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  • Fall on the Prairie raises $50,000 for Haven Hospice

    Set against the warm autumn evening, the Whitehurst Ranch provided the perfect backdrop Saturday for this year’s Fall on the Prairie, a fund-raiser for Haven Hospice.
    From archery demonstrations and  the toe-tapping music of Dottie South and the Slackers to barbecue beans and a silent auction, guests were treated to Southern hospitality on the rambling property while they caught up with old friends and greeted new ones.

  • City asked to consider plan for old schools

    As the Levy County School Board moves ahead with its plans to construct a new middle/high school in Williston, the city council is faced with offering up plans for the old schools when, and if, construction commences.
    Tuesday night, Jeff Edison and Robert Philpot appeared before Williston City Council with an update on the process the school board is going through to get a new school.
    Edison said school board representatives will meet with the state Department of Education officials Oct. 30 as they plan to apply for funding from special facillities funding.

  • Hospital files bankruptcy

    Less than two months after two Texas physicians became majority shareholders in Tri County Hospital-Williston, its parent company, Cypress Health Systems Inc., filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the Florida Northern Bankruptcy Court.
    The voluntary petition was filed Oct. 5 by Tampa attorney Elena Paras Ketchum  on behalf of the company.
    At Tuesday’s city council meeting, City Attorney Fred Koberlein said the city will need an attorney who will represent the rights of the hospital’s creditors, since the city services the hospital’s utilities.

  • Homecoming Parade Thursday at 5:00 p.m.
  • Council honors Students of the Month

    Williston Mayor Gerald Hethcoat and the city council honored October Students of the Month during the city council meeting last week.

    Joyce Bullock Elementary’s representative is first grader Angelina Vuto, daughter of Mike and Tony Vuto.

    She was nominated by  Mrs. Hogle, her teacher who made the following comments: 

  • PETA adds $2,500 to reward

     A 10-day-old puppy was buried alive and found on Sept. 27 by Williston police when they heard whimpering. 

    Police have yet to make any arrests in connection with the burial and abandonment of this puppy. That's why PETA is adding up to $2,500 to existing rewards for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for this callous crime.

  • Cason is a Commended Student

    James Quincy Cason of Williston High School has been named a commended student in the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program.
    A letter of commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation will be presented by Principal Eulin E. Gibbs to Cason.
    About 24,000 Commended Students through the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise.
    Commended students place among the top 5 percent of more than 1.5 million students who were entered in the 2013 competition.
    He is the son of Jimmy and Trina Cason.

  • Conservation is mission of refuge manager



    For many, the direction one's life takes can be boiled down to a single moment, sometimes at an early age. Such was the case for Andrew Gude, who became manager for the Lower Suwannee and Cedar Keys National Wildlife refuges about a year ago.

    Gude's known what he wanted to do since the ripe old age of 5 when, living in the small town of Blue Bell, Penn., an uncle showed up to take him on a fishing trip.

  • Fall care for a healthy lawn

    By Melinda Myers

    Special to the Pioneer

    Summer can be hard on our lawns.  With much of the country suffering from extreme heat and drought conditions this past summer, many lawns took a beating.

    Fall is the perfect time to help your lawn recover from the stressors of summer and prepare for winter.  The warm soil and cooler temperatures promote root growth and thickening of the lawn.

  • Trio charged with making meth on the go

    Inglis Police Officer Tim Rogers made a traffic stop for a seat belt violation on Sunday afternoon that was anything but routine to most folks.
    A car he stopped for a seat belt violation turned out to be a rolling meth lab — from pill grinder to a batch cooking in a laundry basket on top of the car’s fuel tank.
    “There was an active cook taking place,” Rogers said in a phone interview on Tuesday.
    The vehicle was also pulled in next to the gas pumps at the Kangaroo on U.S. Highway 19.