Your Locally-Owned Paper of Record since 1923www.levyjournalonline.com VOL. 88, NO. 23 50 CENTS THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2011 Will IrbyÂ’s Florida StoriesIllustration by Alexander KeySee page 5ASee page 3A continued on page 2 By Kathy HilliardEditor e Town of Bronson is going to expand and make improvements to its wastewater collection system allowing additional residential and commercial customers to be served thanks to funding from USDA Rural Development. O cials from Rural Development presented the Town of Bronson with a ceremonial check for $2,865,600 on Wed. Nov. 30, 2011. With a ceremony at the Dogan S. Cobb Municipal Building in Bronson starting at 10 a.m. the Town of Bronson took a great step forward to initiating improvements for residents and to better entice new and much needed commercial ventures to the economy of the area. Welcoming all attendees and opening remarks were given by Jimmy Dunford, Public Works Director. Also speaking were Councilman Berlon Weeks, Vice Mayor Franklin Schuler, Mayor Beatrice Mongo, Mittauer & Associates, Lynn Bannister Â… Director of Outreach/ Regional Director for U.S. Sen. Bill NelsonÂs O ce, and Richard Machek Â… State Director, USDA Rural Development. Attending but not speaking were Adele Gri n representing U.S. Senator Marco Rubio and Travis Hart representing State Senator Charles Dean. Closing remarks were from Director Dunford before all partook of refreshments. BronsonÂs wastewater system improvements will include construction of 10,500 linear feet of gravity sewer lines, 14,200 linear feet of force mains, 40 manholes, nine grinder stations and three lift stations. e commercial corridor along U.S. Hwy 27 and residents living in the north part of town will be served once improvements have been completed. e Town of Bronson made a $40,000 contribution to the project. ÂHelping rural communities of all sizes build a foundation for economic strength and future prosperity is at the core of Rural DevelopmentÂs mission," said USDA Rural Development State Director Richard A. Machek. Â is project is an investment in the future of Bronson.ÂŽ Water and Environmental Programs provides loans, grants, and loan guarantees for drinking water, sanitary sewer, solid waste and storm drainage facilities in rural areas, cities and towns with populations of 10,000 or less. Bronson Celebrates Funding for Wastewater System Improvements With the ceremonial check are: (l to r) Counci lman Jason Kennedy, councilman Aaron Edmondson, Councilman Berlon Weeks, USDA Rural Development State Director Richard Machek, Mayor Beatrice Mongo and Vice Mayor Franklin Shuler. Notice of Sexual Predator Address Change: In accordance with Florida Statute 775.21, this is a mandatory notiÂ“ cation of the changing of address of a registered sexual predator in Levy County. Robert J. Perry, a/k/a Squerl Perry, was convicted in Alachua County in 2007 for lewd and lascivious molestation on a child. Perry was released from the Department of Correction and is now residing at 21161 NE 35 Street, Williston, FL in Levy County. For a complete listing of all registered sexual predators and o enders residing in Levy County, or to search by zip code, please visit www.Â” de.state.Â” .us and go to the sexual data base. Robert James PerryLaw Enforcement Cooperative E ort Stops Drug House Cold in Chie andOn Friday, Dec. 2, the Levy County Sheri Âs O ce and the ChieÂ” and Police Department executed a search warrant at 10091 NW 40th Ave in ChieÂ” and. Undercover agents had received numerous complaints from the community that there was an unusual amount of vehicle tra c driving to a residence located directly across the street from St. John Evangelist Catholic Church on Hwy 27 just east of ChieÂ” and. Agents initiated an investigation and conÂ“ rmed the vehicle tra c and made undercover drug buys from Christopher Eugene McQuay, 28, also known as ÂGopher.Â Joseph Lee Wilcox II, 26, omas Barr, 40, and Jonathan Whenever there is a huge volunteer-based project like the Great Suwannee River Clean-up, you get to see who the true environmental heroes of our communities are. e historic Suwannee is a symbol of our state; we have been singing the song since we were babes. We are emotionally attached and when the great river needs us, we come in droves. Last weekend, the Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge, the friends of the Lower Suwannee & Cedar Keys NWR and all their partners cleaned the last 20 miles of the Suwannee. e initiator of the GSRClean-up, Current ProblemsÂ Director, Fritzi Olson, has been moved by the community involvement along they entire riverÂs length. ÂItÂs so rewarding to see conservation partners caring for this essential waterway. is is my dream come true.ÂŽ Lita WeingartÂs ChieÂ” and High School classes gave up their Saturday morning of sleeping-in and playing computer games. e University of Florida students from the School of Natural Resources, the Wetlands Club, and UF Horizons traveled over an hour to the riverÂs edge to pull debris from its tannic waters. Waste-Pro, a community partner, provided a dumpster at FowlerÂs Blu for the hundredÂs of pounds of metal, styrofoam, bottles, tires, odds and ends that had come to rest on the bank or in the river. e Levy County LandÂ“ ll, also supporting the clean-up e ort, took-in all debris collected from the volunteer clean-up. Andrew Gude, Manager of the Lower Suwannee &Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuges met and thanked the many volunteers. ÂIt was very gratifying to see the outpouring of community support for the clean-up by the large numbers of folks who volunteered their time and equipment. e refuge thanks our Friends group and everyone who contributed to the Suwannee River clean-up.ÂŽCommunity E ort Cleans Historic Suwannee Volunteers for Great Suwannee River Cleanup are proud of all the garbage taken out of our historic Suwannee River. SimeonÂ’s KnotA Florida Folk Tale The saga of Polo the abused horse and others like her. 1BSee page Levy LifeCommentatorÂs dilemma over TebowÂs conversions. And he did it again!
The Levy County Journal2ADecember 8, 2011www.levyjournalonline.com Your Locally-Owned Paper of Record since 1923 Hill, Christopher A ChieÂ” and FTA DUI $5,000 BOND May, Jason Keith Williston VOP GRAND THEFT NO BOND Monroe, Brenda Lee ChieÂ” and VOP DEAL IN STOLEN PROPERTY NO BOND Sanderford, Candace B Bronson VOP NEGLECT OF ELDERLY NO BOND Henry, Roy Trenton VOP GRAND THEFT NO BOND Levy CountyÂ’s Most WantedAdams, Klaytin Ezrha, 32, of Trenton: Grand theft more than $300 lest than $5K; Trespassing and failure to leave property upon order by owner. Allen, Jonathan Maurice, 23, of ChieÂ” and: Keeping a shop or vehicle for drugs, subsequent violation. Barr, omas, 36, of ChieÂ” and: Keeping a shop or vehicle for drugs, subsequent violation. Beach, Sean Michael, 30, of Trenton: Possession of weapon or ammo by convicted Florida felon. Bennett, Susie Ann, 56, of ChieÂ” and: Burglary of unoccupied dwelling unarmed; trespassing structure or conveyance; intent/threat to do violence. Billups, Jerald Samuel, 35, of Inglis: Trespassing on property not a structure or conveyance. Clardy, Donald, 51, of Alachua: Battery with intentional touch or strike. Coleman, Ronald Terry, 47, of Williston: Sale of cocaine within 1000 ft of speciÂ“ ed area; possession of cocaine with intent to sell/manufacture/deliver; possession of methamphetamine with intent to sell/manufacture/deliver within 1000 ft of a place of worship; possession of cocaine. Cruz, Jose Eliberto, 22, of Ocala: Operating a motor vehicle without a valid license. Donald, Larry James, 54, of ChieÂ” and: DUI alcohol or drugs. Dyess, John David, 54, of Morriston: DUI alcohol or drugs; refusal to submit to DUI test after license suspended.Dyjak, Christopher Gerald, 46, of Palm Harbor: DUI alcohol or drugs.Franke, Jesse, 30, of Trenton: Burglary of unoccupied structure in state of emergency; grand theft more than $300 less than $5K, criminal mischief with damage to property of $200 and under x2. Franzius. Sean David, 24, of Williston: grand theft of more than $300 less than $5K x8. Gonzalez, Laura, 29, of ChieÂ” and: Driving while license suspended, habitual o ender.Hall Jr., Marcus Chance, 21, of ChieÂ” and: Out of county warrant.Hewel, Gregory, 53, of ChieÂ” and: Battery with intention touch or strike. Hurd, Joshua, 30, of Gainesville: Driving while license suspended, 1st o ense. Hurst, Bobby Ray, 26, of Trenton: VOP x3. Jordan, John Willis, 47, of Bronson: Disorderly intoxication in public place causing disturbance; trespassing a structure or conveyance. Knecht, David Michael, 19, of Trenton: Grand theft more than $300 les than $5K; dealing in stolen property.LayÂ“ eld, Rebekah Lester, 52, of Bronson: Battery with intention touch or strike; obstruction of justice without violence.Leira, Vera Elizabeth, 33, of Williston: Out of county warrant. Lockler, Stephanie Michelle, 42, of Cedar Key: VOP. Lucas, Ronald, 45, of Bronson: Out of county warrant. McGlocklin, Francis, 57, of Inglis: VOP. McQuay, Christopher, 28, of ChieÂ” and: Possession with Levy County Sheri Âs O ce Arrest Report n d: P intent to sell/manufacture/deliver Schedule I or III or IC hallucinogen; possession with intent to sell/manufacture/ deliver Schedule I or III or IC hallucinogen within 1000 feet of a place of worship or business; possession of a weapon or ammo by convicted Florida felon x2. Mehr, Cody Alan, 25, of Ocala: VOP. Petty, Gwendolyn, 54, of Old Town: Petit theft from a merchant, 2nd o ense. Pill, omas, 71, of Clermont: Failure to appear. Schoppenhorst, Scott, 43, of Trenton: Disorderly intoxication in a public place causing a disturbance.Seyez, Freddie, 19, of ChieÂ” and: passing a forged/altered instrument; petit theft 1st degree more than $100 less than $300.Wilcox II, Joseph Lee, 26, of ChieÂ” and: Possession of methamphetamine with intent to sell/manufacture/deliver within 1000 feet of a house of worship or business. Wilkins, David William, 21, of ChieÂ” and: VOP. Winn, Newton, 87, of Gulf Hammock: Driving on a permanently revoked driverÂs license. Wytiaz, Linda Ellen, 59, of Cedar Key: VOP x2.Williston Police Department ArrestsCruz, Eliberto Jose, 22, of Ocala: No driverÂs license, never had one. Shiver, Alexander Matthew, 23, of Williston: Possession of drug equipment.Shiver, Raymond, 26, of Williston: Driving on a cancelled license.Zamora, Jamie Lynn, 27, of Williston: Driving while license suspended x6; possession of marijuana less than 20 grams. Dyess, John David, 54, of Morriston: DUI; refusal to take Intoxilyzer test.Walker, Jessie C Old Town VOP TRAFFIC N STOLEN PROPERTY NO BOND Service JackÂs Land On December 02, 2011 Christopher John Goldthorpe ll was arrested for Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, Possession of a Legend Drug, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Violation of Probation when Investigators Edwin Jenkins, Tracy Taylor and Wayne Dasher served an Arrest Warrant for Violation of Felony Drug Probation. Other items taken from GoldthorpeÂs residence during a search were a 22 cal. Pistol, Methamphetamine, Chemicals to manufacture Methamphetamine, numerous knives, homemade weapons, ammunition, digital scales and smoking pipes. Goldthorpe had previously been arrested by the Gilchrist County Sheri Âs O ce Investigations Unit in April 2010, for Cultivation of 99 Cannabis Plants (Marijuana) and is currently on Felony Drug O ender Probation. Goldthorpe is currently being held in the Gilchrist County Jail. Â—submitted by Investigator Edwin JenkinsDrugs and Guns Con scated from Felon on Probation Christopher John Goldthorpe ll Weapons, ammo, paraphernalia and drugs con scated from Goldthorpe home search and arrest.Chie and PD Vehicle Gets Hit by DriverA fully marked Â05 Ford ChieÂ” and Police Department vehicle driven by Justin Douglas on Dec. 4 at 5:11 p.m. was hit by an oncoming Â03 Mercury 4-door driven by Daniel F. Waczyk at SR 55 and NW 11th Avenue. DouglasÂ marked CPD vehicle was northbound on SR 55 in the left lane while operating in emergency mode as he attempted a left turn onto NW 11 Ave. Traveling southbound at the time in the outside lane was WaczykÂs Mercury. Douglas had crossed over the inside southbound lane and was stopped within the outside lane where Waczyk was traveling. e left front of WaczykÂs Mercury struck the right front of the police vehicle. Charges are pending at this time. Â— submitted by the Florida Highway PatrolDriver Without Seatbelt Gets Thrown from VehicleFlorida Highway Patrol reported that on Dec. 2, 2011 at 7:45 a.m. Lori Soud Morton, 26, was driving her Â04 GMC Sierra eastbound on US 27, just west of 90 Avenue in Marion County, when she drove o the roadway onto the south shoulder. Morton attempted to correct her error by steering left and overcorrected causing the GMC to go into and over the eastbound travel lanes, across the center median rotating counterclockwise. e GMC hit the grassy north shoulder overturning several times ejecting Morton from the vehicle. e vehicle stopped facing north on its passenger side while Morton came to rest on the shoulder west of where the vehicle stopped. Morton was Â” own to Shands with serious injuries. Morton was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident. Charges are now pending.Allen, 23, also lived at the residence and had knowledge of the drug deals. During the investigation agents received information that there were guns inside the residence and threats had been spoken to shoot law enforcement. At the time of the execution of the drug search warrant by Drug Task Force Agents in the early morning hours of Dec. 2 there were Â“ ve (5) adults and three children in the home. e four adults were arrested and a relative was called to pick up the children so they could attend school. Agents have notiÂ“ ed Department of Children & Families due to the fact there was a 10, 12 and 15-year-old living at the residence. During the raid Agents seized crack cocaine, marijuana, Â“ rearms, bullets and over $8,500 in cash. Mid-Florida Historical Research & Recovery Association assisted LCSO in locating two guns that were buried on the property of the search warrant. One of the Â“ rearms was reported stolen from Pinellas County. Arrested were Christopher Eugene McQuay (Alias: Gopher) for Possession marijuana with intent to distribute within 1000 feet from a church; Sale of marijuana within 1000 feet of a church; Possession of Â“ rearm by a convicted felon; Possession of bullets by a convicted felon; maintaining a drug dwelling; and Possession of marijuana less than 20 grams; Joseph Lee Wilcox II for Possession of crack cocaine within 1000 feet of a church; Maintaining a drug dwelling; omas Barr for maintaining a drug dwelling; and Jonathan Allen for Maintaining a drug dwelling.Drug House continued from page 1 Jonathan Allen Christopher Eugene McQuay Joseph Lee Wilcox II Thomas Barr
The Levy County Journal 3ADecember 8, 2011www.levyjournalonline.com Your Locally-Owned Paper of Record since 1923 While Levy County is one of the smaller, less populated counties in Florida, there are still a few di erent places to turn to in order to get help with bills, rent, debts, mortgage payments, and other assistance. Below is a list of services that might be able to help you in time of need.Levy County Central Florida Community Action Agency, Inc. is should probably be your Â“ rst, and maybe your last call. ey o er programs that can provide short term assistance for paying immediate bills, and also counseling and resources for longer term support. e programs run by the community action agency include: Financial and emergency assistance programs ese programs may help qualiÂ“ ed households and individuals with immediate Â“ nancial emergencies and expenses In addition, the program may assist with disaster relief. e community action agency has a limited amount of Â“ nancial assistance and funding that is being made available to the community for one-time emergency needs, bills, and costs. However the program is not intended to help with on-going crises. LCFCAA may provide direct referrals and assistance for basic needs and bills, including rental assistance, heating and energy payments, nutrition, food, transportation expenses such as gasoline vouchers, temporary shelter, and more. Participants that apply for help must, of course, meet eligibility requirements. e agency can also provide people with information on programs that can help them pay their mortgage, avert a foreclosure, or even ways to eliminate debts.Utility and energy bill assistance Â– A federal government funded program known as the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) may be the solution you need. Levy County individuals may be able to qualify for the Crisis Assistance program, which may help eligible low to moderate income households who are about to have their utilities cut o due to nonpayment of their bills, or whose utilities have already been disconnected. e amount of cash assistance o ered to these people is based on need. Another option known as the Home Energy Assistance Program is being marketed as a one-time payment cash payment beneÂ“ t towards the householdÂs energy and utility bill account, based on the total household income of the applicant. Weatherization assistance program has a goal of reducing energy bills and costs for low to moderate income families in the community, particularly the expenses for the elderly and the disabled, by improving the energy e ciency and conservation of their homes while ensuring their health and safety over the long term. Family Self-su ciency Program People who are currently on government assistance programs or who receive social services may receive help from this o ering. is service may provide resources and help to these low income and working poor individuals, when available, to get help with such expenses as auto repair, childcare, tuition expenses, and books for education.Call Central Florida Community Action Agency, Inc. at (352) 378-589 Other agencies that provide help in Levy County include: Catholic Charities of Central Florida 407-658-1818 Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida Inc. O ers rent help and housing assistance 407-426-1250 CredAbility/Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Central Florida and the Florida Gulf Coast, Inc. provides homeowners with debt assistance programs and ways to get out of debt. Phone 1-800-251-2227. e Mustard Seed Furniture & Clothing Bank of Central Florida Clothing, food, furniture and more. 407-875-2040 Levy County Assistance ProgramsBy: Donald J. Quincey, Jr., Chairman Suwannee River Water Management District Governing Board Over the past several years, the Suwannee River Water Management District has adapted to di cult and changing economic times by refocusing our human and Â“ nancial resources solely on our core mission Â… water supply, water quality, Â” ood protection and natural resource protection. at e ort has served the District and its citizens well. As a diligent steward of taxpayer dollars, the District has tightened its belt, readjusted priorities, eliminated non-critical sta positions, sought outsourcing where it made sense, downsized or cut programs that didnÂt meet our core mission principals, acquired funding through grants and partnerships, and generally found ways to do more with less. For example, this past year the District completed its water supply assessment study and designated four water resource caution areas in an e ort to ensure adequate groundwater resources to meet future demands for the next 20 years. e District embarked on a joint regional water supply plan with neighboring St. Johns River Water Management District to develop and implement a minimum Â” ows and levels prevention and recovery strategy when withdrawals in one district contribute to water resource impacts in the other district. is landmark agreement is vital to successfully addressing future protection of our rivers, lakes, springs and natural systems. We also strengthened our partnership with the State of Georgia, where roughly 55 percent of the Suwannee River Basin is located. e District has accomplished much but there is still so much left to do. Fiscal challenges will not dampen the DistrictÂs determination to Âget the water right.ÂŽ Losing our springs and other precious water resources is not an option, and with the continued support of the Legislature and the Department of Environmental Protection, the District will continue to Â“ nd innovative, cost-e ective ways to meet the needs of its citizens while protecting our environment.SRWMD Addresses Water Resource Issues in Cost-E ective Way e Christmas concert held at Dixie Music Center on Sunday, December 4th, was a beautiful event indeed. e weather was mild and pleasant for the many families that came out to enjoy the concert. It was a record turnout for this now annual event. e three-hour show o ered a wide variety of musical stylings from a diverse group of entertainers with a common theme: ere was nothing performed, except Christmas songs. Appearing on stage for the 2011 show were the Pine Grove Baptist Church praise band; Brittany Strickland; Bruce Miller and Robbie Blake; Kelby Lamar and Caleb Hague; the Philman Family Band; Hardee Myer, Linda White, and Dotti South of the Rock Blu Band; Sixth Angel; Kerry Gordon with Kenny Spillers, Clint Durrance and Ted Patrick; and host band, Dotti South and the Slackers with special guest appearances by vocalists, Carol Neubert and Karen Powers. is was a free event, but concert attendees were asked to bring a non-perishable food item to be donated to a local charity. And bring they did! is year approximately 236 pounds of food items were collected to assist needy families in the area. e Dixie County Historical Society helped to raise funds for their organization by selling co ee and hot chocolate, while representatives from First Baptist Church of Old Town kept busy selling delectable baked goods. Stetson University student (and Dixie County resident), Melanie Myer had a booth set up for Change is World. is non-proÂ“ t organizationÂs mission is Âto provide meals to those who are malnourished or dying of starvation.ÂŽ More can be learned about this wonderful groupÂs charitable work at www.changethisworld.com. Plans are already under way for the 2012 Christmas concert on Sunday, December 9th. The Angels Were Singing in the Woods US Navy Yeoman Chief Petty O cer Carla Butts of Lecanto recently received orders to Djibouti, in the Horn of Africa, as an Individual Augmentee on the Global War on Terror. She will be reporting to coalition forces in December as the Coalition Protocol Chief overseeing various foreign military troops. A graduate of University of Florida in Business Administration, part of her responsibilities will be to ensure that the travel arrangements and briefs are prepared for national dignitaries. Beyond that, Carla notes, ÂIÂll Â“ nd out my additional responsibilities when I land.ÂŽ e Chief, whose mother is Portuguese and spent many childhood summers in the country, is Â” uent in the language and took Advanced Placement French in high school. is will come in especially handy during her one year deployment as Djibouti was under French rule until 1977 when it became an independent nation and continues to have a strong Portuguese inÂ” uence. Yeoman Butts joined the Navy at 17 and has been in the Navy Reserves for 23 years. is will be her longest deployment and she said, Â e hardest part will be being away from my two children and husband over two holidaysÂŽ since she anticipates returning in January 2013. She has a thirteen-year-old daughter and a fouryear-old son and she plans to Skype with them as much as possible. She is currently on sta with the Manatee Division of the US Naval Sea Cadets, a youth organization that teaches kids military skills, and hopes to keep in contact with her unit on occasion and send reports from the Â“ eld. Without the fan fair of a large deployment, the sailor will be shipping out in about four weeks on her own. She knows a few other crewmates from previous assignments, but generally this will be new territory, new people, new foods and new experiences. Chief Carla Butts assists (from left to right) Seamen Alec Duplain, Richard Selznick and Natasha Whitaker with rolling the sleeves on their new Navy Working Uniforms recently issued to the Sea Cadet unit. Local Sailor Deploys
The Levy County Journal4ADecember 8, 2011www.levyjournalonline.com Your Locally-Owned Paper of Record since 1923 Lessons of History? Thomas Sowell Creators SyndicateIt used to be common for people to urge us to learn Âthe lessons of history.ÂŽ But history gets much less attention these days and, if there are any lessons that we are o ered, they are more likely to be the lessons from current polls or the lessons of political correctness. Even among those who still invoke the lessons of history, some read those lessons very di erently from others. Talk show host Michael Medved, for example, apparently thinks the Republicans need a centrist presidential candidate in 2012. He said, ÂMost political battles are won by seizing the center.ÂŽ Moreover, he added: ÂAnyone who believes otherwise ignores the electoral experience of the last 50 years.ÂŽ But just when did Ronald Reagan, with his two landslide election victories, Âseize the centerÂŽ? For that matter, when did Franklin D. Roosevelt, with a record four consecutive presidential election victories, Âseize the centerÂŽ? ere have been a long string of Republican presidential candidates who seized the center -and lost elections. omas E. Dewey, for example, seized the center against Harry Truman in 1948. Even though Truman was so unpopular at the outset that the ÂNew RepublicÂŽ magazine urged him not to run, and polls consistently had Dewey ahead, Truman ObamaÂ’s Cloud-Based Transparency OPINION Michelle Malkin Creators SyndicateAt the dawn of his administration, President Obama opined: ÂA democracy requires accountability, and accountability requires transparency.ÂŽ Magical rays of white-hot sunlight emanated from his media-manufactured halo. And then bureaucratically engineered darkness settled over the land. For three years, White House o cials have rolled out countless executive orders and initiatives touting open government. Just this week, they unveiled plans to move federal archival records from a paper-based to an electronic system. But behind the scenes, ObamaÂs lawyers systematically have stymied public information requests, carved out crater-sized disclosure loopholes, fought subpoenas on scandals from Fast and Furious to Solyndra, and made routine the holiday document dump. e latest meeting of the Government Accountability and Transparency Board, attended by Vice President Joe Biden, was closed to the press two weeks ago. e Justice Department stealthily attempted to sabotage the Freedom of Information Act last month with a regulation change that would have allowed federal agencies to legally and deliberately deceive the public about the existence of requested records. After a massive backlash, DOJ retreated and sheepishly admitted that the license-to-lie rule Âfalls shortÂŽ of the Obama ÂcommitmentÂŽ to transparency. (Actually, itÂs the perfect embodiment of the administrationÂs contempt.) e same DOJ, it should be noted, banned reporters from a FOIA training workshop in 2009. In October, the Interior Department and Energy Department spurned attempts to gain information about the administrationÂs $1.2 billion loan guarantee to Democratconnected solar company SunPower. e deal, championed by powerful Democratic Rep. George Miller III, was approved hours before the program expired on Sept. 30. Miller took Interior Secretary Ken Salazar on a tour of the SunPower plant last year; MillerÂs son is a lobbyist for SunPower. Conservative newspaper Human Events and the nonproÂ“ t legal watchdog group Judicial Watch have now Â“ led several pending FOIA requests. In September, State Department o cials refused to go on record during a brieÂ“ ng on its new global government transparency program. Earlier this spring, a ceremony to honor ObamaÂs commitment to openness was closed to the media -after which dutiful (sup)press secretary Jay Carney boasted that his boss Âhas demonstrated a commitment to transparency and openness that is greater than any administration has shown in the past.ÂŽ As evidence of this historic openness, Obama Â” acks point to farces like last weekÂs anksgiving-timed release of White House visitor logs -which even left-wing good government activists have criticized for their incompleteness. As the Center for Public Integrity reported earlier this year, the logs (which disclosure advocates forced into the public eye after suing) Âroutinely omit or cloud key details about the identity of visitors, whom they met with and the nature of their visits. e logs even include the names of people who never showed up. ese are critical gaps that raise doubts about the recordsÂ historical accuracy and utility in helping the public understand White House operations, from social events to meetings on key policy debates.ÂŽ Occasional holiday document dumps have always been a mainstay in Washington. But the agents of Hope and Change have turned the ritual into a weekly punch line. If itÂs Friday, itÂs dump day. e plan worked. As of Tuesday, no mainstream news outlet had reported on the contents of the Black Friday document trove. None showed interest in the nearly 60 visits from Robert B. Creamer, a convicted felon and tax cheat, left-wing Hu ngton Post agitator, husband of Illinois Democratic Rep. Jan Schakowsky and vocal champion of the Occupy Wall Street movement. According to the newly released records I reviewed, Creamer was at the White House Â“ ve times in August 2011 meeting with various o cials, including Jon Carson, Cecilia Munoz and Stephanie Cutter. Nor has there been interest outside conservative blogs in the Â“ ve White House visits by former Deputy Attorney General Gary Grindler, a key Fast and Furious scandal bureaucrat, in July and August 2011, or in the Â“ ve visits from former Solyndra CEO Brian Harrison, including on Aug. 18, 2011, just before the tax-subsidized Â“ rm declared bankruptcy. Nor did any journalism ethics mavens show any curiosity whatsoever about the Aug. 5, 2011, appearance of MSNBC host Rachel Maddow and her party of seven (names not identiÂ“ ed) to visit ÂPOTUS.ÂŽ Maddow made no mention of the visit on her August 5 show, which promoted the latest batch of White House stimulus proposals. According to the White House logs I reviewed, this was MaddowÂs Â“ fth trip to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. -and the fourth to see the president personally. Instead, as Newsbusters noted, a Washington Post political blogger was busy trolling Twitter for help digging up Âoutlandish/incorrect predictions from Newt GingrichÂs past.ÂŽ And the only documents e New York Times is interested in crowdsourcing are Sarah PalinÂs e-mails. Team ObamaÂs data whitewashers inside and outside the White House have given Âcloud-basedÂŽ a whole new meaning. Michelle Malkin is the author of Â“Culture of Corruption: Obama and his Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks & CroniesÂ” (Regnery 2010). 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Deadline for all news and advertising copy is 5 p.m. Monday. Classi ed deadline is noon Friday. Your Locally-Owned Paper of Record since 1923 clearly stood for something -and for months he battled for what he stood for. at turned out to be enough to beat Dewey, who simply stood in the center. It is very doubtful that most of the people who voted for Harry Truman agreed with him on all the things he stood for. But they knew he stood for something, and they agreed with enough of it to put him back in the White House. It is equally doubtful that most of the people who voted for Ronald Reagan in his two landslide victories agreed with all his positions. But they agreed with enough of them to put him in the White House to replace Jimmy Carter, who stood in the center, even if it was only a center of confusion. President Gerald Ford, after narrowly beating o a rare challenge by Ronald Reagan to a sitting president of his own party, seized the center in the general election -and lost to an initially almost totally unknown governor from Georgia. President George H.W. Bush, after initially winning election by coming across as another Ronald Reagan, with his ÂRead my lips, no new taxesÂŽ speech, turned Âkinder and gentlerÂŽ -to everyone except the taxpayers -once he was in o ce. In other ways as well, he seized the center. And lost to another unknown governor. More recently, we have seen two more Republican candidates who seized the center -Senators Bob Dole in 1996 and John McCain in 2008 -go down to defeat, McCain at the hands of a man that most people had never even heard of, just three years earlier. Michael Medved, however, reads history di erently. To him, Barry Goldwater got clobbered in the 1964 elections because of his strong conservatism. But did his opponent, Lyndon Johnson, seize the center? Johnson was at least as far to the left as Goldwater was to the right. And Goldwater scared the daylights out of people with the way he expressed himself, especially on foreign policy, where he came across as reckless. On a personal note, I wrote a two-line verse that year, titled Â e Goldwater Administration:ÂŽ Fifteen minutes of laissez-faire, While the Russian missiles are in the air. Senator Goldwater was not crazy enough to start a nuclear war. But the way he talked sometimes made it seem as if he were. Ronald Reagan would later be elected and re-elected taking positions essentially the same as those on which Barry Goldwater lost big time. Reagan was simply a lot better at articulating his beliefs. Michael Medved uses the 2010 defeat of Tea Party candidates for the Senate, in three states where Democrats were vulnerable, as another argument against those who do not court the center. But these were candidates whose political ineptness was the problem, not conservatism. Candidates should certainly reach out to a broad electorate. But the question is whether they reach out by promoting their own principles to others or by trying to be all things to all people. To nd out more about omas Sowell and read features by other Creators Syndicate columnists and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at www.creators.com. omas Sowell is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305. His website is www.tsowell. com. COPYRIGHT 2011 CREATORS.COM Thomas Sowell Creators Syndicate e joys of Christmas do not include coping with crowds at shopping malls or wracking your brains trying to Â“ gure out what to get as a gift for someone who already seems to have everything. Books are a way out of both situations. You don't even have to go to a bookstore, with books so readily available on-line. As for the person who seems to have everything, newly published books are among the things they probably don't always have. One of the most enjoyable new books I read this year was a biography titled "Stan Musial: An American Life" by George Vecsey. Musial was one of the great hitters in the history of baseball, with a lifetime batting average of .331. is biography, however, is more about Musial the man, and the era in American life in which he lived, which makes it more three-dimensional. It is a good read, and may be especially appreciated by people old enough to remember that era and the values that prevailed in that era, which Musial exempliÂ“ ed.Another new and very di erent book about a by-gone era that I enjoyed was e Great A&P and the Struggle for Small Business in America" by Marc Levinson. It is about the rise and fall of the A&P grocery chain, once the largest retailer in the world, with 15,000 stores, and renowned for its high quality and low prices.But this is more than an economic story. It is a human story about a family that dedicated itself to making its business the best it could be -and how the death of the last member of that family was followed by A&P's decline into oblivion. Two far less uplifting books were published this year but both contain important charges of profound and dangerous corruption. e Â“ rst is titled "Injustice" by J. Christian Adams. He charges the Department of Justice under Attorney General Eric Holder with turning a blind eye to widespread election fraud and intimidation, when those who are committing these acts are black. e other book is "FDR Goes to War" by Burton W. Folsom and Anita Folsom. e romantic legends of President Franklin D. Roosevelt that whole generations have been taught in schools, on television and in the movies have been debunked by a whole series of history books, of which this is the latest and perhaps the most devastating -and painfully relevant to our current president. Economist and columnist Walter Williams' new book this year is "Race and Economics." You don't need to know any economics to read it, but you will know some after you do. If you believe that things like minimum wage laws or government regulations in general help low-income minorities, you will Â“ nd it hard to keep believing that after this book bombards you with hard facts and hard data, going back for decades. Another writer whose series of books likewise blend wit and wisdom is eodore Dalrymple, a British doctor who has lived in various countries around the world. His latest book this year is titled "Anything Goes," and its theme is the degeneration of Western culture, to the accompaniment of unthinking rhetoric. My all-time favorite among eodore Dalrymple's books is "Life at the Bottom." It is based on his chilling experiences working in a low-income, predominantly white neighborhood in Britain. It is a classic examination of the moral squalor produced by the welfare state and its ideological rhetoric, regardless of race. My own new books this year include e omas Sowell Reader," which has more than 400 pages of selections of my writings over the past decades, ranging from the humorous to the painfully serious. e 4th edition of my "Basic Economics" and the 2nd edition of my "Economic Facts and Fallacies" were also published this year. Merry Christmas. omas Sowell is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305. His website is www. tsowell.com. COPYRIGHT 2011 CREATORS.COMBooks for Christmas
The Levy County Journal 5ADecember 8, 2011www.levyjournalonline.com Your Locally-Owned Paper of Record since 1923 Agricultural Annoy Army Array Bear Blade Boil Cute Data Distributed Eggs Extra Faint Film Flour Front Ghost Glue Hole Hours Image Improvements Iron Jaws Jazz Knee Lemon Lick Main Mathematics Metal Nails Nine Noon Ocean Oils Opera Outside Prevent Push Rare Reds Riot Roofs Room Root Seems Sick Sirup Size Tart Torch Twos Vapor Wage Went Whom Wish Wives Word Search Last WeekÂ’s CrosswordLast WeekÂ’s Word Search Will IrbyÂ’s Florida StoriesIllustration by Alexander KeySimeonÂ’s KnotA Florida Folk TaleLong before any automobile ever rolled upon its planks, a man named Pridgeon pulled the hand-drawn ferry across the Suwannee. Pridgeon was a squat, moonfaced fellow who always wore a little straw hat smashed down on his head. He kept a constant drool of tobacco juice at the corner of his mouth and spat as he reached and treaded forward, pulling back then upon his wooden lever latched upon the cable. In the early years he pulled circuit riders and delivery wagons and fancy carts going east and west from one cypress bank to another across the dark, tannin water of the river. PridgeonÂs wife, Ida Mae, was a good bit younger than he. She wore her hair pulled tightly in a bun at the nape of her neck. She was a plain woman, simple in needs and expectations. ey had a son and two younger daughters who remained in the home, a shanty house high up on the blu e boy had gone o to sea and now sent post cards from exotic ports of call. He sent small gifts at Christmas, too: necklaces of tiny pink shell for the girls, a butterÂ” y broach for his mother and for his father, a miniature sailing ship carved of teak. Not one of the Pridgeons thought there was anything Â“ ner than these items in the home. e sisters were Emma and Tess, whom the family called Bess because thatÂs how the child had pronounced her own name as a toddler. Emma was the elder and wasnÂt such a pretty young girl to begin with, but she was pleasant and kind. As she increased in years, her inner beauty began to show through. Tess, striking from the start, obscured her prettiness, preferring to put her hair in pigtails and wear overalls like her poppa. Each Sunday the Pridgeons attended a little Baptist church nestled in the turkey oaks on a sand hill above the road to Bell. Prominent among the membership there was Ilene Laurens Wicker and her middle-aged bachelor son, Simeon. Simeon still lived with his mother on a vast tract of land that lay in a broad swath from the church road back down to the river. Each Sunday Ilene Laurens Wicker (she insisted on both surnames) came to church in a black dress of exceptional quality. She wore white gloves and a black velveteen hat with a snowy plume. She was a prideful woman and made it clear that she had married down in social status, for her family (the Laurens) had been prominent among the families of Charleston, South Carolina. She also liked to tell that as a young woman she had traveled to Paris, recounting to any who would listen her memories of walks along the Seine and the Champs-Elyses from the Arc de Triomphe to the Louvre. SheÂd even attended services at the famous Notre Dame. Her son, however, was a quiet and somber man who lacked the outgoing and companionable nature of her long-deceased husband. Sometimes sheÂd thump him behind the ear and order him to Âbuck up,ÂŽ meaning for him to pay attention and speak up on this or that subject. en one gray winterÂs morning, though always spirited and apparently impervious to the usual inÂ“ rmities of age, Ilene Laurens Wicker died in her sleep. Word spread rapidly, and the Â“ rst wagon to the ferry that day brought Pridgeon news of the old girlÂs passing. Months passed and days scattered as fallen leaves over the river road. Simeon Wicker, the son, continued to attend church and sat in exactly the same pew as the Wickers always had. Curiously, however, he began to notice Emma more, as she was now a young woman and not so obscured in her usual place by his motherÂs plumed hat. Of course not much of a courtship occurred between Simeon Wicker and Emma. With PridgeonÂs permission, he came to the ferrymanÂs house and sat soberly on the porch with Emma on Sunday afternoons. ey talked of the weather as if they were casual acquaintances. Sometimes Simeon would attempt to amuse, if not astonish, by his ability to Âcypher in my head,ÂŽ as he put it. Later they took long walks on a path down the river blu to a tall cypress tree where a rope swing hung. atÂs where Simeon planted his Â“ rst awkward kiss on EmmaÂs forehead. Emma detected a sweet, sweaty scent about the man that brought an old snu box to mind. She didnÂt care for it. Simeon didnÂt ÂtakeÂŽ tobacco in any form, but the fact was little consolation for his powdery, sot-weed scent. Be that as it may, Emma accepted Simeon WickerÂs proposal, more out of obligation to her fatherÂs eager expectation than any truly-felt passion. A month later they were married. Simeon took Emma in his Model A Ford out to the Wicker place. e coupe whined on the sandy road past the familyÂs gristmill. Nearer to the river they came to the two-story cypress house, weathered to a Â” at silver in the surround of giant oaks shading the yard. Emma saw at once that, although there was no grass, Simeon kept the sandy soil immaculately raked of leaves. From their Â“ rst night at the Wicker place, Simeon pointed out the householdÂs furnishings and implements and revealed the history of each, as if they were holy relics. He recounted his motherÂs use of each pot or pan, and which china or bed linens were to be used according to his motherÂs practices or his current preference. He even produced a small cook book in which Ilene Laurens Wicker had recorded her favorite recipes in her prim and proper hand. Simeon wanted nothing changed. Days later, he displayed his Â“ rst Â“ t of temper when Emma rearranged the furniture in a small parlor so that the room might seem more airy and open to the light. After that, each evening when Simeon returned from the mill, he would inspect each room to make sure nothing was out of place. He expected his supper on the table soon after. When Emma had served him, he delivered a solemn prayer with the palm of each hand Â” at upon the table and his head raised high. ere would never be much talk between them. SheÂd also taken to addressing him as Mr. Wicker and so might ask, ÂDid things go well at the mill today, Mr. Wicker?ÂŽ ÂWell enough,ÂŽ was all Wicker would answer.Later Simeon Wicker would read by lamplight from his motherÂs small library in the parlor. When the tall clock struck nine, Emma was summoned from her hand work to trudge after him up to bed.Each morning SimeonÂs regimen was yet more rigidly set. After rising at daylight and performing his toilet, heÂd dress for the day and oil and brush his hair. Emma Â“ xed that same bacon in exactly the same manner, not crisp, but to the extent Ilene Laurens Wicker called Âmedium.ÂŽ Simeon had demonstrated exactly how his mother veriÂ“ ed its correct preparation by allowing it to droop and drain from a fork over the pan before putting each slice Â” atly on his plate with two eggs scrambled just so. After his breakfast Simeon would routinely go out and rake the fenced yard unless prevented by stormy weather, making exactly the same intricate pattern in the sand. Emma came to recognize the pattern as a continuous sweep that was as ornate as the design of a Persian rug in the parlor. It was quite artful, actually. is pattern was so familiar to him that he accomplished it in rapid order, front and back. Only the path from steps to gate was left unadorned. When Â“ nished with each morningÂs restoration of his masterpiece, Simeon would call a ÂGood DayÂŽ to his wife and be o to his management of the mill and vast plantings on Wicker land. e days dragged on slowly and monotonously, with little to do but keep the house as she had been instructed. But one day a truck in low gear rolled to a stop out at the gate. Emma went to the front porch to see who it might be and saw a young man with a Â“ ne voice who called to her from the he gate. He said he was a surveyor recently engaged by the State to stake out the new grade of road down to the ferry. His call was a courtesy, he stated, so that those living nearby would know of the planned construction. Emma was pleased to talk about the road, and stretched the conversation as far as she could, though she remained on the porch while he stood with his hat in his hand at the steps below. About that time Simeon came clacking up to Â“ nd the surveyor in his yard. He spoke curtly to the young man and seemed distracted as the surveyor attempted to talk about the new road. Emma thought it discourteous, the way Simeon so quickly dismissed the man and sent him on his way. at night nothing was said about the caller. Emma was certain that Simeon didnÂt approve of his visit, particularly as the man had entered the yardÂs gate. is was made even more clear the next morning when Simeon completed his raking to include the gate path, so that the entire yard was etched with his elaborate design. en he looked back at Emma standing exactly where she had when the young man had departed. ÂIÂll know,ÂŽ Simeon Wicker said darkly, as he got in his car and left. She had no company after that, except occasionally when her sister Bess came to visit. She would travel down river in a small ski tie up and walk up to the house. Because no footprint was allowed to disturb the patterned yard, for a time Bess would visit from the gate. en she took to climbing up one of the great oaks and out on a massive limb. Emma would climb out of an upstairs dormer window to the porch roof for their visit. Bess reclined in a crook on the oak limb. Emma sat cross-legged on the porch roof, the sisters then but a few feet apart. ey had long conversations in this manner and Â“ nally Emma conÂ“ ded her unhappiness and despair in feeling like a prisoner within SimeonÂs knot. ings for Emma got no better, so the sisters hatched a plan. On a spring day soon after Simeon had departed for work, Bess arrived with a large hank of rope over her shoulder. Up the great oak she tossed a knotted end of the thick rope to a higher limb. Nimble and quick as a sprite, Bess skillfully fashioned a rope swing. Emma came out on the porch roof with her best things in a pillow case made into a haversack. When Bess swung the rope, Emma reached and felt her foot slip on the roof tin, suddenly startled by the height. But her sister swung over to show her how sure she could be of the rope swing. Bess swung back then to the lower oak limb, landing as lightly as Peter Pan. ÂSee,ÂŽ she said. ÂItÂs easy, Emma. You can do it!ÂŽ atÂs when Emma heard the engine of the ÂAÂŽ way out on the road. Simeon was returning unexpectedly, as he had been doing recently.With a now or never sense of resolve, Emma lifted her legs and swung out into the early morning air. Bess had a good hold on a branch above and landed her sister squarely on the broad limb beside her. In an instant they shimmied down the old oak and ran toward the river path. Simeon drove up by the front gate, then around the fenced yard spying for any sign of disturbance in his raked yard. Seeing none, he went out a di erent way, down toward the barns. When he left again, he didnÂt return until the sun was setting in a Â“ ery, marmalade sky. en he found the house dark and cold. ere were no answers to his increasingly loud and angry calling. ereÂd been no Â“ re in the stove since breakfast and the dishes werenÂt cleared from the oilcloth covering the kitchen table. ere was no sign of any disturbance in the house: windows were closed and doors securely locked. He rushed out into the yard with a lamp held above his head. Everywhere his masterfully raked design in the sand was undisturbed. No track, not a blemish other than that made by his own heavy boot. e ferrymanÂs daughter had vanished. Her father conceded to an angry Simeon Wicker down at the landing that he did not think EmmaÂs disappearance was a consequence of foul play. Wicker demanded to know where to Â“ nd her. Pridgeon removed his hat and mopped his bald head with a handkerchief from his hip pocket. He spat from the ferry to the swift current of the river below. ÂFolks travel the river north, same as they does south,ÂŽ he said Â“ nally. Â is old road heah, it goes both east good as does west, I Âmagine.ÂŽ Many years later a seafood restaurant thrived on the Gulf coast south of Tallahassee at Panacea. e place, long popular with Florida legislators and capitol insiders, was famous for its large servings of delicately fried seafood. e woman who owned the restaurant was as welcoming and friendly as she was pleasant to behold. And the eatery was easy to Â“ nd down by the docks, where its unpretentious neon sign read simply ___ EmmaÂs. The Rock Blu ferry, like that described in Will Irby's story, operated on the Suwannee until about 1964. Florida Archives
The Levy County Journal6ADecember 8, 2011www.levyjournalonline.com Your Locally-Owned Paper of Record since 1923 December 12, 2011December 13, 2011December 14, 2011December 15, 2011December 16, 2011Grilled Cheese & Ham Sandwich or Rib-A-Que on Bun Vegetable Soup/ Broccoli Chilled Peaches Assorted Milk Taco w/ Cheese/Salsa Hamburger on Bun French Fries/Lettuce/ Tomato Apple Crisp Assorted Milk Taco Sauce/Ketchup/Mayo Breaded Chicken or Sloppy Joe on Bun Salad/ Northern Beans Chilled Pears Hot Home Made Cornbread Assorted Milk Chili Con Carne w/ Beans/ Grilled Cheese Sandwich Green Peas/Garden Salad Chilled AppleSauce Assorted Milk Fish on Bun/ Turkey Sub. Cole Slaw/ Baked Beans Orange Wedges Assorted Milk Tarter Sauce/MayoDecember 19, 2011December 20, 2011December 21, 2011December 22, 2011December 23, 2011 NO SCHOOL WINTER HOLIDAYNO SCHOOL WINTER HOLIDAY NO SCHOOL WINTER HOLIDAY NO SCHOOL WINTER HOLIDAYNO SCHOOL WINTER HOLIDAYIn accordance with Federal Law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the base of race, color ,nationsl orgin, sex, age, or disablity.LEVY COUNTY SCHOOLS LUNCH MENU Pre-school Storytime ese programs use books and music to present the young children with the concept that books, reading, and libraries are fun and enjoyed at all ages. e programs last 30 minutes. A.F. Knotts Public Library Yankeetown Dec. 13 @ 3:00 PM Christmas eme Dec. 27 @ 3:00 PM Caring and Sharing eme Bronson Public Library Dec. 5 @ 10:30 AM Caring and Sharing eme Dec. 19 @ 10:30 AM Christmas eme Cedar Key Public Library Dec. 7 @ 10:00 AM Christmas eme Luther Callaway Public Library Chie and Dec. 12 @ 11:00 AM Christmas eme Williston Public Library Every Wed. @ 9:30 AM Music with Ms. Sara @ 10:00 AM Family Christmas Pajama Party Please join us in celebrating the holiday season. Children of all ages are invited to wear their pajamas for a fun Christmas party at the library. However, they do not have to wear pajamas. e children will create special ornaments and a letter to Santa. ere will also be Christmas music and light refreshments. Each child will receive a keepsake magnet photo to take home and a goody bag. e will be a reading of Ed Sullivan's e Florida Night Before Christmas. A.F. Knotts Public Library Yankeetown Dec.20 @ 3:00 PM Cedar Key Public Library Dec. 15 @ 6:00 PM Luther Callaway Public Library Chie and Dec. 16 @ 6:00 PM Williston Public Library Dec. 17 @ 6:00 PM For more information please contact your local librarian or Jenny Rodgers, youth services coordinator, 352-486-5552.At Williston Elementary School, the Â“ nal month of 2011 began on a happy note with the recognition of the December ÂStudents of the Month.ÂŽ Academics, Citizenship and Most Improved are the categories. e WES media center room was the venue for the event to which the recipientsÂ parents or guardians were invited. Fifth grade teacher Kathy Brewington and lab manager Charlie Watson had prepared the certiÂ“ cates for the event, and Watson was chief photographer. e 3rd grade teachers are Hillary Cribbs, Lindsey Dubock, Courtney Edwards, Mary Guinsler, Cindy Hiter, Corrie Houghtaling, Tracy Kirby and Tonya Townsend. Receiving December ÂStudent of the MonthÂŽ awards for Academics only included 3rd graders Anthony Gri th and Kylie Rawls. For Citizenship only, Samuel Silvester, Rashaud Nelson and Della Bird were honored. e following students received recognition for both Academics and Citizenship: Trinity Peacock, Adam Sistrunk, Vanessa Valle and Kayla Munden.Fourth grade teachers include Kathy Clemons, Teri Dixon, Lita Halchak, Tina Roberts, Neige Snider and Joelene Vining. Fourth grader Cam Chancey received a Student of the Month award in Academics. Beatriz Garcia, Faith Younger and Alexis Sauls were tapped for citizenship. Academics and Citizenship awards were given to Ivette Bravo and Dnika Appling.Fifth grade teachers are Nancy Bowman, Kathy Brewington, Jeanne DuBois, Laurie Helgerud, Nancy Priest, Serena iessen and Steve Van Zwienen. Kaylee Sullivan was honored with Student of the Month for Academics, while Chalino Sanchez received awards for both Most Improved and Citizenship. Being honored for being good citizens were Dawson Bird, Brendon Gaz, Ana Chiperi, Dylan AdinolÂ“ and Peyton Rippy. Following the ceremony, the students and any guests who attended were treated to fresh donuts and nutritious Florida orange juice. A photo of the event will be posted on the ÂWall of FameÂŽ in the schoolÂs cafeteria. e next ceremony is scheduled for the Â“ rst Friday in January, in the WES multipurpose room. Way to go, WES Wildcat Students of the Month! Â— by Lisa Statham PosteraroWES ÂStudents of the MonthÂ for December This beautiful almost-winter morning nds Williston Elementary School assistant principal Angel Thomas and principal Marla Hiers standing beside the December recipients of the ÂStudent of the MonthÂŽ awards. Besides certi cates, the recipients receive other ÂtreatsÂŽ of appreciation for their exemplary behavior plus donuts and orange juice. Photo courtesy of Charlie Watson Levy County Public Library December Events Paperwork about the annual Tropicana/4-H Speech Contest showed up in the mailboxes of 4th and 5th grade classroom teachers at Williston Elementary SchoolÂƒwith Carol GlassÂs signature. Wait! ey thought sheÂd retired! But this huge fan of public speaking had come back to insure that the tradition continued at least at the elementary level. ÂPublic speaking is important,ÂŽ said Glass. Â ere are so many jobs which require speaking in front of a group. And it helps students develop poise and self-conÂ“ dence. IÂm all for it!ÂŽ So students began searching for topics, doing research if necessary, then creating a graphic organizer and ÂpenningÂŽ the Â“ rst draft. Teachers willingly coached them as they tweaked then practiced then tweaked some more. Next came the day of the classroom speeches with the teacher evaluating each speech, using the rubric provided by Tropicana/4-H. ÂComposition and delivery make up both halves of this speech contest,ÂŽ said Glass. As in the past, Glass recruited judges who are well-versed in the arena of public speaking. For the 4th grade competition on the Friday before the anksgiving weekend, the judges included Will Clark, minister at First United Methodist Church; Nancy Etheridge, who has held o cer positions within the GFWC Florida Federation of WomenÂs Clubs; and Marguerite Robinson, with similar credentials as Etheridge. At the end of this, the top three contestants were Bridget Barley, whose speech was about her grandmother, art teacher Helen Darling; Grace Suggs, who entreated her listeners not to smoke; and Alyssa Whitehurst, who educated her listeners about bullying. Judging the 5th grade competitors the following Monday were Bobbie Smith, Phyllis Gri n and Naomi Petteway, all current or former o cers within various community and church organizations. Smith and Petteway are also former teachers. For her speech, Kaley Clinkscales researched why eating too much sugar is bad for you. Personal stories always make for good topics as Ana Rivera learned with her speech about her baby brother Benny. e beneÂ“ ts of video games got Cayton SmithÂs attention, so he put together a persuasive speech about that. en the next day with the third gathering came three di erent judges. Marion Cason, a vice president at Perkins State Bank and long-time o cer within the GFWC Florida Federation of WomenÂs Clubs; Joe Smith, a retired judge, current lay minister with the Florida United Methodist Church Conference and pastor at Evinston United Methodist Church; and Annette Kordgien, retired postmaster and o cer within the GFWC Williston WomanÂs Club, had the honor of listening to the top three speakers at each level. Ana, with her speech about her brother Benny, placed third. Bullying gave Alyssa Whitehurst the red ribbon, and apparently Cayton not only persuaded the judges that video games were beneÂ“ cial but also that he was the Â“ rst place speaker! e GFWC Williston WomanÂs Club provided monetary awards for these three winners. On December 1st, Cayton placed 2nd from among all the students from around the county at the yearly meeting at Bronson Middle-High School competing at the elementary level with the winners from the other elementary schools. e event is hosted by Brenda Heberling from the County Extension o ce and other 4-H leaders. Â— by Lisa Statham PosteraroGlass Returns to WES to Coordinate Speech Contest WES 4th graders Alyssa Whitehurst, Bridget Barley and Grace Suggs hold the envelopes containing money which they received when they placed in the top three at the gradelevel Tropicana/4-H speech contest. When they competed against the three 5th grade winners the day before Thanksgiving break, Alyssa placed 2nd. The 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners of the recent Tropicana/4-H Speech Contest at Williston Elementary are 5th grader Cayton Smith, 4th grader Alyssa Whitehurst and 5th grader Ana Rivera. Cayton went on to compete at the county-wide meet on December 1st at Bronson Middle-High School.
The Levy County Journal 7ADecember 8, 2011www.levyjournalonline.com Your Locally-Owned Paper of Record since 1923 SudokuFor this weekÂs crossword puzzle answers, visit our Web site at www.levyjournalonline.com Click on the Brain Teaser tab to nd the answers. Last weekÂ’s Sudoku 115 NOTICES115 NOTICES 135 VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES 440 VACANT LAND FOR SALE 500 FOR SALE 550 FARM PRODUCTS Classifieds ADVERTISER NOTICE Â— The Levy County Journal does not endorse, promote or encourage the purchase or sale of any product or service advertised in this newspaper. Advertisements are the sole responsibility of the advertiser. The Levy County Journal hereby disclaims all liability for any damage suffered as the result of any advertisement in this newspaper. The Levy County Journal has the sole authority to edit and locate any classi ed advertisement as deemed appropriate. 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Call for details (352) 493-0252 ftfn135 VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIESFLORIDAÂ’S LONG-TERM CARE OMBUDSMAN PROGRAM needs volunteers to join its corps of dedicated advo-cates who protect the rights of elders residing in nursing homes, assisted living facilities and adult family care homes. The programÂ’s local councils are seeking additional volunteers to identify, investigate and resolve residentsÂ’ concerns. Special training and certi cation is provided. All interested individuals who care about protecting the health, safety, welfare and rights of long-term care facility residents -who often have no one else to advocate for them -are encouraged to call toll-free (888) 831-0404 or visit the programÂ’s Web site at http:// ombudsman.my orida.com. The local council meets at Haven Hospice of North Central Florida, 4200 NW 90th Boulevard in Gainesville to discuss the programÂ’s current activities and give the public a chance to provide comments about long-term care facility issues. These public meetings begin at 12:30 p.m. Concerned citizens and those interested in volunteering are welcome to attend. tfnf210 HELP WANTEDSALES POSITION FOR TREE FARM: We are looking for a local person to train for an agricultural sales position. Must have reliable transportation and have agricultural background. Base salary plus commission. References required. Call Linda at (352) 493-2496; Email resum to email@example.com or fax to (352) 493-2720; mail to P. O. Box 1126, Chie and, FL 32644. tfnJe --------CASH PAID FOR JUNK CARS. $200 and up. 352771-6191. 12/15Jp --------A/C INSTALLERS AND HELPERS Â– must be experienced with valid driverÂ’s license. Call or stop by and apply at All Seasons Heating & Air, 1525 NW 26 Ave, Chie and. (352) 4934888 12/8Jb410 HOUSE FOR SALEFOR SALE BY OWNERIN BLACK JACK ESTATES: 5191 NE 107 Court, Bronson, FL 3 bedrooms/2.5 baths, 1.4 acres, 1800sq/ ft living area, $100 closing costs. Financing available. 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LandOwnerFinancing.com or call 352-215-1018. 1/12Jp --------2/3 ACRE Â– BRONSON: Beautifully wooded parcel! Just 1 blk off HWY 27. Owner Financing! NO DOWN PAYMENT! Only $132/mo. Total $12,900.00. www.LandOwnerFinancing. com or call 352-215-1018. 1/12/12Jp --------5 ACRES WILLISTON: 6671 NE 131 Ave. WELL SEPTIC & POWER! Gorgeous Oak Shaded Homesite! Fenced! Perfect for Horses! Owner Financing! NO DOWN PAYMENT! $69,900.00 Only $613/mo www. LandOwnerFinancing.com or call 352-215-1018. 1/12Jp --------FOR SALE BY OWNER: Prosperous residential land for sale, charming and spacious 5-acre lot in Meadowland Estates in Levy County, great site for home or pasture, not wooded. $35,000 negotiable. Call 706-465-3081, ask for Bennie. Serious buyers only. 12/15Jp445 WANTED TO BUYJUNK CARS BOUGHT: $150 Â— $1,000. CALL 352453-7159 tfnJp --------CASH PAID FOR JUNK CARS. $200 and up. 352771-6191. 12/15Jp500 FOR SALELUMBER FOR SALE Â— Pine, cherry and cypress. 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The Levy County Journal8ADecember 8, 2011www.levyjournalonline.com Your Locally-Owned Paper of Record since 1923 See dealer for complete details. Some restrictions apply. Expires 12/31/2011. ChieÂ”and, FL 32644www.allseasonschieÂ”and.comLicense # CAC057426 Your Comfort is Our Concern FREEUV LIGHT & 5ÂŽ FILTER WITH THE PURCHASE OF A 15 SEER CARRIER HEAT PUMP SEER CARRIER HEAT PUMP Â… STARTING AT $4,380 HURRY! ORDER RIGHT NOW AND TAKE 20%* OFFVisit ProFlowers.com/Cute or call 888-470-5492 owers | plants | centerpieces | gift baskets | gourmet gifts Join over 12 Million People Who Have Found a Better Way to Send Flowers SPECIAL OFFER: 20%* OFF *Minimum product purchase of $29.99. Does not apply to gift cards or certicates, same-day or international delivery, shipping & handling, taxes, or third-party hosted products (e.g. wine). Discount will appear upon checkout and cannot be combined with other offers or discounts. Offer expires 12/31/2011. Five loggers from Levy County Â… Chase Hodge, James Kelly, William Matthews, Jerry Newsome and Phil Parker Â… were recently awarded the designation of Florida Master Logger. Master Loggers are logging professionals trained in environmentally sound, safe and e cient logging practices. A total of 24 loggers from around the state received the Master Logger designation following completion of the three-day education program held at Catholic Parish Hall, Perry, Fla. Nov. 15 through 17. e Master Logger course includes training in safety, business management, rules and regulations, timber security, environmental concerns, ethics and public relations. ese 24 Master Loggers now return to their businesses with enhanced credentials to o er logging and forestry services in this growing segment of the local and state economy. Forestry contributes $26.1 million to the Levy County economy. Approximately 223 employees work directly in the countyÂs forest industry, which generates a $7.8 million payroll. Forest products and paper companies within the state collectively generate $16.6 billion in manufactured products and create over 133,000 jobs in local communities. According to Bob Moore, Logger Education Program Consultant, Âthe program has as its goals the enhancement of professionalism among loggers, the improvement of the stateÂs quality of life, the provision of a continuing Â” ow of forest goods and services and the protection of environmental qualities of FloridaÂs forests.ÂŽ Now 497 loggers in Florida hold the title of Master Logger. Forests cover over 16 million acres in Florida--nearly 48% of the stateÂs total land area. e Master Logger program is sponsored by the Florida Forestry Association and the Florida Sustainable Forestry Initiative State Implementation Committee. For more information, please visit www. Â” oridaforest.org/master_logger.php. Five Levy County loggers (l-r), Chase Hodge, James Kelly, William Matthews, Jerry Newsome, and Phil Parker, were awarded Florida Master Logger designation.Levy County Master Logger AwardsAt the recent 4-H/ Tropicana county-wide speech contest at the Bronson Middle-High School auditorium, Williston Elementary School 5th grader Cayton Smith placed 2nd in the elementary division with his speech about "Why Video Games Are Good For Kids." Cayton, son of Crystal Vera and Caleb Smith, is in Kathy Brewington's class at WES. He also had the distinction of having the largest group of family members in attendance! Congratulations, Cayton! And thanks to Brenda Heberling and her 4-H assistants as well as the Board of County Commissioners for continuing to support public speaking competitions in Levy County. WES 5th Grader Places 2nd in Speech ContestAdopting and beautifying Rt 24, from left to right, were: Ralph Selby, Joan Selby, George Sresovich, Dale Register, Sarah Cardona, Judy Duvall, Paula Wescott, Teri Brennan, Lannie Cardona, Frank Molitor, Susan Hollandsworth. Not pictured: Pete Petrie and Rory Brennan. Cedar Key Lions Adopt Rt. 24 e Cedar Key Lions Club put their feet to the pavement picking up trash along 2 miles of Rt 24 leading into Cedar Key. ere were a record thirteen members and volunteers participating and collecting 15 bags of trash, construction debris, and stray styrofoam coolers. ank you Cedar Key Lions Club for your beautiÂ“ cation project.Partners for Promise Connects Businesses with Families A new campaign to engage businesses with children, seniors and families across the state was announced by Gov. Rick Scott and Department of Children and Families Secretary David Wilkins. e Partners for Promise program will recognize the ingenuity and compassion so many have shown around the state and provide these ideas as a model for other programs. We will seek and collect o ers to volunteer in each community and match them with appropriate needs. "I've spoken to a lot of businesses this year, and it became very clear that each felt a responsibility to not only work in their communities, but to play a part in making life better in their communities," said Secretary Wilkins. e potential for Partners for Promise is really only limited by our imagination." Businesses all around the state are already helping out in many ways, from providing free hair cuts to foster children before school starts to making over a foster home to tutoring a child who needs help with school. Gov. Scott and Secretary Wilkins were joined today by many business leaders, including those from AT&T, Starbucks, Wells Fargo and Centennial Bank. Leaders from the Florida Chamber of Commerce, the Florida Mentorship Partnership, Big Bend Community Based Care and the Guardian ad Litem programs also attended in support of this initiative. is program will encourage Florida's businesses, large and small, to share their time through volunteering, mentoring or tutoring, and their resources to help build strong, productive communities. e Partners for Promise program really crystallizes the impact businesses have on every town, city and community in Florida. Investing in a business in Florida means investing in the future of your community," said Gov. Scott. "It is exciting to collaborate with the natural inspirational spirit that is necessary to succeed in business and share that passion in ways that make life better through volunteering e orts." e program will focus on "Five Promises for Florida" where volunteering e orts are so critically needed: Â€ Promise of Academic Success focus on foster children mentoring and education. Â€ Promise of Family Prosperity focus on coaching families out of poverty. Â€ Promise of Healthy Living helping those who are either recovering from addictions as well as those who may be pregnant and in need of shortterm help. Â€ Promise of Child Safety building stability in families during times of crisis. Â€ Promise to Support our Seniors. Our website will provide contacts for those seeking to volunteer. And in each local community, a Department and Children and Families Community Development Administrator will work closely with businesses and others to determine needs unique in their hometowns and Â“ nd ways to help. For more information about this great initiative, please go to our website at www. Â” partnersforpromise.com. AÂ nu-U Full Service Salon 444 NW Main St., Williston, FL 32696 Call for an Appointment (352) 529-2688 Newly ExpandedB .Our Spa packages are now here! NEW TANNING BEDS $ 5 offany serviceexcluding tanningexpires 3/12 MitchÂs Gold & Diamonds The Partners for Promise website will connect businesses with the families, children or seniors they would like to help.
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