http://www.willistonpioneer.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Williston welcomes Christmas Saturday http://www.willistonpioneer.com/content/williston-welcomes-christmas-saturday <img src="http://www.willistonpioneer.com/sites/www.willistonpioneer.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/n1612p38001c.jpg" alt="Bring the entire family to the parade and Light Up Williston" title="Bring the entire family to the parade and Light Up Williston" align="left" hspace="6" width="98" height="85" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">It promises to be a trip down memory lane, as young and old alike will converge on Williston Saturday for the annual day of Christmas festivities.</span></p> <p class="p2"> The fun starts early at 8:30 a.m. with the Jingle Bell Jog for infants through eighth grade at Williston Elementary.</p> Light Up Williston Schedule http://www.willistonpioneer.com/content/light-williston-schedule <p class="p1"> 7 p.m. Music by Mandy Fugate&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1"> 7:10 p.m. Announcement of Chili Cook Off winners; Rotary Running of The Bells Winners; Parade Entries</p> <p class="p1"> 7:15 p.m. Megan Smith</p> <p class="p1"> 7:25 p.m. Welcome by Mayor Hethcoat; prayer</p> <p class="p1"> 7:30 p.m. Light Up Williston with Miss Williston, Jr. Miss Williston and Little Miss Williston</p> <p class="p1"> 7:35 p.m. Relay Invitation</p> <p class="p1"> 7:40 p.m. Christmas Story read by Senior Judge Joe Smith</p> Goal: Boost teacher morale http://www.willistonpioneer.com/content/goal-boost-teacher-morale <p class="p1"> <b>By Sean Arnold</b></p> <p class="p2"> Staff writer</p> <p class="p3"> The Levy County school district has made it a goal to reduce the achievement gap for students in poverty at Bronson Middle High School, while also focusing on improving teacher morale and mentoring in the county.&nbsp;</p> Sabal opponents share concerns http://www.willistonpioneer.com/content/sabal-opponents-share-concerns <p class="p1"> <b>By Mike Wright</b></p> <p class="p2"> Special to the Pioneer</p> <p class="p3"> These are folks who don&rsquo;t trust the government to protect them.</p> <p class="p3"> So when federal agencies sign off on the 515-mile Sabal Trail natural gas pipeline through Alabama, Georgia and Florida, people like 30-year Dunnellon resident Janet Barrow don&rsquo;t sit back and take their word for it.</p> <p class="p3"> &ldquo;I&rsquo;ve been watching this project for three years plus,&rdquo; Barrow said. &ldquo;I open my mouth and tell as many people as I can.&rdquo;</p> Danny Stevens honored for 16 years service http://www.willistonpioneer.com/content/danny-stevens-honored-16-years-service <img src="http://www.willistonpioneer.com/sites/www.willistonpioneer.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_0146.jpg" alt="Honoring outgoing Commissioner Danny Stevens, center, are from left to right, Commission Chair John Meeks, Commissioners Lilly Rooks, Stevens, Michael Joyner and Rock Meeks. " title="Honoring outgoing Commissioner Danny Stevens, center, are from left to right, Commission Chair John Meeks, Commissioners Lilly Rooks, Stevens, Michael Joyner and Rock Meeks. " align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p class="p1"> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">Levy County Commissioner Danny Stevens of Williston, (R-District 5), left office on Tuesday, Nov. 22. But before that, on Nov. 8, his fellow commissioners honored him for his 16 years of service on the board, which included serving as chairman. He was presented with a plaque of appreciation with a gavel. Commissioner Michael Joyner of Morriston said, &ldquo;There&rsquo;s a lot of wood in gulf hammock to roast you. You don&#39;t know how much I appreciate you &mdash; in your guidance and in the Bible.&rdquo;</span></p> Williston considers program to assist with engery efficiency http://www.willistonpioneer.com/content/williston-considers-program-assist-engery-efficiency <p class="p1"> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">Countless people lack the financial means to either repair or install products that cut down on energy costs and would be money savers in the long run.</span></p> <p class="p2"> Now there&#39;s a program that can help homeowners manage those costs without breaking the bank.</p> <p class="p2"> PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) was discussed at the Nov. 1 Williston City Council meeting, and again this week as a means of helping homeowners attain energy saving upgrades, such as roofing, HVAC and insulation.</p> Students get an up close look at Old Florida http://www.willistonpioneer.com/content/students-get-close-look-old-florida <p> <em><strong>&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 20.4px;">Special to the Pioneer</span></strong></em></p> <p class="p2"> A Land Remembered Field Day was held Nov. 9 at Williston Middle High School&rsquo;s agriscience department.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p2"> The living literature celebration included over 300 students schoolwide. It was an interactive event where students took a trip back in time exploring Florida&rsquo;s agricultural history.&nbsp;</p> Williston woman dies in head-on crash http://www.willistonpioneer.com/content/williston-woman-dies-head-crash <p> <span style="line-height: 20.4px;">A Williston woman died Monday after the car she was driving was hit head-on by an SUV passing in a no passing zone.</span></p> <p class="p2"> Michelle M. Anderson, 36, was pronounced dead at the scene by Alachua County Fire Rescue at the collision site at SR 121/SW Wacahoota Road.</p> <p class="p2"> According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Anderson was traveling south in her 2001 Honda Accord when Calvin Lee Adams III, 29, of Crystal River attempted to pass a line of vehicles in a no passing zone.</p>