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NEWS

  • Christmas may be two weeks away but visitors to Williston this weekend can bolster their holiday spirit with three days packed with color, cheer and festivity that should carry them through to Dec. 25.
    The whirlwind of holiday cheer kicks off Friday night as the Williston Chamber of Commerce hosts the annual Christmas parade down Noble Avenue beginning at 6 p.m.
    A host of floats, motorized vehicles, music and color will center around this year’s theme “Wild West Christmas.”

  • Thomas Speck is someone who would have been called, in the language of yesteryear, “a man of parts.” 

    Or you might think of him as a cat with nine lives, or a novel in several volumes, each set in a different time or place.

  • A car that was stolen from West Highway 40 near 60th Avenue with a 9-month-old boy inside was recovered in Williston later that day, Friday, Nov. 19, and a suspect was arrested.
    At about 12:30 a.m. the Marion County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a vehicle stolen from the Chevron station at 5895 W. State Road 40. The vehicle’s owner, Damian Wells, had gone inside the station, leaving his 9-month-old son in the vehicle’s back seat. The vehicle was last seen headed toward U.S. 27, and the Williston Police Department was notified.

  • Water lines equal a better economy.
    That’s what the city of Williston is banking on and last week, city council members learned that the city has been awarded a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for $650,000 to extend and loop the existing water system.
    When in place, the enhanced water system could help lure business and industry to town, giving the city the boost in the arm it needs.

  • When many little boys tie up the plastic cleats for T-ball and proclaim that they want to be professional baseball players when they grow up, Williston’s Jiwan James knew it was something more than just words he would say–one day he would live it.
    In 2007, James did just that when, fresh out of high school, he was chosen by the Philadelphia Phillies in the  22nd round.

  • The Levy County Community Outreach Team will be conducting two more in a series of monthly community outreach events focused on connecting citizens with local health, nutrition and other resources on Saturday, Dec. 11. The Team, which includes representatives from the Florida Department of Children and Families, the Levy County Health Department, The Children’s Table and Elder Options, has scheduled the events for the following locations and times:
     Casa de Restauracion Shalom Church, 239 South Main St., Williston from 9-11 a.m. 

  • Chris, Debbie and Carolyn–your newspaper team at the Williston Pioneer–extend Thanksgiving blessings to our loyal readers. Have a wonderful holiday and know how much we appreciate you!

  • The Williston FFA will be selling poinsettias for the holiday season. This year, the red and white poinsettias are $7.50 and the decorated poinsettias will be $10. All profits go to Williston FFA. The sale will take place from Nov. 18- Dec. 10. To place an order, call the Ag shop at (352) 528-2153 or e-mail  Mr. Wilder at wilderc@levy.k12.fl.us.

  • The city of Williston is inching closer to drafting a referendum for the March 2011 ballot that could change the way city government is run.
    For the last couple months, council members have met pondering changes they would like to see in the city charter.
    A n y changes to the charter must be approved by the voters.
    The specific ordinance change and ballot question–limited to 75 words–must be approved and in place by
    early January in order to appear on the March ballot.

  • By Winnelle Horne
    Special to the Pioneer

     The Log Cabin Quilters met Thursday, Nov 4 at the Levy County Quilt Museum.  It was a very busy day as several of the quilters are beginning to put up quilts for the Show.  There is much to be done and it takes time.
     First we have our Thanksgiving Dinner Nov. 18 and after that we can finish and get ready for the Show (Nov. 26 – Dec. 5).  Then it’s time to get ready for the State Fair in Tampa.

  • Sammy Yearty, the Levy County Commission chair convicted on federal bribery charges and lying to the FBI, has outlined the grounds for overturning his convictions to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta.
    Yearty, who is serving a 33-month sentence at the federal corrections facility in Pensacola, was indicted in October 2008 and arrested on Nov. 5, 2008. the day after winning re-election to the seat he had held since the 70s.

  • By Carolyn Ten Broeck
    Editor
    The deaths of five children in a Citra house fire Monday have left people shaking their head and wondering how it could have happened.
    According to news reports, the house had a smoke alarm but it wasn’t working.
    That was enough to spur Williston Police Chief Dan Davis to spearhead a campaign here to ensure that those who want, need or cannot afford smoke alarms can have them.

  • Run, don’t walk, to the Williston Public Library!  
    The main rooms have been temporarily redecorated with beautiful Christmas baskets of every description.
    Each year, the Friends of the Williston Public Library (FOWL) holds an Open House and Silent Auction of Christmas baskets and fine crafts and merchandise.
     This is the library’s major annual fund-raiser, and all money raised by the event is used to fund upgrades to the library’s environment and equipment.   

  • Veterans and their families will be honored Saturday, Nov. 13 during the Levy County Veterans Parade held on U.S. 19 in Chiefland.
     Veterans are invited to meet at the Chiefland High School at 10:30 a.m. to participate.  Uniforms are not required but would be great.  Call Frank McCoy at 486-2953 for more information or to reserve a spot on the float.

  • The boiler that provides heat for the Levy County jail almost provides heat for the sheriff’s office so the county commission has approved replacing the 20 years plus piece of equipment.
    Sheriff’s Maj. Mike Sheffield told the Levy County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday that the annual pre-winter inspection of the boiler that provides heat for the jail showed it needed to be replaced. In an email to County Coordinator Freddie Moody, Sheffield wrote “Must be replaced, dangerous to run it...”

  • The four judges took about an hour to make it from one end of the room to the other.  Slowly they moved, slicing little layered cubes of spongy bread and icing from cakes that resembled miniature farms, exotic landscapes and football fields.
    “There’s some inconsistency in this cake,” one judge said.  “One part of it is breaking up. One part is really moist.”
    “It may be a mixing issue,” another said, jotting notes on a form.
    “It’s too moist,” the first reiterated.

  • A jury took three hours to decide that newlywed Felicia Fine’s death was premeditated 1st degree murder by her husband, Charles Edwin Duke, 24, condemning him to spend the rest of his life in state prison.
    The decision on Friday, Oct. 29, came two weeks after what would have been their first wedding anniversary and 358 days after Duke fired one shot from a single-shot .45 caliber handgun into Fine’s head at the Rosewood home the couple shared with Duke’s friend Justin White.

  • Two Williston natives are capitalizing on what the Army can do for them as they, in turn, ponder what they can do for the Army.
    Deonte White and Robert L. Mozell Jr. are home on leave this week after enlisting to serve in the U.S. Army.
    White, the son of Kursey Carngie and grandson of Carl Carnegie, did his basic training at Ft. Sill, Okla. and will be stationed next in Georgia at Hunter Army Airfield near Savannah, His job is logistics.

  • For the third time in 18 months the hospital in Williston is under new management, but this time it’s going to stick, says new owner and CEO Jerry Gillman.
    With 40 years under his belt in hospital administration, Gillman knew when he first considered buying the hospital he would have his work cut out for him.
    Never was anything more true, he said, because when he came on as a consultant in June, he discovered their were 10-12 serious AHCA (Agency for Health Care Administration) violations hanging over the 40-bed hospital.

  • Veterans will be honored at a series of events starting with Williston Elementary School Tuesday and culminating with the Levy County Veterans Day Parade in Chiefland Saturday.
    In Williston, the annual salute to the men and women of the armed forces is slated for Thursday, Nov. 11 at 6 p .m.
    Choose one, or choose all but if you like your freedom, thank a veteran.
    Tuesday, Nov. 9
    WES