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  • City opts to contact for emergency services in event of disaster

    The city council of Williston decided at its Tuesday evening meeting to follow the lead of the county and other towns in contracting for emergency services in the event of natural or manmade disaster. The county has been urging each municipality to establish such a plan.

    Fire Chief Lamar Stegall presented both the county plan and one from the town of Inglis. The contractor in both cases is Grubbs Emergency Services, which operates out of Brooksville and, according to city attorney Norm Fugate, is well known and highly respected.

  • Newspaper exec who founded Weather Channel dies

    NORFOLK, Va. - Frank Batten Sr., who built a communications empire that spanned newspapers and cable television and created The Weather Channel, died Thursday. He was 82.

    Batten, the retired chairman of privately held Landmark Communications and a former chairman of the board of The Associated Press, died in Norfolk after a prolonged illness, Landmark Vice Chairman Richard F. Barry III said.

    A visionary executive who earned a reputation for spotting media trends, Batten was at the forefront of development of cable television in the 1960s.

  • We will not forget

    Perkins State Bank in Williston hosted a Sept. 11 commemoration on its lawn this morning to remember the terrorist attacks on our country in 2001. More than 2,800 people lost their lives in the attacks, including 343 firefighters, 23 New York police officers and 37 Port Authority police officers.

     

    More photos in next week's Pioneer. A slideshow will be posted later  on our Web site.

  • Red Devils de-claw Bears in OT

    It’s been a long drought of many years since the Williston Red Devils have gotten the best of the Dixie County Bears in football. But that drought ended Friday night as the Red Devils beat the Bears in overtime 14-13.

    The Red Devils scored first and chose to kick the extra point to take a 14-7 lead. The Bears scored in one play, called a time out and went for two points for the win.

    The Red Devil defense stepped up and stuffed the Bears runningback for a five-yard loss, game over Red Devils win.

  • Beware of the award letter in your mailbox

    Would you pay $900 in handling fees if you were promised $10 million in return? Would you send $20 to cover paperwork if you were told you’d get $1 million within a week? Would you miss $10 if you knew you were getting a deluxe all-inclusive paid vacation at a five-star hotel?

    Sound too good to be true? It is and for a Williston woman, offers like this flood her mailbox every day and she wants to make sure that people DO look gift horses in the mouth.

    Janie Campbell (not her real name) is a 78-year-old widow living on a fixed income on the farm her father left her.

  • Pioneer seeks back-to-school photos

    Start digging through the photo albums. The Williston Pioneer is looking for back-to-school photos for its August gallery.

    Submit your favorite photo by noon Aug. 21 for publication in our Aug. 27 edition. All submitted photos will be published.

    Photos may be e-mailed (minimum 150 resolution/200 is preferable) to editor@willistonpioneer.com or mailed/dropped by our office at 28 NW First Ave., Williston.

     

  • Knights of Columbus serve community for more than a decade

    The men who serve in the Knights of Columbus take their work seriously. Not only do they strive to support their parish at Holy Family Catholic Church, but they stretch the arm of Christianity into the area to help others in need.

    Since its inception more than 25 years ago, the Knights have been continuous fund-raisers and supporters for several charities, families and causes, according to Jamie Barley, one of the charter members.

  • Council gives city manager five-year deal

    The Williston City Council awarded a long-term contract to its city manager at Tuesday’s evening meeting.

    Marcus Collins, whose tenure with the city began on Jan. 5, 2009, had been working on a one-year employment agreement designed to give Collins and the council time to evaluate each other and determine whether a longer-term agreement was in the interests of both parties.

  • Assessment notices are in the mail

    The proposed property tax bills hitting mailboxes earlier this week will be joined today by Levy County’s notice of its fire, waste, road and emergency medical service assessment notices.

    While property owners may think they are getting hit with the double whammy of notices for proposed property taxes and proposed assessments, business owners are the ones most likely to raise their eyebrows and pick up the phone to call their county commissioner when they see the EMS assessment.

  • Friends kick off Book Fair season Sept. 5

    Friends of the Williston Public Library will hold its first book fair of the fall, Saturday, Sept. 5 in the City Hall Community Center located at the south end of Williston City Hall.

    The hours will be from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. A huge number of books and magazines will be available.

     Volunteers are needed to help set up on Thursday, Sept. 3 from 6 p.m. till about 8 p.m. The next morning, Friday, Sept. 4, volunteers will also be needed to complete the sorting and setting up and also on Saturday to help with the sale itself, from 8:30 a.m. till 1 p.m.