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NEWS

  • The human element entered budget negotiations at the city council’s second budget workshop last week.

    Joining city manager Marcus Collins and finance director Mark Schiefer in their presentation was C.J. Zimoski, the representative of the city’s union, AFSCME. He was there to discuss the elimination of two positions from the Public Works Department, caused by the outsourcing of solid waste collection at the beginning of June. Mark Schneider, one of the two displaced workers, was there as well.

  • More beach closings on the Rainbow River are possible as the county tightens its standards for water quality at public swimming areas.

    On July 22, the Marion County Health Department recommended closing the Village of Rainbow Springs Beach, Rainbow Springs State Campground Beach and Dunnellon City Beach as well as KP Hole Park Beach.

    Water samples from these locations failed on two successive tests to meet the U.S. EPA’s recommended limit for enterococci bacteria — bacteria found in the intestines of all humans and warm-blooded animals.

  • Getting adequate 911 signage in the city of Williston just got a little easier.

    Steve Dibble, a local sign maker has stepped up the plate and is willing to donate signs that meet city requirements to any resident who needs one.

    Dibble said too often, adhesive signs sold in stores either don’t stick properly or aren’t the right size.

    “I have lots of scrap material left over,” he said, “and I donate the form the number goes on. It’s my way of giving back to the community.”

  • The Williston Library has the following new titles on its shelves:

    8th Confession by James Patterson, Priceless Memories by Bob Barker, A Love to Last Forever by Tracie Patterson, Just Take My Heart by Mary Higgins Clark, Killer Cuts by Elaine Viets, Loitering with Intent by Stuart Woods, Wicked Game by Lisa Jackson.

  • They do more than collect eyeglasses for the poor and they want a chance to prove it in Williston.

    Ervin Kaufman is now spearheading a drive to revitalize the Williston Club so that it can be the active community-oriented club it was in years past.

    Kaufman was a Lion in his native Illinois for several years and knows the good that an active club can do.

    He has goals that even a small club can do, but right now, more than anything, that club needs members.

  • The cities of Williston and Dunnellon have had a meeting of the minds on protecting the Rainbow Springs and the land basin whose waters recharge the springs.

    The mayors of both cities signed a document that pledges their commitment to springs commitment during a meeting of the Rainbow Springs Working Group on Friday at Williston Crossings RV Resort in Williston.

  • “We’re Americans. Our citizens can do more.”

    That is the assessment of Mike West, information technology officer for the Levy County Sheriff’s Office, after participating in a hurricane exercise on May 28 at Levy County Office of Emergency Management.

  • Florida Department of Health (DOH) officials emphasize to Florida’s residents and visitors the importance of protecting themselves against mosquito-borne diseases as we move into the summer rainy season and peak mosquito activity months. 

  • Join the Suwannee Valley Players cast of 34 children from Levy, Gilchrist, Alachua and Dixie counties in three enchanting comedies at the SVP summer youth production: Class Acts.

    Oh My Word is a comedic “play” on words involving a deranged banker, a lot of fingers, the yellow pages, and other fun characters.

  • The Williston Pioneer is inviting all amateur photographers to send in photos that capture the essence of summer in Williston.

    E-mail (editor@willistonpioneer.com) your photo (jpeg, minimum 150 resolution) or drop it by our office at 28 NW First Ave. Include your name, where the photo was taken and why it says “summer” to you.

    All photos will be printed July 30. Deadline for submission is noon July 24.

    Questions? Call Carolyn at 528-3343.

  • The Williston Peanut Festival is not entirely out of the running for a Tourism Development Council advertising grant.

    Carol McQueen, executive director of the Levy County Visitor Center, told the Levy County Commission in its Tuesday meeting that although the Tourism Development Council denied an advertising grant to the Peanut Festival, she is working with the Wiliston Chamber of Commerce to work things out.

  • There was good news for citizens of the city of Williston at city council’s first budget hearing, held on Thursday, July 9.

    The millage rate will remain at its current level of 5.9025.

    That means that homeowners will pay less than $6 per thousand dollars of the appraised value of their homes. A resident’s taxes will change only if the value of the property has changed. That is the city’s rate; county rates also apply.

  • Levy County’s unemployment rate broke a new barrier in June rising to 11.4 percent as the state rate rose to 10.6 percent.

                      The report released by the state Agency for Workforce Innovation means another 211 persons filed unemployment claims in June.

  • The Williston First United Methodist Church is having SonRock Vacation Bible School through Wednesday, July 22 at the church, located at 213 W. Noble Ave. beginning at 5 p.m. when supper is served.

    Children pre-school through graduates of fifth grade are invited to attend.

  • Levy County’s business recruiter Amanda Douglas has asked the commission for a better place to meet representatives of businesses interested in moving to Levy County and her boards of directors are backing the move.

    Douglas, who has an office in the county Road Department’s maintenance yard, asked the County Commission in its regular meeting Tuesday to consider for space in the Baker Building in Bronson. Douglas is executive director of the Nature Coast Business Development Council and the Levy County Enterprise Zone Development Agency.

  • A new Joint Participation Agreement between the city and the Florida Department of Transportation was approved at Tuesday’s meeting of Williston City Council. It provides $100,000 in addition to the $487,500 already pledged to the airport for the coming fiscal year.

    Finance director Mark Schiefer explained that FDOT had not initially expected the funds to be available, but was now able to offer the additional assistance to the city.

  • For as long as she can remember, Mimi Johnson has wanted to seek creative ways to keep area children constructively busy.

    At Tuesday’s Rotary meeting, Johnson explained the WEee^SOAR (WE Support Outreach through Arts and Recreation) group and its aim to connect youth with programs–no matter what financial situation families are in.

    Johnson said much attention is now being focused on getting children back to school, armed with the supplies they need to do their work.

    Donations of supplies or cash that will purchase those tools is needed.

  • Drivers and scofflaws beware.

    The Levy County Commission voted unanimously to have the county attorney prepare an ordinance raising the court facility fee tacked onto every citation from $15 to $30.

    The item came up during the commission’s regular meeting Tuesday morning when County Clerk of Court Danny Shipp said Legislature passed the law approving the increase in the 2009 session.

    With 8,000 tickets issued in Levy County annually and many uncontested, a new ordinance could bring in $120,000 a year for the Levy County court facility fund.

  • Morriston Baptist

    Go “Down Under” with Morriston Baptist Church during Vacation Bible School on July 26-30 from 6 to 8:15 p.m. A Parents’ Night will be held July 31 at 7 p.m.

    “All Aboard the Boomerang Express,” says Children’s/Youth Pastor John Potts.

    “As your kidaroos travel across Australia, they will discover the vastness of God’s love and they will learn that no matter where they go or what they do in life - it all comes back to Jesus.”

  • Gov. Charlie Crist today announced the appointment of Chad Johnson to serve on the Levy County Board of Commissioners.

    Johnson will fill the vacancy created by the suspension of Robert Anthony Parker and will serve as interim during his suspension.

    Owen “Chad” Johnson, 38, of Chiefland, is a territory manager for Destron Fearing.