•  As an individual who is deeply concerned about the humane treatment and care of pets, I must admit it angers me  greatly to see an animal tied to a short chain and not given any consideration during this time of extremely cold and or rainy weather.

  •  I’m really not one for the New Year’s resolutions, as you can probably tell by the date. Yes, it is Jan. 13. That’s why I don’t make resolutions like: I’m going to write a column for the Jan. 6 issue of the Beacon on the merits of New Year's resolutions and/or procrastinating.

  •  It's a shame they don't hold the General Education Diploma commencement in a more public place than the conference room at the College of Central Florida's Levy Center.

  • This weekend a tragedy occurred in Tucson, Arizona. Six persons were shot  and 14 others were wounded by a deranged individual. We witnessed the tragedy, we heard the interviews and the nation is in shock. After listening to many media reports it is very plain to see this individual reached out in many ways to get the help that he needed.  I ask where were the people who could have prevented this terrible event from happening?


  •  For seniors, reality is not always pleasant, and what we may be facing this coming year could be a real disaster.

  • I was surprised to read that Dr. Marvin Dunn plans to go ahead with his Rosewood event even though the Levy County Commissioners denied his petition for a special event’s permit.  Many events are held in Levy County each year and the sponsors of those events have no difficulty applying for and providing the county with all required information to ensure a safe environment for all involved.  
    Lizzie Robinson Jenkins

  • Based on my five-year-old’s behavior in the last few days leading up to Christmas, I got the distinct impression he did not believe Santa was watching him through a crystal ball.
    And after his ruthless cross-examination of me on how Santa manages to transcend the laws of physics, I got another distinct impression that he did not believe in Santa at all.

  • Work schedules  keep us from visiting our Georgia family and friends as much as we like, so after spending Thanksgiving here in Williston, we decided we were northbound for Christmas.
    As usual, the week before Christmas was a blur as I did last- minute shopping (done for everyone in less than four hours), gift wrapping, baking and creating goodies, addressing and mailing Christmas cards (no one said they had to arrive before Dec. 25), all the while holding down a full-time job.

  • Jessica Nicole Standridge died Friday, Dec. 24, 2010, at her home in Old Town after a long illness.  She was 19.
    Jessica was born on Dec. 23, 1991.  She graduated from Dixie County High School in 2010 and was dual enrolled in Gateway Community College during high school. She worked as a cashier at Hitchcock’s Foodway in Old Town.  She was a member of the Cross City Pentecostal Holiness Church, she was active in the Driven Youth Team.  She enjoyed scrapbooking, swimming and reading her bible.

  •  Now that the elections are over, the hard work starts.

  •  I did not write the headline on this column, nor did I write most of what you will read here. But what follows is pretty darned good stuff that I wish I had thought of writing.

  •  The National Wildlife Refuge System celebrated National Wildlife Refuge Week across the country.  Inviting you to join in, refuges hosted open house events, trail walks, wildlife programs, and bird walks throughout the over 100 million acre system of public lands tasked to provide habitat for the present and future generations.

  •  Soccer to a 4 or 5 year old should be fun. Coaches should remember their age when introducing the game to them. Parents should remember that it is only a game and a time of fun for their little ones.


  • By David D'AMATO

  •  Those who were at the September Cracker Chapter (FTA) meeting are aware of the discussion about major changes that are about to be implemented at Paynes Prairie. I asked one of the members of "Friends of the Prairie" to provide the address of a park official so that we might voice our individual concerns about the change. The following is her response:

  •  By Daniel J. Vance

    Guest Columnist

    Airport security advice