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Spring has sprung
Spring 2019 has Sprung

Story and Photos
By Jeff M. Hardison
Graphic Art By Sharon Hardison
© March 20, 2019 at 5:09 p.m.
Despite some chilly temperatures in the morning today (Wednesday, March 20), spring arrive.
     In 2019, spring started Wednesday, March 20 (today) and ends Friday, June 21.
     Flowers are blooming, birds are singing (as they do in very season) and all seems right with the world as the cycle of life enters this quarter.
     In states where Daylight Saving Time is practiced, that has begun as well.
     Easter Sunday (this year on April 21) is about a month away. Traditional festivals are on track as well. The Suwannee River Fair Youth Livesotck Show and Sale concluded with the sale this afternoon and the award ceremony last night.
     The Suwannee’s Spring Art Festival is on Saturday, March 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
     The Old Florida Celebration of the Arts (Cedar Key Art Festival) is March 30 and 31.
     The Levy County Fair is set for April 4 through 7.
     The Five-Year Celebration of ForVets at Otter Springs Park and Campground is set for April 13.
     The Dixie County Chamber of Commerce's Fly-In, Cruise-In and Business Expo is scheduled for April 27.
     The Wild Hog Canoe and Kayak Race is slated for April 27.
     Spring is here! The springs of the Tri-County Area of Levy, Dixie and Gilchrist counties are inviting.


Cedar Key Chamber hosts
biggest WoW so far

Cedar Key Workout On The Waterfront 2019
Becky LaFountain of Cedar Key stands with her dog Milton, a yellow Labrador retriever. She was one of the many participants in the Bow-WoW Dog Walk-Run.

Story, Photos and Videos
By Jeff M. Hardison © March 16, 2019 at 8:39 p.m.
* Updated March 18, 2019 at 7:09 p.m.
Information and Photos by MaryEllen Szper
Scroll to bottom of story for update

     CEDAR KEY –
The Third Annual Workout on the Waterfront (WoW) in the City of Cedar Key proved to be the biggest ever Saturday (March 16), with the addition of dogs into this healthy fun happening.

Cedar Key Workout On The Waterfront 2019
Here are a couple of the many winners from the Bow WoW Run. Makayla Northup and her dog Briggs came in fourth (left). Kasey Northup and her dog Trooper came in seventh. The plaque she is holding says ‘Best of Show’ for the Bow WoW event, although there no contest for Best In Show. These young ladies’ father, Rod Hunt of the Nature Coast Biological Station, made the plaques for the actual awards at this event. He said he made this one for his daughter Kasey so that she would have something to take home from the day.

Cedar Key Workout On The Waterfront 2019
Savanna Barry holds her dog Dixie, a mini-dachshund. Many people were impressed by Dixie’s ability as a ‘twirler’ – where she would spin in place on command. Barry is a Regional Specialized Extension Agent based in Cedar Key at the UF/IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station. She specializes in coastal marine ecosystems, especially seagrass meadows. Her extension programs focus on sustainable coastal tourism, habitat restoration and enhancement, and coastal literacy and stewardship.

In this video, Dixie the mini-dachshund does the tricks of sitting and circling. Notice her light-up dog collar. Savanna Barry tells her dog Dixie to do the tricks.

Cedar Key Workout On The Waterfront 2019
These four judges decided the most talented dog entrant in the Bow-WoW walk-run. They are (from left) Camille Ervin, Briley Taylor, Cait Cunningham and Jackie Wells, all visiting Cedar Key from Tallahassee.

     With the Bow WoW being added for the first time, another dimension showed the event expanding, although it was led by a different group this year than in previous years.
     Cedar Key Vice Mayor Sue Colson said “We love bow-wows,” which is very similar to what she said during another recent canine-oriented event on Cedar Key, when she said, “We love dogs in Cedar Key.”
     Hosted by the Cedar Key Chamber of Commerce this year, the community-oriented celebration and fundraiser known as Workout on the Waterfront changed a bit from the first two years when the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences’ Nature Coast Biological Station served as the host.

Cedar Key Workout On The Waterfront 2019
As the sun rises, it shines relatively softly to herald the onset of the morning’s weather that is – well, it is Chamber of Commerce weather. Perfect temperature, humidity and just a hint of a Gulf breeze carried from start to finish for the participants.

Cedar Key Workout On The Waterfront 2019
People line up to buy shirts from this event.

     As always, one beneficiary this year is the International Coastal Cleanup effort. That cleanup effort began across many nations more than 30 years ago, when communities rallied together with the common goal of collecting and documenting the trash littering their coastline.
     International Coastal Cleanup Day is scheduled to be on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2019.
     The other three community beneficiaries from the 2019 WoW are the renovation of the multi-purpose (tennis) courts at Cedar Key School, The Children's Table in Levy County and the Cedar Key Chamber of Commerce.
     The Children’s Table is one of two food pantry operations, which help people on Cedar Key.
     The 2019 WoW included four races. They were a dog-accompanied 1K walk-run, a 5K classic walk-run, a Kayak Challenge and a Recycled Regatta.
     Bow WoW dogs and their best human friends enjoyed a walk-run around beautiful downtown Cedar Key. That race started at 8 a.m.

Cedar Key Workout On The Waterfront 2019
Here is a still shot just before the start of the Bow-WoW walk-run. At least one of the participants did so with a prosthetic leg.

In this video the start of the Bow-WoW run is shown.

Workout on the Waterfront Ceadr Key 2019
Seen here seconds before the start of the 5K race, the people are ready. Notice the buoys hanging over the start-finish line. That is the Park Place Condominiums in the background. The clock shows two minutes and two seconds before 8 a.m., however that would have been the time if Florida had opted out of Daylight Saving Time -- which it did not. Mendy Allen holds the bullhorn at the left in this photo. She started the walk-run for people and dogs as well as the 5K.

In this video, the Coastal Heritage 5K run is shown as it started promptly at 9 a.m.

Workout on the Waterfront 2019 in Cedar Key
Mike Allen, Ph.D., is a professor of Fisheries and Aquatic Science in the School of Forest Resources and Conservation at the University of Florida. He is stationed at the Nature Coast Biological Station on Cedar Key. He and his wife Mendy Allen, and the team or researchers at the NCBS initiated the Workout on the Waterfront three years ago. After running this most recent 5K, he crossed the finish line and said 'Wow!'

     Both the Bow-WoW and the 5K run started and ended at the corner of A Street and Third Street near the Lil Shark Park, which is also called City Park.
     The Atsena-Otie Kayak Challenge Kayak Race started at the beach near the park. Kayakers faced a stiff breeze as they went to Astena-Otie Key, where they collected one piece of trash and then returned to the beach. The Kayak race is for ages 12 and older.
     The Repurpose-It-Regatta included three entrants. All vessels entered the race at G Street and Third Street. This regatta is fun and includes vessels built from recycled material.
     There were vendors in the park.

Cedar Key Workout On The Waterfront 2019
(from left) Verna Brown, Bill Brown, Junie Burr and Marcia Pollock are seen behind the table for The Children’s Table.

     Bill Brown, his wife Vera Brown, and volunteers Junie Burr, Marcia Pollock and two other volunteers who did not want to be photographed or have their names listed (they and God only know why), were manning the tent for The Children’s Table.
     They sold breakfast food and drinks, and lunch food and drinks.
     Bill Brown said this was a warm-up drill for the group that plans to be among the vendors at the March 30 and 31 Cedar Key Arts Festival.
     The 55th Annual Old Florida Celebration of the Arts in Cedar Key promises to attract artists and art lovers. Visit for details.
Seen here (from left) are Joshua Chen, Dr. Sarah Szurek and Jodian A. Blake representing the UF Health Cancer Center. They mentioned that March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.
Jodian A. Blake and Joshua Chen welcome one of the first visitors of the morning to the tent for UF Health Cancer Center.

     Sarah Szurek, Ph.D., a medical anthropologist who is the program director of the UF (University of Florida) Health Cancer Center’s Office of Community Outreach and Engagement was accompanied by Jodian A. Blake, MPH, CTTS, and Joshua Chen, health education and behavior intern.
     Blake is a certified tobacco cessation specialist and Chen is among the UF Class of 2019 graduates who will wrap up his studies in May. 
     They brought lots of information as well as promotional items such as squishy alligator squeeze toys for stress relief and mild physical therapy hand exercises, lip balm, ink pens, sunglasses and small containers of hand sanitizer to give away.
     Dr. Szurek said the UF Health Cancer Center is on a mission to serve the residents and visitors of 22 North Central Florida counties. It seeks to assure the research related to cancer is relevant to this part of Florida, as well as elsewhere.
     “The UF Health Cancer Center is committed to building equitable community-academic partnerships to improve the health and well-being of residents in North Central Florida,” she has said. “We are engaging with communities to understand not only their challenges, but also their strengths as we take action to reduce the cancer burden in our state. The aim is to facilitate a process of mutual co-learning between community members and researchers by leveraging existing resources and implementing new programs that build local capacity.”
     As program director of the Office of Community Outreach and Engagement, Dr. Szurek is responsible for developing and managing community-based programs that identify cancer-relevant needs, target cancer prevention, and improve health outcomes in 22 counties in Florida.    
     Another vendor from UF in the park was the UF College of Veterinarian Medicine’s Aquatic Animal Health scientists.

Workout on the Waterfront 2019 in Cedar Key
Laurie Adler, a biological scientist, stands next to a game that was available for children to play as they learn about sea creatures and conservation.

     UF Stranding Coordinator Amber Lee Kincaid and Laurie Adler, a biological scientist, were present to tell people all about the animals in the oceans. They also provided children with an opportunity to play an education game and win prizes, such as a small informational card about dolphins, or candy.

Workout on the Waterfront 2019 in Cedar Key
 Cedar Key Chamber of Commerce President Caryn Stephenson stands near some of the many tables of items that were donated for silent auctions. These items included a bicycle, bottles of wine, guided fishing tours, works of fine art and much more.

* Updated March 18, 2019 at 7:09 p.m.

Three of the people participating in they kayak event are seen here. In the Atsena Otie Challenge, participants paddled out to the island, picked up a piece of trash and paddled back. Two of the kayakers are Julie and Tim Morey.

The Dolphin Project entrant encountered design issues. It was tough to paddle and he said the sail was slowing him down. Committed to finish, he jumped in and started pushing. There just a few competitors in the Repurpose It Regatta this year. Jeff Holcomb is the man pushing his boat in Regatta. The boat is named Dolphin Boss II.

Information and Photos by MaryEllen Szper

Regional General Hospital
continues serving patients;

ER to return in 30 to 45 days
Regional General Hospital of Williston Florida
This is the inside of the operating room where kidney stones can be viewed live by the doctor and patients can be relieved by treatment there. This RGH operation room is active now, and it promises to see more action in the near future as a specialized treatment clinic is on the horizon.

Story and Photos
By Jeff M. Hardison © March 14, 2019 at 1:49 p.m.
Regional General Hospital continues serving patients through its clinic, and with other services such as physical therapy and providing doctors with results from laboratory tests, X-rays, CT scans and ultrasound.

Regional General Hospital of Williston Florida
This is an outside view of the operating room at RGH. This is Operating Room 1.

Regional General Hospital of Williston Florida
There are separate areas in RGH for pre-operation and post-operation patients. This is the post-op area. There are also rooms for patients in the hospital.

     A visit to the hospital in Williston on Wednesday afternoon (March 13) and a telephone interview with the hospital's owner George Perez at the same time reflects continued progress on every front.
     There had been some difficulty with cash flow to pay utility bills with the City of Williston, however, as of tomorrow (March 15), that obstacle will have been overcome as RGH intends to keep its utility bill current henceforth.
     A March 12 email from Williston City Manager Scott Lippmann mirrors the success by RGH in overcoming this issue.
     “Our records indicate that your current outstanding utility balance (all accounts) is $3,934.79,” Lippmann noted. “Congratulations on the incredible job you have done to get caught up!”
     RGH Vice President of Operations Raj Ravi told on Wednesday afternoon, in an exclusive interview, that RGH is giving the city a check for $3,934.79 on Friday (March 15) to make the hospital current with the city’s utility department.
     Both Perez and Ravi noted their appreciation for all of the consideration given to the hospital in the past few years as RGH keeps building. There was a point where the City Council had told Lippmann to shut off service to the hospital, but the city manager worked with Perez and the City Council to create a repayment schedule, which has worked.
     Meanwhile on Wednesday afternoon, Ravi shared with that Dr. John T. Chacko, a urologist, is opening a specialized urology clinic at RGH, where kidney stone removals will be performed.
     “The operating room is active now,” Ravi said.
     The hospital has all of the equipment for this procedure to happen now.
     Beyond that, RGH has state-of-the-art laboratory equipment in its lab, which continues serving practitioners. The full X-ray, CT and ultrasound equipment is available as well.
     Ravi said doctors may want to send more patients to RGH rather than Gainesville hospitals for a few reasons. Traffic is less congested in Williston than in Gainesville. Patients do not have to pay for parking. RGH has the equipment and staff to provide results to doctors, just as they would see from Gainesville-based locations.
     As for the patients, Perez and Ravi said, they may prefer not to use their time driving back and forth to and from Gainesville, and they will find a shorter waiting time at RGH than elsewhere.

Regional General Hospital of Williston Florida
Board-Certified Nurse Practitioner J. Dea Browning pauses for a moment as a visiting journalist is given a photo opportunity during an unannounced visit. Browning was very polite in accommodating the request, given that she was very busy at the moment.

Regional General Hospital of Williston Florida
One corner of the clinic area in the hospital shows some equipment and a treatment area. There is also a complete room available for physical therapy, where a certified therapist can help patients.

Regional General Hospital of Williston Florida
This is a view of part of the waiting area for the clinic. There are more chairs out of view.


     The rural clinic remains open at RGH as well.
     Board-Certified Nurse Practitioner J. Dea Browning, NP-BC. DCNP, who is board-certified in internal medicine as well as dermatology, and who is a certified Department of Transportation Medical Examiner, is ready to help new and returning patients.
     The DOT medical exams are among the duties where patients will enjoy less travel, etc., to have them completed. The phone line to the clinic is 352-330-6110. The phone line to RGH is 352-528-2801.
     In other positive news from RGH, Perez said he anticipates having the RGH Emergency Room activated again in 30 to 45 days. 
     “We will come back stronger and better,” Perez said.
     The hospital owner said he prays every day for the continued growth and success of RGH.
     As the suburbs growing from expansion in Gainesville and Ocala continue, Perez said, he sees Williston growing to help those residents. Those residents might ask themselves if they want to go toward the metropolitan area for goods and services, including medical option, or if they want to go toward the rural environment of Williston.
     Perez said he is thankful to God for His gifts, and that he is thankful to every person who is helping the hospital to continue being able to serve the medical needs of the residents and visitors of the Greater Williston Area, and beyond.

Walmart gives WPD $7,500
to help with its K-9 program;

Shadow Trailers, K-9s United,
Armstrong Home Builders,
and Dr. Wade Bullock donate as well

Walmart give money to help K-9 Program
Seen here during the $5,000 check presentation on Monday morning (March 11) are (from left) Walmart Store (#1297) Manager Raciel Moreira, Co-Manager Kevin Kingsley, WPD Chief Dennis Strow, Walmart Store Assistant Manager Luke Hill, WPD K-9 Officer Rich Peters, and standing by the officer’s side Shadow the police dog.

Story and Photos
By Jeff M. Hardison © March 12, 2019 at 8:29 a.m.
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The Walmart in Chiefland presented a $5,000 check early Monday morning (March 11) to the Williston Police Department to help the WPD with its police dog program.

Walmart give money to help K-9 Program
Accepting a plaque to Walmart Store #1297, is Manager Raciel Moreira (left). The plaque has a likeness of Shadow at the top in a circle with the words ‘Williston Police.’ WPD Chief Dennis Strow took the initiative to restart the K-9 program in Williston, and he did it with funding from private interests rather than tax dollars.

Walmart give money to help K-9 Program
Before they went into the Walmart for the check presentation, Officer Rich Peters and K-9 Shadow provided photo opportunities in the Walmart parking lot.

Walmart give money to help K-9 Program
The officer and his partner had just finished a 12-hour tour of duty from 6 p.m. on Sunday night to 6 a.m. on Monday morning (March 10). The early morning fog is seen in the background.

     WPD Chief Dennis Strow accepted the check from Walmart Store Manager Raciel Moreira, which was the second of two donations from the store to this cause.
     Also participating in the event in Chiefland from Williston were WPD Deputy Chief Clay Connolly, WPD Administrative Assistant-Records Supervisor-Evidence Custodian Brooke Willis, WPD K-9 Officer Rich Peters and Shadow, the police dog.
     Also participating in the event from the Chiefland Walmart were Chiefland Walmart Co-Manager Kevin Kingsley and Assistant Manager Luke Hill. Many customer service representatives from the store watched the presentation of the $5,000 check in the break room.
     Everyone enjoyed a buffet breakfast afterward in the break room. That breakfast was catered by The Gathering Table of Chiefland.
     Chief Strow explained how the WPD police dog program has restarted from long ago. Before the chief accepted the post as the top law enforcement officer in the municipality of Williston, he was a deputy with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.
     When the chief started at the WPD, there was a drug dog that had been used to its fullest potential, and with the added factor of budgetary constraints, it retired.
     About 18 months ago, the chief received a call on a Sunday night in regard to a 2-year-old child that went missing.
     A while back, Strow said, Officer Peters, who was named as the WPD 2018 Police Officer of the Year at a banquet and awards ceremony on Friday night (March 8), asked the chief why the WPD did not have a dog.
     Officer Peters said he wanted to become the K-9 officer, Strow said.
     “That was a good idea,” Chief Strow said, “but we had no money.”
     Long ago, the chief said, a K-9 would cost about $3,500. The price today is $9,000, he said. After the meeting Monday morning, Chief Strow mentioned to that Shadow’s value is now set at $16,000 with his skillset.
     As for the cost, the chief mentioned there are other expenses as well such as training, equipment and maintenance. However, he decided to get a K-9 for the WPD.
     The chief said he ran the request by Mayor Jerry Robinson, who said he endorsed the idea “But we have no money.”
          Except for the extra uniform for Officer Peters, Strow said, this entire K-9 program has been funded by private donations.
     The Marion County Sheriff’s Office agreed to help WPD, Chief Strow said.
     MCSO K-9 Lead Instructor Jeremie Nix, K-9 Trainer Carlos Ramirez, WPD Lt. Matt Fortney and Officer Peters went to New Smyrna Beach, Chief Strow said, and they tried dogs.
     After testing dogs all day, they came home with the dog, who celebrates his second birthday on May 14. This dog is a German Shepherd from Hungary.
     The particular dog had been selected, the chief said, but he was still in need of money.
     That’s when Shadow Trailers of Williston and Armstrong Home Builders of Ocala each funded half the cost of the dog, the Chief said.
     That’s also how the dog became named “Shadow.”
     Walmart donated $2,500 for equipment at the outset, the chief said.
     K-9s United of Jacksonville stepped up with a $5,000 donation too, Chief Strow said.
     Dr Wade Bullock, a veterinarian in Williston, volunteered his service as the person to give medical care for Shadow, Strow said.
     “Now Walmart has donated another $5,000 for the program,” Chief Strow said at the store Monday.
     Reliable Drywall of Central Florida (Ocala) has purchased a bulletproof vest for Shadow, Chief Strow said. This is more of a lightweight tactical vest, the chief added.
     Another vest is coming for the dog where he will have it as a uniform, and his WPD patch will have his picture on it, Strow said.
     Shadow is totally certified to track people, conduct searches for articles, he can apprehend and he has completed his narcotics detection training, Chief Strow said.
     Shadow and Officer Peters had just completed a shift from 6 p.m. Sunday night to 6 a.m. Monday morning, when they were at the Walmart on Monday for the 8 a.m. check presentation event.
     Both the K-9 and his handler have equipment to assure Shadow’s and Peters’ safety.
     Shadow has a safe riding area in the back of the cruiser, complete with a water dispenser for the K-9, Chief Strow said. The car has a heat sensor inside it, Strow said, so that if the engine stops and it becomes hot inside the cruiser, then the windows go down, a fan starts and an alarm resounds.
     Officer Peters has a device on his belt so that if he is outside the closed cruiser and Shadow is inside, and Peters becomes distressed, the officer can push a button. That will open a rear door and Shadow will run to the officer’s rescue, Strow said.
     The chief let everyone know that if the live or visit Williston, “Shadow is a beautiful dog. He is very well trained.
     “If they want to run from the law,” Chief Strow continued, “of if they have drugs, then Shadow ain’t their friend.”
     During the presentation program Monday, Walmart Manager Moreira said this is part of the community programs where Walmart is involved. Co-Manager Kingsley said this Walmart is the most community-oriented store he has seen.
     Co-manager Kingsley said he is consistently impressed by how much Walmart employees give to their community, as well as how they work hard at their jobs in the store.
     “This is a store,” Kingsley said, “where we all do this together as a store.”

Walmart gives money to help K-9 Program
After the check and plaque presentation, Shadow and Officer Rich Peters provide another photo opportunity for the press. This part of the morning was followed by a breakfast in the Walmart break room for everyone involved. The fog was lifting a little, but it stayed around for a couple of hours past the 8 a.m. check and plaque presentations in Chiefland.


Attorney jailed for
indirect civil contempt of court

By Jeff M. Hardison © Feb. 25, 2019 at 8:39 p.m.
     BRONSON --
Attorney Gregory Vance "Greg" Beauchamp, 70, surrendered himself at the Levy County Jail Monday (Feb. 25), Levy County Sheriff's Office spokesman Lt. Scott Tummond confirmed late Monday afternoon.
     Eighth Judicial Circuit Court Judge Stanley H. "Stan" Griffis III had issued a writ of bodily attachment effective that day for the attorney to be taken into custody and to be placed in the Levy County Jail until such time that Attorney Beauchamp complies with the order the judge put upon him earlier in regard to a civil case.
     Attorney Beauchamp is in jail on a civil matter and is not charged with a crime. He is being held for indirect civil contempt of court, according to records.
     In the writ ordered today (Monday, Feb. 25), Circuit Court Judge Griffis is abundantly clear in what must take place, and other court documents show the whole string of events from the day when Connie McSwain died on Aug. 1, 2017 at the age of 71, through one of the first actions by a survivor’s then-Attorney Beauchamp, showed he filed a petition on behalf of his then-client Carl W. Gadd on Aug. 11, 2017, in regard to the estate of McSwain, according to records.
     The most immediate action, however, shows that Beauchamp may become a free man again only by complying with an order.
     "He may be released upon the preparation of a Certificate of Compliance signed by Attorney Beauchamp and Attorney Sunshine Baynard, which will be proof of Attorney Beauchamp’s compliance with the Order Holding Attorney in Indirect Contempt, entered on February 13, 2019,” according to what is written in part of the order.
     As of Feb. 23, Beauchamp already had run the meter up to $6,250 in fines by not complying with court orders in this regard, according to records. The incarceration is the most recent and most stringent force levied by the judge to seek compliance by the attorney.
     In the Feb. 13 action, the order holding Beauchamp in indirect civil contempt of court showed some of the history leading to this point.
     The judge had ordered Attorney Beauchamp to give “… any estate documents, including notes and mortgages to the current attorney for the personal representative (of the McSwain estate), Sunshine D. Baynard, before February 1, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. and required attorney Beauchamp to complete and serve an Inventory and Verified Accounting on Attorney Baynard, and return all monies held in trust for the Estate, before February 6, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.”
     At the hearing on Feb. 13, Beauchamp told Judge Griffis that he had not complied with the order requiring the accounting. Beauchamp said he was unable to locate two notes and mortgage, although he is certain they are in his office, according to records.
    The attorney also was found to have not returned funds held in trust for the estate, according to the Feb. 13 order holding Beauchamp in indirect civil contempt of court, according to court records.
     The judge ordered Beauchamp to comply with the orders before 5 p.m. on Feb. 13.
     Failure to comply results in the following, according to the order: Starting on Feb. 14 through Feb. 18, Beauchamp is fined $250 each day of noncompliance.
     The fine for noncompliance increased to $1,000 a day from Feb. 19 through Feb. 23. Hence the, fine total reached $6,250 before he became incarcerated, according to records.
     That order further noted that given that the attorney fails to comply on the 11th day of this order, then Judge Griffis will issue the writ of bodily attachment, calling upon all 67 sheriffs of Florida to take Attorney Beauchamp into custody and put him in the Levy County Jail.
     “Fines will be payable to Florida Crimes Compensation Victim Fund,” Eighth Judicial Circuit Court Judge Griffis noted in his order. “Attorney Beauchamp shall send the payments to the State Attorney. Attorney Beauchamp shall pay the fines from a personal or operating account and shall file proof of payment with Court by filing cancelled checks.”
     Court records regarding the McSwain estate show that as of Aug. 17, 2017, Attorney Beauchamp had noted the beneficiaries of this estate and of the decedent's surviving spouse were Carl W. Gadd of Old Town, a friend; Phyllis Lorraine Wise of Tyler, Texas, a daughter; Katherine Denise McSwain of Lakeland, a stepdaughter; Eddie T. McSwain III of Weatherford, Texas, a stepson; and Rick O'Donald of Chiefland, a son.
     The order granting substitution of Attorney Baynard for Attorney Beauchamp for the client Carl W. Gadd, was done and ordered on Oct. 1, 2018, according to records.
     On Nov. 18, 2018, Eighth Judicial Circuit Court Judge David P. Kreider ordered Beauchamp to file an inventory and final accounting in compliance with Florida Probate Rules, as well as to provide any and all estate documents in his possession to Baynard within 20 days of that order, according to records.
     "Failure to file or produce the documents may result in sanctions," Circuit Court Judge Kreider noted in his Nov. 18, 2018 order.
     And now, Attorney Beauchamp is in the Levy County Jail for indirect civil contempt of court, according to records, and according to the order, he will remain there until he and Attorney Baynard provide the Court with documentation that he has complied with previous commands from the Court, according to records.


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Shelley Salter and Sam Matez on Cedar Key
This is a still shot of Shelley Salter and her son Sam Matez just before they same the jingle on Saturday (March 16). They had just completed running a 5K on Cedar Key.
Photosby Jeff M. Hardison © March 16, 2019 at 2:09 p.m.

109th Set of Jingle Performers

Shelley Salter of Cedar Key and her son Sam Matez of Gainesville sing the jingle on March 16, 2019 after running a 5K on Cedar Key in the Workout on the Waterfront event, which was hosted by the Cedar Key Chamber of Commerce. They are the 109th set of performers. The next two singers, who are scheduled to be shown singing the jingle individually, are Derek Styles of D&J Rapid Repairs and Jeffery Emmonds of D&J Rapid Repairs, respectively. Styles and Emmonds sang on Feb. 21, but the Workout on the Waterfront event on March 16 bumped this duet of singers up in time. If you want to sing the jingle, just Jeff M. Hardison know or send an email to He asks people to sing it, too, and some of them agree to sing it. (Thanks people!)
Published Feb. 19, 2019 at 2:09 p.m.

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