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Editorials

  • City picks up the gauntlet

    Six months ago we challenged the city of Williston to take a little pride in its own properties before mandating its residents do the same.

    Over 60 years of weather and neglect marred the faces of two prominent city properties – city hall and its annex.

    Chipped, flaking paint; mildewed facades and the absence of landscaping created eyesores in our midst.

    Those of us who live here saw the deterioration day in and day out. We saw it so often, we soon became complacent about it and in time, immune to it.

  • Pride begins at city hall

    If leadership begins at the top, then the drive to make Williston a more attractive city must begin at city hall.

    Civic groups and individuals alike have picked up the gauntlet to clean up Williston. Two of the city council's appointed committees, the Community Redevelopment Agency and Board of Adjustments and Code Enforcement have put in countless hours to make Williston better, prettier.

    And what has the council and staff done to beautify its own property?

  • Williston Civic Center ownership should not be a factor

     The news that a community center could become a reality has caused an excitement in Williston  that has been unparalleled in a long time.

    The once-in-a-generation opportunity has taken flight with dreams of a home for the arts, hopes for adult education advancements, visions for youth mentoring programs and a place for our senior adults to gather.

  • Honoring those who served

     

    The nation will observe Veterans Day this week, amid what seems to be an increasing movement to honor and respect those who serve and have served in America’s military.

  • Sean Mullins is an everyday hero

     For almost a dozen years – 11 in fact – the mentally challenged in our county have been able to rely on the resources they need, thanks in part to the Ride to Provide, a motorcycle ride with its funds going to Levy ARC, located in Otter Creek.

  • Shouldn't the punishment fit the crime?

     

    It's encouraging to know that after years of doing nothing, absolutely nothing, to enforce the codes it has on the  books regarding buildings and property, the city of Williston is finally taking a step in the right direction and taking some action to correct wrongs.

  • Your newspaper, your community, your life

     By Jim Zachary

  • We protect victims

    Newspapers have established policies on what they will or will not print.
    Each newspaper is different based on its editorial management practices.
    Typically, those practices can vary from one editor to another even at the same newspaper, unless a managing editor or publisher has established set policies.
    The Williston Pioneer believes in protecting victims.

  • We believe in words

    For more than half dozen years, the Williston Pioneer has committed to bringing the children of Bronson and Williston Elementary Schools the power of words through the nationally acclaimed The Dictionary Project.
    Each year, money and time are set aside to present every third grade student in the two schools with their own dictionary. The students are challenged to become lifelong learners and told the book they hold in their hands wields power.

  • Enveloped in mystery, changed by magic

     

    The change was instantaneous and if it hadn't happened to me, I would have never believed it.