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  • 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.

  • Outstanding Club Member

    At its 2009 Installation of New Officers Dinner, Nancy Bowman was awarded Outstanding Club Member of the Year for the Williston Woman's Club. She is currently in her second year as 1st vice president. She is active in many club projects, has attended leadership training and annual Spring conventions. She teaches at Williston Elementary School and is a great asset to the club and community.

  • Serving Our Country

    Woodmansee

    Air Force Airman Jake T. Woodmansee graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

    The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

    Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

  • Lee’s Grocery burns Monday

    Lee’s Grocery, a landmark business across from Bronson Motor Speedway on State Road 24 burned Monday morning turning a family’s income into smoke and ashes.

    Mohammad Rashid, 24, was working alone at the store when he noticed smoke coming from a storage area on the back left side of the building. He said there was only one customer, a woman, in the store at the time.

    “I asked the customer can you please leave, because there is smoke and she needs to leave,” said Rashid, who with two other brothers works in the store.

  • Levy sports taking a big hit

    When you go to a district tournament game at the end of each sporting season, the Florida High School Athletic Association reminds you of a few important facts.

    “Interscholastic events are an extension of the classroom,” intones the game announcer.

    The purpose is to remind those in attendance how much sports and school go together.