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  • WES Teacher of the Year
  • Crabfest violence biggest story of 2013

     There were 365 days in 2013 and the Williston Pioneer published every week for 52 consecutive weeks–maintaining the service and dedication to the community it has served since 1879.

  • Jolly Old Elf offers insight into the season

    Editor’s Note: It was a quiet Monday morning at the Williston Pioneer  when we heard a clamor at our back door. To our surprise, we found Santa Claus checking our recycling bin to see if we recycle. After a greeting, we asked if he could visit for a few minutes and perhaps answer some questions. Although he was on a tight schedule, he agreed.


    Williston Pioneer: What brought you to Williston so early in December?


  • Book comes to life through art

    When students in Luci Skipper’s class at Williston High School read “Catching Fire”, the second book in “The Hunger Games” trilogy, Skipper discovered that one of those students was translating what she read into pictures.

    Haley Finnen, 16, the daughter of Scott and Michelle Finnen, said she has always enjoyed drawing and can churn out a picture quickly.

    Without a preliminary sketch, she puts her Sharpie to paper and lets her imagination take over.

  • Local AARP brings holiday cheer to shut-ins

    For 8-10 years, Williston AARP has brought smiles to the residents at Williston Nursing and Rehab Center.

    Mignon Craig said throughout the year, AARP members collect gifts and the week before Christmas bring them to display at the nursing home.

    Thursday about 60 of those residents went on a shopping spree in the activity room–only no money was ever exchanged.

    Residents are allowed to choose two gifts each from the hundreds of items showcased.

  • WHS is an ‘A’ school

    A night to celebrate the holidays and winter break turned into another kind of excitement last week when Williston High School Principal Eulin Gibbs learned his school had earned an “A” ranking for the second year in a row.

    Gibbs said the party was under way with the naming of teacher of the year and ESP of the year.

    “We were getting ready to our gift exchange,” Gibb said, “when I noticed some of my staff passing a cell phone around.”

  • Hometown boy comes full circle

    By Greg Griffis

    Special to the Pioneer

    It all began in 1966 when the Williston Elementary School, in cooperation with the Williston Police Department, decided to create a Williston School Safety Patrol. The elementary school at that time was located next to the Williston High School. 

    The patrolman who was under Chief Perryman was the one in charge of the safety patrol. Thirteen young boys were eventually picked for the original safety patrol.

  • Season of giving comes home

    Christmas showed up a little early for one Chiefland resident this year, and it's likely Santa's sleigh won't come crashing through any weak spots in her roof.

    Work crews from several construction companies, using materials donated from area businesses, began replacing the leaky roof of Merci Bingaman Monday morning.

    "I can't stop saying thank you," Bingaman said on the phone Monday afternoon."I'm very blessed. It's been a very good Christmas."

  • Don’t be scammed

    Levy County Commissioner Mike Joyner wants homeowners and business owners to be alert to repair and construction scams by fly-by-night work crews that could leave them in worse off than they started. 

    Joyner said this is the time of year when out-of-state work crews move down from the north because they cannot work in the cold weather and they sell home and business owners on “a good deal” on driveway paving and roof jobs. 

  • Tax Collector ready to close on building


    The Levy County Tax Collector said she expects to close on purchasing a building to house her Williston office on Wednesday, but it needs to clear one more hurdle at the Williston City Council on Tuesday night.