Local News

  • Quilt Museum founder Winnelle Horne dies at 87

    A former editor of this newspaper gave a staff writer her very first assignment that was more than a story:
    Go to the Quilt Museum and meet Miss Winnelle and do a story on the 4H sewing camp.
    What the editor did not say was: If Miss Winnelle likes you, you can keep your job.
    Winnelle Horne was the straight talking director of the Levy County Quilt Museum, one of Levy County's jewels.
    Miss Winnelle died Monday at the age of 87.

  • Who will be Pioneer of the Year?

    For more than a decade, the spirit of the Williston Pioneer–the person, not the newspaper–has gone unheralded. This month that problem will be recitified.
    Each month through December, the newspaper will salute an individual who most typifies the Pioneer spirit–blazing new trails, making a difference in the community and standing out among  his peers as a mover and shaker.

  • Gingrich wins Levy GOP primary vote

    Mitt Romney may have carried Florida but it was Newt Gingrich who carried Levy County in Tuesday's GOP  presidential primary. But the good news was not in the results, but in the voting itself.

    The Levy County Supervisor of Elections website reported — all precincts in — that 3,632 of the county's 8,457 registered    Republicans cast ballots.

    That number was music to the ears of County GOP Executive Committee Chair Michelle Finnen.

  • Bronson Council members at odds with each other

    Although several agenda items were voted unanimously in favor of and put to rest at last week's Bronson Town Council meeting, one issue continued to rear it's ugly head: council members are not getting along.

    "Are you calling me a liar?" Council Member Berlon Weeks asked Vice-Mayor Franklin Schuler over an issue regarding the potential annexation of a nearby subdivision discussed at the meeting two weeks ago—a meeting Schuler missed.

  • Charles Goodman qualifies for city council, Group D

    Charles Goodman has qualified for Williston City Council, Group D–the seat held by incumbent Michael Shoemaker.

    In a statement released last week,  Goodman wrote:

    “My name is Charles Goodman.  I am a candidate for City Councilor in Williston and would like to invite the citizens of Williston to meet me at my home.

  • Pioneer of the Year will return Feb. 2

    For many years, the Williston Pioneer saluted unsung heroes with its Pioneer of the Year award.

    Next week, the tradition will be revived. Each month through December, the newspaper will salute an individual who most typifies the Pioneer spirit–blazing new trails, making a difference in the community and standing out among  his peers as a mover and shaker. 

    At the end of December,  monthly Pioneers will be featured and from them an independent panel of judges will select the Pioneer of the Year 2012.

  • Williston Police make three burglary arrests

    Two people have been charged with the November burglary of the  Internet Café, located at 61 N. Main St.

    Marvin Cooper III, 24, of NE 40th Street and Shea Colson, 21, of Gulf Hammock were charged with the crime within eight days of each other, according to Sgt. James Bond of the Williston Police Department.

    The Internet Café was burglarized Nov. 17 around 3 a.m., Bond said. A small safe containing about $500 was taken. The entire incident was captured on security  camera.

  • Groundhog sees shadow: 6 more weeks of Winter
  • Qualifying ends

    Those who have qualified for the City Election are:

    Mayor:     R. Gerald Hethcoat

    Group B:   Elihu  R. Ross

    Group D:   Mike Shoemaker
                         Charles Goodman

    Group E:   Jason S. Cason

    Therefore there is one contest and that is for "Group D"  between  Shoemaker (Incumbent) and  Goodman.

  • City clerk resigns; investigation closes

    The Williston City Council accepted the resignation of City Clerk Nan Mack during its regular meeting Tuesday night.
    Mack offered a two week notice, President Jerry Robinson said.
    Robinson asked City Manager Pat Miller if provisions could be made to handle the city elections and day-to-day work in the event the council accepted the resignation effective immediately.
    Miller said the work is being handled, and while there are always some problems, he and the remaining staff could work efficiently.