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  • Pilot avoids disaster by aborting takeoff

    A small plane attempting to take off was severely damaged at the Williston Airport last Friday, when a fire erupted from both wheels.

    According to the Williston Police Dept., the plane's trainee pilot, who was not identified, heard an unusual noise from the door and decided to abort his takeoff. After he entered a second runway, flames erupted from his right wheel.

    Airport employees knocked down the flames until Williston Fire Rescue arrived and extinguished the fire.

  • No opposition for four incumbents

    Qualifying for this year's elections has ended, and four Levy County candidates find themselves elected without opposition.

    Tax Collector Linda Fugate, Supervisor of Elections Connie Asbell, and School Board members Beth Davis and Paige Brookins each failed to draw an opponent.

  • City, police begin negotiations

    By Pat Hibbs

    For the Pioneer

    City of Williston labor negotiators sat down last week with their counterparts from the Police Benevolent Association, the union that represents the sworn officers of the Williston Police Department.

    Cpl. Kevin Sheppard and Sgt. Matthew Fortney represented the union, along with Clyde Jordan, a PBA staff representative from Tallahassee. Investigator James Bond and Officer Eliza Kolak also attended.

  • Archer holds Yulee-Diddley Day

    Archer's Yulee Diddley Day 2008 was a festival day like none other north of Key West or East of New Orleans.

    The kick-off day began at 9 a.m. featuring Grey Wolf, a Native American duet entertainer and song writer, performing from the Archer Railroad Museum's Depot building's back porch stage. Other entertainment followed until the parade.

  • New holiday lights, decorations on tap

    Residents and visitors and people simply passing through Williston this Christmas season will be delighted with sparkling new lights and decorations along Noble Avenue, from the top of the hill to the east city limits.

    Thanks to a generous Community Redevelopment Association allocation of funds up to $24,000, the city will be able to replace some of its older, homemade decorations, which have gotten increasingly weather-beaten and shabby over the years. With new light poles in the East Williston area, decorations will extend along the entire Noble Avenue corridor through town.

  • City studies switch in retirement plans

    The Williston City Council held a special meeting on Tuesday evening to consider the Florida State Retirement Plan (FRS) in contrast to the City of Williston plan, in which all city employees are currently enrolled.

    The subject arose because the Police Benevolent Association, the union that represents Williston's sworn police officers, has proposed a switch to the state system as part of its bargaining agreement.

  • WPD confiscates machine gun

    Williston police officers have recovered a World War II-era Japanese machine gun as a result of a traffic stop which led to the arrest of two women on drug charges.

    Abby Ross of the unit block of Regina Boulevard, Beverly Hills, and Traci Bower of the 11000 block of North Williams Street, Dunnellon, were charged initially with drug paraphernalia and illegal drug possession.

  • WHS seniors graduate

    Williston High School senior class president Kaylin Lindsey spoke briefly to her classmates at Monday's graduation exercises, saying "Our class has a personality of its own." She closed her talk by turning to her friends and calling out three little words, but not the words the audience expected. Instead, she said to them the class motto: "That's What's Up." The seniors on stage at the University of Florida Center for the Performing Arts burst into cheers and applause, but at that moment it may have dawned on many of them that this was really the end of their high school days.

  • Red light cameras likely soon

    For the Williston City Council, it was an evening for celebration and for decisions. The celebrations honored outstanding students in the Williston schools as well as six members of the Williston High School class of 2008 who have joined the U.S. Navy. Two major business items - electronic surveillance of red-light running and efforts to establish a new city hall at the north end of the Linear Park - were resolved after months of consideration and discussion. The council room was full to overflowing with relatives and friends of the honorees.

  • Independence Day plans move ahead

    On Thursday, July 3, Williston will celebrate Independence Day, starting with the annual parade at 5 p.m. The parade theme is "Hometown Heroes".

    This year the city is honoring two hometown heroes, Royal French and Catlin Mixson. They will lead the parade as grand marshals.