Features http://www.willistonpioneer.com/features/todaysfeatures en ZTA honors Mary Gene Bailey French http://www.willistonpioneer.com/content/zta-honors-mary-gene-bailey-french <img src="http://www.willistonpioneer.com/sites/www.willistonpioneer.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/french1.jpg" alt="A teacher for many years and an almost-75 year member of Zeta Tau Alpha, Mary Gene Bailey French holds the certificate and charm she received from the International Office of ZTA, signed by president Carolyn Hof Carpenter. French belonged to the Beta Psi chapter of ZTA at Stetson University in DeLand." title="A teacher for many years and an almost-75 year member of Zeta Tau Alpha, Mary Gene Bailey French holds the certificate and charm she received from the International Office of ZTA, signed by president Carolyn Hof Carpenter. French belonged to the Beta Psi chapter of ZTA at Stetson University in DeLand." align="left" hspace="6" width="57" height="85" /><p class="p3"> College can be such a daunting experience&hellip;living away from home for the first time, trying to figure out where you fit in, learning to adapt to such a totally different environment. For local retired teacher Mary Gene Bailey French, joining a sorority was a real life saver! And recently, she received a certificate and white violet charm, recognizing her almost-75 years of membership in Zeta Tau Alpha.</p> 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-59 <p> September</p> <p> Book Sale</p> <p> The Friends of the Williston Library will hold its Autumn Book Sale Saturday, Sept. 23 from 8:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. behind the library.</p> <p> Lions Club Car Show</p> <p> The Williston Lions Club will host a Car and Motorcycle Show Saturday, Sept. 23 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.</p> <p> Registration is 8-11 a.m. and is $10 in advance or $15 the day of the show.</p> <p> There will be a 50/50 drawing, live music from Chrome and a barbecue lunch will be available for purchase.</p> Happenings http://www.willistonpioneer.com/content/happenings-58 <p> September</p> <p> Lions Club Sale</p> <p> The Williston Lions Club, located at 401 SE 6th Ave., is holding a huge used furniture sale Sept. 16. Come check out the selections available.</p> <p> All proceeds are used for community based programs. The club is open Saturdays 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. and is also open Fridays 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.</p> <p> WWII Vets</p> Purple Pinkie Peanut Run hits ground running Oct. 7 http://www.willistonpioneer.com/content/purple-pinkie-peanut-run-hits-ground-running-oct-7 <p> The Rotary Club of Williston will host its 5th Annual Purple Pinkie Peanut Run Saturday, Oct. 7 to kick off the Peanut Festival. The event includes a 5K Fun Run or 1 Mile Walk open to all ages.</p> <p> Proceeds from the run go toward the Rotary Club of Williston&rsquo;s service projects, Levy County Youth programs and the Rotary International Purple Pinkie project.</p> <p> Registration is just $30 for adults and $15 for students.</p> Happenings http://www.willistonpioneer.com/content/happenings-57 <p> <strong>September</strong></p> <p> <em>CEE Luncheon</em></p> <p> Citizens for an Engaged Electorate hosts its monthly Open Discussion Luncheon Thursday, Sept. 7 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Melanie&#39;s Restaurant, 112 E. Noble in Williston. Join any discussion going on within the group or start one of your own. No topic is off-limits, so long as the discussion is kept respectful.</p> <p> For more information phone 352-465-8461 or e-mail citizensengaged2012@gmail.com.</p> <p> <em>Lions Club Sale<br /> </em></p>