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Sprinkle of rain spices the start
of the second day of the 
Yankeetown Art & Seafood Fest

Inglis-Yankeetown Lions Club Chairman Steve Norton moves hay as a colleague moves water Sunday morning (Nov. 19) near the center of a long stretch of roadway where the annual festival is staged. The bigger crush of people on Sunday happened after noon.

Story and Photos
By Jeff M. Hardison © Nov. 20, 2017 at 4:47 p.m.
* Updated Nov. 21, 2017 at 7:17 a.m.

With Duck Race Photos
By Jeff Bernstein

     YANKEETOWN -- The Saturday (Nov. 18) crowd of visitors to Yankeetown opened the first of the two-day festival with the relatively strong intensity as happens every year as the Inglis-Yankeetown Lions Club hosted its 36th Annual Yankeetown Art, Craft & Seafood Festival.


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     A slight sprinkle of rain at the start of Sunday’s (Nov. 19) revelry added a touch of spice to the second day of fun in the most southwestern town of Levy County on Saturday and Sunday (Nov. 18 and 19), as the homestretch of the two-day run began to unfold.
     This festival that combines artworks and crafts for show and sale, as well as a wide selection of food and drink, and live entertainment, has become a popular annual destination for folks from near and far.
     And while there is some degree of continuity for vendors and visitors, this festival like many things in life helps reflect that nothing is as constant as change.

Among the many, many active Lions at the festival on Sunday were (from left) Karen Stowers, a Lion since 1991; District Global Leadership Team Coordinator for this area Vivian Henegar; Dr. Norma Callahan, a Past District Governor; and Jackie DeGraff, a Lioness since 1977 and a Lion since 1996.

     In a place named Yankeetown, Florida, it seems likely in the fall that some number of people are either winter visitors, or retirees from some place other than Levy County.
     For observant travelers, though, there is Crackertown – a very small unincorporated subdivision between Yankeetown and Inglis on Levy County Road 40.
     Meanwhile back at the Yankeetown Festival, this event is hosted by the Lions. More specifically, the Inglis-Yankeetown Lions Club Foundation sponsors the enjoyable event.
     Inglis-Yankeetown Lions Club President Steve Norton and his wife Donna Norton were among the many Lions working to make the event a resounding success again this year. Donna Norton is the Cabinet Secretary for the Central District of Florida.
     There were many other Lions Club members and leaders in the mix during the festival.
     One of those many stars is Dr. Norma Callahan, who helped Lions International become involved in working to reduce diabetic retinopathy starting 10 years ago through the Lions Clubs of Florida and the Bahamas.
     Lions always have been known for their work at preserving and protecting eyesight.
     The Lions Year begins July 1 of each year and among the messages from 2017-2018 Lions International President Dr. Naresh Aggarwal is this: "Lions Clubs International will not sit on the sidelines as the disease mounts. We will be in the thick of efforts to prevent and treat the disease."
     He is speaking about diabetic retinopathy.
     Dr. Callahan said this disease is the leading cause of blindness in the United States of America today.
     Screening for diabetes by Lions started 10 years ago in Florida, she said. In Florida, during the current Lion Year that started on July 1, as of Saturday, Dr. Callahan said, the Lions provided 8,000 blood-sugar diagnostic tests for people for free.
     By detecting Type 2 diabetes early, Dr. Callahan said, diabetes can be halted or managed, and blindness can be prevented.

Among the live entertainers at the festival was singer and guitarist Cliff Ritchie.

One of the many booths where people could buy food and drink is seen here.

     As always or at least as usual, there was a complete assortment of seafood.
    Vendors sold shrimp, fish and other types of seafood.
    The range of different kinds of food this year was awesome again.

Scott Hawley of BubbaQue’s is seen with ribs he was cooking at the festival. In the background, his co-worker Tamara Greenwell is among the BubbaQue’s workers at the event.

     Mexican cuisine, barbecue, homegrown honey, cotton candy, Nathan’s hotdogs, funnel cakes, Italian sausages and several other edible treats were available. Homemade lemonade was among a list of possible beverages to buy as well.

Lyssa Bowen works on an art project during the festival.

Ren Parks stands by a frame he made for his girlfriend Lyssa Bowen’s painting.

     Original oil paintings, watercolors, acrylics, sculptures in clay and other mediums were inviting to patrons of the arts.
     Among the multitude of artists was Lyssa Bowen, 32, of Gainesville.
     This young artist marked the 36th Annual Yankeetown Art, Craft & Seafood Festival as her second-ever festival for selling her works. Bowen’s first festival was the Thornbrook (of Gainesville) Art Festival.
     As destiny unfolds in all people’s lives, so too it did with her life. As fate would have it, her high school sweetheart crossed paths with her after just over a dozen years of them not seeing each other.
     And participating as a craftsman at this festival was Ren Parks, 32, also now of Gainesville too. Parks is Bowen’s boyfriend, they say. He builds frames for her artwork.
     “We were high school sweethearts,” Parks said. “She moved to Florida from Idaho, and 12 and a half years later, I drove across the nation to be with her here.”

Jan Leach of Crystal River stands with her work at her very first festival where she showed and sold her crafts.

     Crafts from many mediums were shown and sold.
     Woodworking forms covered a complete gambit from handmade furniture, through small wooden signs and driftwood crafted into art.
     There were leather purses, leather belts and other forms of leather-based crafts.
     An assortment of glass crafts invited people to buy things to bring home.
     The range of jewelry formats of crafts was relatively extensive as well.
     Joining the menagerie of craftspersons beyond Parks was Jan Leach., 63, of Crystal River.
     This was her very first ever festival to show and sell her works.
     Leach, the owner-artist of Soul on Fire Wood Burning Art, said sales on Saturday were pretty good and early Sunday she was pleased to know that she had at least “broke even” by that point.

Friends of the Withlacoochee Gulf Preserve promote the Duck Race. Seen here are (from left) Sally Douglass, Ellen Klee, Jeff Bernstein and Peter Weiss.

     PUBLISHER’S NOTE: Information and Photos of the Duck Race below are as a courtesy of Jeff Bernstein. 
     The Friends of the Withlacoochee Gulf Preserve Annual Rubber Duck Race is competition that takes place during the Yankeetown Seafood Festival on the Withlacoochee River.
     The finish line for the duck race has changed to the Black Water Grill and Bar (which used to be named the Isaac Walton Lodge) this year. The annual duck race is a major source of funding for the WGP. Everyone is invited to support the Preserve and have some fun.
     The sponsor of the fastest duck is scheduled to receive $200, and the Black Water Grill and Bar donated another $50 to that.
     And, for the laid-back persons, the sponsor of the last duck to cross the finish line was awarded $50.
     The Withlacoochee Gulf Preserve is owned and operated by the Town of Yankeetown and was purchased with funding from the Florida Communities Trust. The Preserve is located at 1001 Old Rock Road, Yankeetown Florida. Visit the web site ( for directions and information on upcoming events.
     Among the many workers for the WGP in the Duck Race this year were Jeff Bernstein and Peter Weiss.

The ducks are launched to begin the race.

People watch the ducks floating by.

Volunteers with the Friends of the Withlacoochee Gulf Preserve perform their duck race duties.

The winner of the Duck Race is Jennifer Molzen, Yankeetown. Seen here are (from left) President of the Friends of the WGP Ellen Klee; Bailey Molzen, daughter of winner; Jennifer Molzen, winner; and FWGP Treasurer Susan Steinhorst.

The person who bet on the lazy duck (last duck) – and that duck is seen here – is Barbara Mozayeny (no photo). (The winner of the hand-made quilt was Alice Karosas.)

-- Duck Race Photos By Jeff Bernstein

     In addition to the Friends of the WGP, there were other charitable causes.
     As noted earlier, there were the Lions.

The Friends of the A.F. Knotts Public Library conduct their book sale.

     Also the Friends of the A.F. Knotts Public Library, 11 56th St., Yankeetown, are scheduled to be part of this event as that group held its Fall Book Sale at the Seafood Festival on the north side of Riverside Drive between 61st and 62nd Streets. A wide selection of bound books, paperbacks, audio books and DVDs were available.

Rose Uzarski of the Yankeetown Woman’s Club Inc., which is also known as The Inglis-Yankeetown Woman’s Club, holds 50-50 tickets. Proceeds from this fundraiser go to help students at Yankeetown School.

     The Inglis-Yankeetown Woman’s Club had a booth and they helped people enjoy the festival, as well as to give them opportunities to buy things or donate to the club.

Richard Henson (left) and Jack Schofield are the two SHINE volunteers who worked both days at the festival. SHINE is an acronym for Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders. (Click HERE to go to the SHINE listing on the Calendar Page of Want to see if you can save money on your prescription drug costs? Can't afford to have the Medicare Part B Premium come out of your check every month? Are you new to Medicare and not sure of your options? Whether you are a Medicare beneficiary, family member or caregiver, SHINE, a volunteer program under the Florida Department of Elder Affairs, provides you with free, unbiased and confidential information. For assistance, please call the Elder Helpline at 1-800-262-2243 to have a volunteer return your call. Schofield said SHINE needs more volunteers. The number to call to start the process to become a volunteer is also the Elder Helpline at 1-800-262-2243.

Ludie Bond of the Florida Forest Service (right) speaks with visitors about Florida's forests and wildlife.

A Smokey Bear display marks an area where people can come to learn about the forests in Florida as they enjoy the festival in Yankeetown.

* Some of the many members of the volunteer Master Gardeners were at the event with their coordinator from UF/IFAS Levy County Extension. Seen here (from left) are Barbara Edmonds of the Levy County Extension office, Joyce Hinkle, Lamar Greene, Eileen Greene and Else Brumer.

City sees 36 percent
increase in project cost

Acting on city matters on Monday night are (from left) City Commissioner Teresa Barron, Commissioner Rollin Hudson, Mayor Betty Walker, City Commissioner Donald Lawrence and Vice Mayor Chris Jones.

Story and Photo
By Jeff M. Hardison © Nov. 16, 2017 at 2:17 p.m.
Chiefland City Commissioner Teresa Barron just could not bring herself on Monday night (Nov. 13) to vote in favor of city taxpayers paying for a 36 percent increase in estimated cost for a piece of sewer equipment that needs to be replaced.


(from left) Chiefland Police Chief Scott Anderson, Wastewater Supervisor Randy Wilkerson and Deputy Fire Chief Gene Stockman listen to the City Commission speak about construction costs going up. The picture of the man at the top of this photo is a portrait of former Chiefland City Manager Hardy Dean Sr., for whom the building is named. Chiefland City Manager Mary Ellzey holds that office now.

     After a discussion at the City Commission meeting, though, City Commissioner Donald Lawrence made the motion for the city to pay $190,290 rather than $41,850 for its portion of the $567,000 biosolids treatment unit replacement project.
     Vice Mayor Chris Jones seconded Lawrence’s motion, and Mayor Betty Walker and City Commissioner Rollin Hudson voted in favor of it. With Barron’s vote opposing the motion, it passed 4-1.
     Eighteen months ago, Engineer Andrew Carswell of the Mills Engineering Firm conducted research to determine the approximate cost of replacing equipment that was first installed in 1968.
     Carswell determined the cost so that the city could apply for the Springs Project grant through the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the Suwannee River Water Management District, Chiefland City Manager Mary Ellzey said.
     Wastewater Supervisor Randy Wilkerson had told Ellzey that the city needed to replace its biosolids treatment unit (digester) at the city’s wastewater treatment plant very soon.
     The estimated cost was $418,000. The SRWMD agreed to fund $376,560 and the city was to pay $41,840 as a result of the initial estimate.
     Mills Engineering, however, notified the city manager that the cost will be higher than estimated as a result of increases in construction material and labor costs.
     City Manager Ellzey requested SRWMD to increase its portion to fund the project, but she was denied. She told the City Commission on Monday night that the SRWMD Governing Board did not even need to hear the request for her to know it was denied.
     The City Commission spoke about the increased cost in contrast with what the estimated cost was at first. They decided that they had two options. The city could reject the current project plan with the lions’ share of funding by the SRWMD.
     In that instance, the city would just use contingency funds to cover the overage from the first estimate.
     In that scenario, the city taxpayers could absorb the $148,600 increase to be added to the previously planned $41,840.
     If the city rejected things as they stood, however, it would have to buy the whole digester for about $500,000, rather than spending about $200,000. Wilkerson said the city needs to replace that equipment now.
     Barron chose against voting to accept the 36 percent increase. She asked about Mills Engineering not having a representative at the meeting Monday night. She asked how this could be so far off from the estimate.
     She was told construction material costs have increased that much recently, and workers are scarce as well due to the need for construction on damaged parts of south Florida from Hurricane Irma.
     Barron and the City Commission learned, also, that it might be a good practice in the future to budget at least 25 percent over the projected costs for construction projects that are not going to start immediately.
     In another sewer service matter before the City Commission, there was a 5-0 vote to increase the current base monthly fee for customers by $5 per month. That is estimated to generate an additional $53,340 a year in revenue for the utility fund.

Ranchers lose livestock
to killer free-roaming dogs;

Bucks, does and unborn kids are victims

Richard Esseck and Leslie Esseck at the Lazycat Farm in Gilchrist County on Wednesday (Nov. 8).

Story and Photos
By Jeff M. Hardison © Nov. 10, 2017 at 3:47 p.m.
The day after a rabbit and chicken farmer in Gilchrist County lost her animals to a pit bull and a German Shepherd (Saturday, Nov. 4), a goat rancher in the Bell area had three goats killed and two maimed by canines.

Below the two stacks of limbs are graves of two doe that died early Sunday morning after dogs attacked them.

The body of the third doe is seen here. She died after suffering for a time after the dog attack on Sunday.

     Richard Esseck, 78, and his wife Leslie Esseck, 68, have owned Lazycat Farm for 16 years now, having started that agricultural entity in 2001, after he retired from his job at Citrus Memorial Hospital at the age of 62.
     On Sunday (Nov. 5), the couple was awakened by the screams of goats being attacked by dogs. Esseck went out with a pistol and a shotgun, having lost goats twice before during the previous two consecutive years to attacking dogs.
     This time, he may have winged one of the killer dogs, he said, because he saw it jump. As best as he could tell at either 4 a.m. or 3 in the morning -- because that was daylight saving time fall-back Sunday, the attacking animal he may have wounded was a pit bulldog.

The buck seen here has lost his left ear, the vision in his left eye and his left rear leg is injured. Richard Esseck is seen with this injured animal on Wednesday.

     As a result of this attack by the killer dogs, Esseck lost three pregnant female goats to death, and two bucks were so severely injured they may not be able to breed in the future. The killer dogs killed unborn kids that were in the wombs of the three doe as well.
     One doe, as it was in its death throes, Esseck said, tried unsuccessfully to give birth to its kid.
     One of the surviving bucks lost its left ear, the use of its left eye and its left rear leg became so crippled that it was to the point where it could not put that foot on the ground, as it was seen limping Wednesday (Nov. 8).
     One buck on Wednesday huddled under a shed next to a wall, traumatized from the attack. The other wounded buck limped to the far end of the property next to a fence after a visitor arrived.
     Esseck said both bucks previously would approach and greet visitors to the Lazycat Farm.
     Both wounded bucks were visibly limping on their left hind legs.
     Esseck said the bucks need both hind legs to procreate with a doe.
     This attack by the dogs that were allowed to run free by a negligent dog owner is devastating to Esseck. The goat farmer sees this loss as setting his project for improving his meat goat breed back by as much as five years.
     He has been using a process to create a better breed of meat goat that is more resistant to worms, and eats more efficiently to produce more meat for less money.

     Esseck has a suggestion that he intends to share with Gilchrist County Manager Bobby Crosby after the Economic Development Committee meeting on Monday (Nov. 13). Esseck sits as a member of the Gilchrist County Economic Development Committee.
     He will suggest to Crosby that the county manager approach the County Commission and have the county attorney draft amendments to the ordinances in regard to dogs.
     Animal control officers in Gilchrist County need to have more tools available for their use, Esseck said.
     Some people see no problem with a dog attacking a cat, another dog, a chicken or a rabbit, Esseck said. That dog can bite, maim or kill those smaller animals and there is no consequence to the owner.
     “There is apathy when it comes to animal control,” he said.
     The ordinances need to be revised, he added.
     Goats and cattle, Esseck said, are ear-tagged from birth to death to show who owns them. This allows for the Florida Department of Agriculture, the Florida Department of Health or state, county or local law enforcement agencies to backtrack in the event that is needed, Esseck said.
     He believes that Gilchrist County could adopt a local ordinance to require dogs to wear collars with a metal ID tag to backtrack and find the owner of the dog in the event that is needed.
     For instance, he said, if he had shot and killed one of the attacking dogs Sunday morning, then that dog could be tracked back to its owner who could then be cited for violating the ordinance that requires dogs to not roam free.
     Esseck could recover lost revenue through a civil court’s ruling in regard to damages for his losses.
     He sells animals for $180 to $185. However, the loss of the bucks’ abilities to breed and the loss of the does’ ability to create kids can be extrapolated to reflect a $50,000 loss over the years when those animals would have produced livestock – goats, and goat meat, he said.
     The revised ordinance would show that any dog leaving its owner’s property is in violation of the county law, he said.
     All animals should be contained by fencing or on a leash. The idea of having 10 acres with no fence is not adequate, he said.
     “If it bites anything on somebody else’s property,” Esseck said, “it should be considered a dangerous animal.”
     Esseck said that a dog that bites a cat, a chicken, a rabbit, a goat, a cow or any other pet or livestock must be considered as a dangerous dog. Right now, unless a dog bites a human it can kill as many times as it wants with no criminal repercussion to the negligent owner who lets it roam free and kill at will.
     “A chicken being torn apart,” he said, “hurts as much as a cow being torn apart of a person being torn apart. A bite is a bite. They should all be treated with the same consideration.”
     Esseck said it is his belief that an offending killer dog owner should not be allowed to settle out of court either.
     In the instance of the rabbits and chickens killed the day before his goats were maimed and killed, that rabbit-killing, chicken-killing dog owner was located by the Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office and Gilchrist County Animal Control.
     The rabbit and chicken rancher accepted payment in lieu of going to civil court, Esseck said.
     “I think a report needs to be created,” he said, “and a dog bite needs to be treated as such. The dog needs to be held and reviewed for rabies or whatever, and there should be a citation issued -- period.”
     Esseck said the owner of that set of killer dogs may have first denied it could be his dogs.
     “This dog kills chickens and rabbits,” Esseck said. “Did this dog take a shower before he went home? He had to have blood on him. The owner had to know something happened to that dog -- instead of ‘Oh, what happened?’ That’s what really gets me.”
     Esseck added that he is not proposing the collection of every loose dog to for their owners to be cited. Dogs jump fences, dig under fences, and run out of open gates and the like.
     “Things happen,” he said. “So you catch the dog that is running loose. You bring it to the pound and do the normal procedure for that.
     “But if that animal is caught in a situation where there is injury or death,” Esseck added, “then it should be treated as a dangerous animal. This is a different category than a dog escaping from his owner.”

     Esseck said that his wife Leslie’s father Manuel Berdion, when he lived in Spain, raised goats.
     After Esseck retired from Citrus Memorial at the age of 62, he bought 20 acres in northern Gilchrist County. His grandparents – Antonio and Vincinzia Barone -- had a chicken farm in New Jersey.
     After having the property, he learned as much as he could about meat goat farming. He saw this as a supplemental income producer.
     Both Mr. and Mrs. Esseck also became Master Gardeners, learning from Levy County Extension Agent Anthony Drew about plants. As a result, they went further and earned a nursery growers’ permit to buy and sell plants, which the couple does on occasion as well for income.
     Esseck said he thinks Drew is “… the best guy in the world.”
     This is part of what Esseck said he has done to create a sustainable lifestyle.
     His background over the past decade and a half includes being a past president of the Florida Meat Goat Association. Esseck also served as a Meat Goat Competition Judge at the Suwannee River Fair for three years at the pavilion located in the City of Fanning Springs.
     He has participated in the Goat and Sheep Scrapie Free Flock Certification Program by the United States Department of Agriculture.
     Fresh From Florida, the branded part of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, sent a writer and photographer to Lazycat Farm in the past, too, to show in its magazine how this small ranch is used to produce fresh goat meat.
     And there has been an article published about this meat goat farming couple published in the Florida Farm Bureau magazine, he said.
     Through selective breeding over 16 years, his meat goats now are almost parasite resistant. He heartily deworms the animals.
     “My animals thrive on forage,” he said. “I do not spend a lot of money on food. They are easy kidders. I don’t have to be losing does because they can’t have their kids.
     “They take care of their kids,” Esseck continued, “which in the long run, makes it more economical for me to raise the goat because it costs me less.”
      As a result of the most recent killer dog attack, Esseck said, his breeding program is set back by as much as five years. Before the attack, he had 18 goats. After the attack, there were 15, with two of the bucks not able to procreate.

Special Election set for Jan. 23
for Fanning Springs City Council

Internet café moratorium
may be coming to this city

By Terry Witt, Senior Staff Writer © Nov. 8, 2017 at 3:07 p.m.
Fanning Springs City Council members Tuesday evening (Nov. 7) approved a resolution setting Jan. 23, 2018 as the date of a special election to replace retiring City Councilman Ron Queen.

     Any qualified electors living within the city limits of Fanning Springs must file qualifying papers between noon on Nov. 27 and noon on Dec. 1 to run for the seat. The qualifying fee is $120 plus 1 percent of a councilman’s salary.
     Queen is retiring for health and family reasons and will move back to Delaware. He has served on the city council for four years.
     A primary election would take place on Jan. 9 if necessary.

     In other business, City Attorney Michael O’Steen was instructed by the council to develop an ordinance similar to one in Columbia County declaring a 12-month moratorium on Internet café’s in Fanning Springs.
     O’Steen said a one-year moratorium gives the Florida Legislature time to establish firm rules and regulations regarding Internet café’s. He said gambling is illegal in Florida and Internet café’s are a form of gambling.
     It is illegal. I would advise the city against licensing an illegal operation,” he said.
     He said 28 Internet café’s were recently shut down in Lake City.
     Mayor Trip Lancaster said he talked to Eighth Judicial Circuit State Attorney William “Bill” Cervone, who reportedly told Mayor Lancaster that Internet café’s are illegal in his opinion.
     On a different subject, Lancaster said less than 10 homeowners have yet to give the city an easement for city sewer lines in the River Walk subdivision.
     Lancaster said when a city sewer line is constructed in front of a home either the homeowner pays for access to the line or the state pays for it with a grant.
     “If they don’t sign it, it still has to happen. It just will be on their dime rather than the state’s,” Lancaster said.
     Regarding a separate issue, the council voted unanimously to direct City Attorney Michael O’Steen to draft an ordinance establishing a one-year moratorium decisions regarding medical marijuana.
     O’Steen said the legislature hasn’t firmed up the rules regarding medical marijuana. The 12 month moratorium will give the Legislature time to establish rules and regulations.
     “It is a very evolving law; almost daily,” O’Steen said.
     In a final matter, Lancaster said he is getting closer to finding a vendor to pick up downed trees and brush left behind by Hurricane Irma.
     Lancaster said the lowest quote he has received thus far is $30,000, the highest $100,000.
     He said the Federal Emergency Management Agency will eventually reimburse the city for whatever it spends on storm cleanup, but the price has to be reasonable.

Man loses truck to fire,
keeps neighbors safe

This 2005 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup truck was lost to fire Tuesday morning (Nov. 7). It is seen here shortly after 8:30 a.m. on the road next to Breezy Acres, northeast of U.S. Alt 27 and Northeast 20th Avenue.

Story and Photos
By Jeff M. Hardison © Nov. 7, 2017 at 3:37 p.m.
A 75-year-old man from Michigan could not save his truck from fire, but he may have saved his neighbors from property loss and other injuries Tuesday morning (Nov. 7).

     Robert Allen had the presence of mind, Levy County Sheriff’s Deputy C. Roe said, to not pull his truck into the Breezy Acres Adult RV Park, on the northeast corner of the intersection of U.S. Alt. 27 and Northeast 20th Avenue, between Levyville and Levy County Road 339.
     Allen’s 2005 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup had caught fire under its hood.
     Allen said he is sorry to see this happen to the truck, which is paid off. He has no other vehicle and will be depending on help from his neighbors in Breezy Acres for local transportation now. Of course, he might be able to arrange some transport via Levy County Transit.
     Bronson Fire Rescue sent an engine and a tanker to extinguish the fire. Firefighters Paul Anderson, Nick Barrett Adam Macedward and Cliff Guido stopped the fire, but not before it had destroyed the Dodge.
     Had Allen not chosen to drive along the road rather than pulling into Breezy Acres, there is a possibility that structure or pine trees might have caught on fire and caused more loss.


Bronson Fire Rescue Firefighter Paul Anderson directs water into the engine compartment to douse some smoldering areas as BFR Firefighter Nick Barrett stands behind him and holds the hose.

Bronson Firefighter Paul Anderson sprays water on the area near the fuel intake point for the vehicle. The cuffs of his bunker gear appear to be glowing as they reflect light from a camera flash.


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Jingle Prep

Houston Keen prepares to sing the jingle on Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 1, at Cash Money Pawn in Chiefland.

The kindhearted musician provided a second take when the attempted cell-phone video capture did not work on Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 31.

Videographer Jeff M. Hardison said he is still learning how to use a phone as a camera. These still shots and the video below were taken with a Canon EOS Rebel T3 camera.

Photos by Jeff M. Hardison © Nov. 1, 2017 at 11:37 p.m.


96th Jingle Performer

Houston Keen sings the jingle on his birthday (Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017) at Cash Money Pawn in Chiefland. Keen is alternative country music artist from North Florida. His hometown is Chiefland. Among his currently scheduled shows is one - in Austin, Texas, on Nov. 12. Each performer or set of performers brings his or her, or their (when it is two or more performers) own special something to the jingle. If you see Jeff Hardison and you want to sing the jingle, just let him know or send an email to He asks people to sing it, too, and some of them agree to sing it. More than 100 different people have sang the jingle so far. (Thanks people!)
Published Nov 1, 2017 at 11:07 p.m.
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