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Today's News

  • 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.

  • A soldier's homecoming: Mixson back for holidays

    Catlin Mixson is home for the holidays.

    The 21-year-old Williston native, who was severely wounded in Iraq when an IED struck a Humvee in which he was riding, has been in recovery and rehab in Texas since being moved there after the September incident.

    At Gainesville Regional Airport, Mixson's homecoming was crowded and festive. Thanks to the efforts of Levy County Sheriff Johnny Smith, the immediate family was able to greet Mixson on the tarmac.

  • Baseball team sponsors shoot-out at Rhino

    Williston High School's baseball team is sponsoring the first Red Devil Shoot-Out, Sporting Clay Shoot on Saturday, Jan. 26, at Rhino Outdoors on U.S. Highway 27 outside of Williston hearing toward Ocala.

    There will be a high individual prize and high score team prize for four-person teams. There will also be a 50-50 raffle.

    Entry fee is $75 per person or $300 per team, and that includes lunch, per 100 12 ga. shot. There is an additional charge for 20 ga.

  • WYAA sets spring signups

    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.

    For information call Cathy 528-4487, Mari 528-4329, Troy 494-7927 or Lee 528-4563.