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Today's News

  • Friends kick off Book Fair season Sept. 5

    Friends of the Williston Public Library will hold its first book fair of the fall, Saturday, Sept. 5 in the City Hall Community Center located at the south end of Williston City Hall.

    The hours will be from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. A huge number of books and magazines will be available.

     Volunteers are needed to help set up on Thursday, Sept. 3 from 6 p.m. till about 8 p.m. The next morning, Friday, Sept. 4, volunteers will also be needed to complete the sorting and setting up and also on Saturday to help with the sale itself, from 8:30 a.m. till 1 p.m.

  • Middle school principal: We’re going to take care of your children

    It has come as no surprise that Pam Asbell chose her career path in education.

    “I was a great student,” said Asbell, new principal at Williston Middle School. “Iee^loved school. Iee^love learning. This is not a surprising end.”

    From those early years both attending, and playing school with friends, Asbell found role models in teachers and worked her way up the educational ladder by starting out as a teacher’s aide.

  • A Williston Pioneer Editorial

    Next Monday, the familiar yellow school buses will be back on the roads taking children to school for another year of learning.

    Drivers should take note and remember traffic safety rules when school is back in session.

    It only takes one mistake to change the course of a life forever.

    Keep your mind on the road.

    Eat breakfast before you get in your car, lay aside the cell phone and forget about texting. The life you save might be a child’s.

  • Guest Column

    Anger is an interesting thing. Not an emotion in and of itself, it is a response to other emotions, such as fear or betrayal. It can be repressed or overt; expressed loudly through physical action or quietly through words; destructive or beneficial.

  • Health Department prepares for back-to-school Swine Flu

    As students head back to school next week, the Levy County Health Department is preparing for potential widespread Novel H1N1 (Swine Flu) outbreaks as soon as school starts.

    “We know we’re going to have clusters of outbreaks when school starts next week,” said Barbara Locke, Levy County Health Department Administrator.

    “We’re preparing for the worst and hoping for the best,” Locke said. “We expect to see clusters of cases " maybe five to 10 at this school one week, and then another five to 10 at that school.”

  • Let the games begin

    Red Devil football fans are just a few days away from seeing their team take the field against the Bradford Tornadoes.

    On Aug. 28, the Red Devils, under the direction of new Head Coach Derek Chippoletti and his staff, will travel to take on a Bradford team that Chippoletti calls “A real good match up team for his Red Devils.”

    “Bradford’s head coach, Steve Hoard, is a defensive minded coach and this game will certainly test our offense right out of the gate,” Chipoletti said.

  • Team Levy considers 9 ways to grow economically

    There are nine areas of potential economic growth for Levy County.   

    John Adams, president and chief executive officer of Enterprise Florida, who was one of two key speakers at a Team Levy meeting on Aug. 13, said, “We’re trying to look over the horizon just a little bit to see where those target markets are.”   

  • WPDee^offers car seat class

    The Williston Police Department will host a car seat class between 9 a.m. and noon Sept. 3 at the police department, 5 SW 1st Ave.

    Sign up today and receive a car seat at reduced-cost: $45 (infant, convertible seats and high-back boosters) or $20 (belt-positioning booster seats).

    Car seats are available for $20 to those who are government subsidized and on some kind of public assistance like WIC or Medicaid. Proof of participation will be required at time of purchase.

  • Broadband could bring the world to Levy

    Bringing wireless Internet to Levy County will provide a major boost to the economy, officials with the newly formed North Florida Broadband Authority say.

    “It’s a very large variable when it comes to attracting new businesses,” Pat Lien, project leader for NFBA, said.

    According Lien and other experts, many new businesses will turn away from areas unable to provide such services.

    But he also said broadband would increase opportunities for at-home businesses.

  • WPD gets stimulus grant

    A few more Williston police cars will soon be equipped with video cameras, thanks to a stimulus grant from the Department of Justice.

    The department will use the $24,097 to outfit the cars, according to a spokesman. Currently three cars have video cameras.

    The money is expected in October and comes partially due to the department’s accurate and timely reporting of Uniform Crime Reporting. It is the largest award to a city police department in Levy County.