Ten Broeck earns two first place finishes

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A rotting bivalve and an assassination attempt helped Williston Pioneer Editor Carolyn Ten Broeck claim two first place writing awards at the Florida Press Association's annual conference Aug. 11 in Naples.

Ten Broeck, who has been editor at the Pioneer since 2009, won the prestigious Gwen Stephenson Memorial Award for the Best General News Story. The article "FBI makes arrest in 39-year-old crime" outlined the events leading up to the attempted assassination of former Williston Mayor Gene Bailey and the arrest of the accused shooter, Clay Taylor 39 years later in North Carolina.

To complete the story, Ten Broeck interviewed Bailey's only daughter, Mary Gene French who remembered with detail what happened that night on the Williston-Ocala Road.

A rotting sea creature, thrown carelessly into a treasured backpack, earned Ten Broeck bragging rights for a first place in Humorous Column Writing.

"It's not funky without fun" was a first person account of an uneventful trip to the beach.

It was uneventful until she picked up a perfect shell, threw it in her ever-present backpack and discovered an hour later that something not only had lived in the shell, it also died in the shell.

The column told how she desperately tried to salvage the backpack at her sister-in-law's home and ended with an "oops" moment when she realized halfway from Ft. Myers she'd left the rotting creature in the corner of her sister-in-law's pool.

Both award winning articles may be read online at www.willistonpioneer.com.