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  • 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.

  • Fugate, Robinson unseat incumbents
  • Williston residents, get out and vote

    Williston voters will fill two council seats today.
    The poll, at the community center, is open until 7 p.m.
    Bring a picture ID and vote!
     

  • School district may see layoffs

    A loss of almost $4 million in revenues for Levy County schools may translate into layoffs for anywhere from 40 to 70 personnel, Superintendent Bob Hastings told the Levy County Republican Executive Committee.
    Hastings, in a casual update by public officials at the group’s monthly meeting on Monday night in Chiefland, said, “People are very concerned about the state budget.” But he said it is too early to worry as the final budget approved by the legislature — which opens its annual session on March 8 — is likely to approve a different version.

  • Pick up barrel for art and Levy Fair

    Get your paint brushes ready.  The Trashy Art barrels are now ready for pick up. 
    Your organization can enter by painting a barrel and exhibiting it for auction at the Levy County Fair, April 7-10. 
     Each organization or individual will receive one-half of their auction proceeds, with the other half benefiting the Fair Association.