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CF Open House Succeeds
CF Open House
This is a view of the front of the College of Central Florida Jack Wilkinson, Levy Campus. An open house event was held Thursday afternoon (May 12). Several students, potential students and parents found information, enjoyed assistance with registering and accepted free tee-shirts as well as were provided with a walking tour. It was another successful open house for the CF campus in Levy County, just south of the city of Fanning Springs on U.S. Highway 19.

Photo By Jeff M. Hardison © May 14, 2022 at 9:12 a.m.

 


Students from Gilchrist and Levy counties
participate in
music performance assessment

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By Florida School Music Association
Published May 13, 2022 at 3:12 p.m.
     TALLAHASSEE --
The Florida School Music Association’s (FSMA’s) 2021-2022 State Music Performance Assessment (MPA) season has come to a close, and the numbers are in.
     FSMA reports that 171 Gilchrist County and 40 Levy County middle and high school music students participated in these MPAs, out of 100,486 total students who participated throughout Florida.
     Many of these students participated in more than one performance, resulting in nearly 183,000 overall student entries in FSMA-sanctioned Music Performance Assessments. Large ensemble opportunities available to students included orchestras, choruses, concert bands, marching bands, and jazz bands.
     Solo and Ensemble opportunities included solo performances, small ensembles, guitar ensembles, steel bands, auxiliary groups, and percussion ensembles.
     FSMA is a not-for-profit association that coordinates and oversees recognized interscholastic music activities in the state of Florida.
     The association recognizes the Florida Bandmasters Association, the Florida Orchestra Association, and the Florida Vocal Association to sponsor district and state MPAs for bands, orchestras, and choruses in Florida high schools, junior high schools, and middle schools.
     Most state MPA concerts were free and open to the public.

 


Suwannee River AmVets Post 422 Presents Scholarships 
Scholarships
Seen here (from left) are Lee Layne and Bridget Wasson; Lee Layne and Iziah Brown. On Tuesday, May 3, Chiefland Middle/High School held its annual Scholarship Night. AmVets Suwannee River Post 422 presented two $1,000 scholarships; one each to Bridget Wasson and Iziah Brown. The Post congratulates all the seniors for their hard work and dedication, and it is especially proud of Miss Wasson and Mister Brown.

Scholarships
On Saturday, May 7, Dixie County High School held its annual Scholarship Night. AmVets Suwannee River Post 422 presented two $1,000 scholarship; one each to s to Livia Bennett and Carson St. Laurent. The Post congratulates all the seniors for their hard work and dedication and the post is especially proud of Bennett and St. Laurent. AmVets Post 422 is proud to support the seniors of Dixie County in furthering their education and becoming men and women that their community can be proud of.  
Published May 11, 2022 at 10:12 p.m.

Photos and Information Provided By Lee Layne

 


New grant provides support for parents
attending College of Central Florida

By Marketing and Public Relations Manager Lisa McGinnes
Published May 10, 2020 at 3:12 p.m.
     OCALA —
Local parents attending the College of Central Florida may receive extra support in their pursuit of higher education, thanks to a $100,000 grant from the Edward K. Roberts Community College Fund and the Community Foundation of Sarasota County.

     The grant funds will support parents who are attending college part time. A portion of the funds will be designated for parents of students at College Park Elementary School as part of CF’s partnership with Marion County Public Schools and College Park Elementary, a Community Partnership School™. This is the third year the CF Foundation has received this grant to assist college students.
     “In past years, College of Central Florida staff and students have worked with College Park Elementary School staff and other core partners to help meet students’ basic needs such as food and clothing. We then began to work to help expand student learning,” said Dr. Jennifer Fryns, CF associate vice president for Career and Professional Programs. “This approach takes our partnership to a new level. By matching CF’s core mission of providing a high-quality education aligned with work to the training needs of parents and caregivers of College Park Elementary School students, we’re helping them to have every opportunity to succeed in life.”
     CF students enrolled in any college credit program who are parents of College Park students may apply for a maximum award of $2,500 per year. There are a limited number of scholarships available and other eligibility criteria may apply. Applicants should contact Caron Reid at 352-291-4057, ext. 51347.
     College Park Elementary is located in the southwest quadrant of Ocala with close proximity to the College of Central Florida and major commercial and retail industry and has a majority underserved and at-risk school population. In 2019, the school was selected to become Marion County’s first and only Community Partnership School, which promotes a model that rallies multiple community partners to work toward improving not only student learning gains but simultaneously improving students’ living conditions, health and wellness, and the health and wellness of their families.
     This program has a core group of invested community partners, including pillar partners Marion County Public Schools, Ocala Health, Public Education Foundation of Marion County, United Way of Marion County and University of Central Florida. College Park has had additional support from College of Central Florida, Meadowbrook Church, Marion County Literacy Council and NAACP.
     For more information about how the CF Foundation supports college students, visit CF.edu/Foundation.

 


CF celebrates spring
and summer graduates

CF Grads Spring 2022
Nathanael Boyd receives an Associate in Arts degree from Dr. Jim Henningsen.

Story and Photos Provided
By CF Marketing, Public and Community Relations
Published May 9, 2022 at 7:12 a.m.
     OCALA —
The College of Central Florida celebrated spring commencement April 29 with more than 5,000 graduates, family members and friends at the World Equestrian Center in Ocala. 


CF Grads Spring 2022
Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society graduates are honored.

CF Grads Spring 2022
Graduates move their tassels.


     The students represented 508 college credit certificates, 216 Associate in Science degrees, 559 Associate in Arts, and 124 bachelor’s degrees earned in spring and summer semesters.
      “We are always excited to invite CF spring and summer graduates and their loved ones to celebrate their success,” said Dr. Saul Reyes, vice president of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs. “It’s an opportunity to honor our students’ hard work and share their stories with our community.” 
     The CF Foundation’s Distinguished Alumni Award was presented to Dr. Jennifer Sumner, assistant vice provost for Academic and Student Digital Initiatives in the Division of Digital Learning at the University of Central Florida. The speaker was student Brian Stoothoff, retired City of Ocala assistant fire chief, who earned a Bachelor of Applied Science in Business and Organizational Management.
     A video of the ceremony can be viewed on the CF YouTube channel at https://bit.ly/39wfuJt.

 


Mayor shares thoughts about
Williston Charter Review Committee

By Jeff M. Hardison © May 9, 2022 at 9:12 a.m.
     WILLISTON –
Recently-elected Williston Mayor Charles Goodman, who was a member of the Williston City Council for a number of years, recently sent commentary about the proposed Williston Charter Review Committee.
     In a May 8 email, the mayor noted “In a government of the people by the people and for the people, visibility is paramount so that all who are governed are informed.”
     Mayor Goodman noted that Williston City Council President Debra Jones and City Manager Jackie Gorman both expressed to the mayor that they feel a strong need to have a charter review. 
     “In concept,” Goodman continues, “this is a reasonable idea. However, the details are important, in my opinion. This has been on our agenda for the last two Council meetings. I would
like to share some thoughts that I have not yet managed to bring up for consideration by the Council.”
     The mayor said he has conducted research to find the manner in which the city can amend its Charter.
     “I feel that every council member should review the charter and submit the area they feel the review committee needs to review, the mayor noted in his May 8 email to HardisonInk.com. “And I feel the city manager should also do the same. In doing so, we all know exactly what it is that this committee will be reviewing and the committee has direction.”
     As it stands, the next Williston City Council meeting has an agenda item that can be actionable, where the five City Council members and the mayor will each choose a person to appoint to the Williston Charter Review Committee. Then, a seventh person will be chosen for that committee.
     “I also feel the manner of committee selection should be different than what the council president stated. Why should we differ on committee selection with this against all the other committee selections?” Mayor Goodman asked. “I find no compelling reason. Any person willing and ready to serve on such a committee should have a chance to apply for Council consideration. The idea of each councilor choosing one (appointee) that thinks like them, well, just seems poor.”
     Due to the absence of City Councilman Zach Bullock being absent from the most recent meeting, where he was needed as the Williston Middle High School Varsity Baseball Team coach that he is to host the post-season playoffs at the home field, the appointment process was delayed.
     As of now, the potential exists for the Williston City Council and mayor to appoint seven people to the as-yet unformed Williston Charter Review Committee at its next regular meeting. There is a potential, too, that the mayor will share his thoughts about opening up the process more for what may be needed in the amendments to the Charter, as well as for a different method for choosing committee members.
     In the end, the voters will choose to accept or reject any Charter changes. The Williston City Charter is similar to the United States Constitution for the federal government or the Florida Constitution for state government. It forms the foundation of municipal governance in that city.
     


CF STEM Club selected
as finalist in innovation challenge

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By CF Marketing, Public and Community Relations, and Others
Published May 8, 2022 at 7:12 a.m.
     OCALA —
Three members of the College of Central Florida’s STEM Club are headed to Arlington, Virginia, as finalists in the 2022 Community College Innovation Challenge (CCIC).
     There were 12 finalist teams chosen from community colleges around the nation. They will attend the Innovation Boot Camp in Arlington, Virginia, on June 13-16.
     The CCIC is led by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) in partnership with the National Science Foundation (NSF). It is a national competition where community college student teams, working with a faculty or administrator mentor, use science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to innovate solutions to real-world problems; participate in an Innovation Boot Camp; and compete for cash awards.
     The Boot Camp provides professional development, mentoring, and coaching designed to build strategic communication and entrepreneurial skills to help students advance their innovations in both the private and public sectors.
     The event culminates in a poster session and engagement opportunity with STEM leaders and Congressional stakeholders, and a pitch presentation in front of a panel of industry and entrepreneurial professionals to determine the first, second, and third place winning teams.
     The national CCIC is designed to enable community college students to discover and demonstrate their capacity to use STEM to make a difference in the world and to translate that knowledge into action.
     The 12 finalist teams selected for this year’s competition are:
     ● Bergen Community College (New Jersey) - Project: The ScanCan: The Intelligent Recycling Bin
     ● College of Central Florida (Florida) - Project: True Wireless ECG
     ● Columbus State Community College (Ohio) - Project: Columbus Kinesthetics
     ● Des Moines Area Community College (Iowa) - Project: The Social Student app
     ● Front Range Community College (Colorado) - Project: The Orca Oil-Separating & Bio-Filtration Vessel
     ● Linn-Benton Community College (Oregon) - Project: The Portable Air Shield System.
     ● Middlesex Community College (Massachusetts) - Project: STEM-finder
     ● Ohlone College (California) - Project: Wave Riders
     ● Polk State College (Florida) - Project: Osmotically Reversing the Effects of Microplastics
     ● San Antonio College (Texas) - Project: Ocular Horizon
     ● Santa Monica College (California) - Project: Treatment for HIV-1 Using LRAs, NK-Cells, bNABs
     ● SUNY Orange (New York) - Project: Solar Absorption Repository
     The three CF students attending this event are -- Justin Bowen, Frankelly Guzman and Andrew Slaughter. The CF STEM Team created a True Wireless Echocardiogram for the national competition led by the American Association of Community Colleges in partnership with the National Science Foundation.
     “Our team recognized that heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States,” said CF STEM Club advisor Dr. Jose Toro-Clarke. “Identifying that one out of every four deaths is caused by heart disease, the students determined that making diagnostic testing readily available for patients could reduce the chances of cardiac arrest.
     “With an increased chance of cardiac failure due to COVID-19 exposure, it is even more essential to find ways to test patients’ heart rhythms safely,” Dr. Toro-Clarke continued. “Our team tackled this problem by creating a True Wireless ECG device that patients can take home to monitor their cardiac health without the need for a health care professional by their side.”

 


Kevin Dominguez named
as student of the month

Student Honored
Williston Mayor Charles Goodman reads the reasons Kevin Dominguez is being honored Tuesday night (May 3) in the Williston City Council Meeting Room of City Hall.

Story and Photo
By Jeff M. Hardison © May 5, 2022 at 8:12 a.m.
     WILLISTON –
The very first child recognized as the Williston Mayor Student of the Month since the start of Mayor Charles Goodman’s service to the residents and visitors of Williston was honored Tuesday night (May 3).


Student Honored
Mayor Charles Goodman presents Joyce Bullock Elementary School student Kevin Dominguez with his certificate to show he is an Outstanding Student and is the Mayor’s Student of the Month from JBES.

Student Honored
Kevin Dominguez holds his certificate as he stands next to Mayor Charles Goodman after the presentation. Two journalists and several family and friends took pictures of this moment.


     Mayor Goodman awarded the Outstanding Student certification and pizza certificate with style.
     Kevin Dominguez, the son of Juan Dominguez, is a first grade at Joyce Bullock Elementary School.
     He was nominated for the award by JBES teachers Kimberly Hudson and Patricia Coleman who made the following comments, which the mayor read, and at times, which the first grader read.
     “Kevin is so deserving of this award!” his teachers noted. “When we met him at our Meet the Teacher night, we knew he was a very special child, and he has proven to be just that! Kevin is so thoughtful, funny, kind, smart and has the sweetest heart!
     “Academically, Kevin always gives his best effort and continues to shine and grow each day,” the teachers noted, and the mayor said with added comments. “There are some things such as effort, motivation and perseverance that you cannot teach, and Kevin just has it all! Kevin is one of the kindest kids we have ever met. He is so respectful to adults, but it is the way he interacts with his peers that makes him stand out.
     “Kevin is always willing to help his friends whenever they need him. This could mean playing with someone who may not have a friend, walking with another student who may not know how to get somewhere on our campus, or helping a friend during our center rotations,” the teachers continued in their notations. “Kevin has so many positive characteristics! We could go on and on listing all of the reasons why Kevin was chosen for our Joyce Bullock Elementary School’s Mayoral Student of the Month,” his teachers noted, “but we thought we would list a few things his peers said about him:
     ● Kevin is always nice to people.
     ● Kevin respects others
     ● Kevin is very smart
     ● Kevin is just a really good friend
     ● Kevin always includes others in his games at recess
     ● Kevin is a really good reader
     ● Kevin is just a kind person
     His teachers noted they are proud of him, and they advised him to continue working hard, while always keeping love in his heart.
     “You will do wonderful things!” his teachers concluded.
     Mayor Goodman told the young man that this Mayor’s Student of the Month Award is not only from him, but also from the whole Williston City Council.
     Reading from the certificate, the mayor noted this award for the Outstanding Student is awarded to the first grader for his academic excellence, leadership, citizenship and attendance at Joyce Bullock Elementary School.

 


Chiefland native shares
insight from days of old
94-year-old cow hunter looks back

James R Beauchamp Cow Hunter
James R. Beauchamp, 94, stands with his wife Ramona Swilley Beauchamp, 73, in their home in Chiefland. Next month, they will herald their 15th wedding anniversary. Ramona was friends with the late Annie Gene Beauchamp, James’ first wife. After Annie passed away and Ramona’s husband passed away, the two started seeing each other, then married, and have lived happily ever since.

Photo By Jeff M. Hardison

By Jeff M. Hardison © May 4, 2022 at 2:12 p.m.
     CHIEFLAND –
Decades ago, when James R. Beauchamp, who is now 94 years old, was just a young man, he was a cow hunter.


James R Beauchamp Cow Hunter
James R. Beauchamp feeds wild turkeys.
Photo Provided By Ramona Beauchamp

James R Beauchamp Cow Hunter
Here is James R. Beauchamp with a buck he took during the season when he was 93 years old.
Photo Provided By Ramona Beauchamp

James R Beauchamp Cow Hunter
James R. Beauchamp feeds the deer.

Photo Provided By Ramona Beauchamp

James R Beauchamp Cow Hunter
James R. Beauchamp with turkeys he hunted.

Photo Provided By Ramona Beauchamp

James R Beauchamp Cow Hunter
One of James R. Beauchamp’s friends, R.C. Sheppard, is seen with a deer that he killed just before Sheppard's death. Sheppard passed away, while sitting in a deer stand hunting for deer. He used to run the tire shop on the southwest corner of U.S. Highway 19 and State Road 345 in south Chiefland. This is one of James’ good friends, whom he treasured. James visited the tire shop for local updates regularly. 

Photo Provided By Ramona Beauchamp

James R Beauchamp Cow Hunter
In Shiloh, James R. Beauchamp feeds the cattle on property he owns a bit north of the Sumner area.

Photo Provided By Ramona Beauchamp

James R Beauchamp Cow Hunter
At the marriage of a great-granddaughter of James R. Beauchamp, seen here are (from left) James W. Beauchamp (grandson of James R. Beauchamp), Thurman Bailey, Tenlee Beauchamp Bailey and James R. Beauchamp. This is on property that James R. Beauchamp grew up on – in Echo, Florida.

Photo Provided By Ramona Beauchamp

James R Beauchamp Cow Hunter
This is Burney Keen a good friend who still drives James R. Beauchamp to hunt, to just meander around, and to eat at James’ camp. He is wonderful man. James R. Beauchamp has many, many friends, who he maintains contact with. They all get together often at the camp to cook mullet and swamp cabbage, or maybe have some grits and beef tripe, or they may just dine on doves and rice, or stewed squirrels and rice. Generally, a good friend -- Charlie King -- does the cooking, or maybe Mike Beauchamp a cousin and dear friend. The food is always good!

Photo Provided By Ramona Beauchamp

     “Cow hunter” is term that came to be from his work as a cowhand back before the Florida Fence Law of 1949.
     From the time Florida gained its statehood in 1845, until halfway into the 1900s, cattlemen used to let their livestock roam freely in the pastures and woods. In 1895, a statewide organization began to seek fences and later won a campaign to force cattle ranchers and others to fence their livestock.
     If a cow or bull didn't have someone's brand on it, it was free for the taking.
     As for hunting cows, that is a starting point for the very young James R. Beauchamp, whose family lineage makes him among the Chiefland natives with a very long bloodline to this city, because his great grandfather Augustus Cary Beauchamp (1851 - 1924) homesteaded downtown Chiefland before it became a city more than 100 years ago.
     That’s seven generations of Beauchamp blood in his heritage that are from Levy County, and even more specifically – Chiefland.
     Chiefland calls itself the "Gem of the Suwannee Valley" and it celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2013.
     Fasten your seatbelt, because this man lived in this part of Florida before there were seatbelts and before state law required people to wear them. James R. Beauchamp during his lifetime even helped take down the old Echo, Florida, Post Office, years ago.
     Nowadays, he gets up to feed the cows. He feeds the wild turkeys. He feeds the wild deer. He traps the wild hogs. James R. Beauchamp said he retired from the Florida Department of Transportation after 30 years and three days – and that part of this story will be seen later.
     As for feeding and hunting wildlife today, well this is part of his life that keeps him active, and he thinks keeping active after retirement helps promote longevity.
     Would he change his choices from back when?
     “If I had it to do over,” Beauchamp said during a sit-down interview on Saturday (April 30), “I wouldn’t change it a bit. I enjoyed my life.”
     He said he earned retirement from the Florida Department of Transportation. There is one part of his life, however, that may stand out more than working for FDOT.
     “As far as the cow-huntin’ days, I loved that open range,” he said. “That’s all I ever knew, up until then (the FDOT years).”

Pre-Fence Law
     “Yes,” he said. “I was an open-range cowhand, back before ‘49. In 1949, they passed a new fencing law. Well, before that, all this country down south of Chiefland, down here from there to the coast, over to Cedar Key, over to Bronson, down toward Lebanon Station, all that was open range.”
     That land was nothing but woods in scattered pines, not planted pines, and cattle. There were no fences at all, he said. In 1949, the Florida Legislature passed the law requiring cattle ranchers to build fences to keep their livestock contained.
     The 1949 law brought his cow-hunting days to a pinnacle. His then father-in-law Orvil Smith (1896-1953) of the Town of Otter Creek had 3,500 head of cattle that needed to be rounded up from the woods and put within the fences after the 1949 law.
     Prior to that point, though, James R. Beauchamp cow-hunted for five or six years. Head ‘em up, move ‘em out – from the woods to the pens.
     Some young people today, he said, don’t have a grasp of the work ethic of the cow hunters of decades gone by. Cow hunting is not for the faint of heart.
     “When I was growing up, a boy 16 years old was like a grown man,” he said. “Today, kids 16 years old don’t know their way back home, hardly.”
     The former cow hunter and retired FDOT worker said he started making his own living at the age of 16 and has done so ever since. His cow-hunting days started even before that.
     When he was 10 years old, in 1938, James was hunting cows with his father.
     James R. Beauchamp is the son of Willie Augustus Beauchamp and Thelma Hiers Beauchamp. He was born March 20, 1928.
     He was born about five miles northeast from his current home, which is adjacent to State Road 345 and west of U.S. Alt. 27.
     About three years later, the family moved to a house near to where the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) Maintenance Yard is now in Chiefland on Alt. 27.
     In 1937, the family moved to one end of Long Pond. And that was at Echo, Florida, and it had a Post Office and a store.
     James R. Beauchamp spoke about that property. Back in 1937, Willie Augustus Beauchamp bought the property at Echo, Florida, from Manny Clyatt. That was 560 acres “with a fine wooden home on it, log stables, log cribs, pecan trees, beautiful live oaks, as fine a place as you’ve ever seen,” James said.
     Right in front of that property was the Post Office and a store, he added.
     James’ father bought the 560 acres, house, stable and cribs, all that, for $2,700, he said.
     “That was in The Depression – 1937,” he added. “And later on, he got the other 80 acres, which made him a mile square. He owned the section there, a mile square. And he left it to me.”
     A few years ago, James R. Beauchamp said, he deeded all of the property to his son Jamie and grandsons -- James W. Beauchamp, Clint G. Beauchamp and Jacob L. “Jake” Beauchamp.
     James R. Beauchamp’s grandsons are all sons of the late James O. “Jamie” Beauchamp (Feb. 14, 1949-Jan. 28, 2019), who was the only child of James R. Beauchamp. Jamie, as noted, passed away a few years ago at the age of 69.
     James R. Beauchamp deeded the property to his son and grandsons because he did not like the way the state took a significant amount of money from the estate of his father in law through the death tax.
     Going back in time, though, as a child, James R. Beauchamp was a cow hunter. His father W.A. Beauchamp had about 300 open-range cattle.
     Even back before those active years as a high school graduate and cow hunter, at the age of about 10, James R. Beauchamp was hunting cows with his father one day.
     “I was riding a mule, cow-hunting with my Dad down there,” James said, “down beside of Gads Bay. Some pretty cows came running out of that bay down there. The flies was bad. These cows come runnin’ out of that bay, swishing their tails and all.
     “They had some half-Brahma calves with them,” he continued. “The prettiest things I ever saw. The first Brahma calves I had ever seen. And later on, I met up with my Dad down there. I asked him, ‘Whose cattle are those – branded with a number 2.’”
     W.A. Beauchamp told James that those cattle with that brand belong to Orvil Smith. His father told the 10-year-old boy that this cattle rancher lives in the Town of Otter Creek.
     James asked his Dad if this rancher had any children, and his father told the boy that he believes Mr. Smith had one daughter about the same age as him.
     “I said, ‘I’m going to marry that girl,” James. R. Beauchamp told his father, “because of those pretty Brahma calves. Nine years later, I married her.”
     James R. Beauchamp’s mother, Thelma, was a teacher. As a result, the young man learned quickly. He graduated from high school at the age of 16.
     While at home, he worked with his father. He helped his father haul watermelons, tobacco, peanuts and cattle to Ocala and Gainesville to the markets there. He mentioned the kids today can’t seem to do anything, but he was driving a truck even before he had a license.
     He left home and went to work with Orvil Smith as a cow hunter at the age of 16.
     He lived in a bunkhouse with four other cow hunters. Then, about three years later, he told his colleagues that he was moving from the bunkhouse over to “The Big House” where Orvil Smith lived.
     James R. Beauchamp married Orvil Smith’s daughter Annie Gene Smith, and they remained married until she passed away. This was the girl who he decided he would marry, before he met her, when he was only 10 years old. They were married for just three months shy of 58 years when she passed away at the Haven Hospice location in Chiefland.
     James kept cow-hunting for some more years after getting married.
     Cow hunters would ride horses, eight to nine months a year, every year. The cow hunters would put the cows in pens, where they would brand the calves.
     They would work one area of the county and then move on to the next. They would leave the Town of Otter Creek and ride their horses herding cattle from the woods into pens, where they would pull some out and brand the calves.
     Cow hunters in his group would live at a campsite in the middle of the Gulf Hammock area of Levy County, while they were hunting. It was at a place named Buck Island, about six miles south of the Town of Otter Creek.
     This campsite in the woods, where the cow hunters lived during their various tours of duty, included a small tin building about 12 or 15 feet long, he said. They used a woodstove for cooking,
     Before heading out for a day of cattle hunting in the woods of Levy County, they would load one cattle hunter’s saddle pockets with hoecakes, white bacon and coffee for lunch.
     Cattle were sold at markets in Ocala and Gainesville back then.
     As a cowhand, James R. Beauchamp would help the John and Ella Partin family of Bronson with their open range cattle in the Bronson area back then too, he said. That Partin family had about 10,000 head of cattle back then.
     The Partin family were “fine people,” Beauchamp said.
     The 1949 fence law made cow hunters have to round up the cows from the woods and put them inside the fences.
     Beauchamp kept hunting cows, and he even did some timber work for Etter Usher for about a year.
     In 1954, Beauchamp went to work for the Florida Department of Transportation. He was on a location crew, and they conducted preliminary surveys on roads. Over the years, he progressed at the FDOT and eventually had crews working under him.
     He retired after 30 years and three days. On his 30th anniversary, it was not going to end on a full week. They were paid each two weeks, and he wanted that last paycheck to be for the full two weeks. So, he worked three more days.

Hog Claim
     Oliver Miller and Beauchamp had a hog claim, back decades ago. A hog claim means that within a certain area, certain people have claim to hunt hogs.
     Before the fence law of 1949, a person would have a range where they could hunt hogs. It was their hog claim, he said.
     The claim he and Oliver Miller had went from the Waccasassa River to the Number 4 Bridge to Cedar Key.
     Hunting hogs had its moments, too. When the hog dogs would be “baying them up” and sending them out of the woods, if the wild boar was coming at a hunter, sometimes the best method would be to get up a tree quickly, he said.
     They would start hunting the hogs at the old Roe Hudson place, where Dry Creek runs into the coast. They would go west to where they had hog pens, to capture them.
     “We’d drive those hogs like cows down that coast,” Beauchamp said. “And we’d drive them into those hog pens.”
     There were six pens with doors on them. Then, they would mark the hogs. Back then, a person could sell a woods hog, Nowadays, there is no market for wild hog.
     “We never did sell a whole lot,” he said, “because we got caught in that ’50 storm. The 1950 hurricane came and just about ruined us,” he said. “I never did get money back out of them.”
     Hurricane Easy (Sept. 5, 1950) went ashore near Cedar Key and later near Tampa Bay as a major hurricane after looping offshore.
     Later on, he said, Billy Patterson leased the property to the state of Florida, and the government told Patterson to get the hogs out of there. That wound up the hog claim.
     “There’s still hogs there today,” Beauchamp said, intimating that these are the descendant swine from those wild hogs of yesteryear.
     In the past year, Beauchamp said, he has caught 75 hogs on his property near the Shiloh Cemetery, north of Sumner.
     He gave 70 of those hogs to the owner of Tiger Island Outfitters, 2871 S.W. Levy County Road 347.
     At 94 years old, Beauchamp still gets up at 6 a.m. daily.
     He has hunted all of his life. James R. Beauchamp is an avid hunter.
     When he was 12 years old, he would go hunting in the Gulf Hammock area, and not just for cows. He deer hunted there. He especially loved hunting turkeys.
     Now that he is older, however, he has decided not to kill every turkey he sees.
     On another note, about James R. Beauchamp, he loves music. His mother played piano, and he learned to play that a little. He does play harmonica, and he sings.
     He has sung in the First United Methodist Church of Chiefland choir. He has sung at weddings and at funerals. Years ago, he sang as a duet with Beverly Malloy.
     While James R. Beauchamp said he is the oldest member of the First UMC of Chiefland congregation, he and his wife have been going to church at a Baptist Church in the Fowlers Bluff area more recently.

 


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Wednesday, May 18, 2022 at 10:12 a.m.

THE DO-SOMETHING

Read Luke 22:17-30

       And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me.
-- Luke 22:19 (KJV)


     Long before those in our day set out to reshape the face of the world to a “new order,” Jesus was urging His own ideas of such things – “the New Testament” and “the New Covenant,” His new order. On the eve of His martyrdom, He sups with His followers. In His hands, He takes from the table, bread and wine, and He who is about to die salutes the New Order.
     In His time, He had used flowers, trees, birds, seed, bridges, rocks, houses, journeys, water, light and salt to illustrate His truth. Now, He will illustrate once more. This man of parables and pictures will use bread and wine -- now the fundamental food. He will make them illustrate His body and blood – that is to say, Himself.
     Himself! What do we do with ourselves? What should we do? He broke the bread and “gave unto them.” He said, “This do.” Do what? Why give yourselves. There are plenty to do the other things. That’s the trouble; that has been the trouble since the beginning.
     Jesus always saw that. But now it’s to be the new order. The whole spirit of everything He ever strove and stood for was always undercut from the old order.
     “Remember Me,” but not by dreaming, teaching, praising; not only by these; no, they are never enough, never. You must earn the greater things. This do. Give yourselves for truth and for each other. 
     O HEAVENLY LIFE, I lay my small life in the bosom of Thy vastness. I pray that my love for Thee may increase, that my communion with Thee may increase, that my diligence and service may increase, and that all my faithfulness to Christ may increase; until of this increase may rise that new order in the world for which people of faith must endure. Amen.
The Rev. O.W.S. McCall
New First Congregational Church
Chicago, Illinois
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Outdoor Truths Ministry

By Gary Miller © May 16, 2022 at 2:12 p.m.

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     The best turkey hunters have lots of different calls in their arsenal. Most new hunters start out with a box call and then add a slate call. And finally, the hardest to use correctly is a mouth call. Therefore, many never move to that. They just stay with the two basics. The slate call is a wonderful and versatile call. It’s called a slate call because it uses a thin piece of slate rock as a surface to make sounds. The slate is held in a piece of wood or plastic, called a pot. For the best and loudest sounds the slate is elevated in the pot around the edges instead of laying directly on the pot’s base. This gives it more of a stereo sound instead of a monotone one. The slate surface is manipulated with another part of the call, called a striker. It is a round dowl, usually made of wood as well. The striker is raked across the slate to make a sound. And nearly every sound a turkey makes can be duplicated on a slate call. If the slate has been prepared properly, the sounds are true, and rich, and sweet. If it has not been prepared, the sounds are shallow and unconvincing. To prepare the slate, a piece of sandpaper is used to rough up the clean and smooth surface. And when its ring begins to sound unauthentic and shallow again, the process is repeated. The key to it being convincing is in how much it has been roughed-up.
     It is the same with men and women. Those who have been roughed-up by life, have the sweetest sound. They have come to understand that pain, suffering, failure, and loss are the lot of every person. And what people need during those times is understanding, forgiveness, love, and acceptance. What they don’t need is self-righteous judgement and condemnation. I’ve noticed in my own life, when I have been sanded by circumstances, I make the sweetest sounds. They are authentic and convincing. I also know, sometimes I can lose the depth of concern and compassion. It’s then God has to allow a little sandpaper into my life so I can, once again, sound as close to the authentic Jesus as possible.

I would love to speak at your next game-dinner or men’s conference. Contact me.

 -- Gary Miller  gary@outdoortruths.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/.

 


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