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Dixie County Bears prevail
over Williston Red Devils 28-24
Two Dixie County defenders, Kolton Hunt (8) and Brenden Hall (4), plus another Dixie County Bear, hit Williston Red Devils receiver Lamonte Terrell in the end zone as a pass intended for Terrell sails overhead. The incomplete pass ended the game.
By Terry Witt
HardisonInk.com Correspondent © Sept. 14, 2019 at 3:49 p.m.
WILLISTON -- The Dixie County Middle High School Varsity Bears Football Team used speed and power late Friday night (Sept. 13) to defeat a determined Williston Middle High School Varsity Red Devils Football Team 28-24, with the game decided in the final minutes by 44-yard screen pass to Bears receiver Paras Clines.
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In those last moments of the game Friday night in Williston, the Red Devils responded by moving the ball to within striking distance, but with seconds left, a 40-yard pass sailed over Red Devil receiver Lamonte Terrell in the back corner of the end zone as two Dixie County defenders hit him in mid-air.
The Bears exalted after the game in the defeat of longtime rival Williston.
“What did I tell y’all? Devils don’t beat Bears!” shouted Offensive and Defensive Line Coach Jared Corbin in the post-game huddle. “They ain’t beat us since 1999. The papers got it wrong.”
He was referring to a newspaper story, not to anything ever published like that in HardisonInk.com.
Dixie County Head Varsity Football Coach L.B. Cravey, whose team is 4-0 in the season so far, said he knew Williston, 0-3, would come ready to play hardnosed football, but his tough and fast Dixie County boys were prepared for the Red Devils.
Late in the game, Cravey started using his power back, Fitzgerald Warren to bang the center of Williston’s line. Using flare passes and quick runs around the end by Jadone Malone and Kolton Hunt, the coach created the offensive scheme to defeat the opponents that night.
The Bears Warren was like a battering ram that the Red Devils slammed into the dirt and hit with enormous force at times, often in packs; but Warren kept running, spinning and lowering his shoulders to gain more yardage and first downs.
“We just had to start using our big guy and punching it forward,” Cravey said.
Williston Red Devils Head Varsity Football Coach Ric Whittington was unavailable for comment after the game.
Dixie County was surprised on the opening kickoff when Williston’s Rashaud Nelson raced 74 yards to score the first touchdown of the night. The two-point conversion by Terrell gave Williston an 8-0 lead with just 12 seconds gone in the first quarter. It was an awesome start for the Red Devils.
The Bears tied the score at 8-8 with 59.1 seconds in the first quarter when quarterback Sam Cannon ran for a 14-yard touchdown and Jadon Malone ran for the two-point conversion.
Williston’s Rhett Munden put the Red Devils out in front again when he sprinted 61 yards for a touchdown. Terrell ran for the two-point conversion.
Williston led 16-6.
Dixie County wasn’t silent long, scoring on a 45-yard pass to Brendon Hall. The two-point conversion failed, leaving the score at 16-14 in Williston’s favor with 10:40 remaining in the second quarter.
The Bears scored again with 6:32 left in the third quarter, when Warren ran for a 15-yard touchdown and the two-point conversion was successful, giving Dixie County a 22-16 lead.
The Red Devils tied the score at 22-22 with about a minute left in the third quarter when Jacurtis Pitts ran for a 21-yard touchdown. The two-point conversion failed.
The bears wrapped up the scoring with the final touchdown of the night on a screen pass to Clines, giving them the 28-24 win.
Williston quarterback Chris Jiniorio is escorted by blockers Eli Davis (65) and Karmarious Gates (68) as the three get ready to turn downfield.
Dixie County runner Kolton Hunt (8) looks for a hole in the Williston defense as lineman teammate Easton Locke (53) blocks Williston defensive lineman Jesse Salyers (72).
Dixie County running back Fitzgerald Warren (15) takes the handoff from quarterback Sam Cannon as he gets a block from an unidentified teammate and tries to blast by Williston defender James (Boomer) Ivon (12). Williston's Shawn Perkins (1) is coming to assist.
The 2019 Class 1A state champion Williston Middle High School baseball team is honored at halftime. The team received its official championship rings.
Williston Middle High School state champion baseball players show off their rings at the halftime ceremony.
River and spring tour
reveal flowers, fish and more;
Historian’s passing noted
As reflected by this sign, the Camp Azalea Boat Ramp was developed with financial assistance provided by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission through the Florida Boating Improvement Program and the Levy County Board of County Commissioners. This ramp is part of the county’s parks and recreation facilities.
Story and Photos
By Jeff M. Hardison © Sept. 9, 2019 at 1:39 p.m.
All Copyrights Protected
LEVY CONTY -- A spontaneous tour of a small part of the Suwannee River and Manatee Springs State Park late Sunday afternoon (Sept. 8) provided photo opportunities of the water, plants and animals.
The Camp Azalea Boat Ramp is one of the county-owned places where people may launch their vessels into the Suwannee River from the Levy County riverside for free. At about 4 p.m. Sunday, there were no boats or trailers at the ramp.
During part of the quick tour, the passing of Park Ranger Andrew "Andy" Max Moody, 60, of Chiefland, was discovered, and this article and photos are published in his memory.
This view shows a cypress tree on the right that has had several boards nailed into it to serve as a ladder to go up the tree.
Looking out from the Camp Azalea Boat Ramp across the river shows a few clouds and a peaceful river surface.
Tiny fish, or minnows and perhaps tadpoles were visible in the very shallow points of the ramp where the sun could penetrate the water.
This pretty purple flower is on top of one of the aquatic weeds that is an invasive species, clogging lakes, ponds, rivers and streams all over Florida.
This longer view of the plant shows that it is hearty and resilient.
A moss or lichen growth on the trunk of a hickory tree at Manatee Springs State Park can be seen as anything. If it was ink on paper, it could be a Rorschach test, which is a psychological test in which subjects' perceptions of inkblots are recorded and then analyzed using psychological interpretation, complex algorithms, or both. Some psychologists use this test to examine a person's personality characteristics and emotional functioning. One park visitor decided this is the face of the forest, reminding people to enjoy the state park system, while taking care not to harm it, so that people of this generation and future generations can enjoy the parks, too.
The main springs at Manatee Springs State Park were not crystal clear. Heavy rains result in spring being filled with particles that light does not penetrate, making it less inviting for swimmers. This is how the springs looked late Sunday afternoon.
This big cypress tree next to the spring shows years and years of growth through all sorts of weather conditions taking it to this point in the tree’s lifespan.
Sharon Hardison volunteers to be a model to show how high the Suwannee River has been at various flood stages. With 2019 at her feet, and 1998 at her head, the flood of 1973 shows she would be underwater and the flood of 1948 is about four or five feet higher than she is tall. For real-time river level information on the Suwannee River and the other rivers in the Suwannee River Water Management District, click HERE.
This skinny, two-inch long worm looked like he or she was not enjoying the relatively hot sidewalk at Manatee Springs State Park. The worm was gently picked up by a stick and taken a few feet away to a grassy area that did not appear to have ants or other worm-endangering creatures or elements. One may presume the worm lived happily ever after.
Cypress knees are seen by visitors on the boardwalk that leads from the spring area, which has a concession stand, to the Suwannee River.
A couple of paddleboarders make their way upstream along the outlet that leads from the spring to the Suwannee River late Sunday afternoon.
Turtles are often seen in the river and along its tributaries.
This cypress knee has an interesting hole, making it a gnome home or a residence for some other creature for people with imaginations.
This view of the Suwannee River is from the area near where boats land so that people can visit Manatee Springs State Park from the river. This is looking downstream, where the river is heading toward the Gulf of Mexico.
Part of the long boardwalk at Manatee Springs State Park shows the natural beauty that visitors can enjoy as they take the walk along that manmade path.
There was more than just this one red leaf. Yes, there is some degree of fall leaf color in Florida. States that are farther north, though, have more fall colors.
A couple of sets of canoeists launch from Manatee Springs State Park on Sunday afternoon.
PUBLISHER’S NOTE: This montage of photos is dedicated to the late Andy Moody, who died about a year ago.
Andrew "Andy" Max Moody, 60, of Chiefland, passed away Sept. 17, 2018. Andrew was a Florida Park Ranger for 28 years. He was an inventor, a poet, and an artist, known for his sense of humor. Funeral services were held at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 14931 U.S. Highway 19, north of Chiefland on Sept. 29, 2018. He was survived by a brother, Randy Carl Moody, of St. Petersburg; a sister, Julia Rebecca Moody, of Eugene, Oregon; a sister, Cynthia Lynn Moody, of Tarpon Springs.
Andy Moody also was an archeologist and historian. He explored Levy County and found old trails and markers for property lines, as well as artifacts. He made and shared extensive notes he made concerning his discoveries.
Below is part of a freelance story written in 2009, a couple of years before the start of HardisonInk.com. Moody provided other information after the start of the online daily news website.
Ranger finds 170-year-old
in Fanning Springs State Park
By Jeff M. Hardison
First Published in 2009 © 2009-2019
FANNING SPRINGS -- Part of a 170-year-old military road between former Army forts in Cedar Key and Fanning Springs still remains, but the park ranger who uncovered the section of the road in Fanning Springs State Park said some parts of the whole road are “erased.”
Park Ranger Andy Moody uncovered the road between the forts in Cedar Key and Fanning Springs. Moody’s research in Fanning Springs revealed the road.
He discovered a 3,960-yard section of the road going through Fanning Springs State Park. The road was confirmed by James Dunbar, an archeologist with the Florida Division of Historical Resources.
One map reflects that the road existed in 1838. This falls within the time of the Second Seminole War – 1835 to 1842. One map refers to the road as being from Post Number 4 (Cedar Key) to Post Number 9 (Fort Fanning). Continuing northeast beyond Fort Fanning to Alachua County, according to an 1857 map, the road became known as “Road to Newmansville.”
Between Cedar Key and Fort Fanning, the old byway also had been called “Lt. Long’s Road” and “Old Stage Coach Road” over the years, he said.
Where the road crossed near a wildlife management area, Moody said, modern residents simply called it “an old hunting road.” They did not realize it connected with anything beyond the boundaries where they hunt. Where the road crossed an area that became a farm, it was “farmed into oblivion,” he said.
The park ranger says he likes uncovering history’s mysteries from artifacts he finds.
“I enjoy doing it,” Moody said. “It’s an Indiana Jones thing.”
He sees this discovery as important.
“It was a great find,” he said. “These old roads are being erased from Florida’s history. They are being chopped up. They are being graded out. They are being covered by businesses, private residences, housing developments and tree farms -- or pine plantations.”
Moody said the section of historic road is preserved at Fanning Springs State Park.
Column and Photo
By Myrtice Scabarozi
Published Sept. 9, 2019 at 12:09 p.m.
LEVY COUNTY – The Log Cabin Quilters met Thursday (Sept. 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 six individuals who visited the Museum and enjoyed lunch with us Log Cabin Quilters on Thursday (Sept. 5). We had lots of time to enjoy being together. We discovered a recipe for a mixed drink – unsweet tea, lemonade, sweet tea and a splash of water.
When the group is small, we get a chance to learn more about each other or we notice what people drink.
Correctional Officer Greg and the adult male inmates from Lancaster Correctional Institution (LCI) were NOT out this week due to the storm.
Thankfully, we were spared. Unfortunately, we still have two months of hurricane season to go.
We had several donations this week. We worked on them Friday (Sept. 6) and will continue on Tuesday (Sept. 10). Several dressmaker forms were included in the donations. Thanks so much, for thinking of us.
That's Evelyn's chair. Someone made a cover just for her chair.
We have several wreaths for fall or Christmas decorations.
CF to host Arts College Fair
on Sept. 24 for students & others
Story By CF Marketing, Public and Community Relations
Published Aug. 29, 2019 at 10:09 a.m.
OCALA — The College of Central Florida invites students, parents and community members to its free Arts College Fair from 4-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, in the Stearns Learning Resources Center Café at the CF Ocala Campus, 3001 S.W. College Road.
This event is for area college and high school students who plan to pursue a degree or career in the visual and performing arts: studio, digital media, music, theatre or dance. Meet representatives from arts programs from Florida’s most prestigious colleges and universities, which may include the College of Central Florida, Florida Gulf Coast University, Florida State University, Southeastern University, Stetson University, University of Central Florida, University of Florida, University of Miami, University of North Florida and University of South Florida.
“This is a rare opportunity for students to speak in person with all of these colleges and universities in one setting,” said Dr. Allan Danuff, associate vice president, Arts and Sciences. “Students can come to CF first and then transfer or they may choose to go directly into these four-year degree programs.”
Students who plan to pursue a college degree in visual and performing arts must prepare themselves to gain admission to the state university programs by an audition or portfolio review. Learn what it takes to get accepted into a college limited-admissions arts program and increase your chances for talent-based scholarships.
Bachelor’s degrees in fields such as music or art education, technical theatre or digital media all have excellent employment prospects in the central Florida region. CF encourages high school students to come with a parent or guardians and find out more information about the degrees and careers available in the arts. If you have any questions, call 352-873-5800, ext. 1419.
Immediately following the Arts College Fair at 7 p.m. in the Dassance Fine Arts Center, the (F)Actor Theatre Company in collaboration with CF Theatre will present a staged reading of “Arcadia” by Tom Stoppard directed by Janet Shelley, CF adjunct theatre professor and acting teacher at the Marion County Center for the Arts at West Port High School.
Music, food and fun slated
to be part of the
Appleton After Hours concerts
Alpine Express gives an outdoor performance at the Appleton for Oktoberfest. They are set to perform on Oct. 3.
Photo and Story Provided
By CF Marketing, Public and Community Relations
Published Sept. 10, 2019 at 10:19 a.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 kicks 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 Eventbrite.com or by visiting AppletonMuseum.org. 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 AppletonMuseum@cf.edu.
2019-2020 Concert Schedule
Thursdays, 5-8 p.m.
Oct. 3: Alpine Express (Oktoberfest)
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 http://appletonmuseum.org/.
Greg Snider Quartet
to give jazz concert at the
Appleton Museum of Art - Oct. 10
The Greg Snider Quartet
By CF Marketing, Public and Community Relations
Published Sept. 12, 2019 at 3:39 p.m.
OCALA — The Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida, is scheduled to host a jazz concert featuring The Greg Snider Quartet on Thursday, Oct. 10, 7-9 p.m.
Sharon Kerry-Harlan, ‘Urban Ecology,’ 2010, Art quilt, 49.5 x 43 inches.
This Photo is Courtesy of the Artist.
Led by College of Central Florida Professor and Saxophonist Greg Snider, the quartet will take guests on a musical journey through the history of the Harlem Jazz Age. This concert is inspired by the jazz imagery in Sharon Kerry-Harlan’s art quilts, on view through Oct. 20 in her solo exhibition “Urban Chatter.”
Tickets are $10 for Appleton members; $15 for nonmembers. Tickets must be purchased in advance at Eventbrite.com or by visiting AppletonMuseum.org. Cash bar will be available.
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 the Appleton Museum of Art at 352-291-4455.
CF Theatre presents
Murder on the Orient Express
from Oct. 17 through Oct. 20
Published Sept. 12, 2019 at 3:09 p.m.
OCALA — College of Central Florida Theatre is scheduled to present “Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express” from Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 17-19, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 20, at 3 p.m. in the Dassance Fine Arts Center, 3001 S.W. College Road.
This production is adapted by Ken Ludwig, directed by CF Associate Professor Dr. Kathleen Downs, and produced by special arrangement with Samuel French. The show is set in December 1935 when famous Belgian detective Hercule Poirot’s train becomes trapped in deep snow and he is called on to solve a murder that occurred in a first-class sleeping car the night before.
Agatha Christie drew on her time treating Belgian soldiers during World War I to create the character of the fastidious, eccentric Hercule Poirot, whom she describes as a celebrated veteran of the war. “Murder on the Orient Express” specifically emerged from Christie’s fascination with the train route, which she rode first in 1928, and her time in Turkey and the Middle East. She wrote the novel almost entirely in a room at the Pera Palace Hotel in Istanbul.
In 1926, Christie disappeared for 11 days, spurring a media sensation and a manhunt that even involved fellow author Arthur Conan Doyle. She was found alive and well at a hotel and spa in Harrogate. Today, biographers attribute the disappearance to an emotional crisis following the death of her mother.
Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for nonstudents.
CF students, faculty and staff are admitted free with CF identification. For tickets and more information, or call the CF Box Office at 352-873-5810.
The box office is located in lobby of the Fine Arts Center and is open from Monday-Friday, 1-4 p.m. and an hour before show time.
UF student wins scholarship
to find solutions to seagrass loss
Jamila Roth works in the lab.
Story and Photos
By Samantha Grenrock Murray
Public Relations Specialist
University of Florida
Published Aug. 21, 2019 at 10:19 a.m.
GAINESVILLE -- Right now, in a University of Florida marine science lab in Cedar Key, about 40 sea urchins are chowing down on their food of choice — seagrass.
A few sea urchins at the lab in Cedar Key pose for a photo opportunity.
Jamila Roth, an interdisciplinary ecology student in the UF/IFAS College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, is watching them closely.
Roth wants to know how the urchins’ eating behavior varies depending on which species of seagrass they are given. Seagrass is at the base of the food chain in many marine ecosystems around the world, including the Gulf of Mexico. It provides food and shelter for fish, manatees and other sea life.
But seagrass is in trouble. Increasing ocean temperatures have spurred tropical species to move northward, where they mow down the seagrass in their new habitat. Seagrass loss can have a negative ripple effect through the entire food chain, with consequences for the people and industries that rely on the ocean.
“One solution to seagrass loss is to find ways to make seagrass more resilient in the face of stressors. In my research, I want to know whether having several different species of seagrass affects seagrass resilience and its ability to support the food chain,” Roth said.
The sea urchin experiment is one component of that project.
“I want to know if having several different species of seagrass affects sea urchin feeding behavior and food choice. I also plan to investigate how seagrass species diversity affects habitat selection as well,” she said.
Roth has just won the Nature Coast Biological Station/Florida Sea Grant Scholarship, which will support her research based at the Nature Coast Biological Station in Cedar Key. The NCBS is part of the UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. Florida Sea Grant is a statewide program hosted at UF/IFAS and one of 34 university-based programs nation-wide that fund and support coastal research, extension and education.
Her goal is to produce research findings that will help environmental agencies conserve and restore seagrass, Roth said.
Laura Reynolds, assistant professor of soil and water sciences, is Roth’s dissertation director.
“Jamila’s proposed work is innovative and timely,” Reynolds said. “Working more closely with Florida Sea Grant and the Nature Coast Biological Station will afford her more opportunities to interact with managers and agency partners and thus achieve her goal of making her research applicable and widely used in restoration and management.”
Mentors like Reynolds have helped Roth get to where she is today, Roth said.
“All the faculty I’ve worked with have been very supportive and inspired me to research topics that have real-world applications. If I ever have a question or concern, their doors are always open,” Roth said. “They’ve shown me that science requires perseverance — to keep at a question even when the way forward isn’t clear.”
Roth started her research journey while attending Skidmore College in New York, where she helped conduct research in the Finger Lakes. While completing her undergraduate degree, Roth also studied abroad in Costa Rica, where she first learned about the importance of seagrass.
Roth also works to educate residents about marine issues.
“I have been impressed with Jamila’s motivation and commitment to outreach and K-12 education,” Reynolds said. “On her own, she secured funding from the Florida Museum of Natural History to create a curriculum based on her research and to share it through elementary school science clubs. She is also planning to modify this project to create a display to be used at Nature Coast Biological Station open house events.”
Roth’s passion for marine science is both academic and personal. Her grandmother is from Jolo Island in the Philippines where the sea is an essential part of daily life.
“Learning about my family history and the dependence of coastal communities on threated marine resources pushes me to research and address those challenges,” she said.