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  • County getting bariatric ambulance

    Patients who are obese will soon have a new ride to the hospital — one that is safer for the patient and the Levy County Emergency Medical Services crew.

    Trish Siebold, director of EMS, speaking at the Board of County Commissioners’s regular semi-monthly meeting on Tuesday revealed the plans for the new bariatric ambulance.

    She said one of the older, high mileage ambulances taken out of service when two new ones were purchased will be outfitted to handle larger patients using money in the EMS budget.

  • Unemployment down again

    April was a good month for Levy County residents to find work as the jobless figure dropped to 12.6 percent — almost a 1 percent drop from March when it was 13.5.

    The news was doubly good for the county as it is the second month in a row that the number of jobless residents has dropped.

  • Crime is down

    One thing is certain, crime is down in Florida, Levy County and all but one of its municipalities overall and that is good news considering the state of the economy.

    The Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Uniform Crime Report for 2009 was released several weeks ago and buried in the stack of figures is good news. Based on reports made by various agencies in Levy County the overall rate of crime dropped by 5.4 percent in 2009 when compared to 2008.

  • City power users can now budget better

    The Williston city council devoted most of its Tuesday evening meeting to a discussion of utility rates and billing procedures, and much of it is good news for the consumer.

    Finance director Mary Barsenas told council that she had been working with Progress Energy (from whom the city gets its electrical power) to mitigate the spikes in the power adjustment that often result from abnormal cold or hot spells during the year. Adjustments charged to the city by Progress Energy are passed on monthly to the consumer.

  • U.S. Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite drops out of re-election race

    U.S. Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite has dropped out of her GOP primary campaign to seek re-election citing health reasons and endorsed Hernando County Sheriff Richard B. Nugent in the race for the 5th Congressional District.

    Brown-Waite's Washington, D.C., office confirmed the email sent out this morning was authentic and that the congresswoman would serve out her term until January 2011.

    Brown-Waite's office issued the following statements by the two.

    Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite:

  • The Williston Pioneer is off to press

    What's in this week's edition:

    Miss Florida visits the Williston School of Dance

    Community honors retiring Robert Philpot.

    Disaster drill takes place in Williston.

    City council tackles power bills–again.

    Juveniles charged with felonies.

    Editor Carolyn Risner Ten Broeck writes about the evil cell phone.

  • Three charged in drug bust

    Three Williston residents were arrested May 4 and charged with various drug-related offenses.

    On April 18, the victims reported to the Levy County Sheriff’s Office Williston, the theft of a Glock .40 caliber pistol and a North American Arms .22 magnum revolver.

    On May 4 Detective Tom Martin obtained a search warrant at 17091 NE 40 St.,

    Williston, which led to the Levy County Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Task Force arresting Marvin E. Cooper, 22; Leslie Reese Thompson, 20 and Ronald Glenn, 37.

  • Miss Florida will be in Williston

    Rachael Todd, Miss Florida 2009 will make a guest appearance Saturday at the Williston School of Dance.

  • Be counted

    It's deadline time for getting those Census forms back in the mail and it's worth a lot of money to every person in Levy County.

    For each warm body that is counted, it's estimated that Levy County will receive about $3,600 annually from the federal government for the next 10 years. That's because Census numbers determine how $400 billion in federal money is distributed.

    The 2010 Sunshine Census, the state's effort in getting an accurate count, has launched the “My Community Counts: Do Your Part.”

  • Money to go for recreation

    Levy County children who do not participate in athletic leagues but join in recreation programs will be the beneficiaries of a change in the county’s recreation funds policy.

    The County Board of County Commissioners approved the policy change to allow the $60,000 annual budget — $12,000 per commissioner, to be spent on more than athletic activities by a 3-1 vote. Commission Chair Nancy Bell cast the dissenting vote. Commissioner Marsha Drew, who initiated discussion several months ago to change the policy, was absent from Tuesday’s meeting due to illness.