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  • Williston residence home to five sex offenders

    Five men convicted of sex crimes–two designated as predators and three as offenders–are sharing the same residence in East Williston, although all of them are from Alachua County.
    And while it may seem coincidental, the state probation office is fully aware of the living situation and has approved the home for Christopher Caffie and Detwan Wommack, labeled sexual offenders and Robert Lewis Jr., Jeremy Astrologo and Robert J. Perry, all convicted predators.

  • Share with Pioneer readers recipes, photos, memories

    The  staff of the Williston Pioneer is committed to making this a newspaper about and for our readers.
    During the Christmas season we invite you to submit an assorted of items for inclusion in our Dec. 22 edition.
    Here’s what we are looking for:

    Most Memorable Christmas
    The Williston Pioneer wants you to share with our readers the most memorable Christmas you’ve had. In 100 words or less, tell us about a Christmas that you will never forget.

  • Elihu Ross named to council; Robinson elected its president

    It was a meeting that began with a bang and ended quietly after Williston City Council chose a new council member and elected a new president.
    Elihu Ross was chosen to fill the vacancy left by Marc Nussel’s resignation last month.
    Ross was chosen unanimously from among other applicants, Charles Goodman and Jack Screws. He was nominated by Jerry Robinson and Brooks Holloway.
    Michael Shoemaker said any one of the men would have been an excellent choice.

  • Fire reported at the Arbours; no one injured. WFD on scene eliminating smoke
  • Robert Philpot earns lifetime achievement award

    ST LOUIS   – Robert Philpot of Williston, . is one of only six individuals nationwide who received the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE) Lifetime Achievement Award on November 18 at the NAAE annual convention in St. Louis.

  • Guardian Angels pass the leash to new owners

    Actor Brad Garrett of Everybody Loves Raymond fame is acting as master of ceremony for the inaugural Passing of the Leash Ceremony of the Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs Inc. on Saturday at the Holy Family Catholic Church parish hall in WIlliston.
    A dessert party and photo opportunity with Garrett will begin at 7 p.m., with the ceremony starting at 8 p.m.  The ceremony is held to symbolically mark the occasion of turning over the medical service dogs from the Guardian Angels trainers to their new owners.

  • Senate releases proposed reapportionment maps

    The state Senate reapportionment committee has released its proposed reapportionment maps for Congressional and Florida Senate districts and the news for Levy is that it will no longer be divided into two congressional districts.

  • Family of the Year

    Family of the Year, to the Bergdolls: The Jason and Dara Bergdoll family, that includes Travis, Brett and Steven  Suharja, has been named Family of the Year by the GFWC Williston Junior Woman’s Club.

  • Special meeting set to deal with audit letter

    The drawn-out 2010 audit for the city of Williston included several concerns to the city by its auditor back in October, and last week the council set a special meeting in January to deal with those issues.
    On Jan. 12 at 4 p.m., the city council will meet to pore over the letter and discuss how to find solutions to the problems the auditing firm of Purvis Gray & Company outlined.
    Some of those issues include utility billing, bulk power cost adjustment, gross receipts and sales tax payable and the airport fund.

  • Even without seeing combat, Mitchell has stories to tell

    Growing up in an orphanage in Pennsylvania, Robert Mitchell longed for adventure. On his 18th birthday, he thought he might have a way to satisfy the urge–he joined the Army.
    At the peak of the Vietnam War, he knew he would be sent overseas.
    And he was.
    To Italy.
    Instead of tearing through the jungles of Southeast Asia, Mitchell found himself  tearing up the rifle range as part of the Rifle and Pistol Team.
    Instead of jumping into foxholes, he instead jumped hurdles, competing against legendary track stars like Willie Davenport.