Letters published February 6

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Community steps 

up against hunger


We are so gratified by the response of the community to our Stop Hunger Now fundraiser; A Taste of the World held on Saturday, Jan. 25, at the Tommy Usher Center. We appreciate your support of our efforts to raise money for 10,000 meals for school children in less developed countries. 

Thanks to the City of Chiefland and the council members for the use of the Usher Center. 

Thanks to County Commissioners Ryan Bell, John Meeks and Auctioneer Chad Johnson, for attending and participating, as well as Levy County Sheriff Bobby McCallum.  

Food was provided by BubbaQue's, Mya's, ABC Pizza, Chiefland Citizen, Helen Pettengill and many cooks from our congregation.  

Bill Roberson, Amy Brodahl and Elizabeth Phillips serenaded us.  

Many special items were donated for the silent and live auctions by Mitch's Jewelry, Williston Peanuts, Wise Accounting and Tax Service, Family Hair,  Tire Mart, Unique's Furniture & Collectibles, Sean Mullins, Archer United Methodist Women, Farmer's Furniture, White Ford, Scoggins Chevrolet, Chiefland Chrysler Dodge, Val's Auto Repair, Inspired Creations, Heartland Queens, Deanne Moler, Home Depot, Walmart, Harbour Master Suites, Wesley and Darlene Smith and several of our church members.  

We also thank the Chiefland Citizen, Levy County Journal, Dixie Advocate and HardisonInk.com for promoting the event.  

Most of all, THANK YOU to those who came, for joining with us in fellowship and for tasting, listening and biding.  We were able to raise over $2,000 towards our $2,500 goal. All proceeds will go to purchase meals for school-age children world-wide.


Alice St. John


Diana Child

Office Administrator

First United Methodist Church, Chiefland


Give your Heart 

and Share the Love


Valentine’s Day is the day we focus on our loved ones and shower them with flowers and candy and affection. February 14 is also National Donor Day, the day when many nonprofit health organizations in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services sponsor blood and bone marrow drives and organ/tissue sign-ups around the country. Organ, tissue and blood donations help those suffering from organ failure, spinal and bone injuries, burns, hearing and vision loss. In the U.S. today, more than 117,000 people of all ages are waiting for their gift of life. Every 10 minutes someone is added to the transplant waiting list. It could happen to any one of us, your sister or son or co-worker or pastor. As you enjoy this Valentine’s Day with your loved ones, think about the thousands of people still on the transplant waiting list and the families who love them. Each one of us has the power to give the gift of life by becoming an organ/tissue/blood donor. Take the time, right now, to educate yourself about the need for donors. Visit www.organdonor.gov for information on living and cadaver donation; how to donate or be a recipient; links to related organizations; and information on government policies and regulations involved in organ and tissue donation and transplantation, one of the most regulated areas of health care today. Then sign-up to be an organ/tissue donor at www.donatelifeflorida.org. You can also sign-up when obtaining or renewing your driver license online or in person at a DMV office. Share the love; with your help we can end the wait.

Dotti Hydue and Wm. Betz,



Mad about 

exemption notice


It appears our local government officials still don't get it.

I take exception with a recent "pink" notice from Osborn "Oz" Barker Levy County Property Appraiser.

The inference that I, as a taxpayer, may be committing a crime seems to feel like an insult and possible accusation to me. I voted for Mr. Barker and now see that I had apparently not done my due diligence in assessing his ability to perform simple duties.

To infer that I may be a criminal at my expense by sending me a notice which, by the way, was postmarked from Tampa (local government post office not good enough?) is an insult that seems to be a common occurrence from elected officials anymore.

Please be aware that I am not claiming ANY exemption to which I am not legally entitled to ( i.e. Homestead Exemption). I do not feel that I see the  need nor the reason to warn all the taxpayers of Levy County that they could be guilty of a crime that they may not have committed at their expense.  

Printing and mailing these notices was a waste of time and money (My Money!!!!).

Why was this done? Why the attitude that honest taxpaying citizens are any less than that?

I do know where my vote for the next Property Appraiser won't be. I will research my alternative representatives and places of residence.

Charles Hutto Sr.