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CF International Film Series
kicks off Sept. 10

By CF Marketing, Public and Community Relations
Published Aug. 14, 2019 at 11:39 a.m.
Updated Aug. 19, 2019 at 10:39 a.m.
     OCALA —
The College of Central Florida’s International Film Series kicks off in September, starting with “Shoplifters” on Tuesday, Sept. 10, and “I am Not a Witch” on Tuesday, Sept. 24.


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     Shows start at 2 p.m. at the Appleton Museum of Art and at 7 p.m. at the Ocala Campus in the Humanities and Social Sciences Building 8, Room 110.
      “Shoplifters” is about a group of drifters who find each other and make a pseudo family of their own, with survival as their goal. This film is in Japanese with English subtitles. It is rated R and has a total run time of 120 minutes.
     “I am Not a Witch” features an 8-year-old girl who turns up alone in a rural Zambian village where she is quickly found guilty and sentenced to a state-run witch camp. This film is in English, Nyanja and Tonga with English subtitles. It is rated NR and has a total run time of 90 minutes.
     Viewings are free at CF. Series membership, which includes fall and spring screenings at the Appleton Museum of Art, is $15 for individuals, $25 for dual membership and includes a bonus film each year. For information about membership, call 352-873-5808.
     For a full series list and more information on the International Film Series, contact Joe Zimmerman at 352-873-5800, ext. 1233, or visit


Levy County Florida
Column and Photo
By Myrtice Scabarozi
Published Aug. 19, 2019 at 10:39 a.m.
The Log Cabin Quilters met Thursday (Aug. 15) at the Levy County Quilt Museum -- 11050 N.W. 10th Ave. (near Levyville, kind of on the way to Judson on Levy County Road 134 from U.S. Alt. 27).
     Attendance is often down during the summer months. Thursday (Aug. 15) was a day with only five members present. We were treated with a pizza for lunch. There was little to clean which left us more time together.
     Janis was in to share a necktie quilt she had found while traveling. She also brought in a duck apron and more crocheted butterfly pins. Thanks for sharing the quilt with us.
     Correctional Officer Greg and the adult male inmates from Lancaster Correctional Institution, which is located in Gilchrist County, were working at the museum this week. We didn’t get to work on the 1940 Philco radio we had recently received, as noted last week. Maybe next week they will have more time. With all the rain we’ve had this week, they’ll be busy with the grass and the blue-sky vine.
      The Backyard Pickers (musicians) are scheduled to be here Saturday, Sept 7. Fall and cooler weather must be just around the corner.

Chiefland Florida
This tie quilt has a different design from others we've seen. We're trying to guess when this was made. The wide ties could be from the 1920s or the 1970s. Anyone have an idea?

Levy County
The duck apron is adorable.


BPR - four sports sign-ups
Deadline is Aug. 15
Published July 18, 2019 at 1:19 p.m.
Updated Aug. 6, 2019 at 11:19 a.m.
     BRONSON –
Children who want to participate in cheerleading, soccer, flag football or contact football are invited to bring their parents or guardians to sign up for those sports at James Cobb Park on Saturday (July 20) from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
     Cheerleading is for ages 5 to 12 years old. The fee is $100.
     There are four age groups for soccer. Soccer ages are 3 to 5 years old; 6 to 8 years old; 9 to 11 years old; and 12 to 14 years old. The fee for soccer is $65.
     There are three age groups for flag football. Flag football ages are 5 to 6 years old; 7 to 8 years old; and 9 and 10 years old. The fee for flag football is $65.
     There are three age groups for contact football. Contact football ages are 7 and 8; 9 and 10; and 11 to 12 years old. The fee for contact football is $100.
     The deadline to sign up is Aug. 15.
     There is a call for coaches and volunteers to help in all sports. For more information call 352-486-2354.

Artist talk with
Leslie Peebles on Aug. 29

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By CF Marketing, Public and Community Relations
Published Aug. 9, 2019 at 3:39 p.m.
     OCALA --
The Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida, presents an artist talk with Leslie Peebles on Thursday, Aug. 29, at 2 p.m.
     Her work is on view at the Appleton through Jan. 12 in a solo exhibition, which is titled “Florida Impressions: Relief Prints by Leslie Peebles.”
      “My path as an artist intertwines between spiritual, dream work and an ever-growing connection with nature,” Peebles said. She is an ardent environmentalist. “Nature serves as a living metaphor for the connectedness of all things; internal, external and universal. Land, trees and animals are projections and identifiers of self and universe.”
     Appleton Curator of Exhibitions Patricia Tomlinson will join Peebles for this talk, and provide curatorial perspectives on the artist’s work. This event is free for Appleton members; included with regular admission fee for nonmembers.
     Owned and operated by the College of Central Florida, the Appleton Museum of Art is located at 4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, east of downtown on SR 40 (exit 352 east off I-75 or exit 268 west off I-95). Parking is free. For more information, call the Appleton Museum of Art at 352-291-4455 or visit

State Park renamed
to honor Ruth B. Kirby

Gilchrist County
Here is one view of the state park that includes 407 acres, and with property that contains six natural springs. This state park includes approximately one mile of frontage along the Santa Fe River.

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By DEP Press Office
Published Aug. 5, 2019 at 1:19 p.m.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida Park Service recently held a ceremony to celebrate the official renaming of Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park to Ruth B. Kirby Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park in honor of the former property owner.
     Ruth B. Kirby, who enjoyed visiting the springs to relax and unwind, believed in preserving the natural beauty of the property and springs. She formerly owned Troy Springs, thus playing a role in the creation of two Florida State Parks.
     She was given Blue Springs as a gift long ago, and since then passed the springs property down to other family members. Since 1958, the family managed it as a private park and campground, known as Blue Springs Park. Guests who visit the popular state park today can enjoy amenities such as paddling, snorkeling and swimming in the springs.
     “The renaming recognizes how the stewardship of Ms. Kirby and her family benefited Gilchrist Blue,” Florida Park Service Director Eric Draper said. “We’re excited to continue that legacy of protection and offer visitors a terrific resource for recreation and learning about Florida’s springs.”
     The 407-acre property contains six natural springs and includes approximately one mile of frontage along the Santa Fe River. Among the natural springs on the property is a second-magnitude spring that produces an average of 44 million gallons of water per day.
     This second-magnitude spring, known as Gilchrist Blue, discharges water through a shallow spring run about one-quarter mile to the Santa Fe River. The other named springs on-site are Little Blue Spring, Naked Spring, Kiefer Spring and Johnson Spring.

Gilchrist County
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     Ruth B. Kirby Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park is open from 8 a.m. to sundown, 365 days a year.
     Fees to enter are $4 to $6 per vehicle.
     It is located at 7450 N.E. 60th St., High Springs FL 32643.
     The telephone number is 386-454-1369.



Aquatic Weed Control
Horseshoe Beach
Omar Lowe (left) sprays a herbicide for aquatic weed control in a ditch next to Dixie County Road 351. Meanwhile Matt Whalen pilots the four-wheeler on Tuesday afternoon (July 30). The men are bot from Lake City and the company they work for is Natur Chem. They are clearing the hyacinths for better water flow in the ditches. This is a Dixie County project.

Photo By Jeff M. Hardison © July 31, 2019 at 9:19 a.m.


FWC helps hunters know about
methods to meet
new deer-hunting laws

By FWC Communications Staff Members
Published July 26, 2019 at 11:19 a.m.
Now available!
     Deer hunters are asked to please see instructions and resources for logging and reporting harvested deer at
     New rules to log and report harvested deer take effect beginning this hunting season, which starts Aug. 3 in Zone A. These requirements impact all deer hunters including: 1) hunters under 16 years of age, 2) resident hunters 65 years and older, 3) those who possess a Florida Resident Disabled Person's Hunting and Fishing License, 4) military personnel home on leave for 30 days or less, and 5) those hunting on their homestead in their county of residence.
     Hunters exempt from license requirements who do not have an FWC customer ID number (CID) can obtain one by going to and clicking on “Create Customer Account” before the hunting season begins.
     For more resources and information about the new deer harvest reporting requirements, visit For information about other statewide deer hunting rules, see the Frequently Asked Questions About Hunting Rule Changes.
     Get the latest hunting and conservation news by subscribing to FWC's Hunting Hot Sheet newsletter and Outta' the Woods.


Children's art wows the people
Cedar Key
Julia Steve, 8 (left), and Audri Downey, 10, create some watercolor paint art just before the start of the exhibition.

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By Jeff M. Hardison © July 19, 2019 at 2:09 p.m.
     CEDAR KEY –
an exhibit of the work created during the two-week Elementary Summer Art Program and the Teen Art Program on display at Cedar Key Arts Center, 457 Second St., on Friday (July 19) reflects the newest benchmark for success by the many young artists participating.


Cedar Key
This view shows some of the art hanging on walls. The tie-dye shirts on the right side of this photo are near the Teen Art Room and the smaller version of those shirts are on the left side of this photo.

Cedar Key
Hanging above one of the second story windows at the Cedar Key Arts Center on Friday morning, this died silk art piece by Raleigh Hudock, 13, stands out as one of the many great works by the young visionaries. The artist stands near her work. After some discussion with the artist and her mother Lindsey Hudock, this piece remained unnamed for the moment.

Cedar Key
Asher Hudock, 11, points to his mosaic tile artwork. Already understanding his stardom from his work in the world of art, the young artist is styling with his reflector sunglasses.

Cedar Key
Raleigh Hudock, 13, kneels closest to her mosaic tile artwork, which is next to three other pieces on display Friday morning.

Cedar Key
Levy County Commissioner Lilly Rooks points to an individual piece of artwork that is among the ‘Island Critters’ set of small colorful clay figures that were created by the young artisans on the island this summer.

Cedar Key
Some of the many very colorful tie-dye shirts are shown, mirroring the magic of artistic creation by young people.

Cedar Key
Artists (from left) Maya DeHaven, Max DeHaven and Marina DeHaven, 9-year-old triplets from Cedar Key, stand near the ‘Under The Sea’ art area. More than 20 children and teens participated this summer on the island.

Cedar Key
The ‘Under The Sea’ art area displays works by many of the young artists.

Cedar Key
The floor of the ‘Under The Sea’ art area shows the young artists grasping concepts of a total perspective of what lies beneath the waves, all the way to the bottom of the sea.

Cedar Key
Among the many ‘Under The Sea’ artists is Macy Everidge, 7, seen here showing a fish she created for the exhibit.

Cedar Key
Fruits, pastries, meats, cheeses and other delectable foods are among the many hors d’oeuvres available to guests.


     Cedar Key Vice Mayor Sue Colson said this summer’s works are “over the top” and they are the “best ever” so far in the island’s history of summer art programs for youngsters.
     Patricia Jett of the Cedar Key Arts Center welcomed all of the visitors and thanked the young artists for sharing their works with the people as the exhibition period started Friday morning.
     An astounding assortment of hors d’oeuvres were provided for art patrons, art teachers and young artists alike.
     The full spectrum in art mediums and the extraordinary quantity of works of art was plenty for the five senses of any humans visiting the upstairs gallery from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Friday. This exhibit was the pinnacle of a very fun and industrious season of art on the island.
     This summer’s sessions started at 9 a.m. on July 8. There were nine days of creating at the Cedar Key Arts Center -- orchestrated by art teacher Jessica Rothbard with assistance from Rylee Smith.
     Twenty-two students from the ages of 6 to 11 years old explored the different mediums to produce their unique works.
     The Teen Art Room was full of clay vessels that the students created with guidance in creating and glazing from Amy Gernhardt.
     Also on display in the Teen Art Room were students’ works that came to fruition as a result of instructor Dave Treharne guiding those young crafters to design and layout mosaic tiles, which were then grouted.
     This summer, students explored printmaking with Jessica Rothbard. Virginia Stevenson led the young artists into the practice of silk painting.
     Bunny Hand shared her sage guidance during sessions for two days of crazy quilting.
     While each artist brought his and her own unique works into the realm of existence, there were many masterpieces of a combined nature.
     The “Under the Sea” display was among those stunning bigger works resulting from the many parts created by several artists to become the whole.
     Thanks to adult artists, the young artists are bound to have enjoyed their summer of creation -- carrying forward one of the many positive aspects of being human, the fine arts.
     Meanwhile, in beautiful historic downtown Cedar Key on Friday morning, Second Street was abuzz with the potential of a new restaurant potentially springing to life this summer.


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Hook a Big One

Red Snapper and Grouper
Dixie County
Published July 8, 2019 at 7:09 p.m.

Fishing Fun
Cedar Key
Published July 7, 2019 at 8:09 a.m.
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Big Redfish
Cedar Key
Lamar Stegall of Williston is seen with a 26-inch redfish as he and his 2-year-old grandson were fishing out of Cedar Key recently.
Published July 2, 2019 at 2:39 p.m.

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Allie Trimm's First Catch
Gilchrist County
Allie Trimm, who is going to start kindergarten this fall, was camping with family during this past weekend. That is when she caught her first fish. She was using her Barbie Princess pole, which luckily didn't snap, when she caught the fish at the boat ramp at Hart Springs of Gilchrist County. Congratulations Allie. She is seen here with her mother Katie Trimm.
Published June 25, 2019 at 7:19 a.m.

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Appleton Museum offers
free admission for
active military and veterans

Marion County Ocala Appleton Musuem
Published June 5, 2019 at 8:29 a.m.
     OCALA —
The Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida, joins museums nationwide in participating in the 10th summer of Blue Star Museums, a program that provides free admission to our nation’s active-duty military personnel and their families now through Sept. 1.
     The Appleton is pleased to extend this offer to veterans as well.
     Blue Star Museums is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in collaboration with Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums nationwide. First Lady of the United States Melania Trump and Second Lady of the United States Karen Pence are honorary co-chairs of Blue Star Museums 2019.
     This year’s participating organizations include fine art, science, history and children’s museums, as well as zoos, aquariums, gardens and more. A list of participating museums can be found by clicking HERE.
     The free admission program is available for those currently serving in the United States Military — Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard — as well as members of the Reserves, National Guard, U.S. Public Health Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps, and up to five family members.
     Qualified members must show a Geneva Convention common access card, DD Form 1173 ID card, or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card for entrance into a participating Blue Star Museum.
     Veterans must also show ID.
      Follow Blue Star Museums on Twitter @NEAarts and @BlueStarFamily, #bluestarmuseums.
     Owned and operated by the College of Central Florida, the Appleton Museum of Art is located at 4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, east of downtown on SR 40 (exit 352 east off I-75 or exit 268 west off I-95). Parking is free. For more information, call 352-291-4455 or visit


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