Features http://www.willistonpioneer.com/features/todaysfeatures en Faith Bigger Than Fear http://www.willistonpioneer.com/content/faith-bigger-fear <img src="http://www.willistonpioneer.com/sites/www.willistonpioneer.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/dsc_0153.jpg" alt="Paige Douglas is all smiles after a 14-year battle with synovial sarcoma." title="Paige Douglas is all smiles after a 14-year battle with synovial sarcoma." align="left" hspace="6" width="57" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-indent: 9.0px; line-height: 11.5px; font: 11.0px 'Adobe Caslon Pro'"> <br /> If it weren&rsquo;t for the gauze pressure bandage around her knee, you&rsquo;d never know that Morriston&rsquo;s Paige Douglas is in a fight for her life.</p> Man with a big heart http://www.willistonpioneer.com/content/man-big-heart <img src="http://www.willistonpioneer.com/sites/www.willistonpioneer.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/dsc_03191.jpg" alt="Karon Johnson knows it’s a great day to be alive." title="Karon Johnson knows it’s a great day to be alive." align="left" hspace="6" width="59" height="85" /><div id="cke_pastebin"> Karon Johnson&rsquo;s smile is the first thing that greets you when he enters a room and it never leaves his face, even when sharing the adversity that plagues his life.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> While he is an imposing figure of a man, his voice is soft much like his demeanor. However, it is that smile that speaks loudly and proudly of who he is.&nbsp;</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Reared in Dunnellon, &nbsp;Johnson graduated with honors in 1997 and set out to work in his chosen career of juvenile corrections.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Lucky Penny http://www.willistonpioneer.com/content/lucky-penny <img src="http://www.willistonpioneer.com/sites/www.willistonpioneer.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/IMG_0148.JPG" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> It was a feat that ends up on morning TV talk shows.<br /> Monday, an 8-year-old Jack Russell out on her afternoon bathroom break disappeared.<br /> &ldquo;I&rsquo;d seen a turtle the day before,&rdquo; said the dog&rsquo;s owner, Patty Hatch, &ldquo;and thought she was following it.&rdquo;<br /> Indeed she had.<br /> Penny, the curious Jack Russell, had wandered the way of the turtle and somehow became trapped in the turtle/gopher hole.<br /> Happenings http://www.willistonpioneer.com/content/happenings-22 <p class="p1"> <i>August</i></p> <p class="p2"> &nbsp;</p> <p class="p3"> <b>Chief Yard Sale&nbsp;</b></p> <p class="p4"> The Chief Theatre in Chiefland will hold a yard sale Saturday, Aug. 27 from 9 a.m.-noon. There will be books, kitchen items, clothing and oddities all at rock bottom prices.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p2"> &nbsp;</p> <p class="p5"> <i>September</i></p> <p class="p6"> &nbsp;</p> <p class="p3"> <b>CEE Luncheon</b></p> Mr. and Mrs. James Dean celebrate 72 years of marriage http://www.willistonpioneer.com/content/mr-and-mrs-james-dean-celebrate-72-years-marriage <img src="http://www.willistonpioneer.com/sites/www.willistonpioneer.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/anniv.jpg" alt="Mr. and Mrs. Dean" title="Mr. and Mrs. Dean" align="left" hspace="6" /><p class="p1"> James and Betty Dean of Williston will celebrate their 72nd wedding anniversary on Sunday, Aug. 28.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1"> &nbsp;The couple was married in Ft. Lauderdale on Aug. 28, 1944 and moved from Miami to Williston in 1959.</p> <p class="p1"> Mr. Dean retired from the trucking business in 1987. &nbsp;Mrs. Dean is a homemaker. &nbsp;</p> <p class="p1"> The couple has one son, Mike Dean, and his wife, Wanda, of Thaxton, Miss. and one daughter, Cindy Tribby, and her husband, Brian, of Gainesville. &nbsp;</p> MacDonald-Stewart celebrate June nuptials http://www.willistonpioneer.com/content/macdonald-stewart-celebrate-june-nuptials <img src="http://www.willistonpioneer.com/sites/www.willistonpioneer.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_5612-2.jpg" alt="Mr. and Mrs. Jason Stewart" title="Mr. and Mrs. Jason Stewart" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> &nbsp;<span style="line-height: 20.4px;">Erin MacDonald and Jason Stewart were united in marriage Saturday, June 18</span><span style="line-height: 20.4px;">&nbsp; </span><span style="line-height: 20.4px;">at five o&#39;clock in the afternoon at the Hockley Valley Resort in Ontario, Canada. The bride is the daughter of Lori MacDonald of Ontario, Canada and the late Eric MacDonald.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 20.4px;">&nbsp;</span></p> Happenings http://www.willistonpioneer.com/content/happenings-21 <p> &nbsp;<i style="line-height: 20.4px;">August</i></p> <p class="p2"> &nbsp;</p> <p class="p3"> <b>Bloodmobile in Town</b></p> <p class="p4"> The bloodmobile will be at First Baptist Church Williston on Sunday, Aug. 21 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.&nbsp; Please come give the gift of life.</p> <p class="p5"> &nbsp;</p> <p class="p6"> <b>Baseball Tryouts</b></p> <p class="p4"> The Orlando Scorpions youth travel baseball program is holding fall tryouts for ages 9 through 12 on Tuesday Aug. 23, 6 to 8 p.m., at Diamond Sports Parks in Archer. The tryout fee is $30.&nbsp;</p> Happenings http://www.willistonpioneer.com/content/happenings-20 <p class="p1"> <i>August</i></p> <p class="p2"> <b style="line-height: 20.4px;">GospelFest&nbsp;</b></p> <p class="p4"> The 15th Annual Williston GospelFest will take place Saturday, Aug. 13 beginning at 4 p.m. at Unity Temple International Fellowship, 2351 NE 200th Ave., Williston.</p> <p class="p4"> Scheduled to perform are William Lavant, Derrian Brown, Danny Nunn, Nu Testament, The New Day Band, Lionel Walker and more.</p> <p class="p4"> Food and vendors will be onsite.</p> <p class="p4"> No admission, but a love offering will be received.</p>