http://www.willistonpioneer.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Peanut Festival is Saturday http://www.willistonpioneer.com/content/peanut-festival-saturday <img src="http://www.willistonpioneer.com/sites/www.willistonpioneer.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/butch_b.jpg" alt="Butch Batts and the SouthBound Band will be Saturday&#039;s featured entertainment." title="Butch Batts and the SouthBound Band will be Saturday&#039;s featured entertainment." align="left" hspace="6" width="57" height="85" /><p class="p1"> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">The calendar may list the first day of autumn as Sept. 22 but folks in Williston know that fall doesn&#39;t begin until the Central Florida Peanut Festival takes place &ndash; and that happens this Saturday in Heritage Park.</span></p> <p class="p2"> The festival &ndash;saluting the peanut harvest (and one of Williston&#39;s major agricultural crops) is in its 28th year.</p> Old middle school, new city hall again take lead at council meeting http://www.willistonpioneer.com/content/old-middle-school-new-city-hall-again-take-lead-council-meeting <img src="http://www.willistonpioneer.com/sites/www.willistonpioneer.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/dsc_1375.jpg" alt="Williston resident Bob Schmidt was honored for his commitment to Williston by its mayor, R. Gerald Hethcoat. Schmidt, who tries to stay in the background without public attention, picks up trash, mows lawns for those who cannot and exemplifies service over self, the mayor said. Through tears, Schmidt thanked the mayor and dedicated his honor to the people of Williston." title="Williston resident Bob Schmidt was honored for his commitment to Williston by its mayor, R. Gerald Hethcoat. Schmidt, who tries to stay in the background without public attention, picks up trash, mows lawns for those who cannot and exemplifies service over self, the mayor said. Through tears, Schmidt thanked the mayor and dedicated his honor to the people of Williston." align="left" hspace="6" width="64" height="85" /><p class="p1"> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">What&#39;s old is new again as Williston City Council spent much of it&#39;s nearly three-hour meeting last week talking about subjects that have been discussed at length in the previous months.</span></p> <p class="p2"> Members from Citizens for An Engaged Electorate and AARP took to the lectern last Tuesday to ask council members to revisit plans for the old middle school.</p> Greenlee reappointed Bronson mayor http://www.willistonpioneer.com/content/greenlee-reappointed-bronson-mayor <img src="http://www.willistonpioneer.com/sites/www.willistonpioneer.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/bruce_web.jpg" alt="Bronson Mayor Bruce Greenlee" title="Bronson Mayor Bruce Greenlee" align="left" hspace="6" width="48" height="85" /><p class="p1"> <b>By Sean Arnold</b></p> <p class="p2"> Staff Writer</p> <p class="p3"> Bruce Greenlee was unanimously reappointed mayor of Bronson at the town&rsquo;s year-end council meeting on Sept. 19.</p> <p class="p3"> Vice mayor Beatrice Roberts made the first motion to nominate Greenlee.</p> <p class="p3"> &ldquo;He really did a good job in his first year,&rdquo; she said. &ldquo;You all may not know, but I know, having been in that position, that he&rsquo;s done a great, great job.&rdquo;</p> Bronson's James H. Cobb Park receives new funding http://www.willistonpioneer.com/content/bronsons-james-h-cobb-park-receives-new-funding <img src="http://www.willistonpioneer.com/sites/www.willistonpioneer.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/parks_grant_check_presentation.jpg" alt="Bronson mayor Bruce Greenlee is presented with a grant check from Florida State Parks manager Tommy Pavao." title="Bronson mayor Bruce Greenlee is presented with a grant check from Florida State Parks manager Tommy Pavao." align="left" hspace="6" width="83" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;<b style="line-height: 20.4px;">By Sean Arnold</b></p> <p class="p2"> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">The Town of Bronson was presented a check from Florida State Parks manager Tommy Pavao for $50,000 on behalf of the Florida Recreation Development Assistance Program (FRDAP) at the town council meeting on Monday.</span><span style="line-height: 20.4px;">&nbsp;</span></p> School Board millage sees slight drop http://www.willistonpioneer.com/content/school-board-millage-sees-slight-drop <p class="p1"> <b>By Sean Arnold</b></p> <p class="p1"> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">The School Board of Levy County unanimously adopted its final 2016-2017 millage and budget, setting the combined millage rate at 6.876, and the total budget at $77,264,131.00.</span></p> <p class="p3"> The budget was revised up from the original advertised estimate by $1,503,385, largely due to $1,259,923 in additional anticipated costs for capital projects.</p> Williston residents concerned about privacy invasion http://www.willistonpioneer.com/content/williston-residents-concerned-about-privacy-invasion <p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">They were passionate and through their passion, they were vocal.</span></p> <p class="p2"> Monday night about 50 Williston property owners attended a meeting of the Board of Adjustments and Code Enforcement (BACE) to hear about the new rewrite of the city ordinance that governs property maintenance and establishes penalties for non-compliance.</p> <p class="p2"> BACE Chairwoman Sharon Brannan told the residents the rewrite&#39;s intent is to clean up the city and establish minimum standards.</p> County keeps assessments same http://www.willistonpioneer.com/content/county-keeps-assessments-same <p class="p1"> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">A strange thing happened at a Levy County Commission meeting on emergency medical, fire, solid waste and road assessments: commissioners reported they did not receive one call protesting the assessment. The commission office reported they did not get any calls.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="p2"> And the lone county resident attending the second and final hearing on the assessments, which keeps them at the same level for the fifth year in a row, did not protest them.&nbsp;</p> Williston Rotary debuts The Rack http://www.willistonpioneer.com/content/williston-rotary-debuts-rack <p> &nbsp;<span style="line-height: 20.4px;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 20.4px;">The Rotary Club of Williston debuted its newest service project &ndash; The RACK &ndash; Rotarians Actively Caring for Kids.</span></p>