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100th jingle singer performs
Song has storied history
Keeping It Great In Year 8 continues

Seen here two seconds into her 10-second performance, Krista Campbell becomes the 100th jingle performer during a quilt festival in Trenton on Saint Patrick’s Day.
The jingle can be viewed by clicking HERE.

Story and Photo
By Jeff M. Hardison © March 18, 2018 at 4:48 p.m.
     TRENTON –
As fate would have it, on the occasion of the 12th Annual Quilt Festival In Trenton (Gilchrist County), a Dixie County resident sang as the 100th performer of the Jingle on March 17.

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     The Code Orange Office is located at The Ink Pad (headquarters for, which is in an unrecorded subdivision of the unincorporated area of Levy County – making this event a truly Tri-County Area happening.
     It was Saint Patrick’s Day 2018 when Krista Campbell became the 100th performer to share her own version of the Jingle.
     This was Campbell’s second original spontaneous creation of the jingle. Her first version was made on Dec. 4, 2016, when it was videotaped in a one-take session in front of Dixie Music Center just before the start of the 2016 Annual Christmas Music Festival at that esteemed store for music in Old Town.
     As of this month, Campbell has been performing three and a half years at The Putnam Lodge – Hotel And Spa of Dixie County.
     Krista Campbell performs every Thursday and Friday night from 6 p.m.to10 p.m. at that wonderful place in northern Cross City (or Shamrock, depending on one’s perspective of geographic names).
     She takes requests for songs to be performed. While she may walk around with pen and paper, she is taking song requests – not food or drink orders.
     The Jingle is one part of the daily news website that is in its eighth year of existence this year.
     “Keeping It Great In 8” is a theme for this year.
     The first singer of the jingle was Danesh Patel, former owner of Danny’s Food Mart in Chiefland.
     Since then, there have been 99 other versions –including Campbell’s two.
     The second singer was Jane Behringer and the third was Barbara Bass, owners of The Deer Camp in Chiefland.
     The fourth singer’s girlfriend at the time assured that his name and likeness would only be used once.
     Please remember, readers, people change jobs and names. If it is noted that a person is in such and so office, it was at the time they sang the jingle. Another person may hold that office now (March 18, 2018). Also, people pass away, people get married and people change their county of residence, etc.
     Singers five, six and seven respectively were all from Gilchrist County and they are Verna Wilson, Lyle Wilkerson and 7 - Tracy Ridgeway (also the number 10 singer in an encore – and she later became Tracy Sanders).
     The First Quartet was – Susan Rhodes, Tammy Jones, Jordan Stalvey and Mindy Shouse, all of Levy County.
      One of the youngest singers was number nine -- Aiden Roberson, 8, of Levy County.
     Singers 11 and 12 were Josette Flamang-Hayes and Bob Hayes, respectively and both of Levy County.
     Number 13 and 14 at the time was Chiefland Police Chief Robert Douglas, where he gave two versions. He is not the Marion County Sheriff’s Office chief deputy.
     Number 15 was Rick Wurdeman, back when the Yum-Yum Shoppe existed in Beautiful Downtown Chiefland.
    Multiple award-winning karaoke singer Reggie Stacy of Levy County, sang two versions in August of 2012 to be numbers 16 and 17.
     Andy Patel, the owner of Chiefland Citgo (formerly known as Danny’s Food Mart) was singer #18.
     None other than Mark Johnson, Award-Winning Clawgrass Banjo Player, performed the jingle on his banjo as performer number 19
     Another phenomenal performance – and every performer and group has been fantastic – was Number 20. That was the Dixie County EMS Robot, with Gateway College EMT student Holli Moore as the voice and Gateway College EMT student Preslee Sanders operating the movement (including the wink).
     Performers 21 through 23 respectively were Christy Kimbrell of Levy County; Christina Johnston at Church’s Chicken in Chiefland; and Jimmy Kaldas at the Chiefland Texaco.
     Former Chiefland City Manager Kevin Gay was jingle performer number 24,
25 – Jessi Smith of BubbaQue’s in Chiefland (2014)
     Performers 26 through 34 respectively were Bernadette Preble of the Chiefland Senior Center; Christy White of Taste of Dixie Diner; Patrick Thompson of Chiefland; Dixie County Supervisor of Elections Starlet Cannon; Jo Sample of Williston at The Deer Camp in Chiefland; Sandra Hosein of Carter’s Crossroads Store in Levy County; Carolyn Cohens of Chiefland; Kim Weeks; and Glorianna Cherry
     Performers 35 through 38 were lost due to a computer disaster.
     Performer 39 was Latrell Bradshaw (on June 7, 2014), a member of the Chiefland High School Class of 2014.
     Check out the rest of the performers:
* 40th – John H. Mathers III of Clay Landing at the Tri-County Cruisers Car Show at the Chiefland Farmers Flea Market
* 41st – Gilchrist County Clerk Todd Newton – July 18, 2014
* 42nd – Gilchrist County Supervisor of Elections Connie Sanchez, Gilchrist County Assistant Supervisor of Elections Tracy Ridgeway, and Gilchrist County Supervisor of Elections Deputy Clerk Lisa Slaughter - Aug. 2, 2014
* 43rd -- Jack Strahle at Cash Munny Gun and Paun, 1821 N. Young Blvd. (U.S. Highway 19), in Chiefland. – Aug. 15, 2014
* 44th Tabatha Hendricks of the Family Pet Vet in Chiefland – Sept. 2, 2014
* 45th Ramona Hendricks of the Family Pet Vet in Chiefland – Sept. 17, 2014
* 46th -- Steve Bloom at Ace Hardware of Bronson, who is a singer in the choir at First United Methodist Church of Williston
* 47th – Roger Wilson of Dixie County – Nov. 1, 2014
* 48th – State Rep. Charlie Stone (R-Ocala, Dist. 22) on Nov. 7 at Haven Hospice to Honor Veterans (Posted Nov. 25, 2014)
* 49th – Lisa Hamilton and the Lamb Miracle in the Archer area of Alachua County, Posted Dec. 10, 2014
* 50th -- be the Suwannee Valley Players from the play The Curious Savage.
* 51st – Part of the Chiefland High School Freshmen Class, singing at the Christmas Festival on Dec. 13, 2014 are from left Cheyanne Walker, Sydney Allen, Tori Hutson and C.J. Gilbert. Posted Jan. 8, 2015
* 52nd - Mark Johnson, Award-Winning Clawgrass Banjo Player. In 2012 he received the third annual Steve Martin Award for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass Music. He was also the 19th Jingle and we ran this one again.
* 53rd – Sthefany Albert. She performed in Williston on Jan. 17, 2015
* 54th – Chiefland Elementary School Music Teacher Roxanne Simpson. She performed on Jan. 27, 2015
* 55 – Three members of Women On A Mission For Christ (from left) Eula Patterson, Cindy Mathis and Debra Smith - Performed Feb. 21, 2015 at the Black History Festival in Bronson. Posted March 15, 2015.
* 56 -- Singers Nicole Dubois, 17, Victoria Torpey, 17, and Fantasia Brannan, 15. This group of three also sang the jingle on March 19 before the competition of the Bronson Middle High School fundraiser for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Posted March 21, 2015.
* 57 - Two queens gave a new performance method for the jingle on Saturday (April 11, 2016). Imperial Beauties Florida Pre-Teen Queen Mackenzie Henderson (left) and 2015 Levy County Fair Queen Sabrina Brice sing the jingle with Brice starting it and Henderson finishing it.
* 58 – Tay Villegas, 15, of Dunnellon and Dominic Hammons, 15, of Inglis performed May 18, 2015 at the park next to Inglis City Hall. Tay was practicing basketball and his friend was on the bench. The two young men play in Dunnellon Little League’s Senior Team.
* 59 – Tri-County Community Resources Inc. Chairwoman Diana Child of Chiefland sings the jingle at the Watermelon Festival on June 6, 2015 while manning the Tri-County Community Resource Center’s booth.
* 60 – Sarah Gore, administrative assistant at Baynard Law, P.A., Sunshine Baynard, Esq., sings the jingle while sitting in a Florida Gator rocking chair on July 7, 2015
* 61 – Seven members of Fanning Springs Fire Rescue including Chief Ron McQueen, Deputy Chief Elania Spain, Firefighter Chris Anderson, Firefighter Brett Boyce, Firefighter Steven Edgell, Firefighter Mike MacKenzie and Firefighter Chella Decker.  (Roy Spain and Quinn Lesher were performing other duties at the moment). evening (Aug. 1, 2015) after the 35th Annual Award Banquet
* 62 – Tom Carter at Carter’s Crossroads Convenience Store on Sept. 20, 2015
* 63 -- Kona Joe Sterople sings on Sept. 20, 2015 on Cedar Key. Kona Joe is a famous drummer.
* 64 – (from left) Karen ‘Gundeck Carrie’ of Pirate Fashions of Tampa, Madd Mike O’Harrow of Pirate Fashions of Tampa, and Josie and George Nugent of Haines City (Pirates For Life) sing on Sept. 20, 2015 on Cedar Key.
* 65 – Joseph “Capt. Jack Sparrow” Cassella and Cheryl Guagliardo sing on Sept. 20 on Cedar Key.
* 66 – Putnam Lodge and Spa owners Bev and Ed Pivacek sing the jingle on Nov. 29 at the lodge in Cross City.
* 67 - Haven Hospice Care Center Administrator Anita Howard. She sang on Friday afternoon (Jan. 22) just outside the Community Building, which is on the same campus with the Care Center in Chiefland. Published Jan. 22, 2016
* 68 - Central Florida Electric Cooperative Communications Specialist Whitney McQueen
* 69 – Fanning Springs City Councilwoman Jane Nogaki sings the jingle on Saturday morning (March 19, 2016). She was literally singing in the rain, much like the star Gene Kelly in the 1952 American musical comedy film named Singing In The Rain.
* 70 – Jim and Marci Wilcox perform under the Cedar Key Garden Club tent at the 52 Annual Spring Arts Festival in Cedar Key on April 9. Each performer or set of performers brings their own take to the jingle. Jim also plays guitar; however, he did not have one handy at the moment he was requested to sing the jingle with Marci.
*71 – Guarang Patel of the La Quinta Inn at 3826 W. Waters Ave. in Tampa on April 29, 2016
* 72 – Jessica White, a graduate of the Williston High School Class of 2011 and an employee at B4 Signs & Advertising, sings the jingle in Williston on May 24, 2016.
* 73 Patrick Williams, a graduate of the Williston High School Class of 1991 and co-owner of B4 Signs & Advertising, sings the jingle in Williston on May 24, 2016.
* 74 Derrick Wise of Wise Accounting and Tax Services, a 1996 graduate of Williston High School, sings the jingle in Williston on May 24, 2016.
* 75 Matt Brooks, a graduate of the Williston High School Class of 1996 and co-owner of B4 Signs & Advertising, sings the jingle in Williston on May 24, 2016.
* 76 Chase Fowler, a graduate of the Williston High School Class of 2011 and an employee at B4 Signs & Advertising, sings the jingle in Williston on May 24, 2016.
* 77 Steve Bloom performs on June 2 at Ace Hardware in Bronson.
* 78 Jay Aggabao of Clearwater, singing in the Quality Inn of Tarpon Springs on July 24, 2016.
* 79th - Mark Johnson, Award-Winning Clawgrass Banjo Player. In 2012 he received the third annual Steve Martin Award for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass Music. He was also the 19th and 52nd Jingle performer, but now that the video is bigger, ran this one again. Aug. 18, 2016
* 80th – Diana Child, director and actor with the Suwannee Valley Players, performs the Jingle on Sept. 10, 2016 as her skunk puppet also sings the jingle up in the props area of The Chief Theater.
* 81st – Williston Rotary Club President Jana Carlisle performs the Jingle on Sept. 27, 2016 at First Presbyterian Church of Williston just before the meeting begins.
* 82nd -- Christina Johnston (left) and Abby Bass perform the jingle on Oct. 27 at Complete Sleep & Furnishings of Chiefland.
* 83rd – Krista Campbell performs her own version of the jingle on Dec. 4, 2016. While some performers slightly modify the jingle, this performer instantly added to the song.
* 84th – Lorrie Goodin, front office manager of LaQuinta Inns & Suites of Cocoa Beach/Oceanfront, sings the jingle on Friday morning (Feb. 3, 2017). Jeff and Sharon Hardison spent a couple of nights there to offer a base for Jeff’s tour of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's John F. Kennedy Space Center.
* 85th – The Fab Four are the latest group to sing the jingle. These are the four leads in the play the Wizard Of Oz sang the jingle on Saturday (Feb. 11, 2017). They are (from left) Glen Thigpen as The Scarecrow, John Waldrop as The Tin Man, Grace Mae Cowart as Dorothy and Valdeen Fletcher as The Lion. The play is scheduled for showing at The Chief Theater in Chiefland on East Park Avenue, across the street from the Chiefland Police Department.
* 86th – Bob Tremberger sings the jingle on Feb. 8, 2018 as he sits in the dining room area of The Inkpad, in the unrecorded Levy County subdivision known as Jemlands.
* 87th – In this 2018 replay of jingle singing from 2016, two queens give a performance for the jingle on Saturday (April 11, 2016). These two were the 57th set of jingle singers a year ago and now they are also the 87th set. (back then) Imperial Beauties Florida Pre-Teen Queen Mackenzie Henderson (left) and 2015-2016 Levy County Fair Queen Sabrina Brice sing the jingle with Brice starting it and Henderson finishing it. Henderson became the 2017-2018 Levy County Fair Queen on Friday night (March 31, 2017) when 2016-2017 Levy County Fair Queen Kami McCormick crowned Henderson.
* 88th –Zarek Hadden, 25, wears a SpaceX hat as he sings the Jingle on Monday afternoon (April 17). Hadden is a front desk associate at La Quinta Inn & Suites Cocoa Beach Oceanfront, Cocoa Beach. His father is among the SpaceX workers on the Space Coast. Hadden is the second Jingle singer from La Quinta Inn & Suites Cocoa Beach Oceanfront, Cocoa Beach, in 2017. Lorrie Goodin, front office manager, of LaQuinta Inns & Suites of Cocoa Beach/Oceanfront, sang the jingle on Feb. 3, 2017.
* 89th Many members of the Suwannee Valley Players cast for the play And Then There Were None sing the jingle on media night (Thursday, April 27, 2017) at The Chief Theater. (from left) J.D. Shouse, who plays the part of Dr. Edward George Armstrong; Lynette Six, who plays the part of Emily Brent; Brad Six, who plays the part of Sir Lawrence Wargrave (a judge); Valdean Fletcher, who plays the part of Thomas Rogers; Michael Zubler, who plays the part of Gen. John Gordon Macarthur; Will Rucker, who plays the part of Capt. Philip Lombard; Jennifer DeLong, who plays the part of Vera Claythorne; and Wyatt Bowden, who plays the part of William Henry Blore sing the jingle.
* 90th –Jim Carr, a volunteer 2016-2017 Levy County 4-H Club leader sings the jingle on Sunday afternoon (June 11, 2017) in the auditorium of the former Bronson High School.
* 91st – Pastor Alex Christian of First United Methodist Church of Chiefland sings the jingle on Thursday, July 20, 2017.
* 92nd -- Pastor Alex Christian and his wife Velma Christian of First United Methodist Church of Chiefland sing the jingle on Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017.
* 93rd -- Krista Campbell performs her own version of the Jingle on Dec. 4, 2016 and is replayed here in 2017 as Jingle Singer 93.
* 94th -- Danesh “Danny” Patel of Danny’s Food Mart (March 2013) is replayed in 2016.
* 95th -- Chiefland First United Methodist Church United Methodist Men Vice President and Treasurer Kary Colson (left) and Chiefland First UMC UMM President Hardy Dean Jr. sing the jingle on Saturday morning (Oct. 14, 2017) right after the meeting.
* 96th -- Houston Keen sings the jingle on his birthday (Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017) at Cash Money Pawn in Chiefland. Houston Keen is an alternative country music artist from northern Florida.
97th -- Reggie Stacy of Levy County sings the jingle again. His first two versions were in August of 2012. Stacy is a renowned award-winning karaoke singer. Seen here, the man is singing in front of The Children’s Table on Monday, Dec. 18, 2017.
* Al’s TV Antenna & Satellite Sales & Service Owner Andrew Arevalo sings the jingle on Feb. 1, 2018 at the site for the groundbreaking of fiber optic Internet service by Likwid Communication.
* 99th -- Dawn Coffey sings the jingle on Feb. 16, 2018 at the C. Doyle McCall Pavilion on the First United Methodist Church of Chiefland property during the Fourth Annual Chili Cook-off.
* 100th --Krista Campbell sings the jingle on Saint Patrick’s Day (March 17, 2018) at the 12th Annual Quilt Festival in Trenton.

Williston Rotarians TCB

Service Above Self

International Rotary Club District 4069 Assistant Governor Chris Cowart speaks with his fellow Rotarians at his home club of the Rotary Club of Williston on Tuesday afternoon (March 13). During the one-sixtieth of one-second when this photo was snapped, Cowart, who is also a member of the Levy County School Board, was speaking as the chairman of the Rotary Club of Williston Service Projects Committee. He has a number of titles.

Story and Photo
By Jeff M. Hardison © March 13, 2018 at 10:48 p.m.
Randy Bachman of Bachman Turner Overdrive wrote the song Takin' Care of Business, and the Rotary Club of Williston on Tuesday afternoon did just that.
     They TCB'd the smithereens out of the meeting, and they did it with warmth and fun.
      International Rotary Club District 4069 Assistant Governor Chris Cowart exercised his power as the chairman of the Rotary Club of Williston Service Projects Committee. He asked his colleagues about various aspects of the Interact Club of Williston Middle High School (Interact is a student version of Rotary). He also championed the movement to again have this club donate to the Suwannee River Fair Youth Livestock Show and Sale, and the Wild Hog Canoe and Kayak Race as the club did in the previous year.
     Leading the whole meeting, though, on Tuesday was Williston Rotary Vice President Fran Taylor as she performed in the absence of President Danny Etheridge.
     It was a business meeting, and while some Rotary Clubs exclude the media from this type of meeting, the Rotary Club of Williston allowed a member of The Fourth Estate who happened to be in the neighborhood of First Presbyterian Church (247 N.E. First St.) at the time to enjoy lunch with them. And as this club is known to do, not only did every member put service above self, but they were warm and cordial to their guests.
    This club has 23 members and four affiliate members. And while it may seem small to some clubs from bigger metropolitan areas, it is strong on observing the cornerstones of being Rotarian.
    As always with these Rotarians, even in a business meeting, a good (and fun) time was had by all. The lunch of the day was tossed salad, Winn-Dixie fried chicken, green beans, a macaroni and cheese entrée, a delicious and amazing cake, and drinks.

UF/IFAS responds
to invasive species

By Jack Payne
Published March 12, 2018 at 11:48 a.m.
The following article is by Jack Payne. Jack Payne is the University of Florida’s senior vice president for agriculture and natural resources. He has been the leader of the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences since 2010. The following article was written by him and was shared by the Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida with media outlets as a “guest editorial.”

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Photo Provided
     GAINESVILLE -- A snake so voracious it can swallow a fully-grown deer prowls the Everglades.
     An insect’s arrival in Florida seemed innocuous enough until the discovery that it carries a fungus that kills avocado trees.
     A spiny newcomer to Florida is eating fish that could have been on your plate, and it is wreaking havoc on coral reefs that are crucial to supporting underwater life and the economy back on shore.
     These are invasions by species that are not native to Florida. The Burmese python, the red bay ambrosia beetle and the lionfish are considered invasive species because they are non-native species that also cause environmental or economic damage.
     National Invasive Species Awareness Week (Feb. 26 - March 2) was an opportunity to tell the story about how invasive species devour our crops, close lakes to boating, and rewrite both the entrees and the prices on menus. Fighting these invasions requires spending of tens of millions of your tax dollars in Florida alone each year.
     Figuring out how to prevent or control invasive species is a challenge so vast that premier public research universities must play a role in any substantial response.
     Scientists often group themselves by their academic degrees – entomology, ecology, plant pathology, and on and on. Great public universities make themselves most useful when we can group scientists around a problem.  That’s why the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) has responded to the call for expertise in invasion science.
     We don’t employ “invasion scientists.” But we know that almost any of our faculty can be one with the right resources and opportunities.  That’s why UF/IFAS awards grants to scientists to come together from different fields to research invasions.
     It’s also why we invited in experts from New Zealand, Canada, South Africa, and across the U.S. for a three-day workshop in Gainesville to start organizing effective scientific responses to invasive species.
     Bringing experts together leads to more creative responses than if they all worked in isolation.
     And invasion science is creative. Consider just the Burmese python. UF/IFAS has cooperated with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) on bringing in snake-sniffing dogs from Auburn University and Irula tribesmen from India in hopes of teaching Floridians how to find and catch pythons. We even sent an intrepid post-doctoral researcher traipsing into the Everglades to detect whether the mosquitoes who feasted on him were also feeding on the pythons.
     UF/IFAS received what’s believed to be the first U.S. Department of Agriculture-funded grant in decades for research in Cuba to scout for forest pests before they get here.
     You can help. How?
     ● If you’re not sure what to plant in your yard, please visit to get the lowdown on the invasion risk posed by hundreds of non-native plant species.
     ● Don’t release pet reptiles, amphibians or any other store-bought critters into the wild. You could be detonating the next invasive species explosion.
     ● If you see strange plants or animals, report them using the IVEGOT1 hotline, web page or app. FWC does a great job helping to manage invasive species. UF/IFAS Extension offices can help you find the right people to identify or respond to wildlife that could pose problems.
     ● Join a citizen science effort, such as our School of Ants that gathers data on native and invasive species.
     It’s a team effort. UF/IFAS scientists are working, for example, on helping wildlife managers triage the myriad reports of wildlife encounters they receive. The tool will help guide which calls require the most urgent response.  The 1,000 people a day who move here are not the only ones looking to set up a life in Florida. Plants, insects, and animals are also trying to make their way in.
     The rise of invasion science at UF/IFAS is an example of how valuable publicly funded research is to a state that grows many of the nation’s winter vegetables and attracts 100 million annual visitors. Cutting-edge research will allow Florida to continue welcoming visitors while limiting harm from new arrivals that push out native Florida plants and animals.

Cedar Key women
rock the fashion world;

Event draws busload from Gainesville

The Grand Finale is performed.

Story, Photos and Video
By Jeff M. Hardison © March 10, 2018 at 4:18 p.m.
* Updated March 15, 2018 at 8:08 a.m.
     CEDAR KEY --
To say that the 51 active members of the Cedar Key Woman's Club rocked the fashion world is an understatement, but it captures the essence of what happened Thursday afternoon (March 8).

The Tacky Tourist carries a bag to help promote Another Way. Another bag she carried is her Oh Canada bag, presented to her by a good friend whose roots are in that country on the northern border of the United States.

The Tacky Tourist this year also became known as The Tatty Tourist, because pirates put tattoos all over her arms and legs when they visited Cedar Key in December. Cedar Key Police Chief Virgil Sandlin found the tourist and took her to Another Way, thinking she had been abused, according to the storyline this year. Once again, it was an entertaining event that helped raise funds for various worthy causes.

     That particular Thursday was International Women’s Day, and while there was a celebration and honors worldwide, the women of this club in northwestern Levy County municipality brought the spirit to life locally.
     There were at least 130 women guests, and there were three men who were guests.
     Though this fashion show event heralds its thirteenth consecutive year, CKWC President Jane Moore has previously mentioned that some members participated in the CKWC’s Fashion Show of 1960, and there were at least some other fashion shows in the 1960s and 1970s.
     As is always the case with this set of ladies, where they had set the bar of excellence was gain exceeded by the standards they established and then brought it to the higher level that came into existence by their efforts. This year’s luncheon name was “Divine Ladies.”
     Once again, the Cedar Key Community Center was the place to be. The Cedar Key Woman's Club Annual Luncheon and Fashion Show was a sold-out event.
     Some things remained the same. Some things were different.

Paula Wescott prepares to serve water, coffee or tea to guests.

This is the bus that delivered many of the guests this year.

     Thanks to Cedar Key Woman's Cub Member Paula Wescott and a bit of serendipity, a busload of women came from Gainesville to attend the event. This was a first – a busload of women coming to the fashion show.
     Wescott, who is also a member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles (#4194) of Cedar Key, sold a ticket to a member. That member had a friend in Gainesville who wanted to go too.
     One thing led to another, and the next thing anyone knew -- there were 23 women on a bus from the Oak Hammock community coming to enjoy the event.
     A reliable source mentioned that while the husbands of the women from Gainesville chose against attending, several of them rented golf carts and toured the island at the same time.
     To make it easier for readers with particular interests, this story is subdivided – The Vendors; The Luncheon; The Presentations; The Quilt Winner; “Divine Ladies” In Cedar Key Model Fashions; and finally, the Grand Finale.

The chandaliers are an added touch to add even more class to this fun fashion show.

The Vendors
     While the luncheon began at bit before noonish, the fun began at 10ish as artisans and vendors set up their tables.
     This set of people gave the women plenty of opportunities to buy jewelry, artwork, books, soaps, candles and much more. And by lunch, there was quite a hubbub at each table as the buyers showed each other their finds and acquisitions before lunch.
     That activity continued even after the grand finale.
     The vendors this year were Misty Baker (Elegant DeLites); Lynn Sylver; Esta Johnston (Cedar Key Hand Prints); Marie Lewis (Marie Designs); Darlene White; Emily Colson {represented this year by her grandmother Sue Colson} (Cedar Key Scrubs); Connie Nelson; Donna Bushnell; Amy Gernhardt (helping people sign up for a Cedar Key Historical Society event); Jane Veltcamp and the Cedar Key Woman's Club Trinkets & Treasures Collection.

Esta Johnston holds some of her artwork. This is a sketch to show what used to be known as the Honeymoon Cottage that was on stilts out in the Gulf of Mexico. That is what is on the tee-shirt she is wearing as well. That structure is just stilts now.

     Johnston a former illustrator for the University of Florida Biological Sciences Department and then an illustrator at The Smithsonian (and now retired from that) was selling her sketches. Tee shirts where she created the art as well were selling like hotcakes as well.
     Baker and some of the other vendors found their unique handmade jewelry was marketed in just the right place at the perfect time. Members and guests of the Cedar Key Woman’s Club made the rounds of shopping before and after the luncheon and fashion show.
     Emily Colson was unable to attend due to a death in the family. However, her grandmother Sue Colson was present to represent Cedar Key Scrubs.
     Among the items Colson was selling were her granddaughters’ homemade soaps. These soaps included ingredients from the Cedar Key Community Garden, honey from the area and other items from the surrounding natural environment. Even the salts, Sue Colson said, come from the waters next to the island, after those water molecules are evaporated back into the atmosphere -- leaving the salts.
     Colson chose the name Cedar Key Scrubs from the scrub lands that are nearby and from the idea of soap being used to scrub a person clean. Her grandmother noted that Emily is a Cedar Key School graduate, a Santa Fe College graduate and an entrepreneur of the highest magnitude in Cedar Key.

Sue Colson holds some of the products that her granddaughter Emily Colson sells.

Marie Lewis of Marie Designs holds a copper piece of jewelry she created.

     Lewis said some of the jewelry she sells is made from sea glass. This glass primarily comes from the shores of Lake Eerie, where they call it beach glass.
     Many of the ladies shared the happiness of having found just the right pieces of locally made jewelry as they returned to share with their colleagues at the many different round dining tables

Jane Veltcamp (in the cattlewoman’s hat on the right) speaks with a person who bought her children’s book Beauty and the Beak. To read a story about Veltcamp by Teri Brennan click HERE. To read a story about Veltcamp by Jeff M. Hardison click HERE.

Desserts, desserts, desserts

The Luncheon
     Members and guests all found their chairs. Cedar Key Woman’s Club (CKWC) President Jane Moore politely brought the roar of the crowd to become a whisper and then to silence.
     Yes, they are women – hear them roar; and hear them be polite as they listen to others.
     President Moore mentioned the group that “came all the way from Gainesville” and she also spoke about other visitors from other parts of Florida.
     Eileen Senecal, a very active member of the CKWC, invited her daughter Charlene Snyder from Port Richey, and her sister-in-law Lorraine Skeldon from Beverly Hills. It was the first CKWC Fashion Show for those two ladies, as it was from some number of other guests.
     And with President Moore having a place in her heart for a nearby country, and with this being International Women’s Day, there was another island declaration as well.
     “I think there are people here from Newfoundland (Canada),” President Moore said.
     Many members of the audience very loudly noted their happiness at hearing this announcement.
          The lunch was a delicious chicken salad, apple and cranberry mix on a leaf of Romaine lettuce. A small rectangle of some sort of special cranberry-mix gelatin and a crescent roll were part of the main lunch as well. Tea and water were available for drinks.
     The several dessert tables covered with items made by 35 different CKWC dessert contributors were the key of this event on Cedar Key. Many of the diners commented on the delicious strawberries this year too.
     The luncheon was certainly something to write home about, but the dessert tables would call for a telegraph in the days of old and absolutely resulted in some instant Facebook and other social media posts.
     The range of desserts was awesome. There was an impressive array of different chocolate-covered, chocolate foundation, cream-filled baked goods, through an assortment of bon-bons, éclairs, miniature cupcakes galore, and a huge array of every type of finger dessert imaginable. And the amount seemed endless. Everyone was invited to help themselves to take desserts home too.
    The luncheon began with a similar grace as was carried from its start to finish.
     Pastor Robin Jocelyn of Ellzey United Methodist Church (Town of Otter Creek) gave the devotional prayer. Cedar Key Woman’s Club members served each person at their tables. 

The Presentations
     One CKWC member who is relatively renowned for her character was present.
     The Tacky Tourist (Eileen Senecal) helped President Moore deliver information to the people at the luncheon.
     She mentioned that she has never been a model. Then she spoke about the Pirate Invasion of Cedar Key in December, when the pirates shanghaied her and put tattoos all over her – therefore, this fashion show she may well be The Tatty Tourist.
     The Tatty Tourist told a lively tale about her adventure with the pirates, who left town. Then Cedar Key Police Chief Virgil Sandlin took her to Another Way – which is a shelter for abused women.
     There are 35 beds at this shelter in Chiefland, Tacky said.
     Another Way is among the recipients of monetary gifts from the CKWC. During the presentations, Tacky Tourist was given a check for $500 to give to Another Way, and by her going from table to table, she collected almost another almost $350 to give to that group.
      Tacky, or Tatty as she became known, said Another Way has 75 percent of the money it needs to replace a van it uses. She hopes the CKWC and other groups in Levy County can help Another Way with this project.
     Fisher House
     From the 2017 Fashion Show, the CKWC donated a $1,000 scholarship for a graduating female senior from CKS, and the club bought shoes for the Lady Sharks Basketball Team.

Accepting checks from CKWC Treasurer Susan Hollandsworth to present for various causes, the following women are seen here - - Sue Colson $500 for the CKS Youth Summer Program; Brenda Coulter an amount for some structure behind the community center; ten, $25 gift cards to Robin Jocelyn to present to the Levy County Guardian Ad Litem Program; Judy Treharne $500 for the Cedar Key Food Pantry; Tina Berger $500 for the CKS to have art supplies; Susan Rosenthal $500 for the PTO to give $500 for CKS Fifth Graders’ Safety Patrol Trip to Washington, D.C.; and The Tacky Tourist to give $500 to Another Way, plus the almost $350 she collected by strolling around the event with a can.

The Quilt Winner
     Last year, Eileen Senecal won the quilt.
     This quilt is made during the summer by CKWC members. The name of the quilt this year was “Serenity of the Sea.”
     The winner of the quilt this year was Pat Casey.
     There was also a 50-50 draw and several door prizes were awarded.
     Money raised in this quilt raffle goes to the Fisher House of Gainesville.

Pat Casey stands with the quilt she won in the raffle.

Divine Ladies
In Cedar Key
Model Fashions

     The fashion show this year featured two aspects. President Moore explained “Homemade in Cedar Key” and “Shopping at Belk In Gainesville” were the two factors.
     Students from Cedar Key School’s Sharks Sewing Club. (The CKS teams are Sharks. It’s not like the students sew clothing for sharks.)

The Models
This year’s models (above) were Karen Decker, Beth Wright, Kathy Salkaln, Becky LaFountain, Gini Barss, Kathy Freidenfelds, Marie Evans, Alexa Lipscomb, Serenity Yearty, Taylor West, Vicki Crumpley, Teri Brennan, Macy Ryan, Ann Morgan and Makenna Stottlemyre.

     During the fashion show part of the event, as President Moore described each model’s attire, Pat Stephens performed the background music on the piano.
     Each model from the Belk group represented a month of the year, and the CKS students showed the clothes they designed, cut and sewed for the show.

The Grand Finale
     The Grand Finale this year was produced by Judy Duvall and Eileen Senecal.
     It included a raucous dance routine, complete with throwing of undergarments and The End.

This video captures the last part of The Grand Finale. It is interesting.


Students Honored

Williston City Council Vice President Nancy Wininger stands with two students of the month on Tuesday night (March 6) during the regular City Council meeting. Wininger substituted for Mayor R. Gerald Hethcoat who was unable to attend that meeting. The Student of the Month for Joyce Bullock Elementary School is second grader Grant Sims. His teacher who recommend him is Rae Stegall. His mother is Heather Sims. His teacher noted that ‘Grant works hard every day. He has been a safety ranger and is a wonderful role model. Grant participates in class discussions and leads his group. He is kind and trustworthy. I am so proud of Grants accomplishments in the classroom and on campus.’ The Student of the Month for Williston Elementary School is Jasmine Duncan. This fifth grader’s teacher is Rikki Richardson. The young Miss Duncan’s parent or guardian is Nicole Monroe. Teacher Richardson noted ‘Jasmine Duncan is an amazing student who embodies every positive quality you could want in a child. She is not only an outstanding academic student, but her behavior is exceptional! She is a diligent and hardworking student who is always on task and participates actively in all our classroom discussions. Jasmine is always respectful and goes out of her way to be a friend to those around her. She is kind and caring to everyone she meets. Jasmine is truly a delight to have in my class and she has earned this month’s Student of the Month award!'

Photo by Jeff M. Hardison © March 9, 2018 at 2:28 p.m.

Dixie County families enjoy
Friday Night Done Right

In the background Dixie County Anti-Drug Coalition Event Coordinator Rebecca Fusco works with the sound system. In the foreground (from left) are Jolee Buchanan, Christopher Barnette, Kinley Saxton, Destiny Whitby, Danielle Fusco, Sadie Davis, and Opie Souza being held by Kathy Douglas.

Story and Photos
By Jeff M. Hardison © March 4, 2018 at 9:58 p.m.
     CROSS CITY --
Families again enjoyed the Friday Night Done Right event on March 2.

     Dixie County Anti-Drug Coalition Event Coordinator Rebecca Fusco led the program at the park behind the Dixie County Courthouse in Cross City. It went from 6 to 9 p.m. that Friday night.
     There is a similar program on the third Friday of each month at the First District Community Center in Old Town (9223 N.E. 349 Highway). This is on Highway 349 about 10 miles north of the light in Old Town.
     The next one in Old Town is March 16 from 6 to 9 p.m.
     This program provides young people with an opportunity to have a good time without drugs, alcohol or tobacco.
     As for the event in Cross City last Friday night, there was music, dancing and karaoke. Early in the evening, children were playing with hula-hoops and jumping rope.
     Basketball games, soccer and other sports have been part of these evening events as well.
     Under the covered pavilion, there can be card games and board games. Fusco said sometimes there is a theme for the night.
     Often the Dixie County Boy Scouts are present to sell hotdogs to everyone that wants them.
     At the event on March 16, there is a planned petting-zoo event hosted by Boy Scouts. Hedgehogs, rabbits, lizards and turtles are among the animals that are currently scheduled to be seen and touched that night.

Jacob Barnette, 38, and Ariana Jerrells, 30, both of Dixie County start making snow-cones on Friday night in Cross City. Their children Cason Barnette, 5, and Christopher Barnette, 4, are among the children enjoying the Friday Night Done Right program on March 2. Jerrells said this family enjoys the event because it is ‘our family night.’ The two adults are active in Overcomers, which is a ministry by Brother Davey Cannon that helps provide the opportunity for people to overcome addiction to drugs, including alcohol.

     At the event in Cross City, there were free snow-cones and Little Debbie cakes.
     Usually, Fusco said, there is ratio of about 60 percent of the youths who bring their parents for the event as well.
     “We encourage parents to come too,” Fusco said, “because they can have fun too.”
     The Friday Night Done Right program in Cross City has had an event every first Friday for the past 12 months, Fusco said.
     The Friday Night Done Right program in Old Town has had two months of fun so far, she said, with the event on March 16 heralding the third month.
     The event itself is free, but there are usually concessions for sale by local youth organizations. For more information, or to host a Friday Night Done Right event, please call Debby Sweem at 352-210-2601 or visit

CF Preview Night is a
huge success in Levy County

CF Assistant Professor Jennifer Duncan is seen ready to help interested visitors. She teaches mathematics at the Jack Wilkinson Levy Campus. Beginning algebra, intermediate algebra, college algebra, logic, statistics, trigonometry, calculus and other aspects of the languages of numbers and mathematical thought are among the lessons available for students. Duncan said her students can enjoy math lessons through a hybrid mix of online classes and lectures.

Story and Photos
By Jeff M. Hardison © March 1, 2018 at 11:08 p.m
The beautiful new Jack Wilkinson Levy Campus of the College of Central Florida provided prospective students with many opportunities Thursday evening (March 1) as CF hosted its annual Preview Night open house.

Visiting with CF staff at the business table are (from left) Harold Michaelis, Sherlene Michaelis, Michael Michaelis and Brittni Michaelis. Brittni is scheduled to graduate from Bell High School this year. Sherlene and Michael are her mother and father, and Harold is her paternal grandfather. The family enjoyed their visit to the campus where they learned about the young lady’s options for her academic life after BHS.

Welding Instructor and Associate Professor James Class stands with Nissa Jaquess. Class has been teaching welding at this campus for five years now, with that being the frontier program for what became the Jack Wilkinson Levy Campus of the College of Central Florida. Nissa Jaquess said her son Jacob Jaquess is enrolled in the welding program. Class said the program takes a year to complete, and he sees between 19 and 30 students each session.

Christopher Roy of Chiefland holds a frame to create a picture of him at Preview Night.

     Located at the 15390 N.W. U.S. Highway 19, north of Chiefland, the CF Jack Wilkinson Levy Campus had plenty of staff to show potential students, parents, grandparents and guardians everything they wanted to see or know about the college.
      Students who attended the “Getting Started at CF” workshop saw their $30 college application fee waived. Several people entered a drawing to win a $300 scholarship.
     The college showcased the many career and educational opportunities it offers.
      Also present were other universities’ representatives as they partner with CF. The University of Central Florida, with its campus in Orlando had a representative as did the University of South Florida, with its main campus in Tampa.
     Prospective students attended workshops Monday evening on Dual Enrollment, Getting Started at CF, Financial Aid and Money Matters, and Student Life.
     They interacted with faculty and staff to learn about workforce and certificate programs, and advanced degrees, including CF’s baccalaureate programs.
     The adult GED program, welding program and timber harvesting program all drew interested individuals.
     There are at least two programs where students can complete their course of study without having to go online or to any other campus. In the Health Field alone, there is the opportunity to earn an Associate of Science degree in nursing, or an Emergency Medical Technician certification at this campus.
     CF Jack Wilkinson Levy Campus Provost Holly McGlashan was among the many administrators, educators and other CF leaders and staff who were helping all the guests to find whatever information they wanted to advance their understanding of the world as well as improve their value to employers in a wide range of careers.
     Professors in mathematics, science, healthcare, the humanities and other academic realms were present to provide people with specific information about their fields of study.

Three $1,200 scholarships
are available through the
Florida State Association
of Supervisors of Elections

By Jordan Lindsey, Assistant Supervisor of Elections, Levy County
Published Jan. 5, 2018 at 10:07 a.m.
     BRONSON --
Levy County Supervisor of Elections Tammy Jones is pleased to announce the opportunity for local college or university students to apply for a $1,200 scholarship through the Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections (FSASE).

     The FSASE is a statewide, professional organization of the 67 supervisors of elections in Florida, providing a forum for the exchange of ideas and experiences.
     FSASE will award three $1,200 scholarships this year to students who are majoring in Political Science, Public or Business Administration or Journalism/Mass Communication – and who have finished TWO YEARS of JUNIOR COLLEGE or UNDERGRADUATE WORK. Applicants must be enrolled or accepted as full-time students in a senior college or university in Florida.
     Guidelines and applications for the FSASE scholarships are available by clicking HERE or may be picked up at the Levy County Supervisor of Elections office, located at 421 S. Court Street, in Bronson. The Levy County Supervisor of Elections office is next to the Levy County Courthouse on the right side if a person is entering the courthouse from Court Street.
     The completed FSASE scholarship application, résumé and two letters of recommendations must be submitted by March 29 to the Supervisor of Elections of the county in which the applicant is registered to vote. For more information, please contact the Levy County Supervisor of Elections Office at 352-486-5163 or via email at


Woman's Club invites
scholarship applicants

Published Feb. 28, 2018 at 1:18 p.m.
Applications for the Yankeetown-Inglis Woman's Club scholarship awards are available.
     The awards are open to home-schooled students and those attending public and private schools. Also eligible is anyone attending college and maintain a 3.0 GPA, and those who have worked after graduation but now have concrete plans for resuming their education.
     Applicants must have lived in Yankeetown or Inglis for two or more years and be a current resident. New residents who do not meet the above criteria may still apply and will be evaluated by the Education Committee on a case-by-case basis. Application are available from guidance counselors at Crystal River High School, or at the A.F. Knotts Public Library, or at the Thrift Shop behind the Woman’s Club or by downloading an application from the Woman’s Club website
     All applications must be postmarked or received at the club no later than April 1. No emailed applications will be accepted.
     For more information, call the club at 352-447-2057, or email


     On Nov. 1, 2011, The Christian Press section on The Life Page of, started, about nine months after the start of the daily news website -- which officially started Feb. 1, 2011. The name "The Christian Press" was derived from an encounter a decade earlier in 2001 in St. Petersburg, Florida, when and where a man mentioned to a journalist that this particular journalist must work for "The Christian Press." Although the presumption was incorrect and misplaced, the name sounded good. And the the journalist who was working for a publisher said that if he could work for The Christian Press, then that certainly would be the publication to serve as a journalist.
     Since Nov. 1, 2011, The Christian Press section of this page has run daily devotionals every day, and then within a relatively short time after Nov. 1, 2011, weekly columns have been added. 
     The Rev. Dr. Thomas "Tom" Farmer Jr. who retired from St. Paul's United Methodist Church of Largo several years ago is among the first contributors from 2011. There are several other individuals who contributed over the past seven years. Many daily devotionals have been pulled from Strength for Service to God and Country (Whitmore & Stone © 1942; Renewed 1969 by Norman E. Nygaard; Second revised edition © 2002 Abingdon-Cokesbury Press, Providence House Publishers). I note my appreciation for the use of those devotionals from that now-defunct publishing company. I welcome contributions of daily devotionals. Daily devotional authors are asked to please send only their original works to

March 19, 2018  Monday at 6:38 a.m.


Read Galatians 5:18-26

     But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
     Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
-- Galatians 5:22-23 (KJV)

     Many times the question arises in our minds: “Why should we try to be good? Why make the effort to grow spiritually? Why not have a good time? We only live once. Why be hampered and restrained?” But the more we think it over, the more we come to the place where we are ready to say: “That’s right, we only live once. How can I make the greatest investment?” Really, life becomes adventurous when we realize that Christian living has more satisfaction per square-inch than any other kind of living. Sin may seem to have lots of fun about it, but there soon comes a day when we wake up to the fact that we have been wasting our time and have not left the world any richer for our being here.
     Think of the list of the fruit of the Spirit: “love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance.” The only way we will know about them is to live a thoughtful, prayerful life under God, and then can take the place of such great thoughts as these words express. The times are not easy but the Christian faces them, and with victory. We live so to develop our life in Christ that the fruits are ours.
     O MASTER, teach us to live day by day that we may be able to give Thee the best in our life. We desire to have the fruits of the spirit and not the fruits of the flesh. It is not easy to be faithful in cultivation, but show us the way to live victoriously every day, and we shall give Thee thanks forever and ever. We make this prayer in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Pastor Harold R. Martin
Second Presbyterian-First Congregational Church
Bloomington, Illinois

Strength For Service to God and Country
(Whitmore & Stone © 1942; Renewed 1969 by Norman E. Nygaard; Second revised edition © 2002 Abingdon-Cokesbury Press, Providence House Publishers)

Outdoor Truths Ministry
By Gary Miller © March 19, 2018 at 6:38 a.m.

     I was taken aback the other day during a morning turkey hunt. The rain had persisted all night and into the early morning hours. It wasn’t until about 8:30 that the sun broke through the clouds. It seemed every living thing had been waiting with anticipation for that hour. The rain had allowed the early risers to sleep in but the sun sounded the alarm for all to get up. The sounds that morning were too numerous to describe. Each creature began its communication without waiting its turn. It sounded like one big cacophony without having any rhyme or reason. I didn’t notice that morning how each sound was different but how closely each sounded like the other. Sometimes the cadences were different but the pitch was nearly identical. And I wondered how each hearer was able to distinguish between its kind and another kind and even how each could tell the differences of their own kind. And then I thought about God.
     I wonder how many folks bowed their head to pray this morning. People from Maine to Montana; from New Mexico to North Carolina; and from Connecticut to California. And I wonder how many in other countries did the same – all speaking to God at the same time but in different languages. And I wonder how God sorts them all out. It really is amazing how God can not only hear all of us at the same time but  He does not miss one utterance of despair, one urgent cry for help, or one uplifted plea for direction. He is not only our God but He is your God. He is not only our God, He is my God. Just as I don’t understand how nature works in perfect order and design, I also don’t understand how God can make perfect order out of every single prayer that goes up. But I must believe it by faith. The Bible says a sparrow doesn’t fall to the ground without Him noticing. When I remember that I have no problem knowing that even though millions of prayers are knocking on the doors of heaven, God will distinguish each of us as His special and unique child and will be equally excited to hear from us and to give us His very best.

Gary Miller has three books that are compilations of the articles he has written for nearly 15 years. He also speaks at game dinners and men’s groups for churches and associations.

Gary Miller's website is located at

Heart Matters
By Angie Land © March 13, 2018 at 8:08 a.m.

     My heart is burdened over the topic that I feel compelled to share in this column. This one ranks near the top of most difficult ones I have written, because parenting is the hardest job on the planet and it matters so much that we do this job well. Up front, I want to ask you: please do not read it with one ounce of judgment. If anything hits home with you I pray that you hear it as the voice of one who doesn’t always get parenting right either, but is cheering all of us on to a healthier relationship with our children.
     Over the past 28 years of parenting and 15 plus years of counseling, I have often encountered heartbroken parents. Parents who love their sons and daughters more than their own lives, but have lacked the ability to promote responsibility and respect through instruction and discipline. As a result, by the time the children hit the teenage years, everyone in the house can be very miserable. Most often these parents suffer from an increasingly common malady that I call “Parenting By Guilt.”      Parenting by Guilt is simply making decisions for your children based on the guilty feeling that you are responsible for their lack of respect, responsibility or their disobedience.
     Parenting by guilt presents in many situations, but here are a few that I have encountered:
     • Divorced Parents: This one may be the most obvious. Divorce is hard on children, no doubt, but taking away discipline takes away their security and sets them up to blame someone or something else for bad choices the rest of their lives. Allowing disrespect of the other parent may make you feel better, but it is very harmful to your child. Best case scenario is for divorced parents to continue to co-parent consistently and be emotionally supportive during the difficulty of divorce but do not excuse disobedience.
     • Parents Who Messed Up Big: Our past may haunt us to the point that we feel hypocritical to correct our own children. King David suffered from this one to the point that his son raped his daughter and one son killed another while he remained silent. (See 2 Samuel 11 & 13). Think about this: if you were given a supervisor’s position at your job, would you not correct those who worked for you simply because you had made mistakes in learning the job early on? Our role as parents is not contingent on doing life perfectly. On the contrary, our past mistakes (and what we learned from them) should help us be more insightful parents and help us teach our children all the more.
     • Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: This has become an epidemic in our culture! Grandparents often feel guilty because their children have failed their grandchildren and they may feel an underlying responsibility. Parenting is so hard for grandparents because the role of a grandparent is so different than a parent. If you are a grandparent who has taken on the challenge of raising a grandson or granddaughter, you must make sure that you switch the role. If a child can only have either a parent or grandparent, the most important need is for a parent. Giving them monetary rewards or too much freedom will not replace what is missing from their lives, but teaching respect and responsibility will help them navigate those troubled waters.
     • Financially Successful Parents: I want to tread lightly here…but I have seen this struggle. Parents who have much more than their parents did financially may feel the need to do much more for their children in terms of gifts and privileges. This can be a slippery slope, and one where the parent understands the value of money but the children do not. I have heard it said that if one does not have what it takes to acquire something, they likely will not have what it takes to keep it. Don’t confuse financial blessings with parental obligations. Teaching your children to get something for nothing will not serve them well in life, especially if you become unable or unwilling to support their appetites. Responsibility always accompanies privilege.
     Because as parents, we all want the very best for our children. And every heart matters.

Blessings, Angie
     PUBLISHER’S NOTE: Heart Matters is a weekly column written by Angie Land, Director of the Family Life Ministries of the Lafayette Baptist Association, where she teaches bible studies, leads marriage and family conferences and offers biblical counseling to individuals, couples and families. Please contact Angie with questions or comments at She notes that she would love to hear from people.

The Power Of The Clipboard
By Guy Sheffield © March 13, 2018 at 4:28 p.m.

     Somebody call ESPN, this could go down as one of the greatest coaching turnarounds of all times! I’m talking about "against all odds" type of stuff here. Forget Hoosiers, or that other flick with the horse… Seamonkey… MonkeyBisquit… I forget. Picture this; a good-looking young coach in his late thirties gets his first shot at the basketball big time. He borrows his daughter's pink clipboard and sets about to dominate the 9- and 10-year-old girl's league. Unfortunately, things don’t work out as planned. Despite the phenomenal coaching, they suffer 12 straight agonizing defeats. Things look bad, but the coach keeps his head up, mostly by convincing himself none of the losses were his fault.
     The very next year, determined to overcome the shame, and the recommendations of most of the parents, he miraculously musters up the gumption to pick up the old pink clipboard again. This time he begins to study the league rule book. He learns how to call a time out. He ponders the deeper elements of the game, like what causes a double-dribble. With his newfound wisdom, a renewed zeal, and four of the tallest girls in the league, he coaches them to an undefeated season. The fans go wild. One parent buys a round of juice boxes for everyone!
     Some people might say that championship came by the sweat and the hustle of those little girls… yeah right. I was thinking maybe Brad Pitt could play my part in the movie. I could show him how to do the whole time out thing.
     Now wait, I know what you’re thinking. Who’s going to watch a movie about a 3rd and 4th grade girl’s basketball coach? I thought that way too, at least until I listened to a AM radio sports show debate for 20 minutes over whether the water boy at the local junior college should be red-shirted next year. Listen, these sport fanatics will take it hook line and sinker. It’ll be bigger than the paintball shootouts!
     In reality, the main thing I learned is that good youth sports programs can present wonderful opportunities for coaches to encourage kids to get to know Jesus, and teach them the good sporting principles that will help shape them into the champions God created them  to be. A good coach can help kids unlock what the Lord has placed in their heart. (As we know Jesus better, his divine power gives us everything we need for living a godly life. He has called us to receive his own glory and goodness! And by that same mighty power, he has given us all of his rich and wonderful promises. 2 Peter 1:3-4 NLT)
     God’s divine power is not just for the kids that light up the scoreboard, it’s for every child. Winning is an important goal, but it shouldn't be the only one. In fact, I had innumerably more opportunities to minister to the team that went 0-12 than I did with the league champs this year. I was equally proud of both, because leaving your best out on the court each night and keeping your attitude right always qualifies you as champs in God’s eyes.
     A lot of those girls will probably never play basketball again, but I hope they will take the qualities they've learned with them wherever they go. They might just discover they have a few tools in their bag the old gym scoreboard didn’t quite measure.
     But anyway - Rare adults who learn to keep the fame and fortune of youth sports in perspective can really make a big difference in the life of a child. I’m even thinking about buying my own clipboard next year.

Guy Sheffield's website - But Anyway is located at
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