Local News

  • Moratorium on impact fees passes

    Ladies and gentlemen, entrepreneurs of all kinds, get your hammers and blueprints and head to Williston where for one year you can build your dream home or a business and not have to pay the city’s water and sewer impact fees.
    At Tuesday night’s meeting, the city council in a 3-1 vote with Brooks Holloway opposed and Norm Fugate absent, voted to put a one-year moratorium on impact fees in an effort to encourage new growth within the city limits.

  • Mary O'Banyoun Abdullah:

    You may have seen her at a Friends of the Library event, or playing the didgeridoo with her husband, Amir, at one of  Williston’s schools.
    What you may not know is the path that brought Mary O’Banyoun-Abdullah to Levy County is one rich in history, family, adventure and travel.
    In the 1700s, Mary’s ancestors were brought to the colonies on slave ships from the west coast of Africa.

  • Devon Roberts shoots his way to Nebraska

    It started with Levi Dean.

    A friend of Hunter Roberts, Levi was a marksman and introduced his friend to the sport of shooting.

    While Hunter honed his skills, little brother Devon was  watching from the wings and waiting for his turn.

    When it finally came, about five years ago, Devon moved past air rifle, .22 and shotgun, and settled on his passion–the muzzleloader, a primitive weapon from which a projectile is loaded and fired from the muzzle of the gun.

  • Red Devils advance to Regional final

    The Williston Red Devil boy's basketball team defeated  the Mount Dora Hurricanes  70-62 Tuesday night at the Bronson gym in the Regional Semifinal game.
    The Red Devils fell behind early in the first quarter 10-2 behind a fast and aggressive Hurricane team, forcing Red Devil Head Coach Steve Faulkner to call a quick time out.
    The Red Devils answered the call with a 23-2 run as they pressured the Hurricanes on defense and began to find the basket on offense.

  • Red Devils win regional quarterfinal

    The Williston Red Devils won the regional quarterfinal game 70-64 against Trinity Catholic Thursday night in Bronson.

    The Red Devils will play the Mount Dora Hurricanes, a 67-46 winner over Bradford in their quarterfinal game. Game time for the regional semifinal game is 7 p.m . Tuesday, Feb. 21 in Bronson.



  • Star Gazing

    by Lisa Statham Posteraro

    Special to the Pioneer

  • Airport changes could bring in more revenues

    The design phase of airport enhancements is happening at no cost to the city of Williston. Once complete, if funding can be found to bring the design to fruition,  the improvements could help bring additional revenues to the airport.

    At last week’s meeting, Williston City Council members heard from Don Ramdass who is overseeing the preliminary designs for a taxiway, a new corporate hangar area and new aprons.

  • Avis Seabrook

    Everything Avis Carnegie Seabrook is came from the very core of her foundation–her parents.

    One of seven children born and reared in Williston, Seabrook learned at her mother’s knee the importance of kindness, loving and sharing.

    By example the five girls and two boys were taught how to love, how to give and how to care.

    They were traits Seabrook took to heart and ones that got her through both the turbulent times of segregation and integration.

  • Drought not yet critical to area



    While the effects of little to no rain are obvious in the flow of area springs and rivers, farm experts agree that the record-breaking drought is still too early in its development to cause much worry for farmers in the tri-county area.

  • ‘Ain’t no sunshine’ in Williston

    For almost two years Williston residents have waited for an alternative to high electric bills. 

    They’re going to have to wait a little longer.

    After a presentation Tuesday night by a Gainesville firm that specializes in solar energy, the Williston City Council agreed that there is no funding to develop a system and the city will have to pass–for now–on the venture.