Local News

  • Courage to Fight

    Gerry Petrone, right, of Bronson, was awarded the American Cancer Society’s Courage Award during ceremonies held last week in Gainesville. The award reads,  “In Recognition of Courage, Determination and a Positive Attitude in Fighting Cancer.”  Petrone received the award both locally and statewide and will travel to Orlando Sept. 10 to receive the state award.  

  • Quincy Cason returns inspired from HOBY

    When the Rotary Club of Williston decided to help sponsor Williston High School student Quincy Cason at the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY) World Leadership Congress, members could not have known that he would come back a changed man.
    Last week Cason regaled Rotarians with details from his weeklong adventure in Chicago during July.
    The Congress was made up of more than 400 students from both the United States and abroad.

  • Greg Lau earns spot in Bass Hall of Fame

    Wiilliston’s Greg Lau has been elected into the 2012 Class of the Bass Fishing Hall of Fame in Hot Springs National Park, Ark.
    Lau, a fishing guide on Lake Erie, gave up guiding to pursue a career in cinematography. As a producer and director, he created more than 300 commercials and 200 televison programs, including segments on The American Sportsman, Wild, Wild World of Animals, Sports Afield, the Outdoorsman and Quest of Adventure.
    He is renowned for his documentary, Bigmouth, which explores the life cycle of largemouth bass.

  • Couple killed in Saturday accident

    An Ocala couple with strong ties to Williston were killed Saturday when the car they were driving was struck with a car driving the wrong way.
    Tracey Lee Roberts, 43, and his wife, Shelley Mohan-Bell Roberts, 40, were pronounced dead at the scene on US 27, one mile south of NW 154th Avenue in Marion County.
    According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the Roberts’ 2000 Chevy was struck by a 1998 Jeep driven by  Leonel Hernandez-Ocampo, 35, of Willison.

  • Yankeetown appeals Tarmac case

    The Town of Yankeetown is appealing a circuit judge's denial of their bid to stop the Tarmac King Road mine.
    In a special meeting held Aug. 15, the council voted to appeal to the state 1st District Court of Appeal in Tallahassee.
    The decision came just days after 8th Circuit Court Judge Robert E. Rountree Jr. dismissed the town's petition for a writ of certiorari— a judicial review — of the Levy County Commission's 3-1 decision to conditionally approve mining on a 4,750-acre site near Inglis.

  • Legislative Delegation hearing is Sept. 26

    State Rep. Leonard Bembry, chair of the Levy County Legislative Delegation, has announced the hearing for the 2012 Legislative Session that starts Jan. 10, 2012.
    The hearing will be in the Levy County Commission Chambers, 355 S. Court St., Bronson, on Sept. 26 from 3-5 p.m.

  • Strow sworn in as chief of police

    What would you expect of a man who claims he makes a  mean meatloaf, loves to fish but can’t remember the last time he sunk a line and who gets a thrill by seeing the Oscar Mayer Weinermobile in a Christmas parade?
    How about running a police department that will be second to none?
    On the job less than a week, Dennis Strow, Williston’s new chief of police is making his rounds, assessing the needs of the community and putting actions behind words to take the city’s safety to the next level.

  • Stuff the bus Saturday

    It’s time to Stuff the Bus for Levy County Schools. On Saturday, Aug. 20, the Levy County Schools Foundation will be hosting the annual STUFF the BUS event to collect school supplies for the students, teachers and schools across the county.
    LCSF board members, SBLC board members, parents, teachers, and student volunteers will be manning the Levy County school buses parked at the donation sites in each community.

  • Pioneer plans commemorative section of your 9/11/01 remembrances

    It was a day that shocked our country to its foundation and sent men, women, boys and girls into a tailspin. Its aftermath is still felt, still remembered.
    It was Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001 and at 8:46 a.m. American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into the World Trade Center’s North Tower. At 9:03 a.m. United Airlines Flight 175 plowed into the South Tower. About 34 minutes later yet another plane, American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon and less than half an hour later, United Airlines Flight 93 went down in a field near Shanksville, Pa.

  • Do you love your job?

    For this year’s Labor Day weekend, we would like to hear from readers who have been lucky enough to get paid to do what they love. Please e-mail your short essay (no more than 300 words) to editor@willistonpioneer. com.
    We want to know why you love your job, where you work, your full name and hometown. Please include a phone number for verification purposes.
    Deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 29.