Local News

  • Hung jury for Blair

    Pamela Williams Blair's trial on a federal charge of lying to an FBI agent during an interview ended with a hung jury on Wednesday breaking a string of convictions for federal prosecutors.
    Blair was arrested in December 2008 in connection with an FBI investigation into public corruption in Dixie and Levy counties. An undercover FBI agent posed as a New Jersey-based developer looking to bribe officials in return for favorable treatment of his projects.

  • Council looks at attorney options-again

    For the second time in less than three months, some Williston council members are disenchanted with City Attorney Norm Fugate and want to explore options to possibly replace him.
    At the conclusion of last week’s meeting, Councilor Brooks Holloway suggested that since the council was trimming costs, now could be “the time to cut more.”

  • Florida Railroad history available

    A cross peninsula railroad for the State of Florida was the dream of the man for whom Levy County was named, David Levy Yulee.  The Florida Railroad, a 155.5 mile rail line, linked Fernandina on the Atlantic Ocean with Cedar Key on the Gulf of Mexico.

  • Five apply for county commissioner seat

    Five people have submitted applications to the Governor’s Office seeking appointment to the vacant District 1 County Commission seat.
    But no appointment will be made until Rick Scott takes office as governor on Jan. 4, says a spokesman for Gov. Charlie Crist.
    Sterling Ivey, a spokesman for Crist, said the governor would like to see more people apply for the position. “He likes to have eight to 10 applicants,” Ivey said.

  • City backs down on charter change

    Williston voters will not be deciding on city charter changes during the March 2011 elections.
    The decision came Tuesday night after a third discussion by council members on a proposed ordinance fell flat.
    The new ordinance called for the mayoral position to be elected by the voters and gave the mayor authority to preside over council members as one of the five councillors.

  • Send us pictures of baby’s first Christmas

    Christmas is a special time for many but none more so than parents and grandparents celebrating the holiday with new additions to their families.
    On Dec. 23, the Williston Pioneer will publish photographs of Baby’s First Christmas.
    Photographs must be snapshots–no professional pictures will be printed. Photos can be from any year–even “back in the day.”

  • Legislative delegation meeting set for Dec. 15

    State Rep. Leonard Bembry (D-Greenville) has announced the Levy County Legislative Delegation will hold its annual meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 15 at 4 p.m. in the Levy County Commission Chambers at the Levy County Courthouse, located at 355 South Court Street in Bronson.
    “This is a prime opportunity for the citizens and public officials of Levy County to meet with their Legislators and inform them of what is important to their community,”  Bembry said.

  • Have a holly jolly time in Williston

    Christmas may be two weeks away but visitors to Williston this weekend can bolster their holiday spirit with three days packed with color, cheer and festivity that should carry them through to Dec. 25.
    The whirlwind of holiday cheer kicks off Friday night as the Williston Chamber of Commerce hosts the annual Christmas parade down Noble Avenue beginning at 6 p.m.
    A host of floats, motorized vehicles, music and color will center around this year’s theme “Wild West Christmas.”

  • Thomas Speck:

    Thomas Speck is someone who would have been called, in the language of yesteryear, “a man of parts.” 

    Or you might think of him as a cat with nine lives, or a novel in several volumes, each set in a different time or place.

  • Felon kidnaps baby and is tased from a tree

    A car that was stolen from West Highway 40 near 60th Avenue with a 9-month-old boy inside was recovered in Williston later that day, Friday, Nov. 19, and a suspect was arrested.
    At about 12:30 a.m. the Marion County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a vehicle stolen from the Chevron station at 5895 W. State Road 40. The vehicle’s owner, Damian Wells, had gone inside the station, leaving his 9-month-old son in the vehicle’s back seat. The vehicle was last seen headed toward U.S. 27, and the Williston Police Department was notified.