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NEWS

  • The city of Williston is pursuing an independent investigation to determine if Councilor Norm Fugate has created a hostile work environment at city hall.
    The investigation comes on the heels of a letter drafted by City Clerk Nan Mack to the council on Aug. 11 that asks for an investigation and relief from an “abusive situation” allegedly perpetuated by Fugate.
    At Tuesday night’s meeting, Councilor Brooks Holloway read the letter into the city record, he said, on the advice of counsel.

  • What kind of services do residents of Levy County want and what are they willing to pay?
    Will they pay more taxes to keep the current level? Are there services they are willing to do without?
    Those are some of the questions on the minds of county commissioners as they wrap up work on a $59,192,855 budget and prepare to make a final decision on the property tax millage rate.

  • Two people were killed Monday afternoon when the driver of the car apparently pulled into the path of an oncoming car.
    Gracie Brassfield Parker, 50, of Bronson and Louvina Water Dallas, 81, of Williston were pronounced dead on the scene by Levy County EMS  Paramedic Jeff Turner at the site of the accident on CR 323.
    According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Parker, the driver of a 1991 Dodge Dynasty was traveling south on CR 323. A 1998 Ford flatbed truck, driven by Darren Aubrey Parks, 24, of Morriston was traveled north on CR 323.

  • Like generations before who remember Pearl Harbor or JFK, most of us can recollect with clarity where we were Sept. 11, 2001when we first heard about the four plane crashes that signaled the terrorists’ attacks on our country.
    This Sunday marks the 10th anniversary of the fateful day that sent America into a tailspin, and changed almost all in some way.

  • An accident that killed a Williston woman early Wednesday morning closed a portion of SR 121 South for more than an hour.

    Aleta Ann Shoemaker, 65, and the wife of Williston City Councilman Michael Shoemaker, was pronounced dead at the scene around 9:49 a.m.

    According to the Florida Highway Patrol, a 2002 Dodge Ram, driven by David Burch, 63, of Citra was southbound around 9:20 a.m.

    Shoemaker, riding a Harley Davidson Sportster was northbound and had just negotiated a curve before entering a straight section of the road.

  • A community yard sale will be held Saturday, Sept. 3 beginning at 8 a.m. at 506 SE 1st Ave, Williston (across from Good Samaritan).
    Proceeds will help Justin Fairbanks and his family.

  • Gerry Petrone, right, of Bronson, was awarded the American Cancer Society’s Courage Award during ceremonies held last week in Gainesville. The award reads,  “In Recognition of Courage, Determination and a Positive Attitude in Fighting Cancer.”  Petrone received the award both locally and statewide and will travel to Orlando Sept. 10 to receive the state award.  

  • When the Rotary Club of Williston decided to help sponsor Williston High School student Quincy Cason at the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY) World Leadership Congress, members could not have known that he would come back a changed man.
    Last week Cason regaled Rotarians with details from his weeklong adventure in Chicago during July.
    The Congress was made up of more than 400 students from both the United States and abroad.

  • Wiilliston’s Greg Lau has been elected into the 2012 Class of the Bass Fishing Hall of Fame in Hot Springs National Park, Ark.
    Lau, a fishing guide on Lake Erie, gave up guiding to pursue a career in cinematography. As a producer and director, he created more than 300 commercials and 200 televison programs, including segments on The American Sportsman, Wild, Wild World of Animals, Sports Afield, the Outdoorsman and Quest of Adventure.
    He is renowned for his documentary, Bigmouth, which explores the life cycle of largemouth bass.

  • An Ocala couple with strong ties to Williston were killed Saturday when the car they were driving was struck with a car driving the wrong way.
    Tracey Lee Roberts, 43, and his wife, Shelley Mohan-Bell Roberts, 40, were pronounced dead at the scene on US 27, one mile south of NW 154th Avenue in Marion County.
    According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the Roberts’ 2000 Chevy was struck by a 1998 Jeep driven by  Leonel Hernandez-Ocampo, 35, of Willison.

  • The Town of Yankeetown is appealing a circuit judge's denial of their bid to stop the Tarmac King Road mine.
    In a special meeting held Aug. 15, the council voted to appeal to the state 1st District Court of Appeal in Tallahassee.
    The decision came just days after 8th Circuit Court Judge Robert E. Rountree Jr. dismissed the town's petition for a writ of certiorari— a judicial review — of the Levy County Commission's 3-1 decision to conditionally approve mining on a 4,750-acre site near Inglis.

  • State Rep. Leonard Bembry, chair of the Levy County Legislative Delegation, has announced the hearing for the 2012 Legislative Session that starts Jan. 10, 2012.
    The hearing will be in the Levy County Commission Chambers, 355 S. Court St., Bronson, on Sept. 26 from 3-5 p.m.

  • What would you expect of a man who claims he makes a  mean meatloaf, loves to fish but can’t remember the last time he sunk a line and who gets a thrill by seeing the Oscar Mayer Weinermobile in a Christmas parade?
    How about running a police department that will be second to none?
    On the job less than a week, Dennis Strow, Williston’s new chief of police is making his rounds, assessing the needs of the community and putting actions behind words to take the city’s safety to the next level.

  • It’s time to Stuff the Bus for Levy County Schools. On Saturday, Aug. 20, the Levy County Schools Foundation will be hosting the annual STUFF the BUS event to collect school supplies for the students, teachers and schools across the county.
    LCSF board members, SBLC board members, parents, teachers, and student volunteers will be manning the Levy County school buses parked at the donation sites in each community.

  • It was a day that shocked our country to its foundation and sent men, women, boys and girls into a tailspin. Its aftermath is still felt, still remembered.
    It was Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001 and at 8:46 a.m. American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into the World Trade Center’s North Tower. At 9:03 a.m. United Airlines Flight 175 plowed into the South Tower. About 34 minutes later yet another plane, American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon and less than half an hour later, United Airlines Flight 93 went down in a field near Shanksville, Pa.

  • For this year’s Labor Day weekend, we would like to hear from readers who have been lucky enough to get paid to do what they love. Please e-mail your short essay (no more than 300 words) to editor@willistonpioneer. com.
    We want to know why you love your job, where you work, your full name and hometown. Please include a phone number for verification purposes.
    Deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 29.
     

  • There’s a new police chief in town and he aims to be a hands-on leader who knows the town and its residents.
    In a 3-2 vote Tuesday night, Williston City Council approved the recommendation of the police chief committee and hired 38-year law enforcement veteran, Dennis Strow, as its new chief of police.
    Strow, 56, of Ocala retired Tuesday from the Marion County Sheriff’s Department, where he worked his way up through the ranks.

  • Friends of the Williston Public Library announce a program of authors reading excerpts of their books, poetry, life experiences and other topics. The program will be under the aegis of the Williston Woman's Club Education Committee and will be held at the Woman's Club, Thursday, Sept.15 at 7 p.m. Refreshments will be available for sale by the School Safety Patrol. There is no charge for the program.