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  • City backs down on charter change

    Williston voters will not be deciding on city charter changes during the March 2011 elections.
    The decision came Tuesday night after a third discussion by council members on a proposed ordinance fell flat.
    The new ordinance called for the mayoral position to be elected by the voters and gave the mayor authority to preside over council members as one of the five councillors.

  • Send us pictures of baby’s first Christmas

    Christmas is a special time for many but none more so than parents and grandparents celebrating the holiday with new additions to their families.
    On Dec. 23, the Williston Pioneer will publish photographs of Baby’s First Christmas.
    Photographs must be snapshots–no professional pictures will be printed. Photos can be from any year–even “back in the day.”

  • Legislative delegation meeting set for Dec. 15

    State Rep. Leonard Bembry (D-Greenville) has announced the Levy County Legislative Delegation will hold its annual meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 15 at 4 p.m. in the Levy County Commission Chambers at the Levy County Courthouse, located at 355 South Court Street in Bronson.
    “This is a prime opportunity for the citizens and public officials of Levy County to meet with their Legislators and inform them of what is important to their community,”  Bembry said.

  • 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!