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  • Discharges don’t stop these vets from working

    He is frail, yet strong. The weariness of life hangs over him but he continues to work for the cause that he has never abandoned. The commitment to his belief will linger long after he is gone.

    He is the voice of thousands of Americans who will celebrate next week as Veterans Day salutes the men and women who served this country in our nation’s armed forces.

  • Seasonal flu vaccine comes up short

    Southeastern Primary Care ordered 5,000 seasonal flu vaccines for its Williston and Gainesville offices.

    It never received them.

    “That impacts us, it impacts the patients. Now they have to scramble to try to find a flu shot,” said Heather Festo, a medical assistant at Southeastern Primary Care.

  • Pioneer moving

    The Williston Pioneer will be closed next Friday, Nov. 20 as the newspaper and staff moves into its new location at 37 South Main St., Suite F, near the Williston Police Department.

    We will be open in our new home Monday, Nov. 23.

  • City finance director resigns

    Mark Schiefer, the city’s finance director for more than six years, has tendered his resignation effective the end of December.

    Council president Debra Jones announced Schiefer’s resignation at the city council meeting on Tuesday night.

    Schiefer has made many improvements to the city’s handling of its finances and brought order to a formerly chaotic budget process.

  • Williston lays off six

    The city of Williston announced Monday that it will lay off six employees on Nov. 30, in order to maintain a balanced budget.

    The sticking point, according to city council president Debra Jones, is the employees’ union, AFSCME, insisting on the retention of a “Cadillac” insurance plan whose rates have escalated to the point at which the city can no longer afford to keep its current staff and pay the insurance premiums for them.

  • Bronson mayor refuses to resign

    Bronson resident C.W. Gilbert wants the mayor to resign. And he’s not giving up at making the request just once.

    During the Town Council’s November’s meeting, Gilbert said Mayor Franklin Schuler’s actions in public have been inappropriate and that he needed to step down. Schuler refused.

    Gilbert has asked to be on the agenda for the meeting on Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. to speak on the same topic.

  • James Pitt lands role in new James Cameron film

    James Pitt, a Hollywood film actor, former Williston resident and graduate of WHS, has landed the role of space shuttle pilot in James Cameron’s upcoming film, Avatar. The film is Cameron’s first feature film project since the 1997 blockbuster Titanic.

  • Yearty, Parker trial begins Monday

    Levy County Commisioners Sammy Yearty of Gulf Hammock and Anthony “Tony” Parker of Bronson were on top of the world just a little over a year ago. Both had been re-elected — Yearty handily and Parker in an 88-vote squeaker.

    The next day, Yearty was in federal court accused in an unsealed federal indictment of soliciting and accepting bribes in return for using his position on behalf of a fictitious company, Gideon Development and the developer, an undercover agent who went by the name “Sean Michaels,” and of lying to federal investigators.

  • Up in Flames

    Kathryn Mauldin watched her house burn to rubble on Nov. 17.

    “It feels like a burden is lifted off my shoulders,” she said.

    Mauldin donated her termite-infested home, on the corner of Northeast First Street and First Avenue, to the Williston Fire Department for training.

    The fire department, which eventually burned the house completely to the ground, used Mauldin’s home to practice different scenarios including a live training burn, said Danny Wallace, the public information officer of the Williston Fire Department.

  • Ten Commandments going up in a month

    The Levy County Commission has approved the construction of a Ten Commandments monument on the County Courthouse forum between the courts building and the annex.

    The approval came during the commission’s regular meeting on Nov. 17.