David Cravey, community liaison of Haven Hospice, shows a chart comparing
different hospices' results for pain relief. The chart shows Haven Hospice is a
leader in this category. Cravey was among the many people in Morriston on
Saturday (March 8) for the Morriston Baptist Church's Outdoor Extravaganza. For
the story and more photos from this event, please visit the LIFE
Photo by Jeff M. Hardison
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Two women win chili contest;
Sheriff Schultz issues
(from left) Robert Willis, Sharon Langford, Robert Willis and Michael McElroy
prepare to taste the various chili samples to find the winners.
Story and Photos
By Jeff M. Hardison © March 7, 2014
TRENTON -- Diners and donors converged on the Gilchrist County
Sheriff's Office on Friday afternoon (March 7) as the 5th Annual Sheriff's Cook
Off went into high gear by serving chili to the general public starting at
Sheriff Bobby Schultz stands with Rebecca Woodin the winner of the Best
Traditional Chili title.
Once again, it was the chili contest of the year with
almost 20 entrees and three judges made their rulings within 30 minutes. Under
the excellent direction of Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Anita Moore
with Stephanie Simpson as her helper, and with a number of other volunteers
assisting as well, the chili cook-off contest and luncheon went as smooth as
Rebecca Woodin, who celebrates her 38th birthday on
Saturday (March 8), won the Best Traditional Chili category with her version
named "Meat The Winner."
won in the Best Unique Chili category with her chicken chili that she named
"The Bomb Digity Chili." The two runners-up in the Most Unique category were
"Entic'n Bis’n” and “Chili of the Sea.”
Sheriff Bobby Schultz stands with Julie Thomas the winner of the Best
Unique Chili title.
Both Woodin and Thomas won trophies and $50 cash.
Thomas donated her $50 back to the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life,
which is the charity that benefitted by the contest.
Kelly Danaher won $215 in a 50-50 contest.
There was $1,200 raised for the Relay For Life of the
Gilchrist County Sheriff Robert D. “Bobby” Schultz III
is continuing this GCSO tradition that, on the most fundamental level provides
some great chili and other delights to diners – as well as the thrill of
victory for the two top chefs. From a more abstract perspective, the event
shows faith, hope and love abounding in Florida’s smallest rural county.
Schultz is taking the chili contest to the next level.
Sheriff Schultz is challenging Levy County Sheriff
Robert B. “Bobby” McCallum Jr. and Dixie County Sheriff Dewey Hatcher Sr. to a
Tri-County Chili Cook-Off with proceeds going to the American Cancer
Sheriff Bobby Schultz with Sgt. Anita Moore
Sheriff Schultz said he needs to confer with Sheriff
McCallum and Sheriff Hatcher to figure out how to make this happen, as well as
to determine the date, but he seemed rather happy about potentially being able
to involve all three counties in the future contest.
As for the contest on Friday afternoon, it was
absolutely on track in projected timing. Sgt. Moore kept the event on
Judging the chili this year were Gilchrist County
Commissioner Sharon Langford, Assistant State Attorney Robert “Buzzard” Willis
and Michael McElroy of Ameris Bank. They considered the smell, color, flavor
and thickness to reach their determination of winners in the two
Diners enjoyed chili, cornbread, a variety of desserts
and iced tea – all for $5.
Kyle Stone of
the American Cancer Society was among the helpers. She mentioned her happiness
with seeing Dixie, Gilchrist and most of Levy County being in the Relay For
Life of the Tri-Counties. The Williston Relay For Life event is so big that it
is separate from the rest of Levy County’s efforts.
Kyle Stone stands on one end of a long table of desserts, which she
arranged neatly just before the luncheon.
As for Thomas’ triumph with “The Bomb Digity Chili,”
Sgt. Moore said that unique chili was “definitely worthy of it (being named the
best in the Unique Category).”
Thomas was very happy to have won the best Traditional
Chili title too.
The names of the various other contenders were
interesting. They included “A Little Spicy,” “Hearty Homemade Chili,” “Double D
Delicious,” “Pud’s Spicy Chili,” “Still Kick’n Chili,” “For the Love of Chili,”
“Ache’n for Moore,” “Gobble Gobble,” “Nessa’s Homemade Chili Con Carne,”
“Nessa’s Spicy Homemade Chili Con Carne,” “Gilchrist County Star,” “Today’s
Special,” “Just Chili,” “Chili of Honor,” and “Brilla’s Best.”
A lone coyote travels through the light rain on a field used by dairy cows on
Thursday morning (March 6).
Photo by Jeff M.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission notes all of the
following (and more) about coyotes. In the western United States, coyotes are
the main predator of domestic sheep, causing significant losses in select
areas. They can also prey upon goats, calves, hogs, poultry and watermelons.
Coyotes will also kill domestic dogs and house cats. The type of damage
attributed to coyotes in Florida is similar to that in the western states, but
so far, the damage has been infrequent and restricted to small areas. Coyotes
are not a threat to human safety. There are a few reports from the western
United States of coyotes biting humans, but this behavior is very unusual.
Coyotes are normally timid towards people.If you have experienced coyote
damage, or anticipate damage, several prevention options are available. The
most effective approach is to use a combination of lethal and non-lethal
methods. Non-lethal methods to protect livestock include exclusion fencing,
corralling animals at night and using trained guard dogs. Fencing is possibly
the most effective. To exclude coyotes, woven or welded wire fences should be
at least 4 feet high with barbed wire above for a total minimum height of 5
feet. Adding height to the fence will increase its effectiveness. Mesh sizes
should not exceed 4 x 6 inches (coyotes can squeeze through fences with larger
mesh). An outward overhang of fence wire will help prevent coyotes from jumping
over. Electrifying the fence may also help to deter coyotes from crossing.
Though fences probably will not offer complete protection, they will keep most
coyotes from crossing. Minimally, fences will guide coyotes to specific
crossings, most likely a crawl space under the fence, where they can be trapped
or snared more easily. If lethal control measures are necessary, they should be
directed at specific coyotes or toward coyotes in a specific area.
Indiscriminate killing of coyotes is unlikely to reduce coyote populations,
which can withstand 70 percent annual kill. Some evidence suggests that light,
indiscriminant harvesting of Coyotes may actually stimulate production and
further increase numbers. There is no closed season on coyotes in Florida.
Legal methods of take are by gun, bow or snare. Steel traps and can be used
only by special permit issued by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, and
use of poisons to kill coyotes is illegal. A permit is not required to take
coyote with a gun and light at night on private property with landowner
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