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Today's News

  • Time to sign up for WYAA fall sports

    Sign-ups for fall sports is fast approaching. WYAA will offer the following sports this fall:

    Soccer (ages 5-17)..............$75

    Soccer pups (ages 3-5)......$35

    Flag Football (ages 5-8 [can't turn 8 prior to Aug.1]).....$60

    Fall Softball (ages 7-14)

    Sign up dates will be:

    Aug. 20 5:30-7:30

    Aug. 22 9 a.m. until noon

    Aug. 27 5:30-7:30

    Aug. 29 a.m. until noon

    A copy of the child's birth certificate is needed.

     

  • Council gives city manager five-year deal

    The Williston City Council awarded a long-term contract to its city manager at Tuesday’s evening meeting.

    Marcus Collins, whose tenure with the city began on Jan. 5, 2009, had been working on a one-year employment agreement designed to give Collins and the council time to evaluate each other and determine whether a longer-term agreement was in the interests of both parties.

  • Assessment notices are in the mail

    The proposed property tax bills hitting mailboxes earlier this week will be joined today by Levy County’s notice of its fire, waste, road and emergency medical service assessment notices.

    While property owners may think they are getting hit with the double whammy of notices for proposed property taxes and proposed assessments, business owners are the ones most likely to raise their eyebrows and pick up the phone to call their county commissioner when they see the EMS assessment.

  • Friends kick off Book Fair season Sept. 5

    Friends of the Williston Public Library will hold its first book fair of the fall, Saturday, Sept. 5 in the City Hall Community Center located at the south end of Williston City Hall.

    The hours will be from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. A huge number of books and magazines will be available.

     Volunteers are needed to help set up on Thursday, Sept. 3 from 6 p.m. till about 8 p.m. The next morning, Friday, Sept. 4, volunteers will also be needed to complete the sorting and setting up and also on Saturday to help with the sale itself, from 8:30 a.m. till 1 p.m.

  • Middle school principal: We’re going to take care of your children

    It has come as no surprise that Pam Asbell chose her career path in education.

    “I was a great student,” said Asbell, new principal at Williston Middle School. “Iee^loved school. Iee^love learning. This is not a surprising end.”

    From those early years both attending, and playing school with friends, Asbell found role models in teachers and worked her way up the educational ladder by starting out as a teacher’s aide.

  • A Williston Pioneer Editorial

    Next Monday, the familiar yellow school buses will be back on the roads taking children to school for another year of learning.

    Drivers should take note and remember traffic safety rules when school is back in session.

    It only takes one mistake to change the course of a life forever.

    Keep your mind on the road.

    Eat breakfast before you get in your car, lay aside the cell phone and forget about texting. The life you save might be a child’s.

  • Guest Column

    Anger is an interesting thing. Not an emotion in and of itself, it is a response to other emotions, such as fear or betrayal. It can be repressed or overt; expressed loudly through physical action or quietly through words; destructive or beneficial.

  • Health Department prepares for back-to-school Swine Flu

    As students head back to school next week, the Levy County Health Department is preparing for potential widespread Novel H1N1 (Swine Flu) outbreaks as soon as school starts.

    “We know we’re going to have clusters of outbreaks when school starts next week,” said Barbara Locke, Levy County Health Department Administrator.

    “We’re preparing for the worst and hoping for the best,” Locke said. “We expect to see clusters of cases " maybe five to 10 at this school one week, and then another five to 10 at that school.”

  • Let the games begin

    Red Devil football fans are just a few days away from seeing their team take the field against the Bradford Tornadoes.

    On Aug. 28, the Red Devils, under the direction of new Head Coach Derek Chippoletti and his staff, will travel to take on a Bradford team that Chippoletti calls “A real good match up team for his Red Devils.”

    “Bradford’s head coach, Steve Hoard, is a defensive minded coach and this game will certainly test our offense right out of the gate,” Chipoletti said.

  • Team Levy considers 9 ways to grow economically

    There are nine areas of potential economic growth for Levy County.   

    John Adams, president and chief executive officer of Enterprise Florida, who was one of two key speakers at a Team Levy meeting on Aug. 13, said, “We’re trying to look over the horizon just a little bit to see where those target markets are.”