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Today's News

  • FFA poinsettia sale under way through Dec. 10

    The Williston FFA will be selling poinsettias for the holiday season. This year, the red and white poinsettias are $7.50 and the decorated poinsettias will be $10. All profits go to Williston FFA. The sale will take place from Nov. 18- Dec. 10. To place an order, call the Ag shop at (352) 528-2153 or e-mail  Mr. Wilder at wilderc@levy.k12.fl.us.

  • Our View

    If  you thought that Mayberry was a meandering dream that lives only on TV Land, guess again. Last Thursday, for the 11th year, the city of Williston paid homage to our military veterans in its annual celebration at the pavilion in Heritage Park.
    Patriotic music, moving speeches and the sight of  our nation’s true heroes sitting in a row moved many to tears in the stirring 90-minute event.
    Rep. Larry Cretul summed it up best when he described the annual event as a picture of Norman Rockwell’s
    America.

  • City studies change to government

    The city of Williston is inching closer to drafting a referendum for the March 2011 ballot that could change the way city government is run.
    For the last couple months, council members have met pondering changes they would like to see in the city charter.
    A n y changes to the charter must be approved by the voters.
    The specific ordinance change and ballot question–limited to 75 words–must be approved and in place by
    early January in order to appear on the March ballot.

  • Log Cabin Quilters

    By Winnelle Horne
    Special to the Pioneer

     The Log Cabin Quilters met Thursday, Nov 4 at the Levy County Quilt Museum.  It was a very busy day as several of the quilters are beginning to put up quilts for the Show.  There is much to be done and it takes time.
     First we have our Thanksgiving Dinner Nov. 18 and after that we can finish and get ready for the Show (Nov. 26 – Dec. 5).  Then it’s time to get ready for the State Fair in Tampa.

  • Former POW knew he was ‘on the right side’

    It was just a couple of hours into the New Year, 1945, when Ray Knisley, 86, of Chiefland, peeked out of a freezing foxhole after being awakened by the sound of gunshots.
    His unit, the 117th Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron (Mecz), had been dug in about 30 miles south of Strasbourg, Germany. There was snow on the ground, and in the light of a full moon he thought he saw a patrol coming in with German prisoners.  He hunkered back in to put on his boots and a jacket

  • Yearty asks appellate court to vacate convictions

    Sammy Yearty, the Levy County Commission chair convicted on federal bribery charges and lying to the FBI, has outlined the grounds for overturning his convictions to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta.
    Yearty, who is serving a 33-month sentence at the federal corrections facility in Pensacola, was indicted in October 2008 and arrested on Nov. 5, 2008. the day after winning re-election to the seat he had held since the 70s.

  • Buy a smoke alarm, save a life

    By Carolyn Ten Broeck
    Editor
    The deaths of five children in a Citra house fire Monday have left people shaking their head and wondering how it could have happened.
    According to news reports, the house had a smoke alarm but it wasn’t working.
    That was enough to spur Williston Police Chief Dan Davis to spearhead a campaign here to ensure that those who want, need or cannot afford smoke alarms can have them.

  • Homecoming Victory

    It was homecoming night at Booster Stadium, and the Newberry Panthers had only one thing in mind–spoil the night for Williston.
    But the Red Devils had other plans after falling behind early in the second half as the Panthers scored the go ahead touchdown following a Red Devil kick off fumble.
    The Red Devils had to answer twice with scoring drives. The last drive concluded with just 52 seconds remaining in the game as Dontrell Edwards scampered 22 yards for the winning touchdown, giving the Red Devils a 32-27 win.

  • Bird solidarity

    By Susan Howell

  • The basics of faith and works

    James 2:14-26