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Today's News

  • The Grinch in Williston

    Editor:

    Is it just me, or has anyone else noticed the lack of Christmas lit homes this year?

    After the fiasco with the electric bills, I suppose I shouldn't be surprised.

    Christmas is not about the lights, but they do bring holiday cheer.

    Who doesn't enjoy driving around and admiring the light displays that people work so hard on?

    This year is different though. Combining the two blocks in our neighborhood, only two homes have lights and decorations. Out of 24 homes. Only TWO!!!

  • Working together in the new year

    When you get a little older, the years just seem to fly by.

    That's the case for me, as I find it hard to believe that it's almost 2008. Growing up, I can remember when a book like 1984 and a movie such as 2001: A Space Odyssey were science fiction.

    Now, a lot of the "Big Brother" mentality in 1984 is surfacing, and we have people wandering around space as if it were their own back yards.

    I'd rather stick to the problems here on Earth as we head into the new year, and not worry about asteroids striking Mars or other such things.

  • Worthless check complaints plague Levy County Fair

    Levy County Fair Association President Bob Levesque said on Dec. 20 he has made no progress in his attempt pay a $2,000 worthless check he wrote to Robinson's Racing Pigs on Nov. 13.

    Spencer Mann, a spokesman for Eighth Judicial Circuit State Attorney Bill Cervone, said on Dec. 20 the Levy County office of the State Attorney has received two worthless check complaints against Levesque and the Fair Association.

    Those two complaints are under review, Mann said. That is all he could say about the potential worthless check cases.

  • Red light runners may be on camera

    Once upon a time, not so very long ago, the only traffic signal at the "Top of the Hill" in Williston was a flashing light. Today sophisticated electronic devices and turn lanes control the vehicles flowing through that intersection and three others in town. In the not too distant future, additional hardware may appear at some of those junctures.

  • Joining family and friends on New Year's Eve

    Growing up in the northern part of our country usually meant snow and ice on New Year's Eve,. This also meant that we rang in the New Year from our own living room on many of those years. Of course, there was no shortage of celebration complete with streamers, noisemakers and party hats! For the most part the evening was spent with our immediate family and a few friends who lived close enough to walk (or snow-shoe, if necessary) over to our house for the traditional counting down of the minutes until the New Year arrived.

  • Community calendar

    Monday, December 31

    AA Meeting, 7:30 p.m., Thompson Hall at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church.

    Lions Club 7:30 p.m., Lions Club 401 S.E. Sixth Ave.

    Levy Veterans Support Group, 7 p.m., Williston City Hall.

    VFW Post 5511, 7 p.m., at the post.

    Tuesday, January 1

    Happy New Year from the Staff of the Williston Pioneer Sun News

    Wednesday, January 2

    Cousin Vicki reads to pre-schoolers, 9:30 a.m., Williston Public Library.

    Tax Collector services available, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., trailer on SW 1st St., opposite Police Station.

  • Upcoming events

    Spring sports registration set for WYAA

    Spring sports registration for the Williston Youth Athletic Association will be held on four dates in January:

    Thursday, Jan. 17, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

    Saturday, Jan. 19, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

    Thursday, Jan. 24, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

    Saturday, Jan. 26, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

    To register, each player will need a $75 registration fee and a copy of their birth certificate.

    Registration is for t-ball, soccer, baseball and softball. Ages are 5-6 for t-ball, 7-14 for the other sports.

  • Wild observations

    For starters, I'll talk about my nature observations, and then to celebrate the New Year, I'll have a little fun with words.

    A baby raccoon walked by the back of the cabin, checked a water dish and continued along the fence row. Raccoons remind me of animals like wallabies that have longer hind legs than front legs. It gives them a peculiar slanted look, their hind end higher than their front end. Raccoons don't exhibit such an extreme difference between front and hind legs, but still it's noticeable.

  • WES recyclers reap rewards

    More than 26,000 cans won't be filling up Levy County's landfill this fall, thanks to Williston Elementary School student Kanyon Arban and a handful of other environmentally conscious students.

    Kanyon, a fourth-grader in Teri Dixon's class, garnered the top prize as the top recycler for the fall with more than 10,000 cans. The recycling project, sponsored by the WES Student Council, will fund the purchase of aluminum picnic tables for the school.

  • Fifth-grader wins WES spelling bee

    Finally! Fifth grader Molly Brisendine brought home the gold at the recent Williston Elementary School spelling bee (fifth grade only). "I really studied. My parents [Lynn and Garrett] and my sister Lindsay called out the words," said Molly, a student in Tracy Kirby's class. "Wholesome" and "sensation" were the two winning words for Molly, who had competed all three years at WES and tied for first last year as a fourth grader.