Thomas Ingram, an evangelist, invites everyone to the tent revival happening in the tent on east side of U.S. Highway 19 just southeast of Danny's Food Mart (which is the convenience store and gas station on the northwest corner of U.S. 19 and State Road 345) in Chiefland. Ingram said the revivals start at 7 p.m. each night through Saturday night (April 25). Published April 20, 2015 @ 3:17 p.m. Photo by Jeff M. Hardison
More Below Ad Click on Ad To Go to the Hospital's Website.
War on cancer continues in Williston Team Cirque Du Monterey with Mary Sestito and Kim Koenichen as leaders show they are dressed for the occasion.
Relay Ambassador Kami McCormick, 14, who was crowned at the pageant last year said she felt it is ‘Pretty cool’ that she was reappointed as the ambassador again this year, due to the lack of a pageant.
Despite a very warm afternoon Saturday, some teams dressed up completely for the event. The theme this year in Williston was Cirque Du Relay. Years ago, the Relay For Life would go for 24 hours with events and teams making many laps around the track. The basic idea remains the same and all funds go to the American Cancer Society in its efforts to rid the world of cancer. In rural North Florida the Relay For Life events do not go for 24 hours any more. The mission of the Relay For Life runs parallel with the American Cancer Society’s mission. Preventing cancer, saving lives and diminishing suffering from cancer through research, education, advocacy and service is the mission.
Ray Minor performs a sound check just before the 2 p.m. start of the event.
The event in Williston ran through Saturday night and into early Sunday morning. All of the action is at Williston High School at the football field and track. Teams raised money to fight cancer by selling barbecue chicken, pork sandwiches, chicken wings, corndogs, chili dogs, popcorn, cotton candy, funnel cakes, cookies, candy desserts and more. There were raffles, face painting, temporary tattoos, shirts, games and more, including special laps. Children began enjoying the free bounce house from the start at 2 p.m. Music opened with Bob Dylan’s classic song Blowing in the Wind at 2 p.m. The many different teams around the track all shared stories about people who survived and some who succumbed to cancer. Everyone worked together for the same purpose, and competition was spirited but friendly.
The next song by the wandering minstrels of Manatee Springs State Park was When The Saints Go Marching In. This song is an American gospel hymn. Hendrickson joked quite a bit between songs. He said bagpipe players tune their instrument for 90 percent of the time and play for 10 percent. Hendrickson said he is Welsh, as he wore a kilt. Some people ask him if he is Scottish and he helps them understand which part of that section of Europe are the place of his ancestry.
When The Saints Go Marching In
He asked if there were any Irish members of the audience. Then he told a joke. “Why don’t the Irish hunt for elephants anymore?” he asked the small crowd. “Because they got tired of carrying the decoys.” Most folks could almost hear the rimshot of a drum, although there was none there at that time. One question he is asked often is “Are the bagpipes hard (to play)?” “Yes,” Hendrickson said. “But not nearly as hard as the rocks and sticks and other things people throw at me when I play them.” The man to whom Hendrickson referred is known professionally as Victor Borge, and that man’s actual name was Børge Rosenbaum, a Danish comedian, conductor and pianist who achieved great popularity in radio and television in the United States and Europe. His blend of music and comedy earned him the nickname "The Clown Prince of Denmark." And so “The Clown Prince of Wales” graced Manatee Springs State Park as he was the first in a very impressive set of musicians, who performed for all park visitors.
Williston City Council members take the oath of office (from left) City Council members Elihu Ross, Danny Etheridge and Matt Brooks take the oath of office administered by Levy County Judge James T. Browning.
(from left) City Council members Elihu Ross, Danny Etheridge and Matt Brooks take the oath of office administered by Levy County Judge James T. Browning.
There is a three consecutive annual term annual limit for president and vice president. Each year, the council selects these leaders. City Council President Jason Cason said the City Charter calls for the election of officers following an investiture. Cason was elected the first time as council president on Aug. 22, 2012. Therefore, there must be a new selection of council president on Aug. 22, 2015 or just before that date.
(from left) City Council members Elihu Ross, Danny Etheridge and Matt Brooks pause for a photo opportunity with Levy County Judge James T. Browning.
Cason was elected again as the president. Brooks nominated Cason to be president. Ross nominated Charles Goodman to be president. Cason, Brooks and Etheridge voted in favor of Cason as president until the next vote in August. Ross and Goodman voted in favor Goodman as president. Goodman was elected as vice president the first time and each consecutive year on Jan. 1, 2013. Goodman was elected as vice president again on Tuesday night. Goodman had nominated Ross to be vice president. Brooks nominated Goodman to be vice president. It was a 3-2 vote again, with Cason, Brooks and Etheridge being in the majority and voting for Goodman as vice president. Goodman and Ross had voted for Ross to be vice president. Cason mentioned that during the August vote for the new president, the City Council may choose a new vice president as well. The way that the current appointments went out of synch happened at two turning points related to the ending times for former City Council members Jerry Robinson and Norm Fugate, Cason explained. Former Council President Robinson resigned from the City Council and the vice president at the time was unable to perform the duties due to scheduling conflicts. That is how Cason was first elected as council president on Aug. 22, 2012. Former Vice President Fugate resigned in January of 2013 and so Goodman was elected as the vice president. The City Council president signs documents and checks. He also leads the meetings. In his absence, the vice president performs those duties.
The Williston Mayor and City Council are seen here. They are (from left) Councilman Danny Etheridge, Councilman Matt Brooks, Mayor R. Gerald Hethcoat, Council President Jason Cason, Council Vice President Charles Goodman, and Councilman Elihu Ross.
-- UPDATED --
MON. APRIL 20 3:17 p.m.
Levy, Dixie, Gilchrist counties Click on ads to go to websites.