http://www.willistonpioneer.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Homecoming Royalty http://www.willistonpioneer.com/content/homecoming-royalty <img src="http://www.willistonpioneer.com/sites/www.willistonpioneer.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_2269.jpg" alt="Williston High School crowned new royalty Friday night as Na&#039; Triel Pullings and Malik Hall became Queen and King of the court." title="Williston High School crowned new royalty Friday night as Na&#039; Triel Pullings and Malik Hall became Queen and King of the court." align="left" hspace="6" width="68" height="85" /> Good News! http://www.willistonpioneer.com/content/good-news-0 <p> Hard work has paid off.</p> <p> Williston Fire Rescue and the city of Williston announced Tuesday the new ISO (Insurance Services Organization) fire rating for the city of Williston and its county protection fire zone.</p> <p> The new rating is 4 for the city and 4Y outside the city. The previous rating was 6 city and 8B outside Williston.</p> <p> Williston Fire Rescue was contacted by the ISO evaluation team in September 2013 and advised that they would be conducting a five year assessment in early January 2014.</p> It's Seafood Festival time in Cedar Key http://www.willistonpioneer.com/content/its-seafood-festival-time-cedar-key <img src="http://www.willistonpioneer.com/sites/www.willistonpioneer.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/i_love_clams.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="61" height="85" /><p> Hungry for seafood? Arts and crafts? Live music on the Gulf?</p> <p> Cedar Key is the place to be this weekend, Oct. 18-19.</p> <p> The 45th Annual Cedar Key Seafood Festival offers all that and more. Organized by the Cedar Key Lions Club and the Cedar Key Lioness, the festival offers fine food, entertainment, shopping and family fun. The event is supported by sponsorship from the Florida Dept. of Agriculture&rsquo;s Fresh From Florida Seafood promotion program.</p> County budget has vet, pay raises http://www.willistonpioneer.com/content/county-budget-has-vet-pay-raises-0 <p> In the computer world they are called &ldquo;Easter eggs,&rdquo; little surprises included in software that are unlocked by the curious user.</p> <p> It is just the same for the Levy County budget which holds some good surprises for county workers and residents.</p> <p> Chief among them:</p> <p> &bull; a newly created position of grants coordinator to hunt out more money for the county,</p> <p> &bull; a veterinarian for the county Animal Control Department and</p> <p> &bull; a 3 percent pay increase for county workers.</p> A Land Remembered returns http://www.willistonpioneer.com/content/land-remembered-returns <p> For anyone living in Florida, &ldquo;A Land Remembered,&rdquo; by Patrick Smith is a must read. The struggles and triumphs of three generations of the MacIvey clan who settle in North Central Florida on the eve of the Civil War will make you laugh and cry.</p> <p> The story traces the struggles and triumphs of Tobias and Emma as they eke out a hardscrabble existence back in a time and place long gone.</p> <p> Although Patrick Smith, the father, died Jan. 26, you will have an opportunity to get to know the author through his son, Patrick Smith Jr.</p> Street dedication honors legacy of Willie Burgman http://www.willistonpioneer.com/content/street-dedication-honors-legacy-willie-burgman <img src="http://www.willistonpioneer.com/sites/www.willistonpioneer.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/web_5.jpg" alt="Four surviving daughters of Willie and Flossie Burgman, all in their 80s, cut the ceremonial ribbon that names the street for their father. From left, Seroy Burgman, Fennie Bell Hampton, Roxie Mae Jackson and Viola Smalls." title="Four surviving daughters of Willie and Flossie Burgman, all in their 80s, cut the ceremonial ribbon that names the street for their father. From left, Seroy Burgman, Fennie Bell Hampton, Roxie Mae Jackson and Viola Smalls." align="left" hspace="6" width="74" height="85" /><p> The Burgman family has a lot to be proud of.</p> <p> In 1910, its patriarch, Willie, left his sharecropper life in Waycross, Ga., to head toward the unknown in Florida.</p> <p> The eldest of four children born to Carrie and Pledge Burgman, Willie had no formal education, and at 22 could only make his mark&ndash;an &ldquo;X&rdquo;&ndash;for his signature.</p> <p> He only knew the hard work of the fields when he set out and yet he was determined to work hard and have a good life.</p> Williston ready for Amendment 2 http://www.willistonpioneer.com/content/williston-ready-amendment-2 <img src="http://www.willistonpioneer.com/sites/www.willistonpioneer.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/marijuana-leaf_sized.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="82" height="85" /><p> The city of Williston, at the urging of Police Chief Dennis Strow, took an initial step Tuesday night to get the city where it wants to be should Amendment 2 pass Nov. 4.</p> <p> Amendment 2, on the general election ballot, ask voters if medical marijuana should be legalized in the state of Florida.</p> <p> Tuesday night, the council heard the first reading of Ordinance 645, which dictates where medical marijuana dispensaries and treatment facilities can be located in the city limits.</p> Mayor, council honor students of the month http://www.willistonpioneer.com/content/mayor-council-honor-students-month <img src="http://www.willistonpioneer.com/sites/www.willistonpioneer.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/dsc_0150.jpg" alt="Williston Mayor R. Gerald Hethcoat with October Students of the Month, Madison Marra, Isabella Acosta, Caleb Lewis and Kendall Roberts. Students also received a free pizza courtesy of Angelina Mia&#039;s." title="Williston Mayor R. Gerald Hethcoat with October Students of the Month, Madison Marra, Isabella Acosta, Caleb Lewis and Kendall Roberts. Students also received a free pizza courtesy of Angelina Mia&#039;s." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Williston Mayor R. Gerald Hethcoat and the city council honored October Students of the Month at the council meeting Tuesday night.</p> <p> Honored from Williston Central Christian Academy, and nominated by Rhonda Gauthier was Kendall Roberts. She is the daughter of Larry and Megan Roberts.</p>