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  • Stuff the bus Saturday

    It’s time to Stuff the Bus for Levy County Schools. On Saturday, Aug. 20, the Levy County Schools Foundation will be hosting the annual STUFF the BUS event to collect school supplies for the students, teachers and schools across the county.
    LCSF board members, SBLC board members, parents, teachers, and student volunteers will be manning the Levy County school buses parked at the donation sites in each community.

  • Pioneer plans commemorative section of your 9/11/01 remembrances

    It was a day that shocked our country to its foundation and sent men, women, boys and girls into a tailspin. Its aftermath is still felt, still remembered.
    It was Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001 and at 8:46 a.m. American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into the World Trade Center’s North Tower. At 9:03 a.m. United Airlines Flight 175 plowed into the South Tower. About 34 minutes later yet another plane, American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon and less than half an hour later, United Airlines Flight 93 went down in a field near Shanksville, Pa.

  • Do you love your job?

    For this year’s Labor Day weekend, we would like to hear from readers who have been lucky enough to get paid to do what they love. Please e-mail your short essay (no more than 300 words) to editor@willistonpioneer. com.
    We want to know why you love your job, where you work, your full name and hometown. Please include a phone number for verification purposes.
    Deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 29.

  • Dennis Strow is Williston’s new police chief

    There’s a new police chief in town and he aims to be a hands-on leader who knows the town and its residents.
    In a 3-2 vote Tuesday night, Williston City Council approved the recommendation of the police chief committee and hired 38-year law enforcement veteran, Dennis Strow, as its new chief of police.
    Strow, 56, of Ocala retired Tuesday from the Marion County Sheriff’s Department, where he worked his way up through the ranks.

  • Dennis Strow is Williston's new police chief
  • FOL looks for local authors

    Friends of the Williston Public Library announce a program of authors reading excerpts of their books, poetry, life experiences and other topics. The program will be under the aegis of the Williston Woman's Club Education Committee and will be held at the Woman's Club, Thursday, Sept.15 at 7 p.m. Refreshments will be available for sale by the School Safety Patrol. There is no charge for the program.

  • Suwannee River Fair annual meeting is Aug. 30

    The annual meeting for the Suwannee River Fair & Livestock Association will be held Tuesday, Aug. 30 at 7 p.m. at the Fairgrounds in Fanning Springs.  Elections for seats on the Board of Directors will be held at this meeting.

  • County hires first public safety director

    Levy County has hired its first public safety director and he will start work on Aug. 22.
    David L. Knowles, a native of Hawthorne and a captain with the Citrus County Fire Rescue, has accepted the position that carries a $65,000 annual salary.
    The Levy County Commission unanimously approved Knowles’ hiring at its Aug. 2 regular meeting.  He was their top choice among six candidates interviewed by the commission in July.

  • Walk of Faith

    When Levy County school bells ring Aug. 22, a new school will chime in as it greets its first student body after a year and a half of the three Ps–planning, preparing and praying.
    Williston Central Christian Academy, a kindergarten through sixth grade school, is in the final days of “let’s see what we lack” before the doors open in less than two weeks.

  • Lifetime Achievement Award

    Robert Philpot, retired agricultural educator from Williston, has been selected as the 2011 Florida winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award given by the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE).   
    The NAAE Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes agricultural educators who have made significant contributions to agricultural education at the state, regional, and national levels over the course of their careers.