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  • From the weather to community tragedy, the Williston Pioneer was there in 2009

    The following compilation denotes the stories that made headlines on the front page of the Williston Pioneer in 2009:

    Jan. 1: Dry conditions cause concern: The combination of recent hard freezes in North Central Florida along with an average drought index of 619 has created higher than normal risks for wildfires.

  • Alzheimer's and dementia support group to meet

    The first meeting of the Alzheimer’s / Dementia Support Group will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 12 at Williston Rehabilitation and Nursing Center at 6 p.m. The meeting is open to family members, friends and caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia.

  • Thanks to Williston Lions, Bill Brittan’s life is given back

    Bill Brittan’s future looks brighter these days. Literally.

    Thanks to the Williston Lions Club, Brittan has been given a new outlook on life and for the first time in almost eight years, he can see what lies ahead.

    Up until just a few weeks ago, Brittan, 60, was almost blind due to cataracts. In fact, he says, his right eye was gone and what he saw through his left eye was blurred.

    A Sheetrock and drywall laborer, his work was impacted because he wasn’t able to see the minute details needed to complete a job.

  • Alzheimer’s support group forming

    Williston Rehabilitation and Nursing Center will be sponsoring a support group for family members, friends and caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s disease beginning in January. The group will be open to members of the community who have loved ones with Alzheimer’s (or other forms of dementia) as well as to the families and friends of residents of Williston Rehab’s memory care unit.

  • Fisher House: Home setting for veterans and their families

    When military men and women are treated for extended periods in any one of this country’s 1,200 medical facilities, their recuperation and peace of mind is enhanced by the support of their families.

    But everyone cannot afford hotel rooms for long periods.

    That’s where Fisher House comes in.

    Founded in 1990 by Zachary Fisher and his wife Elizabeth, Fisher House provides free accommodations, giving veterans and their families a home away from home during treatment or rehab, said Rick Fabiani, president of the Gainesville Fisher House Foundation.

  • Residents call for end to ‘lawlessness’

    All John Mishler wanted was a place that was quiet and peaceful to live out the retirement years he had earned after many years in the cold north of St. Paul, Minn.

    Instead what he got was the sounds of gunfire, big trucks and occasionally a scream from a girl running through his yard in the wee hours of the morning.

    Mishler, a former Ford Motor Company employee, said it’s not unusual–especially in the warmer months–to hear the sounds of parties directly behind his house.

  • Decreased enrollment will cost school system

    Robert Hastings, superintendent of the School Board of Levy County, reported Tuesday that a decrease in full-time enrollment in area schools will cost the district as much as $70,000 in the coming budget.

    The decrease in funding comes from the state's latest FTE audit. Hastings called the results a "totally unacceptable amount."

    Hastings added that programs most affected will include ESOL and homebound students. He also added that future discussions will take place to prevent further cuts.

  • Community mourns death of teens

    They came to cry. They came to laugh. They came to remember young women who were taken from them in the spring of their lives.

    Tuesday night, friends, family, teachers and community members gathered at the flagpole at Williston High School to honor the lives and now memories of Tiffany Oliver and Marqui Cook, high school seniors who died following an accident Sunday morning.

  • Marqui Nichole Cook

    Marqui Nichole Cook, 17, of Morriston died Dec. 27, 2009.

    She was born Feb. 22, 1992 in Sierra Vista, Ariz. to Mark Allen Cook and Diane Michelle Gianforte. She had lived in Morriston since 2004 moving here from Ocala. She attended church at Present Truth Ministries. She was a senior at Williston High School where she was a cheerleader. She belonged to FFA where she was part of the parliamentary procedure team. She enjoyed mudslinging at the power lines with her friends.

  • Tiffany Nicole Oliver

    Tiffany Nicole Oliver, 17, of Williston, died Dec. 27, 2009.

    She was born June 21,1992 in St. Petersburg. She was a senior at Williston High School, Class of 2010.

    She had a passion for family, friends, horses and working hard. and more with

    She was a tomboy at heart who loved climbing trees when she was younger, riding dirt bikes, ATV's, mud bogging to her newest adventure, hog hunting. She enjoyed the beach, swimming with dolphins and exploring the sea. Hlady. Her beautiful face and smile lit up any room she walked in..