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  • Will code violators see tougher penalties?

    A request to the Williston City Council to make its ordinance for non-compliant property owners a bit more punitive has resulted in a total re-write of the law.

    Bruce Schupp, the newly appointed member to the Board of Adjustments and Code Enforcement (BACE), took matters into his own hands and wrote Chapter 48 of the code to make it pack a punch for those who fail to follow the law.

  • Light Up Williston Schedule

    7 p.m. Music by Mandy Fugate 

    7:10 p.m. Announcement of Chili Cook Off winners; Rotary Running of The Bells Winners; Parade Entries

    7:15 p.m. Megan Smith

    7:25 p.m. Welcome by Mayor Hethcoat; prayer

    7:30 p.m. Light Up Williston with Miss Williston, Jr. Miss Williston and Little Miss Williston

    7:35 p.m. Relay Invitation

    7:40 p.m. Christmas Story read by Senior Judge Joe Smith

  • Sabal opponents share concerns

    By Mike Wright

    Special to the Pioneer

    These are folks who don’t trust the government to protect them.

    So when federal agencies sign off on the 515-mile Sabal Trail natural gas pipeline through Alabama, Georgia and Florida, people like 30-year Dunnellon resident Janet Barrow don’t sit back and take their word for it.

    “I’ve been watching this project for three years plus,” Barrow said. “I open my mouth and tell as many people as I can.”

  • Goal: Boost teacher morale

    By Sean Arnold

    Staff writer

    The Levy County school district has made it a goal to reduce the achievement gap for students in poverty at Bronson Middle High School, while also focusing on improving teacher morale and mentoring in the county. 

  • Williston welcomes Christmas Saturday

    It promises to be a trip down memory lane, as young and old alike will converge on Williston Saturday for the annual day of Christmas festivities.

    The fun starts early at 8:30 a.m. with the Jingle Bell Jog for infants through eighth grade at Williston Elementary.

  • Students get an up close look at Old Florida

     Special to the Pioneer

    A Land Remembered Field Day was held Nov. 9 at Williston Middle High School’s agriscience department. 

    The living literature celebration included over 300 students schoolwide. It was an interactive event where students took a trip back in time exploring Florida’s agricultural history. 

  • Williston Christmas Parade Saturday 6 p.m.
  • Williston considers program to assist with engery efficiency

    Countless people lack the financial means to either repair or install products that cut down on energy costs and would be money savers in the long run.

    Now there's a program that can help homeowners manage those costs without breaking the bank.

    PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) was discussed at the Nov. 1 Williston City Council meeting, and again this week as a means of helping homeowners attain energy saving upgrades, such as roofing, HVAC and insulation.

  • Danny Stevens honored for 16 years service

    Levy County Commissioner Danny Stevens of Williston, (R-District 5), left office on Tuesday, Nov. 22. But before that, on Nov. 8, his fellow commissioners honored him for his 16 years of service on the board, which included serving as chairman. He was presented with a plaque of appreciation with a gavel. Commissioner Michael Joyner of Morriston said, “There’s a lot of wood in gulf hammock to roast you. You don't know how much I appreciate you — in your guidance and in the Bible.”

  • Tiffany Miles joins Pioneer staff

    Williston businesses have been greeted for the past three weeks by Tiffany Miles, who has joined the Pioneer staff as the advertising sales representative.

    A Chiefland native, and graduate of Chiefland High School, Miles entered the work force straight out of high school. 

    After working at LifeSouth, she became a corrections officer with the Department of Corrections in Lake City.

    Her husband, Bradley, is a detention officer in Alachua County and the couple has a son, Jacob, 6.