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Friends of ForVets host
Women's Veterans Retreat
Getting a free hair trimming was among the benefits for the honored veterans.
Story and Photos
By Debbie Destin
Published Sept. 17, 2019 at 8:49 p.m.
OTTER SPRINGS -- The 2019 Women's Veterans Retreat was a huge success this year, held at Otter Springs Park and Campground recently.
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Barbara Snow of the United States War Dog Association was present for the event, ready to provide a wealth of information and support.
Massages were available for female veterans.
Friends of ForVets volunteers prepare the registration table.
The day was filled with activities, raffles and a lunch for the ladies.
The Friends of ForVets volunteers served 25 ladt veterans this year, the second time for this event, which promises to become an annual tradition.
The ladies enjoyed all of the festivities without cost. Activities included lunch, hair trims, manicures, massages, crafts, golf cart tours of the park and more.
Several local business interests donated time and items, and other vendors included Barbara Snow, executive director of the Southern Chapter of the United States War Dog Association, Cope Julia of Elder Options, and Ingrid Rincon, outreach specialist with the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.
The Third Annual Women's Veterans Retreat will be held Sept. 19, 2020. All women veterans are invited to join in the event next year.
Humane Society of
North Central Florida offers
free transportation in Williston
for spay-neuter clinic in G'ville
By Margot DeConna
of the Humane Society of North Central Florida
Published Sept. 16, 2019 at 6:19 p.m.
GAINESVILLE -- On Monday, Sept. 23, the Humane Society of North Central Florida is scheduled to hold its first spay/neuter transport from Williston City Hall to the organization's headquarters in Gainesville.
Personnel involved in this program will pick up scheduled, owned pets from Williston City Hall for free transportation to a high-quality, high-volume spay/neuter clinic in Gainesville
This program will ensure pet owners who either lack the time or resources to transport their pets to Gainesville for spay/neuter surgery will still have access to these lifesaving services at little to no cost.
“The Humane Society is thrilled to begin offering transportation for owned pets to our spay/neuter clinic and back in one day so transportation can no longer be a limiting factor for pet owners” said Humane Society of North Central Florida Executive Director Heather Thomas.
Pet owners are encouraged to schedule their pet’s surgery online for Monday, Sept. 23. Pet owners should also type “transport” into the note box under animal information.
Some pet owners also may qualify for one of the Humane Society of North Central Florida’s spay/neuter grants for free surgery in addition to the free transportation.
Low-cost surgeries cost $90 for dogs and $50 for cats. Pick up will begin at 7:30 a.m. on Sept. 23 in the rear parking lot of Williston City Hall.
To schedule spay-neuter service on Sept. 23, click HERE.
The Humane Society of North Central Florida is a limited intake, no-kill animal rescue shelter. The animals in this facility are transferred from open-intake and/or managed admission municipal shelters across North Central Florida.
The Humane Society of North Central Florida is an independent, local 501(c) (3) organization. As such, it does not receive funding from federal agencies, nor is it affiliated with any other state or national organizations such as the Humane Society of the United States or the ASPCA.
CF offers information
sessions for health programs
Published Aug. 30, 2019 at 2:49 p.m.
OCALA -- The College of Central Florida is conducting Health Sciences program information sessions in September and October. Potential students must attend a session before applying to any of the programs.
Sessions provide details about admissions criteria, program requirements, costs and more.
There is no waiting list for any of the Health Science programs. Some programs have part-time enrollment options.
Upcoming information sessions include:
● Nursing (Associate Degree Nursing, Bridge, and Bachelor of Science in Nursing)
Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2:30-3:30 p.m., Ocala Campus Building 16, 3001 S.W. College Road
● Paramedic-RN Bridge
Tuesday, Sept. 17, 4-5 p.m., Ocala Campus Building 16.
● Dental Assisting
Thursday, Oct. 3, noon-1 p.m., Hampton Center, 1501 W. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala.
● Physical Therapist Assistant
Tuesday, Sept. 3, 4-5:30 p.m., Hampton Center, Room 104.
Monday, Sept. 30, 4-5:30 p.m., Hampton Center, Room 104.
Haven slates open house
Oct. 3 for reopening of
Care Center in Chiefland;
Care Center reopens Oct. 14
Published Sept. 15, 2019 at 3:09 p.m.
CHIEFLAND -- Closed in 2017, the Haven Hospice Acute Care Center in Chiefland is now scheduled to reopen, according to information from Haven Marketing and Communications Manager Jeremy Haupt.
Haven invites everyone to its open house celebration for the Tri-Counties Hospice Care Center in Chiefland, which will begin providing respite care in October.
The open house is set to be on Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Haven’s Tri-Counties Hospice Care Center, 311 N.E. Ninth St., in Chiefland), Haupt said.
Haven staff and volunteers will be present for tours, inspirational stories and fellowship with community partners and donors.
Haven recognizes the 24/7 responsibilities of family members caring for a seriously ill loved one, Haupt said. The Tri-Counties Hospice Care Center will open Oct. 14 to provide respite care.
The Haven respite care service allows caregivers to take a small break for up to five consecutive days to travel for personal or business reasons, relax and recharge, handle personal obligations or recover from illness or injury.
“Being a caregiver for a loved one with a serious illness is a demanding, full-time job in itself,” said Alison Geiger-Gilliam, a Haven patient care manager serving the Tri-County Area. “Too often caregivers selflessly forget to care of themselves. Respite care at Haven makes it so much easier for caregivers to take care of themselves so they can take care of their loved one.”
Haven has proudly cared for patients in the Tri-County area since 1979, Haupt said, and will continue providing general hospice and advanced illness care for patients in their homes, nursing homes and assisted living facilities.
Levy County 4-H hosts
Awards Recognition Banquet
and Kicks off a new 4-H year
The 2019-2020 Levy County 4-H Council officers with the Florida 4-H State Council President are seen here. They are (from left) Vice President Kayden Beam, Secretary Annabelle Whitehurst, Florida 4-H State Council President Taylor Dykes, President Regan Varnes and Treasurer Carson Meeks.
Story and Photo Provided By
4-H Program Assistant Malerie Whitehurst
Levy County UF/IFAS Extension
Published Sept. 15, 2019 at 3:49 p.m.
WILLISTON -- On Saturday, Aug. 24, the Levy County 4-H program celebrated the accomplishments of active 4-H members at the Annual Awards Recognition Banquet.
During the banquet members are recognized for their participation in 4-H clubs and projects throughout the year. This year, the program recognized in excess of 60 members and volunteers for their hard work and dedication to Levy County 4-H.
The 2018-2019 Levy County 4-H Youth Council presided over the ceremony this year, which included special guest Florida 4-H State Council President Taylor Dykes, who delivered a speech about the many facets of 4-H and benefits of being a member.
Elections were conducted for the 2019-2020 Youth Council Executive Officers and members. Volunteers were recognized, during this banquet as well, for their accomplishments.
Levy County 4-H congratulates all members who received an award, and congratulation is noted for the newly elected officers as well.
The 2019-2020 Youth Council Executive Officers are President Regan Varnes, Vice President Kayden Beam, Secretary Annabelle Whitehurst, and Treasurer Carson Meeks.
The Standard of Excellence Award Winners and Project Area Pin Recipients are Kayden Beam, Bailey Bird, Mason Boyd, Skylar Brooks, Clara Dickens, Jake Dickens, Elle Fugate, Kaitlyn Gallagher, Megan Gallagher, Arri Grant, Kensley Haire, Judson Hancock, Emma Head, Jesse Inostrozo, Cason Lambert, Hunter Lambert, Lilly LeMieux, Ethan Owens, Sofia Vargas, Regan Varnes, Annabelle Whitehurst, Maybree Whitehurst and Addison Wood.
The 4-H Club is an all-inclusive youth organization that offers a variety of youth involvement ranging from school-based programs to community clubs. Students are encouraged to join 4-H and find their passion by exploring the many opportunities the program has to offer.
Enrollment is now open for the 2019-2020 year through the Florida 4HOnline web portal, which can be accessed by clicking HERE.
For more information about the Levy County 4-H Program, please contact the UF/IFAS Extension Office at 352-486-5131.
Weyerhaeuser Giving Fund
helps senior citizens
By Kathy Dorminey, Human Resources & Communications Specialist
of the Mid-Florida Area Agency on Aging Inc. dba Elder Options
Published Sept. 13, 2019 at 7:09 a.m.
GAINESVILLE -- It looks like the temperature won’t be the only thing going down this fall!
With the help of a grant from the Weyerhaeuser Giving Fund to Elder Options (the Mid-Florida Area Agency on Aging), people affected by diabetes soon may be able to reduce their blood pressure and manage their disease with blood pressure cuffs, and other important medical equipment and supplies that funds from the grant can now provide.
The new equipment will be used in Elder Options' Chronic Disease and Diabetes Self-Management Workshops, which are offered throughout Alachua County and other areas served by the agency.
The areas served by Elder Options are Alachua, Bradford, Citrus, Columbia, Dixie, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Hernando, Lafayette, Lake, Levy, Marion, Putnam, Sumter, Suwannee, and Union counties.
The workshops are designed to encourage individuals to be active in their treatment and to learn how to live with their chronic disease or condition.
During each six-week workshop series, participants discover how to monitor their blood sugar, keep a healthy and nutritious diet, communicate with health providers, and cope with anger or frustration. Unfortunately, some of the attendees of the workshops cannot afford to purchase the equipment they need to track and manage their conditions.
The grant from the Weyerhaeuser Giving Fund will help resolve that issue by supplying items to those who cannot purchase them themselves. For more information about the Chronic Disease and Diabetes Self-Management Workshops please contact Betty Flagg at firstname.lastname@example.org or 352-692-5219.
Elder Options, established in 1977, is a non-profit agency that provides a wide range of programs and services for the 600,000 people who are 60 years and older in the 16 counties it serves.
One of its programs, The Elder Helpline (800-963-5337), provides information, assistance, and resources to over 30,000 people annually. Specially trained and certified phone staff are available 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday to answer questions and assist callers. Please visit the Elder Options website https://agingresources.org/ for more information about the agency and its programs and services.
Three Chiefland commissioners
take oath of office;
Bronson elects three to Town Council
Standing with their right hands in the air are (facing the judge, from left) Chris Jones, Rollin Hudson and Norman Weaver. Administering the oath of office is Levy County Court Judge Tim Browning.
Story, Photos and Video
By Jeff M. Hardison © Sept. 11, 2019 at
LEVY COUNTY – One municipality in Levy County saw zero change in leaders and another one saw a tiny bit of revised leadership during the past two nights as three men took the oath of office and three other men were elected by voters as their representatives.
In this video, Levy County Court Judge J.T. “Tim” Browning administered the oath of office on Monday night (Sept. 9) to Chris Jones, Rollin Hudson and Norman Weaver. Like other elected officials in Florida, promise, among other things, to protect and defend the United States Constitution and the Constitution of the State of Florida, and to serve in the office in which they are qualified – And the men said, ‘So help me, God.’
In Chiefland, Levy County Court Judge J.T. “Tim” Browning administered the oath of office on Monday night (Sept. 9) to Chris Jones, Rollin Hudson and Norman Weaver as a result of those three being elected with no competition earlier this summer. They will continue serving on the Chiefland City commission. Mayor Jones was also selected to be mayor again by a unanimous vote of the City Commission.
(from left) the three winners in the election are Aaron Emanuel Edmondson Sr., Jason Hunt and Berlon Weeks. Hunt and Weeks were reelected. Edmondson, a former member of Bronson Town Council, soon will take the oath of office again.
Meanwhile in Bronson on Tuesday night, the Honorable Judge Browning was among the three-member canvassing board who were part of the election process that resulted in three out of six candidates winning the town election.
The two other members of the canvassing board in Bronson were Levy County Commission Chairman John Meeks and Bronson Town Councilwoman Beatrice Roberts.
The Tuesday (Sept. 10) unofficial election results show the following counts:
For Seat 2, it is Aaron Emanuel Edmondson Sr. (134 votes) as the winner over James E. Beck (121 votes)
For Seat 4, it is Jason Hunt (133 votes) as the winner over Sherrie Schuler (124 votes).
For Seat 5, it is Tony Berlon Weeks Jr. (133 votes) as the winner over Franklin Schuler (124 votes).
On Tuesday, Sept. 10, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., qualified Bronson voters can cast their ballots at the Dogan Cobb Municipal Building, 660 E. Hathaway Ave. (U.S. Alt. 27), in Bronson.
Bronson Town Clerk Shirley Miller, who is the supervisor of elections in this municipality for those elections, was the person responsible for the election. Levy County Supervisor of Election Tammy Jones, who is the president of the Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections, provided machines and elections workers. Deputy Town Clerk Melissa Thompson assisted Clerk Miller as her deputy clerk that evening.
While this election was relatively close, the four provisional ballots that may be cast for candidates, would not make enough of a mathematical difference to cause a recount.
There were 259 votes counted as being cast on Sept. 10. There were four provisional ballots cast, meaning election officials had four individuals who wanted to cast ballots but there was reason to hold those until facts were confirmed. There were 26 absentee ballots cast by mail, and those absentee ballots all past the test to be counted.
Supervisor of Elections Jones explained why the tally did not separate absentee ballots from those made at the precinct voting place. A new law took effect this year, which increased the number from 10 to 30 for a certain condition to exist.
The legislative intent for the change is to better protect voter secrecy. So, when there are 30 or fewer absentee ballots, the people those voters picked are unknown as having come from absentee ballots. Since there were 26, there are not reports, for instance, that 14 votes from absentee ballots were made for “Candidate A” and 12 absentee ballots for “Candidate B.”
The numbers reported were total ballots cast only – not a separate set of ballots cast that day, plus a certain number of absentee ballots.
Poll workers serving for the Bronson Town Election on Tuesday (Sept. 10) are (from left) Cerise Smith, Alfreda Freeman, Joyce Ernest, Jeanine Turner, Jenny Rogers, Bryan Dunn and (in front) Edith Brown
Photo Provided By Shirley Miller
Tomorrow evening (Thursday, Sept. 12) starting 6 p.m., Levy County Supervisor of Elections Jones will conduct an audit of the election as part of the canvassing board meeting set for that date and time at the Dogan Cobb Municipal Building, which is where voters cast their ballots yesterday (Tuesday, Sept. 10).
Every election audit since Supervisor of Elections Jones has been in office has earned a 100 percent correct evaluation.
During the process of votes being tallied, Supervisor of Elections Jones told the audience that Town Clerk Miller and Deputy Town Clerk Thompson deserve a round of applause.
Miller was very thorough in performing her duties, Jones said, and she called Jones’ to confirm all activities were being done correctly.
After all of the people heard the unofficial results, which indicated the winners and losers in the political races for Town Council, Meeks congratulated all of the winners and thanked all of the people who participated as candidates and voters.
Meeks said it is commendable for a person to be brave enough to run in an election.
There were 790 people registered to vote in Bronson, who could have voted, Clerk Miller said.
Of that there were 259 voters who were counted as making their choices at the precinct. Another 26 mailed in their ballots, and there were four voters who presented some question as to whether they were eligible to vote that day.
Rounding out, then, of the 790 eligible voters, about 290 voted in Bronson on Sept. 10.
Jason Hunt holds up a sign as part of his method to get voters to choose him on the ballot. He was out a good part of the day Tuesday across the street from at the Dogan Cobb Municipal Building,
Sherrie Schuler waves on election day. Candidates were lined up along Hathaway Avenue (U.S. Alt. 27) as they often do for the town elections.
The James ‘Jim’ Beck team, including the candidate, waves from their place on the avenue.
Berlon Weeks (left) and Franklin Schuler stand together before the ballots are counted. Both men sought the same position, and both men were willing to provide the photo opportunity, reflecting that people in Bronson can be friendly even if they disagree about some aspects of political matters.
Candidates Jason Hunt and Sherrie Schuler shake hands. These candidates ran against each other, but they were willing to show good sportsmanship in this competition. Here are two people leading by example.
Bronson Town Clerk Shirley Miller (left) poses with Levy County Supervisor of Elections Tammy Jones.
Levy County Court Judge Tim Browning (left) shows the audience what is in the envelope. This is 26 absentee ballots submitted by mail. Meanwhile, County Commission Chairman John Meeks speaks with Bronson Town Councilwoman Beatrice Roberts (to the left and out of photo).
(from left) Bronson Deputy Town Clerk Melissa Thompson, Levy County Supervisor of Elections Tammy Jones and Bronson Town Clerk Shirley Miller accept the request to be models for a photo opportunity. These are three of the people who helped assure the election was 100 percent properly conducted. Miller is the supervisor of elections for town elections in Bronson as part of her duties as town clerk.
Here’s the Canvassing Board, plus one. (from left) Levy County Court Judge Tim Browning, Supervisor of Elections Tammy Jones, Bronson Town Councilwoman Beatrice Roberts and Levy County Commission Chairman John Meeks pause for a photo moments after the ballots were counted and placed in a secure location. Browning, Roberts and Meeks are members of the Bronson Canvassing Board. The judge wanted to have Supervisor of Elections Jones in the picture. As he told the audience, she is the president of the Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections – which includes the elections leaders from all 67 Florida counties.
Bronson Town Election Canvassing Board members (from left) Levy County Court Judge Tim Browning, Bronson Town Councilwoman Beatrice Roberts and Levy County Commission Chairman John Meeks pause for a photo moments after the ballots were counted and placed in a secure location. Browning, Roberts and Meeks are members of the Bronson Canvassing Board.
Dixie County earns silver
healthy school district review;
Florida Healthy School District Award
winners announced for 2019-2021;
49 school districts recognized;
over the last two years,
including Levy County -- bronze
Published Sept. 9, 2019 at 1:09 p.m.
TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Healthy Kids Corp., in collaboration with the Florida Association of District School Superintendents, and as members of the Florida Partnership for Healthy Schools, have awarded six gold, nine silver and two bronze level awards to 17 2019-2021 Florida Healthy School District recipients.
Individual school districts are recognized for this two-year award when they meet self-assessment tool requirements based on sustainable infrastructure, policy, programs and practices, such as high quality healthy school teams, suicide prevention and trauma-informed care faculty trainings, school gardens and breakfast enhancement strategies, and exemplary Florida KidCare enrollment mechanisms identified from national and state guidelines, best practices and Florida statutes.
Forty-nine school districts, representing 73 percent of all school districts in the state, currently have the distinction of being recognized as an awardee of this initiative. These school districts have committed to meeting the health needs of students and staff by maximizing district resources, supporting academic achievement and removing barriers to learning.
Congratulations are extended to the 17 health-promoting 2019–2021 Florida Healthy School Districts listed below:
Gold: Alachua, Collier, Hillsborough, Okeechobee, Orange and Pinellas
Silver: Dixie, Florida Atlantic University (FAU) Lab District, Gadsden, Hamilton, Lee, Marion, Osceola, Putnam and St. Johns
Bronze: Columbia, Okaloosa
“Aligning district policies, practices and procedures with the highest standards of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model promises a positive impact on the social, emotional and physical well-being of students and staff,” said Bill Montford, Florida Senator and CEO of the Florida Association of District School Superintendents. “The self-assessment tool is a road map guiding districts toward best practices. It provides the opportunity for district teams to identify areas they can improve, eliminate duplication of efforts and maximize resources to best serve their students and staff.”
“We extend our congratulations to these school districts for their dedicated efforts toward improving the health and well-being of their students and staff,” stated Jeff Dykes, Interim Chief Executive Officer of the Florida Healthy Kids Corporation. “By promoting a positive environment that supports all aspects of a child’s overall health, Florida’s children are better prepared to learn and achieve academic success in the classroom.”
“These districts embody the coordination, determination and cognizance it takes to prioritize physical, emotional and social health as a part of overall education,” said Melodie Griffin, Communications Chair, Florida Partnership for Healthy Schools. “This recognition program reminds districts that their efforts are valued and used as exemplary models for how health-conscious enhancements can be implemented in schools.”
School districts are encouraged to engage in the self-assessment process every other year but are welcome to re-apply after one year if policy, practice and/or procedural improvements have been instituted which could result in achieving a higher level of recognition. The application period extends from mid-January through April 15.
The 32 Florida Healthy School District award winners from 2018-2020, which have a year remaining of eligibility, include:
Gold: Broward, Duval, Leon, Manatee, Nassau, Pasco, Sarasota
Silver: Baker, Bay, Brevard, Citrus, Clay, Escambia, Flagler, Indian River, Madison, Martin, Monroe, Palm Beach, Polk, St. Lucie, Santa Rosa, Sumter, Volusia
Bronze: Bradford, Franklin, Hernando, Lake, Levy, Seminole, Wakulla, Washington
For more information about the Florida Healthy School Districts self-assessment process, click HERE.
A bit before the start of the Saturday afternoon (Sept. 7) meeting of the Levy County Democratic Party in the Bronson Public Library, about 25 of the first participants to arrive are seen. Records at the office of Levy County Supervisor of Elections Tammy Jones showed Levy County’s active registered voters as of Sept. 7 with the following numbers for political parties -- Democrat 8,791; Republican 13,375; and Other 5,619, for a total of 27,785 active registered voters.
Photo by Jeff M. Hardison © Sept. 8, 2019 at 7:09 a.m.
Dual enrollment workshop for
Levy County high school
students set for Sept. 21
Published Sept. 7, 2019 at 9:09 p.m.
CHIEFLAND -- The College of Central Florida is hosting a Dual Enrollment Application Workshop for high school students who are interested in taking classes in the Spring Semester.
The workshop is scheduled to be held on Saturday, Sept. 21, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the CF Jack Wilkinson Levy Campus 15390 N.W. U.S. Highway 19, north of Chiefland.
Dual Enrollment provides enhanced learning opportunities for qualified high school students to accelerate their education through college courses.
Session topics include student expectations, registration process and more. Interested students should bring a parent or guardian, Social Security number, PERT, ACT or SAT scores and high school transcripts.
For more information, contact Leah Gamble at 352-658-4077, ext. 2118, or gamblel@CF.edu.
Angelica G. Muns Nursing
Scholarships are awarded
in fall and spring semesters
Story By Executive Director Lauren DeIorio
Community Foundation for Ocala/Marion County
Published Sept. 6, 2019 at 5:39 p.m.
OCALA -- The Community Foundation for Ocala/Marion County recently awarded $20,500 in scholarships from the Angelica G. Muns Nursing Scholarship Fund.
Of the 10 recipients for the Fall 2019 term, five were recurring scholarships.
One of which – College of Central Florida (CF) Student, Manal Abdelhack - was designated the Therese McPherson scholar with a $2,500 award.
The Therese V. McPherson Scholarship was established by Dr. Lon McPherson, former Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs at Munroe Regional Medical Center (now Advent Health), in loving memory of his wife Therese, for nursing students who “bridge” programs toward an advanced nursing degree.
The nine additional CF students receiving Muns Nursing Scholarships of $2,000 each are: Timothy Quick, Ronald Oliver, Alexandria Hershel, Regan Martin, Tanya Taylor, Michael Cole, Josh Copeland, Emma Baird, and Christasia King.
The awards ceremony was held on Thursday, Aug. 29 at the Nonprofit Resource Center.
Since 2016, the Community Foundation has administered the Angelica G. Muns Nursing Scholarship. Mrs. Muns, a United States Air Force lieutenant colonel, was a registered nurse who served during World War II. Her love of her military service and of her chosen profession led to the establishment of a nursing scholarship to ensure that those wanting to excel in the field of nursing had the opportunity to obtain a nursing degree.
Mrs. Muns and her husband both received excellent healthcare in Ocala/Marion County and established this scholarship in recognition of the exceptional care they received. The legacy scholarships not only enable students to pursue nursing degrees but post-graduation, the trust stipulates that they continue their career in an acute healthcare facility for up to an additional two years. Qualified applicants-recipients must be enrolled in a certified nursing program in Marion County and maintain a 3.0 (“B”) GPA throughout the duration of their schooling.
The Muns Nursing Scholarship fund is one of many funds housed at the Community Foundation. Administering funds is just one way the Foundation enhances its mission which is " to connect the charitable interest of donors to build a strong community."
For more information on the Community Foundation for Ocala Marion County contact Lauren DeIorio, Executive Director, at 352-622-5020.
On Feb. 1, 2011, HardisonInk.com came to exist on the Internet. On Nov. 1, 2011, The Christian Press section on The Life Page of HardisonInk.com started, which was about nine months after the start of the daily news website -- which officially began Feb. 1, 2011. The name "The Christian Press" was derived from an encounter a decade earlier in 2001 in St. Petersburg, when and where a man mentioned to a journalist that this particular journalist must work for "The Christian Press." Although the presumption byt he man about that journalist was incorrect and misplaced, the name sounded good. And the the journalist said that if he could work for The Christian Press, then that certainly would be the publication to serve.
Since Nov. 1, 2011, The Christian Press section of this page has run daily devotionals from several individuals who contributed over the past years. There were two days in 2018 when the daily devotional did not run due to a journalist requiring emergency orthopedic surgery on bones in his left arm and wrist. That added metal, though, makes that part of that arm even more able to withstand forces. Many daily devotionals are 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 email@example.com.
Sept. 17, 2019 Tuesday at 6:09 a.m.
KEEP THE LIGHT
Read John 1:1-18
And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
-- John 1:5 (KJV)
One can imagine the struggle of a tiny candle flame to survive the currents of air in a dark and drafty house. Likewise, we can imagine the light of hope, and faith and goodness fighting to survive the fierce rushing darkness which has swept against it during the centuries. But the light still shines!
And today, that light in which we have put our faith is exposed to the black clouds and engulfing currents of war, of bitterness, of hate, cruelty and death. Will the light be extinguished? We are convinced that it will not be. We will not let it be put out. Though we must fight and do devilish things, yet we will keep the light.
We will keep it guarded in our minds, in our hearts, in our faith and hope and determination. Yes, by our deeds and, if necessary, by our lives, we will help to keep it. For it is the light that counts. It is the light that makes us children of God. It is the light that gives promise to the future. God is in that light.
O GOD, we are truly glad that we have been permitted to perceive and to appreciate the light – the light of life, the light of better things which may be, the light of hope, of faith, of love, of new worlds to be made, of a new and true way, of a redeeming Christ, of Thy Kingdom on earth. Grant that we may never lose the vision or the faith of that light. And no matter what comes, or what we must do, help us, O God, to keep the light burning. For Jesus’ sake. Amen.
Church Federation of Los Angeles, California
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 © Sept. 16, 2019 at 8:39 a.m.
When I look back over my years of deer hunting, I see how much I have changed. I can remember the first time I arrowed a doe. It was also the first time I followed a blood trail, and the first time I ever field-dressed a deer. That one day actually held a lot of firsts. I guess that’s why I remember it so vividly. I can also remember the first time I saw a buck while in a tree stand. Until then, I had only heard stories that I were not sure were true. I couldn’t imagine something as big as a buck being able to hide from me for two decades. I can remember when my heart would race at the sign of any size buck coming towards me.
Back then, I hardly ever contemplated if I should pass him up or not. Those opportunities seemed so rare. That was then. This is now. Now, I guess I’m considered a seasoned hunter. Whatever that means. I do have plenty of stories to tell but I’m not sure they make me seasoned – maybe only experienced. I think I’m like the Farmers Insurance commercial. “I know a thing or two because I’ve seen a thing or two.” That doesn’t make me special, or smart, or seasoned; only experienced. And I can be experienced at hitting big bucks or missing big bucks. Both are experiences, but only one has credibility with the hunting community.
I’m glad God is not that way. Any experience that we have is not lost when it comes to our spiritual growth and maturity. In fact, I’m at the belief that my worst experiences and performances have done more to shape my spiritual life than any of my successes. They have made a permanent groove in my life – one that carries and confines every other experience. It’s the same for you. Your failures, sufferings, and pain have done more to influence your ministry than any other thing. They have given meat to your message. And there’s really just one reason this is true.
It’s the same reason I talk about smaller bucks more than monster bucks. It’s because more hunters can identify with smaller bucks, than bigger ones. It’s the same with failure, suffering, and pain. While some have enjoyed success and have been able to leverage it into a message, by far and away, more people have endured failure and suffering. And they need to know these things don’t disqualify them from God’s plan and purpose, but gives them increased credibility with others who feel like they will never measure up.
-- Gary Miller firstname.lastname@example.org
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 http://www.outdoortruths.org/.