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Today's News

  • School district releases number of non-renewed employees

    A total of 45 Levy County teachers and 17 Educational Support Personnel (ESPs) have received annual contract non-renewal notices for the 2009-2010 school year, according to information released Friday by SBLC Director of Personnel Candy Dean. Four other teachers who received non-renewal notices chose to resign instead, Dean said.

  • Despite lack of insured patients, hospital is doing OK

    In his 10-plus years with Williston’s Nature Coast Regional Hospital. Kim Bird has seen a sick facility become a healthy, viable part of the communty.

    At Tuesday’s Rotary meeting, Bird, president of Cypress Health Systems Florida, Inc–the company that owns the hospital–said the healthcare facility has come a long way and continues to make great strides in the Williston area.

  • Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!

    Morriston’s Small Farms subdivision is in an uproar over the location of lions, tigers, bears, apes and monkeys in their neighborhood — with some animals as close as 250 feet to a child’s bedroom.

    “I get the pleasure of looking at the lion while I have my morning coffee,” said Neva Riding, who lives across from a lion cage at the animal sanctuary on Southeast 192nd Court.

    “If you haven’t heard a lion roar, it’s a pretty big noise,” she said. “I don’t want to live with lions, tigers and bears.”

  • Council hears grant update during housekeeping session

    Williston’s city council met on Tuesday evening as usual and its agenda consisted largely of housekeeping items.

    The members of the Citizens’ Advisory Task Force were unanimously reappointed. They are Jeff Basing, Jake Cason, Steve Holcomb, Bob Hughes, Steve McMillen and Cleveland Simms. All had agreed to serve another term.

    One of the most important functions of that committee is its work on Community Block Development Grants awarded by the State of Florida.

  • Vertommens celebrating marriage Saturday

    Earl and Samantha Vertommen will host a celebration of their marriage Saturday, May 23 at half past seven in the evening at the Williston Golf and Country Club. A reception will immediately follow the ceremony.

    The couple was married May 14, 2007 but due to the groom’s service as a U.S. Marine had to delay a formal wedding ceremony. Mr. Vertommen was stationed at Camp LaJeune, N.C. and has been deployed twice.

    The couple now resides in Morriston.

    Local invitations have been mailed but all family and friends are encouraged to share the couple’s joy.

  • Letter to the Editor

    Dear Editor:

    After reading the article about the CRA going on’s for improvement to the downtown area of Williston, I had to ask myself what were they thinking when it came to removing the parking area in front of the Ivy House?

  • Letter to the Editor

    Dear Editor,

    Once again I would like to thank everyone who contributed to the successful AARP Tax Aide.

    Levy County is one of our four counties in District 12. The Williston Library is one of two Levy host sites. Michelle Traylor and her staff generously made appointments throughout the season and furnished room for equipment, counselors and taxpayers. Your help is always appreciated.

    The Williston Pioneer Sun News provides publicity for our free services, weekly hours and volunteer recruitment. Thanks for keeping taxpayers informed about this local benefit.

  • Tobacco coalition meets Tuesday

    The Levy County Health Department’s Tobacco Program Specialist will host a coalition meeting on May 26 at the Bronson Middle/High School Media Center from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

  • Williston Police Reports

    Courtney Harvey learned last week that he couldn’t outrun the K-9 deputy.

    Harvey, 20, of Willison was arrested for two Levy County warrants at 341 S.E. 10 St., Williston and was transported to the Levy County Jail.

  • Sheriff's Reports

    A Williston man who was a tenant in another man’s home entered a drug rehabilitation center before facing his arrest charges.

    According to the arrest report, James Daniel White, 23, was renting a room in a residence between Dec. 20, 2008 and Jan. 17, 2009. While the homeowner was away on business, White allegedly sawed through a bedroom door to get to a locked safe. His efforts were unsuccessful, the report said, and the safe’s contents remained intact.