Rotary Club of Trenton
seeks to change its name
Information provided by Trenton Rotary
Published Oct. 18, 2017 at 10:37 a.m.
TRENTON -- The Rotary Club of Trenton on Monday (Oct. 16) voted to change its name to be the Rotary Club of Gilchrist County.
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The next step in this process is for Rotary International to approve the name change. Club members expressed a desire is to be more inclusive of all of Gilchrist County.
The program on Monday was in regard to the Federal Radar Station in Dixie County. It was presented by Eric Sanders. This structure in Old Town was built 20 years ago and monitors air traffic 1,500 feet and higher for a 250-nautical-mile radius.
The Trenton Rotary Club is relatively active with a Purple Pinkie for Polio Fundraiser at Trenton Elementary School on Oct. 18 and at Bell Elementary School on Oct. 25. The Trenton Rotary Club President is Bob Clemons.
40th Annual Rye Grass
Tournament results shared
Information and Photos
By Shirley Meggs
Publicist for CWGA (Chiefland Women’s Golf Association)
Published Oct. 16, 2017 at 4:07 p.m.
CHIEFLAND -- The Chiefland Golf and Country Club held the 40th Annual Rye Grass Tournament Oct. 12 through Oct. 15.
The ladies played their first round on Friday (Oct. 13), and their final round on Saturday (Oct. 14).
The competition was fierce; the scores were close; and the ladies persevered through the humidity and gusty winds!
The first place winner was Betty Beck with two-day total of 142.
Second place was Terry Harris with a two-day total of 142 and third place was Donna Schaffer with a two-day total score of 143!
As indicated here, in the case where there was a tie score, the scorecards are compared hole by hole backwards starting with the 18th hole. In the end, Betty Beck won with a par score on the 17th hole. Way to go Betty!
(from left) Donna Schaffer, Betty Beck, Terry Harris
Ladies Scramble Added
The 40th Annual Rye Grass Golf Tournament -- for the first time in the history of the event included a Ladies Scramble. The scrambke was added on Thursday morning (Oct. 12).
Eighteen ladies participated and played very well. The first (gross score) team turned in a score of 76. The first (net score) team turned in a score of 67. Nice job ladies!
Players in the Rye Grass Ladies Scramble and winners in the gross score event are Terry Harris (left), Barbara Zumwalt and Louise Godfrey (not pictured).
Players in the Rye Grass Ladies Scramble and winners in the net score event are (from left) Donna Schaffer, Jessica Rife and Jan Hendrix.
Car show draws scores
of vehicles to Gilchrist County;
Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs
score donations from the event
This Best In Show trophy is like the other trophies for this show. It was made by the members of North Florida Rod & Custom.
Story, Photos and Video
By Jeff M. Hardison © Oct. 16, 2017 at 3:07 p.m.
GILCHRIST COUNTY -- The 11th Annual Classic and Custom Car Show on Saturday attracted scores of owners and spectators to Gilchrist County on Saturday (Oct. 14).
The program started at 9 a.m. and lasted until 3 p.m. with awards for many winning vehicles.
This narrated video shows a view of some of the cars entering the park to compete. Then there is a little bit of a pan of a small strip of the cars in competition. The final few seconds show cars going to the show as seen on State Road 47 and one on State Road 26, where the car filming them is westbound and they are eastbound. The closing speed on those four cars is about 110 mph.
Don Peyton, 69, of Ocala stands with his 1955 Crown Victoria. While it is not the original paint, it is in the original colors – which are Tropical Rose and Snowshoe White. Peyton said some people call the one color pink.
This is a view of the 1955 Crown Victoria from the rear. It is much better to see these cars in person. Inside the trunk of this car is an excellent airbrush work of art that shows this very car.
This is a side view of the ‘pink’ Crown Victoria. Don Peyton said on Saturday (Oct. 14) that he planned to wear pink to his church the next day in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. He is in the congregation at Mount Moriah Baptist Church of Ocala.
This is a hybrid car with the front being a 1957 Chevrolet and the back being a 1978 El Camino. The parts are real metal. Wayne Tanner, 52, of Ocala owns this vehicle.
This 1963 Gran Turismo Hawk is owned by Ezekiel Chisholm Jr., 59, of Ocala. Like some other people showing cars on Saturday, Chisholm is a member of the North Central Florida Drivers Studabaker Claub
In this long line of cars (above) the first car is a 1961 Oldsmobile Model 88 Convertible owned by Errol Whisler, 72, of Lecanto.
Here are three older models of cars at the show.
John Lenhart, 54, of Davenport is seen in his 1993 Chevrolet Indianapolis 500 Truck. Lenhart has owned this vehicle since it was new. As of Saturday’s (Oct. 14) arrival for registration, the odometer showed it had gone 657,955 miles. About 153 miles of those were from Davenport to the show that morning.
Some of the trophies built by club members are seen above and below.
There were 50 cars parked at the location in the Tyler Creek Business Community in Gilchrist County ready to compete by 9 a.m., and they kept rolling in for quite a while after that. The address is 6875 S.E. State Road 47, Trenton.
This show was open to all vehicles.
Among the many activities, there was a free swap meet and car corral; door prizes; a 50-50; dash plaques to the first 100; Participants’ Choice; Top 15; Best of Show; and Best Judged Awards for – Ford, Chevrolet, GM, Mopar, Imports, Muscle Car, Street Rod, Hot Rod, Truck, Custom, Modified, Pre-War Original, Best Engine and Best Paint.
Food was available by North Florida Rod & Custom (of Old Town), which is the club sponsoring the event.
Ed Campbell is the president of North Florida Rod & Custom.
The emcee was Michael “Mr. October” Davis, who narrated the day as well as provided the music. He was very entertaining.
Proceeds from this event benefit the Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs Inc.
'Art of the Fidget Mat'
at CF Citrus set for
Oct. 20 through Nov. 30
Citrus Friendship Quilters Guild members Mary Lee Allen of Floral City, center, and Mary Grass of Inverness, right, discuss plans for a fidget mat art exhibit with Coping with Dementia President Debbie Selsavage.
Story and Photo
Provided By CF Director of Marketing and Public Relations
Lois Brauckmuller, APR
Published Oct. 15, 2017 at 8:47 a.m.
LECANTO -- The College of Central Florida Citrus Campus is scheduled to host “The Art of the Fidget Mat” Oct. 20 through Nov. 30 on the second floor of the Dorothea Jerome Building, 3800 S. Lecanto Highway, in Lecanto.
An opening reception featuring live music will take place 5-7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20, during Citrus County Aware for Alzheimer’s Week. There is no fee to attend the reception or view the artwork; donations will be accepted for the Alzheimer’s Family Organization.
“A Fidget Mat - sometimes referred to as a fiddle mat or an activity apron - is a unique work of fabric art created to be used by a person with Alzheimer's or dementia to entertain, keep themselves occupied, and make use of their hands,” according to the organization Coping With Dementia. “It can also be medically beneficial because people with dementia with nothing to do with their hands will often pick at their arms and cause wounds. A fidget mat can reduce or eliminate this problem.”
Because they are whimsical, fanciful, beautiful, totally unique and vastly creative, fidget mats can be viewed as works of art. The mats on display at the Citrus Campus were created by members of the Citrus Friendship Quilters Guild. They will be donated to individuals with Alzheimer’s and dementia after the exhibit closes.
The exhibit is sponsored by Coping with Dementia LLC, an Inverness-based company that provides caregiver training and certification for dementia friendly businesses and churches, in recognition of National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. The exhibit may be viewed Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
To learn about other events at CF, visit CF.edu.
Trenton beats Bell 42-0
in Friday night football game
Bell football players Sammy Loveday (33) and John Powers (7) join teammates in running onto the field at halftime carrying American flags.
Story and Photos
By Terry Witt, Senior Staff Writer © Oct. 14, 2017 at 8:37 p.m.
BELL -- The Trenton High School Tigers defeated the Bell High School Bulldogs 42-0 Friday night in a cross-county rivalry game dominated by the Tigers on both sides of the ball.
Trenton Head Varsity Football Coach Lyle Wilkerson said the Tigers practiced a physical style of football all week in preparation for the game and it paid off.
With the exception of a couple of defensive plays where team members tried to take a hard shot at an opponent rather than making a solid tackle, Wilkerson said his team dominated Bell.
Wilkerson shouldered the blame for last week’s 51-17 loss to Newberry. He said he was too worried about avoiding injuries in practice. He doesn’t have a big roster of players. He didn’t want to lose players to practice injuries. He said his team conducted light workouts for almost a month before Newberry.
The Newberry game taught him a lesson. He realized his team would have to practice hard if he wanted them to play hard on Friday night. In the week preceding the Bell game Wilkerson said he allowed team members to “beat on each other” in practice. The hand pads used for light practices were put away in a shed. The result was a win.
“It’s a mentality and it’s the way we built this program and I kind of got away from it,” Wilkerson said. “I let the numbers scare me into doing that, and when it gets down to it, football is a physical game and you got to practice that way if you’re going to play that way. We need to play fast, physical and ugly.”
Trenton, 8-2, will play P.K. Yonge on Friday (Oct. 20) at homecoming.
The Bell Middle High School U.S. Army Junior ROTC honor guard files off the field following a patriotic halftime ceremony.
Trenton runner Eric Henry races through a big gap in the Bell defensive line for a 65-yard touchdown.
A Bell Bulldog runs with the football.
The Bell Middle High School unit of the United States Army Junior ROTC stands at attention as emergency responders behind them are honored at halftime of the Bell-Trenton football game
Trenton receiver Jason Guthrie sprints for the end zone after catching a 55-yard touchdown pass.
Bell runner Zach Simpson finds room around the left end of the Trenton line.
Trenton's Randy Fuller (10) is tackled as he leaps for the end zone. He scored on the next play.
Bell's John Powers (7) lowers his pads as he heads into the heart of the Trenton defense.
Bell Bulldogs Head Varsity Football Coach Joey Whittington commended Trenton for playing well and dominating the game.
“Hats off to Trenton; they came out with a good game plan. They played well on offense and they played really well on defense; that has always been an attribute of Lyle. The boys played hard tonight. They pretty well stuck it to us,” Whittington said.
Whittington said he found it difficult to come away with any positives from the game for his team, which includes 15 seniors.
“We’ve got a lot of work to do as we move through this season,” he said.
Bell, 3-4, will play Branford Friday (Oct. 20).
Trenton got off to a shaky start in the first quarter with two fumbles recovered by Bell, but the Bulldogs were unable to move the ball on offense and failed to take advantage of the turnovers.
The Tigers drove 88-yards on their first scoring drive late in the first quarter. Eric Henry ran 35 yards for a touchdown. Wesley Mansfield added the extra point.
Henry scored again in the second quarter on a 17-yard run. Mansfield added the extra point.
Trenton scored its third touchdown on a 55-yard pass to Jacob Guthrie. Mansfield added the extra point.
The Tigers scored just before the half when Henry ran for an 80-yard touchdown. Mansfield added the extra point.
Trenton took a 28-0 lead into the half.
The Tigers drove 60 yards in their first possession of the second half and scored on a three yard run by Randy Fuller. Mansfield added the extra point.
Trenton capped off its scoring with a 20 yard touchdown run by Henry with 2:59 left in the game. Mansfield booted the extra point.
While the performance of the Bell Bulldogs wasn’t what their fans had hoped for, the patriotic halftime show was a performance worth seeing.
The Bell and Trenton marching bands performed the National Anthem together while an honor guard of the Bell Junior ROTC stood at attention nearby.
All of the first responders and emergency personnel attending the game were recognized at halftime. They were asked to line up single file along the visitor’s sideline. Sheriff’s deputies, correctional officers, EMTs and paramedics stood on the field as Gilchrist County Sheriff Bobby Schultz praised the men and women in uniform for keeping the public safe.
Halftime concluded when the 30-member Bell Bulldog football team, each carrying a large American flag burst through a banner and ran through a corridor of band members and cheerleaders as the flags streamed overhead.
The game also was senior night for Bell. Seniors on the team, as well as any senior band members and cheerleaders were recognized before the start of the game.
CF Theatre presents
'What We're Up Against'
Oct. 26-29 in Ocala
Published Oct. 12, 2017 at 4:27 p.m.
OCALA -- The College of Central Florida Theatre is scheduled to present “What We’re Up Against,” a dark comedy by Theresa Rebeck. The show is set be from Oct. 26 through Oct. 29 in the Dassance Fine Arts Center at the CF Ocala Campus, 3001 S.W. College Road.
Performances will be held beginning at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 26-28, and 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 29. Doors open to the public 30 minutes before each performance.
“What We’re Up Against” is set in a highly competitive architecture firm, and the play takes a biting look at the complex battle of the sexes in a corporate setting. This is what happens when a group of architects are under the gun to design a new mall, but can’t figure out where to place the air ducts. The play is for mature audiences only and contains strong language.
The show is directed by Kathleen R. Downs, associate professor, Theatre, who has more than 60 productions to her credit as a director/producer. Downs has a doctorate in Theatre from Kent State University and Master of Education in Higher Education Administration from the University of Toledo. The CF Visual and Performing Arts Department welcomes Dr. Downs for the fall 2017 semester.
Tickets are $12 for adults, $6 for non-CF students, and free for CF students, faculty and staff with valid ID. Call the CF Box Office at 352-873-5810 or visit tickets.cf.edu.
“What We’re Up Against” is sponsored in part by Senior Learners Inc. Learn about the organization’s classes, seminars and events at SeniorLearners.org.
Two Gilchrist County
football teams face-off on Friday
Many to be honored as
Star-Spangled Banner plays
By Jeff M. Hardison © Oct. 11, 2017 at 9:07 a.m.
BELL -- Always a great rivalry game between the two high schools in Gilchrist County, the game set for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff on Friday night (Oct. 13) promises to include a special touch before that first kick.
The plan is to honor America's first responders, dispatchers, correctional officers and past and present members of the American military armed forces during the playing of the Star-Spangled Banner before the game starts.
There was some controversy across the nation as some professional and amateur football players chose not to stand during the playing of the National Anthem of the United States of America.
The Gilchrist County School District, Bell High School Head Varsity Football Coach Joey Whittington and Trenton High School Head Varsity Football Coach Lyle Wilkerson (with assistance from Gilchrist County Sheriff Bobby Schultz) announced on Wednesday (Oct. 10) that they will be honoring America, Gilchrist County first responders, (law enforcement and fire-rescue personnel), dispatchers, correctional officers and our the United States' military (both past and present) by standing together during the playing of the National Anthem.
All first responders, current military personnel, and veteran groups (Marine Corps League, American Legion, VFW, AmVets, etc., who want to participate are asked to show up at the Bell Football Stadium, in their agency's or organization's approved uniform at 7 p.m. and to meet at the north end zone.
Promptly at 7:15 p.m., those individuals will walk onto the field and stand with both schools' football teams, cheer teams, marching bands and The Bell JROTC (with hands over hearts or saluting) during the playing of the National Anthem to show our respect to the flag, to the nation and to those individuals who protect freedom, life, and property, and who serve and have served selflessly.
Please notice that the fee for admission to this game is NOT waived for participants.
Column and Photo
By Myrtice Scabarozi © Oct. 10, 2017 @ 2:37 p.m.
LEVY COUNTY – The Log Cabin Quilters met Thursday (Oct. 5) at the Levy County Quilt Museum -- 11050 N.W. 10th Ave. (near Levyville, kind of on the way to Judson on Levy County Road 134 from U.S. Alt. 27).
Just as we were beginning to start on our projects, the electricity went off. We were hoping that meant the electricity was being added to the new RV Park on the road down from Walmart. To us, RVers means quilters, which means new friends.
The sign on the property shows it is anticipated to be open in the summer of 2018.
Janie brought in several items like pencils and a protractor that we may need when we start working on templates for the Mohawk trail. Betcha didn’t know protractors were used in quilting. Quilting involves a lot of math especially if you’re creating your design or quilting pattern.
Correctional Officer Derick and the adult inmates from Lancaster Correctional Institution were out this week. They hadn’t been out for some time, so they were busy with the yard and straightening up the porch.
It was all Ailien and I could do to move the picnic tables to get ready for Hurricane Irma so we waited for the guys to return to get the porch back in order. There was no way we could lift the tables, it was all we could do to push/pull the tables where we wanted them to go.
Thanks LCI guys for getting the yard and porch looking so nice. We appreciate your work and are glad to be part of the positive rehabilitaiton program at Lancaster.
Due to a scheduling conflict, the Backyard Pickers will be here the last Saturday (Oct. 28) and not the first Saturday in November. Patty and Al should be here to liven up the music.
We celebrated Jannie's birthday Thursday with a homemade hand-picked blueberry pie and ice cream. There were no leftovers.
Alice Mae doesn't like to make anything that someone has made. She made this throw with ties. It's a great size for the recliner.
John, one of the Backyard Pickers, plays the spoons for them. And the beat goes on.
Dixie Music Center celebrated its 26th Anniversary Bsah on Saturday (Oct. 7) in Old Town. As always, it was an excellent event with lots of music. The feature band was Ricky Wilcox & the Moonsnakes, featuring Steve Connelly. Other performers listed on the collectible tee-shirt were the Doc Adams Band, Houston Keen, Krista Campbell, John Underwood, the Rock Bluff Pickin' Porch Band; and Dotti South and the Slackers. Not only were these amazing performing artists listed, but there were celebrities galore on the grounds that very day. For instance, Cross City Mayor Tank Lee was able to listen to some music during his lunch break. Seen above are members of the Doc Adams Band. They are (from left) Charlie Wilburn of Live Oak (who is said to play with the Rock Bluff Pickin' Porch Band, as does Dotti South. A few of the other musicians on the RBPPB are Dave Roof, Hardee Myer and Fred Figueroa); Tim 'Bubba' Taft; Connie Taft; and James Wood. In the background, as all drummers know is the case for many photographs, is Chris Hollinshead on drums. While Wilburn is from Live Oak, the rest of this band is from Bronson and Williston. The Doc Adams Band is reported to have gone to perform at a location in southern Levy County later in the day.
Jerry Mader holds one of the many hotdogs he cooked at the Dixie Music Center 26th Anniversary Bash. Mader is a member of the Tri-County Marine Corps League. This hotdog deserves mention. It is a Hebrew National quarter-pound, gluten free hotdog. The League was selling these for $3 each, and there were hamburgers sold to raise funds as well. Among the other members of the Tri-County Marine Corps League Detachment 1018 working at the bash was Commandant Rosana Powers. Another couple of helpers were Candace DeBerry, and her and Scott DeBerry’s daughter Audrey DeBerry. Other fundraising groups at the event included the Dixie County Historical Society, with baked goods and the Gilchrist County Citizens On Patrol with bottled water. Of course, all of the smart shoppers for music, instruments, parts and anything else musical (including advice) were able to find it in the store that is located near to the wooded grounds adjacent to the north of the store -- where the bash is held every year. People who want to learn to play instruments use Dixie Music Center’s teachers too.
Photos By Jeff M. Hardison © Oct. 9, 2017 at 10:07 p.m.
Peanut Festival in Williston
Shay Martin, Marcy Martin and Tory Martin find business brisk at Steve's Famous Peanuts stand. They were selling baked peanuts, boiled peanuts, candied peanuts and more.
Story and Photos
By Terry Witt, Senior Reporter © Oct. 8, 2017 at 3:07 p.m.
WILLISTON -- Heritage Park in Williston was packed with visitors Saturday (Oct. 7) for the 29th Annual North Central Florida Peanut Festival.
A strong breeze presented a temporary problem on the day before the festival when a brief storm sent two vendor tents airborne, with one landing on a nearby highway and the other hitting a tree.
One of the tents had been anchored by 15-pound weights, giving an indication of the strength of the wind gusts. No property was damaged. Festival officials chased the tents and brought them back to Heritage Park.
With the big gusts out of the way, a gentle breeze greeted visitors on Saturday. The Peanut Festival grounds were packed elbow-to-elbow with visitors. A a wide, new sidewalk helped move the foot traffic smoothly.
A-Baby Peanut queen winners (from left) are second runner-up Emery Cain, first runner-up Claire Vivian Jerrels and Queen Allee Grace Rizer.
Little Peanut Queen winners are pictured with Miss Williston Katie Taylor, pageant host, on the left and Junior Miss Williston Morgan Williams on the right. The pageant winners (from left) are second runner-up Avery Hall, first runner-up Sabri Jones and Queen McKinley Peck.
Baby Peanut King winners (from left) are King Lexington Fugate, first runner-up Hunter Reed Schultz and second runner-up Asher Still.
Little Peanut King winners are pictured with Pageant Host and Miss Williston Katie Taylor (left) and Miss Williston Junior Miss Morgan on the right. The winners (from left) are first runner-up Marshaun Douglas, second runner-up Scotty Ladd and King Sawyer Cain.
Little Peanut King Sawyer Cain and Queen and McKinley Peck are shown with Miss Williston Katie Taylor and Miss Williston Junior Miss Morgan Williams.
Michael Kleintank and Ashley Kline market the Williston Middle High School Band tent with a sign. The band is raising money for new uniforms.
Williston Elementary School Safety Patrol members were tasked with keeping the festival grounds free of trash. Pictured (from left) are Reese Corbin, Ryleigh Hiers, Jadyn Bullock, Jacob Loock and Elizabeth Allnutt.
Williston Peanut is a well-known agribusiness organization. Representing the company at the festival (from left) are Rebecca Watson, Kimberly Mueller, Kyra Fant, Jenna Fant and Chance Steele.
Melanie Warner of Ocala was busy selling boiled peanuts. She purchased her peanuts from Williston Peanut.
The crowd arrived early to avoid the expected rainfall in the late afternoon.
“We were afraid because of all rain and all, but we succeeded,” said Crystal Curl, chairwoman of the Williston Area Chamber of Commerce committee that organized the festival.
The festival was used by the Williston Elementary School Safety Patrol to raise money for a planned trip to Washington, D.C., next year. The safety patrol picked up trash at the festival.
The Williston High School Band used the festival to raise money for new uniforms. Parent Dianne Kline said they need $50,000 to purchase 100 uniforms. The band’s current uniforms were purchased in 2001. They chose to buy 100 uniforms for a better overall price and to allow expansion of the band in the future. The band is making a strong comeback.
One spectator attraction at the festival was the two peanut pageants.
Lexington Fugate won the Williston Baby Peanut King competition. First runner-up was Hunter Reed Schultz and second runner-up Asher Stills.
The Williston Baby Peanut Queen competition was won by Allee Grace Rizer. First runner-up was Claire Vivian Jerrels and second runner-up Emery Cain.
McKinley Peck was crowned queen of the Little Peanut Queen competition. First runner-up was Sabri Jones and second runner-up Avery Hall.
Sawyer Cain was crowned king of the Little Peanut King competition. Marshaun Douglas was first runner-up and Scotty Ladd second runner-up.
Square dancing is good physical and mental exercise and an excellent way to meet new friends. Clover Squares will start a new beginner's class for ages 10 and up on Wednesday, Oct. 11 at 6:30 p.m., at the Williston Crossings RV Park community center, 420 NE Fifth St. Williston. For more information, please call 352-528-3323. These dancers are seen as they demonstrate a square dance during the 2017 Levy County Fair.
Published Oct. 3, 2017 at 1:37 p.m.
Information and Photo Provided by Mignon Craig