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NEWS

  • The Williston Pioneer wants to see your photos of people working. What says “work” to you? Is it the farmer? The fast food employee? Your child mowing the lawn?

    Send in your photos by Monday, Sept. 21 for publication in the Sept. 24 edition.

    E-mail to editor@willistonpioneer.com or mail or drop by our office at 28 NW First Ave.

    All photos will be published. Please identify everyone in the photo.

  • The American Red Cross will be offering a training program to raise awareness of the Red Cross mission and services and equip Red Cross volunteers. The Fulfilling Our Mission class will be useful for learning the heart of the mission of the American Red Cross, which includes responding to emergencies, providing disaster relief, and preventing and relieving suffering.

    Training for Fulfilling Our Mission will be offered on Tuesday, Sept. 22 from 6-8 p.m. at the Levy County Emergency Operations Center (adjacent to the Levy County Jail), located at 9010 NE 79th Ave., Bronson.

  • Two Williston FFAee^teams took top honors at the 81st annual Florida FFA State Convention in Orlando June 8-13.

    Among the winnings were the Parliamentary Procedure team and the Meats Evaluation team.

    The Parliamentary Procedure team consists of Ashton Bloom, Tyler Brooks, Lott Bullock, Arielle Claude, Kendra Claude and Victoria Sandlin.

    The members of the Meats Evaluation team are Arielle Claude, Zachary Estevez, Ryan Feagle and Victoria Sandlin. Other accomplishments include:

    • The Livestock Evaluation team–Second place

  • The Levy County Health Department’s Tobacco Program Specialist will host a coalition meeting on Sept. 22 at Capital City Bank located at 2012 North Young Blvd., Chiefland from 6-8 p.m.

  • The Levy County Commission gave preliminary approval to a $61 million annual budget that uses every penny of its reserves and its capital improvement fund to balance the books and keeps property tax millage at last year’s rate of 7.4212.

  • Three members of the city council unanimously voted for the tentative version of the city’s 2009-2010 budget and millage rate.

    Council president Debra Jones and council members Brooks Holloway and Mike Shoemaker were present when city manager Marcus Collins and finance director Mark Schiefer presented the third version of the budget. Mayor R. Gerald Hethcoat, who has no vote, was also present.

  • AARP Area Chapter 912 will hold the annual Flu/Pneumonia Shot Clinic Friday, Sept. 11 at Williston City Hall from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Maxim Health Systems, LLC will administer the vaccinations this year.

    Costs are: influenza $25 and pneumonia $35 for those paying for their immunizations. Medicare recipients need a picture identification and your Medicare card in order for Medicare to be billed directly at no cost to the consumer. Those with insurance covering the cost of the injection(s) will receive a receipt to submit to insurance for reimbursement.

  • A last-minute suggestion and plea for a pay raise for Levy County employees - the first in two years - died on the vine in Monday afternoon’s budget workshop.

    Commissioner Danny Stevens made the suggestion to his fellow commissioners to spark discussion on a topic that has hung heavy over budget talks this year: Would county workers go without a pay increase for a third year in a row?

  • Nature Coast Hospital is under new management and change is already taking place.

    Partners Healthcare Development Inc. (PHD) out of Overland Park, Kan. became the new management group for the hospital Sept. 1, according to spokesman Nathan Adams, vice president of communication and government affairs.

    Adams said rumors that PHD had purchased the hospital are unfounded.

    With only one week into the acquistion, Adams said the first changes include the appointment of a new chief executive officer and chief financial officer.

  • Voters in Bronson have spoken: They are only in the mood for a little change.

    In Tuesday's town council election voters returned two incumbents to office and elected a newcomer to politics to the third spot.

    Jason Kennedy, manager at the Burger King in Chiefland and co-owner of a home-based business with his wife, handily won over incumbent Melody LaFlam 190 to 83.

    In the other races, Aaron Edmondson defeated restaurant owner Jim Beck 154 to 136, and incumbent Beatrice Mongo won over Mike Johnson, chief deputy at the Levy County Sheriff's Office, 163 to 129.

  • AARP Chapter #912 welcomes members back after the summer break when it meets at 9:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 14 in the Holy Family Catholic Church Hall, 17353 NE Hwy 27 Alt, Williston.

    The speaker will be Michelle Thore, an FBI Victims Specialist. Her subject will be “Human Trafficking.” She will speak immediately after a short opening, followed by ther business meeting. A pot luck provided by members will be served after the meeting.

  • The Levy County Commission is sending a letter to the St. John’s Water Management District expressing the board’s concern about what it feels is excessive water use in the populous area around Jacksonville.

    The commission took the action after Steve Minnis of the Suwannee River Water Management District, gave a report on the “state” of water supplies in the region indicating that the biggest withdrawals are in that area.

  • The city council of Williston decided at its Tuesday evening meeting to follow the lead of the county and other towns in contracting for emergency services in the event of natural or manmade disaster. The county has been urging each municipality to establish such a plan.

    Fire Chief Lamar Stegall presented both the county plan and one from the town of Inglis. The contractor in both cases is Grubbs Emergency Services, which operates out of Brooksville and, according to city attorney Norm Fugate, is well known and highly respected.

  • NORFOLK, Va. - Frank Batten Sr., who built a communications empire that spanned newspapers and cable television and created The Weather Channel, died Thursday. He was 82.

    Batten, the retired chairman of privately held Landmark Communications and a former chairman of the board of The Associated Press, died in Norfolk after a prolonged illness, Landmark Vice Chairman Richard F. Barry III said.

    A visionary executive who earned a reputation for spotting media trends, Batten was at the forefront of development of cable television in the 1960s.

  • Perkins State Bank in Williston hosted a Sept. 11 commemoration on its lawn this morning to remember the terrorist attacks on our country in 2001. More than 2,800 people lost their lives in the attacks, including 343 firefighters, 23 New York police officers and 37 Port Authority police officers.

     

    More photos in next week's Pioneer. A slideshow will be posted later  on our Web site.

  • It’s been a long drought of many years since the Williston Red Devils have gotten the best of the Dixie County Bears in football. But that drought ended Friday night as the Red Devils beat the Bears in overtime 14-13.

    The Red Devils scored first and chose to kick the extra point to take a 14-7 lead. The Bears scored in one play, called a time out and went for two points for the win.

    The Red Devil defense stepped up and stuffed the Bears runningback for a five-yard loss, game over Red Devils win.

  • Would you pay $900 in handling fees if you were promised $10 million in return? Would you send $20 to cover paperwork if you were told you’d get $1 million within a week? Would you miss $10 if you knew you were getting a deluxe all-inclusive paid vacation at a five-star hotel?

    Sound too good to be true? It is and for a Williston woman, offers like this flood her mailbox every day and she wants to make sure that people DO look gift horses in the mouth.

    Janie Campbell (not her real name) is a 78-year-old widow living on a fixed income on the farm her father left her.

  • Start digging through the photo albums. The Williston Pioneer is looking for back-to-school photos for its August gallery.

    Submit your favorite photo by noon Aug. 21 for publication in our Aug. 27 edition. All submitted photos will be published.

    Photos may be e-mailed (minimum 150 resolution/200 is preferable) to editor@willistonpioneer.com or mailed/dropped by our office at 28 NW First Ave., Williston.

     

  • The men who serve in the Knights of Columbus take their work seriously. Not only do they strive to support their parish at Holy Family Catholic Church, but they stretch the arm of Christianity into the area to help others in need.

    Since its inception more than 25 years ago, the Knights have been continuous fund-raisers and supporters for several charities, families and causes, according to Jamie Barley, one of the charter members.