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CFEC helps SVEC restore power
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By Whitney McQueen
Communications Specialist    
Central Florida Electric Cooperative
Published Nov. 22, 2014
     CHIEFLAND – After restoring power to in excess of 2,500 members in more than 50 different locations throughout the Tri-County Area of Levy, Dixie and Gilchrist counties, several crews from Central Florida Electric Cooperative volunteered to assist neighboring Suwannee Valley Electric Cooperative, which also had suffered severe storm damages on Monday (Nov. 17).
     With winds in excess of 50 m.p.h., Suwannee County was hit hard with damage caused by fallen trees, broken power poles and destroyed barns. Roughly 2,700 SVEC members lost power due to the severe storm. CFEC crews worked hand-in-hand with SVEC throughout the night Monday and Tuesday to restore power as quickly and safely as possible to all except about 55 members by 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.
     Cooperation among cooperatives is a principle CFEC holds highly. The cooperative team at CFEC was happy to lend a hand and work together to assist their neighbors in Suwannee County by helping restore power to their members.
     CFEC is a not-for-profit organization that prides itself on being member driven. The cooperative's mission is to be the finest example of an electric cooperative where excellent service, competitive rates and concern for the consumer, community and environment guide every action.


Cedar Key Woman's Club
seeks soldiers to help

Published Nov. 19, 2014
     CEDAR KEY -- The Cedar Key Woman's Club is asking for help as it seeks to locate soldiers from Cedar Key.

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     The club sends Support Our Troop "care packages" every year. Very soon, the Cedar Key Woman's Club will be filling these holiday-themed packages. The contents of the packages and the cost of postage is donated by CKWC members and members of the Cedar Key community.  
     The club needs help, however, in acquiring names and complete military titles and addresses for this outreach of the CKWC. They are people to please contact churches, the Cedar Key School, friends and family to get the information needed to send the care packages.
      All deployed troops from the Cedar Key area should get a care package from the CKWC.
     "We want them to know that our community supports their efforts and sacrifice," the club noted in a request for assistance.
    The CKWC has been supporting the troops since 2002 and sending care packages. This cost is in excess of $4,500 just for postage over the years.
     Monetary donations are accepted. Please contact any CKWC member or contact the SUPPORT OUR TROOPS Program Chairperson R. Jocelyn at e-mail:  robin.jocelyn@ymail.com or call 352-949-4635.


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The LifeSouth Community Bloodmobile was parked in front of Walmart of Chiefland on Saturday (Nov. 15). People donated life-giving blood at the mobile unit that day. Please look at the CALENDAR PAGE often to see where the bloodmobile will be next.
Photo by Jeff M. Hardison


Inglis hosts Levy County
Veterans Day Parade

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(from left) Chiefland Mayor Teal Pomeroy, Cedar Key Mayor Dale Register, Inglis Mayor Glenda Kirkland, Williston Mayor R. Gerald Hethcoat and Yankeetown Mayor Debra Weiss march in the parade.

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By Jeff M. Hardison © Nov. 9, 2014
     INGLIS – Everyone from a two-month-old infant gazing at passing figures to an 87-year-old veteran being among those who were recognized for service to their country, were part of the full spectrum of people in Levy County who enjoyed the annual Veterans Day Parade, which was held in Inglis this year on Saturday (Nov. 8).
     In an effort to not split resources or wear out participants, the Veterans Day Parade in Levy County is rotated from city to city each year.
     Of course, Veterans Day is Nov. 11 and there are a number of events on that day, too, in Levy, Dixie and Gilchrist counties.

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(from left) Sandra McDaniel, 2 months old, Faith McDaniel, 3, and Nevaeh Navedo, 2, prepare to watch the parade in Inglis.

     As for the parade in Inglis on Saturday (Nov. 8), it was very well attended by spectators and participants.

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     More than 100 units passed along a two-mile long path on Levy County Road 40 between Yankeetown School and the Inglis City Park. The line of participants was about 2.5 miles long and they were not spaced out with big empty points of nothing.
Inglis110714ZZC.     Among the star veterans in the parade were individuals who fought in World War II. They were the honored guests at a ceremony to herald the start of a veterans’ memorial in the Inglis park after the parade.

World War II veteran Joseph Ballance, 87, of Williston pauses for a moment for a photo opportunity on Saturday.


     Those veterans included Joseph Ballance, 87, of Williston. He was drafted just nine days after he turned 18 years old. He said he signed up for the draft on his 18th birthday, and nine days later he was called into service.
     Ballance went to boot camp at Fort Sill, Okla. Then, he transferred into the U.S. Army Air Corps, which is the predecessor of the U.S. Air Force.
Inglis110714ZM     Other WWII veterans who were honored during the dedication of the future Veterans’ Memorial in Inglis were: Adelaide E. Link, 92, of Crystal River who served in the Women’s Army Corps (WAC) as a member; Chuck Breit, 88, of Inglis, who was among the first American paratroopers; Louise Johnson of Fanning Springs, who was a WAC; and George Hoover of Yankeetown who served in the U.S. Navy.
     The parade was a countywide event with mayors from five of the various municipalities walking the whole route. Inglis Mayor Glenda Kirkland was joined by Yankeetown Mayor Debra Weiss, Cedar Key Mayor Dale Register, Williston Mayor R. Gerald Hethcoat and Chiefland Mayor Teal Pomeroy. Mayors from Bronson, Otter Creek and Fanning Springs were absent.
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     Mayor Kirkland’s granddaughter Ashley Rivers was the lone horse rider in the parade, and she was followed by two brave, young men with shovels and a wagon. Mayor Kirkland carried photographs of two of her other grandchildren who are currently active in the military. Those photos were of U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Austin Rivers and Adam Rivers of the Georgia National Guard.
     Among the other Inglis Town Council members who walked the whole route was Steve Kesterson Sr. He distributed red, white and blue beaded necklaces to onlookers. In time, this practice will cause future parade-watchers to yell “Beads!” because this has become the bane of existence for some onlookers at other parades, while other parade observers absolutely love to jump into the fray, even to the point of competitive “parade bead collecting.”

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     Levy County Sheriff Robert "Bobby" McCallum Jr. was at the front of the parade as men and women from the LCSO and from the LCSO Citizens On Patrol were in the procession, too, or they helped with traffic control.

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     The cadets of the Williston High School Army Jr. Reserve Officer Training Corps were well represented in the parade. In addition to this color guard, there was a complete set of cadets marching in step.

     Among the many veterans’ organizations who were marching, driving and riding were VFW Post 5625 of Chiefland, which provided the first Color Guard in the procession (as well as an honor guard that performed a 21-gun salute and played taps); AmVets Post 447 of Inglis; AmVets Suwannee River Post 422; AmVets Suwannee River (motorcycle) Riders Post 422; American Legion Post 236 of Bronson; Disabled American Veterans, Chapter 158 of Crystal River; Tri-County DAV, Chapter 63 of Cross City; the Patriot Guard Riders; and other veterans’ groups.

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     The Williston Shooters Club, the U.S. Coast Guard, the Yankeetown School Basketball Team, the Williston Police Department, Dunnellon Police Department, Williston Fire Rescue, Inglis Fire Rescue, Bronson Fire Rescue, South Levy Volunteer Fire Department, Levy County Department of Public Safety, the Florida Forestry service -- with Smokey Bear, Citrus Cruisers, South Levy Little League, Abraham Lincoln, Uncle Sam, and County Commissioner John Meeks, County Commissioner-Elect Rock Meeks, County Commissioner-Elect Lilly Rooks, and other elected officials were in the parade too.

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     There were go-carts, golf carts, trucks, cars, military vehicles, boats on trailers, several old military Jeeps, a relatively new military HumVee; some other huge military vehicles, and many old collectible cars in the parade too.
     Free hotdogs, chips, a dessert and soft drink were available for anyone.
     Helen Ciallella welcomed everyone to the dedication of the future Veterans Memorial at the park. She is among the parade committee members. Other members of that committee are Ruth A. Ruppert, Joe Hozian, Bart Householder, Pat Plemmons, Russ Konold; John VanHorn and Inglis City Commissioner Sherry Ely.
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Ashley Rivers, the granddaughter of Inglis Mayor Glenda Kirkland

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Commissioner-elect Rock Meeks (left) and County Commissioner John Meeks walk in the parade. John Meeks, who is a member of the Sons of AmVets Squadron 88 is an avid supporter of recognizing veterans.

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Williston Assistant Fire Chief Danny Wallace rides in the parade. He is among the many people from Williston who went to Inglis on behalf of the easternmost municipality. FOR MORE PHOTOS FROM THIS PARADE, PLEASE VISIT THE HARDISONINK.COM PAGE ON FACEBOOK.

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SAT.   NOV. 22   9:27 p.m.
Levy, Dixie, Gilchrist counties



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