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Today's News

  • Sowing my seed to the birds... or is it the turkeys

    It was the middle of the night and I could not go to sleep. I looked at the clock and it said 2:37 AM. I tossed and turned but nothing seemed to work. The Sandman, usually a faithful worker at our house, was nowhere to be found. I read somewhere that if you cannot go to sleep in the middle of the night, get up go out and watched a little TV and soon you will get sleepy. I am not sure who wrote that and I am not even sure if I actually read it or if it was some delusion of my mind at the time.

  • Have a safe and happy Memorial Day

    The Williston Pioneer Sun News will be closed Monday, May 25 in observance of Memorial Day. Our news deadline is 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 26.

  • CRA to concentrate on new commercial construction, renovations

    The principal subject for the Community Redevelopment Agency at its Monday night meeting was not on the agenda, but it elicited a spirited discussion toward the end of the meeting.

    Earl Ogle, a member of the CRA, once again introduced the question of expanding the CRA district. He noted that the group had asked for numbers to support the city’s objection to expanding the district. Vice chair Nick Williams said he’d spoken to city manager Marcus Collins several weeks ago and didn’t feel that he’d received a satisfactory answer.

  • Breaking News

    Joyce Bullock Elementary School was placed in lock down Tuesday afternoon after two students were lured into a vehicle and driven 100 yards across the front entrance of the school’s campus.

    The male students were on the playground, according to press releases from the sheriff’s office and the school district, when they were approached by a white or Hispanic male. The man was described as having black hair and possibly wearing a brown shirt, blue pants and black boots. He may have a silver tooth and a dark spot or mole on his face.

  • Letter to the editor

    Dear Editor:

    I would like to take this opportunity to say, “thank you,” to the Williston Fire Department.

    On the night before Thanksgiving our business caught on fire. Some of the chemicals we use are highly flammable. The fire started in the chemical room and wasn’t called in for some time. When the fire department arrived they faced a towering inferno complete with explosions, intense heat and a 500 gallon propane tank 20 feet from the blaze.

  • Letter to the editor

    Dear Editor:

    My husband and I are long-time patients at the Nature Coast Family Health Services.

    We are so glad to see the positive letters and publicity concerning both the hospital and clinic and the efforts of our hard-working staff to provide the very best for all of us who use or will need the services provided. Dr. Dale Block and Mr.ee^James Long P.A. have our complete trust and confidence.

  • SCV Memorial Service Saturday

    The John Hance O’Steen Camp 770, Sons of Confederate Veterans, will hold a memorial service on Saturday, May 16 to honor Confederate soldier, George W. Martin. The service will be held at the Bell Cemetery, Bell starting at 2 p.m.

    George Martin was born March 22, 1839 in Barnwell, S.C.

    He moved to New River County, (present day Bradford County) before the Civil War and settled near Starke with his wife, Rebeca. When the war started, Martin traveled to Suwannee County and enlisted Jan. 1, 1862. He was enrolled in Company H of the 1st Florida Cavalry.

  • Outstanding Club Member

    At its 2009 Installation of New Officers Dinner, Nancy Bowman was awarded Outstanding Club Member of the Year for the Williston Woman's Club. She is currently in her second year as 1st vice president. She is active in many club projects, has attended leadership training and annual Spring conventions. She teaches at Williston Elementary School and is a great asset to the club and community.

  • Serving Our Country

    Woodmansee

    Air Force Airman Jake T. Woodmansee graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

    The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

    Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

  • Williston Police Reports

    What started out as a complaint about checks allegedly being written on a closed account, ended with two women arrested on drug charges.

    Williston Police Officers were called to Hitchcock’s May 5 after the manager reported that a woman had bounced several checks and paid for merchandise on a closed account.

    The officers met with two women in the parking lot.

    When Brenda C. Brust, 43, of Hawthorne was told to empty her pockets, she produced an empty Tic-Tac container, the arrest report said.