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  • Park is now tireless

    The giant tractor tires in the Cornelius Williams (East Williston) Park will be removed permanently at the direction of Williston’s City Council.

    At the last council meeting, Virginia McDonald, a resident of the neighborhood, asked that the tires be removed because they were not safe. The council agreed and the tires were removed.

  • Where the wild things are

    A lot of little girls go to bed and dream of ponies. But not Patricia Engesser. Her childhood dreams were filled with snarling tigers. And she didn’t wake up screaming.

    “I always wanted a tiger,” Engesser said. “So, I married a guy with one.”

    Engesser and her husband, Robert, have been married about 26 years and own The Zoo AKA Jungle Safari between Chiefland and Trenton.

    It is one of six licensed wild animal facilities in Levy County.

  • JROTC finishes 17th in nation

    A team of four Williston High School JROTC Cadets shot their way to the Junior Olympic National Finals in the Three Position Air Rifle competition held at Camp Perry, Ohio.

    The four team members, Ali Mohs, Savannah Rios, Matthew Converse, and Devin Colson placed second in the matches in the state of Florida competition. The top two teams in all 50 states then went to the Junior Olympic Finals where the Williston team placed 17th out of the 100 participating teams.

  • Non-profit school of dance will have performers at Peanut Festival

    Williston School of Dance (WSOD) is “leaping” into the new academic year and “spinning” in excitement. Enrollment is at a record high, and the school currently hosts students from as far as Ocala, Gainesville, Newberry, Chiefland, Archer, Jonesville, Morriston and High Springs.  Families choose WSOD for the dependable quality of professional, expert instruction, for financial accessibility and for the family atmosphere, individualized attention, and low student/teacher ratios of a small-town school.

  • Testing pushed president’s school speech aside

    Levy County students did not watch President Barack Obama's speech to students on Sept. 8, prompting questions from teachers and parents as to why the speech was not shown live at area schools.

    Ann Coffel, of Williston, said she was surprised to hear from a teacher in the school district that the speech would not be shown live to students. Coffel said she comes from a family of educators, and Obama's speech would have been a worthwhile teaching opportunity.

  • Apologies

    Our Web site was not updated last week because the editor was on vacation. The person who was responsible for updating the site did not and has been properly flogged, per your recommendations.

    We apologize for this egregious oversight and will update this week, both last week's stories and current ones.

    The rested and refreshed editor,

    Carolyn Risner

  • Red Devils down Keystone Heights Indians 41-28

    It was another game that saw the Red Devils called for 15 penalties to just 3 for the their opponent. But it was the Red Devil speed on offense that proved to be too much for the Indians.

    After falling behind 3-0, the Red Devils' Brandon Preston took a hand off and raced 45 yards to the end zone on a second down and 40 yards to go, following a snap that went high over the quarterback's head at the 15-yard line. The Red Devils took a 6-3 lead.

  • Ride to Provide looks for sponsors

    Grease the chain and check the tires – it’s time to get ready for the Fourth Annual 2009 Ride to Provide to benefit Levy Association for Retarded Citizens (LARC). The Ride is a rapidly growing bike run with plenty to recommend it. First, the Ride runs through 60 of the prettiest miles in Levy County.

    Second, once kickstands come up, the boots don’t touch the ground until the file pulls up for a picnic lunch at the LARC campus in Otter Creek. This is a law-enforcement escorted ride, and all intersections are held for riders – no red lights!

  • Pioneer looks for work photos

    The Williston Pioneer wants to see your photos of people working. What says “work” to you? Is it the farmer? The fast food employee? Your child mowing the lawn?

    Send in your photos by Monday, Sept. 21 for publication in the Sept. 24 edition.

    E-mail to editor@willistonpioneer.com or mail or drop by our office at 28 NW First Ave.

    All photos will be published. Please identify everyone in the photo.

  • Class will teach about Red Cross

    The American Red Cross will be offering a training program to raise awareness of the Red Cross mission and services and equip Red Cross volunteers. The Fulfilling Our Mission class will be useful for learning the heart of the mission of the American Red Cross, which includes responding to emergencies, providing disaster relief, and preventing and relieving suffering.

    Training for Fulfilling Our Mission will be offered on Tuesday, Sept. 22 from 6-8 p.m. at the Levy County Emergency Operations Center (adjacent to the Levy County Jail), located at 9010 NE 79th Ave., Bronson.