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Marion County Board of County Commissioners BOCC
The Board of County Commissioners is the primary legislative and policy-making body for Marion County. Each commissioner represents one of the five districts in which they reside. They are elected by all county voters to serve a four-year term. The board elects a chairman and vice-chairman each year. Read more
OKKKala - Racism isn't over, it's on full parade! An estimated 2,000 vehicles, mostly motorcycles and trucks adorned with Confederate battle flags, took part in a rally and ride Sunday afternoon to support maintaining the flag flying in front of the McPherson Governmental Complex in Ocala.
The event was organized by David Stone of Ocala and was called the Florida Southern Pride Ride. Read more
UPDATE: Confederate flag flies again in Marion
News 13, July 07, 2015
Marion County commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to put the Confederate flag back up at the county's government complex.
The flag was removed Thursday and temporarily replaced with a flag with the seal of Marion County.
County officials said the decision to remove the flag last week was in response to growing controversy surrounding the flag following the shooting deaths of nine black men and women at a historic church in Charleston, South Carolina on June 17. The suspect, 21-year-old Dylann Roof, had posed with a Confederate flag in photos posted on a website that displayed a racist manifesto attributed to him.
After the deadly shootings, Marion County's interim county administrator, Bill Kauffman, consulted with County Commission Chairman Stan McClain and decided to remove the Confederate flag, which has flown outside the county's government complex for more than two decades.
Within minutes of Tuesday morning's vote, the Civil War-era flag was seen flying once again outside the government complex as one of the five national flags which have flown over Florida since European explorers first landed on its shores more than 500 years ago. The other four are Spanish, French, British and Read more
Revival of white supremacy racism in Florida & America
County removes Confederate flag from display in front of McPherson
By Kristine Crane, Staff writer
June 29, 2015
Marion County administration has removed the Confederate flag that had been flying in front of the McPherson Governmental Complex.
"It was my decision as county administrator," Interim County Administrator Bill Kauffman said.
Kauffman conferred with County Commission Chairman Stan McClain in making the decision, but the Board of County Commissioners was not involved in it, said Barbra Hernandez, spokeswoman for Marion County.
"Obviously, Marion County is respectful of history," she explained about the decision. "We also understand the perceived connotations of displaying the flag at governmental agencies."
The flag was removed last week. Hernandez said the county didn’t receive any calls from residents asking officials to take the flag down.
But Joyce Blake, chair of the Marion County Democratic Party, did send County Commissioner Earl Arnett an email last week asking how many Confederate flags were displayed in front of government agencies in the county — and why they were displayed.
Blake on Monday morning said she still hasn’t received a response to her questions, though she has been provided confirmation that her email was received.
Hernandez said there are no other Confederate flags on display on county government property. Read more
Marion Co. public records: SIRE Public Web Application
To search the records of Marion County, go to the SIRE Public Web Application. The SIRE Public Access page will open. On the left side of the SIRE Public Access page you can serach by document text or by document type. Enter your search term. Then check the boxes for "Permits", "Council Agendas", and "Adopted Minutes". When I searched the word "confederate", I found many documents after Marion County told me there were no such documents.
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FDLE: 2 Fruitland Park police officers in KKK Bay News 9 Online
NOTE: Fruitland Park Florida is a city in Lake County, which is part of the Florida Fifth Judicial Circuit, as is Marion County, Sumter County, Hernando County, and Citrus County.
The Honorable Don F. Briggs is Chief Judge of the Florida Fifth Judicial Circuit. Link to the Court Operations Division, 5th Circuit.
FRUITLAND PARK -- Two officers with the Fruitland Park Police Department are off the job after an investigation linked them to the Ku Klux Klan. An investigation by the FBI named Deputy Chief David Borst and Cpl. George Hunnewell as members of the Klan.
Borst resigned, and Hunnewell was terminated Friday following a brief internal investigation, Fruitland Park Police Chief Terry Isaacs said. Hunnewell had been demoted from corporal in 2013 for five write-ups for conduct, attitude, performance and timeless, Isaacs said. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement presented an investigative summary from an FBI source to Isaacs on Wednesday, stating the officers were associated with a "subversive organization."
The investigation found no criminal wrongdoings.
"We are here, we are in place, and I want the public to know this type of conduct will not even be remotely tolerated," Isaacs said.
Isaacs said he plans to interview every police officer within the department and ask them about potential ties to subversive groups, which are against department policy.
Every case that Borst and Hunnewell worked will now be turned over for review by the State Attorney's Office, Isaacs said. more
Southern Poverty Law Center Active Ku Klux Klan Groups
Reported by Kyle Kulinski of Secular Talk. Published July 14, 2014.
White supremacy or white supremacism is a form of racism centered upon the belief, and promotion of the belief, that white people are superior in certain characteristics, traits, and attributes to people of other racial backgrounds and that therefore whites should politically, economically and socially rule non-whites. The term is also typically used to describe a political ideology that perpetuates and maintains the social, political, historical and/or industrial domination by white people (as evidenced by historical and contemporary sociopolitical structures like the Atlantic Slave Trade, colonization of the Global South, Jim Crow laws in the United States, and miscegenation laws in settler colonies and former settler colonies like the United States, South Africa, Australia, and Madagascar, for example). Different forms of white supremacism put forth different conceptions of who is considered white, and different white supremacists identify various racial and cultural groups as their primary enemy. In academic usage, the term
"white supremacy" can also refer to a system where whites enjoy a structural advantage (privilege) over other ethnic groups, both at a collective and an individual level (ceteris paribus, i. e., when individuals are compared that do not relevantly differ except in ethnicity). Read more
........History of Lynching in Marion County, Florida..........
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Lethal Punishment: The End of Lynching in Marion County, Florida by Margaret Vandiver. Chapter Five. “The First Time a Charge Like This Has Ever Been Tried in the Courts” pp. 70-88. Excerpts below from page 70 and page 72 respectively:
"Between 1885 and 1930, nineteen black men were lynched in Marion County, nine of them for sexual offenses. Marion County lynchings were public affairs, often carried out before hundreds of witnesses, but none of the perpetrators was prosecuted."
"Marion County mobs sometimes left a placard or a sign attached to the body of the victim; when Robert Larkin was lynched in 1893, the mob left a placard reading, "Done by 300 of the best citizens of this county."
19 Confirmed Lynchings in Marion County, Florida, 1885-1932, from Appendix B, page 196.
1. Caesar Carooth, black male - lynched July 3, 1885
2. George Green, black male - lynched Dec. 12, 1887
3. Robert Larkin, black male - lynched July 12, 1893
4. Nero Young, black male - lynched May 15, 1894
5. William Jackson, black male - lynched Dec. 1, 1894
6. William Jones, black male - lynched Dec. 15, 1894
7. James Gilmore, black male - lynched March 15, 1897
8. James Miley, black male - lynched March 15, 1897
9. Ed Holmes, black male - lynched March 15, 1897
10. Otis Miller, black male - lynched March 16, 1897
11. Robert Alexander, black male - lynched June 9, 1899
12. Norman McKinney, black male - lynched Jan. 16, 1901
13. Preece Niles, black male - lynched Nov. 14, 1912
14. John Archie, black male - lynched Nov. 19, 1912
15. John Richards, black male - lynched February 17, 1915
16. Joseph Nimrod, black male - lynched Dec. 29, 1915
17. Richard Anderson, black male - lynched Jan. 28, 1916
18. Elijah Jones, black male - lynched Feb. 12, 1921
19. Chandler Colding, black male - lynched Jan. 11, 1926
John Richard’s offense was allegedly sending an insulting note to a white woman. Near the end of the Civil War, several black Union soldiers in Marion County were burned to death for supposedly trying to recruit other blacks into the Union army.
Page 72, last paragraph, "White supremacy was deeply established in Marion County. In 1924, the Ocala Banner gave front-page space to an announcement that the Ku Klux Klan would be organizing a chapter in Marion County. Interested parties were instructed to send their name, church and lodge affiliations, and their place of birth, "only 100 per cent Americans wanted." The initiation fee was ten dollars and robes cost another five dollars."[fn 14, Ocala Banner, May 30, 1924, 1.]
Pages 72-73 "The tradition of lynching was also deeply rooted in the county. The author of a memoir of the community of Citra recalled the route taken by the local school bus in the 1920s: "it went through Cabbage Hammock, by Mr. Wartman's fence, and then by 'The Hanging Tree,' where it was not unusual to see pieces of frayed rope swaying from a stout limb, in the early morning light." [fn15]. Lynching seems to have had broad support among whites in Marion County."
Page 73, second paragraph, "Until the middle of the 1920s, the local press took a uniformly approving tone when reporting lynchings. When Elijah Jones was lynched for allegedly raping a seventy-year-old white woman and attempting to assault an eleven-year-old white girl, the Ocala Banner reported that three thousand people either participated in hanging Jones or viewed his body after the lynching." Page 73 continued...
"The Ocala Evening Star wrote a long article on the lynching, defending it in strident terms. According to the paper, Jones was a "bad nigger," a "filthy ruffian," a "rape fiend," and a "degenerate young devil." Those who lynched him were not a mob but "representative citizens, and they consider it their duty to rid their county of rapists and rattlesnakes as soon as possible." The mob members "understood all about" a remark Jones was reported to have made, "that he wanted white because he was tired of black. That is the inspiration of all the rape fiends, and the only thing to meet it with is hot lead and hemp." The paper scornfully dismissed an inquiry from the Associated Press concerning race troubles in Marion County, insisting that all was quiet and that everyone was going about their business as usual." [fn16, Ocala Banner, February 18, 1921,5; Ocala Evening Star, February 14,1921,1.]
Page 71, "The Ku Klux Klan was active in Marion County, and in one case lynched the suspected murderers of a white man, hanging the skeleton of one of their victims from a tree near Ocala." [fn6]
Pages 71-72, "A striking aspect of lynching in Marion County is the frequency with which mobs took their victims from the custody of law enforcement, apparently meeting little or no resistance. Of the fifteen cases in which I have been able to determine the circumstances of the suspect's capture by the mob, all but two involved suspects already in the custody of law enforcement officers."
Strange Fruit: Confronting the Legacy of Racial Terror
"Strange Fruit" is a song performed most famously by Billie Holiday, who first sang and recorded it in 1939. Written by teacher Abel Meeropol as a poem and published in 1937, it protested American racism, particularly the lynching of African Americans. Read more
Lynching of Reuben Stacy, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. 1935
Florida Lynched More Black People Per Capita Than Any Other State
Broward Palm Beach New Times, February 11, 2015
"Reuben Stacy, a 37-year-old black man, hangs from a tree on Old Davie Road in Fort Lauderdale, blood trickling down his body and dripping off his toes. Behind him, a white girl, about 7 years old, looks on, a strange smile on her face as she takes in the sight of the "strange fruit" her elders had just created that hot day in July 1935."
Lynchings in Florida? It was a problem here, too
The Gainesville Sun, Gainesville.com, September 3, 2005
Marion County led Florida in the number of lynchings, according to University of Florida professor Jack Davis is a scholar of race relations in the South.
Lynching in the United States
Lynching, the practice of murdering people by extrajudicial mob action, occurred in the United States chiefly from the late 18th century through the 1960s. Lynchings took place most frequently against African-American men in the southern U.S. after the American Civil War and the emancipation of all slaves, and particularly from 1890 to the 1920s, with a peak in 1892. Lynchings were also very common in the Old West, where victims were primarily men of Mexican and Chinese minorities, although whites were also lynched. Read more
Lynching in America: Confronting the Legacy of Racial Terror
Claim of 18 lynchings in Marion County, Florida
Supplement - Lynchings of African Americans by County.
18 lynchings in Marion County, Florida
Lynching in America: Confronting the Legacy of Racial Terror
Equal Justice Initiative
122 Commerce Street
Montgomery, Alabama 36104
Bryan Stevenson, Founder
And Executive Director
Lynching in America: Confronting the Legacy of Racial Terror documents EJI’s multi-year investigation into lynching in twelve Southern states during the period between Reconstruction and World War II. EJI researchers documented 3959 racial terror lynchings of African Americans in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia between 1877 and 1950 – at least 700 more lynchings of black people in these states than previously reported in the most comprehensive work done on lynching to date. Read more
EJI Report Summary: Lynching in America: Confronting the Legacy of Racial Terror. New York Times: History of Lynchings in the South Documents Nearly 4,000 Names. Supplement - Lynchings of African Americans by County. (18 lynchings in Marion County, Florida)
Reported by Phillip of TheAdviseShowTV. Published July 15, 2014.
Representative Larry Cretul, Speaker (2009 - 2010)
Larry Cretul, Wikipedia
Larry Cretul is a Florida real estate broker, Republican politician, and Speaker of the House of Representatives of the State of Florida. He represents House District 22, based in Ocala.
Cretul was subsequently elected Speaker Pro Tempore of the State House on November 18, 2008. On January 30, 2009, Speaker Ray Sansom announced he was "recusing" himself from his duties as Speaker due to a scandal over accepting an unadvertised job at Northwest Florida State College. Under the rule allowing him to recuse himself, Sansom named Cretul acting Speaker until Sansom could return. Sansom and Cretul are roommates in Tallahassee while the state House is in session. Read more
Speaker of the House Cretul committed to help get the orange radio tower moved so the Confederate Soldier Statue would not face it, according to Marion County Historical Commission records, Meeting minutes for February 1, 2010, see below.
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The Marion County Historical Commission requests time on the June 7, 2011 Agenda for the Board of County Commissioners for it to present the BOCC with the time capsule which was compiled in commemoration of the Sesquicentennial of the War Between the States and in honor of the rededication of the Confederate Soldier Memorial Statue. To Dr. Lee Niblock County Administrator
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Neo-Confederate is a term used by some to describe the views of various groups and individuals who portray the Confederate States of America and its actions in the American Civil War in a positive light. See also: Lost Cause of the Confederacy.
David Ellspermann (L), Marion Co. Clerk & Comptroller
Ocala Star-Banner, May 13, 2015, By Kristine Crane
Confederate History Month
Confederate History Month is a month annually designated by six state governments in the Southern United States for the purpose of recognizing and honoring the history of the Confederate States of America. April has traditionally been chosen, as Confederate Memorial Day falls during that month in many of these states. Read more
CLERK'S DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
The information in these brochures was researched and compiled by the Marion County Historical Commission. They provide interesting glimpses into the history of our county along with information on where to go to learn more.
- Historic Marion County
- Marion County's 150 Year Commemoration of the War Between the States 1861-1865
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FLORIDA slave unrest, escape, and joining the Union Army, see
SLAVE UNREST IN FLORIDA, by Ray Granade, assistant professor of history, Ouachita Baptist University, Arkadelphia, Arkansas, FLORIDA HISTORICAL QUARTERLY, July 1976, pp18-36
Florida in the American Civil War Wikipedia
Florida Governor Milton committed suicide rather than submit to Union occupation.
Florida and The Civil War: A Short History, Dr. R. Boyd Murphree
In Florida, Confederate authorities used slaves as teamsters to transport supplies and as laborers in salt works and fisheries...Many Florida slaves working in these coastal industries used opportunities presented by the presence of Union blockading vessels and frequent coastal raids by Federal troops to escape bondage. The Union employed many of these escaped slaves on ships or received them into service as soldiers and sailors in the U.S. military.
The large number of Union missing [in the Battle of Olustee] included dozens of wounded or captured black soldiers, whom the Confederates, angry at seeing former slaves fighting as Union soldiers, killed out of hand.
Florida's Role in the Civil War: "Supplier of the Confederacy"
An estimated 16,000 Floridians fought in the war. Most were in the Confederacy, but approximately 2,000 joined the Union army. Some Floridians didn't want to fight for either side, so they hid out in the woods and swamps to avoid being drafted.
By 1863, the Confederate Army was in trouble. The bigger Union Army was decreasing the Confederate's numbers. President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, which freed all slaves in the southern states. This angered the Confederacy and the war continued. Many freed slaves joined the Union Army and fought to defeat the south and free their brothers and sisters who were still in bondage.
HISTORY OF JUDGES IN MARION COUNTY
Research for these documents was performed by Hale R. Stancil (left) Circuit Judge of the Fifth Judicial Circuit of Florida
Judges of Marion County Florida Since 1845
Judges of the Fifth Judicial Circuit of Florida
Reported by Phillip of TheAdviseShowTV. Published Feb 4, 2014.
Nathan Bedford Forrest (1821-1877) a lieutenant general in the Confederate Army during the American Civil War...served as the first Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan...Forrest was accused of war crimes at the Battle of Fort Pillow for allowing forces under his command to massacre hundreds of black Union Army and white Southern Unionist prisoners...Wikipedia\
Note: Volusia County is adjacent to Marion County and Putnam Co.
Ortiz-Carballo vs. Ellspermann: $125,000 SETTLEMENT
Lawsuit and Settlment documents Ortiz-Carballo v Ellspermann $125,000 SETTLEMENT 93 pages Marion County BOCC Florida
Clerk Ellspermann There is to be no Spanish spoken in my office
Court clerk settles discrimination lawsuit
Ocala Star-Banner by Suevon Lee
February 2, 2011
Ortiz-Carballo v. Ellspermann
Florida Middle District Court
Case No. 5:08-cv-00165
District Judge Wm. Terrell Hodges, presiding
Nature of Suit: 442 Civil Rights: Jobs
David R. Ellspermann (left) Clerk of Court
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Confederate Memorial Day
Confederate Memorial Day, also known as Confederate Decoration Day (Tennessee) and Confederate Heroes Day (Texas), is an official holiday or observance day in a number of states in the Southern United States as a day to honor those who died fighting for the Confederate States of America during the American Civil War. Read more
State of Florida v. Debra Beasley Lafave Marion County Case No. 04-2454-CF-A-Z documents and news stories below:
1. Order Rejecting Proposed Below Guidelines Plea Agreement, Judge Stancil
2. Nolle Prosequi and Attached Memo Brad King State Attorney, March 21, 2006
3. Lafave deal rejected St. Pete Times Online, March 21, 2006
4. Statement from State Attorney's office Tampa Bay Times
5. Charges dropped against Lafave, Tampa Bay Times, Mar-21-06
6. Lafave case 'over for good', Tampa Bay Times, March 22, 2006
7. Debra Lafave v. State of Florida, Case No. SC12-2231, Supreme Court of Florida, Decision Oct-16-2014, review decision of Second DCA, State v. LaFave, 113 So. 3d 31 (Fla. 2d DCA 2012)
- Stancil Family Confederate Service 1861-1865
- Speech by Judge Hale Stancil Sept. 1, 2008
- A Message to Garcia (Wikipedia)
- Florida Code of Judicial Conduct Canon 3
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Gov. McDonnell apologizes for omitting slavery in Confederacy proclamation - by the CNN Wire Staff
Gov. McDonnell apologizes for omitting slavery in Confederacy proclamation
(CNN) -- Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell apologized Wednesday for leaving out any reference to slavery in his recent proclamation designating April as Confederate History Month, calling it a "major omission."
"The failure to include any reference to slavery was a mistake, and for that I apologize to any fellow Virginian who has been offended or disappointed," McDonnell said in a written statement.
"The abomination of slavery divided our nation, deprived people of their God-given inalienable rights, and led to the Civil War," the statement said. "Slavery was an evil, vicious and inhumane practice which degraded human beings to property, and it has left a stain on the soul of this state and nation."
McDonnell also announced Wednesday that he would add language about slavery to the proclamation.
"(I)t is important for all Virginians to understand that the institution of slavery led to this (Civil) war and was an evil and inhumane practice that deprived people of their God-given inalienable rights," the new language says, "and all Virginians are thankful for its permanent eradication from our borders." Read more
Marion County Florida BOCC-Confederate Propaganda
- Proclamation of Confederate History Month Marion County Florida BOCC - Confederate propaganda, not history.
- Marion County Florida Civil War statue account $207,497
- Confederate Soldier Has New Home (page 5) Marion County Connection, October 2010, Vol. 2 Issue 10
- Marion County to Become Federal Economic Recovery Zone (page 4), Marion County Connection, October 2009
- The Ocala-Star Banner reported Marion County received almost $2.5 million in federal stimulus funding from President Barack Obama's $787-billion spending program. Nov-18-09
Inscription on Johnny Reb, the Marion County Confederate Soldier Statue:
- The South Reveres Her Washington, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, Andrew Jackson, And Others, Who Laid The Foundations Of Our Grand Republic. She Honors Her Lee, Stonewall Jackson, Stuart, Johnson, Forest, And Every Brave Son Who Fought To Preserve Our Liberties, Guaranteed By The Fathers, Under The Constitution.
No mention of Abraham Lincoln, et al., just the slave-owning U.S. presidents: One in four U.S. presidents were slaveholders: 12 owned slaves at some point in their lives. Tellingly, 8 presidents owned slaves while living in the White House. Also noteworthy is Nathan Bedford Forrest a Confederate lieutenant general during the American Civil War...who served as the first Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan...Forrest was accused of war crimes at the Battle of Fort Pillow. The Constitution described on the Confederate statue means the original Constitution of 1789 that permitted slavery, not the U.S. Constitution and Thirteenth Amendment (1865), Fourteenth Amendment (1868), and Fifteenth Amendment (1870) in place when the statue was erected in 1908.
The Gettysburg Address and equality, rejected by Marion County.
"Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth...a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal... Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation... can... endure...we here highly resolve...that this nation shall have a new birth of freedom; and that this government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth." - Abraham Lincoln
Military Order Of The Stars and Bars, Florida.
Marion County, Marion Dragoons #164
Newsletter Winter 2013, page 8: Lord, we give thanks to you for the blessing of being able to honor our ancestors who gave their all to protect us, defend our honor and uphold the original intent of our Constitution. (Slavery in the United States)
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County prepares to move Confederate monument Ocala
By Bill Thompson, Staff writer
November 18, 2009
County administrator to create list of possible sites for statue.
The Confederate monument that stood guard in front of the Marion County Courthouse for nearly a century, only to be stuck in a corner two years ago as the facility was expanded, is likely moving. The question remains: more
- Confederate statue's new home: veterans park
- Florida Public Archeology Network, statue images
Confronting racism face-to-face - BBC News
Published on May 17, 2014 YouTube
Mo Asumang, daughter of a black Ghanaian father and a white German mother, talks to BBC News about her experiences making her new documentary, The Aryans, in which she confronts racists, both in Germany and among the Ku Klux Klan in America. Link to Facebook
Link to Wikipedia (German) Link to BBC News
Proclamation BOCC Marion County Confederate History Month 2013; Section 683.01(j) Fla. Stat.
Chapter 683 Florida Statutes (2014)
LEGAL HOLIDAYS; SPECIAL OBSERVANCES
683.01 Legal holidays.—
(d) Birthday of Robert E. Lee, January 19.
(j) Confederate Memorial Day, April 26.
(l) Birthday of Jefferson Davis, June 3.
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IN 2013, THE STATE OF FLORIDA celebrated a significant milestone:
The 500th anniversary of Juan Ponce de Leon’s first landing on Florida’s east coast. Viva Florida 500 is the name given to the year-long, statewide celebration to bring awareness to Florida’s rich and diverse history.
In the anticipation of the commemoration and to encourage local activities, the Department of the State’s Division of Library Services provided a Viva Florida 500 time capsule, purchased with Library Services and Technology Act grant funds, to each of Florida’s 67 counties. In Marion County, the Marion County Public Library System was appointed to coordinate the time capsule commemorative project efforts.
- Marion County Time Capsule Project Viva Florida 500
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A steering committee of community leaders was selected to help spearhead the project. The Marion County Public Library System thanks the following committee members:
1. David Cook, local resident, avid Marion County Historian, retired editor of the Ocala Star-Banner.
2. Morrey Deen, former City of Ocala police chief, president of the Fort King Heritage Association Board.
3. Judy Johnson, local resident, attorney and former Marion County commissioner.
4. Carmen Maines, local resident and president of the Friends of
the Ocala Public Library.
5. Scott Mitchell, director of the Silver River Museum.
6. Cindi Morrison, director of the Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida.
7. Honorable Hale R. Stancil, judge, Fifth Judicial Circuit Court.
8. Hoyalene Thomas, Marion County Historical Association, Inc. trustee, secretary-treasurer of the Fort McCoy Civic Association and member of the Friends of the Fort McCoy Public Library.
Judge Won't Step Down In Trial Of Murder Case, Orlando Sentinel
By Sherri M. Owens, Sentinel Staff
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Circuit Judge Hale R. Stancil Denied A Motion By The State Attorney That Claims Bias.
TAVARES -- The judge in the Joshua Walsh murder trial has refused to step down from the case, despite concerns he has overstepped his boundaries and is taking sides.
Circuit Judge Hale R. Stancil on Monday denied a motion filed by State Attorney Brad King asking that the judge be disqualified from further involvement in the case. Read more
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"The Battle Hymn of the Republic" (Wikipedia), also known as "Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory" outside of the United States, is a song by American writer Julia Ward Howe using the music from the song "John Brown's Body". Howe's more famous lyrics were written in November 1861, and first published in The Atlantic Monthly in February 1862. The song links the judgment of the wicked at the end of time (New Testament, Rev. 19) with the American Civil War. Since that time, it has become an extremely popular and well-known American patriotic song. Read more
Odetta - Battle Hymn Of The Republic (YouTube link)
Chapter 256 Florida Statutes FLAGS
256.051 Improper use or mutilation of state or Confederate flag or emblem prohibited.—
(1) It shall be unlawful for any person, firm, or corporation to copy, print, publish, or otherwise use the flag or state emblem of Florida, or the flag or emblem of the Confederate States, or any flag or emblem used by the Confederate States or the military or naval forces of the Confederate States at any time within the years 1860 to 1865, both inclusive, for the purpose of advertising, selling, or promoting the sale of any article of merchandise whatever within this state.
(2) It shall also be unlawful for any person, firm, or corporation to mutilate, deface, defile, or contemptuously abuse the flag or emblem of Florida or the flag or emblem of the Confederate States by any act whatever.
(3) Nothing in this section shall be construed to prevent the use of any flag, standard, color, shield, ensign, or other insignia of Florida or of the Confederate States for decorative or patriotic purposes.
256.10 Mutilation of or disrespect for Confederate flags or replicas.—
No person shall publicly mutilate, deface, defile, defy, trample upon, or by word or act cast contempt upon the flags of the Confederacy, or replicas thereof, for crass or commercial purposes; provided however nothing contained herein shall be construed to prevent or prohibit the use of such flags for decorative or patriotic purposes.
Link email w/Principal Ellspermann: Concern with West Port High School and Home of the Wolf Pack, an educational environment that fosters group predatory behavior, which historically has been a problem in Marion County Florida and lynching.
Racial incident at West Port Ocala Star-Banner, Jan 29, 2016
3 students face discipline after taunts waiving Confederate flag.
Three West Port High School students who taunted classmates on Thursday by ... posts on Facebook have portrayed the incident as a race riot. Read more
NOTICE: The videos below are presented in the public interest. Justice Network has not reviewed these matters, and makes no opinion as to the claims presented.
Left: Base of Johnny Reb, the Marion County Florida Confederate soldier statute.
The statue displayed the Confederate flag shown May 30, 2015, author's photo.
KKK Murder Cover Up IN John Travolta's Hometown
Malik Shabazz, Published on May 22, 2012
Back With More Mack/Federal Hate Crime KKK Murder Cover Up part1, Malik Shabazz, Published on Jun 14, 2012
Back With More Mack/Federal Hate Crime KKK Murder Cover Up Part 2, Malik Shabazz, Published on Jun 14, 2012