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  • Lions Club needs you

    They do more than collect eyeglasses for the poor and they want a chance to prove it in Williston.

    Ervin Kaufman is now spearheading a drive to revitalize the Williston Club so that it can be the active community-oriented club it was in years past.

    Kaufman was a Lion in his native Illinois for several years and knows the good that an active club can do.

    He has goals that even a small club can do, but right now, more than anything, that club needs members.

  • Dunnellon and Williston work to protect Rainbow Springs' basin

    The cities of Williston and Dunnellon have had a meeting of the minds on protecting the Rainbow Springs and the land basin whose waters recharge the springs.

    The mayors of both cities signed a document that pledges their commitment to springs commitment during a meeting of the Rainbow Springs Working Group on Friday at Williston Crossings RV Resort in Williston.

  • We are on our own this hurricane season

    “We’re Americans. Our citizens can do more.”

    That is the assessment of Mike West, information technology officer for the Levy County Sheriff’s Office, after participating in a hurricane exercise on May 28 at Levy County Office of Emergency Management.

  • Pesky mosquito can be health risk

    Florida Department of Health (DOH) officials emphasize to Florida’s residents and visitors the importance of protecting themselves against mosquito-borne diseases as we move into the summer rainy season and peak mosquito activity months. 

  • 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.