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Columns

  • Embrace the change

    Over 132 years ago when Williston residents needed a news source, someone stepped up to the printing press and rolled off the first edition of what would one day become the Williston Pioneer.
    Through the years, the paper that was founded as the Levy County Times has undergone many changes: owners, editors, names, staff and sizes.
    But what hasn’t changed in 132 years is the newspaper’s position that it will be the best news source for Williston and the surrounding area.

  • The critic I always wanted to be

    When best friend Denise and I hit the road, misadventure is sure to follow.
    Now that 500 miles separate us, those road trips are rarer but they’re still something to bank on.
    These days, the misadventures tend to be more with my husband and though I am loathe to admit it, it seems the common denominator is none other than me.
    Our recent weeklong trip–about 1,800 miles–through Georgia, South Carolina,  North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and at last, Kentucky was again fraught with misadventure, albeit minor ones.

  • Breaking back in

    By Bryan Hoopaugh

  • Ramblings–My mind at large

    The comic book geek and I saw The Rise of the Dark Knight Saturday. He didn’t have to persuade me–I’d been curious too after reading several reviews of the latest Batman movie.
    The theater was filled, but not packed. As we sat there watching the trailers for upcoming movies, I couldn’t help but think about the Aurora, Colo. massacre.

  • You never forget your first

     His name was Harry and he was nine years older than me but that’s not important.

  • College is not just book learning, it changes your life

     I’m happy with the progress students have made in English 1 this past year in college.

  • There’s need for culture

     I hadn’t been in Williston long when I asked someone on the city’s CRA what Williston had chosen as its niche–the thing that would bring people here.

  • Banned because of truth

    Today I learned that history is offensive.
    For a couple years now, the Williston Pioneer has been active in the world of social media with both Twitter and Facebook. It’s a good way to get the word out quickly and keep mobile folks informed while they wait on their printed word.
    For the last several months, I’ve not only wished our  “friends” happy birthday and anniversary, but I’ve started posting a Today in History segment, that is most of the time gleaned from history.com.

  • Dedee McLeod has it right

    Dedee McLeod’s long-standing mantra has been “I hate cancer.”
    Well, so do I and this year with more passion than I’ve had in a long time.
    Cancer devastates, cripples and paralyzes those it comes in contact with. Whether you are the one who has it, or the one who cares for the patient or the one who loves the patient, you can never be the same once cancer invades your life.
    My hatred began first with my mother’s bout with uterine cancer when I was 11 years old, and really too young to appreciate what she was going through.

  • Heaven Sent

    By Susan Howell