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NEWS

  • If you heard a soft groan coming from city halls, town halls, and county and school offices it was to be expected.

    Levy County Property Appraiser Oz Barker released his office’s 2009 estimate of taxable values for regional, county and municipal governments.

    Barker, who at one time thought the decline in property values for the county would be about 7 percent, sent out his estimate showing it is down over 10 percent.

  • Suspended Levy County Commissioners William “Sammy” Yearty and Robert “Tony” Parker will be tried separately from co-defendant Pamela Williams Blair and their federal corruption trial is delayed until Aug. 3.

    There’s been a flurry of motions filed in the past two months as Yearty, who is charged with conspiring and accepting bribes in the form of a gift card and a trip to New York City and then lying about it to the FBI, asked to have his and Parker’s trial severed from Blair’s trial on charges of lying to the FBI.

  • On June 6 and June 7 the adult choir at First United Methodist Church is again joining forces with Holy Family Catholic Church to make a joyful noise to the Lord. Several other area churches also have members in the group.

    The combined forces will present “I Can Only Imagine Heaven”, which is a work celebrating the joys of heaven. It also reminds us, once again, of the price Jesus paid to secure our heavenly home.

  • Morriston Baptist Church, through “Almost Heaven Mission” will collect supplies for flood victims pf Southeastern West Virginia through June 9. Items needed include water, non-perishable food and cleaning supplies. The church will deliver the supplies it collects in mid-June.

    You may drop off donations during business hours Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. For more information, call 528-4080.

  • A June 16 public hearing on a mining application by the Levy County Commission has been put on hold until all the Ts are crossed and the Is are dotted.

    The commission decided to delay the hearing on the recommendation after Development Director Rob Corbitt asked to hold them back because all the landowners have not signed off on the special exception permit application.

  • FCAT results are in and they're a mixed bag, to say the least. Levy County School Board saw a report by Director of Secondary Education Patrick Wnek on the schools' grade-by-grade results in each subject, plus comparisons to state numbers, and a lead-in to the county's Deep FRI training for enhanced reading instruction.

  • It's a big weekend if you like festivals and big crowds.

    It's a big weekend if you like parades and celebrations. And it's a really big weekend if you like watermelon.

    The 54th annual Watermelon Festival will be held in downtown Chiefland this weekend. Large crowds are expected at the all-day event, which opens at 8 a.m. with the opening of arts and crafts shows.

  • Army Pvt. William M. Vaughan has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

    During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches, and field training exercises.

  • Though there’s a lot going on this weekend, the Yulee-Diddley Day in Archer is promising to be a statewide event that will see thousands of people descend on the village to our north.

    At the Williston Chamber of Commerce last week, Yulee-Diddley Day promoter Bert Wetherington told members that vendors from across Florida have committed to the day which combines to honor David Levy Yulee, Florida’s first state senator and this county’s namesake, and Music Hall of Famer Bo Diddley, who died last year.

  • Mini Speaker Program

    Jones Temple COGIC, and its Pastor Reginald Williams, Sister Rose Williams and church family, will host a mini speaker program June 5 at 7:30 p.m. There will be three speakers: Cheryl Jones, Cornelia Robinson and Mimi Johnson. There will also be a Speak-A-Song by Eloise Carnigie.

    Saturday, June 6, will be the Community Fun Day at the church on the grounds. There will be free food, fun and games. There will be a clothes give-a-away. For more information please call 528-3411 on Tuesday and Thursday night at 7:30 pm.

  • The Rev. Carroll Phillips, an evangelist from Winter Haven will pay tribute to our military at a concert on Friday, May 29 at Living Water Life Center, Morriston, following the monthly fellowship dinner.

    This month’s theme will be a “Memorial Day Picnic Supper” which is at 6:30 p.m. In addition to the military tribute, Phillips will also perform some tunes from the 50s and a selection of favorite gospel pieces. The cost is $6 per person or $15 per family.

  • A benefit concert to help raise money for a Micanopy family that recently lost two of their children in a car accident will be held Saturday, May 30 from 1 p.m to 9 p.m. at the Downtown Community Plaza in Gainesville.

    The public is invited to attend this free event that will feature live bands, raffles, food and more.

    The music will start at 1 p.m. and will feature the Babylonians, 8 Track Automatic, TrumpsWig, Tuna Colada, Stava Mala, Jaryd Smart and Michael Lesousky.

  • Mrs. Yvonne Perry will be retiring from teaching after 36 years. Williston Middle School will be having a Retirement Reception for her on Thursday, May 28t in their Cafeteria from 5:30- 7 p.m. All of her family, friends, current and former students are invited to attend.

    Mrs. Perry started teaching in 1973 at JBE as an ESE teacher. She moved over to WMS in 1976 where she has been since.

     

  • The GFWC Williston Junior Woman's Club presented The Guardian Foundation, the non-profit arm of Guardian ad Litem, with a GFWC Florida Juniors' Special Project: One Voice for Children a grant of $1,000 at the club's May meeting. The grant will help provide some of the over 100 Levy County children in the Guardian ad Litem Program with the "extras" that make being a kid fun. These "extras" include summer camp, youth sports, school field trips, clubs, and other extra curricular activities.

  • Saturday, May 30

    •Angel House Thrift store is open on Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Located at Holy Family Parish, 17353 N.E. 27A, Williston.

    Monday, June 1

    •Levy Veterans Support Group, 7 p.m., Williston City Hall.

    •AA Meeting, 7:30 p.m., Thompson Hall at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church.

    •Al-Anon, 7 p.m. Midway Plaza, 13451 N.E. Hwy 27 Alt.

    •Masonic Lodge #117 F.&A.M., 7:30 p.m., Ornan Lodge.

    Tuesday, June 2

    •Piecemakers, 9 a.m., Presbyterian Church.

  • “This is more like the old days, the kind of money we used to raise,” said Betty Walker, Executive Director of Levy Association for Retarded Citizens (LARC).

    She was talking about the check for $10,400 that officers from Bronson AMVETS Post 88 had just presented her, the proceeds from last month’s 33rd Annual Wild Hog Canoe and Kayak Race. With some 50 sponsors and 60 boats in this year’s race, AMVETS’ contribution vastly exceeded the take from any Wild Hog race in years.

  • Dunnellon Visionary

    May 28

    The Dunnellon Area Chamber of Commerce’s Destination Dunnellon Committee will hold a Visionary Meeting on Thursday, May 28 at 6:30 p.m.

    The upcoming meeting’s agenda is to review visions created by other groups in the Dunnellon area and to discuss how to implement the plan currently endorsed by the City of Dunnellon into a vision for the entire Dunnellon area.

  • This issue of the Williston Pioneer Sun News marks the last by editor Jim Clark.

    Current Chiefland Citizen editor Carolyn Risner will be assuming the helm of the Williston Pioneer Sun News.

    Clark will be taking over the editorship of the Chiefland newspaper.

    “This transition is a better allocation of our resources and will allow us to continue to provide strong news products in both areas,” said Chiefland general manager Tom Ten Broeck.

  • A total of 45 Levy County teachers and 17 Educational Support Personnel (ESPs) have received annual contract non-renewal notices for the 2009-2010 school year, according to information released Friday by SBLC Director of Personnel Candy Dean. Four other teachers who received non-renewal notices chose to resign instead, Dean said.

  • In his 10-plus years with Williston’s Nature Coast Regional Hospital. Kim Bird has seen a sick facility become a healthy, viable part of the communty.

    At Tuesday’s Rotary meeting, Bird, president of Cypress Health Systems Florida, Inc–the company that owns the hospital–said the healthcare facility has come a long way and continues to make great strides in the Williston area.