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Today's News

  • After 36 years, Ann Thompson enjoys reminiscing with patients

    In life, we learn soon enough that just about the only thing that doesn’t change is the fact that everything changes. But some things don’t change as quickly or as often as others, and Ann Thompson is here to prove it.

    “Here” is Williston Rehabilitation and Nursing Center (once known as Oak View Care Center, then as Oak View Rehabilitation, then as Williston Care Center.) But no matter what the changes in name or ownership, for 36 years Ann Thompson has been showing up to take care of people in the big building under the oaks at 300 NW 1st Avenue.

  • Etheridge will not seek school board re-election

    School Board of Levy County member Frank Etheridge, who represents Williston, will not seek re-election in November.

    "After 20 years on the board, I've enjoyed it. But it's time for some new, fresh ideas."

    Etheridge started his career in education as a teacher at Williston High School. His interest and passion for education has continued ever since, he said.

  • City reverses late fee action-for now

    The city administration has withdrawn, for the time being, the implementation of a procedure that contradicted long term practice in the payment of utility bills when the 10th of the month falls on a weekend.

    According to statute, utility bills are due and payable on the 10th of the month to avoid the application of a $10 late fee per service.

    Common practice for many years has been that, should the 10th fall on a weekend, utility bills could be paid until 4 p.m. on the following Monday without penalty.

  • Reason to Relay

    For the last 15 years, it has been my custom to focus on the survivors of cancer as a way to promote the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life fund-raiser.

    The first time I did it was in April 1996 and it was my first assignment at a new newspaper.

    The survivor was Miranda Fleming, then about 30 who had survived Hodgkin’s Disease, or cancer of the lymph nodes when she was about 20.

    Little did I know that only five months later, my son, Nick, just three months shy of his 12th birthday would receive the same diagnosis.

  • Reason to Relay

    For the last 15 years, it has been my custom to focus on the survivors of cancer as a way to promote the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life fund-raiser.

    The first time I did it was in April 1996 and it was my first assignment at a new newspaper.

    The survivor was Miranda Fleming, then about 30 who had survived Hodgkin’s Disease, or cancer of the lymph nodes when she was about 20.

    Little did I know that only five months later, my son, Nick, just three months shy of his 12th birthday would receive the same diagnosis.

  • Letter to the Editor

    To the editor:

    Why has the city of Williston decided to enforce a 2002 ordinance without notifying residents.  We were verbally informed when we paid our utility bills that we could no longer pay 80 percent and there was some publicity.  This was bad enough considering our unusually cold winter causing increased heating costs. 

  • Letter to the Editor

    To the editor:

    While reading the Pioneer about the last council meeting something caught my eye that I can’t let go by without making a comment and that is about the city attorney’s contract.

    One of the comments was Mr. Fugate’s contract was “lifetime”– not true. Because if it was then the council would not vote on the contract on an annual basis would it?

    According to the article the council wanted “a Board certified attorney in the city, ccounty and local government.”

  • Legal free rides

    One of the most frustrating parts of making laws is the ability of lawmakers to tack on completely unrelated amendments to a bill. Consumer protection became the law of the land in February, and riding along on that bill’s coattails was an amendment that spells disaster in my personal life. It has nothing to do with money and everything to do with feeling safe in our National Parks.

  • Letter to the Editor

    To the editor:

    I attended the Levy County Commission meeting on April 6 and all I can say is shame on three of our county commissioners.

    The residents of South Levy County, have always felt under-represented until Gov. Crist appointed Commissioner [Marsha] Drew to the board. Since being in office, she has tried to address the needs of her constituents, but has been blocked by the power struggle taking place on the board.

  • Community Events

    Friday, April 16

    Benefit Golf Tourney

    The Chad Reed Sr. Memorial Golf Tournament will be held at the Chiefland Golf & Country Club Friday, April 16.

    The first flight check-in will be at 7:45 a.m.

    For more information, call Stacey at 352-542-3181 or 352-262-4081.

    Saturday, April 17

    Fun Run