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Today's News

  • New WMS principal has vision for her school

    At Tuesday’s Rotary Club meeting, Pam Asbell wanted to clarify two things up front.

    “Iee^am not a new principal. Iee^am not new to Williston,” said the recently appointed principal at Williston Middle School.

    Asbell, who spent the last three years at Chiefland High School said she, in fact, lived in Williston until her parents moved to Archer when she was 11.

    Asbell, an educator for nearly 30 years, fills the void left by retiring principal Ernst L. Kordgien.

  • Beware of the award letter in your mailbox

    Would you pay $900 in handling fees if you were promised $10 million in return? Would you send $20 to cover paperwork if you were told you’d get $1 million within a week? Would you miss $10 if you knew you were getting a deluxe all-inclusive paid vacation at a five-star hotel?

    Sound too good to be true? It is and for a Williston woman, offers like this flood her mailbox every day and she wants to make sure that people DO look gift horses in the mouth.

    Janie Campbell (not her real name) is a 78-year-old widow living on a fixed income on the farm her father left her.

  • Meet teachers at Joyce Bullock Aug. 21

    Class lists will be available on Monday, Aug. 3 for parents of students at Joyce Bullock Elementary.

    You may call the school at 528-3341 to find out your student’s teacher and meet the teacher will be Aug. 21 from 9-11:30 a.m. Supply lists are also available in the front office.

     

  • Pioneer seeks back-to-school photos

    Start digging through the photo albums. The Williston Pioneer is looking for back-to-school photos for its August gallery.

    Submit your favorite photo by noon Aug. 21 for publication in our Aug. 27 edition. All submitted photos will be published.

    Photos may be e-mailed (minimum 150 resolution/200 is preferable) to editor@willistonpioneer.com or mailed/dropped by our office at 28 NW First Ave., Williston.

     

  • Rotarians told that we're all responsible for safe water

    Take a gallon of water, remove one tablespoon and you have the representation of potable water worldwide.

    That was the opening analogy Tuesday when Charlie Smith gave a brief presentation to Williston Rotarians on how Rotary is helping preserve and protect water from Africa to Guatemala to Chiefland.

    Smith, a member of both Chiefland and Trenton Rotary Clubs, is also one of the clubs’ spokesman on the Tri-County Springs Promise geared at clean water awareness.

  • Reward offered in 2007 double homicide

    The Levy County Sheriff's Office is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of person or persons involved in a 2007 homicide in Fanning Springs.

    On Dec. 21, 2007 at 9:19 p.m., the Levy County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call at 9210 NW 178 Lane. The caller stated that a vehicle crashed in the McDougal Mobile Home Park and the vehicle was on fire.

  • Sentences handed down

    The following persons were sentenced, found not guilty or the case nolle pros — dropped — in the Criminal Division of the 8th Circuit Court in Levy County. The information was taken from public records.

    Berryhill, Racheal, 21, Northeast 131st Terrace, Bronson, possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, 18 months probation.

    Blair, Debra Ann, 50, Park Street, Inglis, possession of controlled substance with a prescription and larceny/petit between $100 and $300, nolle pros.

  • Four WHS baseballers named to All-State teams

    Chiefland, Bronson, Trenton and Williston baseball were represented in All-State teams chosen by Florida sportswriters and compiled by TBO.com. Below are lists for 3A and 2A All-State honorees.

    Class 3A all-state baseball team

    Second team

    Utility

    Derek Milan, senior, Williston

    Third team

    Outfield

    Damon Ming, senior, Williston

    Honorable Mention

    Catcher

    Chris Morrow, senior, Williston

    Infield

    Adam Burton, junior, Chiefland

    Outfield

    Dane Cothran, senior, Chiefland

  • Lady Red Devils earn places on All-State teams

    Players from Chiefland and Williston were recently selected to the 2009 All-Area team. Players were selected via ballots submitted by active softball coaches around the region.

    Class 3A-6A First team

    C - Taylore Fuller, Chiefland, Fr.- .717 BA, 1,340 slugging pctg, 32 runs, 21 RBIs, 14 2Bs, 5 3Bs

    INF - Crissy Rawls, Williston, Soph.- .418 BA, 33 hits, 3 2Bs, 3 3Bs

    Class 3A-6A Second team

    P - Tori Stamper, Williston, Soph.- 11-8, 2.67 ERA, 92 Ks

    C - Dayna Hunn, Williston, Soph.- .415 BA, 34 hits, 30 RBIs, 5 2Bs, 4 3Bs

  • Garbage fees raise big stink with school board

    An increase of 143 percent in the cost to collect garbage for Williston schools has the Levy County School Board steaming. At Tuesday’s meeting of the board, Superintendent Bob Hastings said the city of Williston had recently stopped providing its own waste pickup service and instead contracted with vendor Emerald Waste Services. In the process, the city had raised the cost to collect trash from Williston’s four school sites from $2,673 per month to $6,555 per month, coming to an annual cost of almost $79,000, an increase of about $46,000 more than last year.