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  • Outreach Team coming to Williston Dec. 11

    The Levy County Community Outreach Team will be conducting two more in a series of monthly community outreach events focused on connecting citizens with local health, nutrition and other resources on Saturday, Dec. 11. The Team, which includes representatives from the Florida Department of Children and Families, the Levy County Health Department, The Children’s Table and Elder Options, has scheduled the events for the following locations and times:
     Casa de Restauracion Shalom Church, 239 South Main St., Williston from 9-11 a.m. 

  • Happy Thanksgiving

    Chris, Debbie and Carolyn–your newspaper team at the Williston Pioneer–extend Thanksgiving blessings to our loyal readers. Have a wonderful holiday and know how much we appreciate you!

  • FFA poinsettia sale under way through Dec. 10

    The Williston FFA will be selling poinsettias for the holiday season. This year, the red and white poinsettias are $7.50 and the decorated poinsettias will be $10. All profits go to Williston FFA. The sale will take place from Nov. 18- Dec. 10. To place an order, call the Ag shop at (352) 528-2153 or e-mail  Mr. Wilder at wilderc@levy.k12.fl.us.

  • City studies change to government

    The city of Williston is inching closer to drafting a referendum for the March 2011 ballot that could change the way city government is run.
    For the last couple months, council members have met pondering changes they would like to see in the city charter.
    A n y changes to the charter must be approved by the voters.
    The specific ordinance change and ballot question–limited to 75 words–must be approved and in place by
    early January in order to appear on the March ballot.

  • Log Cabin Quilters

    By Winnelle Horne
    Special to the Pioneer

     The Log Cabin Quilters met Thursday, Nov 4 at the Levy County Quilt Museum.  It was a very busy day as several of the quilters are beginning to put up quilts for the Show.  There is much to be done and it takes time.
     First we have our Thanksgiving Dinner Nov. 18 and after that we can finish and get ready for the Show (Nov. 26 – Dec. 5).  Then it’s time to get ready for the State Fair in Tampa.

  • Yearty asks appellate court to vacate convictions

    Sammy Yearty, the Levy County Commission chair convicted on federal bribery charges and lying to the FBI, has outlined the grounds for overturning his convictions to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta.
    Yearty, who is serving a 33-month sentence at the federal corrections facility in Pensacola, was indicted in October 2008 and arrested on Nov. 5, 2008. the day after winning re-election to the seat he had held since the 70s.

  • Buy a smoke alarm, save a life

    By Carolyn Ten Broeck
    Editor
    The deaths of five children in a Citra house fire Monday have left people shaking their head and wondering how it could have happened.
    According to news reports, the house had a smoke alarm but it wasn’t working.
    That was enough to spur Williston Police Chief Dan Davis to spearhead a campaign here to ensure that those who want, need or cannot afford smoke alarms can have them.

  • A tisket, a tasket: Make a bid on a basket

    Run, don’t walk, to the Williston Public Library!  
    The main rooms have been temporarily redecorated with beautiful Christmas baskets of every description.
    Each year, the Friends of the Williston Public Library (FOWL) holds an Open House and Silent Auction of Christmas baskets and fine crafts and merchandise.
     This is the library’s major annual fund-raiser, and all money raised by the event is used to fund upgrades to the library’s environment and equipment.   

  • County will salute veterans Saturday

    Veterans and their families will be honored Saturday, Nov. 13 during the Levy County Veterans Parade held on U.S. 19 in Chiefland.
     Veterans are invited to meet at the Chiefland High School at 10:30 a.m. to participate.  Uniforms are not required but would be great.  Call Frank McCoy at 486-2953 for more information or to reserve a spot on the float.

  • Jail gets heat because sheriff needs it

    The boiler that provides heat for the Levy County jail almost provides heat for the sheriff’s office so the county commission has approved replacing the 20 years plus piece of equipment.
    Sheriff’s Maj. Mike Sheffield told the Levy County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday that the annual pre-winter inspection of the boiler that provides heat for the jail showed it needed to be replaced. In an email to County Coordinator Freddie Moody, Sheffield wrote “Must be replaced, dangerous to run it...”