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Today's News

  • Cal Byrd is Citizen of the Year

    Longtime Williston resident and city councilman Cal Byrd was named Citizen of the Year by the Junior Woman’s Club during the Independence Day celebration last weekend.

    The text from the announcement is as follows:

    "The Citizen of the Year is a man who has always been around supporting our community in a most steadfast but quiet manner.

    "He has never been one to hog the spotlight but now is the time to give this man the very public recognition that he so rightly deserves. Williston’s 2014 Citizen of the Year is Cal Byrd.

  • Just passing through

    When told he had only five weeks to live, Rodger Howell, 63, sold everything he had and took to the open road with two horses and a dog. His goal: to live every day as if it were his last, visit family and friends and see America.

    That was a year ago, and this week Howell passed through Williston on his quest to reach Niagara Falls by Christmas.

    A former Tennessee police chief, Howell drives his buggy four days a week and rests three, plus he never travels on Sunday.

    He averages 20-25 miles per day and enjoys meeting the people he encounters.

  • ISO rating lowered

    Home and business owners in the city of Williston can look for some savings on their fire/homeowners' insurance premiums thanks to the efforts of the Williston Fire Department.

    City Manager Scott Lippmann announced Tuesday night that the city's ISO rating, the means by which fire protection is graded, was lowered from six to five. Lippmann added the new evaluation was 4.5 points from being a four, and can be appealed.

    What that means is savings to the consumer because the better the fire protection, the less premiums are.

  • Gene Hodges dead at 77

    Cedar Key’s former Mayor Eugene “Gene” Hodges was born into a politically connected family, an heir to knowing how to get things done for the island community and district that he represented in the Florida House from 1972 to 1988. His father, Randolph, was a state senator from 1952-62, a Senate President and later a lobbyist.

    The son, a lifelong Democrat, made his mark in politics by being smart and likable. He used his quick wit that way a carpenter uses a wood plane–smoothing and finely shaping the final debate.

  • JROTC lacks funding for competitions

     

     

  • Know beach conditions before heading out for summer fun

     

    Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) officials remind beachgoers to check the surf conditions at public beaches.  Understanding the beach warning flags will help to keep you and your family safe as you enjoy the waters.  When red flags are flying, swimming in Florida’s coastal waters can be dangerous.

  • Donated ambulance helping save Nigerian lives

     An ambulance that was retired from Levy County due to attrition and high mileage is finding a new life in Nigeria.

    Earlier this year, the Levy County Department of Public Safety, with approval from the Board of County Commissioners donated a decommissioned ambulance after a request from Missionary Alex Abiola.

  • WPD applies for hiring grant

    Williston Police Chief Dennis Strow says he's been fortunate that his city schools are relatively violence free, and he wants to keep it that way.

    "There's not been a problem," Strow told city council members last week, "but I'd like to be prepared."

    In an effort to do so, Strow asked council for–and received permission–to apply for a grant, that if approved, would fund a School Resource Officer (SRO).

  • Republican primaries closed

    By Lou Elliott Jones and Mark Scohier

    editor@chieflandcitizen.com

    Republicans, who now hold sway in voter registration in Levy County, will have a huge voice in both County Commission seats up for grabs in the Aug. 26 primary.

    And in the county school board elections – which are nonpartisan races – all three incumbents were re-elected without opposition when candidate filing closed at noon Friday.

  • Have you met a celebrity?

    Was it in a crowded airport? Backstage at a concert? After a ballgame? Walking down the street?

    Many of us have encountered a celebrity and once you get past the initial shock, you may have asked for an autograph or a photo.

    The Williston Pioneer wants to hear about your brush with fame.

    In 100 words or less, tell our readers who you met and how it happened. If you had a photo made with that person, be sure to include it as well.

    Submissions will be accepted now through Aug. 29. All submissions will be printed in the Sept. 4 edition.