Lions prep for fish tournament

Lions Scott Gibson (left) and Steve Edmonds provide a photo opportunity when requested. These Lions were among the acting bartenders on Friday evening (April 21).

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By Jeff M. Hardison © April 21, 2017 at 11:17 p.m.
Members and guests of the Inglis Yankeetown Lions Club enjoyed a fish dinner, an informative meeting and chances to win door prizes on Friday night (April 21) in the clubhouse on 59th Street in Yankeetown.
     It was the Captain's Meeting held before the 6th Annual Nature Coast Challenge. This fishing tournament by the Lions Club is a catch, photograph and release kayak-based fishing tournament. It is scheduled to be held tomorrow (Saturday, April 22).

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Above the door of the Inglis-Yankeetown Club building, it is noted the club was chartered in May of 1971 and the building is dedicated to Alice and Clyde Box.

(from left) Lions Poco French, Astara Edmonds and Alice Box pause from their activities in the kitchen to provide a photo opportunity when requested. Inglis-Yankeetown Lions Club President Donna Norton, who was noted as having made the amazing four-bean salad for the meal, was not photographed because at this moment the president was checking in the scores of people who were ready to enjoy the meal. In addition to that phenomenal salad, there was deep-fried fish and hush puppies, and lots of other wonderful items on the menu. By the way, Tony's Clam Chowder (from Cedar Key) was a menu item.

(from left) Lions Rob French, Steven Norton, Jack Holbrook and Woody Miley  pause from their activities outside next to hot, boiling oil to provide a photo opportunity when requested. There were a couple of jokester Lions present Friday night as well as many, many guests.


A raffle for a kayak (with a retail value in the $200 range) was part of the fundraising effort. As shown by the sign, tickets cost $5 each or five for $20 to win the kayak that was donated by Rural King -- which is located near the Crystal River Mall.

     Canoes and other non-motorized watercraft may be used for this event as well as kayaks.
     The Captain’s Meeting is set to be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 21, at the Lions Club, 2
     Everyone is invited to compete to catch and record by a photo the longest individual Redfish or Trout, the Grand Slam (combined length redfish/trout) or the “Mixed Bag” to win cash, trophies and prizes.
     Second and third place winners are to be recognized with awards as well.
     There is a Junior Angler prize for participants 18 years and younger.
     The donation to participate in the tournament is $60.
     A fish fry dinner will be provided at the Captain’s Meeting for all participants who have registered. There are also tournament tee-shirts and captains' bags for the participants.
     Inglis-Yankeetown Lions Club President Donna Norton said there were 65 participants registered as of the start of the Captain's Meeting on Friday night.
     During the meeting, participants learned that the rules are the same as last year. Of importance to note this year is that Capt. Rob Kibistek is operating a safety boat to help other boaters who may be in distress.

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Published April 18, 2017 at 10:07 p.m.
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April 19 marks the Shot Heard ‘Round the World Day, held each year to commemorate the events surrounding the birth of our nation in 1775 and celebrate opportunities for safe and responsible recreational shooting and firearms ownership.

     You can mark this special day by visiting a new website that provides a wealth of information about FWC-managed public shooting ranges. At this site, you can find where FWC-managed ranges are located and get information about what opportunities they offer, hours of operation, updates, and more!
     Recreational shooting is a fun way to spend time outdoors.  We manage nine safe, clean and family-friendly public shooting ranges across the state and have future shooting ranges under construction at Triple ’N Ranch in Osceola County and Palm Beach County. Depending on which FWC-managed range you visit, you can shoot 5-stand, sporting clays, trap, or skeet as well as get some trigger time at the rifle and pistol ranges. Some facilities even offer an archery range.
     Did you know that hunters and target shooters are an important funding source for developing and maintaining FWC-managed target shooting ranges — as well as for wildlife management and hunter safety? When hunters purchase firearms, ammunition and archery equipment, they support the hunting and shooting sports industry, which pays into the Wildlife and Sportfish Restoration (WSFR) Program, resulting in millions of dollars to each state.
     When hunters purchase a Florida hunting license, they play a major role in this program because the amount of WSFR funding that comes back to our state for FWC-managed shooting ranges and wildlife management depends on the number of hunting licenses issued. So we are grateful to the shooting sports industry and each and every licensed hunter for their steadfast support of FWC ranges and wildlife conservation in Florida.
     Learn more about FWC-managed public shooting ranges, including range safety tips, by visiting

Plummeting to earth in a plane;
Just another day at work for two pilots

Aerobatic pilots Paul Schulten and Clemens Kuhlig are in great spirits minutes before their show begins at the Cross City Airport. They are standing between their airplanes. Kuhlig's airplane is in front of them. Schulten's in back.

Clemens Kuhlig roars across the Cross City Airport flying sideways as he prepares to make a loop.

Paul Schulten begins an inverted flat spin that sends his aircraft toward the ground with smoke trailing behind him.

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By Terry Witt, Senior Reporter © April 16, 2017 at 3:07 p.m.
Aerobatic Pilots Paul Schulten and Clemens Kuhlig gave spectators a few thrills and chills Saturday when they flew their aircraft upside down, sideways and straight toward the earth at times over the Cross City Airport on Saturday (April 15).

     The two pilots were the entertainment everyone was waiting for at the Cross City Airport Fly-In and Expo.
     They don’t deny their sport is dangerous. At times they flew their planes straight toward the sky until those airborne vehicles ran out of power, and they allowed the aircraft to fall tail-first toward the ground.
     But then gravity grabbed the heaviest part of the airplanes – the engine located up front – and forced the aircraft to fly nose-first toward the ground. The pilots, performing separately, safely pulled their aircraft out of the dive at the last second and flew close to the ground with smoke trailing from below the tail.
     Both pilots are experienced aerobatic pilots with the highest level of training. They possess surface level waivers, a designation allowing them to do whatever they please in a show. Pilots with surface level waivers must have a minimum of 52 performances under their belt to qualify.
     Schulten said they map out the flight in their head before the show begins.
      “We love flying but what you see out there are carefully orchestrated and planned maneuvers. It is dangerous. We go forward, backwards and sometimes end over end,” said Schulten, an experienced Southwest Airlines pilot.
     Kuhlig said he became familiar with the Cross City Airport as a stopover to buy fuel. He left a business card at the airport one day and got a call asking if he would perform at the airport.
     Dana Sheffield, a regular visitor to the airport, said the airport received a radio message one day from a pilot 36,000 feet above the Cross City Airport. They scratched their heads at first. Turns out it was Schulten flying over in a Southwest Airlines jet. He radioed a friendly “Hello.”
     Neither of the pilots complained about the stiff wind blowing across the airport at Saturday’s show. The wind grew stronger as the day progressed. They said they factored the wind into their performance.
      “Everything seems so obviously dangerous, but everything has been worked out and planned out, so if the engine quits you have a way to get back on the runway,” said Kuhlig, a professional airplane mechanic and chef. “The real challenge is adapting to the conditions at the site.”

campgrounds closed

Published April 13, 2017 at 5:37 p.m.
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The Southwest Florida Water Management District (Swiftmud) has closed all Swiftmud-managed campgrounds throughout the 16-county region during Florida’s wildfire emergency event.

     The following Swiftmud-managed campgrounds are closed until further notice:
     ● Cypress Creek Preserve
     ● Deep Creek Preserve
     ● Flying Eagle Preserve
     ● Green Swamp – East Tract
     ● Green Swamp – Hampton Tract
     ● Green Swamp – West Tract
     ● Lake Panasofkee
     ● Lower Hillsborough Wilderness Preserve
     ● Potts Preserve
     ● Starkey Wilderness Preserve – Serenova Tract
     ● Upper Hillsborough Preserve – Alston Tract
     ● Upper Hillsborough Preserve – Upper Hillsborough Tract
     Additional information about Swiftmud properties closed due to wildfires can be found on the District’s website at

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