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Today's News

  • Community calendar

    Saturday, January 5

    Friends of the Williston Library, Book Fair, 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., Community Center in the the City Hall Complex.

    Monday, January 7

    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.

    Masonic Lodge #117 F.&A.M., 7:30 p.m., Ornan Lodge.

    Tuesday, January 8

  • Wild observations

    Along with changes in terrain, I've also observed changes in mood while walking in our natural Florida landscapes.

    Recently I've been out in the woods during dusk, when the sun is disappearing and the trees look black against an orange-streaked sky.

    At dusk in the next door woods and around the cabin my mood can becomes peaceful and quiet as I watch for night creatures to come forth.

  • School lunches

    All meals served with assorted milk, 1% or 2 %.

    MONDAY, JAN. 7

    No school.

    TUESDAY, JAN. 8

    Corn dog, or chicken fingers; French fries / baked beans/cole slaw; cinnamon roll / mixed fruit.

    WEDNESDAY, JAN. 9

    Macaroni and cheese w/ham, or popcorn chicken; mixed vegetables/salad; carrot sticks w/dip; chilled pears/plum. Homemade rolls.

    THURSDAY, JAN. 10

    Fried chicken or hot dog on bun, mashed potatoes w/gravy, blackeye pease/cole slaw; chilled mixed fruit/apple; corn bread.

    FRIDAY, JAN. 11

  • CNA students honored

    Central Florida Community College recognized 11 students that completed the Certified Nursing Assistant program at the Levy Center.

    The CNA program prepares students to work in the health care field as nursing assistants and to take and pass the Florida Certified Nursing Assistant exam. It consists of 80 hours of classroom and lab training as well as 40 hours of clinical experience in a local health care facility. Classes are held at the Levy Center, 114 Rodgers Blvd. in Chiefland, with clinical experience taking place at Ayres Health and Rehabilitation Center in Trenton.

  • 2007 Year in Review

    JANUARY

    4 - The City Council voted 3-2 to place a referendum on the ballot increasing council terms to three years.

    The Florida League of Cities honored Mayor Gerald Hethcoat with a proclamation and a pin marking his 25 years in elective office.

    11 - A former radio operator tells of his World War II role in Greenland.

    City election qualifying is next week.

    The water district has limited lawn watering.

    18 - The controversy over City Manager Jim Coleman's contract heated up at the council meeting.

  • WHS boys turn up defensive effort

    Williston boys basketball coach David Vespignani wants his players to buy into the philosophy of playing sound defense.

    Late last week, it looked as if the plan is working.

    Rebounding from a pair of losses to Newberry and Santa Fe, the Red Devils finished fifth in the Hitchcock's Classic, defeating Leesburg and Hawthorne, thereby winning the consolation bracket.

  • Sheriff's Corner

    The phone rings, you pick it up, and the caller identifies himself as an officer of the court. He/She says you failed to report for jury duty and that a warrant is out for your arrest. You say you never received a notice. To clear it up, the caller says he'll need some information for verification purposes your birth date, social security number, maybe even a credit card number.

    This is when you should hang up the phone. It's a scam!

  • Deputies stop fleeing suspect

    BY JEFF M. HARDISON

    For the Pioneer

    Levy County Sheriff's Office deputies ended a 31-minute pursuit that started in Marion County on Dec. 21 just before 10 p.m., LCSO Lt. Evan Sullivan said.

    Larry Ray Griffis, 39 was arrested by the Marion County Sheriff's Office for aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer, felony fleeing and attempting to elude a police officer, possession of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia, criminal mischief and driving while license suspended or revoked, Sullivan said.

  • Williston Police Reports

    A Bronson man was arrested by Williston Police and charged with felony attempted carjacking and misdemeanor theft after an incident on Dec. 16.

    Victor Manuel Alicea Ortiz, 36, of Northeast 105th Avenue, allegedly walked up to a woman's car in the Williston Subway parking lot and began talking to her and her passenger. He then ordered them out of their car as he began to unzip his jacket, police said, but the driver fled the scene and contacted police.

  • Animal abuse policies changed

    Editor:

    Just a little update. Thanks to the editorial you ran in the paper a few weeks back on the 18 Arabian horses rescued in Alachua County, I have received the following letter from the Sheriff's Department stating that they agree that their current policies were lacking in matters of animal abuse cases. They have confirmed that after reviewing my letters and being persistent in what transpired with these horses, they have rewritten the policy on the handling of animal abuse cases.