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Today's News

  • Officer of the Month

    David Deonarine was named officer of the month for July by Chief of Police Dan Davis.

    Deonarine is the commander of the Police Explorers. During July, he was instrumental in several drug arrests, which led to a series of robbery investigations.

  • Nights filled with kicking and screaming

    On a steamy Thursday evening just west of Williston, a huge metal building fills with young and old alike as students of Tae Kwon Do, the ancient Korean martial art, prepare to spend the next hour kicking and lunging.

    Under instructors Daniel Anderson, Chris Haralson and Demita Glover-Anderson, the students, ranging in age from 4 to 40ish, will focus on learning sets of forms and steps that will enable them to test in three months for the next rank in belts.

  • Emory Philman wants to rub you the right way

    Emory Philman puts his heart into his work and he has a tattoo to prove it.

    Philman, a massage therapist, is the newest member of Trenton Medical Center’s Williston office.

    A self-described farm boy from Bell, he became interested in massage therapy in 2002 and first learned equine massage at the Reddickee^School.

    Because of his genuine love of people–and the desire to help them feel better–he went to the Florida School of Massage and learned human techniques.

    For the last few years, Philman has alternated between horses and people.

  • Johnson named outstanding social studies teacher

    Anthony Johnson was recognized as one of Florida’s Outstanding Social Studies Teachers of the Year for the 2009-2010 school year.

    Johnson is the recipient of the “Dr. Theron Trimble Florida Social Studies Teacher of the Year Award” -Elementary level for 2009.

    This award is sponsored by the Florida Council for the Social Studies, a professional organization of Social Studies educators striving to maintain and enhance the importance of Social Studies in Florida education.

  • Time to sign up for WYAA fall sports

    Sign-ups for fall sports is fast approaching. WYAA will offer the following sports this fall:

    Soccer (ages 5-17)..............$75

    Soccer pups (ages 3-5)......$35

    Flag Football (ages 5-8 [can't turn 8 prior to Aug.1]).....$60

    Fall Softball (ages 7-14)

    Sign up dates will be:

    Aug. 20 5:30-7:30

    Aug. 22 9 a.m. until noon

    Aug. 27 5:30-7:30

    Aug. 29 a.m. until noon

    A copy of the child's birth certificate is needed.

     

  • Council gives city manager five-year deal

    The Williston City Council awarded a long-term contract to its city manager at Tuesday’s evening meeting.

    Marcus Collins, whose tenure with the city began on Jan. 5, 2009, had been working on a one-year employment agreement designed to give Collins and the council time to evaluate each other and determine whether a longer-term agreement was in the interests of both parties.

  • Assessment notices are in the mail

    The proposed property tax bills hitting mailboxes earlier this week will be joined today by Levy County’s notice of its fire, waste, road and emergency medical service assessment notices.

    While property owners may think they are getting hit with the double whammy of notices for proposed property taxes and proposed assessments, business owners are the ones most likely to raise their eyebrows and pick up the phone to call their county commissioner when they see the EMS assessment.

  • 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.