http://www.willistonpioneer.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en REDI, willing and able http://www.willistonpioneer.com/content/redi-willing-and-able <p class="p3"> It was a morning of brutal honesty when Williston City Planner Josie Lodder explained to members of the Rural Economic Development Initiative (REDI) all the barriers that keep the city from being the best it can be.</p> <p class="p3"> REDI, comprised of members from all the state&rsquo;s major agencies, serves 32 of Florida&rsquo;s rural counties and was created in 1997 to assist those rural counties and their municipalities to overcome challenges to improve their economies.</p> Missing woman's body found in Chiefland http://www.willistonpioneer.com/content/missing-womans-body-found-chiefland <p> By Sean Arnold</p> <p> Staff writer</p> <p> The body of a missing woman from Manatee County was found buried in southwest Chiefland Monday.</p> <p> Tricia Freeman, 47, was reported missing last Tuesday in Palmetto, located approximately 40 miles south of Tampa.</p> <p> Roy Nichols, 26, the boyfriend of Freeman&rsquo;s daughter, admitted to murdering Freeman, after he and his girlfriend, 21-year-old Kayla Colyer, were taken into custody Saturday in Cabell County, West Virginia, for allegedly stealing Freeman&rsquo;s car.</p> Williston veteran 'saddened, embarrassed' by lack of memorial http://www.willistonpioneer.com/content/williston-veteran-saddened-embarrassed-lack-memorial <img src="http://www.willistonpioneer.com/sites/www.willistonpioneer.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/wilson.jpg" alt="David Wilson shows one of the two Purple Heart reserved parking signs to CRA members. Wilson wants to place the signs in Williston where they will be best used." title="David Wilson shows one of the two Purple Heart reserved parking signs to CRA members. Wilson wants to place the signs in Williston where they will be best used." align="left" hspace="6" width="73" height="85" /><p> David Wilson&#39;s roots in Williston go back generations. His grandparents once owned a boarding house where Hardee&#39;s now stands.</p> <p> He grew up here, graduated from high school here and years after returning from Vietnam a decorated veteran, he came back here to live. Two of his children live here.</p> <p> He loves this town &ndash; this community.</p> Red White & Blues will host Blueberry Festival May 6-7 http://www.willistonpioneer.com/content/red-white-blues-will-host-blueberry-festival-may-6-7 <p> Nothing says springtime more than the juicy goodness of fresh Florida blueberries &ndash; unless it&rsquo;s a festival held down on the farm.</p> <p> This year, Williston&rsquo;s Red White &amp; Blues Farm, a renowned U-Pick center, will celebrate the season with its first Blueberry Festival May 6-7.</p> <p> More than 100 vendors, featuring arts, crafts, information and food are expected to be on site at the 100-acre farm during the two-day event that will also showcase blues and jazz music, pony rides, a petting zoo, bungee rides and more for the children in your life.</p> Exercise caution; vigilance http://www.willistonpioneer.com/content/exercise-caution-vigilance <p> Williston is a safe community.</p> <p> Police Chief Dennis Strow wants to keep it that way and he&#39;s asking the city&#39;s residents for their help.</p> <p> In the last few weeks, there have been several vehicle break-ins within the city, and two cars were stolen. Both of those cars were found &ndash; one because it ran out of gas and the other abandoned.</p> <p> &quot;Creepers&quot;, people who wander around looking for unlocked vehicles are most likely the suspects, the chief said.</p> Block 12 could drain CRA's account http://www.willistonpioneer.com/content/block-12-could-drain-cras-account <p> It started with $163,000 and Monday night over $511,000 was added to it. If all comes to pass, it could cost the city of Williston more than $674,000.</p> <p> &quot;It&quot; is Block 12, the area between Main and NE 1st Streets and for the last three years, the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) has relentlessly pursued its purchase and reformation.</p> <p> Seeking ways to further economic development while creating useful parking space, the CRA purchased the property from the owners. All but two owners, John Patrick and Michael Pesso, were on board.</p> Levy County ROCKS http://www.willistonpioneer.com/content/levy-county-rocks <img src="http://www.willistonpioneer.com/sites/www.willistonpioneer.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/web2_2.jpg" alt="Shari Raymond and her granddaughters, Raylynn and OakLeigh spend Sunday afternoon painting Love Rocks." title="Shari Raymond and her granddaughters, Raylynn and OakLeigh spend Sunday afternoon painting Love Rocks." align="left" hspace="6" width="105" height="85" /><p> The death of a loved one may seem unbearable but thinking that loved one may not be remembered may be worse.</p> <p> Shari Raymond of Williston is doing something to ensure her brother, Boo, who died in December is not forgotten and she&rsquo;s encouraging others to follow her lead.</p> <p> Levy County ROCKS, Raymond&rsquo;s simple, yet poignant, project is rapidly covering Williston and before long, she hopes it encompasses all of Levy County.</p> <p> You may have encountered it but didn&rsquo;t know it. That&rsquo;s about to change.</p> P&Z deems Ch. 48 'too subjective' http://www.willistonpioneer.com/content/pz-deems-ch-48-too-subjective <img src="http://www.willistonpioneer.com/sites/www.willistonpioneer.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/dsc_0661.jpg" alt="Bruce Schupp, left, representing the city&#039;s Board of Adjustments and Code Enforcement, summarizes the rewrite of Chapter 48 in the Code of Ordinances to Planning and Zoning committee members." title="Bruce Schupp, left, representing the city&#039;s Board of Adjustments and Code Enforcement, summarizes the rewrite of Chapter 48 in the Code of Ordinances to Planning and Zoning committee members." align="left" hspace="6" width="82" height="85" /><p> Months and months of rewriting, reviewing and rewording came to a halt Tuesday night when the city of Williston&#39;s Planning and Zoning (P&amp;Z) Committee failed to validate the rewrite of Chapter 48 of the Code of Ordinances.</p> <p> The rewrite, done by the Board of Adjustments and Code Enforcement (BACE), and predominately one of its members, Bruce Schupp, attempted to put stricter policies in place for the code enforcement officer to carry out.</p>