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  • Webb named Alumnus of the Year at Gala

    Williston businessman Charles “Chip” Webb Jr. was named the 2011 Levy County Schools Foundation Alumni of the Year Award recipient at the group’s Saturday gala held at Williston Middle School.
    The 11th annual STARS Gala, the scholarship fund-raising group for Levy County students, drew about 200 guests. The gala featured food served by the Williston Honor Society members, the presentation of colors by the Williston High Jr. ROTC, and entertainment by students from Williston, Bronson and Chiefland.

  • Council candidates face the music at forum

    Of all the concerns facing Williston, none seemed more important at last week’s candidate forum than the people’s utility bills.
    Steve Holcomb, the incumbent, and his challenger Norm Fugate, along with Debra Jones and her challenger Jerry Robinson, faced about 50 people in the forum, moderated by Avis Seabrook.
    After brief personal introductions, each told why they are running.
    Holcomb cited many things he feels are positives for the city, including paving roads, putting money back into reserve and the proposed solar power system.

  • Change may be in the air

    A city-sponsored workshop to iron out kinks in the utility policies began Tuesday night with an elementary science lesson  on how electricity gets from the power plant to residents’ homes.
    Director of Finance Marisela Barcenas gave a lengthy PowerPoint presentation on the structure that brings electricity from Progress Energy to the city,

  • EMS cuts in service just a rumor

    Citizens and medics packed the Levy County Board of Commissioners meeting room to let the commissioners know the county’s Emergency Medical Services should be kept at the same level and possibly improved.
    The crowd of about 70 people filled every chair and lined the walls as the commission had a workshop Tuesday dubbed a discussion on “current and future county issues and EMS.“

  • Sheriff’s office moves to silent dispatch

    Officials with the Levy County Sheriff’s Office said in a meeting last week that the agency needs to hire four new dispatchers and switch over to a communication system known as silent dispatching.
    “I really do believe our county will be better served,” Sheriff Johnny Smith told about 25 representatives from various agencies throughout the county in attendance at the meeting held at the sheriff’s office.

  • Williston changes meeting format

    What could have been a lengthy meeting thanks to its 16-item agenda went smoothly Tuesday night as the Williston City Council started a new way of conducting meetings.
    At the beginning of the session, President Marc Nussel announced to the audience of about 20 that the public comment portion of the meeting had been removed from the agenda.
    Nussel said as president it was up to him to preside and conduct the meetings in a manner he saw fit, and on his own decided to delete public comments.

  • Race to the Finish

    Fifteen Williston Cub Scouts competed in the Pinewood Derby Saturday. Who brought home the winner's trophy? See this week's Williston Pioneer for the answer.

  • Browning settles into role after rewarding first year
  • 11 throw hat in ring for county commission seat

    Eleven people have applied to be appointed to the vacant District 1 Board of County Commissioners position according to applications released by Gov. Rock Scott's office.
    The applicants are: Sunshine D. Baynard, Abraham Blitch, Edith Brown, Noel Desmond, Darryl Diamond, Michael Joyner, John Meeks, Anthony Phillips, Jack Schofield, David Stone and Tony Berlon Weeks.

  • Lions Club President Erv Kauffman dies at 67

    Erv Kauffman found peace and satisfacton in working and helping others. The combinaton led the Illinois native to almost single-handedly spearhead a campaign to revitalize the Williston Lions Club in 2009.
    Day in and day out for almost two years, he devoted himself to fund-raising, coordinating and looking for ways the club could benefit both individuals and businesses in his adopted home of Williston.
    That dedication and devotion came to an end Jan. 21 when Kauffman, 67, died from complications associated with liver cancer.