Local News

  • 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.

  • Dennis Strow is Williston’s new police chief

    There’s a new police chief in town and he aims to be a hands-on leader who knows the town and its residents.
    In a 3-2 vote Tuesday night, Williston City Council approved the recommendation of the police chief committee and hired 38-year law enforcement veteran, Dennis Strow, as its new chief of police.
    Strow, 56, of Ocala retired Tuesday from the Marion County Sheriff’s Department, where he worked his way up through the ranks.

  • Dennis Strow is Williston's new police chief
  • FOL looks for local authors

    Friends of the Williston Public Library announce a program of authors reading excerpts of their books, poetry, life experiences and other topics. The program will be under the aegis of the Williston Woman's Club Education Committee and will be held at the Woman's Club, Thursday, Sept.15 at 7 p.m. Refreshments will be available for sale by the School Safety Patrol. There is no charge for the program.