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  • The Drowsy Chaperone to debut

    Suwannee Valley Players will present The Drowsy Chaperone, a musical within a comedy that is swooping into town with tons of laughs.  Music and lyrics  are by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison and is based on a book by Bob Martin and Don McKellarson.

  • Website moves behind the wall March 17

    Beginning tomorrow, March 17, the Williston Pioneer website will only be available to those who subscribe–either to the newspaper or the online edition.
    Some features, like the Calendar, will still remain visible and usable for everyone to see.
    But news stories and photos will be limited unless you are a subscriber.
    If you aren't sure you want to subscribe, there is a free 30-day limited use way to see the newspaper online.
    We hope you like what you see and will patronize the advertisers who make our work possible.

  • Wanted: One kidney

    An entire country separates Morriston’s Dottie Hydue from her stepdaughter in California but it hasn’t deterred her from becoming an advocate to raise awareness for the need  for living organ donors.
    Today, March 10, is National Kidney Day and Hydue can’t think of a better way to commemorate it than by urging people to consider becoming an organ donor.
    Her stepdaughter, Tracie  Skaggs, 48, suffers from kidney failure and undergoes dialysis while she waits on a matching donor.

  • Country Party Rock Show

    He may not be your typical musician–he holds an undergraduate degree in psychology and a master’s degree in business–but Ocala’s Shane Wooten loves what he does and is working to promote not only himself–but his love of Florida, music and his causes.
    The up-and-coming country musician is one of the scheduled headliners at this year’s Levy County Fair–slated to perform April 9.
    The Shane Wooten Band performed at last year’s July 3 celebration and the experience left him wanting more.

  • Williston to celebrate July 2

    Williston’s traditional July 3 celebration will be held a day earlier this year because July 3 falls on Sunday.
    Councilor Debra Jones said in Tuesday night’s meeting that the Williston Chamber of Commerce had requested the city set the date so planning can begin.
    The Chamber had requested it be held Friday, July 1, Jones said, but members assured they would be in attendance no matter what date the council chose.
    At the beginning of the discussion, there were numerous opinions on the date it should be held and why.

  • Family loses everything in fire

    Family and friends are reaching out to a Williston family whose lives were rent asunder last week when a fire destroyed their home on 65th Lane.
    Williston Fire Chief Lamar Stegall said the double-wide mobile home, where the Brian Means’ family lived, was totally engulfed by the time  his crew arrived. The call came to the department around 7:17 p.m. March 4.
    Neighbor Irene Miller said the matriarch of the family, Betty Smith, was in the shower when she heard a large boom.

  • Subscription soon needed to view Pioneer website

    Beginning Thursday, March 17, the Williston Pioneer website, www.willistonpioneer.com, will transition to a subscription-based news and information site.
    The Pioneer will  offer its valued newspaper subscribers complete access to all of the news and features currently in the print product, plus a number of online-only features such as videos, slideshows, reader interaction and more. A digital version of every issue of the newspaper will also be available to subscribers online.

  • Ed Philman prepares for role as Rotary’s District Governor

    He’s a governor in training and he’s wasting no time learning the ins and outs of his new position 18 months before he takes office.
    Ed Philman, a 30-year Rotarian from Bell, and an often guest at Williston Rotary Club is the organization’s governor-elect.
    Quiet and unassuming, Philman spoke with passion to the Williston club last week about the position,  his training and his goals for Rotary under his leadership.

  • ‘Mandate of the people’

    They stood about 30 feet apart with more than a dozen people separating them, and yet when they were asked their reaction to the election results, newly elected councilmen Jerry Robinson and Norm Fugate parroted each other’s words.
    “I am relieved,” said Robinson, who defeated longtime incumbent Debra French Jones 278-159.
    “The people have spoken. They’ve issued a mandate for change.”
    Former City Attorney Norm Fugate handed incumbent Steve Holcomb an almost 2-1 defeat 293-155.

  • Fugate, Robinson unseat incumbents

    With all votes counted and the Williston City Council certifying the election right now, unofficial results show that challengers Norm Fugate and Jerry Robinson have unseated longtime incumbents Steve Holcomb and Debra Jones.
    Read the entire story in Thursday's Williston Pioneer.