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  • Hurricane season to be active, so be prepared

    Hurricane season began Tuesday and national hurricane watchers predict the storm season will be active, while a poll of coastal residents appears to find relaxed attitudes in preparations.

    But in Levy County, Emergency Management Director Mark Johnson takes the approach of hurricane season seriously and will be conducting a hurricane tipoff meeting for public officials on June 9.

  • Party planned for Philpot

    The Williston FFA Alumni and other friends are in the early stages of planning a retirement reception for Robert Philpot.

    Philpot has been an Ag Teacher at Williston High School since 1973 and is retiring at the end of this school year. The reception has been planned for Saturday, May 15 at the Williston Middle School Cafetorium from 3-6 p.m.

  • Elderly don’t have to be victims

    With the nation’s aging population continuing to increase significantly, more and more elderly people find themselves as victims of assorted frauds and abuse.

    The key to not being a victim is knowledge, according to Colleen Duris, guest speaker Tuesday at Williston’s Rotary Club meeting.

    Duris, an Ocala attorney who is board certified in Elderlaw, told Rotary members thay the largest percentage of those who exploit the elderly are their children, followed by a relative, an employer, a neighbor or a sibling.

  • Who are you, Nicole?

    There’s almost nothing better than slipping either a Dove milk or dark chocolate into your mouth and savoring the rich sweetness that it offers.

    That is, unless you like to read the messages of inspiration included on the wrapper those little delicacies come in.

    There are half dozen or more varieties of the morsels and wrappers to match.

    Imagine Pamela Stine’s surprise this week when a co-worker gave her a chocolate and shared that the one she had just opened had words of inspiration penned by a Williston resident.

  • 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.