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NEWS

  • An entire country separates Morriston’s Dottie Hydue from her stepdaughter in California but it hasn’t deterred her from becoming an advocate to raise awareness for the need  for living organ donors.
    Today, March 10, is National Kidney Day and Hydue can’t think of a better way to commemorate it than by urging people to consider becoming an organ donor.
    Her stepdaughter, Tracie  Skaggs, 48, suffers from kidney failure and undergoes dialysis while she waits on a matching donor.

  • He may not be your typical musician–he holds an undergraduate degree in psychology and a master’s degree in business–but Ocala’s Shane Wooten loves what he does and is working to promote not only himself–but his love of Florida, music and his causes.
    The up-and-coming country musician is one of the scheduled headliners at this year’s Levy County Fair–slated to perform April 9.
    The Shane Wooten Band performed at last year’s July 3 celebration and the experience left him wanting more.

  • Williston’s traditional July 3 celebration will be held a day earlier this year because July 3 falls on Sunday.
    Councilor Debra Jones said in Tuesday night’s meeting that the Williston Chamber of Commerce had requested the city set the date so planning can begin.
    The Chamber had requested it be held Friday, July 1, Jones said, but members assured they would be in attendance no matter what date the council chose.
    At the beginning of the discussion, there were numerous opinions on the date it should be held and why.

  • Family and friends are reaching out to a Williston family whose lives were rent asunder last week when a fire destroyed their home on 65th Lane.
    Williston Fire Chief Lamar Stegall said the double-wide mobile home, where the Brian Means’ family lived, was totally engulfed by the time  his crew arrived. The call came to the department around 7:17 p.m. March 4.
    Neighbor Irene Miller said the matriarch of the family, Betty Smith, was in the shower when she heard a large boom.

  • Beginning Thursday, March 17, the Williston Pioneer website, www.willistonpioneer.com, will transition to a subscription-based news and information site.
    The Pioneer will  offer its valued newspaper subscribers complete access to all of the news and features currently in the print product, plus a number of online-only features such as videos, slideshows, reader interaction and more. A digital version of every issue of the newspaper will also be available to subscribers online.

  • He’s a governor in training and he’s wasting no time learning the ins and outs of his new position 18 months before he takes office.
    Ed Philman, a 30-year Rotarian from Bell, and an often guest at Williston Rotary Club is the organization’s governor-elect.
    Quiet and unassuming, Philman spoke with passion to the Williston club last week about the position,  his training and his goals for Rotary under his leadership.

  • They stood about 30 feet apart with more than a dozen people separating them, and yet when they were asked their reaction to the election results, newly elected councilmen Jerry Robinson and Norm Fugate parroted each other’s words.
    “I am relieved,” said Robinson, who defeated longtime incumbent Debra French Jones 278-159.
    “The people have spoken. They’ve issued a mandate for change.”
    Former City Attorney Norm Fugate handed incumbent Steve Holcomb an almost 2-1 defeat 293-155.

  • With all votes counted and the Williston City Council certifying the election right now, unofficial results show that challengers Norm Fugate and Jerry Robinson have unseated longtime incumbents Steve Holcomb and Debra Jones.
    Read the entire story in Thursday's Williston Pioneer.

  • Williston voters will fill two council seats today.
    The poll, at the community center, is open until 7 p.m.
    Bring a picture ID and vote!
     

  • A loss of almost $4 million in revenues for Levy County schools may translate into layoffs for anywhere from 40 to 70 personnel, Superintendent Bob Hastings told the Levy County Republican Executive Committee.
    Hastings, in a casual update by public officials at the group’s monthly meeting on Monday night in Chiefland, said, “People are very concerned about the state budget.” But he said it is too early to worry as the final budget approved by the legislature — which opens its annual session on March 8 — is likely to approve a different version.

  • Get your paint brushes ready.  The Trashy Art barrels are now ready for pick up. 
    Your organization can enter by painting a barrel and exhibiting it for auction at the Levy County Fair, April 7-10. 
     Each organization or individual will receive one-half of their auction proceeds, with the other half benefiting the Fair Association.

  • The trailer that serves as the satellite office for the Levy County Tax Collector is impeding progress in the revitalization of Williston, according to Kenneth Schwiebert, the city’s CRA chairman.
    Schwiebert urged the Williston Council members Tuesday to make a decision about the office,  located at 55 South Main St.
    “This has languished for a year,”  Schwiebert said. “We just feel it’s dragged on enough.”

  • By Carolyn Ten Broeck
    Editor
    The people spoke. The council listened. And now change in how the city charges for utility reconnection fees is imminent.
    Council members spent almost an hour Tuesday night tweaking changes in the utility policy that will soon be presented as an ordinance by interim city attorney Jennifer Ellison.
    Debra Jones, vice president of the council, conducted the meeting in the absence of President Marc Nussel, and covered the draft section by section.

  • Name: Steve Holcomb

     Age: 60

     Education: Brandon High School graduate; continuing education at University of South Florida in Business Management

     Family: Married for nearly 40 years, two children and a granddaughter

     Current Civic/ Church/Club Affiliations:

    I am a full-time city councilman and serve on the Withlachoochee Planning Council

     Years living in the city: My family and I have lived in Williston for 35 years.

     

  • Name: Jerry Robinson

    Age: 63

    Education: High School; Some college; Completed Institute for Elected Officials and Advanced Institute for Elected Officials; Casualty-Property Claims Law Associate Designation

    Family: Wife Marguerite, Daughter Catrina Sistrunk and her husband Robert with three grandchildren Robbie, Joseph and Adam and a step son living in Gainesville.

    Current Civic/ Church/Club Affiliations: First United Methodist Church of Williston; Williston Chamber of Commerce

  • Name:  Debra French Jones

     

    Age:  59

     

    Education:  Graduated from Williston High School, attended Auburn University, and became a registered health information technician (RHIT) through the American Association of Health Information Management (Chicago).     

     

  • Name

    Norm D. Fugate;

     

    Age

    51 yrs old.

     

    Education

    Williston High School Graduate; Undergraduate degree from University of Florida, major in finance; Juris Doctor degree from the University of Florida College of Law.

     

    Family

    Married to Janice Fugate, with six children.

     

    Current Civic/ Church/Club Affiliations

  • After several weeks of sometimes heated campaigning, the curtain will close Tuesday, March 1 on this year’s Williston City Election.
    City voters will head to the polls at 7 a.m. Tuesday and mark ballots in two council races.
    In group A, incumbent Benny Steve Holcomb, who has served 12 years on the city council, takes on political newcomer and former city attorney Norm Fugate.
    Debra French Jones, the incumbent for Group C, will square off against former councilman Jerry Robinson.

  • Tickets for Saturday night's basketball game between the Williston Red Devils and Orlando Jones are on sale now at the Williston High School front office. Cost is $6. It is recommended you buy tickets now rather than take your chances at the door Saturday.