stay focused as much as possible. This is a big turning point in my life. I hope to capitalize on the opportunities God gives me. Its looking pretty good so far, but if this is my destiny Im going to make the most of it. If drafted in April, Brooks would become just the third player from Dunnellon High School to be selected in the two-day selection process. Ernie Mills was the last Dunnellon alumni to be taken in the NFL Draft. The former Gator standout was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers. Lerentee McCray, a former high school teammate of Brooks, signed a rookie free agent contract with the Denver Broncos last season; however, an injury during the preseason derailed McCrays opportunity at making the 53-man roster. But the Broncos instead placed McCray on injured reserve (IR), which guaranteed his contract and afforded him the opportunity to rehabilitate his injury at the Broncos training facility in Denver. The former Gator standout will get a chance to make Denvers regularseason roster next summer if he makes the cut. Brooks said he and McCray have remained friends since their prep playing days and while hes yet to reach out to him, he noted its likely he will do so prior to the NFL Scouting Combine. Hes a very good person; Im sure hell give me some great advice, Brooks said about McCray. Ill reach out to him at some point. With his future yet to come, Brooks said hes thankful for the support of the community throughout not just his career at Florida State, but in Pop Warner through his prep days. I would like to give a thank you to all of the people, he said. From the start of little league football, I really owe a lot of people who got me to this point. Every day, I see new comments from someone wishing me support and the best. I made sure I stayed true to my hometown and represented it to the best of my abilities. Hopefully, Ill get the chance to continue to do so. 14 Riverland News, Thursday, January 16, 2014 Missing Something? 352-563-5655 000H286 Sundays $ 13.00 for 26 Weeks China House China House China House D INING T O G O OR E AT -I N (352) 522-0008 (Next to Subway) 000H165 11352 N. 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Williams and Kelvin Benjamin after the Seminoles defeated Auburn, 34-31, in the BSC National Championship game in Pasadena, Calif.Ross Obley/ FSU Sports Information