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  • Kauffman needs a liver

    Ervin Kauffman, president of the Williston Lions Club, learned this summer that he needs a liver transplant.

    Funds are needed to offset costs not covered by insurance and NATF–the National Transplant Assistance Fund will help Kauffman in a fund-raising effort while he waits for his transplant.

    NTAF has a 26-year record of success helping families address financial hardships arising from uninsured medical expenses related to transplantation.

  • County budget needs to diet

    The Levy County Commission on Tuesday asked the Sheriff’s Office and any department that has not cut its budget to go back to the drawing board and pare their requests.

  • City budget will be helped by ‘retiring out’, including police chief

    The revised budget for the 2010-2011 fiscal year has been approved, and it looks like the city of Williston can breathe a little easier.

    While the city still struggles with numerous years of coming up in the red, several offices of the city will see an increase in funding and assets.

    With the payoff of one of the "pumper trucks" in addition to new bonuses for volunteer fire fighters, the city fire department brought down its budget overhead by over $9,000. Debt for the water department also came down by $1,000.

  • Road closed for crossing replacement

    The railroad crossing on State Road (S.R.) 500/U.S. 27 just west of Southeast Eighth Street in Williston is scheduled to be replaced and will close the road for two days next week, according to Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT).

    The closure is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 28 and be completed by 5 p.m. Friday, July 30, barring any unforeseen conditions including rainy weather.

  • How is your summer going?

    The Williston Pioneer is looking for pictures of what you’re doing this summer. E-mail your photos to editor@willistonpioneer.com or bring them by our office at 37 S. Main St.

    Photos of you enjoying summer will be printed in the Aug. 12 edition.

  • Company looks to Williston for future

    Hoseline Inc., one of only three companies that manufactures air conditioning and heating units for emergency vehicles and handcart units used by troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, took a step toward their long-range goal of moving to Williston.

    The family-owned company’s request for a change in the Levy County Future Land Use Plan for 10.58 acres on County Road 316 and U.S. Highway 27 was approved last week by the Levy County Board of County Commissioners.

  • County looks for budget slice

    No one asked Levy County Sheriff Johnny Smith about the 3 percent pay raise he gave deputies in May when he spoke at the Levy Board of County Commissioners’ budget workshop on Monday.

    When Smith mentioned it, he was told how he spends money budgeted by the commissioners is up to him. He was also told to cut his request down by 5 percent from this year’s funding.

  • Free puppet show Monday

    A free performance of puppetry by the Red String Wayang Theatre will be held Monday, July 19 at 5:30 p.m. at the Williston Public Library, 10 SE First St.

    The program is made possible with funding from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the arts and the Florida departmentof State Division of Cultural Affairs. Additional funding was provided by the Appleton Museum Endowment for Instruction and Library.

  • Camp Safe Haven is Saturday

    Sadness, anger, confusion — these are some of the feelings people experience when dealing with grief. However, children and adults do not grieve in the same way, so a different counseling approach is needed.

  • Pioneer, Citizen win eight FPA awards

    Reporters and editors for the Williston Pioneer and the Chiefland Citizen walked away last week with eight writing awards from the Florida Press Association during its annual luncheon celebrating its Better Newspaper Contest.