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  • Pioneer is closed Monday

    The Williston Pioneer will be closed Monday, Jan. 16 in observance of Martin Luther King Day.

    Early deadlines are in effect for Friday, Jan. 13.

     All news and display advertising will deadline at noon Friday. Obituaries will be accepted through 10 a.m. Tuesday. Classified advertising will deadline at 3 p.m. Friday.  

  • Don’t worry–we’re not going anywhere

    By Tom Ten Broeck

    Mark Twain may have said it best when he was attributed with saying, “The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.”

    For the past few weeks, readers of the Tri-County Bulletin, Chiefland Citizen, Williston Pioneer Sun News have expressed concern over the lateness that these products have been arriving in their hands. Do not worry, these fine products are not going anywhere.

    In fact, they are all alive and doing well.

  • Qualifying begins Monday

    Williston residents who desire to help effect change in the city will get their chance next week as qualifying for city council and the mayoral seat begins.

    Qualifying begins at noon Monday, Jan. 16 at city hall and continues through noon Friday, Jan. 20.

    The city election will be held from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 6.

    Terms expiring are seats held by Brooks Holloway–Group D, Michael Shoemaker–Group E# and Gerald Hethcoat.

  • Hello, my name is Bill

    Mike holds three graduate degrees and today operates a successful farm.
    Anna comes from a loving family, has traveled extensively and is self-employed.
    Margo led a privileged life as the daughter of an Air Force colonel. Articulate and charismatic, she is currently disabled.
    The three are different personalities, all with different life experiences and stories to share.
    Truth be told because of their varied interests and lives, the odds of the trio forging friendships might be rare, but today they are.

  • City won’t recognize MLK Day

    It may have been a law since 1983, and observed every year on the third Monday in January since 1986, but in Williston it will be work as usual after the city council voted Tuesday night to not observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day
    A federal holiday signed into law by Ronald Reagan, the day is observed by most governments in all 50 states and many businesses in the private sector.
    Tuesday, Councilor Norm Fugate said he supported making it a city holiday after finding it omitted from this year’s paid holidays for city employees.

  • County snuffs out teens’ tobacco resolution

    Five high school students got a lesson in how government works when the Levy County Commission roundly rejected their proposed resolution “intended to discourage the placement, sale, and delivery of candy flavored tobacco products to persons under the age of eighteen (18).”
    Four of the five commissioners said they wanted the resolution rewritten because they did not think government should be telling retailers what to sell or not and that parents should be responsible for educating their children to stay away from such products.

  • Fire destroys home Tuesday

    An occupant of a singlewide manufactured home was injured Jan. 3 when the residence caught fire shortly before 5 p.m.
    Three family pets–two birds and a dog–perished in the blaze that broke out on Third Ave, according to Williston Fire Chief Lamar Stegall.
    Two of the home’s three residents were home at the time of the fire, Stegall said. The adult suffered burns and was transported to the hospital. He has since been released, the fire chief said. A child in the home was not injured.

  • Pioneer readers are generous

  • Become a Master Gardener

    Novice and experienced gardeners have an opportunity to hone gardening skills, share personal experience and meet folks of similar interest through the Florida Master Gardener program.  Classes for 2012 Florida Master Gardener training will begin on Tuesday, Feb. 7 and will meet each Tuesday for eight consecutive weeks from 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. at the Levy Agricultural Center in Bronson, 625 North Hathaway Avenue, Alt. 27.

  • Sheriff’s race off to fast start

    Levy County Sheriff Johnny Smith is not on the 2012 ballot seeking re-election, but that did not stop his rival in the 2008 election who is a candidate in the 2012 Republican primary from criticizing his performance.
    Bobby McCallum, of Chiefland, one of two candidates for the Republican nomination for sheriff in the Aug. 14, 2012 primary, told the Chiefland Rotary Club Smith has been an “absentee sheriff.” and Sheriff’s Office employees have told him they are embarrassed to work there and he pledged to return the office’s honor.