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Dolphin researcher in Cedar Key
seeks data from general public




These photos are examples of what Dr. Stefanie K. Gazda is seeking from residents and visitors to the Cedar Key, or Waccasassa Bay/Withlacoochee Bay areas.

Photos taken under NMFS scientific research permit number 14450.
Photos Provided By Dr. Gazda Via Cedar Key Public Library Manager Molly Jubitz


By Jeff M. Hardison © July 14, 2018 at 8:28 a.m.
     CEDAR KEY --
Cedar Key Public Library Manager Molly Jubitz passed on a note via email Friday morning (July 13) to show a scientist's request for help in documenting dolphin behavior in that neighborhood.


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     Stefanie K. Gazda, Ph.D., is the head of Cedar Key Dolphin Project. The group she leads is having a robust field research season right now, Jubitz noted.
      Dr. Gazda is an associate lecturer of biology University of Massachusetts Boston, College of Science and Mathematics, according to UMB. Her students give her good reviews as a professor as well, according to social media input regarding students grading professors.
     She also has presented programs for the general public on several occasions over the past many years at the Cedar Key Public Library.
     Dr. Gazda began researching Cedar Key bottlenose dolphins in 2001 for her master’s thesis. She came to the Cedar Key area to study bottlenose dolphins’ foraging behavior. Her research uncovered aspects of dolphin behavior.
     She began calling her research the Cedar Key Dolphin Project in 2010. 
     Dr. Gazda and her team of researchers are inviting residents and visitors to the Cedar Key area to contribute to the field this season by providing descriptions of sightings of the driver-barrier behavior exhibited by local dolphins.
     Driver-barrier feeding behavior in bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) is when they jump into the air and capture a mullet as it jumps from the water too.
     In part of an abstract from an article published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, in February of 2005, which was authored by Gazda, Richard Connor of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, Robert K. Edgar and Frank Cox, it was noted that "Individual role specialization during group hunting is extremely rare in mammals."
     In her note to Jubitz, Dr. Gazda asked the library manager to pass on to the Friends of the Cedar Key Public Library, her request for assistance from people to document driver-barrier feeding, which is a precise form of hunting by this type of marine mammal.
     Seeing barrier feeding is extremely rare, Dr. Gazda noted as she seeks to recruit assistance in the collection of data relating to the natural world by members of the general public.
     Dr. Gazda asks the general public, when a person specifically sees dolphins catching mullet in the air, in the area of Cedar Key, or Waccasassa Bay/Withlacoochee Bay between now and Aug. 20, to send the researchers a message via email at ckdolphinproject@gmail.com.
     "Let us know when and where you saw it," Dr. Gazda noted. "A couple pictures or a short video could also be really helpful. This is your chance to participate science and help us achieve our research goals this summer!"

 


Two Trenton firefighters
critically injured in crash

By Jeff M. Hardison © July 12, 2018 at 10:38 p.m.
      GILCHRIST COUNTY --
Two firefighters with Trenton Fire Rescue were critically injured in a crash on State Road 26 Thursday evening (July 12) at 6:25 p.m., the FHP said.
     Ryan Cumbie, 22, of Trenton was driving the 2007 Ford Explorer TFR vehicle. Troy Breton, 55, of Trenton was a passenger in the Ford, according to information in a press release from Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Jonathan H. Young, based on information from crash investigator FHP Trooper D. Fulton.
     Jodi Turner, 39, of Trenton was driving a 2014 Volkswagen Jetta, the FHP said.
     The Florida Highway Patrol was dispatched to a traffic crash at the intersection of State Road 26 and Southeast 25th Avenue, the FHP said.
     Troopers arrived on scene of a two-vehicle crash involving a Trenton Fire Rescue vehicle that had been responding to a separate traffic crash that involved a vehicle fire, the FHP said.
     Cumbie and Breton were transported to North Florida Regional Hospital with injuries listed as critical, the FHP said.
     Turner was also transported to North Florida Regional Hospital with injuries listed as serious injuries, the FHP said.
     The investigation is ongoing and charges are pending the outcome of the investigation, the FHP said.


Chiefland leaders vote 3-2
to keep Sunday alcohol sales ban

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Mayor Betty Walker, seen here at the meeting on Monday night (July 9) seconded the motion to revise the current law, which would have allowed alcoholic beverages to be sold in Chiefland on Sundays.
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By Jeff M. Hardison © July 11, 2018 at 12:08 p.m.
     CHIEFLAND --
Having waited too long to poll the voters of Chiefland via a straw ballot on the question of whether the city government should allow the sale of alcoholic beverages on Sundays, the Chiefland City Commission voted 3-2 Monday night (July 9) to retain its "blue law" stance in that regard.


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Anna and Tim West are seen in the audience Monday night. Tim West is running against Teresa Barron in the upcoming city election. West said he would have voted in favor of allowing alcoholic beverages to be sold on Sunday in Chiefland. If Mayor Walker and Vice Mayor Jones maintain their current choices in that regard, and if West is elected and the question is posed to the City Commission again, then the local law could be amended to allow sale of that type of beverage in the city limits on Sundays.


     Mayor Betty Walker introduced the potential to revise the city's law that prohibits the sale of alcohol.
     After she delivered a relatively strong set of reasons to approve it, as well as adding commentary on the eight Internet Cafés in the city limits that allow gambling 24-hours-a-day, Vice Mayor Chris Jones made a cogent argument in favor of changing the ordinance too.
     Meanwhile, City Commissioner Donald Lawrence, the newest City Commission member who was appointed to his position after the tragic death of Mayor M. Teal Pomeroy, gave his reasons for voting against the possible change. Lawrence is up for reelection, but no person qualified in time to challenge him on the ballot.
     City commissioners Teresa Barron and Rollin Hudson stayed silent on the issue on Monday night, however after a Jones-Walker motion to adopt the change, it was a Lawrence-Barron-Hudson vote that shot down the proposal.
     There was some public input on the matter as well Monday night, although as has become the custom in Chiefland, the speakers addressed the City Commission from their seats in the audience.
     The next night, during the regular meeting of the Williston City Council, that city’s leaders required public input to be from the podium and a well-lit clock started when the speaker began The limit for public input during that section of that city’s agenda is five minutes.
      Meanwhile on Monday in Chiefland, Mayor Walker said that the people who gamble on Easter, Christmas and on any Sunday at the eight Internet cafés in Chiefland are no better than a person who may want to purchase or consume alcohol at an establishment in the city. Besides, she added, currently there is only the Chiefland Billiards where a person can sit and drink alcohol, she said.
     If people want to buy alcoholic beverages on Sunday, they can just drive out of Chiefland and buy it and then return to the city, Walker said. The only thing this continuation of that law in Chiefland is doing, other than causing a minor inconvenience for some people, is causing any chain restaurant like Applebee’s or Beef ‘O’ Brady’s or Red Lobster, etc., to skip over even considering Chiefland as a place to build their next restaurant.
     Walker said she prefers to not have to keep raising the millage on ad valorem property taxes in the city, and one way to help growth in the city would be to allow Sunday sales of alcoholic beverages.
     If the residents and visitors of Chiefland want the city to continue sustaining the level of service that exists today as the city goes into the future, then the city needs to add more business interests, Walker said. However, she added, if people want the status quo to go unchanged, then there is that option.
     “If we want to stay in this cowboy town like this forever,” Walker said, “then we will be here – riding in the same rut, telling him (the metaphorical horse of the economy) to get up. He ain’t getting nowhere.”
     Betty Anderson of Chiefland spoke in favor of the city revising its ban against alcoholic beverage sales on Sundays.
     She said she has worked in restaurants in Pasco County, where after 1 p.m. on Sunday the restaurant could serve beer or wine.
     “I see nothing wrong with that,” Anderson said. “All we are doing is lining the pockets of who owns the convenience stores, or whatever, outside of the city limits.”
     Mayor Walker added that the city needs to take progressive steps toward more growth. As it is, the city fails to pay its police officers enough for them to stay. Walker said they obtain their training in Chiefland and then they leave for a higher paying municipality or county.
     Walker said the same is true for the employees in the city’s water department and its wastewater department too.
     The mayor added that it was her opinion that most of the anti-Sunday alcohol sales faction is from people who do not live in the city limits, and she took it a step further to surmise that those folks may be “closet drinkers.”
     City Attorney Norm D. Fugate explained to the City Commission that it could have placed a poll question on the city election ballot, however it is too late now to change the ballots for the city election. The question would be for voters to say if they favor alcoholic beverage sales on Sundays.
     Hal Lyons, a principal in the development of Strawberry Fields For RVers – one of two RV parks currently under construction in the city limits, mentioned to the City Commission that the prohibition against alcohol in the United States was overturned in 1933.
     “And most blue laws throughout the United States were repealed in the ‘60s,” Lyons added, “and we’re (in Chiefland) still operating under partial-Prohibition here. We’ve got to get up to speed.”
     Vice Mayor Jones said Chiefland’s growth is abysmal. He said Gilchrist County, Williston and other areas are growing.
     “I think we’re staying in the Stone Ages,” Jones said.
     He thinks the city should allow the sales of alcoholic beverages on Sundays, at least after 1 p.m. or 2 p.m.
     Jones said he could care less if a bar were to open or reopen in Chiefland. His vision is more toward chain restaurants that sell alcoholic beverages as an item on their menu.
     Jones said he believes the law enforcement leadership at the Chiefland Police Department is able to cope with the addition of one more day of alcoholic beverage sales during the week.
     “I think we are losing out by keeping the stance that we have right now,” Vice Mayor Jones said.
     City Commissioner Donald Lawrence led the opposition to the change in the ordinance.
     Lawrence said he knows the change will come at some point, however he is “from the old school.”
     “I’ve seen it (alcohol) destroy people,” Lawrence said. “I’ve been in education all my life. It has destroyed people.”
     Lawrence said he recognizes that the city budget needs a stronger revenue stream that would occur from more business interests making this city their home.
     He noted his appreciation for the work by the CPD and Chief Scott Anderson.
     Most people in America understand that government entities can’t legislate morality.
     Vice Mayor Jones took issue with Lawrence’s presumption that adding a day of sales would change any person in regard to them being destroyed by alcohol or other drugs.
     Government prohibiting sales of alcohol on a day is not a guarantee that such a person will not destroy himself of herself with alcohol, other drugs or other vices, Jones said.
     While Barron and Hudson were silent except for their votes against the change that night, they did respond to questions on the telephone on Tuesday afternoon.
     Barron said she is grateful for Commissioner Lawrence making his statement that he felt that in good conscience he could not vote in favor of it. Barron voted “No,” she said, along similar lines as what Lawrence expressed.
     She felt her Christian values led her to vote “No.”
     “I just could not vote ‘Yes,’” she said.
     Commissioner Hudson said his friend the late Mayor Pomeroy would always vote “No” on this question. Pomeroy owned a bar for a time, Hudson said, but even if he owned a bar and would lose revenue, Pomeroy would vote “No.”
     When Mayor Pomeroy was on the City Council he was adamant about keeping this ordinance intact.
     Hudson said he voted “No” because while he believes that he is progressive and is in favor of some change, this is not a matter he believes should be changed in Chiefland at this time.
     His recent trip to Washington, D.C., Hudson said, reminded him that there are some things that should remain constant – like the ideals of the Founding Fathers.
     As for alcoholic beverage sales on Sunday in Chiefland, Commissioner Hudson said he just does not feel like he needed to vote in favor of it. Hudson said he thinks he voted as the majority of his constituents in the city would want him to vote in this regard.
     Tim West, a candidate who is running against Barron in the upcoming city election, said on the telephone on Tuesday afternoon that he would have voted “Yes” for alcoholic beverage sales in Chiefland on Sundays.
     “I’m for Chiefland,” West said. “I think the added revenue would benefit the city and it would benefit local business. We don’t have a problem during the other six days of the week with the sale of alcoholic beverages.
     “The ‘blue laws’ are outdated,” West said. “There was a time when you couldn’t buy clothes on Sunday. Now you can.”


Natural Fireworks Precedes
The 4th of July Show In Bronson
Story, Photos and Video
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This still shot shows one point where the lightning was flashing down in the background. It almost appears to be coming out of the palm tree, but it was in the distance. The bolts are seen better in the video on the LIFE PAGE, where there are other photos and a story as well.
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FAC honors Levy County
Commission Chairman
 John Meeks with
its most prestigious award


John Meeks holds the Marlene Young Presidential Advocacy Award as his wife Stephanie Nettles Meeks stands by his side.

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By Cragin Mosteller, Director of Communications
Florida Association of Counties
Published July 2, 2018 at 6:48 p.m.
     ORANGE COUNTY –
The Florida Association of Counties (FAC) presented Levy County Commission Chairman John Meeks with the Marlene Young Presidential Advocacy Award during the 2018 FAC Annual Conference and Exposition, which was held in the Hyatt Regency Orlando from June 26 to June 29.

     Levy County Commission Chairman Meeks earned the Marlene Young Presidential Advocacy Award for his commitment to protect home rule and serve Florida’s counties as a leader and advocate during the 2018 Legislative Session.
     "It is an honor and privilege to represent not only the citizens of Levy County, but of the entire State of Florida," Meeks said.
     The Marlene Young Presidential Advocacy Award is presented to that county elected official who has shown extraordinary leadership and commitment to the mission of the FAC.
     Since his election to the Levy County Board of County Commissioners, Meeks has been dedicated to improving and maintaining a high quality of life for all Floridians. While serving on multiple policy committees, Commissioner Meeks has been a leader in the Association.
     “FAC and Levy County are privileged to have Commissioner John Meeks, a dedicated leader," FAC President and Charlotte County Commissioner Christopher Constance said. "During Legislative Session, he was someone the Association could rely on no matter what the circumstances. His presence in Tallahassee undoubtedly helped influence and strengthen public policy.”
     The Marlene Young Presidential Advocacy Award is named after the late Marlene Young who served as a County Commissioner in Polk County from 1988-2000.  During her public service in Polk County, Commissioner Young was very active in the FAC and served as its president from 1993-1994.
     Founded in 1929, the Florida Association of Counties has represented the diverse interests of Florida’s counties, emphasizing the importance of protecting home rule – the concept that communities and their local leaders should make the decisions that impact their community.
      The FAC helps counties effectively serve and represent Floridians by strengthening and preserving county home rule through advocacy, education and collaboration.

 


Service Above Self
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2017-2018 Rotary Club Assistant (Area 10) District (6940) Governor Chris Cowart (left) and 2018-2019 Assistant District Governor Jana Carlisle are seen at the Wednesday afternoon (June 27) meeting of the Rotary Club of Dixie County. Area 10 of District 6940 includes the one Rotary Club in Dixie County, the one Rotary Club in Gilchrist County and the three Rotary Clubs in Levy County. Cowart has been the assistant district governor for four years, following in the footsteps left by Past Assistant District Governor Jo Buckles of Gilchrist County. Buckles is also a past president of the Trenton Rotary Club, which was renamed the Gilchrist County Rotary Club during this past Rotary Year (July 1, 2017-June 30, 2018). The late Eighth Judicial Circuit Senior Judge Edward Philman, who took office as the Gilchrist County judge in 1989, was the governor for the District 6940 Rotary Clubs. Like Buckles, his home club was the Trenton Rotary Club. District 6940 has at least 51 clubs with about 2,500 Rotarians, who put service above self as they help people locally, regionally and internationally.

Photo by Jeff M. Hardison © June 29, 2018 at 7:08 p.m.

By Jeff M. Hardison © June 29, 2018 at 7:08 p.m.
     TRI-COUNTY AREA –
During the Wednesday afternoon (June 27) regular meeting of the Dixie County Rotary Club, the current assistant (Area 10) district (6940) Governor and the future assistant district governor were present.
     The half-dozen members at the meeting in Cross City spoke about a program where students from Dixie County High School present speeches to the club throughout the school year.
     This longtime tradition of the club has included Mike Thomas when he was a DCHS student. He is now Dixie County Superintendent of Schools Thomas, and he was present for the meeting on Wednesday afternoon.
     The other clubs in Area 10 of District 6940 have started Interact Clubs to encourage student involvement in the Rotary Club International family. Club members in Cross City mentioned that the currently relatively small club is hard-pressed just to perform the civic action it is committed to, and it lacks enough members to move forward with the start of an Interact Club at DCHS.
     Nevertheless, this small but strong Rotary Club OF Dixie County is not ruling out the potential to sponsor a DCHS Interact Club at some point in the future.
     District 6940 of the Rotary Club is huge. Area 10 of the district is Levy, Dixie and Gilchrist counties.
     The Cross City gathering was one of four clubs’ events across the Tri-County Area.
     While the Rotary Club of Dixie County did not have a banquet or luncheon event to celebrate their new officers, the 2018-2019 leaders of this club are selected.
     2018-2019 President Anne Hodges is taking the office held during the past year by 2017-2018 President Heather Smith.
     Following are the other new officers of the Dixie County Rotary Club: Treasurer Tonya Howell; Secretary Holly Houghton; Sergeant-At-Arms Hayward Anderson.
     Monday, the Rotary Club of Gilchrist County met in Trenton. (That story is on the Life Page.)
     Monday night, the Rotary Club of Williston met at the Horse and Hound Restaurant on Bonnie Heath Blvd. (U.S. Alt. 27) in Marion County – east of Williston.
     The Williston Rotarians normally meet on Tuesdays with a social gathering for 15 minutes starting at 11:45 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Williston and the meeting and lunch lasts from noon until 1 p.m.
     This club met at the eatery for a prime rib special as the members inducted their new officers for the year and welcomed some new members.



2018-19 Williston Officers


(from left) Treasurer Matt Brooks, Secretary Donna Hatcher, President-Elect Jennifer Jones, President Fran Taylor and Past President Danny Etheridge.
Photo Provided by Assistant District Governor Jana Carlisle


New Williston Rotarians

President Fran Taylor (leftmost) stands next to the new members of the Rotary Club of Williston (from left) Deedee McLeod, Reggie Priest and Michael Langston.

Photo Provided by Assistant District Governor Jana Carlisle


     On Wednesday, there were two sets of Rotarians meeting. The Rotary Club of Chiefland had its regular weekly meeting at The Gathering Table Restaurant and the Rotary Club of Cross City met in the kitchen-dining room-conference room at the Dixie County Public Library facility in Cross City.
     Thursday, it was the Rotary Club of Suwannee Valley meeting in the Haven Community Building on the campus of what was once the Haven Hospice Care Center but is now a Haven satellite business office – and its Community Building.


Incoming Rotary Club of Suwannee Valley President Ben Lott shakes hands with outgoing Rotary Club of Suwannee Valley President Kathryn M Lancaster. The 2018-2018 officers in that club are President Ben Lott, President-Elect Andy Lott, Secretary Rissa Mainwaring, Treasurer Justin Hardy and Sergeant-At-Arms Mark Swain. Like the Dixie County Club, this group did not have much of a ceremony for the new officers. Lott presented Lancaster with a gavel and plaque for her service during the previous year.

Photo by Jeff M. Hardison © June 29, 2018 at 7:08 p.m.




Leah Gamble accepts a certificate showing she is a member of the Rotary Club of Suwannee Valley. She was also given a new member packet that included her Rotary Club name tag.

Photos by Jeff M. Hardison © June 29, 2018 at 7:08 p.m.


Author, non-practicing attorney, gentleman, scholar and stand-up comedian Luther Beauchamp entertains Rotarians in Chiefland on Thursday.

Photo by Jeff M. Hardison © June 29, 2018 at 7:08 p.m.

     The Thursday meeting of Rotarians in Chiefland showed about 16 members and guests, with Leah Gamble being added to the active membership list.
     Thursday’s keynote speaker is a member of that club, and much more.
     Luther Beauchamp is not actively practicing law, however he is actively entertaining the masses with public presentations of stories from one of his two books.
     Beauchamp is not a tall man in height, and he has fun joking about that.
     The titles of his two books are – I’ll Try to Be Short… Small Doses of Healthy Humor (illustrated by Joe McKeever with a forewarning by Lance T. Beauchamp); and Legal Shorts…Not Briefs – Lawful Laughs from School & Practice (illustrated by Joe McKeever)
     Beauchamp opened his presentation of funny stories by introducing the speaker of the day.
     As he mentioned that he enjoyed the privilege of introducing the speaker, he said of that person, “Our speaker once was the senior partner in his city’s largest law firm.
     “He served as an officer in two statewide organizations,” Beauchamp continued. Our speaker was recently honored by the Florida Bar Association. He has authored two books, both of which have been on the New York Times Best Seller List.”
     He explained to the audience that his introduction of himself was accurate.
     At one time, W.O. “Brett” Beauchamp III – who is now the Levy County undersheriff – was a partner with his uncle.
     “We were the only firm (in Chiefland) that had more than one lawyer in it,” he said.
     In high school, he was fourth vice president of Future Farmers of America, Beauchamp said. About 15 years ago, he served as second vice president of the Florida Baptist Convention. Hence, he served as an officer in two statewide organizations.
     “The first vice president (of the Florida Baptist Convention) didn’t have anything to do,” he added. “So, you can imagine how important my job was.”
     The jokester did have a valid point about being honored by the Florida Bar too.
     “Anybody who pays his or her annual dues for 50 years,” Beauchamp said, “is honored by the Florida Bar. I’m on that list this year, because I was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1968 – 50 years ago.”
     As for his two books being on that best seller list, Beauchamp explained that he wrote “New York Times Best Seller List” on a piece of paper, and then he placed copies of both books on that piece of paper. Therefore…
     In 1968, Beauchamp graduated from Vanderbilt University Law School (Nashville, Tenn.). Established in 1874, it is one of the oldest law schools in the southern United States.
     He practiced law in Tallahassee for year, and then returned to his home county of Levy County, where he practiced law in Bronson. Judge Wilbur Anderson was his partner then.
     Judge Joseph Smith then became a partner with Beauchamp, and keynote speaker on Thursday said he could do a whole program just on his experiences with now Eighth Judicial Circuit Court Senior Judge Smith, who is a former Levy County Court judge.
     The first story he shared is titled “Terrazzo Terror” in his book Legal Shorts..Not Briefs.
     His first law office had two small rooms. There was no intercom, but telephones in both rooms were on the same line. There was no “hold” button on either phone. The floor was terrazzo, which is harder than concrete.
     During a conference in his office with clients, Beauchamp’s secretary came in and told him that Judge Murphree was on the line.
    At that time, in the late 1960s, there were only three circuit court judges in the entire Eighth Judicial Circuit, which includes Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Gilchrist, Levy, and Union counties.
     Today there are currently 13 circuit court judges for these six counties.
     Lacking the confidence that he could impress his clients by speaking with a circuit court judge in their presence, he got up from his desk to go to the other room.
     As he got up, the cord to the telephone became tangled on his foot and he brought the receiver down to the floor with a loud crash as it shattered into several pieces.
     “The crash created a tremendous noise in my office,” he said, “and undoubtedly in the ear of the judge. I apologized to the judge, but I don’t think he heard me.”
     Circuit Court Judge John Crews from MacClenny was a new judge back then, Beauchamp said.
     “That shocks the conscience of the court,” is a phrase Beauchamp remembers the judge stating on occasion.
     Beauchamp remembers having a hearing in Bronson one day, and he went to lunch with him in Bronson.
     Beauchamp overturned a glass for of Pepsi, which spilled on Judge Crews. The attorney told the judge he was happy that he did not have to appear before him later that day, and the judge concurred with that statement.
     On another occasion, Beauchamp was visiting with Judge Crews, whom he knew was a friend of Earl Faircloth (Sept. 24, 1920 - May 5, 1995), a friend of the Beauchamp family.
     Faircloth had graduated Chiefland High School, was student body president at the University of Florida, graduated the UF College of Law, had a practice in Miami, was in the Florida Legislature and served as Florida Attorney General from 1965 to 1971.
     Faircloth also served in the United States Army Corps of Engineers in World War II.
     Beauchamp was speaking with Judge Crews about then Gov. Claude Kirk (Jan. 7, 1926 - Sept. 28, 2011), the 36th governor of Florida and the first-ever Republican governor of the state.
     “I made some derogatory comments about the governor,” Beauchamp said, “because Earl Faircloth was running against Gov. Kirk, or he was trying to get the nomination to run in the general election.
     “I was thinking anything I said about Kirk would be alright because of the friendship with Mr. Faircloth,” Beauchamp continued. “So, when I made some derogatory comments about the governor, Judge Crews said ‘Yes, most of what you say is true. However, he has made some very fine appointments.’”
     That is when it dawned upon the lawyer that is how Judge Crews had got to be a judge.
     “I said, ‘Yessir he has – one in particular,’” Beauchamp told the Rotarians and guests. “I tried to recover using a little judicial diplomacy.”
      Beauchamp told several other humorous stories to the delight of the listeners.
     And so, the Rotary year in Area 10 of District 6940 ended on a happy note as all of the Rotary members in the 35,000-plus clubs around the globe accept a shared responsibility to take action on the world’s most persistent issues.
     Rotarians work together to promote peace; fight disease; provide clean water, sanitation, and hygiene; save mothers and children; support education; grow local economies; and get involved.
     The theme for the 2017-2018 year was “Making A Difference” and the theme for the 2018-2019 year is “Be An Inspiration.”


2018 THS Baseball Team
Holds Graduation in Fort Myers


The 2018 Trenton High School Baseball Team's senior players were in Fort Myers for the Florida High School Athletic Association Class 1A State Championship Series, and the boys were unable to attend their high school graduation. Therefore, these graduating Tigers had a beautiful ceremony for them at the Holiday Inn Express in Fort Myers. Although the Tigers lost in the semi-finals, this was a graduation ceremony they will never forget! Seen here are (back row) Chase Myers, Landon Kennedy, Justice Jones, Carson Jones, Jayce Gentry, and (front row) Trey Sanchez, Daniel Plank, Landon Parrish and Chase Malloy.

Published June 27, 2018 at 8:48 a.m.
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Jesse Lancaster, 29, of Gainesville was a guest at the Thursday (June 28) meeting of the Rotary Club of Suwannee Valley, held at Hospice’s Community Building in Chiefland. When requested to sing the jingle, he agreed. Each performer or set of performers brings his or her, or their (when it is two or more performers) own special something to the jingle. If you see Jeff Hardison and you want to sing the jingle, just let him know or send an email to hardisonink@gmail.com. He asks people to sing it, too, and some of them agree to sing it. (Thanks people!)
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