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  • Wednesday last day for parade entrants

    Williston will become a patriotic extravaganza next week as the city and the surrounding area turns out to celebrate Independence Day a day early on Friday.

    Festivities kick off with the “Freedom–Our Heritage and Our Future”–parade at 5 p.m. The Honorable Judge Joseph Smith will be the grand marshal for the parade that starts lining up between 4-4:30 p.m. on SW 3rd Street (the road between the Methodist Church and the high school parking lot).

    Parade entry deadline is noon Wednesday, July 1 at city hall.

  • Tourists may flock to Cedar Key, but they’ll visit Williston

    The Levy County Visitors Bureau met with area businesses in Cedar Key this week to discuss how the agency works to promote local tourism.

    “I would like to make this an annual event – maybe in May with Tourism Week,” said Carol McQueen, Executive Director of the Visitors Bureau. “We collect a tax and I think people want to know what we do with it.”

  • Warnings begin for red light runners; citations begin June 15

    Williston Police Chief Dan Davis told the city council Tuesday that about half a dozen warnings had been issued for running red lights in the city. The project, which is guided by Traffipax, has been a year and a half in the making. Davis said that he was satisfied with the flow of paperwork between Traffipax and the city.

  • Business owners passionate about parking

    It’s been a point of dissent for many years for business owners in the center of Williston, and it came to a head at Monday evening’s CRA meeting. Tempers flared and voices were raised.

    The most recent conflict concerns the Ivy House, which has had angled parking across the street for many years, on city property, though the area has never been officially striped to accommodate vehicles and some visitors park on, and destroy, the grass.

    Not coincidentally, some Ivy House customers park on the grass on the NW 1st Avenue side of the restaurant.

  • JudgeSmith to lead parade

    On Friday, July 3, Williston will celebrate Independence Day in hometown style. The annual parade will begin at 5 p.m. The parade theme is “Freedom–Our Heritage and Future.”

    Judge Joseph Smith will lead the parade as its grand marshal. The honor is given to Smith in appreciation for serving the community for so many years.

    Following the parade, the gates at the Williston Horseman’s Park will open at 6 p.m. with the opening ceremony beginning at 7 p.m. There is no admission fee to this event.

  • Hastings taps Tovine as new assistant superintendent

    Superintendent Robert Hastings announced Tuesday the arrival of two newcomers to the Levy County School District.

    “I don’t mind telling you that I actively recruited Bill and Gina Tovine,” Hastings said. The Tovines can help our students achieve great things, he said. “And that’s what it’s all about.”

    Dr. Gina Tovine will be the new assistant superintendent as of July 1. Bill Tovine will begin his duties as principal of Chiefland High School on June 25.

  • The Gift of Life

    Juana Rae Buttler donates blood at Williston City Hall last Friday when the LifeSouth Bloodmobile came to town. Buttler has donated eight gallons of blood over the course of her life.

     

  • Paper is Late

    Due to press problems, the Williston Pioneer is running late reaching newsstands and subscribers. We appreciate your patience.

  • Four Williston, Morriston teens injured in accident

    Four teens who were not wearing seat belts were seriously injured on Friday evening when the truck they were riding in went out of control and overturned on County Road 339A just past State Road 500.

  • Levy judgeships could be filled by appointment

    The planned retirements of three 8th Circuit judges by the end of this year means Levy County voters will not have the opportunity to choose their replacements.

    The timing of the retirements before their terms expire means Gov. Charlie Crist, who is running for Sen. Mel Martinez’ seat in the 2010 elections, will appoint their replacements.