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  • JWC’s check will help kids be kids

    The GFWC Williston Junior Woman's Club presented The Guardian Foundation, the non-profit arm of Guardian ad Litem, with a GFWC Florida Juniors' Special Project: One Voice for Children a grant of $1,000 at the club's May meeting. The grant will help provide some of the over 100 Levy County children in the Guardian ad Litem Program with the "extras" that make being a kid fun. These "extras" include summer camp, youth sports, school field trips, clubs, and other extra curricular activities.

  • Community Calendar

    Saturday, May 30

    •Angel House Thrift store is open on Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Located at Holy Family Parish, 17353 N.E. 27A, Williston.

    Monday, June 1

    •Levy Veterans Support Group, 7 p.m., Williston City Hall.

    •AA Meeting, 7:30 p.m., Thompson Hall at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church.

    •Al-Anon, 7 p.m. Midway Plaza, 13451 N.E. Hwy 27 Alt.

    •Masonic Lodge #117 F.&A.M., 7:30 p.m., Ornan Lodge.

    Tuesday, June 2

    •Piecemakers, 9 a.m., Presbyterian Church.

  • Wild Hog comes through, again

    “This is more like the old days, the kind of money we used to raise,” said Betty Walker, Executive Director of Levy Association for Retarded Citizens (LARC).

    She was talking about the check for $10,400 that officers from Bronson AMVETS Post 88 had just presented her, the proceeds from last month’s 33rd Annual Wild Hog Canoe and Kayak Race. With some 50 sponsors and 60 boats in this year’s race, AMVETS’ contribution vastly exceeded the take from any Wild Hog race in years.

  • Things to do, places to go

    Dunnellon Visionary

    May 28

    The Dunnellon Area Chamber of Commerce’s Destination Dunnellon Committee will hold a Visionary Meeting on Thursday, May 28 at 6:30 p.m.

    The upcoming meeting’s agenda is to review visions created by other groups in the Dunnellon area and to discuss how to implement the plan currently endorsed by the City of Dunnellon into a vision for the entire Dunnellon area.

  • Risner to take helm as editor

    This issue of the Williston Pioneer Sun News marks the last by editor Jim Clark.

    Current Chiefland Citizen editor Carolyn Risner will be assuming the helm of the Williston Pioneer Sun News.

    Clark will be taking over the editorship of the Chiefland newspaper.

    “This transition is a better allocation of our resources and will allow us to continue to provide strong news products in both areas,” said Chiefland general manager Tom Ten Broeck.

  • School district releases number of non-renewed employees

    A total of 45 Levy County teachers and 17 Educational Support Personnel (ESPs) have received annual contract non-renewal notices for the 2009-2010 school year, according to information released Friday by SBLC Director of Personnel Candy Dean. Four other teachers who received non-renewal notices chose to resign instead, Dean said.

  • Despite lack of insured patients, hospital is doing OK

    In his 10-plus years with Williston’s Nature Coast Regional Hospital. Kim Bird has seen a sick facility become a healthy, viable part of the communty.

    At Tuesday’s Rotary meeting, Bird, president of Cypress Health Systems Florida, Inc–the company that owns the hospital–said the healthcare facility has come a long way and continues to make great strides in the Williston area.

  • Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!

    Morriston’s Small Farms subdivision is in an uproar over the location of lions, tigers, bears, apes and monkeys in their neighborhood — with some animals as close as 250 feet to a child’s bedroom.

    “I get the pleasure of looking at the lion while I have my morning coffee,” said Neva Riding, who lives across from a lion cage at the animal sanctuary on Southeast 192nd Court.

    “If you haven’t heard a lion roar, it’s a pretty big noise,” she said. “I don’t want to live with lions, tigers and bears.”

  • Council hears grant update during housekeeping session

    Williston’s city council met on Tuesday evening as usual and its agenda consisted largely of housekeeping items.

    The members of the Citizens’ Advisory Task Force were unanimously reappointed. They are Jeff Basing, Jake Cason, Steve Holcomb, Bob Hughes, Steve McMillen and Cleveland Simms. All had agreed to serve another term.

    One of the most important functions of that committee is its work on Community Block Development Grants awarded by the State of Florida.

  • Vertommens celebrating marriage Saturday

    Earl and Samantha Vertommen will host a celebration of their marriage Saturday, May 23 at half past seven in the evening at the Williston Golf and Country Club. A reception will immediately follow the ceremony.

    The couple was married May 14, 2007 but due to the groom’s service as a U.S. Marine had to delay a formal wedding ceremony. Mr. Vertommen was stationed at Camp LaJeune, N.C. and has been deployed twice.

    The couple now resides in Morriston.

    Local invitations have been mailed but all family and friends are encouraged to share the couple’s joy.