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Chloe Cook, left, and Randy Oram are the valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, for the Dunnellon High Class of 2014. Thursday, June 5, 2014 Vol 32 No. 31 75 cents WHATS HAPPENING 22-year-old woman charged with DUIA 22-year-old Dunnellon woman was charged May 31 with driving under the influence stemming from a March 28 wreck in which she struck a light pole near the old Dinkins Feed Store, a Dunnellon Police Department arrest report stated. According to the report, when authorities arrived on scene, Natalie Samudio was in the passenger side of the vehicle being tended to by Dustin Dillard. Dillard told law enforcement officials Samudio was a passenger in the vehicle and the driver and another passenger had fled the area on foot. However, two witnesses told authorities they watched Dillard move Samudio to the passenger side of the vehicle but they did witness two passengers flee the scene on foot. The report stated both Samudio and Dillard were verbally abusive to fire rescue and EMS personnel, refusing to answer questions pertaining to their mental and physical state. In the report, Officer James Roberts noted Samudio continued to be combative with fire personnel and she was very erratic with her emotions. Roberts wrote in the report Samudio required assistance balancing herself and walking to the ambulance and could not determine for herself the necessity of medical treatment. According to the report, Samudio was restrained on a stretcher and transported to Ocala Regional Medical Center for a blood test and treatment of her injuries. The damage to the light pole was estimated at $4,000. Samudios bond was set at $500. According to Marion County Jail records, she posted bond May 31. DMS paraprofessional charged with DUI A paraprofessional at Dunnellon Middle School was charged with driving under the influence May 27, according to a Dunnellon Police Department arrest report. According to the report, Sara D. Humphrey, 37, was also charged with driving while her license was suspended or revoked. Humphrey is in her first year at Dunnellon Middle, a Marion County Public School spokesman said. She was hired by the district in 2012, working at Horizon Academy in Marion Oaks. The report stated Officer Adam Robinson was conducting traffic enforcement in the area of Walnut and Hale Streets, he observed Humphrey driving a red Ford car with an expired tag. Upon making contact with Humphrey, Robinson observed her to have droopy eyes, low, slurred speech, constricted pupils, which were slow to react to changing light, and her motor functions were slow and inaccurate, the report stated. According to the report, Robinson requested Sara D. Humphrey Police: 37-year-old snorted prescription medication See CHARGED page 13 JEFF BRYAN/Riverland NewsTina Billias, a resident since 2010, recently won a prestigious Forum magazine of the Florida Humanities Council writing contest. She is a member of The Rainbow River Writers Club, which meets monthly at the library. Resident pens winning entry in writing contest Winning a prestigious Forum magazine of the Florida Humanities Council writing contest was an unexpected surprise for Tina Billias. The novice writer decided to enter the 250word writing contest featured in the spring issue of the magazine. I used to enter a lot of contests for everything until the stamps (postage) got to be too expensive, Billias said. This one just looked like a lot of fun. The only other contest Billias has won was in the 1980s for writing a story about a true incident that happened in West Palm Beach about a girl who loved horses. She submitted the story to FATE magazine out of the United Kingdom and they published it. She received a check for $5 and three copies of the magazine with her story in it. It was wonderful and the magazine went all over the world, she remembered. Although she had numerous avenues of creativity, writing has not been her top priority until she moved to Dunnellon in 2009 from Lake Worth. One small room in her home is partially filled with her paintings, both completed and those yet to be finished. Examples of her art can be found displayed on the walls in her home, leaned DHS duo earn top accolades Cook tabbed valedictorianYoull have to excuse Chloe Cook and Randy Oram if theyre a bit nervous tonight when they lead their classmates to Ned Love Field at 7 p.m. for Dunnellon High Schools graduation ceremony. The pair of seniors earned valedictorian and salutatorian honors, respectively, for the Class of 2014. For both, the accolades are a culmination of four years of hard work, dedication and, most important, commitment to academics. Im excited, but nervous to give a speech in front of my whole class, Cook said, noting it was her goal to earn the prestigious honor since her freshman year. Ive been keeping track of it ever since. Why, though, is she so nervous? Im really bad at public speaking, said Cook, who plans to enroll at the University of Florida in the fall where shell pursue a degree in mathematics with hopes to begin a career in Accenture science. They analyze risks for insurance companies, based on age, gender and information such as that. Its like statistics, she explained. I like math a lot, and theres not many math fields out there. Its more interesting, more analytical. Throughout her four years at Dunnellon, Cook has been involved with National Honor Society (NHS), volunteered at Dunnellon But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:31, Dunnellon Christian Academy Bible verse for 2013-14Perhaps an appropiately selected verse for Dunnellon Christian Academy this past year, as the schools mascot is aptly dubbed, the Eagles. So with pride, joy and a small part bittersweet for the administration, staff and parents, Dunnellon Christian Academy proudly will watch in earnest the seven Eagles who took flight last Friday during graduation ceremonies for the Class of 2014. More than 20 minutes before the start of the festivities, the sanctuary at First Baptist Church on Friday was quickly filling up with family and friends to watch as Michelle Suzanne Hobbs, Photos by JEFF BRYAN/Riverland NewsMorgan Stephenson addresses her classmates during her valedictorian speech last Friday during Dunnellon Christian Academys graduation ceremonies at First Baptist Church of Dunnellon. Dunnellon Christian Academy honors graduates See ACCOLADES page 14 JEFF BRYAN Riverland News Forum magazine selects Billias story as best AUGIE SALZER For the Riverland News See CONTEST page 13 JEFF BRYAN Riverland News Dana Waugh smiles as family and friends snap pictures of the graduates entering the sanctuary at the church. See CHAPTER page 7 Natalie Samudio
Its hard to believe its already June. It only seems like yesterday we had the hustle and bustle of Christmas. Many things have happened in the past few months: the city settling with Regions Bank; the new bicycle trail bridge ribbon-cutting and opening; Boomtown Days have come and gone. Now its time to look forward to the kids getting out of school, hot and lazy summer days with the dreams of the cooler days of fall with Jazz Up Dunnellon and Victorian Holidays. For now, we have to look toward what we will be doing for the month of June. The Historic Village will have its First Saturday Village Market and the American Legion is thinking about doing an indoor Third Saturday Flea Market. Its a great idea. The chamber will host its next breakfast at 7:30 a.m. June 12 at Bentleys Restaurant. Dr. Phil Geist, the area director for the Small Business Development Center located at the University of North Florida, will be the guest speaker. He will share information about small business management through marketing, restructuring and building your business into a thriving asset to the community. He would love to share his ideas with everyone. The breakfast is open to all, members and nonmembers alike. The cost is $8 per person, which includes a buffet style breakfast, taxes and tip. Bentleys puts on a great spread containing a wide variety of breakfast items. Viola Soffe is president of the Dunnellon Area Chamber of Commerce. Editors Note: Friday marks the 70th anniversary of the invasion of Europe by Allied Forces.D-Day. It sounds innocent enough. Ask a teenager about D-Day and you will get a blank stare. Press them about the issue and they may guess its a rock group, or maybe a Silicon Valley start-up. HHour debut album or second-generation software? It does not sound like the moment in time where the fate of the free world hung in the balance but at DDay it did. It very much did. There is a reason that Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower spent those crucial hours before the Normandy landing writing a letter to the citizens of the nations of the Allied forces. A letter about how he was responsible for the failure of the invasion of Europe. It read: Our landings in the CherbourgHavre area have failed to gain a satisfactory foothold and I have withdrawn the troops. My decision to attack at this time and place was based upon the best information available. The troops, the air and the navy did all that bravery and devotion to duty could do. If any blame or fault is attached to the attempt it is mine alone. So there you have it. That little bit of trivia that we now have that no one who participated at D-Day had. That all-important piece of data that they could not know. That nugget of information that we so arrogantly take for granted. It worked. They did gain a satisfactory foothold and it eventually extended to Hitlers doorstep in Berlin. In reality this is probably our last major opportunity to thank those who participated in D-Day. So thanks each and every one of you for pulling off that near impossible feat. I do not like to think about what kind of world I would have been born into without your service and sacrifice.2 Riverland News, Thursday, June 5, 2014 000IG58 000ICPO Expires 6/27/14 352-489-4933 Debs Natural Source Whole food nutritional supplements Essential oils Herbal extracts Organic teas, coffees, spices and flavorings Soaps & skin care 352-586-0754 3490 W. Dunnellon Rd., Dunnellon Mon-Fri 9-5 Sat 10-2 Like us on Facebook for more nutrition facts. The best in whole food nutrition Fresh Grain Breads from Samis Bakery 000IFTK Dunnellon 20170 E. Pennsylvania Ave. (352) 502-4337 AUDIBEL HEARING CENTERS 20132013 Portions of the proceeds support TRADE-INS ACCEPTED! Get $$$ for your old hearing aids Tired of hearing, but not understanding? We Have A Solution! Ocala 2400 SW College Rd. 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Israeli Scouts slated to perform June 22A troupe of Israeli Tzofim Scouts will perform at 7 p.m. June 22 in Ocala at the First Congregational Church at 7171 SW State Road 200 in Ocala. The performance will feature songs in Hebrew, Yiddish and English sung by the 16to 17-year-old Scouts showcasing the diversity and the uniqueness of Israel. The program is appropriate for all ages. Tickets are $12 per person and $11 for students. For information or to purchase tickets, call Estelle at 352-861-2542.Church to host Saturday SupperThe Third Saturday Supper will be from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, June 21, 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. For information, call 489-1260.Church hosts new Bible study The Board of Christian Education at First Congregational Church is offering a study named Whats So Amazing About Grace from author Phillip Yancey at noon Sundays through July 27. This program offers all of us an opportunity to see grace and forgiveness in a different light and offers a perspective that can help us on our faith journey. The public is welcome. First Congregational Church is at 7171 SW State Road 200. For information, call 352-237-3035.Womens Bible study slatedNew Womens Cross Denominational Bible study called One Womans Prayer meets at 7 p.m. the third Monday monthly at the Dunnellon Womens Club Clubhouse at 11756 Cedar St. Doors open at 6:30. For information, check us out on Facebook at One Womans Prayer.Church hosts bingo weeklySt. John the Baptist Catholic Church hosts bingo at 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays and 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Prizes up to $250. Doors open at 10 a.m. Tuesdays and 4 p.m. Wednesdays. The church is at the corner of U.S. 41 and State Road 40.Church mens club to play horseshoesThe Mens Club of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church will play horseshoes at 9 a.m. Saturdays 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. Virginia Mayes Sheneman, 95Virginia Mayes Sheneman, 95, died on Friday, May 23, 2014 at Munroe Regional Medical Center. She was born in 1918 in Mt. Washington, Missouri to the late Proctor and Anna Mayes. In 1989 Virginia moved to Rainbow Springs in Dunnellon from Stone Harbour, NJ and in 2005 moved to Ocala. She was a former member of Holy Faith Episcopal Church in Dunnellon. Virginia was nominated volunteer of the year after having volunteered many years at different organizations including the Marion County Judicial Center as a receptionist. She is preceded in death by her husband, Donald Sheneman and her daughter, Patricia Burgess. Virginia is survived by her children, Jim Heotis, Bradenton and Bob Street, Fishers, Indiana; her eight grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. We love you and we will miss you until we meet again. Memorial services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, May 31, 2014, at Holy Faith Episcopal Church, 19924 West Blue Cove Dr., Dunnellon. The family prefers in lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to Hospice Legacy House, 9505 S.W. 110th Street Ocala, FL 34481. Expressions of sympathy can be made online at robertsof dunnellon.com. 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Our Financial Workshop: Your Source for Financial Education is an easy way to learn how to save, invest and work toward your financial goals. Whether you are just starting out or want to learn something new, the workshop will give you realworld strategies that are easy to follow. When: Four-Week Workshop Series Four-Week Workshop Series 6.00 p.m. Tuesday, June 17 & 24, 6.00 p.m. Tuesday, June 17 & 24, July 1 & 8 July 1 & 8 Where: Dunnellon Public Library Dunnellon Public Library 20351 Robinson Rd. 20351 Robinson Rd. Dunnellon, FL 34431 Dunnellon, FL 34431 Call today to reserve your seat for this event. Justin Yancey Justin Yancey Financial Advisor 8960 SW Hwy. 200 Suite 3, Ocala, FL 34481 352-237-2430 000IE5O D UNNELLON F IRST U NITED M ETHODIST C HURCH 21501 W. Highway 40 Rev. Eddie Fulford, Pastor Sunday Communion Worship Service 8:00 AM Praise Worship 9:30 AM Traditional Worship 11:00 AM Nursery At All Services Sunday School 9:30 AM & 11:00 AM Building the Kingdom in Everything We Do 352-489-4026 www.fumc-dunnellon.org 000HIT1 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 OBITUARY Post Honor Guard provides history of flag Special to the Riverland NewsThe Dunnellon American Legion Post No. 58 Honor Guard provided a Memorial Day history/religious/patriotic flag folding ceremony May 25 at Lighthouse Baptist Church of Citrus Springs. Pictured, from left are Ralph Guckenberger, Capt. Eric Persons and Bob Anderson. CHURCH NEWS Solution to puzzle on Page 14
4 Riverland News, Thursday, June 5, 2014 Until you cant walk the walk It looks as if my professional career is over no pro baseball, no pro basketball, no nothing! As my dad would say, If the wee-wee test comes pack positive for steroids you dont deserve to play. He was a basketball coach for more than 50 years so he knew what he was talking about. Playing dirty was not something he approved of. OK, my chances of playing pro-anything are about as good as the city getting paid for the Greenlight Communications sale. My lack of ability to connect a ball with a bat or hoop and my recent intake of steroids has put an end to any dreams of winning a gold medal. Stop laughing! I could have won a gold medal in, um, well, let me think. Do they give a gold medal for chocolate-eating couch sitting? So, I may not be in gold medal form. I have set my aspirations to a lower more achievable goal. No, not the bronze, much lower I want to be able to walk again. Its been more than a year since I have been able to take a proper walk. I am now charter president for the ministry of silly walks. My right leg has gone all wonky. Have you ever had to walk by a large puddle and two tight spaces? Its like that a tiptoe, mini-careful walk. Sometimes it feels like my foot is glued to the ground. The strangest part is that I can walk in my bare feet on uneven ground without a problem. As soon as I step on a smooth surface I feel like I am on ice. It seems I have inherited my mothers propensity for odd inflictions. I have had three steroid shots in four months. Luckily, there is no pain involved with the leg otherwise I would probably get another shot. My shots were for different parts of my body. My left foot, sounds like a movie title, my right thumb and recently my right shoulder. Mainly, I have been dealing with tendinitis. I will start therapy on my leg next week. It dawned on me the other day that I had three shots with three different doctors. Not one of them asked me if I have had a shot recently and not one of them told me the side effects of steroids. Yes, I could have asked that question, but that would have required that I have brain cells left among the gray matter. Feeling like I was off kilter I turned on the computer and headed to the one place that never lies the Internet. What a world we live in. We get medical advice from a nonhuman, anything goes box of technology. According to several hypochondriac websites, the side effects arent so pretty. This explains so much of what I have been experiencing. The weight gain when I have no appetite, my ability to sing bass Im still off-key, the hair on my chest, a neck like a linebacker and my urge to pick things up and put them down. I think I was one shot away from roid rage and a career in wrestling. While I have been lamenting my physical limitations, I found it funny my friend and editor-inchief lamented in last weeks paper his dread of turning 40. We should all chip in and buy Jeff a wheelchair. The poor old man has written a bucket list. Really? Jeff there is plenty of time to travel, get a tattoo of Mayor Whitts face and go to concerts. Hey, didnt someone in town play with the Tom Petty band? When you have difficulty walking to all of these adventures call me. Until then, when it comes to complaining about getting old, you are banned for life! The Newspaper built on Community Pride. Publisher Gerry Mulligan Sales Leader/Manager John Murphy Editor Jeff Bryan Member of the Florida Press Association RIVERLAND NEWS TIME TO SMILE Business has followed city codes, lawsAs the owners of Crocks Pub (not Crocs), we have made several attempts to work with our neighbors. The first was at the Dunnellon Police Department with Chief (Joanne) Black and Lt. Sue Webb serving as mediators. On that attempt, we (Crocks) offered to pay a third of the cost of a privacy fence to help block some of the noise. The fence could be whatever height the neighbors wanted as long as the city codes would allow for it. That offer was rejected. Most recently, we (Crocks) wanted to trim some trees that were overhanging our screen enclosure and were met with opposition from the neighbors. We offered to not only trim the trees at our expense, but to remove the unsightly pine trees and replace them with more appealing palm trees. At this time, we also offered to install a privacy fence at the edge of the parking lot to help prevent people walking through their property and ours. This traffic is from Blue Cove and who knows where else. I have people coming through the back of my property all the time, even though I have No Trespassing signs up everywhere. This offer was also rejected. At this time, we had to have both Chief Black and Code Enforcement intervene so we could trim the trees. Once they realized they could not prevent the tree trimming, they decided that they would like a fence on that corner after all. We refused at this time, due to their initial unwillingness to cooperate with us. We have bands on the deck once or twice a month. Our bands are scheduled to play from 2 to 6 p.m. So it was a happy coincidence that the band stopped when our neighbors called the mayor. The band turned down the music each and every time they were requested by the police department. Our neighbors are upset that the band was not shut down as opposed to being turned down. We purposely schedule the bands for these times to try and be respectful of our neighbors, by not starting too early and not playing late into the evenings. Our neighbors have opposed our deck from the time we applied for the permits to build it. They are upset we were allowed to build and feel that it should never have been allowed. The deck was built to all codes and ordinances in place. We followed every rule and did what was requested of us. We spent a lot of money building it and have every intention of utilizing it. At this time, we are of the belief that there is nothing we will be able to do to satisfy our neighbors. We have tried in good faith to appease them and have been met with nothing but opposition. They are upset the city allowed us to build. But, we have done nothing wrong. We have a right to do business, that includes a successful business, which I guess is what upsets them the most. I own my property, which happens to be in the city, and pay taxes the same as my neighbors. We are not trying to be disrespectful of our neighbors, but we are tired of being harassed. They live next to a commercial property, which has been a bar far longer than we have owned it. We have cleaned the bar up from what it used to be, getting rid of the undesirable business that used to take place here. We have invested a lot of money to clean up and improve the property and the building. By doing this we have improved our business. Isnt this the reason people go into business? I mean the objective is to make money, right? I wont apologize for being a successful business owner. I see several options here: Our neighbors can buy us out and I will move out of Dunnellon, and take away another business from the city. Our neighbors can move. They can try harder to come to a Neighborly Agreement. I dont foresee any of us going anywhere anytime soon, so I think its time to let it go. Our deck is here, built to all codes and ordinances pertaining to a commercial property. We are not removing it and I know we have no plans to close the doors on a thriving business.Melody A. Crocker,Owner/president Crocks Pub Inc.Dunnellon is doing fineI would like to respond to Mr. (Paul) Cowans Letter to the Editor, What happened to our Dunnellon? Just a little background on the owners of Crocks Bar and the Rodeo Grill (the restaurant attached to the bar: The Crockers came to this town to start a business. They purchased a run-down bar that was known to have multiple problems. They followed and complied with every request by the city regarding building codes, fire exits and other issues too many to detail. They invested countless dollars to bring a really nice restaurant and bar to our town. They always went for the finest work and considered the requests of patrons and the city about how to make it a top-notch place to meet friends and have a good time. One early issue was the smoke in the bar filtering into the restaurant. The Crockers spent thousands of dollars to keep the restaurant smoke free and continued improvements to make the filters at the bar work better. The staff is very professional and makes sure there are no problems. On a regular basis, the Crockers give back to the community and charitable organizations. The patio is a beautiful addition to this already wonderful place. This was no small undertaking, and again all building codes, fire codes and city rules were followed. It is a pleasure to patronize this establishment in our fair city. The neighbors of Crocks have repeatedly harassed the Crockers, calling the police for noise violations in the middle of the day. Officers, who could be doing better things in our community, have responded repeatedly and found no violations. They have had decibel meters to test how loud the noise is with no violations. The juke box has a governor on it so the volume cannot exceed a certain level outside. Speakers are turned toward the bar and not to the back, to keep the noise from going to the back of the property. The Crockers paid to have trees trimmed that were posing a threat to their property, instead of waiting for the damage to occur and seek reparations from the neighbors. They have repeatedly tried to be good neighbors, but the residents in the area feel they are entitled to run this city, and disregard the laws in effect for all entities of this city. They did have a party on May 18, but contrary to Mr. Cowans pull with the mayor, the band stopped when they did because that was the end of their session. You may pay taxes, but I assure you the Crockers pay more than their fair share. If you really want to Kathleen Wallace You might be from Florida, if ... THE JERSEY GIRL They say Memorial Day is the unofficial beginning of summer, but for us Floridians, it signals the beginning of high humidity, torrential rain and bugs. You no longer need to watch the weather channel or pull up the radar on your phone, unless a hurricane is approaching. All the days will be exactly the same. Low 70s, high 90s with a 20 percent chance of afternoon thunder showers. You might be from Florida if you know its more like an 80 percent chance. But dont worry. The rain will stop within the hour and it will be hotter than ever when its over. My oldest daughters birthday is at the end of June and growing up I dont think she ever had a celebration that wasnt interrupted due to the afternoon downpour. Many times, we had to move the outdoor party under cover. These summer storms are ferocious and Florida is the lightning capital of the world. I remember the first summer we moved here was rather scary. Wed never heard claps of thunder that loud. As for hurricanes, weve been extremely lucky except in 2004. You might be from Florida if you exhibit a slight twitch when introduced to anyone with the first names of Charley, Frances, Ivan or Jeanne. This is the time of the year when nobody from Florida visits theme parks or takes walks in the middle of the day. This is the season that separates true Floridians from the imposters. The strong are separated from the wimps. You might be from Florida if you think anything less than 95 degrees is just warm. All the water parks will be filled to capacity and very popular during the next few months. We made the mistake one year of going to Cypress Gardens in the middle of July. We were so miserable we ended up at their water park, which was next door and while the kids played, my daughter and I sat in the kiddie pool in our clothes. Later, walking to the parking lot to locate our car, it was so hot our clothes actually dried. This is the time of the year when we put as little as possible on our bodies, and nothing but sandals on our feet. You might be from Florida if flip-flops are everyday wear, including church. And if youre packing for a weekend trip all you need is a duffle bag to hold all your shorts and bathing suits. You might be from Florida if deodorant, sunscreen and bug spray become three of your most important staples. Dont dare venture outside unless youre heading to the pool or to your air-conditioned car. You might be from Florida if a good parking space has nothing to do with distance from the store and everything to do with shade. The river will now consist of wall to wall boaters, tubes and rafts. The stores start making a small fortune on ice, fans and sunglasses. You might be from Florida if ice is a valid topic of conversation. Right now fresh fruit is plentiful. Watermelon, ice cream and salads become our daily meals. This is the time of the year when you cant have an outing without water, you cant have a childrens party without a sprinkler or slip-and-slide, and sometimes instead of food, you opt for a cold beverage. Spiders and scorpions start crawling out of the woodwork and along with birds chirping, it is frogs croaking that awaken you. Dont even get me started on the gnats and mosquitoes. You might be from Florida if an alligator once walked through your neighborhood or crept across your lawn. But I love this time of the year when daylight sticks around longer; when you dont have to be in your pajamas by 8 oclock, because during these next few months its late in the evening when you start to see people venturing out for a bike ride or to take a stroll. It cools down a bit, but its still hot enough for a dip in the pool under the stars. The networks are even smart enough to put most of our shows on hiatus for the summer season. So turn off that solar heat, crank up the air conditioner and ladies, get out your razors. Load up those beach bags and get ready to sweat. Oh yeah, Florida summer is here! LETTERS TO THE EDITOR RIVER VIEWS Audrey Beem See LETTERS page 12
Riverland News, Thursday, June 5, 2014 5 Beth Acevedo Corrine Bender Nyvel Billy Stasia BishopMaggie BlauserBrandon BonnoLavonshae BooneKeandre BrooksMadison Brown Kenneth Alderman Yomar Alvarez Bonet Stephanie AngeloShaileen AponteRuth AretusAllisaun BattertonMichael Beach Shane Bryan Kaila Cesarec Benjamin Cohen Merissa Cornell Alexus Devlin Anais Davila-Ross Carol-Anne DibitettoJames DolloffKrista DowlingNicole DunneAshli DuretteAteyah Ellis Robert Coy Kiana CrespoHeather Curtis Shaun DeJaynesVincent DeJesusVanessa Destin Malynda Em Jonathan ColemanJohn John ColonRey Colon CamachoJacob ConkelAmanda Cook Chloe Cook Noel Cormier Kylie ChapmanGabrielle CheryAdlyh Chico GarciaMelissa Chock-Ramos Seth ClaffeyKeyiarra ClarkMatthew Clark William BurgessMichael BurnhamGregory CaldwellJesse CarlisleDouglas CastellSergio CastilloLuis Cepeda Victoerman Etienne Rebecca Frechette Dakota Gordon McKayla GrotteKaitlyn HanleyJarius HardisonJoseph HardisonApril HargabusJoshua HaughtCourtney Heinritz Jason Furino Sarah FurinoDanielly GarciaYesenia GarciaJohn GarrettValentina GomezJessica Gonzalez Erin FitzgeraldMarco FloresAschia FlorvilusLacey FordLexie ForresterMatthew Franz Kerri Frazier Casey Hendrix Kaylie Hiers Michelle HernandezJasleen Herrera Alvarez Amber Herzog David Hill Jaclyn HookerAndrew Huilker DUNNELLON HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 2014
6 Riverland News, Thursday, June 5, 2014 Deion Humbert James HummelKelsie HutchinsonChristian HycheDustin JenkinsAlysha JohnsonKayla Johnson Sierra Johnson DUNNELLON HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 2014 Gabrielle Jones Chloie Kuhlmann Breana Mangus Diannah Meier Taylor Morrison Justin Mongelli Heather MullerJoseph Murillo Melanie Nieves Rivera Rylie Nonnemacher Ruth Norcross Kelly Meyer Kyle Miley Malaina Mills Janise Monteiro Destiny MoralesCourtney Morrison Michael MartinezForrest McArthurJason McCraeBrianna McGowanJesse McMahanKayla McMannAdjzee McNally Melissa Lacey Sumner LeeJoseph LivermoreRandy LlanesRichard LoveGeorge Lucin Jason Lynn Keiwan JonesShelton JosephAzalea KempDustin KilbargerTodd Kimball Ashley KnerrHouston Koch Roxanne McNallyLibby Medrano Angel Padilla-Ramos Tyler Powell Willie Robinson Ryan Ruquet Jonathan Roldan Austin RyanKeith SaboleskyMikaela SaundersonLyle Savage Richard SearsAndre Seenaraine Genesis RodriguezKalyn Rodriguez Yaricely Rojas Morales Johnny RomanYaneli Rosales Christian Rosario Gonzalez Ashley Sines Allen RichardsonDavid Riffle Laura Riley Kelsey Ritli Samuel RiveraShaianne Robinson Erica PressonIgnacio Prieto Sharda Ram Ariel RamosLauryn Reddick Peggy Reed Rebecca Reno Carey PattersonRebecca PerpenteBrandon PetersonVictoria PhillipsBianca Pierro Courtney PikeJosue Plasencia Randy Oram Ashley Paden
Riverland News, Thursday, June 5, 2014 7 Chester Sklodosky Edwin Soto Brandon StreetJavier SuarezBryce ThalackerLadarrius ThomasCierra Thompson Anthony SmallMatthew SmeriglioBrandon SmithMichael Smith Pamela Smith-Downing Christopher SnellJoaly Sosa Alisha Sinflorant Serenity Skillman Rebeka Tinkham Tyler Waldron Rebecca Wooten Aimee Wright Ashlyn WhelchelEdward White Emily White Tyler WilderJordan Williams Ashlee Winn Trevis WalkerJoshyan WatermanDestiny WatkinsTrevon Watkins Jody Weber Nicklas WeissmanKyle Weston Matthew TorresIda TownsendAlexandra TrappJeanie Underwood Esther Vazquez Miguelito VillonPaige Volker Jake Timcik Alysa Tinkham Michelle Hobbs DUNNELLON CHRISTIAN ACADEMY CLASS OF 2014Richard Kessler Rachel Loy Robert Loy April Stephens Morgan Stephens Dana Waugh Riverland Christian Academy Class of 2014 Blake RyanMuscott DUNNELLON HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 2014 Rachel Elizabeth Loy, Robert Edwin Loy III, Richard Earl Keesler III, April Faith Stephens, Morgan Hope Stevens and Dane Diane Waugh were set to receive their diplomas. But as parents milled about, prepping cameras and greeting other families and friends, the Eagles seven graduates lingered in a back room, donning their caps and gowns for a moment 13 years in the making. This years class had been together since the seventh grade, when the Stephenson twins, Morgan and April, joined the school. Most of the graduates plan to attend college or a technical school in the fall, but for the moment their sights were set on the evenings Pomp & Circumstances, if you will. None showed signs of nerves, instead they smiles and joked as they waited for their moment. Im not nervous, because weve been waiting on this moment for 13 years, said Waugh, the classs salutatorian who delivered the evenings opening prayer. Weve almost all been together during this time. The graduates pointed to a mission trip to Gold Coast in South Florida as a bonding moment for the seven of them. There, they helped with various tasks on a daily basis during the weeklong excursion, led by former teacher Eduardo Acevedo. Acevedo, who left the school two years ago for the Miami area, made the return trip Friday night as a request by the students to provide a special blessing upon their graduates. It was a moment he was elated to be a part of, he told them. Acevedo offered advice, three main points, to his former students. Among the points, he told them to remember a preschool song, Be Careful Little Hands and to be sure to listen and apply Gods word every day. If you remember those lyrics, trust me this will help you so much, he explained. Be aware of the path youre on. Be mindful and watchful of where you are and who youre around. Morgan Stephens, the class valedictorian, then addressed her classmates, family and friends as well as the staff of Dunnellon Christian Academy. She thanked those involved for their support and efforts in helping achieve and reach their goal of graduating. Some say this is the best years of our life ahead of us, she told the crowd. And now its time to take our first leap of faith. That first leap involves moving into the ranks of adulthood, where theyll move off to college or attend technical schools. This is where the road forks, Morgan Stephens said. This marks the closing of one chapter of our lives, and the start of the next chapter. The Rev. Russ Randall addressed the graduates. He, too, provided three points for them to take with them. Face your fears, he said, referencing 2 Timothy. Failure is one small event that does not define us, he noted, citing Philippians 3:12-13. Follow your faith, he explained, quoting Winston Churchill and encouraging the students to never give up on our dreams, their personal savior and each other. He encouraged them to be beacons of light, providing each student with a bookmark and a glowstick. JEFF BRYAN/Riverland NewsPastor Russ Randall of the First Baptist Church of Dunnellon addresses the Dunnellon Christian Academy Class of 2014 graduates during commencement ceremonies. CHAPTER continued from page 1
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get along, try bringing your family for some very good music and food, and meet your neighbors. The Crockers have met with some of the neighbors in the presence of the police department and have even offered to buy at least one home because the resident was upset with the business. With so many businesses struggling to stay open in Dunnellon, shouldnt we be happy that a business is thriving? They provide good paying jobs to their employees and have helped them in more ways than most people would ever expect an employer to do. Stop harassing these hard working people and get to know them. You might just be surprised. Mel and Ed, keep up the good work and dont let a few cranky people get you down.Beth Wear,Dunnellon Are city officials still missing the point?The mayor: Youll notice water is not making money. The facts: The audit report for the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2013 shows a combined net loss of $1,893,733 for the water/sewer funds. However, if you take into account the $4,803,919 that was transferred out to cover other city expenses (namely Greenlight), the water/sewer business actually shows a profit of $2,910,186. Take it a step further and add back the non-cash entry for depreciation in the amount of $1,137,559 and the water/sewer business contributed a total of $4,047,745 cash to the city coffers. Take it one more step and disregard the $314,513 for Professional Services (probably legal fees and rate studies) and you get a total of $4,362,258 generated by the water/sewer business. And the mayor is trying to tell us that water is not making money? The mayor: Were taking in less money because there was less irrigation this winter because of the rain. The facts: Total water/sewer charges for service in previous fiscal year was $2,309,806. Total charges for most recent year were $2,585,855. That is an increase of $276,049. The city is taking in more money, not less. According to the mayor, conservation works. What really works is high water/sewer rates and surcharges. It almost sounds like the mayor is setting the stage for raising water/ sewer rates again for the next fiscal year. Mr. Esch: (speaking to the audit recommendation about proper controls on the pooled cash procedures): ... the aforementioned checks and balances were put into place shortly after Lisa Algieres departure last June. Response: If those new procedures were put into place last June, then why werent they considered when the audit report was done sometime after September? An even better question would be to ask the finance manager why such controls were not put in place years ago to prevent the Greenlight overspending? The finance manager: (referring to the $1.4M borrowed from water/sewer funds in fiscal year 2012-13): The $1,478,429 transferred in 2012 was originally done as an interfund loan; however, the amount in the 2013 audit reflects the funds actually being transferred since Greenlight would not be able to pay back the loan. Response: The city finance manager has taken it upon herself to completely disregard Resolution 2012-29: That an interfund loan from the Enterprise Water & Sewer Utility Reserve Funds to the Enterprise Greenlight Communications Fund in the sum of $1,478,430 is authorized at .01 per anum to be paid in its entirety by 2017. In addition to the city owing Regions Bank $3.3 million, they also should repay all the money taken from the water/ sewer funds. If all this money ($4.8 million) were replaced, we would not need the high water rates and surcharge. Officials try to minimize the fact that the city is in debt to the tune of $17 million. Given an estimated population of 1,800 that comes out to about $9,500 for every man, woman and child. Assuming there are about 980 taxpaying households it comes out to about $19,000 per household. Dont worry folks, your city government is taking care of you. They have everything under control. Great things are happening. There will be a great bike trail and even a recycled water project.Hugh Lochrane,DunnellonOrganization thanks all for part in cleanup effortsRainbow River Conservation Inc. organized another successful spring Rainbow River Cleanup on Saturday, May 17, and would like to thank all who took part. The trash collected from the river this year included swim fins, a 6-inch pipe several feet long, a tangle of fishing line and several lawn chairs along with the usual cans and bottles. The turn out for this years cleanup was great, with more than 150 people taking part. The Board of Directors would like to thank all of our members and friends who volunteered for this effort. A special thanks goes to those businesses that helped support the cleanup, and a very special thanks to Swampys Bar and Grill for providing the hot dogs and buns. Boat usage and handling: Rainbow River Club, Marion County Parks Department (KP Hole), Marion County Sheriffs Department River Watch, Rainbow River Canoe and Kayak and the Dunnellon Police Department river patrol. Support: Riverland News, Ocala Star-Banner, Citrus County Chronicle, Marion County Sheriffs Underwater Recovery Team and Affordable Marine (sodas and ice). A special thanks to Rio Vista Homeowners Association for its help and support of their members. The following local businesses generously provided the many prizes that were awarded: Citrus Grill, Swampys Bar & Grill, Singing River Tours, The Blue Gator at Anglers Resort, Rainbow River Canoe and Kayak, Thor and Fran Siegfried Therapeutic Massage. As vice president of Rainbow River Conservation, I appreciate all the support to keep our river clean throughout the year.Jerry Rogers,Vice President, RRC12 Riverland News, Thursday, June 5, 2014 L ETTERS continued from page 4 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. Adjustments are made only for the portion of the ad that is in error. All ads require prepayment. We accept Beware: Publication of any classified advertisement does not constitute endorsement by the Riverland News. 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ZAWADZKI, deceased, whose date of death was November 20, 2013, is pending in the Circuit Court for MARION County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 110 NW 1st Avenue, Ocala, FL 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 June 5, 2014 Personal Representative: /s/ Donald L. 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against another piece or hidden behind the easel holding the current work in progress. The rest of the room has numerous books piled up, musical instruments that she plays and many, many vinyl record albums neatly stored on shelves. Im torn between doing art, my music and writing, Billias said. I also play the guitar, piano and used to sing professionally. But it was her love of reading that started her receiving the Forum magazine and the start of a writing career. I got on their email list and ordered talking books about Cracker Days and Apalachicola, she said. I cant afford to be a member, but they still send me the magazine. Since she reads constantly, she also spends a lot of her time at the Dunnellon Public Library. About a year ago, Billias read in the Riverland News about the new Rainbow River Writing Club starting and decided to attend. I saw the notice in the Riverland and got so excited that there was some sort of group I would truly be interested in, Billias said. I love the group. It inspires me to be a much tighter writer. I also enjoy closing my eyes and listening to them read. One of the requirements of the writing group is to write something and print it to be shared at their monthly meetings at the Dunnellon Public Library. Billias had a problem with that obligation since she isnt a good typist, but the group allows her to just read her work. Im the worst typist. I only use two fingers, she said. So I just write on scraps of paper and then try to find them to put it all together. Her unusual technique is working for her as she managed to win out of the more than 400 entries into the micro-fiction contest. The story had to start with the sentence They named the gator and not be more than 250 words. The prize for the winning story was $1,000. I named my gator Big Mouth and the story was exactly 250 words, she said smiling. Im just happy to be published. Augie Salzer is a correspondent for the Riverland News. Email her at augie@ thingsintown.com. Humphreys insurance card and drivers license. After confirming her name, Robinson asked Humphrey if there was anything she wished to tell him about her drivers license to which she responded, I didnt pay a couple of tickets. Robinson then asked her if she knew what happened if traffic citations werent paid to which Humphrey said, They suspend your license. Humphrey told authorities she was aware her license plate and drivers license werent valid. Robinson requested Humphrey to exit the vehicle and advised her he observed several signs of impairment. Robinson asked Humphrey if there was anything in the vehicle to which she said, probably a couple of straws, Xanax and morphine, which she has prescriptions for, the report stated. According to the report, Robinson found four bottles of pills, which were recently filled, but a large number were missing. When asked about the pills, Humphrey told Robinson she had taken one Xanax approximately 30 minutes prior to the traffic stop and insufflated snorted a crushed up pill. The report stated Robinson asked Humphrey to participate in field sobriety exercises, which she agreed to do. In the report, Robinson wrote Humphrey failed five tests. While participating in the finger-to-nose exercise, Robinson observed Humphrey to have a blue powdery substance in her nasal passage, indicative of the insufflation of prescription medication, which she admitted to. According to the report, Humphrey was transported to the Dunnellon Police Department, where she consented to a lawful test of her breath. The test results showed 0.000 percent and 0.000 percent. She was then transported to the Marion County Jail, where Humphrey provided a sample of her urine. Humphreys bond was set at $500. She posted bail last Thursday. According to Kevin Christian, spokesman for the school district, the impact of this arrest on Humphreys job is yet to be determined, but she does not drive as part of her job for the district. Riverland News, Thursday, June 5, 2014 13 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 000IFSW Monday-Friday 447-3031 41 N. Inglis Ave., Inglis Monday-Saturday (352) 465-1199 11011 N. Williams St., Dunnellon (Hwy. 41) Across from WalMart Hypertension Womens Health Arthritis Gynecology Wellness Screening Diabetes Physicals Heart Disease Mens Health Anxiety HOSPITAL PRIVILEGES: CITRUS MEMORIAL HOSPITAL SEVEN RIVERS REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER 000IDL3 ESPRESSO CAPPUCCINO LATTES FRAPPES SMOOTHES CAKES CUPCAKES BEER WINE MIMOSA BOULEVARD BISTRO 9576 N. 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CONTESTcontinued from page 1 JEFF BRYAN/Riverland NewsMayor Nathan Whitt, left, presents Tina Billias with a proclamation recognizing her winning entry in Forum.
Host families needed for exchange students The EF Educational Homestay program, a nonprofit organization, needs of host families for 12 Chinese students, ages 8 to 13, from July 17 to Aug. 2. During their time here, the exchange students will attend classes at Dunnellon Christian Academy. Host families will need to provide a bed, meals and transportation. They will drop them off at 8 a.m. Monday through Friday for school and field trips, then pick them up at 5:30 p.m. EF staff registers you and tries to get you in contact with your student before they arrive here. High school students can earn up to 45 hours community service hours. In addition, there will be a host family meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 12, at the Dunnellon Public Library. For information or to register as a host family, contact Pam Lange at 352-274-3042 or email pkelber@ yahoo.com.Dunnellon resident to speak at eventCitrus County Councils Environment and Natural Resources Committee will host Tipping Points, a series of presentations pertaining to the environment and water supply. Dunnellon resident Jon Brainard, education chairman for the Suwanee-St. Johns Sierra Club, will share a PowerPoint presentation from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 21, at the Central Ridge Library in Beverly Hills. The presentation will focus on seven important issues, from the value of trees to climate change and springs/ water issues. For information, visit www.CitrusCounty Council.org. Elementary School, served as president of Tigers to Cubs, early childhood education, Student Government Association (SGA) among other programs and clubs. Knowing shell make the trek to the stadium, the speech, the walk across the stage for her diploma, it all hasnt settled in yet for Cook. I still feel like Im going to have to go back to (high) school, she said, noting the senior classs final day a week ago didnt feel like last day of school. I dont think its really clicked yet. When it came to choosing a university, it wasnt about who has the best football, basketball or baseball program, it was about selecting an institution best suited for academics. Im very excited about attending Florida, because its life on my own, Cook explained. I wanted to go to a top school. I dont really care about football. It was more about the education. I spent a lot of time comparing programs and Florida has what I consider the best. Oram considers it an honor to address his classmates, parents, friends, faculty and staff. However, the potential size of the crowd isnt lost on the University of Florida-bound teen. Its not nearly as nerve-wracking as my eighth-grade graduation, he explained, noting he was about one of 35 students required to make a graduation speech. Still, thats a lot of people. I hope I can make them happy with my speech. Oram plans to pursue a career in mechanical engineering while at Florida. After obtaining his bachelors degree, he will work toward getting both his masters degree and doctorate. His dream would be to earn a chance to do his graduate studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Id like work with NASA or another space agency, he said. Specifically, Id like to work with the rover program, but thats eight years away. A lot could change between now and then, He said his interest in robotics stems from his involvement with the Dunnellon High Robotics Club in which he served as president this past year. Prior to that, he was heavily involved with the schools television production program. Im doing it now mainly as a hobby, he said of video production. But a majority of time here at Dunnellon High, I was heavily involved with it. I really loved it, but I really got hooked in robotics, the design, the competition. Oram described Cook as a young woman who works extra hard to achieve her goals. Shes really deserving of the honor as valedictorian, he said. Shes very intelligent, very driven. Cook echoed Orams sentiments. Hes really driven, too, she said. Hes wanted salutatorian since his freshman year. I know he had dropped to fourth place once and then he moved ahead because of his drive. He wanted it really badly. 14 Riverland News, Thursday, June 5, 2014 000I0VI 000I4P0 China House China House China House D INING T O G O OR E AT -I N (352) 522-0008 (Next to Subway) 000IFSJ 11352 N. Williams St. (Sweetbay Plaza) Please Call (352) 489-9763 China Wok Buffet China Wok Buffet China Wok Buffet Lunch $6.95 Dinner $9.35 5185 A W. Dunnellon Rd., Dunnellon (352) 489-8040 TERMITES? TERMITES? TERMITES? Get a fast, honest answer Scheduling done within 24 hours Reasonable prices without high pressure sales 000IFS6 Ask about our affordable lawn spray STAR TERMITE & PEST CONTROL 000IERX Puzzle answers on Page 3 ACCOLADEScontinued from page 1 SPORTS BRIEFS