https://www.willistonpioneer.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Wright chosen as city clerk https://www.willistonpioneer.com/content/wright-chosen-city-clerk <img src="https://www.willistonpioneer.com/sites/www.willistonpioneer.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/latricia.jpg" alt="Williston City Clerk Latricia Wright" title="Williston City Clerk Latricia Wright" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Six interviewers. Five applicants. Five hours. One clerk position to fill.</p> <p> That set the stage last week when Williston City Council, the mayor and city attorney spent five hours over two days interviewing applicants in order to name a city clerk.</p> <p> The result is Latricia Wright, an eight-year city employee, who has been acting as interim clerk since June.</p> <p> In accepting the position, Wright became the first black person to hold a city charter position, therefore, etching her name in the annals of Williston forever.</p> Council grants most financial wishes https://www.willistonpioneer.com/content/council-grants-most-financial-wishes <p> What started out as a bare bones city budget for FY2019-2020 ended up with almost a quarter million dollars in additions during the Williston City Council&#39;s second budget workshop Tuesday night.</p> <p> For over three hours the council weighed wish list items that included everything from police cars to funding for an animal shelter, but it was salaries that dominated the discussions.</p> <p> And in order to fund all the &quot;extras&quot;, the millage will most likely go up and the council may need to borrow from its reserves to balance the budget.</p> Storm water concerns https://www.willistonpioneer.com/content/storm-water-concerns <img src="https://www.willistonpioneer.com/sites/www.willistonpioneer.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/janice_web_0.jpg" alt="Janice Fugate" title="Janice Fugate" align="left" hspace="6" width="72" height="85" /><p> Recent rains have caused concern for business owners along NW Main Street and Tuesday night two of the them appealed to Williston City Council for help.</p> <p> Janice Fugate, wife of Williston attorney Norm Fugate, told the council that the water flow and subsequent flooding have become much worse since construction began on Heritage Park.</p> <p> Armed with photographs, Mrs. Fugate said the water is being pushed down NW 3rd Avenue and flooding the area behind the law offices where employees park.</p> Former Williston police officer shot; recuperating https://www.willistonpioneer.com/content/former-williston-police-officer-shot-recuperating <img src="https://www.willistonpioneer.com/sites/www.willistonpioneer.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/nunn.jpg" alt="Derek Nunn" title="Derek Nunn" align="left" hspace="6" width="64" height="85" /><p> Derek Nunn, a former Williston Police Department officer, was shot last week in the line of duty in DeKalb County, Ga.</p> <p> Nunn was trying to find a murder suspect in Lithonia when he was ambushed and shot by 27-year-old Otis Walker, who allegedly also killed his girlfriend.</p> <p> Williston Police Chief Dennis Strow said Nunn was shot six times, but is expected to make a full recovery.</p> <p> Walker remained at large at press time.&nbsp;</p> FPA first place finish for Ten Broeck https://www.willistonpioneer.com/content/fpa-first-place-finish-ten-broeck <img src="https://www.willistonpioneer.com/sites/www.willistonpioneer.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/caro_mug_garth_4.jpg" alt="Editor Carolyn Ten Broeck won for her profile of Mayor Emeritus Gerald Hethcoat." title="Editor Carolyn Ten Broeck won for her profile of Mayor Emeritus Gerald Hethcoat." align="left" hspace="6" width="59" height="85" /><p> The story of Mayor Emeritus Gerald Hethcoat&#39;s 40 years of service to Williston earned Williston Pioneer editor Carolyn Ten Broeck a first place finish in the Florida Press Association&#39;s Weekly Newspaper Contest for Feature Writing - Profile.</p> <p> Winners were announced last week during the 2019 Florida Media Conference in St. Petersburg.</p> State Ethics Commission rejects settlement https://www.willistonpioneer.com/content/state-ethics-commission-rejects-settlement <img src="https://www.willistonpioneer.com/sites/www.willistonpioneer.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/greenlee_color.jpg" alt="Bruce Greenlee" title="Bruce Greenlee" align="left" hspace="6" width="102" height="85" /><p> <strong>By Sean Arnold</strong></p> <p> <em>Chiefland Citizen</em></p> <p> A preliminary investigation by the State of Florida Commission on Ethics found there is probable cause to believe that a former Bronson mayor was in violation of a Florida Statute as the Director of the Levy County School District Department of Transportation due to &ldquo;exhibiting inappropriate behavior toward a member of his staff.&rdquo;</p> Croaking into viral fame https://www.willistonpioneer.com/content/croaking-viral-fame <img src="https://www.willistonpioneer.com/sites/www.willistonpioneer.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_1620.jpg" alt="Toby reclining on the sofa with his guitar close by." title="Toby reclining on the sofa with his guitar close by." align="left" hspace="6" width="85" height="85" /><p> <strong>By Yanet Centeno</strong></p> <p> <em>Special to the Pioneer</em></p> <p> If Toby could meet any celebrity, it would be Kermit the Frog. Amphibian representation matters, you know.</p> <p> Toby the Toad and Savannah Mikell, the Williston native who found him on her porch, haven&rsquo;t met Kermit yet, but they did make their debut on live television on July 31.</p> Gas Outage https://www.willistonpioneer.com/content/gas-outage <img src="https://www.willistonpioneer.com/sites/www.willistonpioneer.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/gas_0.jpg" alt="Daniel McKinley from the Lake City Gas Department turns the gas valve on at a SE 6th Street residence Tuesday afternoon. City utility workers along with gas technicians from Lake City and Leesburg went door to door in town to ensure everyone&#039;s gas was working properly after Monday night&#039;s outage." title="Daniel McKinley from the Lake City Gas Department turns the gas valve on at a SE 6th Street residence Tuesday afternoon. City utility workers along with gas technicians from Lake City and Leesburg went door to door in town to ensure everyone&#039;s gas was working properly after Monday night&#039;s outage." align="left" hspace="6" width="98" height="85" /><p> Clich&eacute;s remain in modern-day usage because of the semblance of truth they hold and Monday night the city of Williston administration learned firsthand all about when it rains it pours.</p> <p> Around 4 p.m. Monday afternoon a drizzle suddenly became a torrent, dumping inches of rain over the city.</p> <p> Power flickered at least twice but remained on except on NW 7th Street and 9th Circle where a tree fell on lines, causing a power outage on five or six blocks, according to Williston City Manager Scott Lippmann.</p>