.....Advertisement.....
.....Advertisement.....

Local News

  • Breaking News

    Joyce Bullock Elementary School was placed in lock down Tuesday afternoon after two students were lured into a vehicle and driven 100 yards across the front entrance of the school’s campus.

    The male students were on the playground, according to press releases from the sheriff’s office and the school district, when they were approached by a white or Hispanic male. The man was described as having black hair and possibly wearing a brown shirt, blue pants and black boots. He may have a silver tooth and a dark spot or mole on his face.

  • SCV Memorial Service Saturday

    The John Hance O’Steen Camp 770, Sons of Confederate Veterans, will hold a memorial service on Saturday, May 16 to honor Confederate soldier, George W. Martin. The service will be held at the Bell Cemetery, Bell starting at 2 p.m.

    George Martin was born March 22, 1839 in Barnwell, S.C.

    He moved to New River County, (present day Bradford County) before the Civil War and settled near Starke with his wife, Rebeca. When the war started, Martin traveled to Suwannee County and enlisted Jan. 1, 1862. He was enrolled in Company H of the 1st Florida Cavalry.

  • Outstanding Club Member

    At its 2009 Installation of New Officers Dinner, Nancy Bowman was awarded Outstanding Club Member of the Year for the Williston Woman's Club. She is currently in her second year as 1st vice president. She is active in many club projects, has attended leadership training and annual Spring conventions. She teaches at Williston Elementary School and is a great asset to the club and community.

  • Serving Our Country

    Woodmansee

    Air Force Airman Jake T. Woodmansee graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

    The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

    Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

  • Lee’s Grocery burns Monday

    Lee’s Grocery, a landmark business across from Bronson Motor Speedway on State Road 24 burned Monday morning turning a family’s income into smoke and ashes.

    Mohammad Rashid, 24, was working alone at the store when he noticed smoke coming from a storage area on the back left side of the building. He said there was only one customer, a woman, in the store at the time.

    “I asked the customer can you please leave, because there is smoke and she needs to leave,” said Rashid, who with two other brothers works in the store.

  • Levy sports taking a big hit

    When you go to a district tournament game at the end of each sporting season, the Florida High School Athletic Association reminds you of a few important facts.

    “Interscholastic events are an extension of the classroom,” intones the game announcer.

    The purpose is to remind those in attendance how much sports and school go together.

  • Do you know a deceased veteran?

    Almost every family has one; some have two.

    And in next week’s edition of the Williston Pioneer (May 21) we want to salute veterans and remember them on Memorial Day–the day set aside to remember those who are no longer with us.

    E-mail or bring in your veteran’s photo, along with the branch of service they were in, their rank and their years of service. All photos received by 5 p.m. Monday, May 18 will be printed.

    E-mail them to editor@willistonpioneer.com.

  • Law Day 2009-Fun on the River

    The 9th Annual Law Day Lunch, an event that honors law enforcement, was celebrated on the banks of the Suwannee River on Friday, May 9. The fried mullet, hushpuppies, cheese grits, slaw and all the water and tea you can drink event is hosted by the judiciary and sheriffs serving Levy, Gilchrist and Dixie counties. More than 150 people gathered at the W.O. Beauchamp Jr. home, where the event is held every year, to celebrate friendships and catch-up on current events in their families and work.

  • Letter carriers deliver . . . food

    Even in difficult times, the people of Williston and the surrounding area banded together to help out the less fortunate.

    Last Saturday, letter carriers collected more than 9,100 pounds of food during their annual food drive.

    Williston Postmaster Patty Lisotto expressed her appreciatin to everyone who participated, including her carriers, volunteers and members of the Red Devil football team who helped load and unload the food.

  • Planners back crowd, defeat mine proposal

    After a four-hour public hearing and testimony from more than 20 residents who live in Levy and Marion counties, the Levy County Planning Commission unanimously refused to recommend an application for a mining operation south of Williston.

    An audience of about 150 who gathered to oppose the special exception to allow the mining operation greeted the commission, in its first meeting for several months due to the economic downturn.

    But the crowd, which was noisy at times, cheered the commission’s decision and went away happy.