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Today's News

  • Methodist minister retires

    By Mary Ann Ferguson

    For the Pioneer

    What name says humble, loving, kind, concerned, gracious, a calming influence, good humor, openness to others, and patience?

    When describing Delbert King on Sunday, May 4th, as he retired as a Methodist minister, those words rolled off the tongues of Williston's First United Methodist Church members.

    Rev. Delbert J. King, a long-time volunteer minister at FUMC of Williston, on Sunday was invited to offer "the sermon he has always wanted to give."

  • Students of the Month honored

    Williston Mayor R. Gerald Hethcoat presented Student of the Month awards to four youngsters at Tuesday night's council meeting. Each school is represented by one child, nominated by the administration and faculty at the school.

    Each plaque contains the text of the nomination letter submitted by the school.

    Kami Dawn McCormick, daughter of Lawrence and Kellie McCormick, is a first-grader at Joyce Bullock Elementary School, which she represents as May's student of the month.

  • Make your home safer

    * Invest in solid doors and good quality locks on doors and windows. This includes on all sliding glass doors as well. Make it not only difficult but also time consuming for a burglar to gain entry.

    * Whenever you go outside, lock the door and take the key with you, even if you are just stepping next door or out mowing the back yard.

    * Don't put valuables where they can be seen from the window, especially items that can be easily carried.

    * Be sure your garage door can be secured. Do not leave it open when you are away; that broadcasts your absence.

  • Levy County Sheriff's Reports

    Deputies with the Levy County Sheriff's Office and other officers recently arrested the following people. All are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

    * Warren Frazier, 17, Gainesville, unarmed burglary with person inside, petit larceny. Bond $30,000.

    * Dakorian Frazier, 16, Gainesville, unarmed burglary with person inside, petit larceny. Bond $11,000.

    * Billy K. Swinford, 42, Inglis, driving while license suspended or revoked. Bond $5,000.

    * Jimmy D. Lance, 36, Reagan, Tenn., possession of more than 20 grams cannabis. Bond $10,000.

  • Williston police reports

    The Williston Police Department lists the following arrests:

    * Pedro Cortez, 22, of Southeast Sixth Street, Williston, was arrested for no valid driver's license after being stopped for speeding on Northeast Fourth Avenue.

    * Elder Leonel Alvarado Alba, 23, of Southeast Third St., Williston, was charged with DUI (alcohol) and no valid driver's license after being stopped for weaving in and out of lane on Northeast U.S. Highway 27.

  • Photo ID voting law upheld

    When I was asked, a few years ago, to show my driver's license or other photo ID before I could vote, I was annoyed. I had been voting at the same place, with the same address, with the same signature on the books, for some time.

    It was explained to me that this was a new law to prevent voter fraud.

    Gradually, and grudgingly, I came to accept it. After all, who doesn't have a photo ID? It's very easy to get, even if you don't drive.

  • Kendrick gives final speech

    TALLAHASSEE - On Thursday, April 24, State Representative Will Kendrick (R-Carrabelle) gave his farewell remarks to the Members of the Florida House of Representatives. This week marks the final week of the last legislative session he will serve in the House due to term limits.

    He was acknowledged for remarks by Speaker Pro Tempore Marty Bowen and Speaker Marco Rubio announced that Kendrick had 15 minutes to speak, 10 as a Republican and 5 as a Democrat which, in turn, brought laughter throughout the chamber and gallery.

  • Manager search criteria set

    Williston's City Council held a special meeting on Tuesday evening to determine how to go about selecting a new city manager to replace Jim Coleman, who was fired last week on a 4-1 vote.

    The panel's initial task was to confirm the appointment of Mark Schiefer, currently the city's finance director, as interim city manager. Schiefer has indicated that he is not interested in taking on the position on a permanent basis.

  • Crowds gather for rodeo

    Saturday at the Williston Horseman's Park there was a full night of entertainment and the sport of rodeo. It was the 14th annual Johnny Hodge Memorial High School Rodeo.

    One big hit and laugh of the night was the Donkey Derby. Sheriff Johnny Smith, County Commissioners Tony Parker and Danny Stevens, Bronson City Councilman Berlon Weeks and Rodeo Chairman Duke Reid were the five men jockeys

    Leanne Carnes was the sole woman donkey rider, becoming a last minute substitute for husband Larry Carnes who is a candidate for president of the Williston Horseman's Association.

  • Upcoming events

    Parent Night for

    8th graders today

    Williston High School will hold a Parent Night on Thursday, May 1, at 7 p.m. in the auditorium at Williston High School for all Williston Middle School 8th grade parents/students to present information and answer questions you may have about your child's entrance into the 9th grade for next school year.

    Eighth grade students will bring home information on April 30 for the pre-registration process that should aid you in making important decisions about your child's future.

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