https://www.willistonpioneer.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Alumnus of the Year https://www.willistonpioneer.com/content/alumnus-year <img src="https://www.willistonpioneer.com/sites/www.willistonpioneer.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/judge_joe.jpg" alt="Judge Joe Smith, a diehard Seminoles fan, laughed that he did go to UF for law school. " title="Judge Joe Smith, a diehard Seminoles fan, laughed that he did go to UF for law school. " align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Alumnus, Blake Fugate began, is derived from the Latin word meaning to foster or nourish.</p> <p> The Levy County Schools Foundation&rsquo;s 2019 Alumnus of the Year is an example of someone who was well fostered, Fugate said.</p> <p> The show of hands slowly decreased as Fugate asked a series of questions of Saturday&rsquo;s guests at the Foundation&rsquo;s Gala.</p> <p> &ldquo;Did you graduate from Williston High School? Did your children? Did your parents?&rdquo; And finally, &ldquo;Did your grandparent attend the Williston Normal School in 1907?&rdquo;</p> Common Core end puts Levy in 'limbo' https://www.willistonpioneer.com/content/common-core-end-puts-levy-limbo <p> By Suzette Cook</p> <p> Staff Writer</p> <p> An executive order delivered by Gov. Ron DeSantis on Jan. 31 leaves future textbook and classroom curriculum purchases for Levy County schools in limbo.</p> <p> Executive Order 19-32 outlines a path for Florida to &ldquo;improve its education system by eliminating Common Core and paving the way for Florida students to receive a world-class education to prepare them for jobs of the future,&rdquo; states a press release from the governor&rsquo;s office.</p> City will provide council computers, phones https://www.willistonpioneer.com/content/city-will-provide-council-computers-phones <p> Councilman Charles Goodman isn&#39;t happy knowing that his personal computer could be requested &ndash; or subpoenaed &ndash; at any given time under Florida&#39;s Sunshine Law.</p> <p> That&#39;s because Goodman, a contractor, maintains his business information on a computer that&#39;s also used for city council correspondence and business.</p> <p> Two weeks ago, Goodman suggested the city provide computers to the council so personal business and city business don&#39;t co-mingle.</p> Residents critical of Bronson mayoral appointment https://www.willistonpioneer.com/content/residents-critical-bronson-mayoral-appointment <p> By Deborah Goad</p> <p> Contributing Writer</p> <p> The Bronson Town Council drew criticism from citizens at a contentious meeting on Feb. 4 over what was perceived as an injustice against former Vice Mayor Beatrice Roberts.</p> <p> Roberts, who was then the vice mayor, was not appointed as the town&rsquo;s mayor after the recent resignation of Mayor Bruce Greenlee and Vice Mayor Katie Parks late last year.</p> Kimberly Morales had a passion for life https://www.willistonpioneer.com/content/kimberly-morales-had-passion-life <img src="https://www.willistonpioneer.com/sites/www.willistonpioneer.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img954138.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="37" height="85" /><p> Kimberly Morales loved to dance and spent most of her time perfecting the steps in tap, ballet, jazz, hip hop, modern, Irish hard and soft shoe, acrobatic and salsa.</p> <p> Last Wednesday, Kimberly passed away following an ATV accident Jan. 20. She was 9 years old.</p> <p> She began dance lessons at Williston School of Dance and transferred this past fall to Gainesville Dance &amp; Yoga. In addition to the variety of dances she studied, she also did yoga and musical theater.</p> City council continues to mull over event, parade coverage https://www.willistonpioneer.com/content/city-council-continues-mull-over-event-parade-coverage <p> After a lengthy discussion last week, the Williston City Council remained torn on how to handle parades and special events, despite receiving a recommended policy and fee schedule from its city manager.</p> <p> The subject has been before the council for a month, after a December discussion where Police Chief Dennis Strow said it is becoming more difficult to get law enforcement volunteers for parade coverage.</p> Accident claims life of Morriston man https://www.willistonpioneer.com/content/accident-claims-life-morriston-man-0 <p> A Morriston man was killed Jan. 22 when the truck he was driving overturned, hit a utility pole and ejected him on CR 337.</p> <p> Jacob Foxx, 21, was pronounced dead at the scene by a Levy County paramedic.</p> <p> According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Foxx was traveling south on CR 337 when he lost control of the 2003 GMC pickup. For unknown reasons, the truck ventured into the northbound lane and Foxx overcorrected.</p> <p> The truck traveled onto the shoulder of the road where he hit the utility pole.</p> <p> Foxx was not wearing a seatbelt.&nbsp;</p> Heritage Park Improvements https://www.willistonpioneer.com/content/heritage-park-improvements <img src="https://www.willistonpioneer.com/sites/www.willistonpioneer.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/web1_3.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Last week&#39;s sunny skies provided a much needed opportunity for workers to begin &ndash; and finish &ndash; work in Heritage Park. Above, workers remove the sidewalk on Block 2 in order to straighten the dips and curves and make it wider in time for the Peanut Festival.&nbsp;</p>