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  • Horse church permit dragged across finish line

    The Levy County Commission took 90 minutes to decide a request for a conditional use permit for a cowboy church and horse arena to be located on U.S. Highway 27A and Northeast 162nd Court.
    Cross Brand Cowboy Church wants to move its operations to the 25-acre site but it does not have the money to upgrade the turn from U.S. 27A onto Northeast 162nd Court to handle the increased traffic, a job estimated to cost about $30,000.
     “I am asking you to allow us to construct (the church) and do our ministry,” said Mike Smith, the church’s spokesman.

  • Williston city attorney resigns

    Amid allegations of Sunshine Law violations and failure to follow statutory requirements regarding certain contracts and agreements, Norm Fugate announced his resignation as Williston City Attorney effective immediately Tuesday night.
    The resignation came on the heels of several months of  verbal sparring between the attorney and city council members.
    It was only last month that the council agreed to advertise a request for professional services to weigh its options for legal services.

  • Williston City Attorney Resigns
  • Answering the Challenge

    For over 25 years, they’ve lived in a sundry of locations in the eastern United States but in between moves, and sometimes simultaneously, they’ve always called Haiti home.
    Virginia “Ginger” Schmidt, with her husband, Tom, and their children have devoted themselves to what they call “the refuse” of Haiti–the children who are less than perfect and who are cast aside and left to die.

  • A look back at 2010 through the Williston Pioneer

    What made headlines during 2010? Here’s a look back at some of the stories that took top spot in the Williston Pioneer.
    January: Lone survivor of wreck is on road to recovery Nikole Brown decribes how it feels to be the only survivor of a car wreck that killed her two best friends. Church burglarized The Williston First United Methodist Church became the latest in a long string of churches that have been burglarized in the area. Hospital takes a turn for the better Partners Healthcare Development International (PHD) CEO Jim Full details improvements to the hospital.

  • Hey, hey it's a monkey

    Williston resident and county commissioner Danny Stevens got more than he bargained for Sunday morning when he called his 8-year-old daughter, Danielle, to look out the window at the deer knocking corn out of a backyard feeder.
    Upon closer inspection, the “deer” was standing on its hind legs and it wasn’t a deer at all–it was a monkey, specifically a Patas Monkey.
    “It was over three feet tall,” Danielle said Monday, with her father adding with its arms outstretched and standing, it was much bigger than that.

  • Local legislators reminded to keep rural counties in mind

    By LOU ELLIOTT JONES

    chiefland citizen

    The message was we have no money. 

    But the folks who came to the Levy County Legislative Delegation meeting on Dec. 15 had more on their mind that the state’s money woes. They asked the legislators to look out for small, rural counties that cannot do the same things as larger, urban areas.

  • Wishing you a Merry Christmas

    We three Pioneers--Debbie, Chris and Carolyn--wish you and yours the happiest of holiday seasons. Merry Christmas!

  • Fugate resigns

    During a lengthy city council meeting Tuesday night, Norm Fugate resigned as the Williston City Attorney. See the story in Thursday's Williston Pioneer.

  • Donation sponsors eight ballet students

    Williston School of Dance recently received a  $1,600 donation from Plum Creek Foundation.
     Plum Creek, based in Seattle, Wash. is the largest private landowner in the United States. The company owns an estimated 145,000 acres in Levy County.
    The contribution by Plum Creek served as a sponsorship for eight ballet students of the School of Dance.