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Today's News

  • School Menus

    Friday, May 15

    Pizzata with dip or fish sandwich, salad/green beans, pineapple cake

    Monday, May 18

    Hot dog on bun or chicken nuggets, baked beans/cole slaw, chilled peaches

    Tuesday, May 19

    Taco with cheese or chicken sandwich on bun, corn, orange slices

    Wednesday, May 20

    Macaroni and cheese with ham or popcorn chicken, buttered carrots/salad, chilled peaches, homemade rolls

    Thursday, May 21

  • Do you know a deceased veteran?

    Almost every family has one; some have two.

    And in next week’s edition of the Williston Pioneer (May 21) we want to salute veterans and remember them on Memorial Day–the day set aside to remember those who are no longer with us.

    E-mail or bring in your veteran’s photo, along with the branch of service they were in, their rank and their years of service. All photos received by 5 p.m. Monday, May 18 will be printed.

    E-mail them to editor@willistonpioneer.com.

  • Law Day 2009-Fun on the River

    The 9th Annual Law Day Lunch, an event that honors law enforcement, was celebrated on the banks of the Suwannee River on Friday, May 9. The fried mullet, hushpuppies, cheese grits, slaw and all the water and tea you can drink event is hosted by the judiciary and sheriffs serving Levy, Gilchrist and Dixie counties. More than 150 people gathered at the W.O. Beauchamp Jr. home, where the event is held every year, to celebrate friendships and catch-up on current events in their families and work.

  • Letter carriers deliver . . . food

    Even in difficult times, the people of Williston and the surrounding area banded together to help out the less fortunate.

    Last Saturday, letter carriers collected more than 9,100 pounds of food during their annual food drive.

    Williston Postmaster Patty Lisotto expressed her appreciatin to everyone who participated, including her carriers, volunteers and members of the Red Devil football team who helped load and unload the food.

  • Williston wins district baseball title

    Trailing 2-1 going into the bottom of the seventh, Williston got three hits to rally for a 3-2 win over P.K. Yonge Thursday night to win the district baseball title.

    The Devils got a single from Cody McLeod followed by a game-tying double from Max White. Damon Ming then got a hit to drive in the winning run.

    Derick Milam pitched the complete game for the victory.

    The win means the Williston seniors concluded their four-year home careers without having ever lost a game to a district rival.

  • Softball team loses in regionals

    Starting two freshmen, five sophomores, one junior and one senior, after lineup changes in each of the postseason games, the Williston Lady Red Devils fell to the Keystone Heights Lady Indians 10-0 in six innings Friday, May 1.

    The Indians were patient through the first two scoreless innings at the plate, and their defense continued to play well. Pitcher Jessica Knight extended her current shutout streak to 26 innings.

    The Red Devils had several chances to score in the first three innings but stranded two base runners in each inning.

  • Planners back crowd, defeat mine proposal

    After a four-hour public hearing and testimony from more than 20 residents who live in Levy and Marion counties, the Levy County Planning Commission unanimously refused to recommend an application for a mining operation south of Williston.

    An audience of about 150 who gathered to oppose the special exception to allow the mining operation greeted the commission, in its first meeting for several months due to the economic downturn.

    But the crowd, which was noisy at times, cheered the commission’s decision and went away happy.

  • Nuclear plant stalled

    The news came like a thunderclap.

    Progress Energy Florida announced on Friday, May 1 that it will be unable to start construction of the proposed $17 billion Levy County nuclear power plant for 20 months.

    But the company tempered that with an announcement that customers’ monthly power bills won’t be as large as expected in 2010.

    County officials are taking a positive look at the twin announcement saying it allows them to better plan for the arrival of the plant and the 3,700 construction and 800 permanent jobs that accompany it.

  • Upcoming events briefs

    Lions Club

    to meet tonight

    The Williston Lions Club would like to invite those interested to attend its first meeting. A representative from the Lions Foundation will be at the Williston Club House with the intention to revive the Williston Club. There will be no pressure at this meeting to join. The club wants members of the community to know what the Lions Club is all about and introduce the great benefits. The Lions International and Lions Foundation of Florida have many programs that benefit any community were a club is active.

  • Local students receive monthly honors

    At Tuesday evening’s Williston City Council meeting, Mayor R. Gerald Hethcoat presented the council’s May Student of the Month awards.

    Hadley Etheridge, a first grader at Joyce Bullock Elementary School, is the daughter of Todd and Danielle Etheridge.