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Appleton announces
new online book club

Some of the Books for the Book club Appleton Museum of Art
A selection of books from the Appleton’s new online book club that meets once a month.

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By CF Marketing, Public and Community Relations
Published Nov. 26, 2020 at 10:10 a.m.
     OCALA —
The Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida, announces the new Appleton Book Club that meets online once a month on a Tuesday to discuss works of nonfiction that have been hand-selected by museum staff.
     Led by museum educator Hollis Mutch, the book club is open to everyone. Participation is free and easy! Participants can register for book club meetings on Eventbrite. Zoom login information for the meeting will be sent in a confirmation email.

     Dec. 8, 7 p.m. -- “Remembering Paradise Park: Tourism and Segregation at Silver Springs,” by Lu Vickers and Cynthia Wilson-Graham
     Jan. 19, 7 p.m. -- “Strapless: John Singer Sargent and the Fall of Madame X,” by Deborah Davis
     Feb. 16, 7 p.m. -- “The Brilliant History of Color in Art,” by Victoria Finlay
     March 16, 7 p.m. -- “The Painter's Chair: George Washington and the Making of American Art,” by Hugh Howard
     April 20, 7 p.m. -- “Now I Sit Me Down: From Klismos to Plastic Chair: A Natural History,” by Witold Rybczynski
     May 18, 7 p.m. -- “Cleopatra: A Life,” by Stacy Schiff
     For more information about the Book Club or the Appleton Museum of Art, please email

     A campus of the College of Central Florida, the Appleton Museum of Art is located at 4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, east of downtown on SR 40 (exit 352 east off I-75 or exit 268 west off I-95). Parking is free. For more information, call 352-291-4455 or visit

FGC slates fall graduation
ceremonies Dec. 8, 10 and 11

By FGC Public Information Specialist Stephen Culotti
Published Nov. 26, 2020 at 10:10 a.m.
     LAKE CITY –
Florida Gateway College will honor graduates during smaller ceremonies on Dec. 8, 10 and 11.
     Plans are to hold ceremonies with 15 students and up to 5 of their family members, practicing social distancing in the Levy Performing Arts center on campus. The first ceremony will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 8 followed by another at 6:30 p.m. with the last at 7:30 p.m. The schedule would repeat on Dec. 10 and 11.
     The Chancellor of the Florida College System, Kathryn Hebda, is scheduled to give the keynote address live at the first ceremony, and her message will be recorded for the remaining ceremonies. Graduates and their families will see videotaped inspirational messages from members of the college’s Board of Trustees and representatives of the graduating class.
     The shortened (30 minute) ceremonies will also have all of the Pomp and Circumstance of a normal ceremony.
      “We are happy to again conduct these socially distant graduation ceremonies for our students,” said Dr. Lawrence Barrett, president of Florida Gateway College. “It is important for the graduates and their families to be able to share the celebration of this achievement with their peers in person.”


Bell students teach
Gilchrist County Rotarians

Dr. Jim Surrency
to take oath of office today

Bell High School Florida Trenton Florida Gilchrist County Rotarians
Seen at the meeting here are (standing, from left) Gilchrist County School Superintendent James ‘Jim’ Surrency, Emily Vasquez, Melonie Piechocki, Adrianna Vasquez, Tristan Townsend, Emma Hutto, Willow Lebowitz, Lisa Barry and Gilchrist County Rotary Club President Lowell Chesborough (kneeling, from left) Jamie Sherlock, Kiara Cobb and Cheyanne Dyer. Superintendent of Schools Surrency is scheduled to take the oath of office today (Tuesday, Nov. 17) at the regular twice-monthly Gilchrist County School Board meeting that is set to occur at the Trenton office of the School Board.

Photo By Holly Creel, Rotarian



AmVets Post 422 honors
eight Vietnam War veterans

AmVets in Fanning Springs honors Vietnam vets on Nov 11 2020
Seen here (from left) are AmVets Post 422 Immediate Past Commander Pat Plemmons; Past Commander Lee Layne; Larry Hysell; Past Commander Richard Bater; Ron Hancock; and Commander Kenny Spillers. Not pictured are Vietnam War veterans J.D. DiTullio and Doran Pearce.

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By Lee Layne
Published Nov. 13, 2020 at 4:10 p.m.
On Veterans Day (Wednesday, Nov. 11), AmVets Suwannee River Post 422 held its Annual Veterans Day Ceremony honoring all American military veterans.
     Commander Kenny Spillers spoke to when Veterans Day was started as Armistice Day to honor the end of WWI and then changed to Veterans Day by President Dwight D. Eisenhower (Oct. 14, 1890 - March 28, 1969).
     President Eisenhower noted in the first "Veterans Day Proclamation," that "In order to insure proper and widespread observance of this anniversary, all veterans, all veterans' organizations, and the entire citizenry will wish to join hands in the common purpose,” according to records provided by the Veterans Administration.
     During the ceremony on Wednesday, Past Commander Lee Layne presented the Post with a Vietnam War Veterans flag to fly at the Post.
     Past Commander Layne as Chairman of AMVETS Post 422 Vietnam War Commemorative Partner, presented eight Vietnam War Veterans with their Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pin – “A Grateful Nation Thanks and Honors You.”


Chiefland conducts
Veterans Day parade

Chiefland Florida Veterans Day ParadeStory, Photos and Video
By Jeff M. Hardison © Nov. 11, 2020 at 5:10 p.m.
While Dixie County conducted its 20th Annual Veterans Day Parade and Ceremony today (Wednesday, Nov. 11), Chiefland put on a small parade. It was veterans themselves who put the parade on, and they paid the city $250 for the cost of closing streets and handling traffic.
     Chiefland started imposing a $250 fee for every parade after the First Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Love March, a couple of years ago.

Chiefland Florida Veterans Day Parade
To see the 30-second video, CLICK ON THE STILL PHOTO ABOVE. The video is silent, because a nearby truck -- not in the parade -- had a child or someone who felt a need to beep the horn repeatedly.

Chiefland Florida Veterans Day Parade

Chiefland Florida Veterans Day Parade
These photos are taken in the area of downtown Chiefland on Main Street. Part of Main Street (U.S. Highway 19) was named United States Army Sergeant Karl A. Campbell Memorial Highway.

Chiefland Florida Veterans Day Parade
That part of the highway is Main Street between Northwest First Avenue and Southeast Second Avenue. Veterans Day is a continuation of what was once known as Armistice Day, when World War I ended.


Chiefland Florida Veterans Day Parade
As for the naming of the one stretch of the highway through Chiefland, Sergeant Karl A. Campbell, 34, of Chiefland died Oct. 4, 2010, in Babur, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with an
improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 1st Squadron, 75th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Army Sgt. Campbell was buried in Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors in 2010. Veterans Day is an opportunity to thank all veterans for their service. Memorial Day is an opportunity to thank veterans who gave their lives in service to their country.

Chiefland Florida Veterans Day Parade

Chiefland Florida Veterans Day Parade

Chiefland Florida Veterans Day Parade

Chiefland Florida Veterans Day Parade
As noticed from the photos above, a good time was had by all.


First call for
Williston mayor to resign

Williston Florida
City Councilwoman Debra Jones and Mayor Jerry Robinson speak with each other before the start of the meeting Wednesday night (Oct. 4).

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By Jeff M. Hardison © Nov. 6, 2020 at 6:10 p.m.
During the first of two parts of the regular twice-monthly meeting of the Williston City Council where the agenda item is labeled “Public Participation,” two members of the public spoke.


Williston Florida
Williston City Council President Justin Head speaks with City Planner Laura Jones before the start of the meeting.

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Williston City Attorney Frederick L. Koberlein Jr. speaks with City Manager Jackie Gorman before the start of the meeting. The new countdown clock is seen in the lower right of this photo.

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Williston City Councilman Elihu Ross looks at some of his fellow Council members before the start of the meeting.

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Fire Chief Lamar Stegall and Deputy Police Chief Terry Bovaird prepare for the start of the meeting.

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City Manager Jackie Gorman and Deputy City Manager C.J. Zimoski prepare for the meeting.

Williston Florida
City Council Vice President Marguerite Robinson and City Attorney Frederick L. Koberlein Jr. flank the vacant City Council seat that former City Councilman Charles Goodman left. There may be some action toward filling that vacancy at the Nov. 17 meeting, which is set to start at 6 p.m. in Williston City Hall.


     This was the first meeting where a countdown clock showed speakers how many minutes they had remaining as it counted down from five minutes. Both speakers that Wednesday night (Oct. 4) addressed the City Council via Zoom.
     Williston IT Consultant Aaron Mills helped City Council President Justin Head know about the desire of those listeners to speak. Mills also assured that the audience and the other three active members of City Council and Mayor Jerry Robinson heard those comments, too.
     First to speak from the public was Cassandra Williams. She told the City Council that she wanted to address comments made by former City Councilman Charles Goodman at the Oct. 20 meeting.
     According to her comments that night, Goodman said he had been approached by Mayor Robinson about something to do with $100,000 “on the quiet.” Williams said other Council members appeared to agree.
      Then, she spoke about seeing Goodman speak plainly in the past and that she felt his word was to be trusted. Williams expressed her opinion that the Council members seemed too nonchalant after learning that Goodman and Robinson had conferred about something to do with $100,000.
     Then she asked City Council President Head if it was a violation of the Sunshine Law for the mayor and a councilman to meet out of the view of the public and to discuss a matter. Since the mayor has no vote on matters, it seems unlikely to be a Sunshine Law violation.
     Williams said the mayor did not explain, counter or respond to anything Goodman said that night at that meeting.
     Head asked IT Consultant Mills to stop the countdown clock as he asked City Attorney Frederick L. Koberlein Jr. about what to do regarding the five-minute limit for people speaking. There was no response about the question of whether the mayor and Goodman violated any law regarding the need for the public to be present when voting members of a board discuss matters to be voted upon in the future.
     Attorney Koberlein told President Head that this is a time for public comments, not questions and answers.
     The attorney said he works at the pleasure of the Council. He does not write questions down from the public commentary part of the meeting.
     “You should generally NOT engage in a question and answer session during public comments,” Koberlein said. “It should be an item put on the agenda, so that public knows you are going to have a back-and-forth question-and-answer session.
     “The public might be entertained by it,” Koberlein continued, “and want to attend just for that item; so that they can listen, and perhaps they will want to feed off of it and ask some questions.”
     Should the City Council choose to engage in a question and answer session during public comments, Koberlein said, that is a choice of the Council in regard as to when to start and stop the or if to stop the five-minute countdown clock.
     The attorney said he has seen where a member of the public has become bothered by the answer to a question taking longer than they thought it should take; hence, the person loses his or her time to comment.
     There is no clear-cut, black and white law regarding whether an answer to a question should be counted against a person’s time allotted for making a public comment, Koberlein said.
     “I always suggest that a board not engage in a question and answer session during the public comments,” Koberlein said.
     He reiterated this is because it is unfair to people who did not know it was going to be happening, because it was not listed on the agenda.
     People who want to place an item on the agenda are advised to tell City Clerk Latrisha Wright at least 10 days before the meeting when it is to be discussed.
     In her final two minutes, Wright directed her comment to Mayor Robinson. She said she heard Robinson state that he would not resign under any circumstances.
     Wright said she is a qualified voter who lives in the city limits, and that she feels the mayor needs to explain to the people what “this secret meeting” was and the $100,000 to which Goodman referred, “and why it was necessary to keep it on the quiet.”
     She asked the mayor to listen very carefully to her last statement.
     Wright said that she felt that Robinson had said before that black lives don’t matter to him.
     “Black lives matter,” Wright said.
     Carol Fortney was the second person to address the City Council via Zoom that night.
     Fortney expressed her opinion that Mayor Robinson always has Williston’s best interest in mind, as she went on to say some other people instigate things against the city and cause problems, even when they don’t live in Williston.
     “I am proud of our mayor and our city,” Fortney said.
     The Ministerial Faith Alliance started a petition on a month ago, calling for Mayor Robinson to resign. As of Friday night (Nov. 6), 92 people had signed it.
     Among the opinions stated on the petition are the following “Robinson has alienated many citizens of Williston with divisive, hateful and outright racist social media posts. He has diminished the executive office and eroded the trust of the community by propagating incendiary rhetoric, encouraging discord and fueling the flames of racial disharmony in an already sensitive political and social climate. He is not contrite and has continued these behaviors after being confronted.”
     That petition can be viewed by clicking HERE.


A Good Day For
An Air Ambulance Transfer

Air Ambulance in Chiefland Florida Photo by Jeff M. Hardison
On Wednesday (Nov. 4), A Med-Trans helicopter landed in a grassy field near the Levy County Public Safety EMS ambulance station in Chiefland.

Air Ambulance transport from Chiefland to Gainesville Florida
Two Chiefland Fire Rescue vehicles were on either end of a road leading through this northern part of the Trail Head Park in Chiefland. An LCDPS ambulance arrived within seconds after the copter touched down and the medical crew from helicopter accepted a female patient from the ambulance. Within minutes, the helicopter was off to a hospital in Gainesville.

Photos and Video By Jeff M. Hardison © Nov. 5, 2020 at 4:10 p.m.
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First Published Feb. 1, 2011 at 8 a.m.
     On Feb. 1, 2011, came into existence on the Internet. On Nov. 1, 2011, The Christian Press section on The Life Page of 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 by the man about that journalist was incorrect and misplaced, the name sounded good. And 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 broken bones in his left arm and wrist. That surgically 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). The journalist who is a sole proprietor and owner of (Jeff M. Hardison) notes his appreciation for the use of those devotionals from that now-defunct publishing company, and for the many other contributors who have helped people over the past 10 years here now. That publication's daily devotionals include many from a time when the United States of America was a partner in a World War. This journalist welcomes contributions of daily devotionals. Daily devotional authors are asked to please send only their original works to Americans are reminded that all religions, having no religion and or being a person who endorses anti-religion are all protected as part of the freedoms from government intervention, as are other benefits from being an American.


Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020 at 9:10 a.m.


Read Hebrews 10:32-39

     Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
     Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
-- Hebrews 12: 1, 2 (KJV)

     Maurice Polydore Marie Bernard Maeterlinck (1862-1949) published Before the Great Silence in Paris. (He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1911.) He has always been a questioner; the mystic has battled the skeptic for the possession of his soul. He has no hope of social immortality because the hope for humanity is a fading gleam. “Humanity will have ceased to be when men have reproduced and exhausted all the inventions of nature – but it is more probable that it will have slain itself with its own hands long before this comes.”
     This is the mood of many today. It might well be the mood of all, but for our religious faith. Over against such words, I like to turn to a man who knew far more of physical distress and suffering than Maeterlinck has known. John Bunyon (1628-1688), the author of Pilgrim's Progress, writes: “In this country (of Beulah) the sun shineth night and day, wherefore this was beyond the Valley of the Shadow of Death, and also out of the reach of the Giant Despair, neither could they from this place so much as see Doubting Castle.” In the closing words of the tenth chapter of Hebrews are some great expressions of confident faith:
     “Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.
     “But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.”
-- Hebrews 10:38-39 (KJV)
     O GRACIOUS GOD, who dost sustain by Thy strength those who trust in Thee, be nearer to those on the fields of battle, in the places where soldiers are trained for conflict, in all the houses of our land, and give us that confidence in the triumph of the right and the victory of the good which can come only from belief in a great spiritual purpose in our universe. We ask in the name of Jesus Christ, who came to reveal that purpose. Amen.
Ivan Lee Holt, Bishop (1886-1967)
Dallas, Texas Area Methodist

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 © Nov. 23, 2020 at 9:10 a.m.

     I’m not a very good deer hunter. Oh, I’ve harvested several animals over the years, and I have had my share of good days, but I’m really not very good. I scout. I plant fields. I put out cameras. I read, plan, and practice with all my weapons. I have done these things for years. In fact, I have done these things for so long, I have a good test sample. The data says this. I’m not a very good hunter. Sometimes I miss the shot or make a bad one. Sometimes I clank my bow against my stand which sends the buck into the next county. I have also been known to be holding a honeybun instead of my bow when that deer shows up. It’s true. The evidence is not in my favor. I’m not sure however, if I am able to change or if this is exactly who I am. I wonder if I might experience a lot more enjoyment, if I would just quit trying so hard to do and be something, I am unable to do or be. I wonder if I just need to confess I am a hunter, but not add another demand with it. I’m already feeling freer.
     I’m being reminded right now of a conclusion I came to several years ago that transformed my life. My conclusion was this. I was not a very good Christian. Oh, I had my moments. I had some successes and some good days, but I was really not very good. I tried to continually read, pray and give. I attendeded church and practiced other disciplines. I tried for years. But my life was one Christian miss after another – one broken promise after another – one attempt to get it right after another. And It seemed the more I tried, the worse my misses were magnified until that day I reached my end, looked up to the heavens, and yelled these words to God. “I can’t do it!” And He yelled back, “You big dummy! You were never supposed to be able to do it!”
     Well not exactly those words and not exactly audibly, but the results were the same. And I was stunned. What? It was true. And soon thereafter, I was reading where the Apostle Paul came to the same conclusion. Here’s how he put it. “For when I tried to keep the law, it condemned me. So I died to the law—I stopped trying to meet all its requirements—so that I might live for God.” (Gal 2:19 NLT) He basically said. “I can’t do it, so I’m gonna quit trying to do everything I can’t do, so I can just live my life as a person who has been transformed by the grace of God.” Right after that statement, he confessed he was crucified with Christ. Dead, yet he lives because Christ is now living in him. And he quit trying to do in his flesh, what could only be done by the Spirit.
     The greatest day in your life will be when you make the same confession Paul did - and may I say that I did as well. Give up. Realize you are unable to keep all the rules you thought you had to keep. And just live, as one who has received grace that paid the price for your sins so you would not have to. Die to trying. Die to the law. And simply invite Christ to live his life through you. Simply be a follower of Christ, without adding another demand with it. I hope you are already feeling freer.

 -- Gary Miller

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

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