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  • 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.

  • Drew taking aggressive approach to county budget

    Telling the Williston Rotary Club Tuesday that she hoped to bring a new perspective to the county budget process, Commissioner Marsha Drew said she liked to think outside the box.

    Drew, appointed by Gov. Charlie Crist in March to fill a vacancy on the county commission, said her life experiences will enhance her term–whatever the length of it.

    “I understand what it means to walk in their shoes,” she said detailing 30 years of self-employment history that includes everything from wedding planner to plumber when she was building her house.

  • Church News

    Holy Family Fish Fry

    The Ladies Guild and Fellowship Ministry of Holy Family Catholic Church will hold a fish fry Friday, June 12 at 5 p.m. The adult price is $7 and children’s plates are $4. Proceeds go toward community outreach.

    A door prize of a free meal to the next fish fry will be given away as well as an individual door prize.

    Wild Adventures Trip

    Destiny Church of God by Faith is planning a trip to Wild Adventures in Valdosta, Ga. on Saturday, Aug. 8.

  • We will not forget

    Beneath darkened skies where lightning danced in the distance and the cadence of the thunder kept time with the drums, more than 100 people came Sunday to Orange Hill Cemetery to remember veterans and their families during the 59th Annual Memorial Day Service.

    Veterans, young and old, paid homage to the fallen and gave thanks for their sacrifice.

    Civilians of all ages were on hand to show gratitude to the living, and to honor the dead.