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  • Williston angler competing for $500,000 cash

     The Forrest Wood Cup presented by Walmart, the world championship of bass fishing, will return to Lake Murray and the Columbia, S.C. area Aug. 14-17 to crown bass fishing’s top angler of 2014. Hosted by Capital City/Lake Murray Country Regional Tourism, the tournament will feature 45 of the world’s best bass pros and co-anglers casting for the sport’s biggest awards – $500,000 cash in the pro division and $50,000 cash in the co-angler division.

  • Candidates meet, greet and answer questions at forum

     

    By Lou Elliott Jones

    If anyone came expecting fireworks at the candidates forum hosted by VFW Post 5625 and the Chiefland Citizen, they were likely to come away disappointed. But hopefully they came away better informed. 

  • Levy County Sheriff's Report

     The Levy County Sheriff’s Office reports the following arrests:

    • Aug. 2, Joey Berry, 26, Trenton, open container, possession of drug equipment. Bond $1,000.

  • Road dedication memorializes Cpl. David Moss

     

    The only Williston police officer to die in the line of duty was forever memorialized last week when a portion of Noble Avenue was named The Cpl. David W. Moss Memorial Highway.

    Moss was 31 when he died July 30, 1988 pursuing a car thief.

  • Ground broken for new school

     

    If the walls could talk, they would tell stories of romance, tales of adventure, fears of the unknown, unspeakable sorrows and dreams of the future.

    For more than 80 years, the walls of Williston High School have heard just about everything–most things repeated many times over.

  • Free school give away Aug. 9

    First Baptist Church of Williston will hold its 4th Annual Back 2 School FREE Clothes Giveaway; Aug. 9 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.

    The inventory is low and the church asks for your donations.

    Please ask your friends and neighbors for new and/or gently used children’s clothing, jackets, shoes and socks and donate them to First Baptist Church Williston at 339 East Noble Ave. (across the street from Drummond Bank)

  • Mustang owners, lovers wanted

    In honor of the 50th anniversary of the debut of the Ford Mustang, the Williston Pioneer is seeking individuals in the greater Williston area who own a Mustang at least 20 years or older, or who have owned Mustangs during their life.

    Ford unveiled the Mustang in April 1964. If you have a story to share and pictures and you would be willing to share your love of Mustangs, email editor@willistonpioneer.com with your contact information.

  • Tax-free weekend starts Saturday

    Florida's tax-free holiday can help families save a lot of money when getting their children ready to go back to school.

    Gov. Rick Scott reminds families of the 2014 sales tax-free holiday beginning Aug. 1.

    With the new school year approaching, parents and students can save money on their back to school shopping with the sales tax-free holiday from Aug. 1 through Aug. 3.

  • Williston weighs three options on sinking building

    The building that houses the Williston Fire and Police departments is showing visible unsettling almost daily and now the city has to decide which option to correct it is most viable.

    Last week, City Manager Scott Lippmann said that discussion with the city’s insurer led to three possible solutions.

    The first–and the insurance company’s recommendation–is to fill the low spots with grout.

  • State Winner

    Williston Pioneer editor Carolyn Ten Broeck won two awards in the Florida Press Association's Better Newspaper Contest.

    Ten Broeck earned a first place finish for Best Headline with "The mechanic had hot pink nails" and took second place in General News Story for "Thanksgiving behind bars", the story of the Patas monkey that ran amok in Williston.

    Judges wrote about the first place finish: "Very creative and engaging-it almost has a noir sound to it. Not only is it clever, it captures the essence of the story. Well done!"