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NEWS

  • State Rep. Leonard Bembry, D-Greenville, told people on Cedar Key last week that he finds Florida’s finances “worrisome.”

    “What concerns me with the whole budget is taking $3.5 billion of stimulus money to balance the budget,” Bembry said. “Taking one-time money to borrow your way out of debt doesn’t work.”

    “Our debt has doubled since 2002 – the amount of bonding has doubled,” Bembry said. “And our revenue has decreased by 25 percent.”

  • The Williston Pioneer Sun News will be closed Monday, May 25 in observance of Memorial Day. Our news deadline is 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 26.

  • The principal subject for the Community Redevelopment Agency at its Monday night meeting was not on the agenda, but it elicited a spirited discussion toward the end of the meeting.

    Earl Ogle, a member of the CRA, once again introduced the question of expanding the CRA district. He noted that the group had asked for numbers to support the city’s objection to expanding the district. Vice chair Nick Williams said he’d spoken to city manager Marcus Collins several weeks ago and didn’t feel that he’d received a satisfactory answer.

  • Joyce Bullock Elementary School was placed in lock down Tuesday afternoon after two students were lured into a vehicle and driven 100 yards across the front entrance of the school’s campus.

    The male students were on the playground, according to press releases from the sheriff’s office and the school district, when they were approached by a white or Hispanic male. The man was described as having black hair and possibly wearing a brown shirt, blue pants and black boots. He may have a silver tooth and a dark spot or mole on his face.

  • The John Hance O’Steen Camp 770, Sons of Confederate Veterans, will hold a memorial service on Saturday, May 16 to honor Confederate soldier, George W. Martin. The service will be held at the Bell Cemetery, Bell starting at 2 p.m.

    George Martin was born March 22, 1839 in Barnwell, S.C.

    He moved to New River County, (present day Bradford County) before the Civil War and settled near Starke with his wife, Rebeca. When the war started, Martin traveled to Suwannee County and enlisted Jan. 1, 1862. He was enrolled in Company H of the 1st Florida Cavalry.

  • At its 2009 Installation of New Officers Dinner, Nancy Bowman was awarded Outstanding Club Member of the Year for the Williston Woman's Club. She is currently in her second year as 1st vice president. She is active in many club projects, has attended leadership training and annual Spring conventions. She teaches at Williston Elementary School and is a great asset to the club and community.

  • Woodmansee

    Air Force Airman Jake T. Woodmansee graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

    The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

    Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

  • Lee’s Grocery, a landmark business across from Bronson Motor Speedway on State Road 24 burned Monday morning turning a family’s income into smoke and ashes.

    Mohammad Rashid, 24, was working alone at the store when he noticed smoke coming from a storage area on the back left side of the building. He said there was only one customer, a woman, in the store at the time.

    “I asked the customer can you please leave, because there is smoke and she needs to leave,” said Rashid, who with two other brothers works in the store.

  • When you go to a district tournament game at the end of each sporting season, the Florida High School Athletic Association reminds you of a few important facts.

    “Interscholastic events are an extension of the classroom,” intones the game announcer.

    The purpose is to remind those in attendance how much sports and school go together.

  • Almost every family has one; some have two.

    And in next week’s edition of the Williston Pioneer (May 21) we want to salute veterans and remember them on Memorial Day–the day set aside to remember those who are no longer with us.

    E-mail or bring in your veteran’s photo, along with the branch of service they were in, their rank and their years of service. All photos received by 5 p.m. Monday, May 18 will be printed.

    E-mail them to editor@willistonpioneer.com.

  • The 9th Annual Law Day Lunch, an event that honors law enforcement, was celebrated on the banks of the Suwannee River on Friday, May 9. The fried mullet, hushpuppies, cheese grits, slaw and all the water and tea you can drink event is hosted by the judiciary and sheriffs serving Levy, Gilchrist and Dixie counties. More than 150 people gathered at the W.O. Beauchamp Jr. home, where the event is held every year, to celebrate friendships and catch-up on current events in their families and work.

  • Even in difficult times, the people of Williston and the surrounding area banded together to help out the less fortunate.

    Last Saturday, letter carriers collected more than 9,100 pounds of food during their annual food drive.

    Williston Postmaster Patty Lisotto expressed her appreciatin to everyone who participated, including her carriers, volunteers and members of the Red Devil football team who helped load and unload the food.

  • After a four-hour public hearing and testimony from more than 20 residents who live in Levy and Marion counties, the Levy County Planning Commission unanimously refused to recommend an application for a mining operation south of Williston.

    An audience of about 150 who gathered to oppose the special exception to allow the mining operation greeted the commission, in its first meeting for several months due to the economic downturn.

    But the crowd, which was noisy at times, cheered the commission’s decision and went away happy.

  • The news came like a thunderclap.

    Progress Energy Florida announced on Friday, May 1 that it will be unable to start construction of the proposed $17 billion Levy County nuclear power plant for 20 months.

    But the company tempered that with an announcement that customers’ monthly power bills won’t be as large as expected in 2010.

    County officials are taking a positive look at the twin announcement saying it allows them to better plan for the arrival of the plant and the 3,700 construction and 800 permanent jobs that accompany it.

  • At its Tuesday evening meeting, Williston’s City Council heard two requests from Dr. Ken Schwiebert, chairman of the Community Redevelopment Agency. The items under consideration had been discussed at some length by the CRA in its own meetings.

  • Bad news for those in Levy County who were counting on construction of a $17 billion nuclear plant near Inglis: the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has put a kink in construction plans and delayed the start by 20 months.

  • An application for a permit for a major limerock mining operation close to the intersection of U.S. Highway 41 and County Road 322 in Williston is expected to provide controversy at the May meeting of the Levy County Planning Board.

    It is the planning board’s first meeting in several months as applications for permits and special exceptions plummeted with the national economy. The board meets at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Levy County Courthouse on Court Street in Bronson.

  • As of May 1, Williston will welcome Valerie A. Anderson, a resident of Williston, as its city-clerk-in-training.

    Anderson will succeed Barbara Henson, who has provided many years of distinguished service to the community in the position. Henson told the City Council in the middle of last year that she would retire on June 30, 2009. Though there were many requests to stay, Henson stayed firm.

  • Williston’s Planning and Zoning Commission held its monthly meeting on Tuesday evening and hosted members of the Community Redevelopment Agency to review the design guidelines for the downtown area of the city.

    In addition to discussions within the committee, the CRA had sent out a questionnaire to business owners within the city asking their opinion on architectural styles and design features that would enhance the area.

  • A Bronson man being sought in connection with a shooting behind the Bronson Post Office — an area the Sheriff’s Office has said is know for drug dealing — turned himself in at the Levy County Jail at lunchtime on Thursday.

    Aaron Sysvester “Doughboy” Hope, of Boundary Street, Bronson, was arrested on warrants for attempted homicide and three counts of aggravated assault. His bond is $800,000.

    Earlier in the week officers recovered the vehicle he used to flee the scene of the shooting.