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Gary Miller's Outdoor Truths,  March 19, 2017
Angie Land's Heart Matters, March 20, 2017

Guy Sheffield's But Anyway, March 21, 2017


Chiefland exhibitor wins
Grand Champion
in Feeder Steer Show


Grand Champion Feeder Steer exhibitor Rieley Beauchamp shows off her steer. Pictured (from left) are Lint Jerrels, Bailey Beauchamp, Kelly Beauchamp, Jeff Beauchamp, Show Judge Deron Rehberg and Rieley Beauchamp.



By Terry Witt, Senior Reporter © March 22, 2017 at 3:37 p.m.
     FANNING SPRINGS --
Chiefland Middle High School ninth grader Rieley Beauchamp earned the title as the person who raised the Grand Champion Feeder Steer on Tuesday (March 21) at the Suwannee River Fair (SRF) and Livestock Show and Sale in only her second appearance as an exhibitor.
     Caleigh Robinson, a senior at Chiefland Middle High School, won Reserve Grand Champion with her homegrown steer that she named Cash, one of three calves born to a heifer she received in seventh grade from her Uncle Benny Jerrels.


Reserve Champion Feeder Steer exhibitor Caleigh Robinson is pictured with her steer. Shown (from left) are Lint Jerrels, Caleb Robinson, Aaron Robinson, Show Judge Deron Rehberg, Caleigh Robinson and Julie Robinson with Charleigh Robinson.


Sam Mills of Chiefland Sr. FFA competes for the title of Feeder Steer Grand Champion along with a ring full of other hopeful exhibitors.


     The two Chiefland girls were among 82 exhibitors competing for the top two spots in the feeder steer show. The competition as judged by Deron Rehberg of the University of Georgia.
     Rieley, a Chiefland Junior FFA Chapter exhibitor, dubbed her 630 pound steer “Tag Number 44,” the steer’s sale number, noting it wasn’t the most expensive feeder steer in the show.
     But Judge Rehberg wasn’t looking at the steer’s price tag. He was looking for a top flight feeder steer.
     “You don’t have to spend a lot to get a grand champion. You need a good eye,” said Rieley.
     Her father, Jeff Beauchamp, said Rieley took exquisite care of her show steer, working with him, feeding him and washing him every day.
     “She’s taken better care of the steer than any of the pets we’ve had –dogs or cats,” Beauchamp said, noting the family’s schedule revolved around the feeding, grooming and training the gentle steer.
     Rieley, who gets mostly “A”s for her grades at CMHS, said she has begun a small herd of show cattle on her granddaddy Jerry Beauchamp’s farm. She had the heifers artificially inseminated and she wants to eventually exhibit a homegrown grand champion from her herd before she graduates from high school.
     She would like to continue raising show cattle in college. She said the show cattle business wouldn’t be her main job but would likely be a sideline because of her love for agriculture.
     Her plans are to graduate from college and take a job as an advocate for Florida agriculture working as a lobbyist.
     Caleigh, who has a 4.11 grade point average as a CMHS senior, said she hopes her feeder steer Cash lives up to his name at Wednesday’s sale and brings in plenty of money.
     (That story, photos and video are in production now.)
     The Chiefland FFA Senior Chapter representative has been accepted as a student at the University of Florida and will major in agriculture education and communications this fall. She plans to be a sales representative for a feed and seed company.
     While Caleigh looks forward to the next chapter in her life as a university student, she said she will miss raising show calves and competing in the Suwannee River Fair.
     “That’s why I’m all teary-eyed. I’m not ready for it to be over with,” she said.
     She said she would advise any student to get involved with exhibiting at the Suwannee River Fair.
     “It is the most rewarding thing,” she said. “These are my babies. This one (Cash) came from my house. I care for them. I love them. I’ve learned so much about the industry.”
     Caleigh had a good head start on her college education. She has taken enough dual enrollment courses in high school to give her half the credits needed for an Associate of Arts Degree.

 


Lambs Try Out At SFR

This year, lambs were being shown in the arena by 4-H Cloverbuds from the Tri-County Area, although only as an experiment. Florida 4-H Cloverbuds program is where children experience the joy of learning in a supportive, creative, challenging and fun environment.


Here Linden Teague, 8, of the Cloverbud Buckaroos 4-H Club of Gilchrist County is seen with a lamb in the Suwannee River Fair and Livestock Show and Sale Arena on Saturday (March 18). The children and lambs appeared to enjoy the tryout experience. The SRF may include lamb showing next year and this was a chance to try it out.

Photos by Jeff M. Hardison © March 18 at 6:17 p.m.


SRF Dog Show attracts
18 hard-working dog handlers


Seen here are all 18 handlers and Lori Fausett, trainer, and Johnna Knox, judge for rally and obedience. The judge for showmanship was Kristina Chriscoe (not pictured). The SRF Dog Show sponsors are Dr. Bill Martin of Martin Orthodontics and Gilchrist Students Working Against Tobacco. The buckle sponsors are Levy County Commission Chairman John Meeks, and Rock Meeks of Meeks & Sons Plumbing (He is also a county commissioner but it is the plumbing company that sponsored the buckles). There is a note of a big thanks to A & T Designs for the t-shirts and buckets.

Photo and Story
By Becky Bussard
Superintendent of SRF Dog Show
Published March 15, 2017 at 4:17 p.m.
on the Life Page of HardisonInk.com
     FANNING SPRINGS --
This year at the Suwannee River Fair Dog Show there were 18 handlers that competed.  The dog club is in its fourth year and growing.
     Each handler competed in rally, obedience, and showmanship.
     Rally consists of a course with signs at stations. Each station lets the handler know what skill needs to be performed next. It requires great teamwork between the dog and the handler. It is a timed event as well as point system.
     The obedience competition requires the handler to perform skills as the judge requests. Obedience also involves a three-minute down, which means the dog is put into a down position. Then the handler walks to the end of the six-foot leash and the dog must remain down for the full three minutes.
     Showmanship is based upon the handler and the way they show and present their dog while performing skills requested by the judge.
     We are actively working towards adding agility to the competition for next year.
     Everyone had a great time and are looking forward to next year's show.
     Following are the names of the handlers and the honors they earned with their dogs.
     ● Kalin Siegel - Advanced Group Senior 1st place rally, obedience, and showmanship        
     ● Kimberly King - Advanced Group Junior 3rd place rally, 2nd place obedience, 3rd place showmanship 
     ● Burlynne Mejeris -Advanced Group Junior 1st place rally and showmanship, 3rd place obedience
     ● Kyndal Bussard - Advanced Group Junior 2nd place showmanship
     ● Mollee Beauchamp - Advanced Group Junior 2nd place rally, 1st place obedience
     ● Alaura Brown - Advanced Group Primary 1st place rally, obedience, and showmanship
     ● Emily Horlocker - Basic Group Senior 1st place showmanship, 2nd place rally and obedience
     ● Sydney Groom - Basic Group Senior 1st place rally and obedience, 2nd place showmanship
     ● Jesse Thompson - Basic Group Junior 1st place rally, obedience, and showmanship
     ● Marissa Lampp - Basic group junior 2nd place showmanship, 3rd place rally and obedience
     ● Grace Richardson - Basic group junior 2nd place rally and obedience, 3rd place showmanship
     ● Liam Meeks - Basic group primary 1st place obedience, 2nd place rally
     ● Jaxson Riels - Basic group primary 1st place rally, 2nd place showmanship
     ● Anna Jane Meeks - Basic group primary 2nd place obedience
     ● Olivia Weaver - Basic group 2nd place rally, 3rd place obedience and showmanship
     ● Carson Meeks - Basic group primary 1st place showmanship
     Also participating were Adli Elliott, Basic junior handler earning a white ribbon in rally and obedience and a red ribbon in showmanship; and Austin Allen, Basic primary handler earning a white ribbon in rally and obedience, and a red ribbon in showmanship.
     Congratulations to all exhibitors. Each and every one of you represented the Tri-County Area well. We are so proud of your hard work throughout the whole course of the project!


Guitar Winner Selected

Bob Leichner of Dixie Music Center holds the box as Karen Ganus draws the winning ticket for an autographed guitar which raised $300 scholarship to be given to a Dixie County High School 2017 graduate. Congratulations to Becky Stikeleather from North Carolina. Thanks to all who support the Dixie Education Foundation scholarship program. This is the establishment of the Pee Wee Melton Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship honors the late William C. “Pee Wee” Melton (June 26, 1928 - March 24, 2000) and has been established by Dixie Music Center of Old Town.  The drawing for the guitar autographed by Easton Corbin was held Monday (March 13) at the monthly meeting for the Dixie Education Foundation. The winner need not be present to win.  Corbin began his musical journey by studying guitar under the direction of Pee Wee Melton at Dixie Music Center when he was a school-aged teen living in Gilchrist County. The first band Corbin performed in locally was with another of Pee Wee’s students at the time -- local, regional and Nashville singing guitarist, Jamey King of Dixie County. Corbin will be releasing his fourth studio album this year. The Dixie Music Center is located at 26626 S.E. U.S. Highway 19 in Old Town, across from the weigh station. For more information please call 352-542-3001 or write to dixiemc@gmail.com.
Published March 13, 2017 at 7:57 p.m. on the Life Page of
HardisonInk.com
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Color Run To Be Lots Of Fun

The Color Run at Anderson Elementary School (AES) on April 1 will be lots of fun, AES Principal Kristen McCaskill said. It will start and begin on the campus. The route will be about three miles participants can walk or run). This route goes around the AES campus and the surrounding neighborhood. 'Come out and support our school through this COLORFUL event!' Principal McCaskill said. Water, snacks and a good time are to be provided.
Cost: $30; includes t-shirt and color powder
Date: Saturday, April 1
Time: Run begins at 9 a.m.; pre-registration at 8 a.m.
Location: Runners/walkers will depart from the red porch at the front of school; a route will be marked with water and color checkpoints along the way. 'We hope you will join us!' McCaskill said. 'If you do not have a student at AES just call us at 352-498-1333 and we will make sure you are signed up.'
Published Feb. 16, 2017 at 9:27 a.m.
on the Life Page of HardisonInk.com

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     On Nov. 1, 2010, The Christian Press section on The Life Page of HardisonInk.com, started. The name was derived from an encounter a decade earlier, where and when a man mentioned to a journalist that this particular journalist must work for "The Christian Press." Although the presumption was incorrect and misplaced, the name sounds good.
     Since then, The Christian Press section of this page has run daily devotionals, and then within a relatively short time, weekly columns. 
     The Rev. Dr. Thomas "Tom" Farmer Jr. of St. Paul's United Methodist Church of Largo retired several years ago from that church, although he appears to continue serving the people by preaching the Gospel at a United Methodist Church in North Florida. He is among the first contributors from way back. There are several other individuals who contributed over the past seven years. There are a lot of daily devotionals 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). I note my appreciation for the use of those devotionals from that now-defunct publishing company. I welcome contributions of daily devotionals.  Daily devotional authors are asked to please send only their own original works to hardisonink@gmail.com.

 


Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at 7:37 a.m.

ON GOD'S SIDE


Read Galatians 4:1-7

     Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
-- Matthew 28:20 (KJV)


     It is one thing to have God on our side. It is a very difficult thing for us to be on God’s side. The latter is the true goal of every Christian, for it means an orientation of one’s whole life and not simply a temporary adjustment for some immediate crisis.
     One of the important things we must learn is that we live in the presence of God. That all of our life, with its successes and failures, its joys and sorrows, its virtues and sinfulness, is lived in that Presence is both terrifying and inspiring to contemplate. Once we arrive at the point where we approach every phrase of life as an expression of our relationship to God, we will have gone most of the way toward accomplishing the personal task that is set before us as Christians.
     We are apt to put things into different compartments and to feel that therefore they have no relationship one to another. We create zones of life which are sacred, others that are secular. We find it hard to appreciate that our business dealings, our patriotism, our social relations, our international outlook, all are affected by our conception of our relation to God. When we finally realize that we live continually in God’s presence, the partitions break down, and the whole of our life becomes a demonstration of our faith in Him.
     O GOD OF PEACE, who has taught us that in returning and rest we shall be saved, in quietness and in confidence shall be our strength; but the might of Thy Spirit lift us, we pray Thee, to Thy presence, where we may be still and know that Thou art God. We make this prayer through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Pastor Herbert Vernon Harris
Trinity Episcopal Church
Los Angeles, California

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 © March 19, 2017 at 6:47 p.m.


     One of my favorite hunts is hog hunting. In the south, hogs have fast become a farmer’s worst nuisance and destroyer of property. They have become so numerous most game commissions allow them to be hunted or killed at any time and using any means. For the locals they are trouble, but for those of us who live a little north of this abundance, they are a fun way to get through February while waiting on turkey season to open. They are also a great way of adding some bacon to the freezer.
     I recently took a two day trip with three other hunters to Georgia. The first day we hunted with rifles, the second day with dogs and knives. Yes, that’s right; with dogs and knives. I had heard of this type of hunting before but this was my first attempt at such close-quarter combat. Even though I wondered about the sanity of such a venture, I decided to check this one off my bucket list. The thrill sounded too appealing and the anticipated adrenaline rush, too tempting. It will be a hunt I will never forget. 
     There’s no doubt, giving into this gust of excitement had its potential for danger. The good thing about it was that all the danger involved was of the physical variety. There was no potential of damaging me or anyone in my family emotionally. There was simply the possibility of some physical danger that did not outweigh, for me, the experience or the testosterone-filled moment that came with the involvement. It also helped to know there were others around me, whom I trusted, to let me know I was not taking my life in my own hands.
     By far and away, the greatest dangers for most men are not the things we decide to do that have the potential for physical harm, but they are those things that cause hurt that is never seen on the outside. Both may come from the desire for adventure or excitement, but one always results in the participant and those he loves, having irreparable harm. Guys, when the testosterone bug hits you, make sure the only scars you come home with are the ones you’re proud of. She’ll be proud of them too.

~
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 http://www.outdoortruths.org/


Heart Matters
By Angie Land © March 20, 2017 at 1:34 p.m.
     I seriously overslept this morning! Is it just me or is anyone else having a tough time adapting to daylight savings time? I do love the extra daylight hours in the evening, but I can’t seem to get enough sleep to make up for the hour we lost a few weeks ago. So, I flew out of bed and was out the door in 20 minutes, but then spent the rest of the morning trying to get my brain in gear. Since I obviously didn’t have time to get any wise counsel from my Bible this morning, I grabbed it and my devotional book on my way out the door.
     One of my absolute favorite things about Jesus is that He is always right on time-even when I’m not. As I spent the morning being frustrated about being behind on my to-do list, I convinced myself that this day was doomed to be unproductive. By noon, I had barely crossed anything off my list. So I grabbed my Bible and book to at least get that done while I ate lunch. Through my devotion book, Jesus Calling by Sarah Young, this is what Jesus had to say to me: “A successful day is one in which you have stayed in touch with Me (Jesus), even if many things remain undone at the end of the day. Do not let your to-do list become an idol directing your life.” I am not even kidding.
     To be honest, I didn’t really appreciate these words at first. I mean, surely God wants us to be productive, right? Then the Holy Spirit reminded me of Jesus’ friends Mary and Martha. Their story is found in Luke 10:38-42. To make a short story even shorter, Jesus and his disciples were visiting and Martha was serving them. Her younger sister Mary sat listening to Him teach, which put Martha behind schedule. I couldn’t help but wonder if she overslept too. Martha then complained to Jesus, to which He replied, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken from her.” So maybe spending time with Him should be our priority over the to-do list. Even when we get behind schedule!
     The awesome thing about how His timing works is that if I had not overslept, I would have read this about 6am this morning over a great cup of coffee, nodded in agreement, and closed the book. Then I would have gone about my day, probably being very productive, checking things off my list and perhaps even a few things from tomorrow’s list as well. I would have totally missed the truth of that to-do list being an idol directing my life. Being frustrated over the events of the morning and my own limitations revealed that I was doing exactly this very thing. I think Jesus’ timing in Martha’s life taught her a very similar lesson. Let’s try to accept each day, HOWEVER it comes, and find Him in the midst of it.
     Because Every Heart Matters,
Angie
~

     PUBLISHER’S NOTE: Heart Matters is a weekly column written by Angie Land, Director of the Family Life Ministries of the Lafayette Baptist Association, where she teaches bible studies, leads marriage and family conferences and offers biblical counseling to individuals, couples and families. Please contact Angie with questions or comments at angieland3@windstream.net.

 


Finding The Path To
A More Abundant Life

By Guy Sheffield © March 21, 2017 at 7:17 p.m.
     The morning air was crisp, and the sky so clear that many stars hung twinkling still, stubbornly visible, now hours after dawn. The northern gust swept bitterly across the frozen fields of soy-bean stubble and whipped against the swampy banks of the meandering bayou. The rippling waves lapped eagerly at its ice crusted edges. Certainly it was a fine morning to pester the unsuspecting puddle ducks huddled up behind what little break the tree-line provided.
     Adrenaline had carried me and my brother Heath quite a ways that morning, and now along our return, our legs violently threatened a work stoppage. We halted briefly, laboring for each gulp of air that stung our hungry lungs. “There’s the truck,” I panted, nodding to far bank. “Let’s just cross here.” Heath pondered the suggested short cut, but immediately shook his head. “You’re crazy," he exclaimed, "The bridge is just a few hundred more yards down.” My eyes narrowed, “Well… you do what you want. I’m crossing here.” I cinched up my hip waders and stomped down to the water. I wasn’t going to have my judgment questioned by some twelve year old punk, six years my junior. It only steeled my resolve.
     Splashing right in, I immediately realized what had prompted dad to give me these old waders. A stinging trickle coursed down from a hole near my right shin and quickly floated my poor little toe-sickles. The muddy bottom seemed awful unpredictable too, so I slowed down a mite and began to contend for a surer footing with each new step, cautiously pressing on.
     The wind picked up near the midway point and I admit, a little panic set in, so I turned to see if Heath had my back. He was nowhere in sight. I was alone. A frosty wave splashed over the top of my waders. “I better turn around,” I grumbled to myself. Just then I heard Heath banging around up by the truck. The thought he had been right irked me to no end. So I steeled my resolve and decided to press on. Three steps later I went over both boots.  The word ‘Exhilarating’ doesn’t quite capture the enormity of that moment. Immediately my teeth began to chatter louder than a little league baseball team. My breathing echoed the rhythms of a Latin Lamaze class. To top it all off, my waders tugged on me now like a pair of concrete pants. Forget resolve. This was about survival. I had to press on!
     Heath, obviously forgetting I still had a gun in my hands, took this grand opportunity to repay me for all the taunting I had ever dished his way. I wanted to respond but my lips were completely numb. Then, it happened. SPLOOSH! I stepped in a sink hole and plunged completely under except for my dad’s shotgun, which I held just above the surface. Heath recounts how it looked like a parascope.
     While under water I had a little time to think, like how stubborn I'd been, and how much I would like to float back up and breathe again. I don’t know- maybe it was just the thought of getting my hands around Heath’s neck, but suddenly I found an overwhelming desire to live. I pressed on, walking underwater, across the bottom of that old bayou like a frozen Swamp Thing, finally making it up the far bank and collapsing in a shivering wet heap.
     But anyway - Some short cuts aren’t all they’re cracked up to be. I should've learned my lesson right there, but unfortunately I spent a good many more years bottom dwelling before I finally laid my resolve down long enough to give my heart to Jesus. He’s shown me a path that leads safely home, while keeping my powder dry along the way. I try to listen to Him now, and follow His time tested principles found in the Bible. (The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way. Psalms 37:23 KVJ)
     That was quite a chilling experience on the bayou that day. I still shiver just thinking how my stupid pride caused me to wade out over my head like that. I could have found myself thawing out by the fires of hell. Have you found the bridge that passes over to Life? If you look to the cross you’ll find it. Make sure to choose that path.

Guy Sheffield's website - But Anyway is located at http://www.butanyway.org/

--UPDATED--
WEDNESDAY  MARCH 22  3:37 p.m.
Levy, Dixie and Gilchrist counties




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