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Today's Features

  • Carol Kearns was on a mission trip to Colima, Mexico, with her husband, Pastor George Kearns of Lighthouse Word Church in Chiefland, when the call came.
    Would she be interested in doing God's work in Swaziland?
    Why not spend 10 days in July in Swaziland, one of the last countries ruled by a king who is the closest thing to an absolute monarch. It's only 7,800 plus miles away, land-locked between South Africa and Mozambique.

  • By GARY MILLER

    Outdoor Truths

  • By JAMES SNYDER

    Out to Pastor

  • As a children’s church teacher I’ve been told, “Guy, you’ve got the preaching down. It’s just the closing part you need to work on.” I’d always taken it as a compliment, at least until last Sunday. Poor little Jimmy… I just felt terrible.

  •  Everyone has a favorite flower; some diehard gardeners have several.  But whether you have a simple row of tulips or an elaborate sculptured garden of perenniels, one thing is the same:  you've got to pull weeds or you won't have any flowers at all.
    If you want a beautiful garden, you've got to be diligent about eradicating those pesky weeds.  You can go away for a long weekend, but those "unwanteds" in your garden aren't going to take a vacation.

  • Some time ago Linda and I took our friends Terry and Maggie Kennedy to Horseshoe Beach to celebrate their birthdays which are a day apart. This is a beautiful area, right on the Gulf coast, with a restaurant overlooking the ocean.
    As we were approaching the restaurant we noticed a boat loaded with sponges that the crew had harvested from the sea. Linda and Maggie became very excited and soon were engaged in conversation with one of the crew members.

  • Sept. 10-11

    Hoggetowne Medieval Faire
    auditions
    Actors, singers, dancers and stage combatants are needed for the 2012 Hoggetowne Medieval Faire Living Chessboard and cast of characters.  Auditions are 9:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. in the Hippodrome Theater Cinema. Stage combat training will be provided for those interested. The Hoggetowne Medieval Faire will be  at the Alachua County Fairgrounds on Jan. 28-29 & Feb. 3-5, 2012.

  • By David Viker
    Ten years ago I was in my first week as manager of three rural Mississippi national wildlife refuges (Hillside, Morgan Brake and Matthews Brake).
    The Project Leader and I were out kicking some dirt on one of the refuges when we began discussing plans for the coming year. He talked about many things that day, but I clearly remember hearing him say in his soft southern accent, “I like diversity. I like to manage for diversity. When I look across the landscape, I like to see diversity.”

  • The first 11 years of David Viker's life were spent in suburban New York. And he fell in love with the outdoors while camping with his family in the Catskills Mountains.
    Then came the change that would determine his destiny; a divorce transplanted his family to Bronson.
    "The things I liked most about the outdoors in New York, I liked about Florida," Viker said in a telephone interview from his office in Atlanta, Ga., where he oversees 130 refuges in 10 states, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico with 750 employees.

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