Features http://www.willistonpioneer.com/features/todaysfeatures en After 26+ years, they’re shelving their careers http://www.willistonpioneer.com/content/after-26-years-they%E2%80%99re-shelving-their-careers <img src="http://www.willistonpioneer.com/sites/www.willistonpioneer.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/michelle.jpg" alt="Michelle Traylor and Mary Read smiled through veiled tears when taking about their 26 years together at Williston Public Library." title="Michelle Traylor and Mary Read smiled through veiled tears when taking about their 26 years together at Williston Public Library." align="left" hspace="6" width="62" height="85" /><p> It is said that when people are married for a number of years they develop the ability to finish each other&rsquo;s sentences&ndash;and sometimes thoughts.</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"> If it’s Simply Southern, it has to be wonderful http://www.willistonpioneer.com/content/if-it%E2%80%99s-simply-southern-it-has-be-wonderful <img src="http://www.willistonpioneer.com/sites/www.willistonpioneer.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/frontss.JPG" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="97" height="85" /><div id="cke_pastebin"> I was born and reared in Kentucky, resided in Georgia for 17 years and now Florida for eight. There&rsquo;s no question I am a Southern girl through and through.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> That fact has always been obvious, especially when I was with &nbsp;family and friends who lived in the North. They laughed at my accent and marveled at the way we did things in the South.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Clowning Around http://www.willistonpioneer.com/content/clowning-around <img src="http://www.willistonpioneer.com/sites/www.willistonpioneer.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/Clown 3.jpg" alt="Rusty the Clown" title="Rusty the Clown" align="left" hspace="6" width="70" height="85" /><p> People around the world are a little happier thanks to Rusty the Clown.&nbsp;</p> 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 /> Son wants to tell Bo Diddley’s story http://www.willistonpioneer.com/content/son-wants-tell-bo-diddley%E2%80%99s-story <img src="http://www.willistonpioneer.com/sites/www.willistonpioneer.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/did web.jpg" alt=" Ellas McDaniel Jr. talks about his father, Bo Diddley, in the home of Chiefland friend Duane Schwingel." title=" Ellas McDaniel Jr. talks about his father, Bo Diddley, in the home of Chiefland friend Duane Schwingel." align="left" hspace="6" width="57" height="85" /><p> Ellas McDaniel Jr. was just a year old when his father went from relative obscurity, driving an asphalt truck and playing rhythm and blues on the street corners of Chicago, to worldwide fame.<br /> &ldquo;He was trying to put diapers on me and my sister. That&rsquo;s what led him to play on street corners,&rdquo; McDaniel said last week from the home of Chiefland friend Duane Schwingel. &ldquo;My mother (Ethel) worked for the Polo Meat Co., cuttin&rsquo; up chickens.&rdquo;<br /> Strows marry at Grand Oaks Resort http://www.willistonpioneer.com/content/strows-marry-grand-oaks-resort <img src="http://www.willistonpioneer.com/sites/www.willistonpioneer.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/denuse.jpg" alt="Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Strow" title="Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Strow" align="left" hspace="6" width="94" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;Susie Alvarez became the bride of Dennis Strow Saturday, March 22 at Grand Oaks Resort in Weirsdale.</p> Miss Risner, Mr. Owens plan June nuptials http://www.willistonpioneer.com/content/miss-risner-mr-owens-plan-june-nuptials <img src="http://www.willistonpioneer.com/sites/www.willistonpioneer.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/casual_1.jpg" alt="Mr. Owens, Miss Risner" title="Mr. Owens, Miss Risner" align="left" hspace="6" width="57" height="85" /><p> Bill Risner of Canon, Ga. and Carolyn Ten Broeck of Williston announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Virginia Allison Risner of Royston, Ga. to Jeremy Loyd Owens of Elberton, Ga., son of the late Jerry and Diane Owens of Elberton.</p>