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Local News

  • FOL hosts story in time for Valentine's Day

    Gita Poldema Barker shares her love story in the wake of WWII with the Friends of the Williston Library Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. The story of her life, love, loss and new beginning has been told in a book The Long Walk Home.

  • Ineligible player voids Red Devils winning seasons

    An academically ineligible player has caused Williston High School to forfeit its winning football and basketball seasons.

    “We simply made a mistake that left one of our students academically ineligible, who played for the football team this season and the basketball team this year, up to Friday, Jan. 29,” said Williston Principal John Lott, accepting full responsibility for the egregious error.

  • Exotic animal exception fails Round 1

    After more than four hours of testimony from sides supporting and opposing an exotic animal sanctuary in Morriston, the Levy County Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously denied the special exception application.

    Between 60-70 people filled the courtroom Monday night to listen to Dr. Suzanne Billiar, an exotic animal owner and veterinarian, ask for a special exception to home more than 45 animals on a 3.5 acre tract of land that is zoned AR–agricultural/residential.

  • Lady Red Devils advance to district championship

    The Williston Lady Red Devils took their number one seed and had to wait three days to play. They were matched against the Santa Fe Lady Raiders on Thursday night at the Santa Fe Gym.

    It took the Lady Devils about 3 minutes to kick the rust off their playing and shooting as they missed their first 14 shots even after forcing 4 turnovers by the Lady Raiders.

    The Lady Devil defense held up and they never trailed in the game on their way to a 58-42 win.

  • Cedar Key is state’s best rural community

    The USDA has named the City of Cedar Key as Florida’s Rural Community of the Year for 2009.

    Located on the Gulf Coast of Levy County, Cedar Key’s belief in partnering to protect the community’s history, environment and working people piqued the interest of UDSA Rural Development, and led to the award that will be officially presented the community next week.

  • Public works director retiring after 36 years

    On Feb. 11, the city of Williston will lose one of its most valuable and respected employees.

    James Arrington, longtime director of public works for the city, will retire on that day, to the dismay of many of his “crew,” those people who keep the city running, in good times and bad.

  • No vote this year on county judge

    Levy County voters will not get to vote this year on two of Gov. Charlie Crist’s judicial appointments.

    That is because Article V, Section 11 (b) of the Florida State Constitution says appointees to vacancies will not have to stand for election for at least one year after their appointment.

  • Chiefland lobbies for veterans' parade

    Veterans and residents of Levy County will once again have a Veterans Day Parade if one Chiefland official gets his way.

    Chiefland Police Chief Robert Douglas, spurred on by the absence of a parade last year, said he’s already spoken to representatives from the cities of Inglis and Bronson about the possibility of forming a committee, composed of representatives from each city in Levy County, to organize the event.

    Bronson and Inglis “whole heartedly agreed,” he said in a Monday morning interview.

  • Weekly Update

    The Williston Pioneer Web site is updated by noon most Thursdays. Obituaries, especially those with services later in the week, are posted at least by Wednesday, sometimes earlier.

  • Church burglarized

    The Williston First United Methodist Church became the latest in a long string of churches that have been burglarized in the area.

    The Williston Police Department reports that unknown person or persons gained access to the church Monday morning by removing the glass on the front door.

    An attempt to gain entry into the safe was unsuccessful.

    Erv Kauffman, president of the Williston Lions Club, said that during that same time frame the club was also burglarized and watches, valued at more than $400, were taken.