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Local News

  • 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.

  • Tobacco coalition meets Tuesday

    The Levy County Health Department’s Tobacco Program Specialist will host a coalition meeting on May 26 at the Bronson Middle/High School Media Center from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

  • Rep. Bembry concerned about Florida’s budget

    State Rep. Leonard Bembry, D-Greenville, told people on Cedar Key last week that he finds Florida’s finances “worrisome.”

    “What concerns me with the whole budget is taking $3.5 billion of stimulus money to balance the budget,” Bembry said. “Taking one-time money to borrow your way out of debt doesn’t work.”

    “Our debt has doubled since 2002 – the amount of bonding has doubled,” Bembry said. “And our revenue has decreased by 25 percent.”

  • Have a safe and happy Memorial Day

    The Williston Pioneer Sun News will be closed Monday, May 25 in observance of Memorial Day. Our news deadline is 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 26.

  • CRA to concentrate on new commercial construction, renovations

    The principal subject for the Community Redevelopment Agency at its Monday night meeting was not on the agenda, but it elicited a spirited discussion toward the end of the meeting.

    Earl Ogle, a member of the CRA, once again introduced the question of expanding the CRA district. He noted that the group had asked for numbers to support the city’s objection to expanding the district. Vice chair Nick Williams said he’d spoken to city manager Marcus Collins several weeks ago and didn’t feel that he’d received a satisfactory answer.

  • Breaking News

    Joyce Bullock Elementary School was placed in lock down Tuesday afternoon after two students were lured into a vehicle and driven 100 yards across the front entrance of the school’s campus.

    The male students were on the playground, according to press releases from the sheriff’s office and the school district, when they were approached by a white or Hispanic male. The man was described as having black hair and possibly wearing a brown shirt, blue pants and black boots. He may have a silver tooth and a dark spot or mole on his face.

  • SCV Memorial Service Saturday

    The John Hance O’Steen Camp 770, Sons of Confederate Veterans, will hold a memorial service on Saturday, May 16 to honor Confederate soldier, George W. Martin. The service will be held at the Bell Cemetery, Bell starting at 2 p.m.

    George Martin was born March 22, 1839 in Barnwell, S.C.

    He moved to New River County, (present day Bradford County) before the Civil War and settled near Starke with his wife, Rebeca. When the war started, Martin traveled to Suwannee County and enlisted Jan. 1, 1862. He was enrolled in Company H of the 1st Florida Cavalry.