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Today's News

  • School board hopes to boost test scores

    By Pat Faherty

    Special to the Pioneer

    With some bright spots in overall FCAT results, the school district's challenge will be how to spread that success.

    "There are schools that are performing well," said Patrick Wnek, assistant superintendent of curriculum, at Tuesday's Levy County School Board meeting. "Our goal is to find out what they are doing."

    "We know it can happen in all of our schools," he said, noting that some teachers are performing at a high level.

  • Pre-4th Extravaganza to light up Williston

    The city of Williston will “Celebrate Old Glory” Thursday, July 3 starting with the parade at 5 p.m.

    More than 110 entrants have registered for the parade that will wind its way down Noble Avenue. Scheduled participants include Smoky Bear, a roller derby team, candidates, a square dance club and of course, lots of antique cars and tractors.

  • Soccer camp starts Monday

     

     Soccer Shots of North Central Florida will host a camp at the Williston Elementary School bus loop from 6:00-7:30 Monday-Friday starting on June 23. 

    Soccer Shots is a national franchise which has recently started up in Alachua, Marion, Citrus and Levy counties. 

  • Team, coach lauded at baseball banquet

     

    By Steve Jarboe

    Contributing Writer

    The Williston High School baseball team celebrated its season May 31 at First Baptist Church of Williston.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Report

     

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office reports the following arrests:

    • June 15, Joseph Mitchell Allen, 55, Cedar Key, DUI, no registration.

  • Williston pawnbroker arrested

     

    A Williston pawnbroker was charged last week with dealing in stolen property after an investigation into a residential burglary led back to his place of business.

    Daniel Thomas Moll, 54, of Chiefland was arrested last week following a three-week investigation.

  • WYAA has new officers; looks toward gridiron

    By KEITH CHARTRAND

    Contributing Writer

    WILLISTON – It was the first men’s softball game of the season and Williston Youth Athletic Association board member and football coordinator Bobby Crooms is doing what he does best: multitasking.

    He is answering questions from parents inquiring about the WYAA June youth football camp sign ups.

    He is turning the lights on for the softball field.

    He is manning the concession stand deep fryer and grill serving up French fries, hot dogs and hamburgers.

  • Little Women opens June 14

    Williston Community Theater will present Little Women, a play in two acts adapted from the Louisa May Alcott book, Saturday, June 14 at 7 p.m. in the WHS Auditorium. 

     Starring Katie Taylor in the lead role of Jo March, this period piece takes place during the Civil War. Taylor co-stars with her real life sister, Lauren Taylor, as Amy March, the youngest of the March girls. Tickets are $12 and are available at the door on show days.

    Subsequent performances are June 15, June 21 and June 22.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Report

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office reports the following arrests:

    • May 30, Chastity Nicole Baxman, 33, Otter Creek, out of county warrant.

    • May 31, Bruce Vincent Cherbonneau, 53, Williston, battery. Bond $5,000.

    ª May 31, Lori Lee Cherbonneau, 48, Williston, violation of condition of release. Bond $2,500.

    • June 1, Covarrubias Gonzalez, 52, Immokalee, battery. Bond $10,000.

    • May 30, Billie Jo Grant, 32, Fanning Springs, robbery. Bond $75,000.

  • Humility before honor

    It’s been 14 weeks since I learned that I had B-cell lymphoma.

    That seems like a short time–only three and a half months–but in some ways it seemed like an eternity.

    In the beginning it was a seemingly endless parade of doctors and tests. Just when I thought I was finished, I received another referral; another test; another opinion.

    Driving to Gainesville two or three times a week–and later every day–gave me a lot of time for contemplation and self discovery.