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Palms Medical Group
celebrates success

Chiefland Florida
The very moment when the ribbon is cut Thursday (Aug. 15) in front of the Chiefland office of Palms Medical Group (PMG) is seen here. Using the scissors at front and center are Palms Medical Group Chief Executive Officer Anita Riels (green dress) and Palms Medical Group Board of Directors President Gail Osteen (pink dress). Among the many other people in this picture are PMG Board of Directors Member Josh Elder, Dr. Stephen Falkowski, PMG Treasurer and Member of the Board of Directors Juan Henley, PMG Regional Manager and Williston CEO Jane Hurst, PMG Chiefland Pharmacist Michael Preston, Sheryl Burke-Jones, APRN, PMG Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of Finance Tiffany Bodiford, Tanner Turner and Tinley Turner, and Chiefland Chamber of Commerce Past President Dr. Bennitt Patterson.

Story, Photos and Video
By Jeff M. Hardison © Aug. 16, 2019 at 4:09 p.m.

     CHIEFLAND -- Palms Medical Group celebrated its success in Levy County with a ribbon-cutting and open house at the Chiefland office.


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In this silent five-second video, the ribbon is cut.

Chiefland Florida
Before the ribbon is cut, a broader view of the scene shows Palms Medical Group Chief Executive Officer Anita Riels, Palms Medical Group Board of Directors President Gail Osteen PMG Board of Directors Member Josh Elder, Dr. Stephen Falkowski, PMG Treasurer and Member of the Board of Directors Juan Henley, PMG Regional Manager (of the Williston and Chiefland offices) Jane Hurst, PMG Chiefland Pharmacist Michael Preston, Sheryl Burke-Jones, APRN, PMG Dental Manager Crystal Jones (who is at Williston, Trenton and Lake City offices), PMG Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of Finance Tiffany Bodiford, Tanner Turner, Tinley Turner, Crystal Jones, Chevy Jones, Chiefland Chamber of Commerce Past President Dr. Bennitt Patterson, Chiefland Chamber of Commerce Kathryn Lancaster and other individuals. Among the leaders also present at this event was PMG Vice President of Business Continuity and Client Relations and Safety Officer Jim Miller. In addition to Dr. Falkowski, Pharmacist Preston and APRN Burke-Jones, other key medical service providers at the Chiefland office include Dr. Mary Valletta, APRN Jessica Kozlowski and APRN Leah Weeks.

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Among the many support staff members at the Chiefland office who were present for the ribbon-cutting and open house are (seen here) Utilization Review Analyst Florence Whitmore, LPN, CPC; Patient Advocate Coordinator Charity Smith; Case Manager Brenda Moyer; Amanda Garner, LPN; Laura Sapp, LPN; Megan Sphaler, LPN; Caitlyn Strickland, CNA; and Shana Ross, medical assistant. The turnout of Palms Medical Group personnel from near and far, and from members of the Chiefland community was significant.

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Palms Medical Group Chief Executive Officer Anita Riels peaks about the work done to reach this point.

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Showing part of the Chiefland office’s area for children to play while waiting are Chevy Jones on the slide, and (from left) on the ladder leading through the tree house to the slide, Tinley Thomas, Case Jones and Tanner Turner. The area has iPads for children to use there as well as games.

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This cake was enjoyed as part of the post ribbon-cutting refreshments.

     Palms Medical Group Chief Executive Officer Anita Riels opened the program before the ribbon was cut by speaking to the people who came to join in the celebration.
     The facility at Chiefland grew from being pediatrics only with 1,500 square-feet with five exam rooms to become an office that cares for patients of all ages, including pre-natal, with 10,000 square-feet, 26 examination rooms and an in-house pharmacy, Riels said.
     “In 2008,” CEO Riels said after she thanked everyone for coming to the event, “Palms Medical Group Board of Directors made a decision to expand into Levy County, both in Chiefland and Williston.”
     The PMG leader said Palms Medical Group is excited to share the new facility in Chiefland with the community, the patients and staff members.
     Palms Medical Group now has offices in Live Oak and Branford (Suwannee County), Lake City-dental (Columbia County). Orange Park (Clay County), High Springs-administration (Alachua County), Starke (Union County), Bell and Trenton (Gilchrist County), and Chiefland and Williston (Levy County).
     Both the Chiefland and the Williston office opened within days of each other 10 years ago, Riels said.
     The new addition and renovation to the Palms Medical Group facility at 410 N. Main St., in Chiefland, is in the same complex with offices for Dr. William B. “Bill” Martin, orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics; Dr. Jennifer L. Brown-Jackson, a dentist; an eye care facility; and Dr. Floyd K. Richeson, a chiropractor.
      The Chiefland office of Palms Medical Group “was designed with our patients in mind,” Riels said, “by offering primary care, pharmacy and lab services in one location, and giving our patients access to addition services quickly and efficiently.”
     Riels noted her appreciation for everyone who helped bring this facility to fruition.
     “This progress has not come without a lot of hard work,” Riels said. “Many individuals have contributed to the growth of Palms Medical Group’s Chiefland office. I would like to say ‘Thank you’ to the staff for caring so much about our patients, who have put their trust into Palms to care for all of their families’ healthcare needs.
     “Without our patients,” Riels continued, “we would not be able to expand our offices and provide additional services to communities. So, again, ‘Thank you!’”
     In her opening speech, Riels helped remind people about the connection between medical service providers and their patients.
     “At Palms,” she said, “we strive to provide quality care to every patient who walks in the door. We truly want patients to be in touch with our staff, and providers, because we know that an informed patient is a happier and healthier one.”
     As she concluded her opening speech, the Palms Medical Group chief executive officer invited all listeners to tour the facility with one of the many qualified personnel to guide them through it.
     There were refreshments at the event as well, including a big sheet cake, fresh, chilled and sliced fruit, nuts, mints and bottled water.
     Palms Medical Group is a not-for-profit health care provider committed to bringing quality, affordable primary care and preventative services to people.
    The staff at PMG take great pride in offering patients a full range of evidence-based, healthcare services for all the stages of their lives. With multiple locations throughout North Florida, same day scheduling, flexible hours and bilingual staff, Palms Medical Group gives patients the care they need, when and where they need it.
     In addition to primary care, Palms offers pediatric care, behavioral health, and dental services, as well as complementary alternative medicine such as chiropractic care.
     Several PMG locations have labs, X-ray equipment and a pharmacy under one roof, saving patients time and money. These facilities accept uninsured patients. For uninsured patients, Palms offers financial assistance which is a sliding fee scale based on income. No one is denied medical care because of lack of insurance or income.
     Also, a federally qualified community health center, Palms accepts most public and private insurance including Medicare and Medicaid patients.


Levy County poll worker
orientation scheduled;

Deadline to RSVP is Sept. 5
Published July 10, 2019 at 1:19 p.m.
Updated Aug. 17, 2019 at 8:19 am..
     BRONSON --
The Levy County Supervisor of Elections Office is scheduled to hold poll worker orientation on the dates below.
     This is a mandatory orientation for anyone interested in becoming a Levy County poll worker. The purpose of this orientation is to provide details about requirements of being a poll worker.
     Anyone who is interested may attend one of the following dates – Sept. 26 at 10 a.m. or Nov. 7 at 10 a.m.
     The orientation will be held at 421 S. Court St. in Bronson.
     Please use the side entrance of the Levy County Elections Office.
     If you plan to attend, please email to RSVP. The deadline to RSVP is Sept. 5. For more information, please call 352-486-5163.


Farm share slated
to return to Chiefland;

30,000 pounds anticipated
for single-day dispensing

Chiefland Florida
Beverly Goodman, manager of Tri-County Community Resource Center, speaks to the Chiefland City Commission Monday night (Aug. 12) about Farm Share distributing free food.

Story and Photos
By Jeff M. Hardison © Aug. 14, 2019 at 3:19 p.m.
Beverly Goodman, manager of Tri-County Community Resource Center, received a consensus of approval from the Chiefland City Commission members present Monday night (Aug. 12) in regard to Farm Share distributing free food.
     Just as it did on Nov. 17, 2018, the Saturday before Thanksgiving 2019, this will happen in the parking lot of Strickland Park.
     It is again slated for the Saturday before Thanksgiving – which will be Nov. 23, 2019, starting at 9 a.m. until the food runs out.
     Last year, Goodman said, volunteers gave away 15,000 pounds of food, and there was a need to turn away 30 to 40 cars, because the food ran out before the end of the line of recipients. That 15,000 pounds of food last year, she said, went into 300 to 400 vehicles with more than 1,000 people being served last year, she said.
     This year, she said, there is 30,000 pounds of food scheduled to be given away for free, to any person, regardless of income.
     When asked by a city commissioner, Goodman said students who want to earn community service hours can volunteer for this event by calling the Tri-County Community Resource Center, or by calling it to contact her.
     Goodman mentioned that the local Catholic church gives away food through the Farm Share twice a month.
     The previously published story about the Catholic church in the Chiefland area helping people in that manner can be viewed by clicking HERE.


Nature Coast Florida
Master Gardeners complete
Back the Blue Project

Story and Photos
By Christine Hentschel
Published Aug. 14, 2019 at 2:19 p.m.
     TRENTON --
A lot of you have been wondering about it. What the heck is going on over at the Gilchrist Sheriff’s Office?
     Here’s what’s happening and why it’s happening. I heard that the landscaping at GCSO was in pretty rough condition. After observing first-hand, the barren, weed-laden gardens, the parched soil, and the dead plants in broken planters, I had an idea followed by a vision of what to do about this sad situation.
     Consequently, a hard-working group of us Nature Coast Florida Master Gardeners quickly headed toward the common goal of beautifying the landscape to give it a delightful, welcoming ambience and to encourage Gilchrist peacekeepers with tangible appreciation for all they do.

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     Florida Master Gardeners are trained by the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. Their knowledge and activities are this land grant university at work -- connecting research to local communities, specifically here bringing applied research to the Tri-County Area of Levy, Dixie and Gilchrist counties, and to the Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office.
     If we were bakers, perhaps a monthly delivery of delicious pastries and cakes would show our appreciation of law enforcement, but fortunately - or maybe unfortunately depending on your particular appetite - we are “plant-a-holic” gardeners, and planting flowers is what we do. So, we specified our goal:
     To beautify the landscape
     To show appreciation for law enforcement
     To provide a “Florida Friendly Landscape”
     To give back to the community and make people aware of the Florida Master Gardener program and what it can do for your community
     And we went to work. We started with an assessment of the project—measuring, coming up with a design plan and a cost benefit analysis of what supplies we would need and what the total cost would be. We had a commitment from six Nature Coast Master Gardeners to volunteer with their areas of expertise for the manual labor of trimming, tilling, preparing the soil, adding organic soil amendment (manure), planting, mulching, and potting flowers. Incidentally, the average age of the volunteers for the project, including two husbands for irrigation installation, is 68 years old, not counting one teenager for additional muscle.
     To realize this project, Master Gardeners had no money, no stipend, no budget, and no grants. None of us were independently wealthy to fund the project, so we decided that if other people deemed the project as worthy as we did, we could ask for donations from the community and see what happened. If all else failed, we could do a scaled down version of our vision by planting wild flowers or robbing our own gardens to create at least a “57 Variety Heinz” style garden.
     We used a flyer I created for explaining our mission and objectives, put our big girl pants on, and made cold calls on local businesses, people we knew in the community, friends, and neighbors and asked for support in any way possible for plants, supplies, or monetary donations. And we finally dubbed our project “BACK THE BLUE.”
     We elicited the help of and the Gilchrist County Journal to assist us with getting the word out. Both were very gracious and generous, and because of the exposure we received from their notices, we were contacted by entities we never would have thought of approaching who were willing to support our work.
     There was a heartwarming response to our plea for help from individuals, businesses, entities, and grassroots organizations by way of tangible donations and private funding and supplying. We are happy to say that we raised exactly what we needed to bring the envisioned project to completion without skimping.
     To reiterate and be completely clear:
     The Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office landscaping project was 100 percent funded by community donations!
     100 percent of all the supplies provided was donated.
     100 percent of all the services provided was from volunteers.
     100 percent of all deliveries was from volunteers in their private vehicles.
     100 percent of design, planning, and installment was provided by volunteers.
     100 percent of advertising was provided by local communications businesses.
     100 percent of the cost of the specialty planter created from a Crown Victoria detective’s car trunk was donated by Gilchrist County Recycling.
     We Master Gardeners pride ourselves on frugality, efficiency, recycling, and repurposing in order to be good stewards of the environment AND, in this case, of the generous donations we received. We acquired organic manure as opposed to costlier processed and packaged Black Kow compost. We purchased stone, soil, and mulch in bulk, beyond that which was donated, in order to stretch our funds. We repurposed old planter pots, beyond new ones donated, by spray painting and patching. We used donated flowers for augmentation and even propagated hundreds of new plants from tubers of rescued plants on site.
     And, of course, we bought sale priced plants and stole others from our personal landscapes.
     We chose drought-tolerant, easy maintenance, disease-resistant plants to place the “Right Plant in the Right Place” for a “Florida Friendly Landscape.” We want this GCSO landscape to endure.
     We were able to install a micro-irrigation system in the Heritage Rose Garden part of the project. A retired citrus grower donated the system. We have plans to install another irrigation system in the front garden when it is completed.
     Everyone is talking about the specialty planter, made from the trunk of a detective’s car, anchoring the front garden. It is the creation of Dan Beyer from Gilchrist Recycling. Truly the focal point of the entire front garden, this car is our exciting original Piccaso. Planting around it still needs tweaking and finishing touches, but it’s a fun and exciting piece of our work.
     The core group of Nature Coast Master Gardeners (Gilchrist, Levy and Dixie counties) carrying out all the tasks for this project are Sue Stockman, Linda Rees Gurney, Melissa Mauer, Susan Harris, Mary Tracy, and, yours truly, Christine Hentschel.
     We were all able to apply and disseminate the research from UF’s IFAS—what we learned in the classroom—to the project. We also know that what we learned from this project will be applicable to future projects we will involve ourselves in. Without the generosity of the core group, their endurance in the summer’s hot and humid weather, and their tenacity to getting a job done and doing it well, this endeavor would never have been possible.
     Hats off to this group of women Master Gardeners! And hats off to the Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office personnel who richly deserve the fruits of this achievement!
     Assignment Complete, or “10-98,” in "Tens Code" lingo.
     (Although 10-98 also means "prison break" for some agencies, it mostly is understood as “Assignment Complete.”)


City Council hears requests
Williston Florida
Janice Fugate (left) tells the Williston City Council about a stormwater retention issue. City Council Vice President Marguerite Robinson is at the right in the photo.

Story and Photos
By Jeff M. Hardison © Aug. 10, 2019 at 9:19 a.m.
Among its various actions, the Williston City Council heard about an alleged flooding issue and about an employee’s retirement health insurance situation Tuesday night (Aug. 6).

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(from left) Williston City Council Vice President Marguerite Robinson. City Councilman Justin Head and Mayor Jerry Robinson perform their civic duty Tuesday night (Aug. 6) as they consider matters.


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(from left) Williston City Council President Nancy Wininger, City Councilman Charles Goodman and City Councilman Elihu Ross perform their civic duty Tuesday night (Aug. 6) as they consider matters.

     While City Attorney Frederick L. Koberlein Jr. had a planned and excused absence from the meeting, local attorney W. Blake Fugate was listed on the agenda to speak about stormwater runoff that allegedly has increased since the city improved Heritage Park.
     Janice Fugate, however, spoke on behalf of the interested parties about the issue with flooding the family is seeing at the Williston-based law office of attorney Norm D. Fugate, rather than attorney W. Blake Fugate because he was not in attendance.
     The Williston law office of Norm D. Fugate, located at 248 N.W. Main St. is across the street to the west from Heritage Park, which is also known as Linear Park, so named because it runs between and  parallel with Main Street (State Road 121) and Northwest Main Street (which is actually west of Main Street, which is the east-west dividing line in the city) from Northwest First Avenue to Fourth Avenue.
     Noble Avenue (U.S. Alt 27) is the North-South dividing line in the city.
     Information from the Levy County Property Appraiser’s Office shows 1981 as the date for “conditioned area” and an “actual built” date of 2003 for the house that is now the law office. The structure looks like a residence from the exterior but it functions as a one-story office building.
     Cookie King’s real estate office also allegedly is affected by the reported increase in Heritage Park stormwater runoff at Main Street and Northwest Third Avenue, which is said to be as a result of the improvements at Heritage Park.
     King was present at the meeting that night as well.
     Adding impervious parking may have increased the amount of runoff from rain in the area, according to some of the comments made at that regular twice-monthly City Council meeting.
     Janice Fugate opened her part of the discussion by asking Williston City Council members if there is “anything in the works” to solve the reported flooding dilemma, which she and some of her neighbors allegedly are enduring. Other property owners who are downstream on the “Northwest Third Avenue River” were not present for the meeting.
     City Councilman Charles Goodman clarified Fugate’s point by stating it was the new construction at Heritage Park that the Fugates and King are saying caused the added stormwater runoff going to their property, which is not dissipating or draining in a timely manner from their perspective.
     Where Northwest Main and Third Avenue connect, she said, is making Third Avenue into “a river” rather than a road when it rains now. Fugate said she appreciates the city adding sod on the right-of-way to help absorb some of the runoff; however, her family now sees water standing under the office building.
     Fugate said she does not know if there is any recourse available, nor does she know who provided the engineering for the stormwater runoff from the Heritage Park improvements.
     Councilman Goodman asked City Manager Scott Lippmann and Utilities Director C.J. Zimoski if they were aware of this reported flooding problem.
     Zimoski and Lippmann said this issue has been reviewed.
     As for the water, “You either put it in the park, and there is only so much elevation there in which to put or else it flows down Third (Avenue),” Zimoski explained.
      The utilities director said there has been flooding at that intersection historically.
     The two choices with what to do with the stormwater is to keep it in the park or send it down Third Avenue.
     The nearest storm-drain to this point, Zimoski said, is by Northwest Fourth Street near the nursing home. That storm drain, though, is already overburdened with stormwater that it cannot drain quickly enough.
     He added that the Southwest Florida Water Management District wants rainwater to stay where it falls, or naturally flow to wherever it goes.
     “The state won’t let us build berms to divert it off your property,” he told Fugate, “unless we have a place to put it.”
     Zimoski shared with listeners that the city applied for Small County Outreach Program grants from the Florida Department of Transportation to help with stormwater drainage projects, but the city’s requests were rejected. The notice of the denial, he added, was received by the city a month ago.
     King said a previous dip in the land that existed on the park side of the street has been graded out, flattened out, so that now the water that used to be in that “ditch” now flows across the street to her property and the Fugate property.
     Council Vice President Marguerite Robinson suggested creating a new ditch there. Council President Nancy Wininger suggested that City Manager Lippmann and Utilities Director Zimoski find an engineer to find a solution.
     “It goes back to a very simple philosophy,” Zimoski said in response to Wininger’s suggestion of hiring an engineer. “Do you want the edge of the road three feet deep to hold the water? Or do you want it to be on the road? There’s no other choices in this.
     “There’s nowhere to divert the water to,” he continued. “We got as many complaints about the water sitting on the edge of the road, with the depth it was, as we are getting now.”
     Zimoski said the illusion that elevations have been changed exists because hills were graded. The elevation of land upstream from the Fugate property has not changed, he explained. The placement of sod in areas there, he added will provide for rainwater to be better absorbed than when it was just dirt.
     A Florida Department of Transportation retention pond a couple of blocks away in Heritage (or Linear) Park that accepts runoff from the road, is at a higher elevation than this intersection on Main Street. City Manager Lippmann said to put water from the low point near the King and Fugate property would require the water to go uphill.
     King mentioned that any development which adds impervious structures is required to provide drainage or retention. Fugate said she saw no exemption for the city government from codes related to stormwater runoff and development.
     “I can’t put in a development and swamp my neighbor,” Fugate said. “And really, that’s what’s happened here. We all acknowledge both of those houses (the Fugate and King office buildings) have been there forever, and it is the lowest place on the street.”
     It was not until after Heritage Park-Linear Park had improvements that this level of flooding was experienced by those two property owners, Fugate said. No person mentioned if rainfall had been abnormally high during these reported flooding events.
     City Council President Wininger asked Fugate if she wanted an engineer to try to find a method for relieve from the reported flooding problem.
     City Council Vice President Robinson said she anticipates seeing Fugate at the next City Council meeting.

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WPD Deputy Chief Clay Connolly speaks to the Williston City Council giving them an offer that could save the city 50 percent in costs from covering his health insurance for three years after his pending retirement.

     Williston Police Chief Deputy Clay Connolly, 66, is on the brink of retirement from the Williston Police Department.
     In the current Williston City Employee Human Resources rules, Connolly will qualify as the first employee ever to retire after serving 25 or more years. He has dedicated 31 tears of his life to public service in law enforcement.
     “An employee retiring from the City of Williston who is at least 62 years old and has worked for the city 25 years or more, and who at the time of retirement has been covered by the city’s health insurance plan for at least the past five years,” the city policy notes, “will be offered continuous health insurance coverage on him or her under the city’s group health insurance plan until he or she reaches age 65 or a maximum of three years at no cost to the employee.”
     Connolly, who is 66, said he qualifies for three years of health insurance coverage by the city.
     He provided an opportunity for the city to simply pay one part of the Medicare benefits he receives, which would be about 50 percent less in cost than if the city provided to cover him for the next three years under the group health insurance plan.
     City Attorney Koberlein was not present for the meeting. Connolly said the time is here for him to let the Social Security Administration know about his intent for coverage as he retires, and he hopes the city leaders can make a decision relatively quickly on his offer to potentially save the city money.
     One potential side effect of Connolly becoming the potential first eligible retiring city employee for this benefit could be some revision to the city’s human resources policies related to retiring employees. 
     Like the discussion with reported flooding levels increasing at an intersection in the city, the question of this benefit for the upcoming retiree may be answered soon by the Williston City Council.

Surgeon gives journalist
green light for splint removal

This photo shows the back side of Jeff Hardison’s healed left arm and wrist. This was the second time that wrist healed after it was broken.

Story and Photos
By Jeff M. Hardison © Aug. 7, 2019 at2:49 p.m.
Dr. Jason T. Shinn, a surgeon with The Orthopaedic Institute, on Tuesday evening (Aug. 6) told journalist Jeff M. Hardison that a CT scan on Monday (Aug. 5) shows indications that the publisher is healing enough for him to quit wearing a splint on his left arm.

The light-colored scar line seen traversing through the eagle tattoo reflects the excellent skill of the surgeon after he installed hardware in the arm. That line is almost invisible.

This dark area on the wrist facing a mirror reflects where the bones came out of the skin during the accident. The compound fracture forced the journalist to spend two days in a hospital to avoid infection complications. Relatively invisible there, is a scar from a slight incision required for surgery at that site. The tee-shirt says 'Make all the right moves at The St. Petersburg Chess Club.' ( ) The tee-shirt is a 20th century model, having been obtained some time before 1999.

     Hardison suffered from bones in his arm and wrist breaking Dec. 8, 2019. He fell on U.S. Highway 19 in Chiefland as he was running backwards to take a picture of a float and he tripped on a reflector. All of his weight and that of the equipment he was carrying went to one point as his left arm hit the highway.
     He did not get that photo.
     Dr. Shinn put a rectangular shaped metal plate, four screws and seven pins in the Ulna and wrist bones to hold them together. The bones did not fuse in the first 90 days, which allowed Blue Cross Florida to fund an Orthofix brand of bone-enhancement device.
     Dr. Shinn said Tuesday that while a radiologist did not perceive the same level of bone fusing as the surgeon did, Dr. Shinn felt comfortable in telling the journalist that he could lift things without the use of the splint on his arm. All of the metal hardware was remaining intact and bone growth is detected, Dr. Shinn said.
     Also, if the patient wanted, he could stop the three-hour nightly sessions of wearing the bone-growth enhancer, his orthopedic surgeon told him.
     “That’s good news for me,” Hardison told Dr. Shin as he thanked the surgeon for his extraordinary and excellent work.
     The writer-photographer chose to use the bone-enhancer during the evening coverage of the Williston City Council on Tuesday night, though, because Hardison had carried the device through his afternoon visit to the Dixie County Public Library in Cross City, from whence he went to McDonald’s in Williston for supper before going to Williston City Hall for the meeting that night.
     Dr. Shinn advised the patient to return to The Orthopaedic Institute in Gainesville in a few months for what should be a final X-ray of the totally healed bones. The metal hardware will remain in place.
     “With this metal in my arm,” Hardison joked, “and with two sets of CT scans, and all of the other X-rays, I should have some sort of super powers now. I’ve read the comic books. I’ve seen the movies.”
     This is the second set of metal hardware being placed in the man’s body. A larger metal plate and five screws were surgically placed in the then-teenager’s left femur to hold it together after a motorcycle crash in 1971.
     This was the second time that wrist was broken, with the first being in Boca Grande decades ago.
     This 2019 accident was the second time that arm was broken, too, with the first being in 1971 when Hardison was hit from behind by a drunken driver who plowed into a Honda motorcycle where the then high school student was riding on the back of it.
     Hardison later broke his left clavicle during an unofficial bicycle race with his friend Mark Ferguson many decades ago in St. Petersburg.
     Hardison’s lower two left leg bones were broken when the then-child was run over by a bicycle when he was in kindergarten.
     “I’ve had some broken bones,” Hardison said. “From my perspective, they heal in six weeks. This time it took more than seven months. I guess healing takes longer when a person becomes older.”

Below are four links to previous stories about this injury, which include X-rays and a CAT scan.

Daily news website owner suffers serious injuries; After two days, returns to work (Dec. 11, 2018)

Journalist preps for 2019 (Jan. 26, 2019)

Journalist learns about bone issue (March 24, 2019)

Orthopedic surgeon orders CAT scan as publisher's bones mend (July 11, 2019)


Street Corner Prophet
Trenton Florida
Wally Williams stands on the southwest corner of Wade Avenue (State Road 26) and Main Street (U.S. Highway 129) in Trenton on Tuesday afternoon (July 30) wearing sandwich boards proclaiming his belief. For the past two centuries, the people governed by the laws of the United States of America have enjoyed freedoms protected in writing by the United State Constitution. For instance, The First Amendment notes ‘Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.’ This protects people from the government establishing one religion, or one church. It allows people to worship as they wish or not to believe in God. This one amendment also protects Americans from the government stopping them from speaking about their beliefs, or from the press presenting the public with information and opinions, and it prevents the government from stopping people from gathering in peace as they redress the government and petition it with what the people see as problems.

Photo By Jeff M. Hardison © July 31, 2019 at 9:19 a.m.


     On Feb. 1, 2011, came to exist on the Internet. On Nov. 1, 2011, The Christian Press section on The Life Page of started, which was about nine months after the start of the daily news website -- which officially began Feb. 1, 2011. The name "The Christian Press" was derived from an encounter a decade earlier in 2001 in St. Petersburg, when and where a man mentioned to a journalist that this particular journalist must work for "The Christian Press." Although the presumption byt he man about that journalist was incorrect and misplaced, the name sounded good. And the the journalist said that if he could work for The Christian Press, then that certainly would be the publication to serve.
     Since Nov. 1, 2011, The Christian Press section of this page has run daily devotionals from several individuals who contributed over the past years. There were two days in 2018 when the daily devotional did not run due to a journalist requiring emergency orthopedic surgery on bones in his left arm and wrist. That added metal, though, makes that part of that arm even more able to withstand forces. Many daily devotionals are pulled from Strength for Service to God and Country (Whitmore & Stone © 1942; Renewed 1969 by Norman E. Nygaard; Second revised edition © 2002 Abingdon-Cokesbury Press, Providence House Publishers). I note my appreciation for the use of those devotionals from that now-defunct publishing company. I welcome contributions of daily devotionals. Daily devotional authors are asked to please send only their original works to


Aug. 20, 2019  Tuesday at 8:29 a.m.


Read 1 Corinthians 13

     And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.
– Acts 4:31 (KJV)

     In the great classic war epic, Homer’s Iliad, the victory of Greece over Troy is postponed for 18 books out of 22, because two army generals of the Greeks quarrel over the very same issue that brought the war between the two countries. Isn’t this an example of our human inconsistencies? How easy, sometimes, to see Truth in the ideal and miss it in the real. Many a Sir Launfal travels afar in search for the Holy Grail, only to find that he passed it by over his own threshold. It was William Hogarth (1697-1764), the artist, who pictured a man in stocks for a private debt working on paper a scheme to pay the national debt. It is not growth when we lack power to control our power.
     Yours is a great mission. Nothing short of a universal standard of conduct; of the recovery of sacred human rights; of regard for persons as persons, and not for sex, color or caste; and of the protection and preservation of life has taken you from the restraining influences of home and loved ones. God give us all integrity that we shall not practice any means that will cancel such noble ends.
     By His supreme sacrifice, our Savior showed that there were values greater than mere existence. Most people die of something; he died for something, and all who have His spirit share a dedication for the kind of world He believed in and for which He gave us a blood transfusion. He has overcome death, but we must keep Him alive.
     O THOU SOURCE OF LIFE and Goal of all endeavor, give us, we pray Thee, inward integrity. Grant us freedom, not to do as we like, but to like to do as we ought. Take our little quota of service and use it until the day dawns and the shadows flee away. We make this prayer through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Rev. Dr. William P. Lemon (1882-1967)
First Presbyterian Church
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Strength for Service to God and Country
(Whitmore & Stone © 1942; Renewed 1969 by Norman E. Nygaard; Second revised edition © 2002 Abingdon-Cokesbury Press, Providence House Publishers)

Outdoor Truths Ministry

By Gary Miller © Aug. 19, 2019 at 9:39 a.m.
     We are quickly coming to everyone’s favorite time of year. The signs of summer’s close and the start of school, Labor Day, and another hunting season. Autumn in most states brings cool mornings and warm evenings. It’s the days that country folks enjoy the screen door and open windows. The air seems cleaner and fresher, and the once hazy skies are now as clear as a mountain stream. The most prominent signs of fall are the leaves that are changing from hues of green into colors as different as the trees themselves. My part of the country is known for the beautiful fall colors that cover the mountains like Joseph’s coat of many colors. During the summer months, from a distance, every tree looks the same. The hills seem covered with one big blob of green. And while the evergreens may stand out from their needles, the rest of the landscape is uniform. Each tree has thrived under the good conditions of spring and summer. When the pressure of fall comes each tree begins to show its own unique colors. Fall is not the time of plenty. It is the time of lack. This lack is what causes the leaves to turn. We might say that when each tree is under the pressure of a lack of sustenance it begins to show its true colors. The same can be said about us.
     Many times in our life we are forced under some pressure. One of the most common pressures is the one that comes from a perceived lack of what we need. As with any pressure we are squeezed to the point that what is inside comes out. We show our true colors. Now this doesn’t mean that one bad moment is the determining factor of who we really are. But pressure that is put on us over time will reveal what we are made of. What we need to understand is that many times, it is God who is applying the pressure to us. He is not doing it so He can find out what we will do – He already knows; but He is doing it so we can know and so we can see what is truly in our heart and if we really trust in God who has promised to provide everything we may need. 
     I’d love to speak at your next wild game dinner. Shoot me an email.
-- Gary Miller

Gary Miller has three books that are compilations of the articles he has written for nearly 15 years. He also speaks at game dinners and men’s groups for churches and associations.
Gary Miller's website is located at

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