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  • PETA adds $2,500 to reward

     A 10-day-old puppy was buried alive and found on Sept. 27 by Williston police when they heard whimpering. 

    Police have yet to make any arrests in connection with the burial and abandonment of this puppy. That's why PETA is adding up to $2,500 to existing rewards for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for this callous crime.

  • Cason is a Commended Student

    James Quincy Cason of Williston High School has been named a commended student in the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program.
    A letter of commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation will be presented by Principal Eulin E. Gibbs to Cason.
    About 24,000 Commended Students through the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise.
    Commended students place among the top 5 percent of more than 1.5 million students who were entered in the 2013 competition.
    He is the son of Jimmy and Trina Cason.

  • Conservation is mission of refuge manager



    For many, the direction one's life takes can be boiled down to a single moment, sometimes at an early age. Such was the case for Andrew Gude, who became manager for the Lower Suwannee and Cedar Keys National Wildlife refuges about a year ago.

    Gude's known what he wanted to do since the ripe old age of 5 when, living in the small town of Blue Bell, Penn., an uncle showed up to take him on a fishing trip.

  • Fall care for a healthy lawn

    By Melinda Myers

    Special to the Pioneer

    Summer can be hard on our lawns.  With much of the country suffering from extreme heat and drought conditions this past summer, many lawns took a beating.

    Fall is the perfect time to help your lawn recover from the stressors of summer and prepare for winter.  The warm soil and cooler temperatures promote root growth and thickening of the lawn.

  • Trio charged with making meth on the go

    Inglis Police Officer Tim Rogers made a traffic stop for a seat belt violation on Sunday afternoon that was anything but routine to most folks.
    A car he stopped for a seat belt violation turned out to be a rolling meth lab — from pill grinder to a batch cooking in a laundry basket on top of the car’s fuel tank.
    “There was an active cook taking place,” Rogers said in a phone interview on Tuesday.
    The vehicle was also pulled in next to the gas pumps at the Kangaroo on U.S. Highway 19.

  • New principal promotes relationships

    It’s all about relationships.
    That’s what new Williston High School Principal Eulin Gibbs told Williston Rotary members about success when he made his guest speaking debut before the club Tuesday.
    Gibbs, in his first year at WHS, has more than 36 years in education spanning six or seven school systems.
    Along the way he has taught everything  from physical science to math and even had a couple years in construction.

  • Sweets N’ Treats will be community driven

    When Jennifer Collins first heard that the Williston Chamber of Commerce would not sponsor the annual Trail of Treats, instead of moping she got busy.
    The Walgreen’s employee approached her manager and asked what they could do to help.
    In a short time, Collins appeared before the Williston City Council asking permission to use Heritage Park for an alternative event. She was told to make application and return.
    She did. And last week, council unanimously approved the park’s use and waived the fee.

  • Willistonians dedicated to preserving the past

    Karen Pinkston leaned over the cracked slab and brushed away the dirt and grime of a century of neglect. The name of a young girl cast into the homemade stone, Missouri, was barely made visible.

    "That's what's sad," Pinkston said, standing to wipe the sweat from her brow and the dirt from her hands, "someone put a lot of effort into this, and now she's forgotten."

  • It was the whimper heard around the world

    What the Williston Police Department calls an act of cowardice has created a media buzz that has spanned the United States and the United Kingdom.

    Last Thursday, the Williston Pioneer first reported that a  puppy was found buried alive by Williston police officers and personnel.

    The police officers had gone to a remote location to destroy evidence, per a judge’s court order, when they heard a whimpering sound.

    Following the noise, they soon discovered a puppy, whose eyes are not yet open, buried alive in a shallow grave.

  • Council suspends need for electric bids

    A workshop Monday afternoon between Williston City Council and its electric provider, Progress Energy, led to a vote Tuesday night to suspend sending out Request for Proposals (RFPs) until Nov. 7.

    The city has teamed with Progress Energy for over 75 years, Councilor Cal Byrd said Tuesday, to provide city residents with electricity.

    The contract with the company is nearing and end and the city had planned to put out the RFPs Oct. 8 in order to get a better, and lower, rate.