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Today's News

  • Setting your hair on fire with money

    County budget time is my least favorite time of year.
    But then again, there's nothing like watching folks who don't want to risk their political future by raising revenues, but who still want to tell the voters they preserved all the services.
    So now we must be creative in cutting the budget.  
    One of the more interesting exercises came at the Aug. 16 commission meeting when Levy County Fire Rescue No. 78 Chief Rick Bloom stepped to the podium. His unit covers Morriston, Montborook, Gulf Hammock and more.

  • Walk the plank

    By GARY MILLER

    Outdoor Truths

  • Finding a cure for textaholics

    By JAMES SNYDER

    Out to Pastor

  • The truth behind the preaching

    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.

  • In bloom

     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.

  • It’s just a sponge

    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.

  • Community Calendar for the Week of August 25

    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.

  • Cedar Key Canvas makes the cut

    A lot of good things have been happening at Julie Gore and Sharon Ingram’s shop, Cedar Key Canvas, lately – some good and some even better.
    Unbeknownst to Julie, a customer (her mother) nominated the shop for a made in America contest sponsored by ABC’s World News with Dianne Sawyer. Her mother did eventually mention it but the women both forgot about the nomination. That is, until the day a producer from the show called and left a message in July that they had made the cut.

  • Haven appointee

       Haven Hospice has announced that Jim Poole has been named vice president of community and legislative affairs. This is a new position. Poole will identify and implement strategies to increase community engagement and involvement. He will be responsible for facilitating and leading Haven’s Community Advisory Boards in all of Haven’s markets.

  • Haven Hospice welcomes associate medical director of hospice and palliative care

       Dr. Alison A. Lauber, has been named Haven’s new associate medical director of Hospice and Palliative Care. Dr. Lauber will serve patients in the Gainesville area.
       Prior to joining Haven, Lauber was the program director for the Medical College of Georgia’s Palliative Consult Service.