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  • Sheriff’s race off to fast start

    Levy County Sheriff Johnny Smith is not on the 2012 ballot seeking re-election, but that did not stop his rival in the 2008 election who is a candidate in the 2012 Republican primary from criticizing his performance.
    Bobby McCallum, of Chiefland, one of two candidates for the Republican nomination for sheriff in the Aug. 14, 2012 primary, told the Chiefland Rotary Club Smith has been an “absentee sheriff.” and Sheriff’s Office employees have told him they are embarrassed to work there and he pledged to return the office’s honor.

  • Williston PD looking for accident witnesses
  • Police looking for accident witnesses

    The Williston Police Department is looking for anyone who may have witnessed an accident Monday, Dec. 26 around 11:50 a.m. at the intersection of Hwys. 41 and 121, near the Chevron gas station.
    The vehicles involved were a blue Chrysler van and a gray 2011 Nissan.
    If you saw this accident, please contact Investigator James Bond at 561-436-5155 as soon as possible.
     

  • Track Santa as he heads to you

  • To my sister with love at Christmastime


    While hundreds of people flock to the card section of a store and pore over the dozens of cards to send to loved ones for Christmas, Joyce Vickers is sitting with her feet propped up enjoying the stillness.
    She doesn’t have to fight the crowds. She doesn’t have to read countless cards. She doesn’t have to spend a lot of money.
    That’s because for the last 38 years, she and her sister, Gail Brower, have exchanged the same Christmas card–year in and year out.
    She doesn’t know what really prompted it.

  • Santa Letters in this week's Pioneer
  • Former Williston athlete Isaac Floyd killed in accident

    Isaac Floyd was a standout athlete at Williston High School, excelling in both basketball and football.
    After graduation in 2010, he signed to play football at Coffeyville Community College in Kansas but an injury and subsequent surgery left him redshirted. He left the program and returned home.
    A little after midnight Saturday, Floyd, 20, was killed when he lost control of the 2010 Mazda he was driving. His passenger Dorian Taylor, 18, was also killed, and two other passengers, Kevin Sketo Jr. and Kalen Penny, 22, were taken to Shands for incapacitating injuries.

  • Yankeetown’s Jack Schofield seeks District 3 commission seat

    Jack Schofield of Yankeetown has filed with the Supervisor of Elections to run for Levy County Commissioner, District 3 in the upcoming 2012 election. 

    Both he and his wife, Susie, are involved in their local community. Currently, he is serving in his second term on the Yankeetown Town Council, is vice president of the Friends of the Withlacoochee Gulf Preserve, is a member of Friends of the A. F. Knotts Library and a member of Withlacoochee Area Residents.  

  • New deadlines, office hours effective immediately at the Pioneer

    It’s not just Christmas that’s in the air–change is too.
    Effective with the Dec. 22 edition of the Williston Pioneer, new deadlines for advertising and news are in effect.
    Starting Monday, Dec. 19, all news and advertising must be in our office by noon Monday for possible inclusion in that week’s newspaper. The deadline for all classified and legal advertising has been changed until 3 p.m.

  • Drug dealer gets 45 years

    Hermie McClendon of Chiefland has been sentenced to 45 years in prison for his conviction in a case that also spawned a jury tampering charge against his lifelong friend.
    McClendon was found guilty by a jury on charges of possession of a controlled substance without a prescription and sale of a controlled substance. He was sentenced on Nov. 29 to 15 years on the first charge and 30 years on the second, both to be served concurrently.