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Local News

  • Grant brings cities, county new connections

    It’s a fact of life in Levy County, Williston has it’s own communications system and a “bridge” is needed to keep the city’s police force in touch with the Sheriff’s Office. It’s similar in Inglis where the town on the border with Citrus County must use a “bridge” to reach out to the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office to coordinate events like drug busts and chases.

  • Max White drafted by Rockies

    For four years Williston High School senior Max White has played for the Red Devil baseball team. 

  • Williston City Manager suspended with pay

     Williston City Manager Patrick Miller was suspended with pay May 24 and tonight, city council extended that suspension until June 8.

  • Joe Smith is Pioneer of the Year nominee

     Joseph E. Smith has been selected as May’s Pioneer of the Year nominee.

  • Heroes honored at Orange Hill Cemetery

    By Bryan Hoopaugh

    Staff Writer

    As a cool and brisk breeze blew across Orange Hill Cemetery, keeping the array of flags waving toward the south, hundreds of veterans and community members gathered to pay tribute to our lost but not forgotten soldiers. 

    American Legion Post 236 commander Pat Plemmons emceed the event, which was both celebratory and bittersweet.

  • New rules

    Williston City Councilor Jason Cason is a happy man.

    That’s because a month after being shot down on a motion on how to conduct council meetings, his peers agreed last week that maybe his idea wasn’t such a bad one.

  • Wendells celebrate 60th anniversary

    Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Wendell will celebrate 60 years together Sunday. See the story under Family.

  • Danny Shipps seeks re-election as clerk of court

    Danny Shipp announced his intention to seek re-election as the Levy County Clerk of Court. His letter stated,
    “Hi, I’m Danny Shipp, your Clerk of Court.
    “I reside in Bronson with my wife of 37 years, Donna Wilkerson Shipp. We have two daughters, DeeJay, married to Chris Woods and Dana, married to Travis Lamb. We have four grandchildren, Kyle and Skylar Lamb, and Sarah and Emma Woods. My wife and I feel very blessed to have raised our family with the foundation of values only a community such as ours can provide.

  • McQueen, Bell at odds over tourism council

    Normally the business of the county's tourism director is non-controversial, but such was not the case at Tuesday's Levy County Commission meeting when Visitor Bureau Director Carol McQueen and Commissioner Ryan Bell of Chiefland (R-District 4)  had a kerfuffle over tourism council appointments.

  • Bryan Hoopaugh joins Williston Pioneer family

    Home-grown son Bryan Hoopaugh has joined the Williston Pioneer staff as the advertising sales representative, serving customers in Williston, Morriston, Archer and Gainesville.
    Hoopaugh, a 1989 graduate of Williston High School, attended Greenville (S.C.) Technical Institute and was most recently the branch manager for Action Labor Management of Florida in Gainesville.