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Log Cabin Quilters Levy County
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By Myrtice Scabarozi
Published Sept. 121, 2020 at 5:10 p.m.
The Log Cabin Quilters met in the Levy County Quilt Museum -- 11050 N.W. 10th Ave. on Thursday (Sept. 17).



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     We had several volunteers with Haven Hospice in Chiefland with us for lunch. They’re working on making gowns for staff workers that go into patients’ rooms. With the COVID-19 global pandemic, the staff needs a new gown each time they enter a patient’s room. The volunteers have taken over our kitchen tables for cutting and adapting the design of the gown. The gowns are being made from clean used sheets and other fabrics. They would appreciate your support and if you could volunteer to help them with the assembly of the gowns. This will be an ongoing project for them. You can even work from home sewing the gowns together.
     We’re keeping our fingers crossed that the adult male inmates from Lancaster Correctional Institution will be with us soon. The Florida Department of Corrections plans to allow friends and family in for visits in October. We hope that means we can have our guys back.
     One day this week, we opened a tote that had been dropped off last week. Much to our surprise, there were numerous pieced quilt tops. All were variations of scrappy quilts. Scraps make such lovely quilts.
     We hope to plan a visit from The Old Sewing Machine Man after the snowbirds return. We’ll let you know more later on.


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I wonder how many hours it took to cut the strips and then attach them. Then double that answer as she made more than one. It's amazing.


Dixie County Bears
beat Williston Red Devils 40-18

Dixie County and Williston Florida Football 2020
Dixie County runner Jadon Malone spots a hole and cuts sharply for a big gain.

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By Terry Witt Sports Correspondent
© Sept. 19, 2020 at 6:10 a.m.
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     CROSS CITY -- The Dixie County High School Bears used their high speed option offense to defeat the Williston Middle High School Red Devils 40-18 Friday night (Sept. 18) in Cross City.



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Williston's Rashaud Nelson scans the field ahead as a runs for a first down.

Dixie County Williston Florida Tri-County Area Football 2020
Bears quarterback Sam Cannon fakes a pitch as he prepares to run.

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Williston running back Edariyon Wesley rolls to his right looking for a gap in the defense.

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Dixie County's Dalton Maktura smashes into Williston quarterback Tiger Days as he attempts a pass in the first quarter.

     Dixie County Head Varsity Football Coach L.B. Cravey said his team was able to run to the outside for big gains and his athletic defense kept the Red Devils bottled up for most of the game.
     The Bears posted a 27-6 lead in the first quarter.
     “I think we’re just blessed with a lot of speed,” Cravey said. “The boys can hit the holes hard and hit it fast, and really get outside of them. We knew coming in, we were the faster team.”
Defensively, the coach said he has two veteran middle linebackers who know how to read the holes. His defensive secondary is one of the best in the area, he added.
     “They are athletic and really break on the football. I felt really good about coming in here defensively,” Cravey said.
     The team faced adversity all summer not knowing if the state would allow them to play football in the fall due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, Cravey said, but the players all rose to the occasion in every summer workout and continued pushing forward without knowing if they would ever play, “and it really worked out for us.”
     Dixie County, 1-1, is scheduled to host Chiefland Thursday (Sept. 24).
     Williston, 1-2, is set to host Hamilton County (Jasper) on Friday (Sept. 25).
     Red Devil Coach Head Varsity Football Coach Ric Whittington said his team continued to play hard in the face of adversity against Dixie County.
     “There was some perseverance tonight. That’s always a high point,” Whittington said. “We had some low points but we persevered and continued through those and continued to play.”
     The coach from Williston said the 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Rashaud Nelson late in the fourth quarter showed perseverance.
     “He went out there late in the game and brought a little bit of a lift to the team,” Whittington said.
     The Red Devils have 18 seniors on the team this season, Whittington said. The team has good size up front and some athletes, but he said the players haven’t stepped up and found a way to exploit their strengths.
     “We’ve got to turn the page and move on to next week,” Whittington said. “We’re going to correct the mistakes made tonight. We’re going to learn from those failures. We’re going to turn those into teaching moments. We’re going to look to grow, and we’re going to look at areas where we had success. And we’re going to grow there as well.”
     Dixie County marched down the field on its opening possession to score on a 19-yard run by Jadon Malone. The extra point was good. Williston wasn’t able to score on its first possession. The Bears turned the Red Devil’s failed drive into paydirt, scoring on a 43-yard run by Malone on its next offensive possession. The two-point conversion attempt failed.
     Williston wasn’t finished.
     The Red Devils scored on a 65-yard pass from Tiger Days to Rashaud Nelson to close the gap to 13-6. The two-point run attempt failed.
     Dixie County scored again with 4:11 left in the first quarter on a five-yard pass to Kolton Hunt. The extra point was good, giving the Bears a 20-6 lead.
     A bad Williston punt presented Dixie County with prime field position at the Williston 39 yard-line with less than three minutes to play in the first quarter. Malone ran for a five-yard touchdown with 1:40 left in the half. The extra point was good.
     A bad snap from center late in the third quarter cost Williston its field position, as well as giving Dixie County the ball in scoring range. The mistake allowed the Bears to move quickly downfield to score on an 18-yard run by Malone. The extra point was good. Dixie County led 35-6.
     Williston fought back, driving the ball 63 yards to score on a five-yard run by Days. The two-point conversion failed. Dixie County answered at the 7:24 mark in the fourth quarter when Brenden Hall scored from 13 yards out after a quick drive. The two-point conversion failed.
     The Red Devils gave the crowd a thrill late in the fourth quarter when a Dixie County kickoff soared to the Williston 5 yard-line. Nelson dropped the ball and calmly picked it up, sprinting right and slashing through gaps in the defense, breaking tackles and scoring on a 95-yard return.


Bay scallop season
to close Sept. 25 in several areas

By Rebekah Nelson of the FWC
Published Sept. 17, 2020 at 8:10 p.m.
Recreational bay scallop season harvest will close Sept. 25 in Gulf County through northwest Taylor County, and in Levy through Hernando counties. The last day harvest will be open is Sept. 24. Once these areas close, scallop harvest will not reopen until the 2021 season, the next season.


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Inky the cat selects winner
in The Money Tree Contest

Money Tree Winner's Children Accept award
Money Tree Presented
Robert Asbell Jr., 17, and his sister Hailie Asbell, 13, accept the money tree on behalf of their father Robert Asbell Sr. They were very well-mannered and considerate, including wearing a mask to show they want to help reduce the odds of spreading COVID-19.
Photo By Jeff M. Hardison

By Jeff M. Hardison © Sept. 16, 2020 at 10:10 a.m.
Updated Sept. 16, 2020 at 8:10 p.m.
     THE INK PAD –
Inky the cat chose Robert Asbell of Levy County as the winner in The Money Tree Contest.

Ad in The Moneytree Contest
This graphic shows the dates and ads where people found the leaf, and this shows how the ad looked with the leaf in it – although here it is circled with a blue circle.

Graphic by Sharon Hardison

     About 70 different people took the time to find a leaf in an ad on various pages during an eight-day span. Those people sent their name, the page and the ad where the leaf was found.


This is a video of Inky the cat selecting the winner in the Money Tree Contest for soon after Jeff Hardison shook the names out. Goldy the cat and senior mascot of chose against participating in this event.
Video by Sharon Hardison
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Here is the Moneytree waiting to be presented. It is the prize in the most recent contest for as part of the daily news website’s Here’s To 10 Years! Celebration. This contest ran for the eight days from Labor Day (Sept. 7) through the next Monday (Sept. 14).


Appleton to host
online artist talk series via Zoom

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By CF Marketing, Public and Community Relations
Published Sept. 12, 2020 12:10 a.m.
Updated Sept. 19, 2020 at 6:10 a.m.
     OCALA –
The Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida, introduces a new series called “Artist’s Outlook.”
     Log in and join Appleton Curator of Exhibitions Patricia Tomlinson as she chats with individual artists about their work, processes and inspirations. This online series will take place every third Thursday from September-December and is free to attend. Participants will have the opportunity to ask the artists questions.
     All talks will be hosted on Zoom and can be accessed using your mobile device or desktop computer. If using your phone or other mobile device, search “Zoom” in the app store. If using your desktop, visit Use the following login information for each artist talk: Meeting ID: 302 190 0088 | Passcode: 352352.

     The program from Sept. 17 was very enjoyable.

     Oct. 15, at 7 p.m. with Annelies Dykgraaf
Appleton Artists programs on Zoom
Jacksonville-based artist Annelies Dykgraaf, who will give an online talk in October.

     Jacksonville-based artist Annelies Dykgraff is a founding member of Jacksonville Cultural Development Corporation (formerly Jacksonville Consortium of African American Artists) and a founding member and past president of The Art Center Cooperative Inc. 2005. Her work tells stories of her childhood and the uniting of cultures and races. Often incorporated into her work are motifs from the tradition of wood carvings, textile patterns, uli motifs and symbols from various West African tribal folk tales/myths.

     Nov. 19, at 7 p.m. with Clayton Pond
Appleton Artists programs on Zoom
A serigraph titled 'Vertigo' by artist Clayton Pond, who will give an online talk in November.

     Artist Clayton Pond’s bright and bold works of art offer the viewer a charming, idiosyncratic interpretation of the world. Over the span of his career, his work has revealed a fascination with vibrant color interactions and the infinite possibilities that color relationships present.

     Dec. 17, at 7 p.m. with Mac Stone
Appleton Artists programs on Zoom
Wildlife photographer and conservation enthusiast Mac Stone, who will give an online talk in December

     Wildlife photographer Mac Stone specializes in images from the Everglades, Florida Bay, and America's Swamps. Stone is a National Geographic explorer, a senior fellow with the International League of Conservation Photographers, a Sea Legacy fellow, and is also the executive director of Naturaland Trust, a nonprofit that permanently protects critical lands in the upstate of South Carolina.
     For answers to questions, email
     A campus of the College of Central Florida, the Appleton Museum of Art is located at 4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, east of downtown on SR 40 (exit 352 east off I-75 or exit 268 west off I-95). Parking is free. For more information, call 352-291-4455 or visit


FWC announces new way
to report
gopher tortoise sightings

FWC Gopher Tortoise

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By Jamie Rager of the FWC
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is launching a new interactive web application designed to provide biologists with thorough and reliable data and promote science-based gopher tortoise conservation efforts.
     The new system will replace the Florida Gopher Tortoise smartphone app, which will be decommissioned Sept. 8.
     The new web application is user-friendly and is designed to function on any device. To report a tortoise sighting or notify the FWC of a sick, injured or dead tortoise, simply visit and click on the button that reads “Report Gopher Tortoise Sightings.” There, you can also view an interactive map, which features user-submitted photos and locations of tortoise sightings throughout the state.
      “We appreciate the thousands of citizen scientists who have reported gopher tortoise sightings using our original Florida Gopher Tortoise app over the years,” said Michelina Dziadzio, monitoring coordinator for the Wildlife Diversity Conservation Section of the FWC. “These citizen scientists have helped the FWC enhance gopher tortoise conservation and we’re excited for their continued participation using the new web app.”
     The gopher tortoise is a protected species that occurs in all 67 Florida counties. The tortoise is known as a keystone species, and its burrows serve as important refuges for 350 native species including threatened species such as the Eastern indigo snake, the burrowing owl and the gopher frog.
     For more information about gopher tortoises, visit


Boaters Have Fun
Boats on the Suwannee River on Labor Day 2020
Labor Day 2020 at the Levy County Public Boat Ramp in the Fowler’s Bluff community showed boats of all sizes going into the Suwannee River and coming out of the river at that boat ramp. Here -- Hobie Herndon, 20, of Plant City (Hillsborough County) and Fowler’s Bluff is seen loading a Sea Doo onto a trailer.

Boats on the Suwannee River on Labor Day 2020
Here is a boater who heard 'Go Gators!' and he gives a thumbs up sign.

Boats on the Suwannee River on Labor Day 2020

Boats on the Suwannee River on Labor Day 2020

Boats on the Suwannee River on Labor Day 2020
Here are other vessels in the Suwannee River – all seen within a five-minute review of the action at that part of the river. Monday was a big day for boating, fishing, swimming and other fun. Some people worked on Labor Day (Sept. 7) too.

Photos By Jeff M. Hardison © Sept. 8, 2020 at 12:10 a.m.



2020 Varsity Football Schedule
As of Sept. 4, 2020 at 5:10 p.m.
Published Sept. 4, 2020 at 5:10 p.m.
With the help of some athletic directors and Max Preps listings, the following varsity football schedules was created.
     It will be updated as needed, with help from individuals at the various schools.
     Volleyball, cross-country and many other sports are planned for this school year. For information about those sports, and other information at these schools, as well as at Cedar Key School, Yankeetown School, and the various charter schools in the Tri-County Area, the best method to find that information is by contacting the schools.

Bell High School

Athletic Director Joey Whittington
Sept. 11
     7:30 p.m. – Branford (Suwannee County) at Bell
Sept. 18
     7 p.m. – Bell at Taylor (Pierson-Volusia County)
Sept. 25
     7 p.m. – First Academy (Leesburg) at Bell
Oct. 2
     7 p.m. – Interlachen (Alachua County) at Bell
Oct. 9
     7 p.m. – St. Francis Catholic (Gainesville) at Bell
Oct. 16
     7:30 p.m. – Bell at Trenton
Oct. 23
     7 p.m. – Aucilla Christian (Monticello) at Bell
Oct. 30
     7:30 p.m. – Lafayette County (Mayo) at Bell

Bronson High School

Head Varsity Football Coach Russell Holley
Sept. 4
     7 p.m. – Ocala Christian (Marion County) at Bronson
Sept. 11
     7 p.m. – Halifax Academy (Daytona Beach) at Bronson
Sept. 18
     7 p.m. – Seven Rivers Christian (Lecanto) at Bronson
Oct. 2
     7 p.m. – Bronson at St. John Lutheran (Ocala)
Oct. 9
     7:30 p.m. – Bronson at Tenoroc (Lakeland)
Oct. 16
     7 p.m. – Franklin County (Eastpoint) at Bronson
Oct. 23
     7:30 p.m. – Bronson at Munroe (Quincey)
Oct. 30
     7 p.m. – Bishop Snyder (Jacksonville) at Bronson
Nov. 6
     7:30 p.m. – Umatilla (Lake County) at Bronson

Chiefland High School

Athletic Director Kyle Parnell
Head Varsity Football Coach John Palmer
Sept. 18
     7:30 p.m. – Chiefland at Taylor County (Perry)
Sept. 25
     7:30 p.m. – Chiefland at Dixie County (Cross City)
Oct. 2
     7 p.m. – West Oaks Academy (Orlando) at Chiefland
Oct. 9
     7:30 p.m. – Chiefland at Trenton (Gilchrist County)
Oct. 16
     7 p.m. – Hamilton County (Jasper) at Chiefland
Oct. 23
     7:30 p.m. – Chiefland at Wildwood (Sumter County)
Oct. 30
     7 p.m. – Union County (Lake Butler) at Chiefland
Nov. 6
     7 p.m. – Williston at Chiefland

Dixie County

Athletic Director Brent Wilkerson
Sept. 18
     7:30 p.m. – Williston at Dixie County
Sept. 24
     7:30 p.m. – Chiefland at Dixie County (Cross City)
Oct. 2
     7:30 p.m. – Dixie County (Cross City) at Trenton (Gilchrist County)
Oct. 9
     7:30 p.m. – Lafayette County (Mayo) at Dixie County (Cross City)
Oct. 16
     7:30 – Dixie County (Cross City) at Newberry (Alachua County)
Oct. 30
     7 p.m. – Dixie County (Cross City) at P.K. Yonge (Gainesville)
Nov. 6
     7:30 p.m. – N. Fla. Educational Institute (Jacksonville) at Dixie County (Cross City)

Trenton High School

Athletic Director Pat Burton
Head Varsity Football Coach Bill Wiles
Sept. 4
     7:30 p.m. – P.K. Yonge at Trenton
Sept. 11
     7:30 p.m. – Trenton at Newberry (Alachua County)
Sept. 18
     7:30 p.m. -- Cambridge Christian (Tampa) at Trenton
Sept. 25 (Homecoming)
     7:30 p.m. – Wildwood (Sumter County) at Trenton
Oct. 2
     7:30 p.m. – Dixie County (Cross City) at Trenton
Oct. 9
     7:30 p.m. – Chiefland at Trenton
Oct. 16
     7:30 p.m. – Bell at Trenton
Oct. 23
     7:30 p.m. – Trenton at Williston
Oct. 30
     7:30 p.m. – Trenton at Branford (Suwannee County)
Nov. 6
     7:30 p.m. – Trenton at Mayo (Lafayette County)

Williston Middle-High School
Red Devils

Athletic Director Jim Smith
Head Varsity Football Coach Ric Whittington
Sept. 4
     7:30 p.m. – Williston at Branford (Suwannee County)
Sept. 11
     7:30 p.m. -- N. Fla. Educational Institute (Jacksonville) at Williston
Sept. 18
     7:30 p.m. – Williston at Dixie County
Sept. 25
     7:30 p.m. – Hamilton County (Jasper) at Williston
Oct. 2
     7:30 p.m. – Newberry (Alachua County) at Williston
Oct. 9
     7:30 p.m. – Wildwood (Sumter County) at Williston
Oct. 16
     7:30 p.m. – Williston at Union County (Lake Butler)
Oct. 23
     7:30 p.m. – Trenton at Williston
Nov. 6
     7 p.m. – Williston at Chiefland


Fish Rules App now expanded
to include freshwater reg's

Fresh water fish ap FWC

Story and Photos Provided
By Laura Rambo of the FWC
Published Sept. 2, 2020 at 8:10 p.m.
The wait is over! Fish Rules App now includes freshwater fishing regulations.
     The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is excited to announce that their successful partnership with the Fish Rules App has now expanded.
      “The Division of Freshwater Fisheries Management is thrilled that the Fish Rules App is now available for freshwater. We have seen how our partnership with Fish Rules has strengthened the communication of fishing regulations and are looking forward to it getting even stronger,” said Jon Fury, FWC’s director for the Division of Freshwater Fisheries Management. “We encourage fresh and saltwater anglers to use the app whenever they are fishing one of Florida’s extraordinary waterbodies to stay up to date on fishing regulations as well as help them identify their catch.”
      “This is the kind of app that helps agencies like FWC help anglers keep up to date on regulations, fish identification and so much more,” said Jessica McCawley, FWC’s Division of Marine Fisheries Management director. “We've been encouraging use of this app, known for its quality, for years and are happy about the release of the freshwater version as well.”
      “We are very excited about our partnership with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission! Fish Rules App is based out of south Florida, so we're happy to be partnering with our home state,” said app cocreator Albrey Arrington. “Everyone knows Florida is the Fishing Capital of the World, and it gives us a lot of pride to be partnered with FWC to help recreational anglers better understand fishing regulations. We are excited to announce that our latest update includes recreational freshwater regulations for Florida.”
     Fishing regulations change depending on your location, such as in a Fish Management Area. Enable location services in the Fish Rules App, and the app will automatically show you regulations for your actual position. The app is also partnering with the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council and the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council who manage fisheries off Florida in federal waters.
     If you are unsure of the species you reeled in, the app also helps with fish identification. Swipe left or right on pictures of fish to see more pictures and clues on how to identify a fish. You can even sort fish by name or by picture.
     If you have beautiful photos of your catch, Fish Rules is always looking for more photos to add to the app. Share your amazing shots by emailing them to Preferred shots include the fish being held horizontally and taking up as much of the image as possible.
     Learn more at FishRulesApp or follow Fish Rules at
     Download the app at:
App Store (iOS)

Google Play Store (Android)



CF opens ‘Masks and Makers’
exhibition virtually

By CF Marketing, Public and Community Relations
Published Aug. 26, 2020 at 3:10 p.m.
     OCALA —
The College of Central Florida Webber Center is excited to announce the virtual opening of “Masks and Makers.”
     The exhibition showcases various masks, PPE, designs and approaches that have been produced during the COVID-19 pandemic. The exhibit will run through the end of September virtually with an in-person component opening once it is safe to return to campus.
     The exhibition can be viewed by clicking HERE
     “Since the pandemic started, many artists, designers and makers have jumped in to use their creative skills to make masks and Personal Protective Equipment to address the needs of health care workers on the front lines, grocery store workers, and other essential personnel,” Tyrus Clutter, associate professor of Visual Art, said. “This exhibit is a way to recognize their hard work and innovation.”

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