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  • SHINE will answer Medicare questions

    Do you have questions about your options for Medicare, Medicare/Medicaid, disability, supplemental insurance, Part D Prescription Drug Plans, or Medicare billings?
    If you do, come see SHINE, a volunteer program with the Florida Department of Elder Affairs, for one-on-one counseling.  SHINE provides free, unbiased and confidential assistance.  If you cannot come to a site call the Elder Helpline at 1-800-262-2243 to be referred to a SHINE Volunteer.
    SHINE will be at:

  • Golf tourney benefits RFL

    The employees of Central Florida Electric Cooperative are pleased to announce that the Third Annual Relay for Life Golf Tournament will be held on April 9,  beginning with breakfast at 7 a.m. and a shotgun start at 8 a.m., at the Chiefland Golf and Country Club, in Chiefland.
    The tournament registration fee is $150 for a four-person team, which includes green fees, cart, plus competitions for the longest drive, straightest drive and closest to the pin.

  • Postmark will commemorate Railroad Days

    The communities of Bronson, Otter Creek, and Cedar Key will come alive on Saturday, March 19 with a full day of railroad activities planned to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Completion of the Florida Railroad.
       According to notes found in the David Levy Yulee Papers at the University of Florida’ís P.K. Yonge Library, the last spike of the 155.5-mile rail line from Fernandina to Cedar Key was driven on March 16, 1861.

  • GOP meets Monday

    The Levy County Republican Executive Committee will have their monthly meeting at Bubbaque’s Restaurant in Chiefland Monday, March 21 starting with food and fellowship at 6:30 p.m. followed by the meeting at 7 p.m.
     If you need a ride, call Juanita 339-0747.
    The group is looking for Republicans who want to; 1) increase the Republicans in Levy County; 2) education voters on issues; 3) increase Republican candidates; and 4) increase the voters at the polls.

  • The Drowsy Chaperone to debut

    Suwannee Valley Players will present The Drowsy Chaperone, a musical within a comedy that is swooping into town with tons of laughs.  Music and lyrics  are by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison and is based on a book by Bob Martin and Don McKellarson.

  • Website moves behind the wall March 17

    Beginning tomorrow, March 17, the Williston Pioneer website will only be available to those who subscribe–either to the newspaper or the online edition.
    Some features, like the Calendar, will still remain visible and usable for everyone to see.
    But news stories and photos will be limited unless you are a subscriber.
    If you aren't sure you want to subscribe, there is a free 30-day limited use way to see the newspaper online.
    We hope you like what you see and will patronize the advertisers who make our work possible.

  • Wanted: One kidney

    An entire country separates Morriston’s Dottie Hydue from her stepdaughter in California but it hasn’t deterred her from becoming an advocate to raise awareness for the need  for living organ donors.
    Today, March 10, is National Kidney Day and Hydue can’t think of a better way to commemorate it than by urging people to consider becoming an organ donor.
    Her stepdaughter, Tracie  Skaggs, 48, suffers from kidney failure and undergoes dialysis while she waits on a matching donor.

  • Country Party Rock Show

    He may not be your typical musician–he holds an undergraduate degree in psychology and a master’s degree in business–but Ocala’s Shane Wooten loves what he does and is working to promote not only himself–but his love of Florida, music and his causes.
    The up-and-coming country musician is one of the scheduled headliners at this year’s Levy County Fair–slated to perform April 9.
    The Shane Wooten Band performed at last year’s July 3 celebration and the experience left him wanting more.

  • Williston to celebrate July 2

    Williston’s traditional July 3 celebration will be held a day earlier this year because July 3 falls on Sunday.
    Councilor Debra Jones said in Tuesday night’s meeting that the Williston Chamber of Commerce had requested the city set the date so planning can begin.
    The Chamber had requested it be held Friday, July 1, Jones said, but members assured they would be in attendance no matter what date the council chose.
    At the beginning of the discussion, there were numerous opinions on the date it should be held and why.

  • Family loses everything in fire

    Family and friends are reaching out to a Williston family whose lives were rent asunder last week when a fire destroyed their home on 65th Lane.
    Williston Fire Chief Lamar Stegall said the double-wide mobile home, where the Brian Means’ family lived, was totally engulfed by the time  his crew arrived. The call came to the department around 7:17 p.m. March 4.
    Neighbor Irene Miller said the matriarch of the family, Betty Smith, was in the shower when she heard a large boom.