https://www.willistonpioneer.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Langworthy returns Gators to Omaha https://www.willistonpioneer.com/content/langworthy-returns-gators-omaha <img src="https://www.willistonpioneer.com/sites/www.willistonpioneer.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/cb724cb8-2722-4d94-8cdb-50bfab9626e3.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> By Sean Arnold</p> <p> sean.arnold@</p> <p> chieflandcitizen.com</p> <p> Austin Langworthy entered Florida&rsquo;s Gainesville Super Regional baseball series against Auburn without a home run all season in McKethan Stadium.</p> <p> But the Gator baseball team, which broke through last season with its first national championship, has lately been all about unprecedented achievements.</p> 'Helpful’ bird lover shares tips on birding, photography https://www.willistonpioneer.com/content/helpful%E2%80%99-bird-lover-shares-tips-birding-photography <img src="https://www.willistonpioneer.com/sites/www.willistonpioneer.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/fowl-0602182.jpg" alt="This slide lists optional equipment for the birder…the ideal camera (VERY expensive!) and the actual camera John Middleton owns for taking an array of nature photographs. Weight is also an important factor when choosing a camera." title="This slide lists optional equipment for the birder…the ideal camera (VERY expensive!) and the actual camera John Middleton owns for taking an array of nature photographs. Weight is also an important factor when choosing a camera." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> To &ldquo;stir enthusiasm and gratitude&rdquo; because we are &ldquo;surrounded by so much beauty&rdquo; is the goal of John Middleton, a passionate birder and photographer of nature. This former Florida Park Ranger, leadership consultant and pastor who grew up in Jacksonville drove from Lafayette County to share that passion in a recent program at the Williston Library which he called &ldquo;Birds and Bird Photography: An Introduction.&rdquo; The program was hosted by the Friends of the Williston Library (FOWL).</p> Air ambulance comes to Levy https://www.willistonpioneer.com/content/air-ambulance-comes-levy <img src="https://www.willistonpioneer.com/sites/www.willistonpioneer.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/screen_shot_2018-06-14_at_4.58.08_pm.png" alt="One of the helicopters in PHI&#039;s fleet." title="One of the helicopters in PHI&#039;s fleet." align="left" hspace="6" width="125" height="85" /><p> When lives are hanging in the balance and time is of the essence, sometimes traditional ground transportation just isn&#39;t enough.</p> <p> Williston and Levy County residents can now add another plus to their column for reasons to live here.</p> <p> PHI Air Medical is waiting on a Certificate of Need from from the Agency of Health Care Administration (AHCA) and once issued will be making the Williston Airport its home base.</p> Grants coming to police department https://www.willistonpioneer.com/content/grants-coming-police-department <p> Williston&#39;s two police leaders, Chief Dennis Strow and Deputy Chief Clay Connolly are always trying to make copper wire from stretching pennies.</p> <p> Last week, Connolly told Williston City Council members he had applied and received a grant from USDA to fund three new police vehicles.</p> <p> While it is a matching grant, the city will pay $32,000 and receive $75,000 from USDA to buy the vehicles. It&#39;s like three for the price of one.</p> <p> The city&#39;s portion of the grant will come from money already in the budget that is earmarked for police vehicles.</p> County agrees to buy old Bronson High https://www.willistonpioneer.com/content/county-agrees-buy-old-bronson-high <p> By Lori Prevatt</p> <p> Contributing Writer</p> <p> With a purchase price of $1.5 million, the Levy County Commissioners approved the purchase of the old Bronson High School Building at its June 5 meeting.</p> <p> County Coordinator Wilbur Dean offered reasons for the Board to proceed with the purchase of the old high school building, located at 350 School St.</p> <p> &ldquo;Levy could put off building a new courthouse for 20 to 30 years if we purchase this building. A little work would need to be done &ndash; cosmetic work would be needed,&rdquo; Dean said.</p> Further fire assessment study https://www.willistonpioneer.com/content/further-fire-assessment-study <p> A presentation Tuesday night by a company that helps government entities determine how to develop special assessments left Williston City Council members with more questions than they felt could be answered during a regular meeting.</p> <p> Jeff Rackley of Government Services Group (GSG) spoke at length how his firm can walk Williston through the process to determine its own fire assessment after Fire Chief Lamar Stegall asked the council to consider it last month.</p> Signs will support local police force https://www.willistonpioneer.com/content/signs-will-support-local-police-force <img src="https://www.willistonpioneer.com/sites/www.willistonpioneer.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/back.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="114" height="85" /><p> The Friends of the Williston Department will launch its new fundraiser this Friday, May 4 with &quot;We Back The Blue&quot; signs that are suitable for display in front of your home or business.</p> <p> The signs are $10 each and will be available at the Williston Chamber of Commerce, 607 SW 1st Ave., Williston Peanuts 1309 SW 7th St., Williston and Sharon Brannan CPA 161 N Main St., Williston.</p> The best is yet to come https://www.willistonpioneer.com/content/best-yet-come <img src="https://www.willistonpioneer.com/sites/www.willistonpioneer.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/web_17.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="86" height="85" /><p> Williston Middle High School presented 119 candidates for graduation Tuesday night at the Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts on the campus of the University of Florida. Before the commencement exercise began, some straightened mortarboards before walking into the auditorium. More photos from the evening can be found in our print edition and on our Facebook page.</p>