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NEWS

  • More than $52,000 was raised when 300 people attended Fall at the Lodge, the annual fund-raiser for Haven Hospice.
    “Fall at the Lodge was a tremendous success,” said Michael Morse, vice president of organizational advancement at Haven Hospice. “The location was beautiful, the weather was fantastic and the fellowship was great. So many people donated their time, talent and treasure to help make the event even more successful than last year.”

  • Fat Steer Weigh In:
    The fat steer weigh in will take place Saturday, Oct. 2 from 7-9 a.m. at the fairgrounds in Fanning Springs. This is the first weigh-in for all market steers participating in the 2011 Suwannee River Youth Livestock Show and Sale. An entry form is required and is available online at mysrf.org. The form must be completed and signed by the exhibitor, parent and FFA advisor/4H leader. Entry fee is $25.

  • OCALA – Candidates for Florida Senate District 14, which covers northern Marion County and the Williston area, appeared at a countywide political forum in Ocala on Thursday, Sept. 23.
    The incumbent is Steve Oelrich, who told the crowd at the Marion County Library’s main branch about his 15 years in law enforcement, and how he had become the first Republican sheriff in Alachua County since Reconstruction. He left during his fourth term to run for the state Senate.

  • Haylee Baker is going places.
       In December the fifth grader will take an all-expense paid to San Francisco and sometime within the next year will get a passport for her five-day all expense paid  trip to Milan, Italy.
       Both trips come courtesy of national retailer Sears and are awarded because Haylee, 10, has claimed the company’s title as America’s Top Style Crush and will serve as a fashion consultant for the company.

  •    Get ready for some mouth-watering treats this Saturday as Williston will welcome folks to Heritage Park for the 22nd Annual Central Florida Peanut Festival.
    Over 115 vendors will be on hand, as well as the elephants and petting zoo.
       Raychel Ortiz will sing the Star Spangled Banner and the Marines will raise the colors will the festival kicks off at 9 a.m.
       Entertainment follows throughout the day beginning with Amberay Molder at 9:30 a.m.

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  •   Fenwick D. “Mac” McCormick, Williston High School graduate and former agriculture teacher and FFA advisor at his alma mater, will be inducted into Florida FFA’s Hall of Fame during an Oct. 4 ceremony in Haines City.
       McCormick joins four other inductees who are being honored for their contributions in making Florida FFA one of the premier youth leadership organizations in the United States.

  •    The Ornan Masonic Lodge in cooperation with the Williston Police and Fire Departments, Levy County Sheriff’s Office and Safe Kids of North Central Florida will be on hand helping to make our community safe place for children during Child Safety Day, Saturday, Sept. 25.
          Food, games, live entertainment by Southbound featuring Natalie Green and the Magic Man are planned. Every family that participates will receive a FREE Child ID kit, which unlike any other Child ID kit can be updated every year as your child grows and changes.

  •    Williston Rotary Club members received the challenge to have purple pinkies Tuesday when Lake City Rotarian John Wheeler spoke to the club about eliminating polio around the world.

       Once pandemic, polio is thisclose to be eradicated and Rotary has taken on the project to ensure it is in most of our live times.

       Today, the disease, which affects the nervous system and causes paralysis, originates in four countries: Afghanistan, India, Pakistan and Nigeria.

  • Ancient history was resurrected Tuesday night as City Attorney Norm Fugate spent most of the Williston Council meeting defending his role as the city’s legal counsel.

    Fugate’s presentation came on the heels of a memo drafted to council members by Councilman Michael Shoemaker and dated Sept. 8 in which Shoemaker alleged that Fugate did not understand contract law and may not be acting in the best interest of the city.

  • Ryan Bell defeated Noel Desmond in the Republican primary election for the District 4 County Commission seat Tuesday, closely advancing to November’s general election by a mere 36 votes.

    It was Levy County’s only local race on the ballot in the primary election, held on a day of poor weather and low turnout.

    Of the 21,415 registered voters in the county, 24.97 percent turned out to vote.

  • The group that planned to buy Williston’s Nature Coast Hospital is now enmeshed in a lawsuit against its owner, Cypress Healthcare Systems Florida.

    Partners Healthcare Development, a Kansas corporation, filed a civil suit in May charging that Cypress interfered with the operation of the hospital which “ultimately resulted in the constructive eviction” of PHD.

  • It wasn’t the typical call that came in to Williston Fire and Rescue Saturday morning.

    A farmer was reporting that one of his cows had apparently fallen into a sinkhole and he needed help getting it out.

    Emergency workers were dispatched to the property, located near Hwys. 121 and 316 and found there wasn’t one cow in distress, but two.

    Danny Wallace of Station 72 Fire and Rescue said the cows had somehow slipped through the barb wire and plummeted through the 30-foot funnel of the sinkhole.

  • The School Board of Levy County on Tuesday unanimously adopted its tentative millage rate and tentative budget for the 2010-2011 school year. But throughout the public hearing — the first on the school district’s for the next fiscal year — signs of future financial distress filtered in to the discussions.

    Outside of school district employees, board members and the press, no one attended the hearing.

  • Ervin Kauffman, president of the Williston Lions Club, learned this summer that he needs a liver transplant.

    Funds are needed to offset costs not covered by insurance and NATF–the National Transplant Assistance Fund will help Kauffman in a fund-raising effort while he waits for his transplant.

    NTAF has a 26-year record of success helping families address financial hardships arising from uninsured medical expenses related to transplantation.

  • The Levy County Commission on Tuesday asked the Sheriff’s Office and any department that has not cut its budget to go back to the drawing board and pare their requests.

  • The revised budget for the 2010-2011 fiscal year has been approved, and it looks like the city of Williston can breathe a little easier.

    While the city still struggles with numerous years of coming up in the red, several offices of the city will see an increase in funding and assets.

    With the payoff of one of the "pumper trucks" in addition to new bonuses for volunteer fire fighters, the city fire department brought down its budget overhead by over $9,000. Debt for the water department also came down by $1,000.

  • The railroad crossing on State Road (S.R.) 500/U.S. 27 just west of Southeast Eighth Street in Williston is scheduled to be replaced and will close the road for two days next week, according to Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT).

    The closure is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 28 and be completed by 5 p.m. Friday, July 30, barring any unforeseen conditions including rainy weather.

  • The Williston Pioneer is looking for pictures of what you’re doing this summer. E-mail your photos to editor@willistonpioneer.com or bring them by our office at 37 S. Main St.

    Photos of you enjoying summer will be printed in the Aug. 12 edition.

  • Hoseline Inc., one of only three companies that manufactures air conditioning and heating units for emergency vehicles and handcart units used by troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, took a step toward their long-range goal of moving to Williston.

    The family-owned company’s request for a change in the Levy County Future Land Use Plan for 10.58 acres on County Road 316 and U.S. Highway 27 was approved last week by the Levy County Board of County Commissioners.