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Laurie Terry Wins $50 Cash
Laurie Terry in Trenton Florida
Laurie Terry of Gilchrist County accept the $50 cash prize she won by sending in correct answers to qualify for the selection by cats -- as shown in the video below. Presenting the award is publisher Jeff M. Hardison.
Photo By Rebecca White © Dec. 11, 2019 at 2:29 p.m.

In this video, Inky the cat Hardison selects the winner of the most recent Keeping It Fine In Year Nine contest. Goldy the cat Hardison was given the option to choose the winner, however Inky came into the scene and stole the show. Laurie Terry of Gilchrist County won by sending in correct answers from the word scrambles of Christmas-themed words. Her name was selected from the many correct entrants’ names. This video is presented now, after having telephonic contacting the winner. An update with a photo of the cash presentation is anticipated later today (Wednesday, Dec. 11).

Video By Sharon Hardison (there is some thumb over the lens for a wee bit of this short video) © Dec. 11, 2019 at 8:39 a.m.



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Hunter safety
internet-completion course
offered in Alachua, Baker, Clay
and Levy counties for January

Hunter Safety Alachua Baker Clay Levy
FWC Photo

By The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Published Dec. 9, 2019 at 2:09 p.m.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is offering free hunter safety internet-completion courses in four counties during January.
     Hunter safety courses are designed to help students become safe, responsible and knowledgeable hunters and learn about conservation.
     Students who have taken the online course and wish to complete the classroom portion must bring the online-completion report with them.
     All firearms, ammunition and materials are provided free of charge. Students should bring a pen or pencil and paper. An adult must accompany children younger than 16 at all times.
     Anyone born on or after June 1, 1975, must pass an approved hunter safety course and have a hunting license to hunt alone (unsupervised). The FWC course satisfies hunter-safety training requirements for all other states and Canadian provinces.
     The date and times are:

 Jan. 25 (8 a.m. until complete) Gainesville

Jan. 11 (8 – 11 a.m.) Macclenny and (1 p.m. until complete) Lake City

Jan. 2 (6 to 9 p.m.) Green Cove Springs and Jan. 4 (8 a.m. until complete) Graham

Jan. 5 (2 p.m. until complete) Chiefland
Jan. 25 8:30 a.m. until complete Bronson

     The specific location for these classes will be given to those who register in advance. Those interested in attending a course can register online and obtain information about future hunter safety classes by clicking HERE.
 or by calling the FWC’s regional office in Lake City at 386-758-0525.
     Youth between 12 and 17 years old who successfully complete a hunter safety course can learn more about conservation and experience hunting through the FWC’s Youth Hunting Program. Click HERE to see the website..
     Check out the calendar for safe, educational, mentored youth hunts. In addition, hunter safety course graduates can participate in the Youth Hunter Education Challenge program. Click HERE to see more.
     YHEC events are designed to teach youth aged 18 and younger about leadership, safety and conservation while building skills and knowledge related to hunting, map and compass, wildlife identification and target shooting.
     Find and register for YHEC events by clicking HERE.


Log Cabin Quilters Chiefland Florida
Column and Photo
By Myrtice Scabarozi
Published Dec. 9, 2019 at 2:09 p.m.
The Log Cabin Quilters met Thursday (Dec. 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).
     We had five ladies from Ocala join us for lunch. We’re looking forward to a return visit from our neighbors from Marion County.
     This week, we removed our signs from U.S. Alt. 27. The signs were on the government right-of-way and had to be removed. They had been up for 20 years, and now they need to be down.
     There are two possible ways to get the signs back up. One is to get permission from the owners of the property at the intersection and then complete an application for a permit to put the signs on private property. The application is several pages and will need a sketch of the signs. They don’t know I can’t draw a rectangle without putting a label nearby so someone will know what it is. My thought is that someone gets paid to complete these forms.
     How long will it take me? How many questions am I allowed? The paperwork does say to call if there are questions.
     The other option is to find out how to get the blue tourist destination signs that are placed right by the highway. These signs will be more expensive but might be more efficient. So far, the first two numbers I called were not the right person. They both knew what I was talking about but were unable to give me a number to call. By the time I get signs back up, I will know more than I ever wanted to know about highway signs.
     So, if you’re on U.S. Alt. 27, look for the green Levyville sign or the Levy County Road 134 sign and take the paved road. We’re a mile away. Wish us luck.

Levy County Quilt Museum
Santa came in this week as a donation. He is awesome and handmade.

Levy County Quilt Museum
Our Christmas swan. He was made from one of our panels for pillows and other items.

Levy County Quilt Museum
An old-fashioned apron. Do you think it will make someone a better cook?


Levy County high school
bass angler wins big statewide

Levy Copunty Fishing Zack
Joe Barrera (left) and Deborah Benka (right) said high school tournament bass fishing has become a career path for their son Zack Barrera (center).
Photo By Terry Witt

By Terry Witt, Correspondent
© Dec. 6, 2019 at 8:29 p.m.
Few people know that a high school bass fishing champion lives in Levy County and has accumulated a stack of angler honors that could send him to college on a fishing scholarship.


Levy Copunty Fishing Zack
Zack Barrera shows off an 8-pound bass he caught when he wasn't tournament fishing. He released the bass. Conservation practices are critical to conserving the species, Barrera said.

Levy Copunty Fishing Zack
Standing next to his bass fishing boat, Zack Barrera wears his shirt bearing the names of his corporate sponsors.

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     Zack Barrera is a senior at Williston Central Christian Academy. He is a dual enrolled college student and has caught the attention of two colleges as a potential candidate for a fishing scholarship.
     Georgetown College in Kentucky and East Texas Baptist University have expressed an interest Zack.
     “Georgetown is pretty interested,” said Joe Barrera, Zack’s father.
     The high school and college bass fishing industry is rapidly expanding and a growing number of colleges are offering fishing scholarships. Zack’s angler and academic skills have landed him on a list of 40 to 50 colleges that offer such scholarships.
     “Colleges give football scholarships and they give baseball scholarships. These colleges sign these anglers and give them scholarships fishing for their schools,” said Deborah Benka, Zack’s mother. “They take Zackery’s accolades and they send them off to all these colleges and they will watch him through his senior year and that’s how you get signed.”
     Benka said she hopes parents and young anglers read about Zack’s accomplishments in bass fishing and realize opportunities exist for college scholarships.
     For the past four years, Zack has successfully competed at the high school level and in professional-amateur bass fishing tournaments throughout Florida and the eastern United States with the ultimate aim of winning tournament money for college and earning a college scholarship. He currently has about $5,500 in a bank account earned in fishing tournaments for his college education.
     Three corporate tournament sponsors provide Zack’s lures, rods and fishing attire. He wears a fishing vest embroidered with his sponsors’ company logos when he walks across the stage in bass tournaments with his bag of fish.
     His long-term goal is to earn a college degree in business and marketing regardless of whether his dream of becoming a professional bass tournament fisherman works out.  Despite his considerable talent as angler and his long list of accomplishment in the industry, Zack said he is realistic. He said few people actually become professional bass fishermen. His plan is to use his business and marketing degree to work in the field he loves – the tournament fishing industry.
     “Everybody’s goal is to be a professional but it’s like people who try to make it to the NFL; a small percentage make it there; I might not be able to make it there but at least I can do something I like,” he said.

Zack’s Accomplishments
     Barrera is the first high school student to make the Florida Bass Nation Team. He will be fishing in the regionals in the last week of January.
     He will fish in all four tournaments of the Eastern Division of the Bassmaster Opens. His parents see this as an opportunity for learning and growth in as a high school angler competing as a co-angler with adults.
In adult pro-am tournaments, Zack won Northeast Region Co-angler of the Year and Statewide Co-Angler of the Year honors in 2019. In his high school career, he has won 1st place on the Co-Angler Side of the St. John’s River tournament and 1st Place on the Co-Angler Side on Hernando Lake tournament.
     His Florida Bass Nation High School Series honors include 1st place on the Suwannee River, 2nd place finish on Rodman Reservoir, 4th place finish on Lake Okeechobee, 5th place finish Lake Seminole and numerous top 10 finishes.
     He is affiliated with the Marion County Youth Bassmasters. His accomplishments in the club include 2016-17 Role Model of the Year, 2017-18 Role Model of the Year, 1st place fishing on John’s Lake, 2nd place finish on Lake Yale and numerous top five finishes.
     He is also involved in the Top Tier Fishing program for fishing athletes. Fishing athletes like Zack are ranked by how many points they earn in tournaments. Every month Top Tier puts on the Top 10 high school bass anglers in the nation.
     “The last two months he’s been in the top 10. He was seventh last month and eighth this month,” Joe Barrera said.
     Last year Zack fished in 39 tournaments. He is competing in fishing tournaments three out of four weekends all year long.

Tournament Fishing
     Zack has his own fishing rig – his bass fishing boat powered by a 225-horsepower outboard – and has become accustomed to the highly competitive bass fishing tournaments. He said all the men and women in the tournaments are friends at the dock. They are competitors when they reach the launch point on the water. The launch point is when the anglers switch from idle speed to a full-blown roaring start and head for the best fishing spots.
     “Some days it’s literally a boat race. It comes down to who has the fastest boat at end of the day. If you’re not going 70 miles per hour plus, you’re not going to catch a decent bag that day,” Zack said. “In the fishing industry we have a saying; we’re all friends at the ramp until they start calling boat numbers.”
     Bass tournaments use a computer to randomly select boat numbers for the lineup at the start of tournament.
     “The fishing industry is completely different than football and stuff. We’re all good friends, we all talk on the weekends and stuff. We’re all fishing for one place and that’s what we’re shooting for. On any given day these boys can do anything. I’ve seen some incredible finishes,” Zack said.
     Zack said he has learned a great deal about bass fishing from competing at the high school level and competing as a co-angler. When he is co-angling he is fishing from the back of the boat while the adult fisherman stands at the front of the boat. He fishes adult and high school tournaments.

Busy Schedule
     His mother said he fishes the Fishing League Worldwide High School Tournaments, Bass Nation High School Tournaments, Bass National Pro-Am Tournaments, Bass Nation Adult Tournaments and all of his club tournaments with Marion County Youth Bassmasters.
     “He’s dual enrolled, he attends high school and college and sometimes he has assignments on the road that he has to do for his college. He’s a very, very, very busy high schooler,” Benka said. “He is the only high schooler this year to accomplish what he has accomplished. He is very recognized in the industry.”
     He is currently fishing in high school tournaments and trying to get a bid for nationals, Joe Barrera said.
     Benka said high school students should know about the great opportunities available in tournament bass fishing.

Scholarship Checks 
     “Every tournament Zack goes to, when it comes to Florida BASS Nation, he’s usually taking some type of scholarship check home,” Benka said.
     Zack sometimes can show the adults a trick or two about bass fishing.
     In one tournament, Zack was co-angler at the back of the boat. The adult angler at the front wasn’t catching anything. Zack saw a patch of submerged Hydrilla weeds and remembered catching bass from submerged hydrilla.
     He started throwing jerk baits at the hydrilla.
     “Sure enough, with five casts he pulls in a 4 pounder. The adult angler caught nothing. About 20 casts later, Zack brings in a 7 pounder. The angler asked Zack, ‘Hey, what you got there?’ Zack told him he was using a jerk bait; so, the angler cut his bait off and started using jerk baits. The angler caught a 7 pounder. They both came back with 14 pounds-plus of fish,” said Benka. “They won angler and co-angler, team boat weight and both had the big bass for angler and co-angler. They wrapped up that tournament. They won $700.”

Career Path
     Zack said he isn’t a celebrity at the school he attends in Williston. The classes are small and students know when he’s competing in a tournament.
     “They know I fish. It’s not a huge celebrity thing. There are small classes. They know when I have a tournament on the weekend or if I come back from a tournament,” Zack said.
     Benka said the teachers at Williston Central Christian Academy realize that Zack’s fishing is a career path. They know of his accomplishments and that he has signed up to compete in Bassmaster Opens.
     “His teachers have come to us and told us they will be behind him 100 percent. They support everything he does. His credits will all be earned. They recognize it now as a true career path, not just a hobby. It’s a true sport. The potential for scholarship funds at their fingertips; it’s so beneficial for their education,” Benka said.



After Hours Concert Series:
Marina Tucker,
Imperial String Quartet

Thursday, Dec. 12, 5-8 p.m.
     OCALA --
Enjoy a virtuoso string quartet made up of members of the Ocala Symphony Orchestra playing era-appropriate waltzes and other selections from the 1800s. $5 for Appleton members; $15 for nonmembers. Tickets available at:
     For additional exhibition-related programming and events, visit
     Owned and operated by 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.



Holiday Train Exhibit
returns to CF Dec. 21-Jan. 3

By CF Marketing, Public and Community Relations
Published Dec. 5, 2019 at 7:09 a.m.
     OCALA --
The Webber Gallery at the College of Central Florida and the Ocala Model Railroaders’ Historic Preservation Society present the 22nd annual exhibit “Trains at the Holidays” Dec. 21-Jan. 3.
     The Webber Gallery is located at the CF Ocala Campus, 3001 S.W. College Road.
     The exhibit features modular train layouts and railroad memorabilia. Many of the layouts are inspired by historic Ocala landmarks, such as the Six-Gun Territory.
     The exhibition will open Saturday, Dec. 21, with a reception from noon-2 p.m. Admission to the reception and exhibit are free.
     The exhibit will be open daily during special gallery hours from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Jan. 3; it will be closed Dec. 24-25 and Dec. 31-Jan.1. For more information call 352-873-5809.



CKAC provides
December workshop schedule

Published Dec. 3 at 8:19 a.m.
     CEDAR KEY --
The December workshop schedule for the Cedar Key Art Center (CKAC) is shown below this story.
     CKAC President Bev Ringberg said art workshop schedule updates are available at its website
     "With the understanding that creativity is inherent and vital to the development of humanity, our purpose is to nurture and encourage the arts," the CKAC notes as its mission statement.
     Located at 457 Second St. (upstairs above the Cedar Keyhole Artist Co-op), the Cedar Key Arts Center noted its aims are to:
     • Promote and encourage the arts in our community;
     • Provide, administer and coordinate facilities for the arts; and
     • Promote and provide educational programs in the arts.
     The tax-exempt Cedar Key Arts Center Inc. was founded in 1994, thanks to the creativity, generosity and vision of Catherine Graham Christie
     Christie, a retired Canadian art teacher and multi-talented artist, co-founded the Cedar Key Artist Co-op in 1977 to provide an outlet for creative people in Cedar Key. This cooperative added to the ambiance of historic downtown Cedar Key, making it gain strength from the late 1970s through today as one of Florida's island communities that helps support the fine arts.
     This most art-intensive time for the 2019-2020 season on Cedar Key includes five gallery exhibits.
     In November and December, the Cedar Key Arts Venter is having its 25th Anniversary Exhibit with an opening on Nov. 16 from 5 to 7 p.m.
     In January (next month), with an opening set for Jan. 4 from 5 to 7 p.m., in the Main Gallery, there is Tim Jaeger (Painting); and Dan and Denise Faires (Furniture) – Invitational Exhibit. In the Members Gallery at that time, there are Bill Young’s works (Pen and Ink, and Wood).
     In February, with opening slated for Feb. 1 from 5 to 7 p.m., in the Main Gallery, there is an Open Community Exhibit scheduled with the Theme - In Love with Cedar Key. Entries for this exhibit are due by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 29. Meanwhile, simultaneously in the Members Gallery, the works of Donna and Jan Bushnell (Jewelry); and Sherry Sicking (Painting) are scheduled to be on display.
     In March, with an opening set for March 7 from 5 to 7 p.m., in the Main Gallery, there are works by Marty Howbert (Metal) and Gerald Horn (Abstract Painting) – Invitational Exhibit. In the Members Gallery at that time, the works of Linda Wilinski (Photography) are scheduled to be seen.
     In April, as the 2019-2020 wraps up in the galleries, with an opening scheduled for April 11 from 5 to 7 p.m., in the Main Gallery, there is the Quilt Art Exhibit – Invitational Curated Show; and in in the Members Gallery at that time, it is the Cedar Key School Fabric Art Exhibit on the agenda for display.

     Workshops are planned now in the CKAC in November, December, January, February, March – and one workshop of Sewing Help with Bunny Hand slated for April 6.
     Given the extensive set of workshops over the six-month high season of CKAC Workshops, only the December set is shown below.
     For any workshop, participants are requested to register at Cedar Keyhole (457 Second St., or call 352-543-5801) or register with the artist directly.
     When registering, participants are asked to please be sure to include their full name, email address and phone number so that the CKAC can let them know if anything changes. Participants will notice two different fee schedules. CKAC members enjoy a discount.
Cedar Key Art Center


Passionate presenters continue
library program series

Williston Florida
Prior to the FOWL-hosted program at the Williston Public Library on Tuesday evening (Nov. 19), Bobbie Smith chats with Julie Ward. Smith shared her love for quilting, and Ward along with Karen Ferguson gave a brief presentation about cardmaking and stamping.
Story and Photos
By Lisa Statham Posteraro
Program Coordinator, Friends of the Williston Library
Published Nov. 26, 2019 at 10:09 p.m.
Sharing one’s talents has proven to be a real gift for not only those who are at the presentation but also those sharing.


Williston Florida
Standing by the cardmaking and stamping display, Karen Ferguson answers a question posed by attendee Daryl Harrison. Ferguson and her friend Julie Ward teach classes for this craft.

Williston Florida
Julie Ward and Karen Ferguson make their presentation to those in attendance at the recent “Power of Passion” program at the Williston Public Library, hosted by the Friends of the Williston Library. The ladies teach cardmaking and stamping classes.

Williston Florida
During the “practice” part of Tuesday’s program, attendees Kathy Bryan and Linda Etheridge “practice” forming the letters as illustrated in the packet provided by Lisa Posteraro, who shared her love for calligraphy.

Williston Florida
Attendees complete their handmade card and gift tag. Instructor Julie Ward, attendees Emily King and Cindy Eggers, instructor Karen Ferguson, and attendees Daryl Harrison and
Jim Posteraro pose with the attendees holding their “creations.”

Williston Florida
Practicing their penmanship are Dena Battle, Camille Thompson and Joan Taylor during the “practice” portion of a recent program at the Williston Public Library, hosted by the Friends of the Williston Library. Presenters shared their love of cardmaking/stamping, quilting and “fancy writing” (calligraphy).

     At a recent program at the Williston Public Library, four ladies came together to show why they love their “talent” at the third in the “Power of Passion” series, hosted by the Friends of the Williston Library.
     Julie Ward and Karen Ferguson took turns explaining why they love card- making and stamping. Ward, who had offered to be involved in a future FOWL program in this series when she attended the first program, explained that she “loved being creative and making pretty things.” She and Ferguson teach classes in cardmaking and stamping.
     Ferguson, a serious crafter interested in all sorts of crafts, focused on “the camaraderie and socializing” that occurs when people gather to create something.
     Ward added that she thought people appreciated that “someone loved you enough to make [something] for you…you are ‘card-worthy’.”
     Bobbie Smith, a longtime Williston resident, became passionate about quilts once she slowed down enough to gather all of the materials she needed to create what has become heirlooms for those who received them.
     On display were a hand-pieced and quilted creation by her great grandmother, a couple quilts Smith made for grandchildren using their school and sports t-shirts (no matter what condition they were in) and one she created for her daughter Garnet with a “Downton Abbey” theme. She had acquired replicas of materials used to make the dresses from the show along with select pieces of Garnet’s special clothing e.g. prom dresses.
     “For me quilting is a way to have a permanent memory, not only having a warm blanket, but wrapping yourself in memories of family and events of the past years,” Smith said.
     Bringing up the rear was “Yours truly,” who introduced calligraphy to the attendees.
     Calligraphy requires patience along with a willingness to practice…and the ability to focus on keeping the calligraphy pen at a 45-degree angle on the paper to insure thick-thin lines which set it off from using other writing utensils. Posteraro has lettered countless wedding invitations, mostly gratis (their wedding gift), since picking up her first nib and opening an ink pot in the early 1980s. She also had done some lettering for several of the old photographs on display in the library.
     Following the presentations, the attendees split up into two groups. Everyone left with a card and gift tag from Ward and Ferguson and a packet of an alphabet and a broad nib pen to “practice” calligraphy from Posteraro. (Quilting would have to wait for another day.)
     Are YOU passionate about something which you could or would share with others? Please contact Lisa Posteraro at 352-339-1201 or The plan is to continue the “Power of Passion” series after the first of the year.


Chiefland loses regional
FHSAA heartbreaker 32-27;

Tri-County Area high schools are
out of FHSAA State Championship

Chiefland versus Pahokee 2019 FHSAA
Levi Warmack finds running room with help from his big blockers.

By Terry Witt, Correspondent
© Nov. 24, 2019 at 9:09 a.m.
     PAHOKEE --
The Chiefland High School Indians Varsity Football Team lost 32-27 Friday night (Nov. 22) to the Pahokee High School Blue Devils in a regional Class 1A championship that was decided when a Chiefland pass was stripped from the receiver and recovered by Pahokee in the final two minutes.

Chiefland versus Pahokee 2019 FHSAA
Zach Hall is open in the end zone for a touchdown reception.

Chiefland versus Pahokee 2019 FHSAA
Chiefland quarterback Ty Corbin hands off to Junior Brown as   ‘aj’ Arthur Lee (#5) runs a fake around the end.

Chiefland versus Pahokee 2019 FHSAA
Jarrett Jerrels waits on the sideline to hoist Ty Corbin in the air after Corbin's 55-yard touchdown run.

Chiefland versus Pahokee 2019 FHSAA
‘aj’ Arthur Lee, a speedster for Chiefland, waits for a block and runs for a first down.

Chiefland versus Pahokee 2019 FHSAA
Levy County Sheriff's Office Resource Officer Wilbur Wells and Sgt. Max Long, both of the LCSO Community Relations Division, text live game updates from the sideline to friends and colleagues. LCSO deputies texting live highlights of a game is a 21st Century thing.

Chiefland versus Pahokee 2019 FHSAA
Chiefland Indians Head Varsity Football Coach John Palmer gives his team parting comments after the game.

     This loss removes all Tri-County Area high schools from the Florida High School Athletic Association championship games for Class 1A football this year.
     Chiefland was within eight yards of the Pahokee end zone and driving when the Blue Devils, known for their ability to force turnovers, escaped a potential loss by blindsiding receiver Zach Hall and stripping the ball from his hands before he could turn and run for the end zone.
     Pahokee ran out the clock.
     The heartbroken Chiefland players, who had come from behind to take the lead late in the game with two big touchdown plays only to see victory slip through their fingers, were given a hero’s welcome by Chiefland fans as they walked off the field after a bruising battle with Pahokee.
     Chiefland fans formed a human corridor stretching from the locker room entrance to the field. They gave team members continuous applause and pats on the back for their efforts on the field.
     One Pahokee fan commented after the game as she walked with her husband and children to the parking lot, “That game was a real dog fight.”
     There were injuries to players on both teams. In Pahokee’s final defense of its end zone, one of its players appeared to have suffered a head injury. He was helped off the field by two coaches. One Chiefland player was knocked out of the game with an arm injury. The starting Pahokee quarterback limped off the field at one point in the second half.
     Chiefland finished its regular season and the playoffs with an 8-5 record. Pahokee finished 6-5 with the win over Chiefland. Pahokee will advance to the final four in the FHSAA Class 1A Championship for 2019 Football.
     The Indians traveled 490 miles back and forth, to and from, Pahokee despite having a better win-loss record than the Blue Devils. Chiefland finished this season like the last one with a loss in the regional championship on the road. Last year they lost to the Madison County Cowboys in the regional championship.
     Indians Head Varsity Football Coach John Palmer said his team never stopped battling.
     “They really are mentally tough. They fight to the end. That’s why it’s so bad. They put so much in it from the weight room to the off season,” Palmer said.
     Palmer said they viewed game films in preparation for the championship and were aware Pahokee players were well schooled in the art of stripping the ball from runners and receivers.
     “Everything we saw, they caused a lot of fumbles and turnovers. They worked at it and they played really well,” Palmer said.
     He said Pahokee capitalized on momentum swings “and the Pahokee fans really got into it a couple of times.”
     “You got to execute perfectly down the stretch like we did last week. We had some turnovers that wound up taking plays away from us,” Palmer said.
     But Palmer said he was extremely proud of the players. He said they played hard. They refused to fold their cards and go home when Pahokee took a big lead. They continued to fight.
     “They love each other. It’s just been wonderful working with these guys,” Palmer said.
     In his post-game comments, Assistant Coach Adam Gore praised the players for building a Chiefland legacy.
     “I love you guys. I’m proud of you all. You changed Chiefland football. That’s what you did. It wasn’t easy but you were up for the challenge. The legacy you left is something special. You left your mark. We talked about leaving a legacy. You left a legacy. You young guys got big shoes to fill, but who we are and what we built, we fought, we fought like hell,” Gore said.
     Chiefland players and coaches arrived at the stadium about two hours early and received a welcoming gift from the Pahokee faithful – ear-splitting music that was so loud it was impossible to carry on a conversation on the Chiefland side of the field without speaking loudly to the person next to you. The music was turned down after FHSAA game officials arrived and Chiefland fans began taking their seats.
     The police presence at the stadium was considerable for a small-town game. Pahokee police made their presence known with marked cars patrolling the parking lot and a cluster of police officers standing near the front gate and walking around the edge of the field. After the game, city police drove around the parking lot using public address systems to encourage fans to go home and not loiter. They were trying to avoid fights, law enforcement said.
     Pahokee scored first. The Blue Devils capitalized on a Chiefland fumble at the 2-yard line and drove the ball 96 yards to score on a run by Alvin Dean. The extra point was good.
     Chiefland answered when Jarrett Jerrels intercepted a Pahokee pass and returned it to the Blue Devils’ 1-yard line. Quarterback Ty Corbin scored on sneak. The two-point conversion run was fumbled.
     On their next possession, Pahokee drove 48 yards to score on a 39-yard pass. The two-point conversion pass failed with 11:01 left in the first second quarter.
     Chiefland took the lead with 9:20 left in the second quarter after driving nearly 80 yards and scoring on a halfback pass from "aj" Arthur Lee to Hall. Dylan Cochran kicked the extra point to give Chiefland a 14-13 lead.
     Pahokee was unable to move the ball on its next possession, but the Blue Devils scored on defense when Blue Devil defender picked up a loose ball and returned it for a score. The two-point conversion run failed. Pahokee led 19-13 with 8:14 left in the half.
     Chiefland was unable to move the ball. The Blue Devils scored again with 6:15 left in the half when Johnny Jones returned a Chiefland punt 50 yards for a touchdown. Jones performed a forward flip as he entered end zone and was flagged for a celebration penalty. The extra point was good. Pahokee led 26-13.
     Chiefland’s final drive of the first half ended with an interception.
     Pahokee fumbled a punt return on its opening possession of the third quarter, but Chiefland was unable to convert the turnover to points. Three possessions later, Corbin sprinted 55 yards from his quarterback position for a touchdown. Dylan Cochran added the extra point.  The touchdown narrowed Pahokee’s lead to 26-20.
     Chiefland scored two minutes later when Sedrik Moultrie intercepted a Pahokee pass and returned the pick up 40 yards for a touchdown. Cochran kicked the extra point and Chiefland took a 27-26 lead with 3:29 left in the third quarter.
     Pahokee drove 60 yards on its next possession to score on a 4-yard run by Jermaine Roberson. The two-point conversion passed failed. Pahokee took back the lead 32-27 as the game entered the fourth quarter.
     The Indians final drive of the night started with 45.6 seconds left on the game clock. Chiefland managed to move the ball from its own 30 to the 8-yard line of the Blue Devils before the Indians’ final pass of the night was fumbled and Pahokee recovered.


Levy County 4-H hosts
the 2019 Tropicana
Public Speaking Contest

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Bronson Middle in its first appearance in several years swept the upper level divisions in this year’s competition. Pictured (from left) are Levy County 4-H Agent Genevieve Mendoza, Bethany LaLonde (7/8th grade division winner), Carson Meeks (6th grade division winner) and Aliana Hallman (4/5th grade division winner).

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By Levy County 4-H Agent Genevieve Mendoza
Published Nov. 22, 2019 at 8:09 p.m.
     BRONSON –
On Thursday (Nov. 21), Levy County 4-H in partnership with Tropicana hosted the county competition for the 4-H / Tropicana Public Speaking Program.
     Top winners from around the county came together to shine as they wowed the judges while presenting their speeches. In order to advance to the county competition, each winner must earn a top spot at the classroom, grade, and school divisions before advancing to the final round within the county. A district competition is set for Saturday, May 2, in Bell.
     This year's event was a success with eight schools represented and around 1,200 youth participants vying for a spot to compete at the county competition. The county competition consists of three grade divisions: 4th/5th Grade, 6th Grade, and 7th/8th Grade. Each grade division earns a plaque and a full scholarship to attend Camp Cherry Lake in June. The division winners for this year are:
     • 4th/5th Grade Division - Aliana Hallman, Chiefland Elementary, with a speech titled “Being the Baby of the Family”
     • 6th Grade Division – Carson Meeks, Bronson Middle, with a speech titled “Why we Need the Second Amendment”
     • 7th/8th Grade Division – Bethany LaLonde, Bronson Middle, with a speech titled “Bring Back Home Economics”
     The Levy County 4-H / Tropicana Public Speaking Program has a longstanding tradition in the county that dates back to 1979.
     While the program has evolved since then, one thing has stayed the same - strong support from the classroom and at home. True to form, this year was a banner year with over 100 people in attendance to show their support and listen to thirteen top-notch public speakers.
     A special thanks to judges Emily King, Camille King-Thompson, Haley Koon and members from the UF Speech & Debate Team; to each of the school coordinators and especially to the administrators at Bronson Middle High School for hosting the county competition this year.


Two CF study abroad trips
this summer to Belize
are open to community members

By CF Marketing, Public and Community Relations
Published Nov. 18, 2019 at 8:39 p.m.
     OCALA —
Community members are invited to join College of Central Florida students on two study abroad trips this summer to Belize.
     Both trips are from May 31-June 8, 2020. The cost is approximately $1,480 for each trip and includes eight nights of accommodations, all ground transportation, eight breakfasts and dinners, seven lunches and a full-time guide. Program price is an estimate until tickets are finalized.
     Participants can choose between a traditional study abroad experience that includes snorkeling at Hol Chan Marine Reserve, visiting Caye Caulker beaches, iguana farm, Blue Hole National Park and Xunatunich Mayan Ruins, and an introduction to medicinal plants. Or choose a trip focused on allied health, which includes most of the traditional highlights as well as clinics, site visits and observations, and a nursing workshop.
     For more information, call Wendy Adams at 352-854-2322, ext. 1546.


Holiday magic at the
Appleton Museum of Art
from Nov. 9 to Jan. 5

Ocala Florida
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By CF Marketing, Public and Community Relations
Published Oct. 31, 2019 at 2:49 p.m.
     OCALA, Fla. (Oct. 30, 2019)
— The Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida, will present “A Dickens Christmas: The Urban Family Holiday Exhibition,” Nov. 9-Jan. 5.

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Ocala Florida
     This annual holiday display adorns the first floor of the museum with themed trees and other holiday decor from the collection of Ocala cardiologist Dr. Paul Urban, his wife, Joyce, and daughters, Katie, Kristie, Kassie and Karlie. In addition to ornately decorated trees, the first floor will feature miniature villages, nutcracker soldiers, caroler dolls and more. On the second floor, there will be trees decorated by community groups and organizations.
     On Saturday, Dec. 7, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. the annual Family Day event offers free admission to enjoy the permanent collection and special exhibitions, including "A Dickens Christmas" and "Across the Atlantic: American Impressionism Through the French Lens," family friendly films in the auditorium, photos with Santa and holiday crafts in the Artspace. From noon-3 p.m., take a horse-drawn carriage ride and enjoy light snacks in the courtyard. Big Lee’s BBQ food truck will be onsite from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
     Looking for the perfect holiday gift? An Appleton membership is truly the gift that gives all year. Multiple membership levels are available to fit the needs of every individual, couple or family. Visit for membership details. You can also visit the Appleton Store anytime with no admission fee to find unique gifts for all ages including artist-made and vintage jewelry, art books and activities for adults and children, holiday home decor and so much more.
     Owned and operated by 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


Music, food and fun slated
to be part of the
Appleton After Hours concerts

Appleton Museum After Hours
Alpine Express gives an outdoor performance at the Appleton for Oktoberfest. They performed on Oct. 3.

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By CF Marketing, Public and Community Relations
Published Sept. 10, 2019 at 10:19 a.m.
Updated Oct. 3, 2019 at 9:39 p.m.
     OCALA —
The Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida, announces its 2019-2020 After Hours schedule.
     Everyone is invited to enjoy music, food and fun at this annual series of musical performances.
     The series kicked off in October with an Oktoberfest band, Alpine Express, that entertains audiences with singing, yodeling, audience-participation and more. The high-energy show consists of traditional Oktoberfest music, along with unique folk instruments that may include alphorns, cowbells, the Holzanes G'Lächter (member of the xylophone family) and a singing saw.
     In December, Marina Tucker of Imperial String Quartet will present selections from the 1800s and other era-appropriate music in combination with the special exhibition “Across the Atlantic: American Impressionism Through the French Lens.”
     New to the Appleton’s stage, Chris McNeil will entertain guests in February with Southern influenced guitar-playing and singing.
     Last but not least, the Appleton welcomes back the popular duo Gosia and Ali for a performance in April showcasing the flute, acoustic guitar and vocals.
     Admission is $5 for Appleton members; $15 for nonmembers. Tickets are available at or by visiting Seating for each event is limited to 250. Doors open at 5 p.m. and music begins at 5:30 p.m. Food service and cash bar ends at 7 p.m. For more information, contact

2019-2020 Concert Schedule
Thursdays, 5-8 p.m.

Dec. 12: Marina Tucker, Imperial String Quartet
Feb. 6: Chris McNeil
April 2: Gosia and Ali

     Owned and operated by the College of Central Florida, the Appleton Museum of Art is located at 4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala. Parking is free. For more information, call the Appleton Museum of Art at 352-291-4455 or visit

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