Local News

  • Exotic animals have to go

    By Mark Scohier
    Two keepers of exotic animals in Levy County agreed to a court order Tuesday that requires the couple to remove the animals from their property, according to County Attorney Anne Bast Brown.

  • Monkey spotted

      A Patas monkey has been spotted in the Williston area in a block of woods between County Road 318 and 217th Court.
    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is asking for the public’s assistance if the animal is spotted, because the monkey can be dangerous to anyone who might try to handle it.

  • Patas monkey spied again in Williston
  • Many had something to say about attorney, city manager

    Coming on the heels of Norm Fugate’s resignation as Williston City Attorney were comments from the audience, council members and the attorney’s wife,
    Nancy Etheridge, although not a Williston resident, said she was a property owner and had called Williston home for 60 years.
    “I am dismayed about Norm,” she told the council. “He has protected this city for a long time.”
    Etheridge said the city could advertise for a “fly-by-night” attorney but cautioned about that type of legal counsel.

  • Seniors get ride to hot meal

    Levy County seniors in need of a ride to have a hot meal at the Williston and Chiefland senior centers will continue to get one in the new year.
    The Levy County Commission approved an agreement with the Suwannee River Economic Council, Inc., the senior services provider to pick up seniors and transport them to the centers for the meals program. The cost of each round trip is $17.57 and the Council will pay for 665 trips for a total of $11,684.05.
    The transportation will be provided by Levy County Transit, the county’s shuttle service.

  • Horse church permit dragged across finish line

    The Levy County Commission took 90 minutes to decide a request for a conditional use permit for a cowboy church and horse arena to be located on U.S. Highway 27A and Northeast 162nd Court.
    Cross Brand Cowboy Church wants to move its operations to the 25-acre site but it does not have the money to upgrade the turn from U.S. 27A onto Northeast 162nd Court to handle the increased traffic, a job estimated to cost about $30,000.
     “I am asking you to allow us to construct (the church) and do our ministry,” said Mike Smith, the church’s spokesman.

  • Williston city attorney resigns

    Amid allegations of Sunshine Law violations and failure to follow statutory requirements regarding certain contracts and agreements, Norm Fugate announced his resignation as Williston City Attorney effective immediately Tuesday night.
    The resignation came on the heels of several months of  verbal sparring between the attorney and city council members.
    It was only last month that the council agreed to advertise a request for professional services to weigh its options for legal services.

  • Williston City Attorney Resigns
  • Answering the Challenge

    For over 25 years, they’ve lived in a sundry of locations in the eastern United States but in between moves, and sometimes simultaneously, they’ve always called Haiti home.
    Virginia “Ginger” Schmidt, with her husband, Tom, and their children have devoted themselves to what they call “the refuse” of Haiti–the children who are less than perfect and who are cast aside and left to die.

  • A look back at 2010 through the Williston Pioneer

    What made headlines during 2010? Here’s a look back at some of the stories that took top spot in the Williston Pioneer.
    January: Lone survivor of wreck is on road to recovery Nikole Brown decribes how it feels to be the only survivor of a car wreck that killed her two best friends. Church burglarized The Williston First United Methodist Church became the latest in a long string of churches that have been burglarized in the area. Hospital takes a turn for the better Partners Healthcare Development International (PHD) CEO Jim Full details improvements to the hospital.