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Local News

  • Celebrate 130 years with us

    Only in our print edition, a look back at our community and the newspaper that watched it evolve. A definite keepsake–buy yours today. On sale Wednesday.

  • Forgotten county joins Purple Heart Highway

    The Military Order of the Purple Heart in Florida wants to have Levy County join a national movement to rename U.S. Highway 27–about three years late.

    “How could they forget us,” asked Commissioner Chad Johnson, when the item came up for a vote at Tuesday’s Board of Commissioners meeting.

    “Especially in three years,” County Coordinator Fred Moody said as the room broke into laughter.

  • No go yet on water authority

    The Levy County Commission did not act on forming a new countywide water authority, although Comissioner Danny Stevens of Williston wanted it to OK a resolution saying they look forward to doing so.

    Instead, the commission settled for sending a letter, signed by Chair Nancy Bell of Chiefland, saying they have agreed to hold a joint workshop on the region’s water supply with the Suwannee River Water Management District and South West Florida Water Management District. The county’s eight municipalities will also be invited to the session.

  • We’re having a birthday

    In 1879, visionaries committed to providing their friends and neighbors with news that affected them founded what would become the newspaper you are now holding in your hand.

    2009 marks the 130th year that the Williston Pioneer Sun News has continuously served the people of Williston and the surrounding area.

    To celebrate our birthday, we are extending an invitation to our readers to submit old photographs of Williston and its communities for a special commemorative issue that will be published in November.

  • Thank You, Veterans

    The Williston Pioneer salutes the men and women of the Armed Forces who served or who are serving our country.

    Join us tonight, Nov. 11 at 6:30 in Heritage Park as our city pays tribute to the brave. Special speaker will be Rep. Leonard Bembry.

    Like your freedom? Thank a vet today.

  • Pregnancy Center wants to place Ten Commandments at County Courthouse

    The Levy County Commission is on its way to accepting the gift of a 6-foot-by 4-foot-by-3-foot black granite monument detailing the Ten Commandments and what could be an 11th one: “Love God and Keep His Commandments.”

    An application by the Tri County Pregnancy Center of Williston was presented by County Coordinator Fred Moody after being brought to the commission’s meeting on Tuesday by Sheriff Johnny Smith.

    Moody announced the application to the board which received the news without comment.

  • City to honor vets Nov. 11

    The city of Williston will honor veterans next Wednesday, Nov. 11 at 6:30 p.m. with a special program at the pavilion in Heritage Park.

    Rep. Leonard Bembry will be the guest speaker.

    Music and remembrances will be included in the program.

  • Breaking News

    Less than two weeks ago Felicia Fine, 22, married Charles Edwin Duke, 23.

    Wednesday night they argued at their home in Cedar Key.

    It ended when he shot her several times, dumped her body at a hunting camp, and took their roommate hostage for more than six hours in a standoff with deputies and Florida Wildlife Commission officers, according to a Levy County Sheriff's Office press release.

    On Friday, his bond was set at $2 million.

  • Williston dismantles Newberry in second half

    Trailing the Newberry Panthers 14-7 at halftime, the Red Devils played a third quarter that totally took the Panthers out of their game on senior night for the Panthers.

    The Red Devils defense had back to back interceptions by Desmond Holmes and Kalen Penny and the Red Devil offense churned out one long run after another by Deonte Welch and DJ King, on their way to a 21 point third quarter and a 28-14 lead.

    Welch put the game out of reach for the Red Devils with his third touchdown of the night on a 2 yard run for a 35-21 Red Devil win.

  • Burial Monday for shooting victim

    Less than two weeks ago Felicia Ann "Red" Fine, 22, married Charles Edwin Duke, 23.

    Wednesday night they argued at their home near Southwest 95th Avenue.

    It ended when he shot her several times, dumped her body at a hunting camp, and took their roommate hostage for more than six hours in a standoff with deputies and Florida Wildlife Commission officers, according to a Levy County Sheriff's Office press release.

    On Monday at 2 p.m. she will be buried at Cedar Key Cemetery in Cedar Key in a service officiated by Brother Billy Philmon.