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NEWS

  • 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.

  • Morriston’s Small Farms subdivision is in an uproar over the location of lions, tigers, bears, apes and monkeys in their neighborhood — with some animals as close as 250 feet to a child’s bedroom.

    “I get the pleasure of looking at the lion while I have my morning coffee,” said Neva Riding, who lives across from a lion cage at the animal sanctuary on Southeast 192nd Court.

    “If you haven’t heard a lion roar, it’s a pretty big noise,” she said. “I don’t want to live with lions, tigers and bears.”

  • Williston’s city council met on Tuesday evening as usual and its agenda consisted largely of housekeeping items.

    The members of the Citizens’ Advisory Task Force were unanimously reappointed. They are Jeff Basing, Jake Cason, Steve Holcomb, Bob Hughes, Steve McMillen and Cleveland Simms. All had agreed to serve another term.

    One of the most important functions of that committee is its work on Community Block Development Grants awarded by the State of Florida.

  • Earl and Samantha Vertommen will host a celebration of their marriage Saturday, May 23 at half past seven in the evening at the Williston Golf and Country Club. A reception will immediately follow the ceremony.

    The couple was married May 14, 2007 but due to the groom’s service as a U.S. Marine had to delay a formal wedding ceremony. Mr. Vertommen was stationed at Camp LaJeune, N.C. and has been deployed twice.

    The couple now resides in Morriston.

    Local invitations have been mailed but all family and friends are encouraged to share the couple’s joy.

  • The Levy County Health Department’s Tobacco Program Specialist will host a coalition meeting on May 26 at the Bronson Middle/High School Media Center from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

  • State Rep. Leonard Bembry, D-Greenville, told people on Cedar Key last week that he finds Florida’s finances “worrisome.”

    “What concerns me with the whole budget is taking $3.5 billion of stimulus money to balance the budget,” Bembry said. “Taking one-time money to borrow your way out of debt doesn’t work.”

    “Our debt has doubled since 2002 – the amount of bonding has doubled,” Bembry said. “And our revenue has decreased by 25 percent.”

  • The Williston Pioneer Sun News will be closed Monday, May 25 in observance of Memorial Day. Our news deadline is 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 26.

  • The principal subject for the Community Redevelopment Agency at its Monday night meeting was not on the agenda, but it elicited a spirited discussion toward the end of the meeting.

    Earl Ogle, a member of the CRA, once again introduced the question of expanding the CRA district. He noted that the group had asked for numbers to support the city’s objection to expanding the district. Vice chair Nick Williams said he’d spoken to city manager Marcus Collins several weeks ago and didn’t feel that he’d received a satisfactory answer.

  • Joyce Bullock Elementary School was placed in lock down Tuesday afternoon after two students were lured into a vehicle and driven 100 yards across the front entrance of the school’s campus.

    The male students were on the playground, according to press releases from the sheriff’s office and the school district, when they were approached by a white or Hispanic male. The man was described as having black hair and possibly wearing a brown shirt, blue pants and black boots. He may have a silver tooth and a dark spot or mole on his face.

  • The John Hance O’Steen Camp 770, Sons of Confederate Veterans, will hold a memorial service on Saturday, May 16 to honor Confederate soldier, George W. Martin. The service will be held at the Bell Cemetery, Bell starting at 2 p.m.

    George Martin was born March 22, 1839 in Barnwell, S.C.

    He moved to New River County, (present day Bradford County) before the Civil War and settled near Starke with his wife, Rebeca. When the war started, Martin traveled to Suwannee County and enlisted Jan. 1, 1862. He was enrolled in Company H of the 1st Florida Cavalry.

  • At its 2009 Installation of New Officers Dinner, Nancy Bowman was awarded Outstanding Club Member of the Year for the Williston Woman's Club. She is currently in her second year as 1st vice president. She is active in many club projects, has attended leadership training and annual Spring conventions. She teaches at Williston Elementary School and is a great asset to the club and community.

  • Woodmansee

    Air Force Airman Jake T. Woodmansee graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

    The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

    Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.