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Today's News

  • Girls assured of second seed

    The Williston girls wrapped up the second seed in the district basketball tournament with two wins in their final regular season league games during the past week.

    The win over Dixie County, 63-48, assured the Devils of being second to P.K. Yonge and getting a first-round bye in the tournament at Newberry. Then on Tuesday this week, the girls whipped Newberry, 75-45.

    In two non-district games the girls avenged an earlier defeat by topping The Rock, 65-56, but fell to Santa Fe, 69-58.

  • Sheriff's Corner

    Charities were developed to meet certain needs of society that are not part of public assistance.

    Unfortunately, some charities that have been developed are not really assisting for the "public good". Charities can solicit funds in many different ways such as raffles, mail or phone solicitation, paper advertisements and ticket sales.

    Some of the things that you might want to consider before you contribute to a charity are:

    * Avoid giving cash to strangers and take time to learn more about the charitable organization you are contemplating giving to.

  • Williston Police Reports

    The Williston Police Department reported the following arrests:

    * Neil William Sawyer Jr., 23, of Southwest Seventh Avenue, Williston, was arrested for aggravated domestic battery after a fight with his girlfriend over a cell phone.

    * Terrance Germani, 51, of Westwoode Drive, Franklin, N.C., was arrested on a Citrus County warrant for violation of probation.

  • Possible sale won't change our paper

    To our readers and advertisers:

    The recent announcement by Landmark Communications Inc., the parent company of our newspaper, to consider strategic alternatives that might include the sale of this newspaper and others was made Jan. 3. The original announcement appeared on the Pioneer Web site at about noon on that date.

  • Appoint the superintendent

    This is something I've been wanting to propose for a long time, but have held off because we had an incumbent elected school superintendent.

    Now that Cliff Norris has declared his intention not to run for re-election, it's time to look at the advantages of having an appointed, rather than elected, superintendent.

  • Akins ordered to release records

    Circuit Court Judge David Glant ordered Levy County Property Appraiser Francis Akins to "show good cause" why the court should not force him to hand over public records.

    The order to show cause was issued Jan. 4 and it gives Akins 15 days to respond. The judge's order follows a petition from Anthony Phillips, a deputy clerk in the civil circuit division who is running against Akins for property appraiser.

  • CRA concentrates on facade improvements

    Williston's CRA (Community Redevelopment Agency) is encouraging downtown businesses to spruce up with the help of facade improvement grants, which will total $10,000 for this year alone.

    The thrust of the effort is to restore the historic feel of downtown Williston by returning core buildings to their original appearance.

  • League of Cities opposes amendment

    The Florida League of Cities has issued the following information in opposition to the proposed property tax amendment.

    Amendment #1: Why It's Wrong for Florida

    BACKGROUND: The membership of the Florida League of Cities recently passed a resolution to OPPOSE the proposed property tax constitutional amendment on the Jan. 29 ballot.

    What the Amendment Does

    The proposed constitutional amendment does four things:

  • From the kitchen

    In selecting a topic for this week I did some soul searching about how and why I, as a senior citizen, find it difficult to stick to any New Year's resolution regarding a diet plan or new healthy eating habits and exercise. Any nutritionist or doctor will tell you that dieting is pretty much a "quick fix", most of the time, and then the pounds return once you reach your goal weight and slowly slip back into your old eating habits. Changing your eating habits and developing a reasonable exercise program are the keys to successful weight loss and keeping it off.

  • Community calendar

    Saturday, January 19

    *Williston Green Clovers, Juniors 4H Club, 9 a.m., Methodist Church, Williston, 213 W. Noble Ave.

    *Gospel Sing, 1:30 p.m., Highland Baptist Church, Morriston on CR 326 just east of SR 121.

    Monday, January 21

    * 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.