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  • SVP to feature youth one acts

    Join the Suwannee Valley Players cast of 34 children from Levy, Gilchrist, Alachua and Dixie counties in three enchanting comedies at the SVP summer youth production: Class Acts.

    Oh My Word is a comedic “play” on words involving a deranged banker, a lot of fingers, the yellow pages, and other fun characters.

  • Pioneer looks for summer photos

    The Williston Pioneer is inviting all amateur photographers to send in photos that capture the essence of summer in Williston.

    E-mail (editor@willistonpioneer.com) your photo (jpeg, minimum 150 resolution) or drop it by our office at 28 NW First Ave. Include your name, where the photo was taken and why it says “summer” to you.

    All photos will be printed July 30. Deadline for submission is noon July 24.

    Questions? Call Carolyn at 528-3343.

  • Peanut Festival not out of the money yet

    The Williston Peanut Festival is not entirely out of the running for a Tourism Development Council advertising grant.

    Carol McQueen, executive director of the Levy County Visitor Center, told the Levy County Commission in its Tuesday meeting that although the Tourism Development Council denied an advertising grant to the Peanut Festival, she is working with the Wiliston Chamber of Commerce to work things out.

  • Williston millage rate expected to be unchanged

    There was good news for citizens of the city of Williston at city council’s first budget hearing, held on Thursday, July 9.

    The millage rate will remain at its current level of 5.9025.

    That means that homeowners will pay less than $6 per thousand dollars of the appraised value of their homes. A resident’s taxes will change only if the value of the property has changed. That is the city’s rate; county rates also apply.

  • Levy County's jobless rate 11.4 % in June

    Levy County’s unemployment rate broke a new barrier in June rising to 11.4 percent as the state rate rose to 10.6 percent.

                      The report released by the state Agency for Workforce Innovation means another 211 persons filed unemployment claims in June.

  • UMC Vacation Bible School continues Monday

    The Williston First United Methodist Church is having SonRock Vacation Bible School through Wednesday, July 22 at the church, located at 213 W. Noble Ave. beginning at 5 p.m. when supper is served.

    Children pre-school through graduates of fifth grade are invited to attend.

  • Business recruiter asks for new locale

    Levy County’s business recruiter Amanda Douglas has asked the commission for a better place to meet representatives of businesses interested in moving to Levy County and her boards of directors are backing the move.

    Douglas, who has an office in the county Road Department’s maintenance yard, asked the County Commission in its regular meeting Tuesday to consider for space in the Baker Building in Bronson. Douglas is executive director of the Nature Coast Business Development Council and the Levy County Enterprise Zone Development Agency.

  • City will get FDOT funding

    A new Joint Participation Agreement between the city and the Florida Department of Transportation was approved at Tuesday’s meeting of Williston City Council. It provides $100,000 in addition to the $487,500 already pledged to the airport for the coming fiscal year.

    Finance director Mark Schiefer explained that FDOT had not initially expected the funds to be available, but was now able to offer the additional assistance to the city.

  • WEee^SOAR brings culture to Williston area youth

    For as long as she can remember, Mimi Johnson has wanted to seek creative ways to keep area children constructively busy.

    At Tuesday’s Rotary meeting, Johnson explained the WEee^SOAR (WE Support Outreach through Arts and Recreation) group and its aim to connect youth with programs–no matter what financial situation families are in.

    Johnson said much attention is now being focused on getting children back to school, armed with the supplies they need to do their work.

    Donations of supplies or cash that will purchase those tools is needed.

  • County looks for revenue in citation fee increase

    Drivers and scofflaws beware.

    The Levy County Commission voted unanimously to have the county attorney prepare an ordinance raising the court facility fee tacked onto every citation from $15 to $30.

    The item came up during the commission’s regular meeting Tuesday morning when County Clerk of Court Danny Shipp said Legislature passed the law approving the increase in the 2009 session.

    With 8,000 tickets issued in Levy County annually and many uncontested, a new ordinance could bring in $120,000 a year for the Levy County court facility fund.