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Today's News

  • This Father’s Day, teach an old dad a new twist

    Who says you can’t teach an old dad new twists? All across the nation, people are telling their fathers, grandfathers, and other special men in their lives about a new “twist” in the law that may help them qualify for extra help paying for costs associated with their prescription drugs.

    When you’re spending time with Dad this weekend, ask him if he can use some help paying for his prescription drugs. If so, tell him about the Medicare Prescription Drug Plan and the extra help available through Social Security.

  • Bond named Officer of the Year

    In 2009 Investigator James Bond was named Officer of the Year for the Williston Police Department, for the second year in a row.

    As it happens, news of Bond’s exploits got to the Southern Police Institute Alumni Association (Florida Chapter) and they concurred.

    Bond has been chosen SPIAA Officer of the year for Florida and he will be recognized and handed a scholarship to Southern Police Institute’s Command Officer Development Course on Friday July 23, at the SPIAA National Conference in West Palm Beach.

  • City’s audit clean

    Williston’s fiscal report is clean, councilors learned Tuesday, but attention was called to a possible downward trend in the city’s net assets by auditor Ben Doerr Jr. of the James Moore Company.

    Doerr suggested the downward spiral may have been caused by unrestricted spending over the last two years.

    The audit was for the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2009.

    Doerr also touched on the possibility of expediting the fiscal auditing process by leaving out the examination of pension funding, due to a lack of change for the last several years.

  • Community Happenings

    Tuesday, June 29

    Tourist Development Council

    The Levy County Tourist Development Council will hold a special meeting Tuesday, June 29 at 6 p.m. at the Levy County Agricultural Center, 625 N. Hathaway Ave., Bronson.

    On the agenda is the review of an advertising grant application. 

    Saturday, July 3

    Free Car Wash

    There will be a free car wash Saturday, July 3 at “Food 4 Less” from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.

    Funds will help send local soccer teams to the Nationals.

  • Levy County Sheriff

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

    • Timothy L. Cobb, 37, of Bronson. Arrested June 15, burglary of unoccupied building unarmed. Bond $30,000.

    • Tony Holt Sr., 52, of Gainesville. Arrested June 15, burglary assault, domestic assault, domestic battery, resisting without violence. Bond $100,000.

    • Nicole D. Hooper, 19, of Chiefland. Arrested June 16, Violation of Probation (VOP) petit theft. No bond.

    • Ronald Alan Fisher, 20, of Trenton. Arrested June 15, VOP, grand theft. No bond.

  • Car chase lands man in jail

    Unhappy motorist Ho Jun Kim took police officers on two dangerous chases in as many weeks. The 43-year-old Naples resident resisted arrest and fled from law enforcement in two incidents involving four counties, according to a press release issued by the Williston Police Department.

    Kim was arrested June 8 by Williston Police Officers when he ran a red light, narrowly missing a police cruiser who had the right of way.

  • Levy schools back in contention for $1.1 million

    The School Board of Levy County is eligible for $1.1 million over four years from the federal Race to the Top fund, according to Superintendent Bob Hastings.

    Speaking before the school board on Tuesday, Hastings said he received word from the Florida Department of Education that Levy County was still eligible for the money from the federal education program.

  • Website update

    Due the the July 4 holiday and staff vacations, the Williston Pioneer website was not updated last week.

    Regular online readers can still find copies of the July 1 edition throughout the Bronson/Williston area and at our office at 37 South Main Street, Williston.

    The website will be updated Friday, July 9.

  • $35,000 missing from economic development

    Carol McQueen, chair of the Nature Coast Business Development Council and vice chair of the Levy County Enterprise Zone Development Agency, confirmed for the Levy County Commission what has been rumored for several months: that money is missing from the agencies’ accounts and a the director who resigned in January is under investigation.

    McQueen was not on the agenda for the Tuesday commission meeting when she spoke during the public comment portion and revealed that about $35,000 was missing.

  • The legacy will live on

    They came in droves to honor a teacher, a mentor, an outdoorsman, a sportman, a father, a leader.

    After teaching 37 years at Williston High School, Robert Philpot has decided to retire and Saturday marked a reception to honor his commitment to the students and people of Williston.

    For more than two hours, one by one–and sometimes in pairs and triples–people came forth and told the hundreds of people in attendance how much the teacher had influenced their lives.