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The Bible says, “Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended (‘that for which I am apprehended in Christ Jesus’ verse 12): but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before. I press toward the mark for the prize of t…

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Silence is a rare commodity these days. You can’t find it if you live in the city. There's traffic, construction, air-conditioning, lawnmowers and leaf-blowers and your neighbor’s dog. You can create silence with a well-insulated house, a set of noise canceling earphones or, the ultimate, a …

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I really enjoyed the 1990’s. That was the decade I became an adult and started making enough money to be able to do some fun things. That made this year’s Bulldog Bash a little more enjoyable for me. Hearing many of my favorite songs from that decade and being reminded of some of the big eve…

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When fall arrives “Around the Banks of the Suwannee,” I am reminded of the title of the movie “Waiting to Exhale.” Most of us, sigh more than audibly when we feel that first, magical cool touch caress our skin and welcome us with arms more comforting than Grandma’s patchwork quilt. Thoughts …

My trip to Ohio a few weeks ago, reminded me how amazing our bodies are. While out hiking with family, the last leg of the hike was uphill. Walking step for step with my brother-in-law, who seems to be taking the hill in stride while I'm beginning to struggle. 

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Last week we began discussing Hurricane Dora, which struck Suwannee County in 1964. We left off with Dora moving westward through Suwannee County and into the panhandle of Florida and also Alabama.

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The Bible says, “But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth” (John 4:23-24).

The wife of Zacharias, the priest, is in her sixth month of pregnancy. When Mary, the mother of Jesus, comes to see her and after their initial greetings, Elizabeth speaks to Mary. She tells her she is blessed because she “believed that there would be a fulfillment of what had been spoken to…

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Today’s column may be geared toward us older folks, but it’s not intentional. In fact, I’d recommend all you younger generations take note of what I’ve noticed lately since you will be following along behind us shortly.

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“History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.”— The late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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As the month begins, the main things everyone around here are hoping for are a little rain to keep all the grass from dying and some relief from the daytime highs that still feel like summer. There are so many things going on in our area this month, and it all starts this week with Suwannee …

Every October, the number of pink ribbons attest to the number of North Florida women who have survived, who are battling breast cancer and those who lost the fight.

During my student days at a UCLA economics department faculty/graduate student coffee hour in the 1960s, I was chatting with Professor Armen Alchian, probably the greatest microeconomic theory economist of the 20th century. I was trying to impress Alchian with my knowledge of statistical typ…

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Road trip! This past weekend I took a road trip to Ohio with my daughter and her husband to meet family for mom’s 80th birthday celebration. I’m the oldest of four and we decided to go back to the place we vacationed at when we were kids.

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This past month, we in Suwannee County (and indeed, most of Florida) dodged a bullet with Hurricane Dorian, but not everyone was so lucky. The Bahamas will probably take years to fully recover from the devastation wrought by that Category 5 hurricane. Fifty-five years ago this month, Suwanne…

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While Zacharias was taking his turn at offering the daily incense in the temple, an angel of God appeared to him to tell him about the upcoming pregnancy of his wife who had been barren. Coming several days before Elizabeth would become pregnant, Zacharias was told the mission of this son wo…

One of the greatest natural gifts God gave to man was the ability to concentrate. The ability to keep the gaze of the inner eye focused on that which the heart is desirous of. The power of concentration is used in order that we may stay focused on our goals and succeed in reaching them, whet…

The crisp, cool air of fall is just a few weeks away. Our furry friends usually have an extra bounce in their step and are hoping to get out and play. Most of us try to catch up on gardening projects we put off because it was just too hot. Take your four-legged friend outside with you and pu…

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Peace, removing oneself from the clamor and noise of the world, the arguments and finding a place, a special place to just be for a little while or for hours and to know contentment.

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We have just returned from an overnight stay in Palatka. Our stay was shared with people and events that have strong connections to White Springs. Not always a welcome destination, Palatka was a point of contention that arose between my wife and me years ago when we, engaged to be married in…

TAIPEI, Taiwan — What happens on Hong Kong Island does not stay there. The ongoing tsunami of discontent washes over this island, which, like Hong Kong, is navigating the choppy waters of relations with the same large and menacing mainland neighbor. This nation — which is such psychologicall…

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When the Suwannee High football program won its 500th game several weeks ago, coach Kyler Hall made sure to quickly praise all the previous Bulldogs that made that moment possible.

I’ve been called many things in my life, some with a germ of truth and some with a full-blown head cold. But my favorite occurred in 2003, when the late New York Post editor and MSNBC editor-in-chief, Jerry Nachman, welcomed me on his show as “the so-called father of reality TV.”

This past week might have been the best week ever for those interested in extraterrestrial life and the vehicles that bring them to our planet. Some people actually showed up to storm the gates of Area 51 on Friday. There is a show currently on the Discovery Channel that investigates sightin…

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Sunday morning found me sitting on the back porch, drinking my coffee enjoying the morning with my dogs around me. Of course Buddy — the littlest one — seems to think he needs to have extra cush so he sits in one of the rocking chairs. Yes, it's a dog's life here at my house.

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We live in a society and time in which 327 million Americans own close to 273 million vehicles. For as long as any living person can remember, there have been automobiles roaming the streets, with plenty of traffic laws in place to help keep people safe. We take it for granted that in the Un…

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The Bible says, “Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the Lord” (Psalms 119:1).

 Peter writing to the Christians who were “scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia and Bithynia” (1 Peter 1:1) said their faith was “more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire” (1:7). Peter uses this very valuable metal to illustrate the value of o…

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As I finally calmed down enough Friday night, September 13, to close my eyes in sleep it wasn’t the effect of the Harvest Moon shining through my window that had my mind racing with excitement. No sir, even as beautiful as the moonbeams were that slipped through my bedroom curtains it was th…

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In our search for excellence, whether it be the excellence that can be found when we look for entertainment, music, travel, literature, art, culture, education, recreation, or simply even food and water, we are often willing to travel considerable distances and spend a considerable amount of…

LIVE OAK, Fla. — Knowing what was coming didn’t make it any easier for Suwannee High to stop it Friday night.

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Some of you may have heard of Sean Dietrich. He writes a syndicated column, has written a couple of books, including “Stars of Alabama,” and he has a podcast, “Sean of the South.” Sean lives over in the Florida panhandle and was “raised” near Destin, though he is “more than familiar” with th…

Tired of weeding and fertilizing your lawn? Try replacing it with the “Alfalfa of the South,” also known as perennial peanut. Perennial peanut is not just suitable for hay production. It can also be utilized for grazing livestock and as turf in lawn settings.

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Lovers of yard sales had reason to rejoice this past weekend. Flea Across Florida took place on Friday and Saturday, and Live Oak had many participants who brought their items for sale out to U.S. Hwy. 90. If you missed it this time, don’t worry. The dates have already been set for the sprin…

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Hurricanes are common events in late summer and early fall for those living along the sea coast. With such magnitude and power, they demonstrate the power of God and the helplessness of humanity.

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"Little sisters of the sun litCandles in the rainFed the world on oats and raisinsCandles in the rain
Lit the fire to the soul
Who never knew his friend
Meher baba lives again
Candles in the rainTo be there is to remember
Lay it down again
Lay down
Lay down
Lay it down again
Men can live as …

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I go to a lot of events and gatherings in White Springs and the surrounding counties. By and large I enjoy myself and really appreciate the events and the organizers that put them on. But I do have my critical moments, we all do, and it’s time to vent! These observations come from a multitud…

I drove to Tallahassee this past weekend to see a concert and to watch the Seminoles try to play football. Friday was one of those days I hope to never forget. Saturday was one of those days I hope to forget as quickly as possible. It was my first time listening to a concert at Cascades Park…

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When it comes to exercise, no two people are alike. Some of us have been active most of our lives while others have really never given exercise a second thought.   


Leaving home is always an emotional event. It means leaving familiar surroundings and going to an unknown place. Sometimes it is both exciting and very frightening.

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Under the most normal circumstances of our weekly meeting on Wednesday mornings, Writers INK is a hubbub of creativity, but throw in an event promoting books and the meeting shifts into high gear.

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When I was younger, and that was some time ago now, there were certain unwritten rules some folks followed. I always had a curiosity about some of these rules, but I dared not question the adults who were espousing them as the “holy gospel” sent down from Sinai. Therefore, I adhered, as most…

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Over the weekend, I came across an article: "The Fattest Cities in America" and the first sentence read Americans are the fattest people in the world. I thought to myself, “Wow.” That's it. Simply wow. That's kind of in your face isn't it? Was I surprised though? Not really. By the way the f…

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We left off last week discussing the impending 1951 dedication of Workman Field near Live Oak, the first airfield in the nation solely manned and operated by Civil Air Patrol members. We continue the narrative today.

This Week's Circulars

Obituaries

Fred H. Criss, age 87, of Live Oak, FL passed away October 8, 2019. Memorial services will be held, 10:10 AM, Thursday, 10-10-2019 at the funeral home. Harris Funeral Home & Cremations, Inc. is in charge of all arrangements.

JoAnn Lane, 62 passed away on September 21, 2019 peacefully at her home, surrounded by her family. She was preceded in death by her father Frank Hewiett and her mother Mary Lee Green. She is survived by her husband Floyd Lane, two daughters; Joyce Westbrook and Barbara Jenkins, one son; Trav…

Ronny Ryals, age 71, of Live Oak, FL, passed away October 4, 2019. Services were held 11:00 AM, Tuesday, Oct. 8th in the Harris Chapel. Harris Funeral Home, Inc. is in charge of all arrangements.