Local News

  • Track Santa as he heads to you

  • To my sister with love at Christmastime

    While hundreds of people flock to the card section of a store and pore over the dozens of cards to send to loved ones for Christmas, Joyce Vickers is sitting with her feet propped up enjoying the stillness.
    She doesn’t have to fight the crowds. She doesn’t have to read countless cards. She doesn’t have to spend a lot of money.
    That’s because for the last 38 years, she and her sister, Gail Brower, have exchanged the same Christmas card–year in and year out.
    She doesn’t know what really prompted it.

  • Santa Letters in this week's Pioneer
  • Former Williston athlete Isaac Floyd killed in accident

    Isaac Floyd was a standout athlete at Williston High School, excelling in both basketball and football.
    After graduation in 2010, he signed to play football at Coffeyville Community College in Kansas but an injury and subsequent surgery left him redshirted. He left the program and returned home.
    A little after midnight Saturday, Floyd, 20, was killed when he lost control of the 2010 Mazda he was driving. His passenger Dorian Taylor, 18, was also killed, and two other passengers, Kevin Sketo Jr. and Kalen Penny, 22, were taken to Shands for incapacitating injuries.

  • Yankeetown’s Jack Schofield seeks District 3 commission seat

    Jack Schofield of Yankeetown has filed with the Supervisor of Elections to run for Levy County Commissioner, District 3 in the upcoming 2012 election. 

    Both he and his wife, Susie, are involved in their local community. Currently, he is serving in his second term on the Yankeetown Town Council, is vice president of the Friends of the Withlacoochee Gulf Preserve, is a member of Friends of the A. F. Knotts Library and a member of Withlacoochee Area Residents.  

  • New deadlines, office hours effective immediately at the Pioneer

    It’s not just Christmas that’s in the air–change is too.
    Effective with the Dec. 22 edition of the Williston Pioneer, new deadlines for advertising and news are in effect.
    Starting Monday, Dec. 19, all news and advertising must be in our office by noon Monday for possible inclusion in that week’s newspaper. The deadline for all classified and legal advertising has been changed until 3 p.m.

  • Drug dealer gets 45 years

    Hermie McClendon of Chiefland has been sentenced to 45 years in prison for his conviction in a case that also spawned a jury tampering charge against his lifelong friend.
    McClendon was found guilty by a jury on charges of possession of a controlled substance without a prescription and sale of a controlled substance. He was sentenced on Nov. 29 to 15 years on the first charge and 30 years on the second, both to be served concurrently.

  • Residents with medical needs should complete form

    Residents within the  city of Williston who have special needs or disabilities are asked to complete assessment information cards and return them to the Williston Police Department.
    Police Chief Dennis Strow said information from the completed cards will be entered into a database that will enable emergency and law enforcement officers to assess in the event of an emergency or disaster.
    A copy of the card can be found on page 3 of this week's edition of the Williston Pioneer. Please clip, complete it and return to:
    Williston Police Department

  • Williston residence home to five sex offenders

    Five men convicted of sex crimes–two designated as predators and three as offenders–are sharing the same residence in East Williston, although all of them are from Alachua County.
    And while it may seem coincidental, the state probation office is fully aware of the living situation and has approved the home for Christopher Caffie and Detwan Wommack, labeled sexual offenders and Robert Lewis Jr., Jeremy Astrologo and Robert J. Perry, all convicted predators.

  • Share with Pioneer readers recipes, photos, memories

    The  staff of the Williston Pioneer is committed to making this a newspaper about and for our readers.
    During the Christmas season we invite you to submit an assorted of items for inclusion in our Dec. 22 edition.
    Here’s what we are looking for:

    Most Memorable Christmas
    The Williston Pioneer wants you to share with our readers the most memorable Christmas you’ve had. In 100 words or less, tell us about a Christmas that you will never forget.