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  • Have a holly jolly time in Williston

    Christmas may be two weeks away but visitors to Williston this weekend can bolster their holiday spirit with three days packed with color, cheer and festivity that should carry them through to Dec. 25.
    The whirlwind of holiday cheer kicks off Friday night as the Williston Chamber of Commerce hosts the annual Christmas parade down Noble Avenue beginning at 6 p.m.
    A host of floats, motorized vehicles, music and color will center around this year’s theme “Wild West Christmas.”

  • Thomas Speck:

    Thomas Speck is someone who would have been called, in the language of yesteryear, “a man of parts.” 

    Or you might think of him as a cat with nine lives, or a novel in several volumes, each set in a different time or place.

  • Felon kidnaps baby and is tased from a tree

    A car that was stolen from West Highway 40 near 60th Avenue with a 9-month-old boy inside was recovered in Williston later that day, Friday, Nov. 19, and a suspect was arrested.
    At about 12:30 a.m. the Marion County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a vehicle stolen from the Chevron station at 5895 W. State Road 40. The vehicle’s owner, Damian Wells, had gone inside the station, leaving his 9-month-old son in the vehicle’s back seat. The vehicle was last seen headed toward U.S. 27, and the Williston Police Department was notified.

  • Grant to fund city water line loop, extension

    Water lines equal a better economy.
    That’s what the city of Williston is banking on and last week, city council members learned that the city has been awarded a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for $650,000 to extend and loop the existing water system.
    When in place, the enhanced water system could help lure business and industry to town, giving the city the boost in the arm it needs.

  • JIWAN JAMES

    When many little boys tie up the plastic cleats for T-ball and proclaim that they want to be professional baseball players when they grow up, Williston’s Jiwan James knew it was something more than just words he would say–one day he would live it.
    In 2007, James did just that when, fresh out of high school, he was chosen by the Philadelphia Phillies in the  22nd round.

  • Outreach Team coming to Williston Dec. 11

    The Levy County Community Outreach Team will be conducting two more in a series of monthly community outreach events focused on connecting citizens with local health, nutrition and other resources on Saturday, Dec. 11. The Team, which includes representatives from the Florida Department of Children and Families, the Levy County Health Department, The Children’s Table and Elder Options, has scheduled the events for the following locations and times:
     Casa de Restauracion Shalom Church, 239 South Main St., Williston from 9-11 a.m. 

  • Happy Thanksgiving

    Chris, Debbie and Carolyn–your newspaper team at the Williston Pioneer–extend Thanksgiving blessings to our loyal readers. Have a wonderful holiday and know how much we appreciate you!

  • FFA poinsettia sale under way through Dec. 10

    The Williston FFA will be selling poinsettias for the holiday season. This year, the red and white poinsettias are $7.50 and the decorated poinsettias will be $10. All profits go to Williston FFA. The sale will take place from Nov. 18- Dec. 10. To place an order, call the Ag shop at (352) 528-2153 or e-mail  Mr. Wilder at wilderc@levy.k12.fl.us.

  • City studies change to government

    The city of Williston is inching closer to drafting a referendum for the March 2011 ballot that could change the way city government is run.
    For the last couple months, council members have met pondering changes they would like to see in the city charter.
    A n y changes to the charter must be approved by the voters.
    The specific ordinance change and ballot question–limited to 75 words–must be approved and in place by
    early January in order to appear on the March ballot.

  • Log Cabin Quilters

    By Winnelle Horne
    Special to the Pioneer

     The Log Cabin Quilters met Thursday, Nov 4 at the Levy County Quilt Museum.  It was a very busy day as several of the quilters are beginning to put up quilts for the Show.  There is much to be done and it takes time.
     First we have our Thanksgiving Dinner Nov. 18 and after that we can finish and get ready for the Show (Nov. 26 – Dec. 5).  Then it’s time to get ready for the State Fair in Tampa.